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Zen

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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Bar, Spanish, Pub
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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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this place because it's truly a spot to relax. You can sink into a comfy couch, order a glass of wine and enjoy one of their yummy specialties.

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Thank mriesen2016
Oakland, California, United States
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534 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This place has a pretty decent happy hour menu with a variety of Asian tapas. We came here during happy hour, and 4 of us ordered everything on the happy hour menu that included meat dumplings, egg-rolls, pork belly tacos,edamame, oysters, tempura fries, pork belly sushi, octopus puffs, agedashi nasu,and tuna tartare. Everything was decent, but under seasoned. We were... More 

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Thank Dianah R
Alameda, California
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64 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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143 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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193 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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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110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 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
Reviewed 1 August 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 33
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Bar, Spanish, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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?