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Kenzan Japanese Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Sponsored by: Kenzan Japanese Restaurant

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Still the best
1. Still the best
"traditional style, Japanese cuisine. Why would you change perfection?."
Russell S
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2. Consistent Excellence
2. Consistent Excellence
"This restaurant is an institution."
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3. Quality dining experience!
3. Quality dining experience!
"food is consistently good, no, better than good, exquisitely delicious"
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A traditional Japanese Restaurant situated in Melbourne’s CBD, Kenzan has been described as a stalwart in the Melbourne culinary scene since opening in 1981.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing Japanese food, very close to the original Japanese taste, while a very friendly atmosphere comes close to the ideal Japanese experience. It is worth it.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank lanthopo
KenzanJapanese, Guest Relations Manager at Kenzan Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Lanthopo for your kind review, we take pride in serving the most authentic Japanese cuisine in Melbourne and creating a positive dining experience, so we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your meal at Kenzan. Regards,

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fresh Sushi and Sashimi, I must say. I came here alone, wanted a light meal, what I got, not bad, but many Japanese specialities I wanted were just not available in this restaurant. Seems such things I can easily get in Hongkong, Shanghai, Taipei, and...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank ralfm844
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Kenzan on a recommendation from our concierge at the Sofitel. It was very authentic Japanese. We shared a delicious salad and then had the beef and the eel. It was my first time eating eel and I loved the taste and presentation....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank lovethesun016
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

Loved eating at Kenzan. The Sushi and Sashimi bar is just amazing. Fresh and precise in their presentation.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank prettyb0yfl0yd
Reviewed March 1, 2019 via mobile

Recommended to me as the best Japanese restaurant in Melbourne, it did not disappoint. Crowded with a waiting queue, it clearly has quite a following with the local business community for lunch. Many were clearly regulars, greeted by the owner by name and family knowledge:...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank MKAdelaide
KenzanJapanese, Owner at Kenzan Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2019

Thank you MKAdelaide for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your experience dining with us and hope to see you back whenever you are in Melbourne! Regards, Kenzan

Reviewed February 19, 2019 via mobile

A rhetorical question which is hard to answer. The staff are amazing, setting great. Pricing is reasonable but up there. Then comes the dishes. Fried chicken was perfection? Yes it was. The Sashimi is the best I've had in Australia.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank simono329
Reviewed February 14, 2019 via mobile

Had a really great meal at this restaurant. The sushi and Sashimi basket fed five of us simply and was delicious. Followed by three teriyaki dishes all highly recommended.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank bluebell705
Reviewed February 13, 2019

the sashimi and sushi here are the standouts real Japanese rice from Japan is used the tempura is good as well the teriyaki beef is nice also but the amount of beef is small its expensive but the quality is high

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank mrfremantle
Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

An absolute must for all Japanese food lovers. Service top class from start to finish. Food outstanding be it sashimi, sushi, tempura or other. Even the desserts are a real find. Will try to always retuen when in Melbourne.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ergiro S
Boeingcho, Owner at Kenzan Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2019

Thank you for your praising review Ergiro S, we are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience at our restaurant, and look forward to seeing you back again when in Melbourne! Regards, Kenzan

Reviewed January 16, 2019

A wonderful Japanese restaurant in downtown Melbourne! We generally don’t expect much from restaurants located in downtown mall areas but this one is wonderful. You can expect them to be very busy, but also very efficient. The menu has a broad selection of foods and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
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corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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Yes Helen. You usually do. But one day ahead of time is probably ok.
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