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Zambra

85 W Walnut St, Asheville, NC 28801 (Downtown Asheville)
(828) 232-1060
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Ranked #32 of 602 restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Cross street: Haywood Street
Description: Our dynamic menu is the passion of Executive Chef Adam. Adam has attained many influences through his training in Europe and New Orleans. Zambra is his modern vision of the tastes and flavors of the western Mediterranean: Spain, Portugal, Gypsy, and North Africa. As an appropriate accompaniment, we have assembled the region's finest selection of Spanish and New World wines. We have been awarded the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and our wine list has been voted the best in Asheville.
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Pompano beach
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Made reservation with open table. Only had 7:30. Went at 7:15 and there were only 3 or 4 tables occupied. Server was very friendly ordered the scallops, shrimp, chicken with sushi rice, olives, bread and jambalaya. I ordered a very nice red wiine that was only $10 a glass recommended by the server. The bread came. We waited. The olives... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

One of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had, and not that expensive at all. My date and I had drinks, a 1/2 bottle of wine and 4-5 plates for $100 including tip.

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North Central Indiana
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124 reviews 124 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed dining here and enjoying their small plates. It's very popular, so be sure to make a reservation! Our recommendation is to try several of the nightly specials!

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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Food was OK. Salad was enormous The rest of our dishes came out lukewarm. I may or may not try it again. The place was packed by 6:00. Maybe we were the only ones disappointed.

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United States
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Lived in Asheville for years now and for some reason, Zambra never seemed very welcoming, so we never went there. Looking for some place new to visit on the weekend, we finally decided to try it. The decor inside did not appeal to me at first, but it started to grow on me later. I liked the banquette seating, and... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good choices of tapas. Sesame encrusted scallops were the best. Unfortunate choice of the wine of the day, but excellent tempranillo substitute. Lisa provided good service. We'll be back.

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Nashville, TN
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This was our first time dining here, during a visit to Asheville. We were impressed and will definitely return. The food was delicious and a fair price. Portions were appropriate given they were tapas, and they pack a lot of flavor and interesting ingredient combinations. The ambiance was great for couples and was a bit eclectic. Service was attentive but... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Went with friends from Asheville. Food was fantastic, service almost as good, price a bit steep, definitely worth a return trip. We tried scallops, monkfish, pork belly, spring rolls, calamari, and 2 bottles of wine. Everything was great. A must visit restaurant in Asheville.

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Young Harris, Georgia
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We've been going to Asheville for years but for some reason never tried Zambra until last night.. It was a cold, quiet Monday evening but warm and inviting inside. Very easy walk from the Hotel Indigo. Good variety of tapas--we tried the scallops, braised pork spring rolls, beef sausage, and a vegetable dish. There were plenty of other items that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Incredible variety and atmosphere. We spent hours here and enjoyed every minute. The service and decor were also tops.

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