About ZZest Cafe & Bar
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At ZZest we feature products that are small batch, artisan created, and handmade following traditional family methods. We source local farm raised ingredients as often as possible, fly in fresh seafood from the coasts, and fully utilize the ingredients that are at their seasonal best.
Our Cafe is small, and, it is very, very casual -- the focus is on the food. We do take a few dinner reservations but we save most of the tables for walk in, just to keep it relaxed. So put on your favorite jeans and a comfortable sweatshirt and enjoy an elegant meal without having to count the silverware.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch and Sunday Supper: (occasional)
Apache Dr. SW
$30 and under
Catering: Check out party platters.
You can pick up, or we can deliver, platters ready to serve and to be enjoyed by friends and family. From artfully presented cheese boards to savory charcuterie plates that can just be set out in advance, how easy is that?! Pasta salads, fresh mozzarella, smoked salmon, pork sliders will keep your guests happy all evening.
Contact LeeAnn@ZZestmarket for details
Check out party platters.
Plenty of free front door parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Rent ZZest for your private party on Sunday or Monday nights. We can seat 50 people, or, have a casual cocktail party for 75.
Private Party Contact:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions: Here's the calendar: event calendar.
Here's the calendar: event calendar.
ZZest Cafe & Bar Ratings and Reviews
Came alone being in area on business. S ...
Came alone being in area on business. Sat outside on the patio. The ambiance of the prairie and the various seating options made the evening. Hard to believe you are in a strip center. The salmon was very good as were the cocktails and service. I am sure to go back.
Great gorgeous drinks. Something for ev ...
Great gorgeous drinks. Something for everyone, from 4 star takes on the classics (Manhattan, gin and T) to wine and these gorgeous tall frosty fairy-colored beverages. Interesting cheese and charcuterie board selected by the frommelier (Just made that up I think - like a sommelier for cheese). Went light so I had the gem lettuce salad - excellent, hubs had some meat thing, mom had a home-made pasta, daughter had a frosted tinkerbell aqua drink in a tall glass that required an ID- drink had funky spike-shaped leaf in it that made it edgy - and nibbled on the cheeses and Marconi almonds. Bar seems to have picked up speed, which is a good thing!
1. We sat in a booth. We were facing nor ...
1. We sat in a booth. We were facing north and we could not see our friends at all facing south on the other side of the table due to the sun in our eyes. We asked for another table and were told no other spaces available, the tables were saved for a group later on. The potatoes that came with our meal / over cooked, burnt, and hard. I should have complained, but I thought they were there just for presentation, they were a joke. The salad was great and the hamburger was okay. The noise was terrible, could not visit!
My husband and I ordered the chef's choi ...
My husband and I ordered the chef's choice dinner and wine flight. It was fabulous! Such an excellent dinner and experience that I went back and brought the kids three days later. If I lived in Rochester, this restaurant would be my #1 pick for every occasion.
What a fabulous meal. A great environme ...
What a fabulous meal. A great environment for our group to relax and enjoy some good food. We had the foie gras meatballs, ravioli, burger and shrimp. Everything was artfully prepared - best ravioli ever.
What a great find !!
Six of us on a Friday evening arrived to ...
Six of us on a Friday evening arrived to find outstanding and friendly device and truly amazing food! Everyone agreed that we'd return anytime! I cannot stress the quality of both the food and the staff enough! If recommend the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing for your first visit. Then try a cheese sampler. Tell your server you general preference (creamy, mild, tangy, sharp, etc.) then trust them!
The menu is never boring and the food i ...
The menu is never boring and the food is always great!
This is the place to go for unique preparation of fabulously fresh ingredients serve up in a fun, casual atmosphere.
Picture upscale foodie fare at a reasonable price point- ....and you are wearing your fav jeans and Flip-flops.
Oh, and box the other half of your entree so you have room for dessert......
Ps- has edged out all of the downtown venues to become our favorite restaurant. Really.
We dine here often and love it! And this ...
We dine here often and love it! And this last time we came and took the waitresses suggestion with the Wagyu beef so we ordered it and there was no favor in the beef or the things surrounding it. Just was disappointing this time is all.
Very warm day in Rochester Minnesota, ho ...
Very warm day in Rochester Minnesota, however the shaded patio table we sat at, overlooking the river had a wonderful breeze. Delightful meal, as always. Always an excellent adventure for lunch or dinner in Rochester!
We ate outside at one of the bar tabled ...
We ate outside at one of the bar tabled overlooking the river and that was beautiful. We didn't like our starter, the avocado toast but the tacos and the shrimp and grits were amazing. Server was very helpful, and overall enjoyed our lunch. Not a good place for vegetarians.
Excellent for any occasion!
All I can say is that the experience here surpassed my expectations. The staff were helpful, knowledgeable, and pleasant. The tasting menu was fit for a 4-star restaurant in just about any major city, and was certainly the star of the night. The wine list is quite nice, and compliments the menu very effectively. If the weather cooperates, try the patio, as it was just lovely.
Friends get together
We sat in the outdoor patio that has been greatly enhanced. Greeted by friendly staff. Service was excellent. The appetizers were particularly good. I had the pork tacos and they were ok. The others on the table had hamburger and lamb burger and were very happy with their choices. Definitely will be back
Feels like home
ZZest is one of those restaurants that makes Rochester fit to stay my "home." The ever-changing menu, knowledgeable staff, friendly (and present) owners, and out-of-this-world flavor are what keep me coming back! I tell everyone I know, whether they live here or are just visiting, that they MUST eat at ZZest!
Friday night delight
People think you have to go downtown for great food and fun. Not true especially if you live in SW Rochester. ZZEST offers fabulous food and a great atmosphere. The menu changes but always creative and definitely makes you want to return just try the next new thing. But I have to say my favorite desert is the milk chocolate steamed pudding with vanilla ice cream! They welcome reservations but if you want the patio come early!
The server was inattentive and disappear ...
The server was inattentive and disappeared for long stretches. She did not know the menu, the drink menu or seem interested in us as customers.
A Moscow Mule was ordered and a mojoto arrived. During the second round of drinks a Martini was ordered neat and dry but did not arrive this way. One entree did not include the ingredients advertised and another appeared haphazardly thrown together.
We have come to z zest numerous times and had great experiences on our previous visits, but the most recent visit was embarrassing.
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