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ZZest Market & Cafe

1190 16 St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902
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Ranked #28 of 254 Restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Rochester, MN
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95 reviews 95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A lovely fall lunch sitting on the patio eating beet salad with crusty bread. We didn't sample the desserts but they were sure tempting and so many delicious items in the shop as well

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Excellent food! Great outdoor patio! New summer favorite. Looking forward to going back again soon and trying their new menu creations.

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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176 reviews 176 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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Additional Information about ZZest Market & Cafe

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

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