Zen restaurant

89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines

Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Chinese

Price Range:

€€

116 reviews
4 stars - based on 116 reviews
Zen is situated in the centre of the trendy Rathmines village in Dublin 6; the unique setting of the restaurant in an old church hall makes it one of a kind. Zen opened its doors over twenty years ago, and since then it has been serving the most authentic Sichuan cuisine you can find in Dublin. This restaurant prioritizes real Sichuan cooking unlike Cantonese, eastern or northern Chinese styles, and unlike any other outside China. Zen is an award-winning restaurant and it has been consistently recommended by the Michelin Guide. The expert chefs are trained specifically in Sichuan cooking methods, and they use only the best local ingredients. Zen offers classic Sichuan cooking in comfortable and relaxing surroundings. There is sure to be something for everyone on this delicious menu which is served by friendly staff in an informal setting.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon5:00pm - 11:00pm
Tue5:00pm - 11:00pm
Wed5:00pm - 11:00pm
Thu5:00pm - 11:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sat5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sun5:00pm - 11:00pm

CAPACITY
60 people

CUISINES
Asian, Chinese

FACILITIES

Veggie options available Take away service Will cater for children Wheelchair Accessible Delivery Service Coeliac options available Will accept party bookings Parking available Accept major credit cards

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Zen

dublindining
Dublin
81 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th June 2016 (visited 4 June 2016 )

Lovely venue

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einstein

74 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd October 2015 (visited 11 September 2015 )

Four of us went in around 7 P.M, nice table and pleasant greeting from staff.Starters were fine , normal stuff nothing exceptional.Mains for two arrived , after 15 minutes third mains arrived then mine after another 10 minutes and quite a few requests from me as to whats happening. This ruined the evening , never mind the meal and to top it all , no allowances were made on the bill. Will not be back.

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dublindining
Dublin
81 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th April 2015 (visited 3 April 2015 )

Always a fine dining experience

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Sierra123
Dublin
58 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th March 2015 (visited 13 March 2015 )

Dined with my friend for lunch on the Friday off the value menu, it is the only day they are open for lunch. We both had meat sung for starters which was delicious but very filling. My companion had Chicken Kung Pao for mains and I had Pawns with ginger and scallion. Both of us had the lovely thin chips. The only complaint I have is as I'm getting older my appetite is decreasing, I'm always full after the starter and I'm never really able to enjoy my main. I always end up bringing most of it home and its never the same. My sister was allowed only have one course from the value menu once but now they insist I have to chose from the more expensive a la carte menu if I wish to do so. I wish there was the option of choosing only a main from the value menu. Saying that the food, service, greeting were impeccable and I wish they'd give me the name of their interior designer.

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bettyninja
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th February 2015 (visited 7 January 2015 )

Zen is in Rathmines 20 years and is still my all time favourite. Great food, brilliant early bird menu during the week, perfect wine and the staff are fabulous.

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yescaptain
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd February 2015 (visited 21 February 2015 )

Another super night at Zen on Saturday, food and service always not notch.

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morelanddylan
Dublin
62 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st February 2015 (visited 20 February 2015 )

We decided to treat ourselves to a take out with this well known restaurant and opted to order from a restaurant rather than a standard Chinese takeaway to ensure that we got quality food. We ordered spring rolls, honey spare ribs which we ok. The mains were inedible, we chose sweet and sour chicken which arrived in popcorn style the size of a two cent, the chicken was tasteless the sauce bore no resemblance to sweet and sour and there was no flavour from it. We ordered a fillet of beef curry spicy. The curry colour was light brown and watery the spicy was slices of chili which masked any potential flavour the dish had. We had to search for the meat, the curry had no onions and Carrotts. Again this dish went into the bin. We contacted the restaurant who apologised for the quality of the food and would pass the comments onto the chef. We were told not to order the curry spicy ad the child slices affect the flavour, although flavourless why have this option on the menu. At this point we decide to try the fried rice, it's a sad state of affairs if a Chinese can't get rice right. The rice was hard, undercooked and the two portions ended up in the bin. We can't rate the atmosphere as it was a take out, the service was 5 down to the efficient delivery at a hefty €2.50. The food was extremely poor. The best thing were the snazzy black bags that the food arrived in. At €34 inclusive of delivery we should have had top class food.

Zen

dublindining
Dublin
81 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st January 2015 (visited 18 January 2014 )

Absolutely lovely food and atmosphere

Zen

shsurprise
Dublin
20 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th November 2014 (visited 30 October 2014 )

Service is second to none. Food was good as always. It was a bit quiet for Thursday but no complains.

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abeille7
Dublin
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st October 2014 (visited 18 October 2014 )

I went to Zen with my boyfriend. We both liked the service but the food was really bad. Very bland and tasteless. The food didn't seem to be fresh.

Zen

LukeH
Dublin
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 17th October 2014 (visited 5 October 2014 )

As always food was fantastic and service was great. Monkfish dishes are particularly amazing

Zen

magda.stepora
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 15th October 2014 (visited 14 October 2014 )

The staff (the waitress and the manager) are exceptionally polite, nice and helpful to give good advice and provide information about the menu. The restaurant is very elegant and has nice ambience. Very quiet and relaxing. I loved the fireplace. However, I would prefer to see more choice in the dessert menu.

Zen

Colly76
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd October 2014 (visited 2 October 2014 )

It was a quiet the night when I was there, so it is hard to rate the atmosphere. Couldn't fault the place otherwise though - great food and service. Will definitely be back.

Zen

josullivan
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th September 2014 (visited 24 September 2014 )

Nice Restaurant with lovely food and great service. We keep returning!

Zen

Grumpy

55 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:25%

Reviewed 19th September 2014 (visited 18 September 2014 )

As usual the food was terrific. The Meat Sung (spicy minced pork with lettuce boats), twice fried duck and monkfish with ginger and scallions were were well cooked and seasoned. The boiled rice was perfect. The other starter was undercooked doughy fried dim sung which was inedible. Pity about that. The wine list is a bit pricy but they have a very decent Temperanillo for €25.

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