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Downtown / Chinatown
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1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005-4111 (Thoms Circle)
+1 202-379-4366
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Bremen, Germany
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266 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went there with a large group and I was expecting some taste bud enlightment but in the end it was high quality marketing with some ok food and mediocre service.

Thank stinsonbeach13
Cleveland, Ohio
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144 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is kind of not cool... they had fruit flies in the dining room!!! Now on top of it go ahead and order a bottle of Laganitas IPA but know they do NOT give you the bottle of beer. They give you a flute of beer at the bottle price! I'm sure they fridge the beer and repour =... More 

Thank GreekScubaGirl
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Busy flavorful small plate fusion venue with great bar service and a small but speedy kitchen that also makes a serious breakfast if you wake up early enough

Thank Tomastapas904
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267 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a sushi fanatic, Zentan was just average in my opinion. The rolls our group had looked fine but lacked flavor. Sampling more than a half dozen entree's the 'sides' garlic edamame and the roasted brussel sprouts were the best thing we had. While sitting there waiting for our drinks we noticed the staff stopping at each table to explain... More 

Thank 860Vetman
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were hungry for sushi but found the menu confusing and needed help from the waitstaff interpreting it. Four of us dined here post-theatre and found the best dish of the night to be the 'side' of roasted Brussel sprouts! Sushi and rolls all tasted pretty much the same, which was a shame. Lackluster presentations and flavors.

Thank KitchnQ
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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206 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat at the large colorful bar for lunch and ordered a wide variety of sushi. Great selection. They have a $19 prix fixe lunch as well. Gyro and hamachi crude were great. The bento box had a nice assortment. Pretty restaurant and friendly staff.

Thank jtmurrayrealtor
Greenville, Michigan
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in DC for a few days so the wife and I went to Zentan because it was close and had good reviews. We were not disappointed. I had Nigiri Hotate and the spicy yellow tail roll. My wife had the Firecracker and Firedragon rolls. The rice was perfect not to soft or hard and the fish was also... More 

Thank craig r
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186 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was easy to find. We did a chefs preference meal called a Kuidore (journey) where the tapas like dishes kept coming until you desire to stop. The Sake flights were informative and the service was excellent. The staff were knowledgeable and interactive.

Thank moosaki
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is delectable Japanese cuisine! Every dish I ordered was Excellent! The garlic edamame, smoked duck breast and the portabella mushrooms were absolutely wonderful! The staff were friendly and helpful!

Thank SkiNY
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi skiNY, Thanks for all the stars and kind words! It was a pleasure serving you here at Zentan. We hope to see you again very soon! Thank you so much for choosing Zentan! Best wishes, Carlo D. Bruno Restaurant Manager Zentan More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

After a few nights of a very disappointing (to say it gently) food quality in Washington we found this gem. Japanese tapas is the style of dinning and - it was delicious!!! From roasted portobello mushrooms to the most astonishing Brussels sprouts - yes Brussel sprouts (and we hate them normally by the way...) A-MAZ-IN! If you're worried you don't... More 

Thank OlgaM924
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Olga, Thanks so much for your flattering comments. I'm delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your meal with us at Zentan. I will certainly share your remarks with the entire staff so that we may celebrate our team's service and cooking. We hope that you will visit us the next time you're in town. Thanks so much for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005-4111
    (Thoms Circle)
  • Public Transportation: McPherson Square/Farragut North
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-379-4366
Zentan is your DC destination for Modern Pan Asian Cuisine. Our ambiance is perfect for social events, dates, meetings and celebrations and is rivaled only by our chef inspired, seasonal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Our sushi is sustainable, flown in fresh and crafted into cold plates and maki’s you won’t find anywhere else. Iffy about raw food? Not a problem! Our extensive selection of Modern Pan Asian cold and hot plates are sure to satisfy any pallet. Each dish is served from the kitchen as soon as it’s prepared; just think Asian Tapas! Here are a few dishes to whet your appetite: Myazaki Beef Hot Rock (cook it yourself, japanese river rock) Peking Chicken (bao buns, black garlic hoisin, cucumber) Maguro Crudo (goat cheese, fuji apples, pumpkin seed oil) Shagalicious (crab salad, cucumber, miazaki beef, tempura ebi, crispy leek)

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