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85 W Walnut St, Asheville, NC 28801 (Downtown Asheville)
(828) 232-1060
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Ranked #21 of 633 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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87% Recommend
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English first
Cartersville, Georgia
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed sampling tapas! My husband had never done this before. We had: Sesame crusted scallops Shrimp and grits Pork spring rolls Quail Flan They were all different and all delicious! The scallops were probably the most unique and flavorful. Our server was attentive and had great suggestions. Be careful, though, your bill will quickly add up!

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The food and service was quite good; although nothing outstanding. I was really turned off my the sticky table that felt like it hadn't been washed in a while. Even with cleaning it….it still had a dirty feel!!

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Summerfield nc
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Had dinner at this unique Tapas restaurant which was referred by a foodie. The foodie said the pan fried trout was the she best had ever had; so good she dreamed about it. I understand the dream; fantastic! Other dishes were exceptional. Corrine, our wait person, was probably the best wait person i have EVER experienced in any level restaurant... More

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South Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Went here for dinner. Food was excellent. Great Spanish wines also. Tuna meatballs were outstanding. Pork spring rolls were superb and the Tilefish was fantastic. Ate at the bar and enjoyed the atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

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San Antonio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Very romantic setting. Koko was our server who worked around my nut and seafood allergies. This restaurant offers small plates or large-tapa style. We enjoyed Mushrooms, gnocchi, Pan Rustico and Chop salad. They do have Ice tea which was the only downfall for me as I cannot drink alcohol. They have Pepsi products. Would go her again when in the... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My husband and I weren't sure where to dine with all the wonderful restaurants in Asheville, But we're ecstatic we found Zambra! The choices of small plates were extensive and beyond delicious! Truly every dish was unique and balanced, fresh and well, perfect! Sunburst trout, pork cheek, gnocchi, veg plates-just to name a few! The place was a little noisy... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

One of our favorite places in Asheville. Zambra has good selection of tapas and best sangria I've ever had. Do not miss this place when you're in town! You won't be disappointed!!!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

One of the best meals I have ever had. Service was great and the food was creative, artistic, interesting, and delicious. Went early (5ish) on a Friday evening and the restaurant was almost empty. The specials menu was almost twice as big as the main menu and had the better dishes. The shrimp dish on special (some sort of thai-coconut... More

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Spokane, Washington
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87 reviews 87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a huge party of over 25 people, and our meeting organizer set up a huge, family style dinner for all of us, with many different appetizers and small plates of entrees to share, with vast amounts of sangria and water. Each plate was better than the last, and many of us probably ate more than we should've but... More

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Pompton Plains, New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

So many great choices, fair prices, and excellent drinks! This place is so good we went twice. The atmosphere is ecletic and the food combinations were terrific. If you have any adventure at all when it comes to eating, then this is the place for you. We love tapas, and the staff encourages you to take your time and order... More

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