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Kenzan Japanese Restaurant

#151 of 3,179 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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45 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 8933
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the sushi and sashimi it was really fresh the food was prepared in front of -we sat at the bar where they worked.Tempura platter was really tasty.

Thank bossylemon
Melbourne, Australia
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126 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited after a movie. Although it was very busy, service was courteous and efficient. The restaurant has quite a broad menu, including some less commonly found Japanese dishes. If you are looking for a nice spot after a film, I recommend this restaurant, but you probably need to book/

Thank Elaine S
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i thought that the food was terrific, especially the sushi! kenzan is one of my favourite restaurants ever and i would rate it 5/5. i like going to the sushi bar and watching how they make the sushi. the staff are really friendly and i would definitly go back a few times!

Thank 22_sami_22
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

My favourite Japanese Restaurant in Melbourne. Always fresh seafood and produce, the staff is very friendly and attentive. My favourite place is sitting at the Sushi Bar and experience the art of Japanese Sushi and Sashimi. In my view the best Japanese Restaurant in Melbourne, outside Tokyo. Great Sake selection.

1 Thank Dirk H
Santiago, Chile
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182 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

My wife and I lived in Tokyo for six years and had been missing Japanese food. I read a review in TimeOut which named Kenzan as one of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne, so we decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was very authentic, as were the staff. Everyone we encountered spoke Japanese as well as English.... More 

1 Thank FrequentIndia
Melbourne, Australia
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75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

We were accommodated with no booking on a cold Friday evening for two around 7.15pm if we could vacate our table by 8.30pm. The restaurant was almost to capacity. Our waitress was welcoming with hot hand towels though we found it hard to understand her (she sounded Japanese) thankfully she was patient with us. Not overly hungry we decided on... More 

1 Thank Viviann B
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

close to my hotel we gathered in this traditional Japanese restaurant for a family meal.with a table for 8 we were really looked after by the owners who have been there for 15 years.Nice variety of sushi and potent saki.The dishes kept coming courtesy of the friendly staff.mixture of fish and meat and lots of noodles..we were definitely happy by... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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103 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

The food is very very good and the service excellent. Not a trendy restaurant but go for the food The chefs Omakase is generally exceptional

1 Thank lasinv01
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

Very elegant Japanese restaurant. Fresh authentic sushi. High quality food. Staff are very friendly. If you want a great Japanese restaurant in the heart of Melbourne you will not be disappointed.

1 Thank aaawineguy
Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We attended Kenzan for our wedding anniversary for dinner - an inspired choice (by me !). So much care and attention was put to every dish and drink, which was supported by excellent, not-over-the-top service. The beef entrée (pictured) was possibly the best entrée I've experienced. The eye-ball soup was a bit weird for me but no fault could be... More 

1 Thank Matthew F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 8933

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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