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“oustanding service, great food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zeste Cafe & Market - CLOSED

Zeste Cafe & Market
3508 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-5555
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Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mediterranean, Seafood, Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Description: Food from around the world made from scratch. Seafood, poultry, meats, lots of veggies, homemade soups & salad dressings, sandwiches, great desserts, gourmet coffee. Lots of vegetarian, vegan and Gluten Free options. Fine wines, imported & craft beer, setups available. Also, chef prepared foods to go, cheeses, crackers, artisan breads, spreads & dips, sauces and more. Serving dinner from 4:30-9:00 Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 Friday & Saturday nights.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“oustanding service, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Stopped by to read the menu on their window before they opened for lunch. A man who I believe is the owner/chef unlocked the door and stepped outside to explain their offerings to me. He told me of their specials and gave me a to-go menu. He was a very nice, customer service focused man.

I came back for lunch and placed a to-go order (waitress also nice), requesting they hold the balsamic ingredient in my veggie pita (I am on a low acid diet). After receiving my order, the owner emerged from the kitchen to discuss possible substitutions for the item I requested they hold. He asked questions, made recommendations, and had me try different samples of hummus, etc. until I found something suitable. What incredible service. And the food was excellent.

The menu is on the gourmet side. Don’t come here for a cheeseburger and fries. They also have a small market with wines, a few interesting beers, and more. Note they are closed Monday and Tuesday. The restaurant sign is a little hard to see coming from the north. The entrance does not face the street.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Refreshing change from most restaurants on SPI”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This was our favorite restaurant on SPI.

Small plates were delicious. Daughter was happy with child's cheese pita pizza. Wines on offer were also well chosen and not expensive.

Other reviewers have mentioned the carrot cake. It's great if you like a tropical twist with pineapple and coconut. Cream cheese frosting is not too sweet and actually tastes like cream cheese. If you like a spicier carrot cake, with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, etc., you might be disappointed.

We would have returned if we had stayed longer. Deli counter items looked delicious (samples available.)

Activity suggestion in nice weather: choose picnic items and wine from the deli at Zeste, take them down to the public pavilion at Andy Bowie Park, just past the Hllton Garden Inn and have a feast and a walk on the beach.

Visited December 2012
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Microwaved”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

It was off season and rather late when we arrived at the restaurante. Going off trip advisor to find a cute "local" place with sorta organic style food, we were sorely disappointed with the taste, quality and care put into our dishes. Don't get the crab cakes. It seemed like the food came out of a frozen container and put in the micro for a few min.

Visited December 2012
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Forest Hills, New York
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209 reviews 209 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
“The Carrot Cake is the best I ever tasted!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

The food is fresh and inventive and the service is friendly. If you like carrot cake this is a must try. It is rich, moist and not too sweet.

Visited November 2012
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South Padre Island, Texas
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“unique place, good wine selection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We have eaten here a few times and have done a wine tasting as well. The food is served in smaller portions more like appetizers so I usually have two things. The pricing matching the portions for a higher end place. the food is tasty and service is good. Instead of looking at a wine menu you can look through the wine bottles which I liked.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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