Phoenix >Food & Dining > Zen 32 Sushi & Grille
3160 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ | Directions 8501633.510047 -112.014081
Neighborhoods: Camelback East
Best Late Night Sushi – I found this place by chance, about a year ago.. It was a Sunday evening around 10pm, and me being the Foodie that I am, was CRAVING Sushi.. So I browsed around online NOT thinking I was going to find ANYTHING Open (Especially a Sushi Restaurant) and WHA-LA.. There SHE was.. ZEN 32.. Open til 2am everyday, and Serves Sushi Till Midnight!!! How Can you beat that?? My boyfriend and I zoomed over, and was amazed how delicious there food was!! I haven't found a place like this in Phoenix Az.. Not too mention Being OPEN until 2am.. This is defiantly one of the best over all Sushi Restaurant I've found. A real 5 Star :o) They have a great Sushi menu, as well as The Regular menu.. FYI Order The Vegetable Tempera; Just Delicious :o)
Needless to say, I am a frequent customer of Zen 32!! I highly recommend it, for all those late night eaters.. Or Sushi Buffs!! ENJOY..
Excellent Quality -very fresh and a nice atmosphere to boot – I came alone on a monday night. It was busy but not so much that there was a wait. I sat on the patio. Ordered the baby octopus salad, unagi nigiri, yellowtail sashimi and a glass of plum wine. They also give you a very nice cucumber salad as a starter. All the fish was very fresh and flavorful, the portion sizes were good, perhaps even a bit large since I took most of the octupus and a couple pieces of sashimi home for late night snacking. The plum wine was excellent, not overly sweet like it can sometimes be. They played a little background japanese music which was nice and not distracting. I appreciated that since I was alone and reading while I ate. The only complaint I have is that it is a tad pricey, but not overly so given the large portions and the outstanding quality.
They had a pretty good variety, though a few more sashimi combo offerings would be nice as would chirashi.
Service was good, they were attentive (some places ignore single diners or are downright rude) but they stayed back and let me enjoy my meal.
I will definitely come back.
Not too shabby – We visited Zen 32 during the day time on a Friday. The menu was not too extensive.... look, it's not a fancy schmancy place with oodles of choices and they don't provide hot towels and kiss your derriere - however, it's a good place to get your sushi fix. Our waiter was very cool and they were willing to create whatever we wanted - even if it was not on the menu! Yes the chefs were not oriental yet they prepared the most delicious Philadelphia Roll (Tempura style) I have ever had in my life! The rest of the food we ordered was delicious and well prepared also. I will definitely go back if I find myself in that part of Phoenix, AZ again. Based on my experience I would feel confident recommending it to any one with the exception of tight -wads who only eat sushi prepared by orientals.
If they're Mexican the sushi is bad?.. – I have been to Zen32 many times, and although I admit the sushi is not the best there is, I really don't think the quality of the restaurant depends on what nationality the "chefs" (like you all quote it) are. i think the food is great and the enviroment even more. If you want "real" chefs, then don't complaint about the price.
FYI, the chefs might be ESL but sushi is sushi!
Manager need a lesson in customer service! – Was told 15 minutes for a take out order - waited 45 minutes. Waitress let manager know I was upset and came back and told me we gave you a 10% discount. ($2.50) I asked for the manager and let her know I would have prefered an appology over a $2.50 discount any day of the week. That is a terrible way to handle an upset customer. Whats even worse is after I told the manager that she had just insulted me with a $2.50 off of my order, she still just did not get it. What a complete and utter idiot.
Tip for you managers - when a customer is upset - deal with it yourself - dont send your waitress back with a lousy offer of $2.50 - this is not "Lets Dake a Deal"
INdifferent!!! It depends! – As I read through the reviews I could not help but agree with all the reviews. It seems that everytime I take my business to Zen32, I walk away with a different impression. I strongly believe your experience depends on who your SERVER happens to be. This last time I went, it was a horrible experience edging on discrimination. I can't figure out that place, but when the service is good, the experience is wonderful. There is only one server that does a very good job, at least one that comes to mind!
Give me a break.. overrated, puny and a waste of money – I give Zen 32 100 thumbs down for mediocre sushi, nasty servers, ESL sushi "chefs", tiny rolls and being a place to only "meet N greet" and not eat. If you want to be "trendy" and say you ate sushi, then go to Zen. If you want to eat delicious sushi, go to Mr. Sushi on I-17 and Northern, Kampai on 28th Street and Bell, and believe me I can list more where there are REAL Japanese sushi chefs!! Nothing scares me when I see not a single asian person working or eating at an asian restaurant. Give me a break. This place is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.. go eat real sushi and then eat at Zen's and believe me you will not return except maybe to find a one night stand!
are you kidding me – after sitting at the sushi bar and meeting the "sushi chefs" I got up and walked out for fear of finding an empanada roll on the menu. You don't go to Fresno to ski in the Alps.
Best overall sushi experience in Phoenix – This is by far the best sushi experience I have had in Phoenix. I love being able to sit outside on the patio. Amazing spicy scallops and I love the cucumber salad. Great martinis and deserts!! I lived in Phoenix for 8 years and whenever anyone came to visit, I made it a point to take them here. It's the one place I never miss when I go back to Arizona.
Disapointingly Mediocre – I usually frequent Sushi Brokers in Scottsdale and decided to try something different. I like several people had heard good things about Zen 32 and decided to give it a try. I will not be back, the sushi happy hour menu was disgustingly small (about 15 or so items, Sushi Brokers has 40+ items on their happy hour menu) The place was very loud, our server was rude and indifferent, and the sushi was not anything special.
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