Combining Flavor and Style on Thomas Circle
A modern Asian restaurant located on Thomas Circle, Zentan features award-winning cuisine conceptualized by Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen. Convenient to both Dupont Circle and Logan Circle, Zentan's focus on Japanese-inspired small and shareable plates makes it a favorite destination for celebrations and business lunches in Washington, DC. Gather around one of the communal tables to share something from the robata grill and creative sushi menu, or watch the sun set from DNV - The Donovan Rooftop Bar with one of Joshua Berner's seasonal cocktails in hand. Whether in search of a private dining space to celebrate a special occasion or sipping sake at the buzzing bar during happy hour, Zentan's gracious service and sleek, Asian-inspired ambiance ensures an always-memorable experience worthy of its sophisticated clientele.
With hints of both Asia and espionage, the restaurant's mod yet eclectic décor is as alluring as its delicate sashimi and hand-crafted cocktails. Zentan — inspired by the Mandarin word for "detective" — is a nod to its hotel host's namesake, former CIA Director William Donovan. Against a backdrop of deep earth tones and clean modern lines accented with vintage touches such as antique, speakeasy-style Chinese mirrors, diners can step into the shoes of James Bond and clink inventive libations at a bar dotted with spy-worthy magnifying lenses and retro Chinese product packaging. Prominently situated along D.C.'s 14th Street corridor, Zentan earns its keep in a neighborhood known for its eclectic dining venues, on-trend patrons and uniquely designed environs.
At the nexus of both business and pleasure, Zentan's Thomas Circle location draws regulars from both Dupont Circle and Logan Circle as well as international visitors in search of sumptuous fare close to nearby hotels such as the Westin, Washington Plaza Hotel, Elden Luxury Suites, Homewood Suites and Residence Inn. From corporate K Street clientele to the downtown happy hour crowd, Zentan's celebrated menus and minimalist design attract diverse tastemakers from across Washington, D.C.