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“Very Good Tex-Mex” 4 of 5 stars
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zen west
5916 york rd, Baltimore, MD 21236
410-323-2242
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Ranked #547 of 1,805 Restaurants in Baltimore
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Very Good Tex-Mex”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

My family and I went to zen west on a Saturday night at around 6:30, and the restaurant was not very crowded-- we were seated right away. Zen west has a fairly large menu with typical Mexican fare (enchiladas, fajitas, fish tacos, etc.), but also a Texas food section with burgers and the like. Our service was extremely quick. For the five of us, our meals all came at the same time and within ten minutes, which was delightful. The food was good, but it wasn't the greatest Mexican food I've ever had. I would definitely recommend having a relaxing dinner there after seeing a movie at the Senator Theatre right next door (a delight in its own right!).

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Baltimore, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“American Mexican Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Zen West has a good location and the food is a step up from the local chains like Qdoba but it is not authentic or home style Mexican. There are some great Mexican and South American restaurants in town which are better. However, this is a nice place to go with the family and share some nachos and tacos. It is clean. The service is friendly and fast. The food is OK but I would not take home a doggy bag.

Visited August 2013
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great food. Good deal. Little loud. Worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

Had a great waiter. Good sense of humor. Strong margaritas. Entrees were big and good value. Happy hour crowd around dinner time...a little loud but worth every penny. Going back tonight!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice neighborhood spot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Zen West is a cool spot where a lot of locals go. Sometimes it's packed and other times it's a ghost town. There are several flat screens around for the sports enthusiasts, a juke box, and live entertainment some nights. The service is ok but the prices are great. Our bill was $36 for 4 beers, 1 mixed drink with premium liquor and 2 shots. And the have the best wings around- they have a smokey rub and then are grilled. Very different from typical buffalo wings. The food is generally very good. I enjoy this place, it's tastefully decorated Tex Mex style and usually very laid back.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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baltimore
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood bar & restaurant w excellent tex mex”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

Always go for Sunday football. They have the tHe ticket. Lynn the bar manager is top notch: Po the owner is always there! Their chicken wings are like no other. They aren't buffalo flavored & so unique. Their chicken quesadillas & taco sajad & fajitas are fab too. I usually sPlut the fajitas. So happy to see this place doing well. Finally belvedere is on the up & up.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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