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Zen Asian Bistro

128 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401-6343
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Ranked #50 of 159 restaurants in Bangor
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jun 25, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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29 reviews from our community

72% Recommend
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English first
Portland, Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Zen has a lot going for it. A very convenient location, a very comfortable interior and a wide selection of Asian cuisine make it a great choice for upscale Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and other well prepared dishes. We have been to Zen in conjunction with plays at the Penobscot Theater, but it would be a great selection on any occasion.... More

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Houlton, Maine
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

My wife and I were looking for a new Asian restaurant. I just happened to see the Zen sign on an old, classy -looking building downtown, and after 15 minutes of trying to get a good parking spot, we entered in. We were warmly greeted, given the option of sitting on the floor, at tables or a booth, and chose... More

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Verona Island, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The food was delicious and service was great. We've been here twice for lunch. Both times we were promptly seated, orders taken and food served shortly after. We will definitely return for more meals.

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Wow was it good! So was the tempura. Everything was delicious, service was excellent, restaurant was very attractively designed and decorated. I will be returning!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stopped in to Zen Asian Bistro for dinner - it was fabulous!! Tasted great, presentation was wonderful, and the staff was great. Very happy we ate there! Their menu has a wide variety of Asian - Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese (including sushi). Delicious!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

A friend and I went for the first time and we thought we would try it out since we had heard so much about it. The atmosphere was wonderful, and it was beautifully decorated. I loved "sitting on the floor" where the tables are recessed into the floor, but sitting there was problematic so it was probably a one time... More

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