Good ideas, Poor Execution.
While the recipes at Zengo are good, the actual food was not of the highest quality. For example, the Won Ton Tacos are a great idea, with Charred Ahi, pickled ginger and mango salsa -- but the ingredients were not fresh. As the waiter mentioned, the produ...ct had been prepared in the morning, and were not prepared to order.
Similarly the Kombu Cured Hamachi looked amazing on the menu, but with soggy cucumbers and lukewarm blood orange, the flavors were mushed together. Recommend that they look at getting local ingredients and prepare the dishes to order.
Seems as if they are trying to copy the much more popular Sushi Samba (NYC, MIA, LV) without the ability to buy the same quality products.
Opinions are like A-holes.....
I'm not sure what most people on this forum are used to eating but apparently it involves a trip to Florence every night with their own personal staff waiting on them hand and foot.
As far as I'm concerned with Zengo It's by far one of the best restaurants in Denver. Granted it's no cheesecake factory with their high dollar and oh so fetchy menu items... (Sarcasm) The variety and ideas at Zengo were unique, rare, and definitely a treat! One person mentioned too salty. I venture to wonder if they have McDonalds for lunch? The ONLY salty item I encountered was the edimame. Too salty to where it was unbearable? Absolutely not! In fact if things were too unbearable to eat believe me, we wouldn't have stayed and kept on eating!
Overall please remember different strokes for different folks, and if you're going to base your dining experience on other peoples opinions remember they are just that, and that you should formulate your own opinion about a place. Don't take my word for it! Go, try new things, and enjoy!
Skip Zengo. We went here for my b-day based on recommendations. Very expensive, which is fine if you get great food. Service was slow and unhelpful, and food was almost salty to the point of being inedible. Maybe this place was good once, but obviously has gone down hill. The only thing they managed to get right was the salad. With all the great restaurants out there, many of which are cheaper, I can't think of a single reason to go here.
Not worth it. The food wasn't amazing in my opinion- but it was good. I do prefer the ceviche at the owners other restaurant, Tamayo. It's a bit overpriced in my opinion but it would be a nice spot for happy hour.
Get over it. Boring food and too loud..
Chef Sandoval needs to revisit his menu at Zengo. Boring! Expensive! In case you have not noticed, it's a new restaurant game out there. We want value and will not settle for oily salty fried rice.
Used to be the place to go, WAS very trendy, now it's passe. Skip it. And if you are considering his other place Tamayo...save your money. It's wildly expensive. Geared towards tourist. Poor unknowing tourist. My recommendation is to try Vesta Dipping Grill in lodo or Venice.
Zengo's Angry Zengo.
The Angry Zengo from Zengo was listed as a top 100 must eat in Denver Mag, so I ordered it. Here's what I thought:
It’s “angry” due to the heat: Spicy yellowfin tuna inside and a sprinkle of wasabi tobiko on top. A little bit of avocado and flavored mayo are there to settle things down, though, and it all results in a pretty decent tasting combination. But pretty decent is not the best that Zengo has to offer. Their Won Ton Tacos and Soft Shell Crab apps are two of the better bites anywhere in the city, making my list of must-eats all day over the Angry Zengo.
Trendy.... but all show..
If, to you, a great restaurant is simply cool decorations and ambiance, a youngish staff, and bass heavy music, then Zengo is as good as they come.
If you are looking for GREAT food and GREAT service you are barking up the wrong tree. I have now been to Zengo twice for dinner and I have been twice disappointed. This place is certainly unique in Denver..... not least because rude, pretentiousness does not attract Denverites the way it might attract say ....a Manhattanite. We want quality.... not mediocrity wrapped in a pretty package.
You can get well made drinks most anywhere in town..... and this place has relatively mediocre food. If you think going to this kind of overpriced ambiance spot makes you hip, trendy, or cool.... well you've got a lot to learn about cool.
Went there recently for dinner with friends I have been there before and had a fine time but it has been awhile so I'm guessing they have new staff. The hostess first off was rude and unfriendly, the manager should remind her that this is a customer based service and she should act appropriatly. So starting off our experience was bad due to her horrible attitude. Then the waiter wasn't nice at all. We all felt as if we were taking time out of their lives and it was a burden to wait on us. The place was empty so being overwhelemed was not the reason. Overall, the food and drinks are good but the horrible service takes the cake. There are far better places in Denver such as Samba Room or North with better customer service that I will visit instead.
Manager, ask your staff to check their attitudes at the door.
Best Happy Hour. Been in for dinner before (love it!!) but stumbled upon their happy hour while stopping in for a beer after a day in the park. You have to sit in the lounge or bar but the lounge is super comfy (we couldn't get a seat @ the bar- apparently some people have caught on). We had a selection of mojitos and little appetizer sushi each for $5!! They also have other $5 apps and chorizo tacos, a bit more expensive but they are to die for. Going back next week with all the girls.
great cocktails bad service. Worst Valentine's Day Menu Ever and the most impersonal service ever the cocktail waitress in the lounge was friendly and outgoing but the dinner service was not worth the money......
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