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Zen Japanese Cuisine

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston, NJ 07039-1790
973-533-6828
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Ranked #11 of 68 Restaurants in Livingston
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Maplewood, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went at lunchtime on a weekday. Obviously this wasn't when the wait staff wanted me to go, because they were clearly annoyed with me. Didn't get acknowledged, was showed to my table without a word spoken. Waited 10 mins for someone to take my drink and food order. I was only given a specials menu and one with lunch bento... More

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Livingston, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I think they have the freshest and best tasting sushi around this area. I work in a large hospital in the area and mostly everyone who gets sushi, gets it here. I love anything they have with crab and eel. I'm not fond of fresh tuna, but everyone who likes tuna says it's great.

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NY
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I test the sushi places by ordering Dragon roll. The best one is in Zen. Haven't found better place in nj. Great selection of specialty rolls, their must haves - Spicy New Zealand Mussel and Scallop-Hokkayaki for appetizers. Regular items on the menu (like teriyaki chicken, etc) - don't recommend it, just stick to sushi/rolls/appetizers menu Nice atmosphere, good service.... More

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Livingston, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I come here once in a while simply because the location is very convenient.  Typical sushi & hibachi joint (if you’ve been to one most of them are pretty similar & formulaic) - some rolls are very good, but others are bland.  It’s inconsistent depending on who is working – you might get a sushi chef who cares greatly about... More

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Livingston, New Jersey, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The food is good and well priced. Despite the location being in a near-empty strip mall, the restaurant is usually crowded and you can sometimes expect a wait. Bring a sweater because if you are seated near the door in the winter, it can be chilly from all the people coming to pick up their orders or eat in.

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Livingston, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My family visits this restaurant on a regular basis. Sushi is fresh, the portions are generous, the price is reasonable if you print the coupon from their website. We like their special rolls (I know - American barbarians :-)). it can get busy and a little loud - that doesn't bother me, but may be an issue for some. I... More

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Metro New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Zen is a good local choice for above average sushi and other Japanese dishes, like tempura, udon and so on.

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Denville, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

I had "sashimi for 2 " there today, I got unprocessed fish meat, lot of ligaments in every piece not removed, also smells very fishy in mouth. I guess the low quality fish was used. If you have the same experience, do not be surprised. service is good, servents are boys instead of girls, not that thoughtful and it is... More

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Livingston, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I enjoy sushi and Zen always puts out a high quality product. The staff is friendly and helpful. The prices are no higher or lower than elsewhere.

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Livingston, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The best sushi ever. The lady is red is fantastic. Julie who owns the restaurant is unbelievable. If there is any negative the salads are average.

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