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4.9 /6 Excellent 35 Reviews

Zen Oriental

City Centre Chinese £££ +100
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About Zen Oriental

For an elegant evening out in Aberdeen city centre, Zen Oriental is a top choice. This modern dining establishment offers guests the ideal setting to relax, unwind and chow down on delicious Chinese dishes in an atmosphere that’s one of a kind. Led by chef and owner Joe Lee, Zen Oriental is the perfect place for private hire with is spacious dining area (including seating for up to 70 guests), stunning textured walls, and mood lighting. Located on Bon Accord Crescent, the restaurant is right in the heart of town just steps from Aberdeen overground station and a stone’s throw from Bon Accord Terrace Gardens. Specialities at Zen Oriental include the steamed monkfish with ginger and spring onion, pan-fried lobster with black bean sauce or the incredibly flavourful yau pau scallops. Don’t wait any longer – reserve a table at Zen Oriental for a dining experience that’s out of this world.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:30 - 23:00
Zen Oriental, 16 - 17 Bon Accord Crescent, AB11 6DE Aberdeen


35 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 35 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: entertaining
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Lindsay J.
1 review so far 6
05.04.2017 17:03

Always a great dining experience here. We are regular customers, eating here at least once or twice per months. The food is fantastic - we would recommend ordering the sharing menu between 4

Zoey M.
2 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 14:56

Excellent service great value for money food amazing will definitey return to zen its consistently excellent. Staff polite and very efficient couldn't fault it at all

Patricia F.
1 review so far 6
13.03.2017 16:30

Fabulous food and service. Best oriental food we have eaten. And we have eaten in many restaurants. We will definitely be back soon. Highly recommended.

Kevin M.
1 review so far 6
09.03.2017 02:35

First class all the way staff very helpful, choice of food fantastic and when it came there was no disappointment. Would recommend Zen to all food lovers

Henry M.
1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 16:52

Excellent Chinese meal with my son - first time at Zen Oriental. The crispy shredded lamb was something I hadn't seen before and was certainly very tasty. I'm not in Aberdeen often, but with such good food and a great location I'll definitely be there again.

Gordon T.
1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 16:30

All I can say is best Chinese meal I have ever had , the food was amazingly cooked to perfection , the staff were excellent , and setting of the place is beautiful . Definitely recommend the zen oriental the best Chinese that me and and my wife have ever had. Regards Gordon and Nicola taylor

Ed A.
1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 17:28

We had a lovely meal at Zen Oriental. Restaurant has a nice atmosphere and all the staff provided a very attentive service throughout. Consistently good over the years we've been going.

Stewart S.
1 review so far 6
24.01.2017 09:25

Always the best in Aberdeen for many years! The whole family who own and work there make it extra special, nothing is too much trouble, such as my extra sauce with my Chicken Satay last night! I love it!

Grant A.
1 review so far 5
12.09.2016 18:20

Excellent decor, ambience and service. The food was top notch and we thoroughly enjoyed it all. It was a bit quiet, i.e. lacking in atmosphere, but that was probably due to the road resurfacing outside which looked to be just about completed. We would go back.

Stephen H.
1 review so far 1
22.03.2017 19:24

Tasteless and underwhelming. As already reviewed on Tripadvisor: Restaurant environment nice enough and much fancier than say the Manchurian (also in Aberdeen). One of the 3 starters we ordered was crispy seaweed and that was the only dish that had any real taste (purely because of the salt levels). Everything after that was bland and totally uninspiring. Whilst the tastelessness applied to all dishes other than the seaweed, I would also comment on specific dishes that - spare rib starter was mainly fat and precious little meat (or indeed bone); shredded crispy duck was not shredded at the table as it is everywhere else that I can think of; fillet steak canton was not served on a sizzling platter and with cooking finished off when it is served, again as with everywhere else I've had it. In short, it would have been much better, cheaper and tastier to get a takeaway from WokWok. As for service, it too was uninspiring and unengaging. After the order was taken, we were never asked was the food ok or did we want more drinks. The only question we were asked was whether we would like to leave a tip. My answer reflected the experience we had. Definitely not going back and definitely would not recommend.

Aastair B.
1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 22:49

Very good customer service. Attentive staff in a lovely atmosphere. Not generally huge fan of Chinese food but I will definitely be returning to Zen as both my vegetarian courses were delicious. A faultless night.

