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“Pleasantly surprising sushi”
Review of Now and Zen

Now and Zen
Ranked #110 of 606 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Cuisines: Japanese
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

When in C'ville, we make sure to visit Now and Zen and are always amazed at the freshness and presentation of their sushi. We are former restaurant owners and appreciate the effort the sushi chef puts into each menu item. We are also sort of sushi snobs in that, if not "wowed" immediately, we go elsewhere (or just make our own from the local Japanese market). The quantity and quality of food served is simply outstanding. And what a value! In any other city, the same presentation would cha-ching your wallet at least double. If new to sushi, definitely ask for your server's recommendation on what to order. We do, anyway, and have been pleasantly surprised on how wonderful the server's advice was, especially on menu selections we would never have ordered on our own.
The restaurant itself is just OK, nothing fancy. Small dining room, not a lot of seating. One long table in the middle where you may be seated next to others, but we find most the interesting people in Charlottesville, well worth speaking to and enjoying the company of otherwise strangers. If you go frequently, as we do, look around at the variety of what others have been served and have some fun on something new to order.

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Thank Dale M
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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

This place's schtick is the size of their rolls. They are gargantuan to the point of having to cut and eat in 2-4 bites. What's the point? Eating this way, I only get a singular flavor and more rice than a roll should ever include. The appetizers were underwhelming; had the aburi salmon which just tasted like butane and char and the dressing for the seaweed salad was bitter. Save your money and go elsewhere.

Thank leslie w
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Fit the family, lots of choices and good quality burgers. Friday evening crowd and only a 5 minute wait.

Thank Pam H
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Exceptional sushi. Small and intimate - a nice first date option. Often packed for lunch but I've not had problems getting in for dinner.

Thank Cindy M
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We've been fans of Now & Zen in Charlottesville since it first opened and it continues to be one of our most favorite places to dine. The menu is interesting and diverse. At this point, we've tried almost everything they serve and have loved it all. The owner is also the chef and he keeps the quality and consistency at the very highest levels. The wait staff is charming and helpful and the pricing makes it a great value.

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1  Thank Grace K
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