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Zen Chinese Bistro

45 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101-4501
+1 207-775-6888
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“spareribs” (3 reviews)
“chicken” (7 reviews)
“bok choy” (3 reviews)
Closes in 18 min
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
45 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101-4501
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been dying to find good Chinese food and was recommended to try Zen by locals in the area. I’m sure glad I did! The entrees are superior and the drinks compliment the meal perfectly. Endless gluten free options for my grandmother. I’m very happy...More

Thank Brandon C
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We sought out this restaurant. It was off the beaten track. I wish we hadn’t bothered. The tired decor. The jaded greeting we received. Redeemed by a lovely waitress from Slovakia(?) She was very helpful and we discussed travel plans and places to visit. She...More

1  Thank Markmark1963
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Restaurant acceptable given this is Portland, Maine. An adequate Chinese restaurant that probably does well given Portland but would have a difficult time succeeding in a major city. Appetizers of fair quality. Excessive breading on items such as chicken fingers. Boneless spareribs fatty and had...More

Thank Burton R
Reviewed 12 February 2018

Had dinner at this nice restaurant last evening. The food was very good with prompt, courteous friendly service. It is certainly a spot to consider when in Portland, ME

Thank jane w
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Good menu. Good service. On the whole good food. For our tastes could have been a bit spicier, especially the bean curd. Good noodles. Excellent green beans and 'moushi' pork with pancakes. Drinks; good Navy Grog and some local beers. Overall a good dining experience,...More

Thank CS1Portland
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Had been wanting to try here for a while, had a meal there with my family. Food, drinks and service all excellent. Highly recommend.

Thank Jimmy H
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Wish we had found this years ago! The variety available for Celiacs is great. Food tasted just like regular Chinese food. Price was reasonable (we had fried rice with chicken) $12 for dinner portion. Food remained hot for 35 minutes as we raced back to...More

1  Thank ElleKotzen
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Fast service and great food. I ordered the Chef's Special of Chicken W/Bok Choy and was blown away by the taste. The ingredients are Locally Sourced.

1  Thank Brandon C
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We craved some good Chinese for New Years Eve , Well.. that doesn't exist except in 2 really hard to get into tiny places with limited choices in Portland . When Zen opened we were quite pleased with the quality of the food . We...More

Thank MainePerfectionist
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This was my third visit to Zen. The restaurant is tucked-away on the backside of downtown adjacent to the Old Port. I went with a friend for dinner during First Friday Art Walk. It was his first visit. Because it is off the beaten path,...More

Thank James F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101-4501
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-775-6888
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