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ZZest Market & Cafe

1190 16 St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902
507-424-0080
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Ranked #25 of 246 restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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- Jul 23, 2014
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English first
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Love love love Zzest! I met a few girlfriends there for dinner and we enjoyed our meal al fresco on the best outdoor dining space in Rochester. It is quiet and surprisingly intimate for an outdoor setting. Our waiter was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. The menu is a bit limited, but the selections are inventive, fresh and... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

A local took me to zzest and it was great. I had the salmon cake's and she had a roasted beet salad. Both were amazing! Cute little restaurant with the gourmet shop attached. It was just after lunch time and was not too busy. Excellent service. Thanks!

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Midwest
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

even though we had reservations, we waited for our table, 15 minutes. Our server had no pad to write our drink orders on, said she'd probably forget our order & ask us again." Tee Hee". She indeed did come back & forgot. I ordered a Vodka 7. she came back to our table -"No 7up or Sprite..do you want ginger... More

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Lanesboro, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My wife and I stopped for a quick bit after getting back form vacation. We sat outside and enjoyed the day and had a wonderful lunch. The service was great (Thanks Laura C.) and it was a very pleasant experience. We went an looked around the market and some real neat products inside.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I have been here on two occasions for lunch, and lets just say...it is different. I had the BBQ Brisket sandwich and my wife had the veggie panini. We ordered 2 diet soft drinks, which never came so it was kind of a downer. The lunch itself was actually very good, with ok portion sizes. The downfall was the fact... More

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My wife and I stopped for a light lunch. We decided to order the cheese and charcuterie trays. They were very good. The cheese and meets selected were full of flavor and delicious. My only complaint is that for the money, the portions were rather small. Very good quality but slightly over priced.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Took the wife out on a date here and had a fantastic first time! Delicious food that was more culinary art in an amazing setting. Had a great first experience.

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Rochester, Minnesota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had been wanting to try this restaurant for quite some time. We had heard that it was locally sourced, which is important to us. We parked and read the hours on the doors which were quite unclear and confusing. The front of the restaurant is very uninviting from the outside, with what looks to be excessive books and inventory... More

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Alameda, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

During a recent trip to Rochester to visit family, we had dinner at Zzest. We had a wonderful experience. The service was very good. The appetizers were amazing. Such interesting and lovely combinations of flavors! Good wine selection. We enjoyed browsing the market after dinner. As a vegetarian, I appreciated the choice of entrees on the menu. Next time we... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I am completely baffled as to why anyone would ever recommend this pretentious clip-joint. I have eaten here twice and both times were terribly disappointing, and extremely expensive. The first time I went with my wife and got their tasting menu. There were some unique ingredients used but they were not always prepared properly. For example, our seared scallop was... More

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