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About Permanently Closed - Z's Oyster Bar & Steakhouse - Downtown
This restaurant is permanently closed. Our steaks are selected from Prime mid-western aged beef, hand cut and cooked to order.
Our seafood is purchased directly from "Day boat fishermen", prepared simply and cooked to perfection. Oyster lovers can select the best oysters available, from the North West. Don’t call for seafood specials for the evening prior to 4:00 p.m....Chef is still at the airport...we just don't know, yet! Z's Oyster Bar and Steakhouse also features a Wine Spectator award winning wine list with over 600 different selections. Relax, and enjoy our award winning food, wine, and service. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Louisville, KY 40202
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
4th & Market
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Cowger Garage - Attached Parking Garage located at the corner of 4th and Market. Bring your Parking Ticket to be validated for $1 Parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining for All Occasions.
We are honored that you are considering us to host your next function. From business meetings, to rehearsal dinners, our beautiful private dining rooms are sure to provide the perfect background.
We will work with you to ensure this event reflects your own taste and personal touches. Our goal is to relieve you of the many details that go along with hosting a successful party so that you, as well as your guests, can thoroughly enjoy this special event.
Private Party Contact:
Jackie Tronzo: (502) 855-8000
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
Z's Oyster Bar & Steakhouse - Downtown Ratings and Reviews
Or visit was extremely unusual. It started upon arrival. The restaurant was almost empty on a Saturday night. We had to wait a few minutes while they got our table ready. There were only about 7 other tables in the restaurant, but they needed to do something to our table. It wasn't the wait, that was short enough. The manager didn't seem to know what was happening.
When we arrived at the table, the server and her assistant stopped by. She appeared a little frantic, with only one or two other tables. Her assistant was very good, but very robotic. Then the manager stopped by the table and introduced herself again, as if we hadn't just talked to her 2 minutes ago. Service was a little slow, which was not that big a deal.
It was the single most unusual upscale dining experience that we have ever had. The food was good, but there are plenty of good restaurants.
Used to love this place. We went to celebrate my wife's birthday. Was a bit of a let down from past experiences. There was not a large selection of seafood. My wife ordered the Sea bass and it arrived cold. Very unusual. I had the scallops Oscar, they were awesome. We are not sure we will return. Too many other places in town to try and not sure it is worth the money.
Very quiet and not busy. Our Captain explained that was due to the construction outside on the Convention Center and that was also why the window blinds were closed. We have eaten before at the Hurstborn location and find the ambiance there a little better. I thought it just a bit dark. It was expensive but there was never any illusion that it wasn't. We started out with the fried oysters and Oysters Rockefeller. The fried oysters were good but the Oysters Rockefeller were outstanding. I could have made a meal on them with some nice bread. For entrees I had the Tuna and the wife had the Steak "Au Poivre". The tuna was as it should be for the price and the steak was as well. The sauce for the steak was prepared tableside which was a nice touch. Small item that limited my "Value" rating is the fact it's ala carte and you have to order sides extra (and they are not free). Look I know it's a high end restaurant but for a $48 steak and similarly priced tuna don't you think they could throw in some fries? All in all not bad. Probably won't be back will go to Revue next time.
We have dined there on several occasions and are always happy with the atmosphere, food and service. It is nice to be able to relax and enjoy conversation while also enjoying a delicious meal. I want my meals to be healthy and they do a good job of accommodating requests.
How do you f' up lobster???!!! Taste was off!! Dining room was virtually empty buy cleaning staff at 7:30 pm standing around like they wanted to push you out door!!! Server not very knowledgeable about main menu items :(. Severely over priced! Poor quality. It truly is no wonder it was empty on Friday night!!
Service and Food!
Had dinner with friends on a Friday evening and we we one of only two tables in the entire restaurant. So, service was great. Food was good as well. We had a great time.
Concerned for the owners and while there was a food event just down the street, I hope that they are able to keep a dinner crowd and maintain staff.
This is our second trip to Z's. We had a super early reservation therefor we were the only people there. The shrimp cocktail and tuna steak were great. The pork chop phenomenal. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for high end dining. I would not bring kids.
I have dined at this facility on many occassions and found it to be well managed, friendly, with great food and atmosphere. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and well informed. We were greeted by Carla who remembered my wife's favorite wine and made our dining experience worth the while. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion where you want to experience a romantic evening and good food.
We were in town for a date night out.The food was amazing. My husband had oysters as an appetizer and the ribeye for the entrée- I had the filet. We both agreed this was the best steak we had in a while. We split two sides- the scalloped potatoes, which were super creamy and cheesy, and the asparagus- we really enjoyed the pecan butter. We would have loved to order a soufflé but had no room to eat it and were going out after.
The only negative I saw is the ambiance was a little too stuffy- more along the lines of Ruth Chris or Mortons. The place was almost empty, which was a shame because the food was amazing. I would suggest the management consider updating the atmosphere and vibe in keeping with the current trends to stay relevant. We would definitely go back.
Lovely ambiance. Our service wasn't up to the caliber of this venue. The crab cakes had too much filler. We were charged $1 for extra remoulade sauce - seriously?! Our "captain" criticized "assistant" when we had to request extra flatware" or more water. The bottle of wine we ordered wasn't available, and the manager suggested a more expensive option. There's just too much competition to go back here.
The food was over priced and not well prepared. The filet was poorly seasoned, the burger was dry, and the spinach florentine had too many onions. The salads and drinks were good. Also even though we had reservations for 5 pm and were the 3rd group in the door we were asked to sit in the lounge as they were seating by servers and they seated 4 other groups before us. Will never dine here again.
The food was really good it was cooked perfect however the price I thought was very overpriced. We both felt we could've went somewhere else for half the money and still had great food not saying this food wasn't any good however when two people are splitting a meal because the price was outrageous and the bill still come to $120 we just both felt it was overpriced. I wish we would have been told about the price before going.
The proximity to the convention center makess this a good option for dining. Otherwise, if you have time and feel like walking a couple of extra blocks, I am afraid there are many far more superior dining options around. Food is ok--not outstanding. Service is slow. Asked the waitperson for assistance on wine choices and she said she will bring the "not yet certified sommallier" to disccuss. Perhaps because I ws dining alone, he did not feel it was worth his time to do so, so he simply told the waitress what to tell me. Too bad. I know for a fact that my bill was much more than the 3-some of the duce next to me.
The service is great with several waiters/busboys working as a team. I really liked the Fried Oysters, Oysters Rockfeller and the Grand Mariner Soufle. There seem to be a lot of turnover in staff as there were 2 waiter trainees working. Our waiter was not good at explaining the specials but was a great service waiter.
The weather was probably somewhat of a factor, but two waiters were assigned to our table - yet, they were standing around and talking with other staff while we were waiting for long periods for a cocktail or food. The manager was very nice after our meal had been served, but the service other than him was slow and inattentive with only 1/3 of the restaurant full. I do not reccommend the strip steak, very over-priced for a mediocre meal.
Was disappointed! First off, we ask for the cocktail menu and we are told that there is a bartender situation so they are not offering the menu tonight. That should have been our first red flag. I started with the lobster bisque and have had better and worse...it was adequate. But then our biggest disappointment was the Filet Oscar. We ordered it because it's one of our faves and it's not available at all places. When it arrives, it is cold, congealed, and very scant of crabmeat and asparagus. For an extra $12pp, very disappointing!! I must say that the filet was prepared well but if they can't make the Oscar sauce well, don't offer it. It ruined the entire meal!
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