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2315 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-4521
+1 510-521-7070
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17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Alameda, California
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64 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

TA gave me this assignment but I have never been here and cannot delete it. I am sure it is very nice as Alameda restaurants are very popular, exsecially before the 7:00 movie time.

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Thank susan J
Alameda, California
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135 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

This is our third visit and we are always delighted by the novelty and flavor of the asian fusion food such as octopus puffs (takoyaki) and curry mussels. The service is prompt and friendly. However the room is ill-lit and really hard to see the food or menu unless close to a window during daylight hours. Nonetheless Zen is understandably... More 

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Thank lancereyn0
San Ramon, California
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192 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Great place for Asian tapas. Staff very helpful selecting a variety of excellent Asian tapas. Cozy atmosphere. Street parking can be a challenge but well worth it..

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Thank Gloria P
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94 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

This place has a nice Happy hour. A good variety of choices. You can try without really worrying about the bill. Almost everything is good, so you are safe to experiment! Can be crowded but making a reservation will get you seats.

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Thank Rose L
Alameda, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

Small restaurant located off of Park Street. This very red walled asian fusion spot has a very eclectic menu and everything is good. The kimchee fried rice, the pork belly sushi is amazing. It's one of our favorite places for happy hour. We literally order every thing on the happy hour menu and 2 dozen oysters $1 each during happy... More 

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Thank momwithablog
Alameda, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Highly recommend for its ambiance and delicious food. Very cozy - as good as many SF restaurants for those who prefer to stay local

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Thank Want2travel282
Alameda, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

We eat at Zen 4-5 times per year. It's a good value for the quality of the food, which is always consistently good. Usually not crowded so you can just walk in. Especially like the odd combinations like the pork belly sushi and the fish egg spaghetti.

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Thank Dave M
Alameda, California
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

If you get there in time (I think it's only until 6:30), the happy hour food specials are great. Unfortunately a few of our favorite dishes aren't on the special menu so they are full price (Zen salad, kimchee fried rice, spicy edemame), but the sweet potato fries with aioli, tuna tartare and pork belly sushi are so the total... More 

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Thank Jill S
Houston
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93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015 via mobile

Had the Viognier--crisp and flavorful!! 1/2 off. Loved the sweet potato fries. They had a light tempura batter. Edamame was just spicy enough. The tuna tartare with the Wonton chips were light and tasty. All of the appetizer were Happy Hour prices. Great value.

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Thank HonduranHoustans
Alameda, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

Such an excellent experience. I'm gluten intolerant and the waitress had a list of all the menu items I could get. We got the salmon wrap and grilled prawns to start. Both were unbelievable - excellent quality of shrimp and the flavors in the salmon wrap - so good! We then shared the salmon teriyaki and chicken teriyaki. These came... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 33
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Spanish
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:30
Saturday
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2315 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-4521
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alameda
  • Phone Number: +1 510-521-7070

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