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$10 - $30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed January 23, 2022

Stopped in on a weekday and enjoyed their happy hour menu, which goes till 8 pm and takes a $1 off a few items. Enjoyed their Karage and chashu ramen, which both came out pretty quickly. Only downside was the homeless guy that briefly came...in and left a pretty hefty stench. Spraying to cover it up made it worse. That said, I would like to go back there again. If you drive over, there is garage parking available.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed January 2, 2022 via mobile

Unsatisfactory food. Slow service staff. Dirty looking establishment. I recommend going somewhere else for japanese meal.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed March 8, 2021 via mobile

The worst meal we’ve had since moving to Alexandria three years ago. Take out was cold, chicken was cardboard, dumpling tasted as if just re-heated out of the freezer. Will not be returning.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed December 25, 2019 via mobile

We lived in Japan several years ago, and the authentic nature of the ambiance, decor, and wide range of menu choices make this a solid spot for Japanese food, including excellent sushi. My wife is not a big sushi fan, so the udon noodles, ramen...noodles, miso soup, and other go-to standards were a big hit.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 9, 2019

Zento has become a regular haunt on the weekend. Love the sushi and the food is always fresh and excellent. The service is good. The prices are reasonable. Like that I see Japanese nationals eating here... makes me feel like we're getting the real deal....Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 9, 2019

I love their ramen here. Though they are known for their sushi, I always order their Ramen, avocado salad and shrimp shumai EVERYTIME I go. They're always busy for lunch though so try to go early or later.

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed May 25, 2019

Never got around to ordering anything but appetizers and sushi...it was THAT GOOD. The only comparable to quality and price is Sushi Ring in Colorado Springs. The service was great, the Diamond Sake cold was so smooth and tasty. Very crowded but the turnover was...quick. We lingered eating the Yellowtail and Yellowtail belly...the Double Yellowtail roll was heaven.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

We came here on Mother’s Day and the place was packed. All four of us spontaneously decided to have the Bento box dinner since it offered quite a selection. We have California roll, shrimp and vegetables tempura, mix of sashimi and grill steak or salmon....The portion was very generous. The tempuras were nice, crisp and fresh. Worth a try if you have not been here before. We were totally satisfied.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed March 19, 2019 via mobile

Myself and my girlfriend visited Zento based on recommendations from a family member of the restaurant. The sushi was excellent, fresh, flavorful and generous. Had great service and was comfortable in this very special place. I will go there as often as I can while...in AlexandriaMore

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed March 18, 2019

We came to Zento to take advantage of their Happy Hour Menu that they offer everyday from 5pm-7pm (All night on Mondays!). Zento has a nice ambience in a intimate setting (the middle tables are close enough to consider them communal tables). The waitresses were...friendly, and the service was quick. The sushi was fairly price and good, but nothing spectacular. If you're in Old Town Alexandria looking for a decent sushi restaurant, with a relaxed atmosphere, that won't break the bank, then Zento is the spot for you. Also, parking in the garage is free for Zento - this is a plus if you're planning on going during metered hours.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

Enjoyed their happy hour! Small space that was very busy. Tried their very unique sushi rolls and they were great. Will go back

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed November 11, 2018

When I fly into DCA and stay in Old Town, I like to drop into Zento's Japanese for Tempura, Sushi and seafood udon. There is free parking on the second floor that you access from the side streets that no one seems to know about....The help is all Japanese.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I moved to Alexandria from Brazil in January and we are trying to adapt by getting to know the restaurants in Old Town. As all the places we live, we always have our favorite sushi restaurant and Zento is definitely our place...here! Although service will vary according to the waiter that serves your table, it seems like it has become more friendly as they realize we eat there at least once a week. Food is always fresh and happy hours is very generous. Ambiance is also a plus. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Every so often, we in the office get the hankering for sushi. Zento is our go-to place on those days. They have a few bento-box specials at lunch, and a few sushi combo specials, as well as the full a la carte sushi menu. We've...never had a bad lunch here. It can get crowded fast (we try to arrive about 11:50) and when full, it is quite loud (no sound-absorbing surfaces on the walls or ceiling.) But delish, and with friendly & attentive staff!More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

Food came out quick and service was nice. Good portion sizes of sushi and the bento boxes were filling.

Date of visit: August 2018
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I know they have a gluten free soy sauce which I've also had before. The do have dishes with items wouldn't contain gluten but do know now about noodles and batter.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zento Japanese Restaurant

Yes, Zento Japanese Restaurant offers takeout services.

Zento Japanese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4