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KG 9 Avenue | Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
+250 782 588 593
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two visits made here. They really tried hard to fulfill my vegan requirements. I told them exactly what liked. The staff listened attentively and worked with the kitchen to make something that suited me. They were busy and still did this. Fresh and pleasing food.

Thank Letchy
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Zen several times, always in a large group. The food, services, and prices are not to be beat. I have never been disappointed. Zen moved since I was there in 2016, and the new location is beautiful, large, and open aired, similar to the prior location. The food is still delicious. Best Pan Asian food in... More 

Thank photosinpink
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a long days business, we decided to treat ourselves to a chill evening out. This is about as chill as it gets with high and airy out door eating under a canopy of beautifully constructed wicker roofing. The food and service is excellent if a little pricey, so take plenty of Franks!!

Thank Andy S
Kigali, Rwanda
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137 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Ok place for mainstream Asian food. Really good tempura and spring rolls. Have not tried the sushi/sashimi, but only cooked food. Would go back.

Thank Pascal C
Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Walked here from hotel (flame tree village). Safe to walk but watch for missing pieces of the sidewalk and drop-offs ! Great menu, I had fish, husband had a curry. both excellent. Not cheap, around $40 for appetizer/soup, 2 main dishes, one beer, one (very large) glass of wine. Other diners were English-speaking as well, but still a locally owned,... More 

Thank Donna_Lucky-Now
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

As a regular visitor to Zen, I can recommend this restaurant. Very good food and fast service in a tranquil environment.

Thank Mirka63
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The outside (but covered) dining area is very pleasant. Staff is strong-- helpful and professional. Food-- good taste, copious portions. All in all, I was happy I went there and will surely go again.

1 Thank _thomasdowning_cfo
new york
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Great food, great prices, extremely romantic setting, decent service. There is so little East Asian food in Kigali, this is a gem. Really great vegetarian options, and the sizzling beef something was to die for. Getting hungry just thinking about it

Thank jb2026
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Very pleasant lunch . Lovely and friendly staff . Food and service excellent . Relaxing atmosphere. Well worth a visit .

Thank shar50hawkhurst
Yorba Linda, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Zen is one of my most favorite restaurants in all of Kigali. We first visited this restaurant six months ago, and ate there twice because the food was delicious and the service was excellent. On this most recent trip back to Kigali, we made sure to eat at Zen again on two different occasions. My sister ordered all the dishes... More 

Thank joyceh695

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Japanese, Asian, Thai, Chinese, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: KG 9 Avenue | Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Location: Africa  >  Rwanda  >  Kigali Province  >  Kigali
  • Phone Number: +250 782 588 593

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?