Zenkichi

4.7
467 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Zenkichi’s mission is to take its guests on a journey to Tokyo — as if they are invited to a night out with Tokyoites.

Take a break from festive see-and-be-seen scenes and hide away in the intimate semi-private booth tables. This relaxing setting enables you to concentrate on the food, sake, and your dining companions. Once seated, you can savor Tokyo-style seasonal small plates meant to be shared with the table. Complete your meal with the best selection of premium sake in Berlin.

We do not accommodate pets in the restaurant. All guests must be over the age of 12 to dine.

Please let us know in advance should you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

We look forward to welcoming you to ZenkichI!
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SM
Berlin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Very dark Location, no windows, no Green, Looks like a SPA and you sit separated from all other people, that reduces the enjoyment of a Social Event like a Dinner .
The food is good, but not worth to enjoy it in an Isolated separee. non alcoholic Drinks without idea and passion ( water, coke, Fanta..) overloaded Sake menu.

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SA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to zenkichi to celebrate my son’s graduation. It was a wonderful night. From the amazing design, privacy of the booths and the mirrors, to the outstanding find and service, this was a night to savor and remember. Expensive but amazing

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, highly recommend.
Loved the bamboo blinds used to create privacy between the tables. Made it feel authentic.
Food was delicious - specially the duck salad, beef and tuna sashimi :-)

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BH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. Best decor I EVER seen in a restaurant. Absolutely astonishing and so romantic. I would recommend this place especially to couples.
Food amazing. Service amazing. Japanese all the way.

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TS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & Service is Star Alliance level, leg room more like Ryan Air.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Die Vorspeise und der Nachtisch waren gut. Ich hatte als Hauptgericht Tempura. Leider war es etwas schlapp. Ich hätte knuspriges und bessere Auswahl von Gemüse für den Preis erwartet.
Es ist im Kellergeschoss und sehr dunkel. In den labyrinthartigen Gängen verliert man sehr schnell die Orientierung. Die ständig beschallende Jazzmusik war im Laufe der Zeit etwas nervig. Jazz ist nicht Jedermanns Sache. Die Zielgruppe dieses Restaurants scheint amerikanische Touristen zu sein, die sich in fernen Berlin wie Zuhause fühlen. Und die Bedienung war bemüht und freundlich, aber sprach kaum Deutsch.
Japanisch und Englisch sind bevorzugt. Ich würde dieses Restaurant nur den neugierigen Menschen empfehlen, die auf die Authentizität der japanischen Esskultur nicht so sehr Wert legen und einfach so Spaß an Abenteuer haben wollen.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Sorry to say that the choice of music doesn’t work for a place that breath calmness and comfortness. Funky jazz is not that you prefere during any dinner at all, when you rather choose some soft music. Maybe it was just that night!
The food was excellent and the portions and service were delicious. But the total experience was medium.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Es war ein absolutes Erlebnis! Wir haben à la Carte bestellt und uns ziemlich ausprobiert - es war nichts dabei, dass nicht schmeckte! Das Essen war hervorragend, der Empfang und der ganze Service ebenso. Die Atmosphäre ist sehr authentisch. Es hat so viel Spaß gemacht, dass es bestimmt nicht das letzte Mal gewesen ist.

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N
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food & experience at Zenkichi - i highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new experience & high quality food. just a little surprised with the vegetarian 8 course menu price increase of 10€.

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AS
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The environment is superb. Friendly staff and delicious food.

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BC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dishes from beginning to end - this is Japanese food at its best. Highly recommend

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DS
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and very nice experience wow Effekt!!!!

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YL
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Superb food, amazing sakes and a beautiful ambiance. Would recommend it for anniversaries and similar celebrations. It was really a Tokyo experience.

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect dining experience. Very special ambience and such nice staff. The food was fabulous, so was the different types of sake we had.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere, quiet and really gentle staff. We took the 8 courses menu and we were amazed by the tastes, probably the fish was just a little bit too salty for my tastes but everything was perfect.
I brought there my boyfriend to celebrate our anniversary and it was a nice surprise for him, and me as well. Romantic restaurant. And the staff was also super nice because, knowing it was our anniversary, they prepared a small surprise for us
I definetely recommend

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M
Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wieder ein hervorragender Service und ein tolles Geschmackserlebnis

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BP
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Best cured Mackerel, just outstanding dish. Presentation was beautiful, as well. Sake fight was a great choice to go with a la carte menu that we ordered. Outstanding place, try it.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great experience especially the design. Food was good but not special. It feels a bit intimidating so can’t reckon it for a date. 2pax, 300 EUR for a 8 course menu and sake - that’s a Michelin price tag you you don’t get that in terms of taste, creativity and quality.

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C
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience for our anniversary from start to finish. The food was flawless, the service was kind and spot on and trying all those different kinds of sake that were picked for each single course was a revelation. The one point you want to keep in might is the place is quite dark. So people with bad eye sight should really mind their steps. Thanks very much for this beautiful dinner.

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

This was a very disappointing experience. The restaurant, located in the cellar of a building, is almost claustrophobic and labyrinthine in its structure. If your eye vision is not perfect, forget about finding yourself around among mirrors and black walls. I had to use my cell phone torch to read the menue (I am 50 and my vision is fine).
Tables are so isolated from each other that the whole idea of “Dining in public” loses its meaning. Yes, you do not want to be stuck next to somebody, but one reason you go out to dine is to at least see the existence of others. Which here you do not.
Food was good, however nothing so extraordinary to justify the absurdly high prices at such small portions. I enjoy eating out and don’t mind paying a reasonably high sum for an exceptional dinner. In this case, both my companion and myself felt duped.

