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469 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305-2307
+1 518-280-0388
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We moved to the Capital Region 2.5 years ago and have been checking out restaurants ever since. Zen is the restaurant that we come back to time and time again. I spent 10 years in Asia and this is the best Chinese/Japanese/Thai etc cuisine around. 2 keys to this restaurant's success: 1. Zhou the chef - his dishes are amazing.... More 

Thank Diane M
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there with the family to eat. What a mistake!! The bar was full of loud obnoxious morally bankrupt drunken Millennia's. I asked the waitress if there was a cover charge for the entertainment. She apologized for it but did nothing to discourage it. The food was disgusting. I had what they called chicken teriyaki which was nothing more than... More 

Thank John D
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently dined here and they were overcrowded and there was a long wait and the food was average. They have a lot of thai food on the menu but their yellow curry was different than most thai restaurants and it was more like a stew. The shrimp was good but came with nothing else and no dipping sauce.The prices... More 

Thank Luckycat07
Lewiston, NY
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71 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was staying at the Hampton Inn across the street and really did not want to go too far, though the area is full of very good restaurants. They were having a 2 for 1 happy hour special on mojitos, so being thirsty, I said, why not. The mojitos were very good, so I decided the have dinner at the... More 

Thank larn796
Schenectady, New York
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

First time visit with two friends. We shared the chicken satay appetizer with peanut sauce. It was far from authentic and the peanut sauce was bland. We shared three entrees which were unfortunately very disappointing. First of all, the sauces had all been thickened with corn starch, which I have never seen in Indonesian cuisine. It was gross. The "Thai... More 

Ridgefield, Connecticut
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Good deal if you're looking to eat a lot of sushi. Eel and avocado roll and shrimp tempura were great. Spicy tuna and salmon were okay. Alaska roll salmon was fatty. The Hibachi chicken and rice came with soup and veg. Tasty. Amazing staff, quick and attentive. Oh and bottomless mimosas...never bad. Uncomfortably full in all the best ways.

Thank christine h
Halfmoon, New York
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Even though this is probably a place people pick for sushi and other options, I like going here for chicken pad thai. Always have a good time.

Thank pattys130
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

So let me be positive first. Great menu, great drinks and Happy Hour specials, very courteous waitress....but....we had a 6 o'clock reservation for a 7:30 show right across State Street at Proctors. It seemed to us people without reservations seated at the bar were getting faster service than we were. We had to wait so long for our drinks that... More 

1 Thank Margaret W
Clifton Park, New York
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249 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Came here with a group of friends and it started off pretty well. Our waitress seemed friendly and pleasant. However, once we received our meals everything went downhill. One friend ordered a chicken dish and on her first bite she thought something was off. She had her boyfriend try it and he spit it out immediately and said the inside... More 

Thank MPHGirl23
Griswold, Connecticut
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144 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

After a Sunday Matinee, I went here for dinner. The food was very good, the restaurant attractive, the staff was friendly and attentive, and it was across the street from the theater. What more could anyone ask for. If you like Asian food, you will not be disappointed.

Thank cjyap

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 469 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305-2307
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Schenectady
  • Phone Number: +1 518-280-0388

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?