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89 Rathmines Road Upper | Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 497 9428
17:30 - 22:30
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Sun 12:30 - 14:30
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

4 of us went to Zen for dinner on a Saturday night, didn't really know what to expect. Very pleasantly surprised - some excellent dishes, particularly the Szechaun ones - although they are a little toned down chilli-wise. Very nice setting in a stylish room. Wine not overly expensive compared to other local restaurants. Staff friendly and helpful too. Would... More 

Thank Barry-OT
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Went here with friends for Chinese new year's dinner. Miserable portions. A complete car crash. Food unmentionable. avoid.

Thank Grumpy9
Belfast, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This is a favourite take away, we have sat in before and enjoyed but the take away is equally as good. Nice old church type building and nice atmosphere. The duck with plum sauce is lovely highly recommended. We have tried other dishes on the menu which have been grand but haven't beat the duck.

Thank Fiona M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

My family have been going to zen since the day the doors opened and it's always at the top of my list of places for dinner. Delicious food, amazing wine selection and fantastic staff. Couldn't ask for anything more!

Thank Allie G
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I've been using this for years and it's still the best. What else can I say? Difficult really. Nice place to eat in as well but I primarily use the excellent takeaway.

Thank WALDublin
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92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

The venue is absolutely gorgeous and very classy. The service was good as well. The menu has a lot of delicious choices and is reasonably priced. We had chicken and corn soup as well as spring rolls for entree that were delicious. For main, the three of us shared cashew chicken, monk fish and duck with plum sauce. All came... More 

Thank YasmineSchultenkamp
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75 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Went to Zen again for our usual tried and trusted meal. Still excellent but dining room could have been a little warmer. Prawns and Duck really tasty. Will be returning as usual.

1 Thank Steakeyes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

High quality Asian cuisine - with a broad selection of dishes. Very pleasant service, interesting building which feels warm spacious and welcoming

Thank Shay D
Boyle, Ireland
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Had spring rolls, fried noodles and Bang Gao with fried rice here recently. The spring rolls and fried noodles, in honesty, weer a bit tastless to me, and this may be down to having no MSG in the contents (i'm not sure, I like a saltier taste, and these may seem perfectly fine to another customer). The Bang Gao, i... More 

Thank Gerry B
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Arrived in Rathgar pretty late and didn't head out till dinner till after 9. Found this place after walking out of a sushi place a few blocks away where the chefs and waitresses were singing/screaming and beating on tambourines. This place was like an oasis. Quiet, beautiful décor, great service, and excellent food. We were so happy to have walked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 89 Rathmines Road Upper | Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 497 9428
One of only two Chinese eateries in Ireland to be recommended by The Michelin Guide, Zen Restaurant, is thrilled to be celebrating over 22 years in business. Situated in the unique setting of a 150 year old church hall in Rathmines, Dublin 6, Zen is known for expertly serving up authentic Sichuan food.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?