About Zero Restaurant + Bar
Zero Restaurant + Bar is located in downtown Charleston in the award winning Zero George Hotel. Chef Vinson Petrillo has a passion and appreciation for natural, local ingredients infused with a contemporary American Style. All of the dishes are elegantly prepared in the professional display kitchen, located in the property’s original circa 1804 carriage house. The a-la-carte menu is approachable, hyper-seasonal, and features the freshest herbs and vegetables from the on-site kitchen garden, local farms and seafood from local fisherman. Seating is available in the intimate dining room and the garden courtyard. We also offer a 7-course Chef's Tasting Menu Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Happy Hour nightly from 5-6 pm.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 6:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet Parking is available.
Additionally there is a large city parking lot immediately to the right Zero George Hotel with free parking after 6PM.
Private Party Facilities:
Intimate and lush and so quintessentially Charleston, Zero Restaurant + Bar is an ideal private event venue. Delight your guests with the candlelit alfresco ambiance of our Old World courtyard and/or our inviting dining room. Zero Restaurant’s combination of upscale hospitality and culinary wow makes your special event truly special.
Types of private events: Private Cooking Classes, Hosted Happy Hours, Private Dinners, Cocktail Receptions. Please inquire directly with Restaurant for pricing and availability.
Private Party Contact:
Cacky Bastian: 8439018675
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
Zero Restaurant + Bar Ratings and Reviews
I was absolutely blown away by this rest ...
I was absolutely blown away by this restaurant when we ate here this past weekend. We almost didn't stay for dinner because we had to drive home to Atlanta that night but our server talked us into it and it has to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. The chef is a genius, every dish was so filled with flavor and beautifully assembled, I didn't know what was more excited to eat: my eyes or my stomach. The menu is seasonal so we had Soft Shell crab and "The Tomato" for an appetizer. Both incredibly delicious and so inventive. Dinner was Wahoo over pickled summer squash and corn with a red pepper coulis accompanied by scallop stuffed shoshito peppers. My husband had a different fish (I've forgotten what his was exactly, but it was equally as delicious!). And for dessert we split the Tres Leches cake. The meal was absolutely incredible from start to finish. There aren't enough words to describe how highly I think of this restaurant. It will certainly be a staple in my Charleston restaurant rotation when I come back! I highly recommend you tucking some money away to eat here at least once! PS get the Gin Lemonade cocktail, it's the most refreshing thing you'll drink in Charleston!
Our entire experience was wonderful. Ch ...
Our entire experience was wonderful. Chef is so very creative. We will be moving from the Charleston area and out of all of great restaurants in this city, Zero George was THE ONE I had to dine at just one more time.
A very beautiful dinning experience. Sat ...
A very beautiful dinning experience. Sat out side and it was so peaceful. The food was fabulous as well as the attentive and friendly service staff. Will recommend this to all my friends and business associates.
Really lovely outdoor patio area with tr ...
Really lovely outdoor patio area with true Low Country/Historic CHS charm; service is fabulous and food is very creative and tasty. If experimental dishes from the kitchen are not your thing, you might want to dine elsewhere. Quiet and so charming - hard not to give it a 5 out of 5 in all categories though!
Very innovative menu. Everything was de ...
Very innovative menu. Everything was delicious. The wait staff were great, so friendly, so knowledgeable, so helpful! Loved it!
Truly inspired food! Most restaurants t ...
Truly inspired food! Most restaurants that have food plated as art lack taste. These plates are beautiful and delicious! Everything we ate was gorgeous and yummy! Super creative and nothing you will find elsewhere. Small dining room and courtyard gives a intimate feeling. Best food we ate in Charleston by a mile!
Zero George is my absolute Charleston fa ...
Zero George is my absolute Charleston favorite. From the charming ambience to the outstanding service, food and wine selections , it's all superb. On site parking is another plus.
I've eaten at some really nice places an ...
I've eaten at some really nice places and this was one of the best overall. Food was fantastic with appropriate portion sizes, cocktails were delicious, and the service second to none. We will definitely be going back
On this evening was a limited menu fixed price dinner done during the Spoleto festival. One of Chef Vinson Petrillo's fortes is octopus, but this time the octopus was simply extraordinary. It was pressure cooked and then smoked on an open grill and served with a crispy lamb belly, eggplant, and pesto. I declared it my perfect last meal (of course in a entree not appetizer portion), but that was before I had the local wreck fish cooked in Serrano ham and served with carrots and celery, and an Ambrose blossom, and “asparagus jus” which also was the best wreck fish you will ever have. Now this is not even mentioning "The Tomato" appetizer and the lightly seared tuna with sea lettuces and Prawn Dumpling, Pickled Scapes, Truffle Miso, Sweet Turnip and the Tres Leches cake which I also sampled. Food, both taste and presentation, here is always excellent but this meal was truly extraordinary!
Absolutely amazing!! I've been to 0 Geo ...
Absolutely amazing!! I've been to 0 George multiple times and have never had a bad experience! Servers are outstanding and the food is just phenomenal!
