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7 Fayette Dr, Ste 2, South Burlington, VT 05403-6981
802-862-8886
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 20
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 3
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Chinese food in South Burlington

I am a local and this is the best, closest Chinese restaurant near my house. The food is very good, the service is always good, the staff are very friendly and they do a good job with takeout. I have certainly had better Chinese food, but not anywhere near here in Vermont.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2015
sayrevt
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South Burlington, Vermont
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South Burlington, Vermont
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

I am a local and this is the best, closest Chinese restaurant near my house. The food is very good, the service is always good, the staff are very friendly and they do a good job with takeout. I have certainly had better Chinese food, but not anywhere near here in Vermont.

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Thank sayrevt
Vermont
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41 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

We were looking for a new place to eat on one of our occasional day-long sojourns to the Burlington area to do errands and decided to try Zen Gardens as it had many positive reviews. We were also impressed with the plethora of mock meat dishes--more than any other restaurant, Asian or otherwise (except vegetarian ones, of course). Missing the... More 

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Thank Travelerreluctant
Shelburne, Vermont
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This is authentic Chinese food. The atmosphere in this restaurant is not the greatest because it's kind of bland, but the food is great. You won't find cheap take out here. Of course you could get this food to go, but any way you take it you will be happy you did.

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Thank lizzy881
Burlington, Vermont
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Last weekend, some friends and I celebrated a birthday by going to dinner at Zen Gardens. We had a delicious meal, our waiter was very attentive, and the cost is reasonable. We were all bowled over by the beautiful garnish on our plates--flowers make from radishes!

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Thank Marieeddy9
Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

If you're looking for tasty Chinese this is the place for you. However locals seem to have their food brought out much quicker than we did. We had the wonton soup, spicy Szechuan dumplings and the garlic beef. The dumplings were supposed to be super spicy (hence my husband ordering them) but I was able to eat them and didn't... More 

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Thank aus-vick
Shelburne, Vermont
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We are locals and have always enjoyed great food for their luncheons. Tried take out for dinner. It was not at all like what we are served when dining in. General Tso's chicken was cheap chicken nuggets with hot peppers; over cooked green beans in their signature ginger chicken, lo mein was just noodles. We are very disappointed as Zen... More 

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Thank alison p
New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We eat here in the summer when we have an urge for Chinese food. The food seems very fresh and the service is top notch. The dining room has a very pleasant atmosphere also.

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Southern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

For starters, my tangerine chicken was made with white meat only, not cheaper dark meat.It was lightly fried, cooked perfectly,and was very tasty. Wife's steamed shrimp and vegetables was also perfectly cooked, with tender shrimp. Surprised that they charged $ 3.75 for hot tea

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

On my way back from Montreal and after being stuck on a traffic jam at the border for more than an hour, we decided to search for some Chinese restaurant in VT, we found Zen Gardens in South Burlington, I wasn't looking for much, just a simple shrimp fried rice, my wife ordered a pork dumpling dish, to my surprise... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Zen Garden's is very close to my apartment and I end up ordering take-away whenever I feel like having chinese food. Though I haven't sat down for dinner, it seemed to have a good ambiance and friendly staff. The food is tasty and I would recommend it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Fayette Dr, Ste 2, South Burlington, VT 05403-6981
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  South Burlington
  • Phone Number: 802-862-8886

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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