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Now and Zen

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202 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5091
+1 434-971-1177
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've been fans of Now & Zen in Charlottesville since it first opened and it continues to be one of our most favorite places to dine. The menu is interesting and diverse. At this point, we've tried almost everything they serve and have loved it all. The owner is also the chef and he keeps the quality and consistency at... More 

Thank Grace K
Onancock, Virginia
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113 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place had very good sushi with some Xtra large rolls that were different. Too big to be practical to eat but sure looked impressive. Good selection of Japanese beers. The parking is impossible and this was a Sunday night in winter. Just lucked out to be next when a car pulled out. 5 stars if the waitress had not... More 

Thank vwp
Broomfield, Colorado
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203 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

We celebrated my daughter's 30th birthday at Now & Zen, and we had a wonderful night. The menu is varied with so many different types of food. We selected a number of sushi rolls, some incredible grilled cauliflower, a salmon ceviche, and a very large sushi roll. Every item was fresh and delectable, and we enjoyed every dish. We left... More 

Thank GeorgeW1111
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Wonderful niche restaurant for those who love Japanese food. We've not had an average meal yet -- all are wonderful. The ramen was loaded with great shrimp and squid. The crab salad was refreshing, simple, and one of the best dishes we've enjoyed ever.

Thank Patrick C
Richmond, Virginia
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

If you need a break from the grilled burgers, french fries and tacos, treat yourself with a visit to flavor town! Tucked away off the tourist trail is a wonderful place called Now and Zen. My wife and I were in search of fresh protein and we found it. We enjoyed hearty portions of hot, Miso Soup, scallops that melted... More 

Thank Anthony N
North Garden, Virginia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Went to Now and Zen for the second time tonight. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Fair warning, their specialty rolls are huge. Get some advice from your server about the amount of food to order. My only complaint is that some of the rolls are so large that a single piece is way more than a mouthful. Feel free to ask for... More 

Thank Alex P
Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Last evening my wife and I and four friends dined at Now and Zen, Two of my friends had eaten there often and raved about their experience. I must say they were correct. The menu items were many and all reasonable priced. The location just off Market Street was convenient and the ambience was superb. We selected a number of... More 

Thank jamespopp
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Been there many times, always great. Great sushi and I love the curry. The tea is brewed at your table.

Thank Alan M
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Hands down, this is the best sushi in Charlottesville. My boyfriend and I adore sushi, but it can be expensive and unfilling. Not so at Now and Zen! Toshi, the owner and head chef, produces an amazing menus with fantastic specials and executes then PERFECTLY! This is the best sushi I have ever had. The portions are incredibly generous and... More 

Thank Mandy B
Richmond, Virginia
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

The restaurant is located in a renovated home in downtown Charlottesville, so don't expect super fancy décor. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating (adjusting the air conditioning and the volume of the music since we were one of two couples in our little section and the music got really loud). The food is excellent! All ingredients are fresh and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 202 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5091
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-971-1177

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