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s
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Eating at the restaurant was more than just a meal out, it felt like a true experience. It was a little difficult to find but once we managed to, it was worth it. We felt like we were experiencing something truly different to anything we'd experienced before and it made for a romantic evening out. I definitely recommend it for couples looking for a different kind of evening. The food was totally different to most Japanese food I'd tried before and very fish focused. Not always to my taste but it was interesting to try different foods (we ate the Spring tasting menu)

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AD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spezielle Location, spezielle Erfahrung, wundervoller Abend. Omakase/Epicurean Menue war top!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite place and food. Expensive but absolutely worth it, highly recommend.

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F
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food was great. The little greeting from service for our anniversary was super cute.

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VG
Cologne Area
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!!! The money is absolutely worth it!!! :) Go and try it.

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A
Dusseldorf Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Das Essen ist sehr lecker, es könnten allerdings größere Portionen sein. Mal sehenswert, Preis Leistung ist recht teuer.

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A
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

An sich ist Zenkichi ein tolles Restaurant, originell und stylisch aufgemacht, das Essen ist hochwertig und geschmacklich super (Omakase Spring Menu). Leider war der Service an diesem Abend eher ausbaufähig, hinzu kam dass wir gegen Ende förmlich rausgeschmissen wurden obwohl wir unmittelbar davor noch Getränke bestellt hatten - hier hätte man bereits anmerken können dass das Restaurant demnächst schließen möchte, insbesondere vor dem preislichen Hintergrund haben wir das als ein absolutes No-go empfunden.

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R
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was fantastic!

The sake pairing together with the 8 course menu was a real experience!

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KB
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with a beautiful and traditional Japanese ambiance. 100% value for food and great collection of saki.

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i
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding atmosphere, beautiful space to spend a special night with friends. I loved everything about the ambience and the service. Fantastic sake too.

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a
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's a lovely place, quite magical, all tables in little screened booths so you see no one but can hear a low hum of conversation from the other tables. One tip: if ordering a la carte, ask to have the dishes spaced out, as otherwise they arrive too quickly (not an issue if ordering their set menus). Or just order a few things at a time.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really worth a visit. One of the highlights of our holiday.

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CR
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything fantastic, specially the quality of the food and the place. Few food in some dishes.

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RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect evening - nothing to complain; wonderful service

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AC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It didn't feel much like an omakase experience. The food didn't feel too special. It feels like I can pick out a few a la cart menu from a Japanese food restaurant and create a tasting menu. I want to feel like I'm eating premium sushi where the rice was made and stored in a certain temperature, topped with quality protein such as chutoro or otoro or seasonal fish that is compatible with this quality and paired with the spice or season with stuff like certain strand of lemon peels and such. There was no story behind where the meat, fish, hotate, or any of these ingredients came from or how my current bite is more special than any sushi I've tried.

The food is not bad, it's good, but I expected more for an omakase experience, such as where your ingredients come from , how do you pair with the spices, how the rice was cooked, etc.

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l
Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Das Essen ist von hervorragender Qualität. Man sitzt in kleinen Separées, die sehr gemuetlich sind. Das Ambiente ist einzigartig. Der Service ist absolut zuvorkommend, vielleicht eine Spur zu schnell, aber das kann insbesondere bei einem Geschaeftsessen von Vorteil sein. Wir haben unseren Hochzeitstag dort gefeiert und das 8-Gaenge Menu des Chefs gewaehlt. Das Prinzip ist einfach: Man vertraut einfach dem Chef und isst was auf dem Teller kommt. Das kann man auch und man wird keinesfalls enttaeuscht: Das Menu ist wie ein Feuerwerk, jedes Detail stimmt und alles ist etwas Besonderes. Wir waren nun schon zum zweiten Mal im Zenkichi und es war wiederum perfekt.

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VB
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful, hidden restaurant with a fantastic ambiance. As I am pregnant, I was a little uncertain if I was able to eat everything, but they adjusted the menu for me without hesitation. Lovely, delicious food. We were a bit hidden in a corner, I think the middle part of the restaurant is probably even more fun, but it was still really nice. The people at a table next to us were quite loud and didn't seem to care they weren't the only people in the restaurant, but that's not something that the restaurant is responsible for. Over all, a really fantastic experience!

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HW
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food quality was about average. No comparism to other japanese restaurants in Berlin. The price of the menu isn't justified at all. Neither by the quality nor by the quantity. Service was friendly and resposive. However, the table wasn't as clean as one would expect for a restaurant of this category.

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OT
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked Zenkichi as a special gift to celebrate my husband’s birthday and spend time together. It was my second time there and my first impression got confirmed once again - it’s a tasteful place, a true experience of fine Japanese dining. If you’re looking for a quick fix Japanese sushi - find a sushi place around you, there are plenty! Here plan in advance, take your time and enjoy... Very good service, freshest ingredients and absolutely delightful little dishes for true connoisseurs and simply for lovers of finest Japanese food. Sake tasting is highly recommended - had no idea that it has so many different and unique tastes and even colors!

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TL
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place in Berlim Mitta. Ambience, service and food are great. Right price for value.

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