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Details & Description

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
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

Methods of Payment:

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.

Read the story of Zen 8 Grill

Ratings & Reviews - Zen 8 Grill

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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

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

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

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

July 12, 2018

Food was amazing Very fast service Will be going back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2018

Took a number of clients for lunch prior to the rodeo. Confirmed numbers and seating arrangements 3 times before the date as it was a larger group and we would not all fit at the teppanyaki table as was originally planned. Upon arrival seating was not reserved as discussed and we were one place short. Took 45 minutes for a server to get everyone a drink. In the end they managed to pull off getting everyone fed before we had to leave, but we had to offer to help the server take orders. Will never go back again.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

July 11, 2018

I am a regular at Zen 8 and was very disappointed with the service. The restaurant was understaffed as we waited 10 minutes for our water, and probably another 10 mins for our drinks as there was no bartender. Food was excellent as usual and the staff was super friendly though. In addition they had the right reservation for me but had an incorrect email linked to my account. I

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

July 8, 2018

Great staff and venue. We were a large and rowdy group of ladies during the Stampede and they were great with it! They kept our energy up and the meal and service were great. The portions were a little smaller than I was expecting so I should have bought an appetizer after all. Other than that it was great. Oh, and “WE LOVE SAKE BOMBS!!”

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 9, 2018

Service was efficient, friendly and helpful. We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 4, 2018

Sushi was amazing. Fresh, tasty, fast but high quality.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 24, 2018

great sushi rolls with some cold Sapporro. Tough to beat!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2018

Second and last time for me. Two strikes and you're out. Food was terrible.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

December 31, 2017

Good food. Great entertainment

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 25, 2017

You can get better at any Edo at any mall for a quarter of the price.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

December 21, 2017

A departure from my normal dining experience; eating in a casino. The service was excellent and the sushi and sashimi was over the top. Many great memories made.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

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