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Zen Asian Bistro

128 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401-6343
207-947-3030
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Ranked #65 of 160 restaurants in Bangor
Hours:
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
- Aug 15, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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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 NEW 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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11 restaurant reviews
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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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