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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered my wife and I some dinner items for the first time at Zen Japanese Thai Restaurant in Banning, CA. I ordered some appetizers of Mao Mao Chicken Dumplings, some Fried Calamari, and a Combination Appetizer Plate. For our main course I ordered a...Sushi Explosion Roll and a Dragon Roll. After I ordered the to go items I drove to the Zen Japanese Thai Cuisine Restaurant which took me about 11 minutes. When I arrived at the parking lot I was greeted by an employee who even without asking was headed out with my packaged To Go orders. That was because on the To Go Orders on line, they ask you what vehicle type, and what color it is, so when you get to the Restaurant they will know exactly who you are. When I got home, all of the food was nicely prepared and fresh. My wife really liked the Fried Calamari and I thought the Combination Appetizer plate was really good. We will definitely go back to the Zen Japanese Thai Restaurant again !More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Wonderful food in spite of inauspicious parking lot and restaurant entrance. We got great service and our meals were flavorful. My wife had the spicy eggplant with tofu and I had Kung pao chicken, both seasoned to our preferred taste. We’ll be back again

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Had very good dumplings and a great Thai salad. Also the sticky rice very good. I can recommend this place.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We were passing through Banning and decided to spend the night. We wanted thai food so we tried Zen for dinner. Food was good. Beef salad was really good and spicy.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

If you like a mix of Japanese and Thai food this is the place to be. Food is tasty and authentic. Good selection in menu. Service is a little slow and prices are reasonable. A place to come to if you want something a little...different. Place is small so not good for large groups. Overall worth a try if you have not been here. Lots of parking on the back of the lot.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

I was surprised to see such a restaurant in Banning, went for lunch with colleagues. The food was certainly tasty, but I have no idea how authentic. It did seem to be toned down for American tastes.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I would give Zen 5 stars for our last visit but it varies between 3 and 5 from other visits. A little inconsistent but good enough to keep returning! We got the ginger garlic chicken, spicy basil fried rice (always a 5!), and krapow. Also...Thai tea with Boba (always a 5!). Service is good. Parking in back. Definitely worth a tryMore

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

We live in Banning, so are very familiar with the Zen restaurant. My son and granddaughter came to town to take us to dinner for Father's Day. He asked which restaurant I'd like to go to. Zen came to mind immediately, as it has been...one of our favorites for many years. I had a ginger-onion-tofu dinner which was superb. My son had a a spicy eggplant dinner which he thoroughly enjoyed. They ask you, "how spicy on a scale of 1-5". He selected 3 and said it was perfect; not overly hot. My wife and granddaughter had the California roll which they also enjoyed. Can't say enough about Zen. Excellent food, great service, reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

I ordered the choose three for 15$ I picked the salmon teriyaki – yuck, tuna sashimi – good, albacore sashimi – putred!! I’m sure the albacore was the culprit. I did have a delicious milk melon tea. But no amount of wonderful tea gets them...off the hook for giving me tourista because they do not care enough about the customers to serve fresh fish. There is nothing ZEN about sitting on the toilet for two hours.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Zen Restaurant has both Japanese and Thai food. On weekdays from 11 am to 2 pm they have a terrific lunch special. For only $6.99 you get a small but very good salad, a spring roll with plum sauce and a generous portion of the...main dish you select from a choice of about 8 different dishes. The service is always friendly. So far I've tried the Pad Thai noodles, the yellow curry and the Pad See Ewe. All have been delicious. If you prefer sushi, the lunch special for the Japanese food is $10.99 and has a nice selection of sushi.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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