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Shop 3 55 Grafton St, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia
+61 123456789
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18:00 - 23:30
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Tue - Sat 18:00 - 23:30
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I was looking forward to visiting this restaurant for an early dinner. Restaurant is closed although sign on the window say open from 6pm, except Monday's. Their website is also down :(

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Thank SergeBrel
ZenJapanAdmin, Manager at Zen Japan, responded to this review

Hi SergeBrel You must have your dates wrong as Wednesday was the 14th & we were open & half full with customers by 6:30 on Wednesday, Sorry for any inconvenience & im sure we were looking forward to seeing you to. But actually the window sign says closed Sunday & Monday - open Tuesday to Saturday from 6ish - 11:30ish.... More 

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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

You simply have to try it, guys! Best in Coffs Harbour. Courteous and authentic service and choice in food and drinks. Felt transported out of Oz to another cafe in native Japan.

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Thank Kumar S
Forster, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Zen Japan is a very unique restaurant. Me being vegan myself I couldn't wait to try it but I came along with 3 very strong meat eaters. After just the first coarse we all were amazed by how tasty and fresh the food was and it continued to suprise us for the rest of the night. Such tradition Japanese flavours... More 

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Thank foood1999
ZenJapanAdmin, Owner at Zen Japan, responded to this review

We're so happy you enjoyed your experience at Zen & really glad you brought your friends to check it out. We look forward to having you visit again & will try hard to keep improving. Arigatou!! More 

Coffs Harbour, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

What a great place to eat and what delicious food! For a two person team, and a tiny restaurant, the food was delicious. These guys obviously know their stuff. They were very informative about their culture, the food and Japanese customs. What a great idea!

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Thank Gillianelena
ZenJapanAdmin, Owner at Zen Japan, responded to this review

Thank you sooo much for your visit & are really happy that you enjoyed our little Izakaya. Hope to see you again soon More 

Surfers Paradise, Australia
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Coffs Harbour is very lucky to have this little spot. The atmosphere and the staff really make this restaurant truly special. The food was well prepared and fresh, the owners really care about the food they serve. The all vegan menu was super tasty and really worth trying even for the non vegan person. The beer on tap went really... More 

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Thank goldcoastgurl
ZenJapan, Owner at Zen Japan, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience & happy to have you visit. We've been putting a lot of effort into the menu and re-organising and redecorating this past week, so hopefully will be even better next time you come More 

Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

A very compact and cosy atmosphere, sitting cross legged on cushions on the floor. Host welcomes everyone who enters and explains the process. Limited beer option but it was very authentic and delicious. Food is delicious and comes promptly. Good value for money and a cool experience.

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Thank Rob A
ZenJapan, Owner at Zen Japan, responded to this review

Thanks Rob A for coming and checking us out. We really hope you enjoyed your experience. We would love to have had more beer options for you but as a sale and tapas bar, we didn't even have beer until very recently. Our limited space is mostly dedicated to sake as their are billions of fine place where beer can... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

A friend and I chanced on this little bit of Japan and ended up enjoying the experience immensely. Traditional food and trying the different sake's all in a traditional Japanese atmosphere was unexpected. Great experience.

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Thank herbie2448
ZenJapan, Owner at Zen Japan, responded to this review

I'm soo happy you took the time to try something different in coffs. & glad you enjoyed the experience. As you can imagine we have lots of fun researching all the sake that we decide to stock at Zen. Hope you found some of them to your liking More 

Sydney
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

A lovely bar in Coffs Harbour, serving a wide range of Japanese alcohol, with tasty vegan bar snacks! Found this gem on the Happy Cow website, which list vegetarian/vegan/vegetarian-friendly shops & places to eat all around the world. Some friends & I dropped in here after dinner late one Saturday night recently for drinks & we really enjoyed our visit... More 

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Thank Aussie_Abroad_9
ZenJapan, Owner at Zen Japan, responded to this review

We get a lot of people that are relieved to know that if they are or have vegan or vegetarian friends they can eat or drink everything on the menu. We're glad you dropped in and hope you can drop by again soon. Ps I love the toyufu (truffle balls) as well. My wife created the recipe for me on... More 

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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Zen was okay. The proportions were way to small, and all the food was put into small cup sized paper bowls? Which isn't that good for the environment, I don't think. The food was semi-Japanese but I must give them credit for their delicious onigiris. The floor space also needs to be bigger (much much bigger), and the fact that... More 

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1 Thank mima k
ZenJapan, Owner at Zen Japan, responded to this review

We are glad you thought Zen was ok, but would be happier if you thought it was great. We think it's because you may have mistaken a few things about your experience at an izakaya/tapas bars. Firstly we are not open school days, we are not actually open any days, we are a late night tapas bar open only nights... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

I love Japanese food and whilst I enjoy some vegetarian meals I did miss some of my favorite meat dishes so was a little disappointed. I also worry the owners might not have longevity as they have really narrowed their market share especially in a small town like Coffs and we were there on a Sat night and it was... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
ZenJapanAdmin, Owner at Zen Japan, responded to this review

Hi glad you came in to check out Zen and enjoyed our range of award winning vegan sake and are glad it wasn't too busy the night you came in as Saturday's can often get a bit crazy Unfortunately as for your requests about pork & meat etc, seeing as we are celebrating 3 years as Australia's first vegan izakaya,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 9
Cuisine
Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Tuesday
18:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
18:00 - 23:30
Thursday
18:00 - 23:30
Friday
18:00 - 23:30
Saturday
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 3 55 Grafton St, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Coffs Harbour
  • Phone Number: +61 123456789
Description
Late Night Sake & Tapas Bar Please visit our website for more up to date informationWe don't take bookings or phone orders.The phone number above is incorect (We have no Phone) as the tripadvisor site doesnt allow for no phone numbers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?