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“Great restaurant with excellent food and service - a rarity in South Beach!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zen Sai

Zen Sai
1001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
+1 786-276-5339
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Ranked #45 of 851 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Asian fusion
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 10th Street
Description: Zen Sai is an Asian-fusion masterpiece. It's a unique social dining experience on South Beach with small and large sharing plates of fresh seafood and Robata grilled items. Signature items at Zen Sai include Fried Bok Choy, Black Cod with Yuzu Miso Sauce, Scallion Wrapped Ribeye, Pork Belly Sliders, Robata Grilled Octopus, Miso-Mustard Glazed Sea Bass and Spicy Rock Shrimp Tempura with Serrano Aioli and Worcestershire Sauce. Zen Sai also features an extensive wine list, fine sakes and specialty cocktails to complement menu items.
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“Great restaurant with excellent food and service - a rarity in South Beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I had read a few reviews on trip advisor before deciding to make a reservation at zen sai. Even with high expectations, zen sai's wonderful customer service and passion for food exceeded them. Definitely don't skip a cocktail - the cucumber basil martini was a treat! Another must-have would be the chicken pad thai and bread pudding! You will not be disappointed with this relaxing atmosphere and great service!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, UK
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Surpassed expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We were staying at the Clevelander and this Japanese restaurant is part of the company. It's located behind the Clevelander as part of the Essex House hotel. As a result we received a 30% off discount card for the restaurant when we checked in.

That paradoxically made me a bit wary of the place - discount, part of the hotel; perhaps i'm odd - but my girlfriend really wanted to go and the reviews were good. So pleased we went!

We had a great cocktail each and shared a bottle of wine.

As for the food, it's not authentic Japanese but Japanese fusion. You order several dishes, tapas style. The food was delicious.

Our server, Andrew, was friendly and enthusiastic, making us feel very welcome.

When the bill/check came, we couldn't believe how could value it was. With the 30% discount applied it was obviously even better.

Whether you are staying at The Clevelander or Essex House (and thus get the discount) or not, you should definitely visit. A great dining experience.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Riga
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“great place to have trendy food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

this is perfect Japaneese fusion restaurant. offers great selection of trendy fussion food. delicious and well presented. only as wine list could be a little bit more extended...

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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“GREAT FIND!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

A block away from Ocean Drive and yet you feel as if you have entered an oasis. Classy, refreshing and fun this restaurant offers foodies tastes that will delight your palate.

Visited March 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“South Beach's Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Great place with a staff that goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable, at home, great seating, and delicious food. It doesn't get better any better than this.

Visited March 2013
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ClevelanderMgmt, Guest Relations Manager at Zen Sai, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Hello MSPPJA,

Thank you so much for your positive review of Zen Sai. We are thrilled that you had such a positive experience at our restaurant! Customer service is our top priority, so we are happy to hear that our staff was so great. Also, we are very glad that you enjoyed our wonderful food, and We hope you come to visit us again soon!

Best,
Maria
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