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“A great spot to view the promenade and eat fab food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zengo - Santa Monica

Zengo - Santa Monica
Ranked #212 of 672 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Spanish, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Broadway
Transit: The Big Blue Bus and Rapid line both have drop offs in front of the Santa Monica Place at the corner of 4th Street and Broadway.
Santa Monica, California
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98 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A great spot to view the promenade and eat fab food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

A must for real foodies. The price fixe menu rocks and the caipirinhas are dynamite. The atmosphere is fun and the service is super.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Huntington, New York
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Something different - Latin/Asian!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

Well this one works! Sandoval has really mixed Latin and Asian flavors that you would never expect. Not catering to the tourists but more to the foodie. We were with very picky eaters, and they loved it. Duck Taco's for appy, Shumai, some sushi rolls, ceviche and then great salad choices.
Main dishes - hard to choose they all sounded great. Nothing disappointed. The whole crispy fish, that night a trout was perfectly cooked with a watercress salad light stuffed inside and a black bean sauce that was a killer! A must have.
My very fussy eating Wife really enjoyed the scallops with the pork belly.
Only down side - the food came out at different times to each person. The waitress said it was a "free flow kitchen" - that is not acceptable. Food should still come out together. If I want to eat alone, I will go alone. At least they could tell you that early on not after the last person eating was 20 minutes after the 1st person. Fix that and you have a winner.

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne
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56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

I loved this place, the menu was unusual but left me wanting to try more, unfortunately we were only in Santa Monica for the day.

My wife and I stumbled upon Zengo after looking for a suitable place to eat and wondering up from the Santa Monica Pier, after taking the escalators up to the food court we saw surprisingly a couple of restaurants which due to location we thought they would be poor but we were very wrong. My wife had a bento box, with her Miso Soup being slightly weird but I think was due to the additional flavours added. I tried a small and large plate and they were both magnificent, the fusion of flavours is perfect. The restaurant also has a cool theme and great view over third.

Visited July 2013
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Monroe, new york
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awful”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We decided to grab some tapas after shopping and were very disappointed in the quality and flavor of the 3 dishes we ordered.maybe it was too late for them to care? The Cosmo had to be one of the worst I ever had.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Tampa, Florida
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120 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Simply unsurpassed "fusion" of flavors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

"Fusion" is cliched but Lord, this place Zengo kicks the [--] out of that tired old buzz-word.

Fresh Asian in an unholy alliance with Latin food? Man talk about a winner in LA.

But apart from the wonderful concept, spot-on decor and prompt service its the flavours that brought us back more than once during our long dirty weekend in LA.

Pulled Pork Arepas (a Colombian invention, NOT Venezuelan)
Crab Guacamole
Thai Shrimp Wraps
Empanadas

The list went on and on....

We rate it as one of the best restaurant we've ever had the pleasure of visiting....

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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