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1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005-4111
+1 202-379-4366
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“sushi” (122 reviews)
“rock shrimp” (5 reviews)
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5:30 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005-4111
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Reviewed yesterday

We didn't have time to hit the restaurant, but the great part is that the room service menu is from Zentan!

Thank Danay E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a high end sushi restaurant. The menu is varied and let’s you take your meal in different directions. I had the miso soup which was rich and wonderful. Much more umami than you typically get in an appetizer. I followed this with the...More

Thank HokieJAC
Mariah H, Private Events Manager at Zentan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Your feedback regarding service is so helpful. We took it to heart and we’re working tirelessly to review service steps with our teammates. Come back soon and let us know how we did. Cheers, Mariah Howes Private Events Manager Zentan Restaurant

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

For a first time visitor, go for the chefs tasting plate, a bit pricey for what is served, but worth the price as all the other dishes are not all that cheap either. Good vibe and atmosphere.More

Thank Jacinta C
Mariah H, Private Dining Manager at Zentan, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

We love to hear guests say that they enjoyed their Kuidaore experience. It is the best way to dine through Zentan as you get to try a wide variety of what our menu has to offer. Please reach out to me directly the next time...More

Reviewed 26 January 2018

Although not particularly busy, the initially solicitous waitstaff disappeared. Crickets between courses. Read the paper…filed old emails…yawned. Food was okay, but I lost interest as the evening dragged.More

Thank Greg B
Mariah H, other at Zentan, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2018

Hi Greg, Thank you for your feedback about the long wait time between courses. We are truly sorry, and know how unpleasant that can be when you sit down to a great meal, but are kept waiting. We really goofed, and we want to share...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

We spent a week in Washington DC and we had breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday in different places. Definetly this was the worse. The food was OK, but no better than other places we went to. And we had to pay $200 for 4 people...More

Thank nowayallnamestaken
Mariah H, Private Dining Manager at Zentan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Uh-oh – it sounds like you didn’t see the value in your meal at Zentan. Our culinary team pride's it's self on bring in high quality seafood and super-fresh ingredients from trusted farmers, which can make dishes on the menu feel a bit on the...More

Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Very disappointed. Totally overpriced for what you get. Ordered the sushi boat. It had 4 pieces of gold fish sushi and a couple of California rolls. Cost - 80.00. A total rip off. On top of that, service was horrid.More

Thank Bobdec
Mariah H, Private Dining Manager at Zentan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Thanks so much for sharing your feedback - it sounds like you didn’t see the value in your meal at Zentan. Our culinary team pride's itself on bringing in only the freshest sushi grade fish possible and always offering a variety of options on our...More

Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

The place looks fabulous. The service was great and plates came in quickly. The only thing I disliked was that I felt the menu was very skewed towards cold plates. Don't get me wrong, the sushis we ordered were simply amazing. But I just really...More

Thank Mario I
Mariah H, Private Dining Manager at Zentan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Hi Mario, Your feedback regarding the menu variety is very helpful. We actually offer a variety of warm rice bowls and ramen on out lunch menu, so if you are nearby you should definitely stop by to try them. We'll take this feedback to heart...More

Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

This restaurant offers authentic Japanese food, with various dining options available. We decided to have the chef surprise us, which led us to eat a lot of great dishes that we likely would not have picked ourselves otherwise. Price wise they are a bit on...More

Thank Mariella d
Mariah H, Private Dining Manager at Zentan, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Good morning Mariella, We love hearing that our guests experienced Kuidaore - we think that it is always the best way to make your way through Zentan's menu, as it showcases many items that are guests favorites, as well as some off-menu chef specials. We...More

Reviewed 8 December 2017

The service was excellent from start to finish. I was very impressed with the peas and sprouts appetizer and the gyu steak kabob from the grill. The rock shrimp was just okay and the California rolls were actually awful. The chocolate mousse suggested by the...More

Thank sjd614
Mariah H, Private Dining Manager at Zentan, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2017

Thanks much for your honest feedback! We will take your note back to our culinary team to review and refresh the food that we are putting out. Enjoy the holidays! Cheers, Mariah Howes Private Dining Manager

Reviewed 2 December 2017

Very unique and interesting meal in addition to being quite tasty. Expect the "tapas" sized items to come out one at a time and enjoy each individually and wholly while anticipating the next. A few were stellar, all were good.

Thank Christopher F
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27 May 2015|
Response from Peggydt | Reviewed this property |
Lots of meat and vegetables. Beyond this I do not know since I am not gluten intolerant and do not track on this.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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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