About ZZest Cafe & Bar
Rochester, MN 55902
Modern Plates . Craft Cocktails . Local . ZZest.com.
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:
LeeAnn: (507) 424-0080
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, 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
It was quiet when we arrived but yet no ...
It was quiet when we arrived but yet no one got our drink order til much later. Even after we ordered our drink order was not delivered til after the appetizers. We were there on a Tuesday night so it was so quiet, there was no excuse for the poor service. The server didn't check in with us or asked if we wanted dessert, just left it on the table. I still tipped the 20% out of habit but when I left I realized I probably shouldn't have.
My husband and I love this restaurant! T ...
My husband and I love this restaurant! The food is always delicious and we love that the menu rotates. They usually have 6-8 dinner options that change depending on seasonal and local sourcing. We love their cheese selection and the servers are always very helpful with tasty pairings. It is definitely our favorite place in Rochester!
We entertain family, friends and clients ...
We entertain family, friends and clients frequently and ZZest has consistently been our main go to restaurant in Rochester. The menu changes frequently and always offers excellent and flavorful choices. Jerry and LeeAnn are gracious hosts and Jason is an amazing mixologists and sommelier. The wine and drink offerings are sure to please!
Zzest is one of our favorite spots. The ...
Zzest is one of our favorite spots. The food is always excellent. The portions are always perfectly sized. The wait staff is well-informed. The bar is inventive. The ambience is casual and welcoming. Make a reservation.
Fun place to go for sharing food, great ...
Fun place to go for sharing food, great drinks and a nice atmosphere. As vegetarians, we shared several appetizers, including the tasty scordalia and white bean dip, 2 types of salads, and the pasta entree, which was plenty of food. The drinks were creative including my wife's favorite, the smoking fox, which includes smoky Lagavulin scotch! Luckily we had a corner table so noise wasn't much of an issue there!
We've been hitting this place, heavily, ...
We've been hitting this place, heavily, since our first date! the staff are outstanding - they are attentive but not intrusive, know the food and are capable of recommending wine or pulling in the sommelier to do so. Jason, the sommelier, is the epitome of humble teacher and generous guide. He knows his stuff and hasn't steered us wrong a single time! He's treated us to some very special wines and we deeply appreciate it! We go back to Zzest sometimes just to watch and interact with the line cooks! those guys are also very interactive and know their stuff, and cook like demons! I can't say enough about ZZest - tasty, creative food, great plate presentations, fantastic, dedicated staff! We especially like the outdoor patio - open in warmer times - overlooking the Zumbro River. A lovely combination of ambiance, great food and great staff! No - I'm not a shill for ZZest - we just keep getting pulled back!
Great ambience paired with delicious foo ...
Great ambience paired with delicious food and locally sourced food makes this a gem of a find. Great for a date night or drinks with a friend. The chef's tasting is an absolute must if you are going for dinner. When you compare the cost to the other entrees, for just a few dollars more you can try something unique, special, and fun! The Pinot Noir list is really great. I haven't been disappointed with a wine from this venue. Thanks for a great evening! We will be back.
I like the remodeling that you did to th ...
I like the remodeling that you did to the inside of the restaurant! We, however, sat outside as it was a great day and the patio was so nice! Wish you had more vegetarian options. Overall, it was a good experience, and I would return.
My first visit to Rochester. I was extre ...
My first visit to Rochester. I was extremely pleased with the dining experience at Zzest Quality food/drinks and the staff was very personable and knowledgeable. I already told friends that this would be a place you wouldn't wanna miss when in Rochester.
My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at Z ...
My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at Zzest and thought the food was some of the best we've had in Rochester. The service throughout dinner was fine - nothing great, but not terrible. We then ordered the trio of ice cream scoops for dessert and had to ask twice before it was brought out at least 30 minutes later. We weren't in a rush and it wouldn't have been a big deal, but our server was rude and but a damper on what was otherwise a good experience.
I had a wood fire pizza, which was the b ...
I had a wood fire pizza, which was the best, I had so far in the Midwest.
The chocolate pudding dessert I had, was just amazing.
My friends, also enjoyed the meals they choose.
The staff was extremely friendly. We sat outside, and it was just beautiful.
A great place to spend some time with a ...
A great place to spend some time with a loved one or folks from out of town. The menu is always changing, but the quality remains the same. Great cocktails and an excellent selection for plates and meals. You can't beat a tall PBR to cap the meal off, either!
The service was outstanding and they man ...
The service was outstanding and they managed to create a beautiful outdoor setting at a strip mall. They are known for their meal of the day as well as cheese and charcuterie. We just had an appetizer and pizza. The pizza was average.
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