Enter the newest Asian restaurant to hit the Downtown Bellevue scene. With an exquisite menu with dishes prepared as you’ve never seen, here is where you go when you want to impress! Perfect for the lunch and after-work crowd, Zen is one of the few restaurants in the area with a unique twist on the Asian food experience.

Offering both Japanese and Thai dishes (two of my favorite, by the way), Zen offers elegant presentation at a great price. The service is fantastic and the food is filling. All the while, you’ll be enjoying the ambiance wondering what great concoction will be coming out of the kitchen next!

Personal favorite dishes include the Super Wild Shrimp, Zen Signature, and Ultimate Tuna.

Currently they’re running a 20% discount (except alcoholic beverages) until the end of November so it’s a perfect opportunity to check it out.

Location: 989 112th Avenue NE #105, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Map)
Dining Style: Casual elegance
Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Sushi
Price: $8-15
Parking: Garage/Street
Sunday-Thursday: 11.00am-2.30pm; 5.00pm-10.00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11.00am-2.30pm; 5.00pm-11.30pm
Phone: 425.453.2999


  1. Any idea how busy they have been? The dining room seems very empty whenever I pass by. I have only dined in a few times but will often order take out.

  2. Agree. But I think the problem is that it’s located way at the edge of town now. Once all those condos on 10th street and the Bravern open up, their fortunes will change.

  3. Zen was a wonderful experience. The food was fantastic, service was exquisite, and the atmosphere…very elegant yet comfortable. It’s not
    what I expected from a typical thai or sushi restaurant. I would definitely continue to dine there
    and I strongly recommend others to do so as well.

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  6. New poll proposal: How long until Luciano’s goes out of business.

  7. I took my mother here last night upon reading this review and it was simply amazing. The service and food were both excellent and we plan on making another trip while its still 20% off!

    We recommend the Spicy Tuna Nachos as well as the Ultimate Tuna (pictured in this post, a sushi roll).

  8. I went here with a friend after reading this post and really enjoyed it! Also had the Spicy Tuna…it’s a fantastic dish..Did anyone notice the music? It’s got a good lounge feel to it..

    Are they doing any discounts after November for the holidays? Anyone try the Sake yet?

  9. Zen was an awesome experience, the atmosphere of the resturant itself was very warm and comfortable, the staff was great and the service was AWESOME! This is the place I would go if I want the best sushi in town!
    And yes I also recommend the Ultimate Tuna!

  10. From 12/13-12/19, $50 Zen Bistro gift certificates will be available for $25 at Jackseattle.com on the contest page. The promotion is called 1/2 JACK and the certificates will not expire! Be sure to check it out! As the date gets closer, I will send out the direct link!

    Enjoy this great promotion and give the gift certificates at holiday gifts!

  11. I ate there too:

    Phad Thai – very bland
    Phad Se Eiw (spelling) – very bland
    Tofu with Basil – that was good.

    Service was good.
    Space was really warm with the bright sunshine. We had to ask to get moved away from the windows.

    Prices are much higher than the dedicated Thai restaurants in town, and the ambiance is ok. Not woth repeating IMHO.

  12. Why didn’t you try the Sushi?

  13. I don’t like sushi.

  14. hmm..fair enough