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
We were so impressed with Zero's unique ...
We were so impressed with Zero's unique setting . Truly it is the most interesting, cozy dining setting I've ever encountered . What a disappointment as our evening evolved. We ordered wine while we waited for our table. The pour was ridiculous. We regularly dine in fine restaurants and have never encountered such a meager pour. We approached the manager who said he would take care of it, but he did not. We were seated at a beautiful table and offered the prix fixe menu with a very limited selection. We ordered and were served at a very relaxing pace. The octopus appetizer had so many different flavors and textures that it was difficult to discern what you were eating. The tile fish entree was less than mediocre. The coconut leche cake for desert was good, but one to share???
It was an expensive evening that was very disappointing. I would recommend visiting Zero George for a drink and appetizers just to experience the ambiance.
An overall disappointment. The seasonal ...
An overall disappointment. The seasonal tasting menu was intriguing but not particularly we executed. The melon with shaved porkbelly was underwhelming as the melon was not particularly ripe and had a significant amount of dehydrated yogurt that was drying and distracting. The duck main course was good. The server was semi insist any that dessert on the prix fix menu was to be shared. Unusual. The setting was beautiful. The dinnerware was dark and mass produced feeling. Didn't help the preparation look. The wine glasses were not great quality.
Zero George offers the option to choose ...
Zero George offers the option to choose Prix Fixe or the Chef's tasting menu. Their Prix Fixe menu is printed daily and presented to the diner at the table. Nice cocktails and a high level of selected wine by the glass. Service was friendly, polite and knowledgeable. Our meal was timed well and we were provided ample time to enjoy each course at our leisure, without sacrificing what was to come next. Each of our dishes were carefully prepared, artfully plated, and well executed. It is apparent to me that there is strong focus at Zero George and the staff are working to make sure their total experience is a great one. We look forward to returning. If you choose not to have the full dining experience, there is a nice small bar between the kitchen and the dining room that offers a limited snack menu. Absolutely come check this place out!
I can't think of anything bad to say abo ...
I can't think of anything bad to say about our night at Zero George. It was my husband's birthday and there were 4 of us celebrating. We all chose the chef's 5 course tasting menu. It did not disappoint. Each course was thoughtfully superb with flavors to excite the palate. The wine only enhanced every flavor profile. The courses were a nice size for eating five of them. You were able to enjoy each one and not feel overburdened. The wait staff was amazing..... attentive, informative and very engaging. It was defiantly a night and a meal to remember. It is well worth it's price considering the time, effort, quality of food and creativity it took to produce. Don't miss this Charleston gem!!!!
From the host to the bartender then our ...
From the host to the bartender then our server Amy, the entire time spent there was an incredible event. Every employee was courteous, friendly and made us feel at home. We were celebrating our anniversary and were treated like family. I will tell everyone I know about Zero George and recommend this as an experience to savor!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 !!
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.
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.
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