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640 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-3400
(828) 225-6033
Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Sushi!!!!

If we are in the mood for sushi, this is the place we go! The prices are lower than the fancier sushi places but the quality of the food is NOT!! In fact, I think Zen Sushi tastes better than Green Tea Sushi. I love that we can sit outside and "people watch". It's never really crowed which is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Kendra S
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

If we are in the mood for sushi, this is the place we go! The prices are lower than the fancier sushi places but the quality of the food is NOT!! In fact, I think Zen Sushi tastes better than Green Tea Sushi. I love that we can sit outside and "people watch". It's never really crowed which is a... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

It is hard to beat the food here. The soba noodle soup and tempura is so good. I haven't had soba that good since I visited Japan. We eat at Zen Sushi every time we come to Asheville. The service is hit or miss though. They are always busy, which is a good sign, but the wait staff doesn't always... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

They have a great lunch special, three rolls of your choice from a large menu, plus soup and salad for ten bucks - almost unheard of in Asheville. If you sit outside, you can bring your dog, and the inside tables are comfortable and the ambiance is nice. Plus, last time I went, it was two sake bottles for the... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is an unassuming restaurant upstairs in a strip shopping mall. But the place is attrctive inside with typical asian decor, but with the addition of some local pottery on display. It reataurant is relaxing and the service is good. The best part is the selection of hand-rolls that changes daily.

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Bangkok
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The sushi was excellent. We had a "Royal Roll" and it was very tasty. It sounds like others on Trip Advisor agree. Great place for sushi but don't have anything else. I also had the chicken katsu don and it was completely bad. The chicken was tough, the rice was incorrect (Should be Japanese white rice; not brown) and the... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

On the second floor of this non descript strip mall is a really nice sushi restaurant. The sushi is made fresh and delicious. The staff, while casual, will make you feel welcome. For those who don't love sushi, there is a wide array of other asian dishes. My husband had the tempura and the batter was light and non-greasy, making... More 

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Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We found this place after a 10 hour drive. It was perfect for what we wanted. Their specialty roll Godzilla was amazing! The service was great.

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Asheville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is a very popular restaurant in north Asheville. Although they have a wide variety of dishes, I always stay with the California sushi or the shrimp and avocado sushi and Miso soup. These dishes have never been disappointing. Staff is friendly and helpful in explaining some of the less familiar dishes. This is a good place to go with... More 

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Ellijay, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Came here on our mother-daughter trip to Asheville for my daughter's birthday dinner. Most reviews are of the sushi, which, in fact, may be good. My daughter has been to Japan and was familiar with all items on the menu. I enjoyed the Miso soup; she did not. She ordered a kitchen dish with chicken which was over-cooked and dry.... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

They just aren't up to Very Good, in my opinion, but they are better than average. (Because the average sushi in America is not good!) my g/f and I had a small dinner today at Zen, and I've eaten here numerous times over the years, because sometimes I'm in too much of a hurry to deal with downtown parking and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 640 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-3400
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: (828) 225-6033

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?