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Now and Zen

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202 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5091
+1 434-971-1177
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“sushi” (17 reviews)
“miso soup” (2 reviews)
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Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
202 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5091
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Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

This place's schtick is the size of their rolls. They are gargantuan to the point of having to cut and eat in 2-4 bites. What's the point? Eating this way, I only get a singular flavor and more rice than a roll should ever include....More

Thank leslie w
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

Fit the family, lots of choices and good quality burgers. Friday evening crowd and only a 5 minute wait.

Thank Pam H
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Exceptional sushi. Small and intimate - a nice first date option. Often packed for lunch but I've not had problems getting in for dinner.

Thank Cindy M
Reviewed March 19, 2017

We've been fans of Now & Zen in Charlottesville since it first opened and it continues to be one of our most favorite places to dine. The menu is interesting and diverse. At this point, we've tried almost everything they serve and have loved it...More

1  Thank Grace K
Reviewed February 26, 2017

This place had very good sushi with some Xtra large rolls that were different. Too big to be practical to eat but sure looked impressive. Good selection of Japanese beers. The parking is impossible and this was a Sunday night in winter. Just lucked out...More

Thank vwp
Reviewed December 22, 2016

We celebrated my daughter's 30th birthday at Now & Zen, and we had a wonderful night. The menu is varied with so many different types of food. We selected a number of sushi rolls, some incredible grilled cauliflower, a salmon ceviche, and a very large...More

Thank GeorgeW1111
Reviewed October 26, 2016

Wonderful niche restaurant for those who love Japanese food. We've not had an average meal yet -- all are wonderful. The ramen was loaded with great shrimp and squid. The crab salad was refreshing, simple, and one of the best dishes we've enjoyed ever.

Thank Patrick C
Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

If you need a break from the grilled burgers, french fries and tacos, treat yourself with a visit to flavor town! Tucked away off the tourist trail is a wonderful place called Now and Zen. My wife and I were in search of fresh protein...More

Thank Anthony N
Reviewed September 30, 2016

Went to Now and Zen for the second time tonight. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Fair warning, their specialty rolls are huge. Get some advice from your server about the amount of food to order. My only complaint is that some of the rolls are so large...More

Thank Alex P
Reviewed September 28, 2016

Last evening my wife and I and four friends dined at Now and Zen, Two of my friends had eaten there often and raved about their experience. I must say they were correct. The menu items were many and all reasonable priced. The location just...More

Thank jamespopp
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August 18, 2016|
Response from Mandy B | Reviewed this property |
There are many street parking options around that area, you will just have to hunt and peck. Good luck!
Meagan O
July 4, 2016|
Response from Mandy B | Reviewed this property |
I did not see this question until now. I have no idea. You would have to ask the staff/owner/chef. Enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 202 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5091
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-971-1177
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