Lynn K.
1 review so far 5
02.10.2016 14:36

Lovely restaurant, starters, deserts and wine were slightly overpriced, but mains were on average. Food was lovely, decent portion size, plenty of taste. Staff were attentive. Attractive decor and nice chilled ambiance. We will return next time we come to Aberdeen.

Andrew B.
1 review so far 6
01.12.2016 16:40

Great venue for friends and family dining. Food great and service very good as usual! Sea food a favourite for all. Already booked for another visit in 2 weeks!👍

Patricia C.
1 review so far 6
22.10.2016 02:33

Excellent restaurant that I'd never been to before, lovely decoration, staff very attentive, food incredible, will definitely recommend and visit again ....... and again every time I'm in Aberdeen!

David M.
1 review so far 6
21.09.2016 14:42

Great food great place well definitely be back I think this is around my fifth time in Zen and have never been disappointed. Can't wait until the next time.

Elaine B.
1 review so far 6
25.12.2016 15:16

We enjoyed our meal, The atmosphere and service was very good and the food was delicious and we weren't rushed through each course. We would definitely return again.

Eleanor M.
1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 16:20

First time I'd been to Zen and I would highly recommend it. Attentive, friendly staff and the food was faultless. Looking forward to going back again soon.

Wendy P.
1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 05:31

Took family here who were visiting from America and they were very impressed with the food and the service. Portion sizes were good. Will certainly visit again!

Grant R.
1 review so far 5
23.05.2017 22:44

Nothing to fault with restaurant, the food was very good, as was the service and the atmosphere. All in all very good value - but no one gets 100 %. Well done.

Teresa S.
3 reviews so far 4
07.01.2017 16:56

Restaurant cold (warmed up hands on food warmers), not enough lighting to read menu where I was sat, mains took a while to be served and by which point, plates were cold. Food tasty enough but overpriced for quantity served.

emma a.
2 reviews so far 6
21.10.2016 15:56

Amazing food, and always very friendly and welcoming staff! 10 out of 10! Such a warm and calm atmosphere food was cooked to perfection as always!

Richard W.
1 review so far 6
02.03.2017 15:13

Excellent food and service and very good prices we had the set menu which consisted of mixed starters duck and selection of mains would defiantly recommend

Douglas H.
1 review so far 5
04.03.2017 16:05

Good menu selection with beautifully cooked food which was well presented. The service was excellent, giving us, the customer good advice on portion sizes. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Will certainly go again.

Angela S.
1 review so far 6
06.12.2016 16:17

Brilliant from start to finish. Excellent food and staff. Had a set meal and there was more than enough food for the two of us.

Karen C.
1 review so far 5
29.12.2016 03:54

Food very nice , service excellent . Bar choices limited and perhaps need to move with the times , restaurant cold and needed to be warmer and more inviting .

Barbara G.
1 review so far 5
21.01.2017 16:16

Lovely food and pleasant staff. I will definitely go back again. It wasn't very busy but that is probably because it is January and a quiet time for restaurants.

Stuart w.
1 review so far 4
05.02.2017 18:48

Restaurant was cold but the atmosphere was nice. The staff were quick to clear the table after each course, maybe just a bit too quick, most of the food was really nice and prices very reasonable.

jeremy w.
3 reviews so far 5
18.12.2016 17:37

Busy pre Xmas evening, slightly disappointing starters, but decent main course s, particularly the honey chilli chicken. Service was prompt. Easy parking directly outside the venue

Brian M.
1 review so far 5
05.02.2017 16:10

First class food and service And situated in a prime location The one only down side I would say the place was a bit too cold

Alison D.
1 review so far 5
07.05.2017 15:23

excellent service - and lovely food - was good to see the restaurant filling up obviously a favourite with many - staff were very attentive

Susan C.
1 review so far 5
24.02.2017 13:24

Great food, lovely atmosphere, allowed sufficient time to stay and finish our wine without feeling we were getting pushed out the door. Would recommended highly

Susie S.
1 review so far 4
20.03.2017 17:34

The food is very tasty, good menu choices. The sharing platter for a starter was good. Restaurant has a good atmosphere, staff are attentative. Will be returning.

Ewan F.
1 review so far 2
30.11.2016 16:29

Food was ok but nothing to write home about, staff were nice service was good but the decor needs updating and the chairs replaced plus my wife got washing salt in her wine so a big let down.