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“Great Local Restaurant”

Sushi-Zen Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #60 of 896 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Sushi Chef and owner, Shoji Mochizuki, opened Sushi Zen Japanese Restaurant in 1997. It is conveniently located in the Lee-Harrison Shopping Center, in the heart of North Arlington, Virginia. Featured in the Washingtonian Cheap Eats Magazine, The Washington Post, as well as two time winner of Northern Virginia Living's TOP 50 Restaurants in Northern Virginia, Sushi-Zen offers a relaxed family environment. The sushi bar provides a variety of Japanese delicacies - made fresh to order - including a wide variety of sushi and sashimi artistically prepared and presented on their well-recognized hand-carved wooden fishing boats, complete with masts, ranging from small to large. Sushi-Zen Celebrates SEVENTEEN Years in Business 1997-2014
Reviewed August 11, 2013

My wife and I live right next door and go to Sushi Zen very often. Neither of us actually eat sushi (we go for the veggie rolls and teriyaki), so take the rest of the review with that context.

It has a nice local feel to it. Service is generally good and usually pretty speedy. I like the chicken and salmon teriyaki. It is done in a unique style and is a bit different every time. My wife really like the vegetable rolls.

I do feel like the quality and service varies a bit depending on who is on staff that night, but it is never bad and still pretty solid on the nights without the A team. It is a great local restaurant.

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Rosie G, Owner at Sushi-Zen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Will. We’re so glad to hear we’ve become a favorite for you and your wife! We love hearing our customers’ go-to dishes, so thank you for sharing how much you like the chicken and salmon teriyaki! We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to serving you again soon. Best, the Sushi-Zen team

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Sushi-Zen is the best sushi I've ever had! Although it is a quiet place, the food is amazing. The salads are the delicious, and the sushi is incredibly fresh. I definitely prefer Sushi-Zen over the nearby Asian Kitchen. I recommend the California roll w/ roe.

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Thank Ima B
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Rosie G, Owner at Sushi-Zen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Thank you so much, Ima. We’re thrilled we’re your go-to sushi spot! We love hearing our customers’ recommendations, so we’re so happy to hear you love our California roll! We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us, and we look forward to serving you again soon. Best, Rosie (Owner)

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Spicy Tuna Roll is the best around. Sushi bar is very accommodating. Only thing I would caution is that the entrees are a bit pricey for what you get. If you want sushi at reasonable prices, this is the place to go.

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Rosie G, Owner at Sushi-Zen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Thank you for the kind words, FinanceDad. We’re so glad to hear you enjoy our sushi, especially the spice tuna roll! We appreciate you taking the time to share your opinion with us and hope to serve you again soon! Best, Rosie (Owner)

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

During a recent stay in the Washington, DC area, my wife and I were looking for a good sushi restaurant and an Internet search suggested the Sushi Zen Restaurant. Although parking is a challenge in the small shopping center, the freshness of the sushi and the gracious hospitality of the owner certainly made up for any unpleasant feelings. We ordered some of our favorites as well as experimented on a roll and everything was delicious. Definitely a place I will return to the next time I'm in the area.

Thank Elgin C
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Rosie G, Owner at Sushi-Zen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

Thank you for the kind words, Elgin. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. Thank you for including us as part of your visit to the DC area! We appreciate your business and can't wait to serve you again the next time you're nearby! Best, Rosie (Owner)

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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Sushi Zen has been our long-time favorite sushi restaurant in Arlington, and still continues to please. On a recent visit, we enjoyed a chirashi sushi bowl, as well as several rolls and specialty pieces of sushi, all fresh and tasty. Sushi Zen is also family friendly -- our children love the miso soup, tempura and salmon rice balls. Fun to eat and good for them too! Finally, the green tea and ginger ice cream are our favorite way to finish the meal. Overall, we love "the sushi place" as the kids call it.

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