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Zen Japanese

Average price $35
8.5/10
239 reviews

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Preset menus and drinks not included.

Available on the booked timeslot.

Scores & Reviews

Fabulous
8.5/10
based on 239 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.8/10
Service :8.4/10
Setting :8.2/10
  1. Sue S.
    Sue S.
    • 2 reviews
    5.5/10

    Food was great as usual but Service was just ok. We asked for sushi first followed by other entrees then mains. We had to ask for the sushi after entrees and only one of the sushi arrived, I asked about the other and was told they would get them period who took the order! Eventually it came. The atmosphere was noisy and cramped. Tis what it tis

  2. Elyse D.
    Elyse D.
    • 16 reviews
    10/10

    Fantastic experience! Lovely staff and great food, would highly recommend.

  3. Anne H.
    Anne H.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    Staff excellent; welcoming and attentive. Seafood tempura - fish was not fresh.; the rest of dish OK. Seafood noodle dish should be called mussel noodles- heaps of mussels & a few prawns / calamari.

  4. Daphne S.
    Daphne S.
    • 18 reviews
    10/10

    My favourite restaurant - great bento boxes, incredible wagyu steak, welcoming service. We had the Teriyaki bento and the Kensiki bento and both great - this is a 10 for me !!!

  5. Dorelle L.
    Dorelle L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Everything was amazing.The staff friendly , made sure our water was filled at all times. The food was excellent, very hot, tasty & beautifully presented. We all had a perfect night.

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews
    8.25/10

    Very nice food at a great price

  7. Suzanne E.
    Suzanne E.
    • 42 reviews
    10/10

    Best Japanese. Wonderful fresh food. Excellent service, great subdued atmosphere. Not frantic and noisy. Lovely evening.

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 263 reviews
    8/10

    Nice intimate dinning space

  9. Daphne S.
    Daphne S.
    • 18 reviews
    10/10

    Came here for my brother's birthday and the food and service was just exceptional - really my favourite restaurant for any occasion :-) Will be coming back !!!

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 286 reviews
    10/10

    The seafood was fresh and everything was very tasty. Also great service. Our new favourite Japanese Resturant in the area.

  11. Alison T.
    Alison T.
    • 2 reviews
    8.5/10

    Excellent food

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 271 reviews
    9/10

    The staff and service was excellent. Food was delicious and very authentic to Japanese restaurants in Japan. And it was nice and cosy for a quiet special evening.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews
    6/10

    Waited close to an hour for even the appetizer (sashimi & sushi) to be served. Food was ok. Slightly above average. Portions generous

  14. Aruna R.
    Aruna R.
    • 13 reviews
    9/10

    Enjoyable meal. The food was well presented and tasty. Would recommend this cosy Japanese restaurant to others.

  15. Jack K.
    Jack K.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great service for my partner’s birthday. Fantastic food.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews
    6.75/10

    Have been to Zen on many occasions and enjoyed the dining experience. There has been a change in ownership with more focus on profit than the customer. That’s how it felt when charged extra for requesting the GF option despite the dishes being presented with a GF option. We were given a discount when we complained but it just didn’t feel right.

  17. Louise G.
    Louise G.
    • 6 reviews
    9.75/10

    Thank you for a lovely evening although we probably ordered too much delicious food

  18. Edward L.
    Edward L.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Amazing food. Great service. Neighbourhood gem.

  19. Daphne S.
    Daphne S.
    • 18 reviews
    7.75/10

    We have been here many times. The food is excellent but the portion is rather small on some dishes. The shasime is fresh and excellent.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 297 reviews
    9/10

    Delicious food and excellent service.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

388 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Australia

Directions to get there

Tasmania, , , , Bayside, , , Hawthorn, , , Melbourne City, Melbourne East, Melbourne North, Melbourne North East, Melbourne North West, Melbourne South East, Melbourne West, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip, , , , , , , , , , Yarra-Dandenong Ranges

About the restaurant

I think I'm turning Japanese.

From the endearingly giggly service to the tea-light-lit tables and palate tickler of silky potato with mayo, Zen’s little shopfront is a charmer. Meaning kindness and goodness, Zen Japanese represents exactly that. This little haven is the perfect spot to catch up with a friend after a busy week.

Continuously seeking improvements, these guys are not simply working towards becoming a great restaurant, but also creating a memorable place for their customers to keep coming back to.

Best dish: Sizzling beef teriyaki with grilled vegetables.

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