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Zentan

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Downtown / Chinatown
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1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Thoms Circle)
202 379 4366
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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136 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service is great.The staff are helpful and ready to allow you to dawdle over an item without frowning. The location is equally great,it's close to a huge number of offices that matter,many are a walk away. However,the food is forgettable. To be fair,maybe because its specialty, but even so, seems a bit assembly-line. The chef needs to treat each... More 

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Thank madhav n
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Zentan. I'm sorry to read that we didn't quite meet your expectations. I will share your thoughts with Chef Yo and the staff so we can continue to work on improving. We hope to see you again. Thanks again for your helpful feedback. Best wishes. More 

Marietta, Georgia
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I dined there last night as a celebration of her moving to DC. We decided to do the tasting menu just for the experience. It is 65.00 per person, which seems like a lot of money, until you see how much food you get. Do not consider this unless you are famished. It is a wide variety... More 

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Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Patti, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Zentan. On behalf of our entire staff I'd like to apologize for not meeting your expectations and for our momentary lapse in service. I assure you that we will use your comments as a tool to further hone our service. I hope that you will give... More 

North Potomac, Maryland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a graduation celebration for my daughter. The staff was wonderful. We went ahead and ordered the kuidaori (Tasting menu). Downside is the whole table has to agree on doing it. Upside? There was nothing on the menu we missed. Each dish was freshly prepared and was delicious.

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1 Thank 812nancy1254
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Nancy, Thank you so much for honoring us by bringing your daughter in to celebrate her graduation and birthday! I was so happy to see that we could help in making it a super special occasion for your family. Thank you for your kind words regarding our service and food. We hope to see you again very soon and... More 

New York City, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable. They make their own wasabi! We had three different sakes but their beer list was meh. The food was amazing... everything was terrific. We ate there twice over our four day stay.

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Thank PennyPincher2016
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks so much for stopping by twice to see us during you recent stay in DC! I was overjoyed to read how much you enjoyed your meals at Zentan! It was truly a pleasure having had the opportunity to serve you throughout your stay! I will be sharing your comments with Chef Yo and the entire staff to celebrate... More 

Aarhus, Arhus, Denmark
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate an early dinner at Zentan and it was one of the most sublime food experiences. We took the chefs favourite menu and he surprised us with every dish. Everything was made in the best way possible, delicate fresh taste of sushi, wonderful salads and meats melting in your mouth. The best Japanese restaurant we have ever tried. Compliments... More 

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Thank Ardiana K
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Ardiana, I was thrilled to read that you enjoyed your meal at Zentan! Thank you so much for your kind words! I was so pleased to read that you were surprised by each course of your Kuidaore experience. I will be sharing your sentiments with Chef Yo and our entire team to celebrate their service and hard work. It... More 

Barnstable, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the Donovan Kimpton Hotel, a true treasure for the experienced diner. We were served at the sushi bar with an extensive selection, perfectly assembled and presented.

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Thank Marcia B
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Marcia, Thanks you so much for your glowing review of your recent visit to Zentan! I was so happy to read that you enjoyed your meal and got a bird's eye view of Chef Lin in action at the sushi bar! I will share your kind words with our staff this evening so we may celebrate their service. It... More 

Natchitoches, Louisiana
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was good but pricey. Unfortunately, our server's accent was so strong we had to keep asking her to repeat over and over. If you're not familiar with Japanese food, don't let that stop you. The ingredient's were fresh and well prepared.

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Thank Kathleen S
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Kathleen, Thanks so much for your feedback from your recent visit to Zentan. I was so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal! Thanks so much for the compliments to our kitchen and their preparation of your meal. I will share your sentiments with Chef Yo so he may celebrate his team's service. It was a pleasure having... More 

Salem, Massachusetts
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517 reviews
336 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Granola with yogurt was good. Omelettes were great. Free newspapers were a super value. But service on both of the days we were there was no better than mediocre. Worst of all was the tea; you've got to teach people how to serve tea, and provide a place to put the teabag!

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Thank abecedarius
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hello, I'm so sorry to read about your recent breakfast experience(s) in Zentan. I greatly appreciate your honest feedback. Reviews like yours are vital to our upkeep and the improvement of our high service standards. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the meal itself and the complimentary newspaper and assure you that we will correct both the tea service and... More 

Wilmington, Delaware
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Outstanding service from before you even walk in the door, from the time the door is opened until you leave. Modern, stylish, spotless. Great personal care products. Conveniently located with yummy Japanese tapas restaurant in the lobby. Staff could not have been more helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

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Thank mtolkoff
Katie M, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful words about your recent visit to Zentan! I was so happy that we could extend to you the hospitality we strive to achieve with every guest upon each visit. I will be sure to share your sentiment with both chef Yo and his kitchen team as well as the front of the house... More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I only had 30 minutes or so and stopped in for some sushi. The lunch menu is simple with some excellent choices from sushi, bento boxes, and Japanese dishes. Just beware if you are looking for a place with 20 or so exotic sushi rolls this is not the place. The sushi I did have was excellent and the service... More 

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Thank Anlincoln
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Anlincoln, Thanks so much for your kind words about Zentan's lunch time offerings! I was happy to read that we were able to offer you speedy service and that you were met with a friendly face (or two). I will share your review with our team to celebrate their service. Hope to see you again very soon! Best wishes! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 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 - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005
    (Thoms Circle)
  • Public Transportation: McPherson Square/Farragut North
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202 379 4366
Description
Zentan is your DC destination for Modern Pan Asian Cuisine. Our ambiance is perfect for social events, dates, meetings and celebrations and is rivaled only by our chef inspired, seasonal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Our sushi is sustainable, flown in fresh and crafted into cold plates and maki’s you won’t find anywhere else. Iffy about raw food? Not a problem! Our extensive selection of Modern Pan Asian cold and hot plates are sure to satisfy any pallet. Each dish is served from the kitchen as soon as it’s prepared; just think Asian Tapas! Here are a few dishes to whet your appetite: Myazaki Beef Hot Rock (cook it yourself, japanese river rock) Peking Chicken (bao buns, black garlic hoisin, cucumber) Maguro Crudo (goat cheese, fuji apples, pumpkin seed oil) Shagalicious (crab salad, cucumber, miazaki beef, tempura ebi, crispy leek)

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