Zen West Roadside Cantina

Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Zen West Roadside Cantina

5916 York Rd. (E. Belvedere Ave.) Send to Phone
410-323-3368 | Order Now!
Urban sleek meets road-trip funk in this agreeable Tex-Mex restaurant, which features down-home Panhandle chow with upscale accents.



Lunch & Brunch Tues.-Sun., Dinner nightly

* Click here for rating key

Zen West Roadside Cantina, Baltimore, MD

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Zen West Roadside Cantina Restaurant Review

: Everybody loves a road trip --- or would, if such trips still included roadside attractions, Burma Shave signs, and the funky tin-roofed badlands cantinas that all Tex-Mex joints would like to evoke. Zen West (kin to the nearby Café Zen, which offers strictly Asian cuisine) is a sleek urban restaurant, with pendant lamps and hardwood floors and a bar embedded with tiny lights. But it also recalls those bygone road trip days, decorating its dining room with such kitschy-but-fun artifacts as a vintage gas pump and a mural of Route 66. The menu is a similar urban-cowboy mix: big platters of chicken fried steak, barbecued ribs, blackened catfish, and all the Tex-Mex favorites. If things get hectic, settle in with a notably chunky, lime-laced guacamole and a margarita or Dos Equis, and work on your Zen attitude until the entrées arrive.

Best Rosé Wines

For refreshing wines perfect for a hot day, take a look at GAYOT's Best Rosé Wines. See the list.


GAYOT's Wine & Spirits Editor presents the
Wine of the Week, featuring tasting notes as well as history on the vineyards and winemaker.


The charm of Provence right on your table.

Read the article and see photos.

Whisky Fudge RecipeA Whisky Fudge Recipe for a (very) sweet moment and treat.

Get the recipe.