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438 E Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD 21212-3035
+1 410-532-0022
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Mon 11:30 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Every item I have had has been amazing. The staff are friendly and helpful. Carry out is always buzzing, and you can almost always find a table in the dining room.

Thank Kathryn F
Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

I have been here for many years and they have the best kung pao chicken. Their ants in the tree, scallion pancakes, seaweed salad is delicious,too. it's not fancy but can be nice for casual friendly get-togethers

Thank mmitra2
Cumberland, MD
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

The food was plentiful and delicious, and the people were really friendly. The leftovers fed us for another meal! We'll visit again!

Thank RutherfordB
Baltimore, Maryland
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638 reviews
455 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

We have been coming here for years. A half block from Belvedere there is plenty of parking nearby. The egg rolls and hot and sour soup are excellent, as are the ribs and other appetizer options. Try X1, crispy shrimp in a wonderfully spicy sauce. They do good fried rice (try the house) and the many other entree options. Not... More 

Thank Richard J
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Great neighborhood Chinese. Prices good. We will often go there when we go to nearby Swnator to see movie

Thank Janice S
Baltimore, Maryland
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186 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Service was a bit uneven. Caters to vegetarians, but they have meat, shrimp, pork and chicken as well. Now, for a place that caters to vegetarians, we asked the waitress which soups were meatless and she had to check the kitchen. There were a few other questions we had and she had to check. Maybe she was new. But they... More 

Thank baltlaw
Baltimore, Maryland
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2013

This is Chinese food done right. No heavily starched sauces but nice clean flavors expertly prepared and served piping hot. They also cater to families and children without missing a beat. There are standard staples but the chef's specials are the best. Love the soft shell crabs in all the preparations when they are in season.

Thank Valina D
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 December 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Café Zen has been my family's go-to chinese restaurant for over a decade. The decor, service, and delicious cuisine never disappoints. The quality of the food is excellent.

Thank Caroline G
Wilton, Connecticut, USA
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Reasonably priced and very friendly staff. Tasty food. Large servings. Fast completion of take out .

Thank kenm44
Falls Church, Virginia
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338 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

We stopped at Cafe Zen based on a recommendation from Duff of Charm City Cakes on the Food Network "Best Thing I Ever Ate - With Chopsticks". We ordered what Duff recommended which is the Crispy Beef and several other things including the Curry Chicken, Mu Shu Chicken and Pad Thai. It was all very good but probably the weakest... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 20
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 438 E Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD 21212-3035
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore
  • Phone Number: +1 410-532-0022

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