Great atmosphere The food was inventi ...
Great atmosphere The food was inventive and tasty. The service was good. My only complaint would be the $35 corkage fee.
My husband and I dined at Zero Cafe on a recent trip to Charleston. Everything about our experience was wonderful. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings and really enjoyed our meal. Our server, John, was friendly and helpful and we found the entire staff to be very welcoming. We went to a couple of other well-known "foodie" restaurants while there, but found this one to be our favorite by far!
Very limited menu, only 3 entrees. Port ...
Very limited menu, only 3 entrees. Portions were quite small, given the prices
A bit too pretentious
We started at the bar and really enjoyed the experience and the cocktails even though they were pretty pricey. We were taken to our table in a gorgeous courtyard in the most beautiful setting. We had seen the menu online but I don't think we saw the prices. We were so hungry, especially after the strong drinks, that we ordered the Avocado Toast 'snack' to start. The caviar on top was overpowering and was all we tasted. We then each had appetizers (tortellini) which were very good. I had the 'beef Wellington' and my husband had the cobia. They were both very good dishes but when we totaled up our meal it came to $250. For that, we expect to be blown away and I felt like service got slower as the courses went on. The food was good but not fantastic. We left pretty disappointed and honestly still hungry.
Our birthday dinner at the Zero Cafe was ...
Our birthday dinner at the Zero Cafe was absolutely wonderful! The staff could not have been more gracious! The great cocktails at the bar before dinner were a treat and the bartender was a gem. Our meals were outstanding and beautifully presented. The service is top notch and added to a wonderful experience!
There are many great places eat in Charl ...
There are many great places eat in Charleston but few can claim to offer a truly fine dining experience like Zero Cafe + Bar. This is a hidden gem!
I had thought Nouvelle cuisine gone, and I had thought that was a good thing. This restaurant proved me wrong. The wait staff was helpful and entertaining and worked together impeccably. We sat outside (do it if the weather is good, it is lovely) had the meal describe to us (set menu for mother's day), and enjoyed every minute. The flavors were different, fresh and better than described. The first course for example was tortellini and lobster with consomme. The dish was not drowned in the broth, but greatly enhanced by perhaps 4 ounces. after we mopped up what we could with our bread, I looked to make sure no one was watching, and picked up my bowl to drink it down. and unlike the typical nouvelle servings, they looked small but truly filled you up. My husband barely finished the main course, which left more dessert for me. He had over-indulged in the cheese plate, so it is not surprising. Also, the original cocktails were very tasty and not overworked. We are looking forward to going again soon.
Dining Highlight of My Charleston Trip
The food and it's presentation were impeccable. That, combined with the ambiance, made for a very special dining experience. I just wish the weather had been a bit warmer so we could have taken advantage of the outdoor dining area. I definitely plan to return.
Old Charleston and so cool, the George & ...
Old Charleston and so cool, the George & Zero's first impression was a lovely courtyard you enter from the street. Really lovely and private outside dining. The lobster app was delicious and a tuna dish was delicious. Portions are smaller than the check, but it was a nice evening.
We were staying at the hotel but received recommendations to dine at the cafe by several locals. The food was excellent. We had the lobster tortellini and soft shell crab to start and both were delicious. My husband had the lamb and he thoroughly enjoyed his dish. I had the flounder and the combination of flavors was amazing. We weren't that excited about the sound of the desert option but since the whole meal had been so phenomenal so far we have the Tres leche cake a shot. Once again we were impressed. Best meal we've had in a while worldwide!
Fabulous from start to finish
We dined here on our last night in Charleston. We certainly saved the best for last. The outside setting was lovely. Service was attentive and gracious. The kitchen is small and open, which means the menu isn't extravagant. We each had a fish entree and both were spectacular. A special place, for sure!
Just what I thought it would be ,from th ...
Just what I thought it would be ,from the time we were greeted when we came in we were seated Our Server Kailee was fantastic,explained Everything to us,it was my husbands birthday we ordered dessert,and she brought us some champagne to go along with our dessert. We will be back !! Outstanding !
Very creative menu and excellent warm service
While this was bit of a walk frim Belmond Charleston place hotel, it was absolutely worth it. The menu was unique and execution was flawless. We had two fish courses as main dish and each was a celebration of taste. The creativity alone is something not to be missed. The dessert eith passion fruit was zesty and unexpectedly nice. Our waitress was knowledgeable and genuine which accentuated the entirety of a good culinary experience. Nice dining room as well, small, well sectioned so it doesnt get too loud, with a classy decor.
A delightful gem!
Everything was perfect...can't wait to return! Food, service, ambiance was elegant, yet understated for everyone's comfort. Table settings, flowers, & touches of fine taste abound. Staff was a pleasure, as well! Delicious offerings with perfect sized portions.
Food and drinks were outstanding! I will ...
Food and drinks were outstanding! I will certainly be back and I will spread the word in the meantime.
