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“Good sushi”

Zen Bistro Grill & Sushi
Ranked #1,424 of 2,430 Restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: Sushi
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

This place is on the edge of yuppie enclave, Westchase, tucked into a mishmash stripmall of restaurants and shops that are both high-minded and lowbrow (chains like Tijuana Flats and Burger 21 and places like The Great Spiedini and The Grind Cafe) so you might expect some pretentiousness as Tampa tends to over-celebrate its worldliness by elevating the ordinary. But this place feels like just a nice sushi place--good food in a quiet atmosphere.

I liked the decor of this place as they have Japanese style rock gardens built into the floor--a nice effect, and their potted bamboo makes a nice natural divider between rows of booths. They have also eschewed the cheesy quasi-oriental music these places sometimes have for a nice mix of contemporary music. The waitstaff is all in black because I guess you can't completely drop the need to be self-consciously chic.

So how was the food? Great. Yes...forget the decor or the location, the sushi was really good--with some nice combinations and beautiful presentations. On two visits to this place we tried a selection of the sushi and were never disappointed. The fish was very fresh and tasty. Some dishes have some spicy sauces that truly give them some zip. We didn't try the entrees--anything off of the sushi menu--but did have the curried crap dumplings. The dumplings were standard, nothing spectacular, but it did seem to be just the right amount of curry without overpowering the other ingredients. Interestingly, the menu is more regional than local, like most Asian places, meaning they have dishes inspired by Korean, Japanese or Viet Namese dishes.

The service wasn't bad, perhaps a little on the slow side but not excruciatingly so--and since the atmosphere is a good place to sit and talk, I didn't mind a slower pace.

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Reviewed 20 December 2013

This place has a great happy hour- specials on appetizers, sushi and drinks! Even if it's not happyhour, the prices are fair and the food is very good. The mussle appetizer is a must have!

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Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

This place is fairly expensive for sushi, it was $50 for 2 and that is with only 4 basic rolls. I don't mind the price, but the size of the rolls were small compared to other venues. The taste was fair at best.

The positives - We had good service and the atmosphere is nice.

With many other choices in Tampa, I would not recommend this restaurant.

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Thank ob205
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

The do mostly rolls ... but have a wide verity and do it very well. Good bar and interesting cocktails

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Thank 3690Aussie
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Perfect little place for some delicious food, wonderful drinks and great service. Great cocktail offers on a Sunday. Massive portions so be careful when ordering food that you don't go overboard.

Thank rosebuddd
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