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Cuisine type

  • Asian,
  • Fusion,
  • Japanese,
  • Korean,
  • Thai,

Dishes

  • Grill,
  • Seafood,

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Sushi,
  • Grill,
  • Noodles,
  • Pizza,
  • Takeout,
  • Catering,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
421 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A5
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

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Meet the owner

No need to bring the evening to an end early because there is no place to go. Aki Fujita has changed all that with the Zen 8 Grill. "Most places in Calgary shut really early. I want to make a welcoming spot for late-nighters," says Aki.

Located in the Cowboys Casino down the road from the Scotiabank Saddledome arena, the restaurant is the perfect spot for a bite to eat after a Flames game, taking in a concert or just having a night on the town in one of the local clubs. The menu has a special focus on Teppanyaki, the fun and tasty Japanese food that gets prepared on a grill in front of your eyes. Aki is all for blending the best of East and West as well, so he offers Teppanyaki tenderloin steak for a unique twist on the traditional fare. The pad thai and sushi will delight those with a taste for Asian food. “We serve the best dishes from East Asia,” says Aki with pride.

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Ratings & Reviews - Zen 8 Grill

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March 7, 2020

Excellent food and service at a reasonable cost.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 2, 2020

First time there. Great service, delicious food and a fun vibe

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 22, 2020

Went before the hockey game and we had June which was awesome came back after the game I didn’t grab the girls name but service was good again as well. Always love coming there because everything is top notch

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Great job! Always love coming to Zen before the Flames game!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Thank you for a wonderful evening. The food, service and atmosphere were perfect for our group. We had a group of 14 total although I had only booked for 11. Thank you for accommodating us at the last moment!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2020

Our server Linda was excellent, as always. Great food, great vibes, and excellent service. Couldn't ask for anything more.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 11, 2020

Excellent food and service. A great venue for any occasion!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 8, 2019

All good. It was very busy because it was Hockey game night . We were very happy with our server, food coming out and as always, the assortment of food we chose was very good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 6, 2019

Great location for a business meeting before an event at the Saddledome. The food was great and fast. Table was cleared by multiple employees in a timely fashion and they were all very nice.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2019

We absolutely Love coming here!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2019

Waited too long for anyone to initially greet us as our server when we first sat down. First impressions are everything.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

June 18, 2019

We had a networking event and it was a success. Thanks to the great service and delicious food. We will be back very soon. Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 12, 2019

The place (restaurant) included food and services were good. Just like to comment is the reservation. They didn’t have no record of my reservation. Lucky it was not busy and they quickly accepted our group to a table.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 29, 2019

Linda, our server, was exceptional! It had been some time since the last time we were there, but she remembered exactly what we had ordered the last time. She was friendly, efficient and always there at the right time without being intrusive. Perhaps the best service we've ever had.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2019

Because Zen 8 is in a Casino, it is bustling and noisy, as one might expect. However, the service was very good and the food was also nicely presented and delicious. It was also very good value. We had the aborio salmon roll that was really tasty. I also had the tofu Kale gomae that was as delicious as it looked. The pad thai was okay but lacked something. We got chili sauce and that seemed to amp up the taste. .

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 5, 2019

Always great before a Flames game or anytime that you want fresh sushi and a super lively atmosphere!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 6, 2019

Love the food and atmosphere. So cool to see the chefs right in front of you making your meal! Will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 21, 2018

Booth worked perfect. Food was amazing, private and quiet. Service was very good and friendly. Thanks Merry Christmas

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 17, 2018

We were a table of 15 and had excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for a large group.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2018

Good food, good variety, good price

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 9, 2018

There should be a zero rating fir this restaurant. It was 4:45pm on a Saturday when I received a call from this restaurant regarding my 6:15pm reservation that night. They said they would not honor my reservation because they had a party. So I was left to make changes to my plans in a very short notice The restaurant offered nothing for my inconvenience. I will not be using this restaurant in the future and will be sure to advise my family and friends to avoid this restaurant with absolutely no customer service commitment.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

November 29, 2018

We unfortunately had terrible service and the food was not as good as it once was

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

November 20, 2018

Only one small complaint in that half way through our meal we had to ask for the rice we had ordered at the same time as our main.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 10, 2018

great food, nice clean restaurant. overall great experience, would come here again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2018

Always amazing food and great service in a super fun atmosphere! Love all the rolls and they have great happy hour food specials.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2018

Booked a reso requesting a booth for 2. Upon arrival was given a make shift table that wasn’t even set up in a creepy back room clearly not made for dining. When I asked about the booth I requested, the hostess replied with “well- they are all reserved” to which i replied “did I not make a reservation?” Hostess said she would look into a different table and just left us standing there for ten minutes before We proceeded to sit at the bar. The hostess never returned with any info regarding our table. So we ordered at the bar after 20 minutes of waiting. Service was extremely slow, had to waive down the bartender multiple times for beverage refills and had to ask for the bill three times before it was given. First and last time I dine here.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

October 24, 2018

Food took a long time to arrive and the flavour was just okay. A bit disappointing.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

August 22, 2018

We come here often for business and pleasure (pre-Flames games). Always a good experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 30, 2018

Great job. Henry was great on the Grill!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2018

Oddly they service cocktails in plastic cups. You need to request glass. Overall the experience was nice and the food was good!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

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