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ZZest Market & Cafe

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1190 16 St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902
507-424-0080
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Favorite restaurant

Zzest is my favorite Rochester restaurant. The food is always excellent and I enjoy that the menu evolved through the seasons. Service and staff are always great and the general ambiance is great fun

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Zzest is my favorite Rochester restaurant. The food is always excellent and I enjoy that the menu evolved through the seasons. Service and staff are always great and the general ambiance is great fun

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Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Great food, unique wines and cocktails. The owners are usually there and are very friendly. Eating here is more like eating in a little place in NYC. Not your typical Rochester, MN restaurant, which is a GREAT thing! When the weather is nice eating outside makes you forget where you are located. Nice view of the river and no street... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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59 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

When we knew some close friends were spending the day in Rochester we needed a special spot for lunch. Zzest had recently expanded their space so we decided to try it knowing their food is high quality. We certainly weren't disappointed. The service, menu and atmosphere were perfect. The staff went out of their way to make our experience as... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Visited for lunch. Tasty, small menu - great selection of sausage/meets and cheese if you like that with a nice wine - but we had the burgers and mozza/sweat potato appetizer - wonderful. Lemon dessert was wonderful as well. I really liked the atmosphere - fresh, modern, welcoming - would never know you were in a strip mall. Service was... More 

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Eyota, Minnesota
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31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We have eaten at Zzest many times over the years, for different occasion and I have always been impressed by their food. The menu seems to be always changing - which for me is wonderful - always something new to try. The chef's surprise is a favorite - you never know what you will get:) Great wine selection and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Zzest has a wonderful chef's menu for the holidays. We have attended this for several holidays including Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve. Each time we have gone with friends and family. The dinner consists of 6-7 courses of small portions of a set menu. The courses are always unique and an unusual or new way of presenting the food.... More 

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Okemos, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The food was interesting, in a good way. The kitchen needs to work on timing. My companion's meal was almost finished by the time my entree arrived. The appetizer was the best part of the 'chef's tasting surprise menu'. Some things seemed to be concocted for novelty rather than the natural taste of good ingredients. That said, the food was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Sat outside in lounge area overlooking the river. Ordered from Chef Tasting Menu for $35 each. Each course was a delightful, delicious surprise from the amuse bouche to dessert. Although we can't afford this treat regularly, we will come back seasonally. Can't wait for the next one!

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Minneapolis
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53 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I been there a couple of times looking for that one of a kind specialty ingredient. I on occasion have found what I am looking for. You pay through the nose for something priced a lot less at Trader Joe's. The place is cramped and you feel like a bull in a China Shop. The products are one of kind... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Visited ZZest Friday night with friends. Ordered the Arctic Char and was very impressed with the flavor and texture. I usually order this fish when we visit Finland, so i was happy to see it on the menu. I would highly recommend this dish! The outdoor dining was pleasant, it was full but did not feel crowded. Nice evening ...good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1190 16 St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: 507-424-0080

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?