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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
We fly in fish from both Toyosu (Tsukiji) & Fukuoka markets in Japan on every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. At Zen Sushi & Sake, we only use the freshest ingredients – the essence of Japanese cuisine.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit No frills kinda place, but very clean and quiet. Cocktails were very good and our server was excellent! We were a party of four and we all ordered different items to share. VERY GOOD! Presentation was excellent, portions were good and the price...was fair. Very happy to become a regular. DaveBMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 10, 2021 via mobile

Delicious and beautiful. Very high quality. Recommend getting the chef’s choice entrees. Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed August 9, 2020 via mobile

We ended up in Lex for a quick weekend anniversary trip. The restaurant is nice, clean, and definitely unassuming. Tucked into a strip mall and not too crowded for the time we went. The service was wonderful and the sushi was some of the best...I’ve ever had. Quite wonderful. And the staff threw in a free tempura cheesecake bite, which was very nice of them. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 2, 2020

This is a good spot for take-out. The above roll was a highlight. Other rolls were good/average. Nice edamame.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020

Me and my husband have been wanting good sushi since we've been back from Japan and honestly it's hard to find in Kentucky.. Obviously nothing is going to be exactly like the sushi in Japan but we love sushi so much and we wanted something...close to what we had, Zen Sushi & Sake filled the void! I got the O-Toro sashimi which was the special of the day, I'm not sure how often they have it. It's Bluefin Tuna belly and it was sooo good. It was so tender, all the sushi we tried was such good quality. I also tried the Unagi Nigiri (and made my husband order it) it melts in your mouth. That was the best eel I've had. Period. I went with my husband and brother and we all got different things and tried each other's dishes, we all loved everything. I would definitely suggest that you give this place a try. It does cost a little bit more than other sushi places I have been to in Lexington but the fish is so much better than anything else I've had in Kentucky. They have something for everyone, if you don't like sushi, try their fried rice. It's really good too. Great food, great service and great atmosphere. We will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed August 9, 2019

We were staying nearby in the Townplace Suites and wanted to walk to dinner. We were pleasantly surprised to find this authentic sushi restaurant within walking distance. I got the best ramen I have ever had, they had fresh sushi from Japan flown in recently...and went enjoyed a flight of Japanese bourbons since we were in Kentucky. Great food, great find.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 31, 2019 via mobile

We are from ATL and travel to Lexington for horse reasons. We ALWAYS come to Zen at least once. This trip we have been 3 times! Great food and always consistent.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 11, 2019

I have eaten at a lot of Japanese restaurants and not all of them are perfect, and a lot of restaurants are slow getting your food ready. However it the first time I ever wrote my first bad review due to the service I received....On a Tuesday night, the restaurant is half empty and we wanted to order "take away." I entered and waited at the gate receptionist area – after waiting for quite a long time, nobody greeted me so I had to go in and chased down a waitress who has long braided hair. She seemed to be unhappy and directed me back to the gate and asked me to looked at the menu there. I did, and then she never came back to ask me what I wanted, so I had to walk in again to chase her and tell what I wanted to eat. After I made my order, she told me coldly “it has to be a 30-35 mins wait. We are busy today.” I left the restaurant and wandered around for 35 mins. Of course, when I came back, the food wasn’t ready. She did not apologize or show any empathy, just telling me again that “we are busy” and “5 more mins.” Of course it was much longer than 5 mins, and during the long wait, I was standing in their restaurant with a small kid, nobody told me that I could sit down or anything, and whenever I encountered this waitress with an inquiry look, she always paid me back with a nasty impatient expression. Eventually when I finally got my order, she emphasized again: “we are busy.” During the wait, I decided to pay before my food arrived so I can save some time. When I was holding my receipt, waiting – I wanted to give it back to them after I got my food, a white waiter with glasses asked me: “May I have your receipt back?” I said I would give it back to him when I get my food, and then, quite astonishingly, he asked very arrogantly “Madam, then, can I have the pen back?” when there are a lot of pens just on the desk in front of him. The moment when I handed the pen back to him, I was determined to write my first bad review, not because of the restaurant itself or the food quality but because of the two waitress/waiter being such exhibitionists of rudeness. ************** After my bad review, the manager called the next day. He apologized and offered a refund, and since he wanted to make it right, I made this review a little less angry. I hate to let other people take consequence of the rudeness of the two.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 27, 2019 via mobile

Jessica is wonderful. Her recommendations were spot on. Try the Volcano and The Incredible rolls... delicious! Our 12 YO granddaughter loved the provided samples of fish roe and rice. Nice!!

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 19, 2019

3rd time eating here and we are never disappointed. I would absolutely recommend. Great sushi and even better non-sushi lover food as well. Rock shrimp are absolutely phenomenal.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Yes, Zen Sushi & Sake offers takeout services.

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Zen Sushi & Sake is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4