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Zen Asian Bistro

128 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401-6343
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Ranked #97 of 160 Restaurants in Bangor
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Sep 6, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Morrisville, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We stopped in for an early dinner. Only 1 other couple was there. The doors were open and there were some flies around that the waitress tried to whisk away. The dumplings from the appetizer menu were hot but not very tasty. The House Special chicken dish was not very hot, the chicken was dry and tasteless and the stir... More

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Belfast, Maine
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Three of us went there Saturday. Pull into the parking lot and get OVERWHELMED by the stench of an overflowing dumpster. My daughter, a local, says that's a standard. 6:30 on a Saturday, only 8 customers. Two servers and a bartender. Took HALF AN HOUR to get water. Waitress spilled some on floor and was going to leave it until... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were lucky to get any food. Waiting 45 min for soup. 2 servers seemed overwhelmed by about 8 tables...on a not so busy Wednesday night. Would not recommend the sushi. Bland and underwhelming for the price.

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New Brunswick, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

The title says it all. Our waitress was surly, and repeatedly told us she usually works somewhere else. We asked for no fish sauce, and our spring rolls came with a dip full of it. Her advice was, "Don't eat it then". My expectations are low in Bangor, as good food is rare here, and they still were horrible. Wish... More

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Hillsborough, NJ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We stopped for lunch on a hot Saturday in July, and we were pleased with the cool, quiet Zen-like atmosphere. Our waitress was friendly. Unfortunately, the food was not good. My Tom Yum soup was good, but my Thai salad was filled with "tired" lettuce and topped with rancid, inedible fried wonton noodles. My husband's dish had an overlooked sauce... More

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Bangor, Maine
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great nice looking downtown restaurant that combines several Asian cuisine: Thai, Viet,and Japanese. I ordered the grilled pork vermicelli. The pork came out mediocre: not barbequed not has any flavor. Moreover, it was a little underdone. The vermicelli is not right kind that one usually get at a Vietnamese restaurant. This was too thin.,.one of the Chinese kind. (I have... More

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Portland, Maine
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Zen Asian Bistro has a nice atmosphere and decent food. The portions are a little small and the prices are a little high. This isn't a regular restaurant we would frequent, but is worth checking out once or twice. The pho is decent and spicy scallops are delicious--just a little expensive. It's hardly busy so you don't need reservations but... More

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Bryant Pond
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stopped here for an early dinner our first night in Bangor after walking around a bit. We were greeted as soon as we walked in, shown to a nice table, and asked if it would be acceptable or would we prefer somewhere else. Our waiter seemed knowledgeable of the menu and was helpful in explaining the different items. I... More

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Bangor, Maine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Nice atmosphere, open space, beautiful seating. However, barely worth it when the food was practically inedible, certainly not palatable. Three of our dishes were drowned in bad sauces and basically a small heap of formerly frozen vegetables. Maybe if they had a smaller menu, there would be a higher quality of food. Not exceptionally well priced either. Unfortunate, because the... More

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Veazie, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had lunch on a Saturday and were very satisfied with the experience. Very good dumplings and spicy tuna roll for appetizers followed by a nice curry lunch with custom "hotness". We will definately return.

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