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“A favorite in Orange Beach”
Review of Zen - CLOSED

Zen
Price range: $10 - $25
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: hwy 161
Description: Trendy, romantic atmosphere with an up beat tempo and decor. Has banquet room, great for entertaining clients, Kid friendly, Outdoor seating, Both Lunch and Dinner, Reservaions excepted but not required
Reviewed August 13, 2013

The food is always excellent. The atmosphere is contemporary and warm. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. They have a exquisite wine list. Go to Zen if you can!!!

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1  Thank Margaret P
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Came in with family and everyone enjoyed it. Sushi menu isn't large but it was plenty. Edamame and volcano roll were delicious. Even my 7 year old tried a piece and liked it. For a little girl that eats nothing but chicken fingers and pop tarts, we were amazed. Signature martinis come out smoking so it is a cool gimmick in which I saw every table that got one take a picture of it before drinking it. Our waiter brad was excellent. Great with the kids. Had 2 desserts at the table that were specials not on menu and they were wiped out quick. Daughter licked the glass one of them came in but it had whip cream in it so that's not completely unheard of. Only issue we had was hearing the man at the food window yell across the restaurant at the waitress whose food it was. Not sure he needed to yell but that didn't spoil the meal. We'll absolutely come back on our next visit down. Prices were higher than any quick fried seafood joints but nothing too outrageous. Left full and happy.

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1  Thank Braaad
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Because Zen had been highly recommended to us, we wanted to experience the fine cuisine. Oh, how wrong! Our first clue should have been a nearly empty dining area at 7:30 on a Friday evening during peak tourist season. Even the waiters were not the usual Orange Beach friendly. Several in our group had just returned from overseas and wanted good sushi, but they were highly disappointed. Likewise, the oysters were not tasty; the steak lacked flavor, and the grouper was not good. The restaurant is decorated nicely, but definitely lacks the "beachy" ambiance of most of the restaurants in the area since it's in the middle of a strip mall. Over the years, we've tried most of the nice restaurants in the area, and, unfortunately, I must say this tops the list of the worst.

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Thank Louisiana_visitor_11
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Looks Nice, Tastes Horrible
ordered by waiter recommendations and had to send it back, went from bad fish to
overcooked(really!)filet, gave up, paid bill ($100.00) left. Please don't try this away from home!

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Thank Johnson521
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Went to Zens late around 8pm, got a table right away. But, once we ordered we sat for an hour before we were served our meal. Then one of our party could not eat their meal, it aweful in taste.
Will not be going back!

Thank 9zoomzoom
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