Best Dining Experience I've had in a While
The outside patio was so special and the tasting menu was all delicious. I would definitely recommend Zero George to anyone looking for a nice dinner spot.
Best after-show meal around. Never disa ...
Best after-show meal around. Never disappoints! Menu is continuously changing and is always delicious!
For a stylish, exquisitely prepared meal ...
For a stylish, exquisitely prepared meal, you must hit Zero Cafe + Bar. A fabulously romantic little spot that delivers.
The hype is real. One of the most romant ...
The hype is real. One of the most romantic spots in charleston.
Great special birthday dinner with friends
Perfect setting with excellent food. Recommend for special event!
Wonderful dinner and service
Zero George offers an intimate and unique dining experience. The menu changes frequently, and the chef's specials are always amazing. Definitely a destination for people who enjoy creative food as there is not much for the "meat and potatoes" crowd on the menu. I had one of the best meals I've had in a long time - a mix of seafood (Hamachi collar and diver scallops) and rich Beef Wellington with foie gras. I will definitely be back for a special occasion.
Great ambience, but falls flat elsewhere
You go to a place like Zero George for the full Monty .. food, beverages, ambiance and service. Overall, Zero George is a great romantic setting, but it falls flat elsewhere. The issues started when we were seated upstairs, which we found out from our waiter was the "overflow area". The room was very nice, but the seats were foldable wooden-slat chairs which were extremely uncomfortable. The issues continued with the waiter who was not very personable. Also, when we asked the person who delivered the food about the food, he wasn't able to provide much in the way of answers. The service overall was inattentive. ... no one filled up our wine glasses, water glasses were left empty, etc The wine list was very abbreviated ... maybe a dozen or so reds and whites. That would be fine if they were well chosen, but to give you an idea, they had a La Crema Chardonay on the list ... a nice grocery store wine, but not something you want to see in a restaurant striving to be better. And then there was the food. It was good, but not great. We had the flounder and the snapper. They reminded us of preparations from the 80's or 90's ... lots of different ingredients piled together that didn't result in cohesive dishes. We really wanted to love this place (and we did love the ambiance), but they have work to do. If they were to ask my option as to what they could do to improve, I would say (1) get someone to run the front of the house and (2) have the chief not try as hard.
Top 5 restaurant of all time
I've had some great meals and this one is in the top 5 for sure and I might even dare to say the top 2. Do the tasting menu! It's worth it.
Wonderful Food and Right next to the Gillaird.
Wonderful food, although menu is limited. Tiny bar and dining rooms but historic and elegant. Service was a bit over zealous but that is much better than inattentive. Our party contained a truly gluten free diner and no issues. So glad the Gilliard Center has been renovated to make it worthy of being Zero George's neighbor :)
Noisy but great cuisine
While the acoustics in the main dining area are not conducive to loud voices, the food was excellent. It has a limited menu but the two items that we sample were worthy of five stars each. Ditto, the starters. The wines by the glass were excellent as well.
D luscious and unique
We loved that the menu revolved around current, in season ingredients in a number of delicious forms. Everything is crafted and creative and ALL delicious. Not what we expected, and better than we had hoped for. Will be going again!
Literally the best meal we have had in a ...
Literally the best meal we have had in all of our travels. A beautiful establishment and the food was out of this world. We came on the Friday before Valentine's Day. It was a chefs menu. 6 courses of bliss. Every course had a perfectly paired glass of wine or cocktail. I wish they did menus like this every night!
Zero is a Hero
Our reservation was at eight in the even this Friday passed. We were not set in their intimate dining area until after nine that night. We were allowed a bit to much time with the bartender. He was an excellent citizen of our georgeous city, and understanding of our empty bellied good spirited plight. The menu was acute and pristinely prepared. I did incorrectly explain Beef Wellington to my not adventurous in food love. That really was my fault. The kitchen and staff meet my challenging allergy to the Allium family of plants with savour. I have been missed served by very reputatable chef's. The reason why we were seated late is the prior residents of our table were having memory that didn't need to end. Why we were glad to wait we have made ourselves afloat before the food. When the bill came the charged us very little much to our contrary. We bought a gift card to ensure our return in circa the amount of their generosity. The most impressive service we have received in this city and in the face of the adversity only kindness causes.
Good food very loud
With tickets for a Saturday concert at the Gaillard in hand my wife and I decided to try 0 George. The pre show dinner special includes an appetizer , entrée, and a shared desert, at $49, on the expensive side. The quality of the food was excellent, the presentation, spectacular. On the down side; the dinning area is rather small and the bar only steps away so the noise level was very high. Our server was soft spoken so we had some difficulty hearing him. On a warmer evening the very pretty outdoor space might be a better option. The wine list was small but well chosen, with options for a full bottle or a glass .
A really nice evening out
Eating out should be a complete experience beyond sustenance. Zero George did not disappoint. From the bar to the table we received attentive well informed service. The ambiance was lovely. The food was artistic. Definitely on the list!
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