About Z's Oyster Bar & Steakhouse - Downtown
Louisville, KY 40202
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.
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
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!
We sat in a nice quiet corner near a window as the rain poured down & enjoyed a bowl of clam chowder. Our main course was salmon, mashed potatoes & asparagus with a glass of wine. Very nice that we didn't have to go out in the rain since the garage was attached! Very enjoyable!
We had a wonderful meal before going to the theater. I ordered off the special pre-theater menu and my husband ordered from the full menu. We were both delighted. Delicious food and outstanding service. We don't live in Louisville but will definitely return. Thanks!
Overall we had a nice dinner and enjoyed ourselves. There were a few things that needed improving. It was a saturday night and not too terribly busy, so they seated everyone that came in, to the section to the right. It felt crammed, and you could hear other's conversations. It would have been nice to have people spread a little, not 12 tables all lined up on the same side of the restaurant. When you are spending that much money on dinner, it's nice to have an intimate and somewhat private meal. The server was attentive, and very courteous throughout the meal. The manager walked through the restaurant and checked on tables, which was nice. The food was good, but the scallops may have been better had they been seared and, and the spinach was just okay. Lobster Bisque had minced lobster on top, and was nothing special. Not a big fan of the family sharing sides, I think most people would rather have a regular portion of their side come along with their meal, and pay half the price. Seems very steep to pay for sides, when they should be factored into the cost of the meal, or sold as individual sides at $3/$4.
Well, it started with 4 very thin slices of bread lying in the bottom of this large basket. The shrimp was supposed to be fresh but it was hard(frozen?) in the middle and transparent on the end. Asked several for refill on the sad bread. Then, what I was waiting for all week was a rack of lamb. The rack could have been cooked a couple of times because the bones were very charred...then, there was this "log" of salty meat lying at the end of rack. The waiter said they cut the meat from the bone to make it easier to eat...that meat was NEVER on those bones. Had rack of lamb many times...never like that. Did remove it from our bill. The potatoes should have been cooked longer, cheese wouldn't adhere, should have been browned on top. And then, the other item that I was excited about was a soufflé...was in a ramekin that was the size that cream brulee is served. Was going to comp that but was not removed from the bill. My husband's filet was good.
Celebrating anniversary. Started off really well. All apps came out correctly and were very good. Caption was very attentive until we got our entrees. My filet came out underdone. Was just apologize to. Our water glasses never got refilled, only once after apps. We decided not to get dessert because we knew it would take some time as our caption was busy with all his other tables.
Quite possibly the best steak I have ever had. And that's saying something being from a large city with numerous steak houses. The dry-aged ribeye was absolutely awesome. And the side were fantastic as well. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants an excellent dining experience.
28 day dry agged bone in ribeye was FANTASTIC. This is a great seafood spot too. Seafood is flown in fresh each day which is made cost effective due to the UPS national hub located in Louisville. Quiet, romantic with excellent food and wine choices. Can't wait to go back to Z's again.
Having been to an exceptional Z's at another location, we were rather disappointed at the quality of the main courses. While the wait staff was excellent and professional, the quality of the main entree's failed to meet expectations. Trout was overcooked and dry and crab cakes were underwhelming. At these prices, one can expect much more.
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