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“Molto Bene in Yakima!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zesta Cucina

Zesta Cucina
5110 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98908-4900
509-972-2000
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Ranked #2 of 217 Restaurants in Yakima
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tieton Drive
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“Molto Bene in Yakima!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Over the years Zesta Cucina has continued to improve on its offerings and decor, making it a first choice night out for any traveler or local looking for good Italian-style food. Our most recent visit (2/2/13) was to celebrate a birthday and staff and kitchen didn't disappoint. A nice starter service of bread and olive oil arrives shortly after you sit down. The bar (very well-appointed) makes a mean cosmo and also has an excellent variety of wine and beer.

Our table ordered salmon, crab cakes, ravioli, and a wonderful pasta salad. All were well-prepared. Over the years it's been a surprise just how good the seafood is since, being well-inland from the coast, it's can be hard to find good seafood in Central Washington. In the past we've enjoyed their steak and halibut preparations as well as their pastas.

Staff and even management were very friendly and accomodated us well (I think it helped that half our party are regulars). A year or two ago the interior was remodeled and it really added to the ambiance of the restaurant. The restaurant does get very busy at peak time so a reservation (they're on Open Table too) is helpful. Do sign up for their dining card program even if you only plan on coming back once a year.

I'd also take issue with other reviewers who seem to have a problem with the prices. Dinner for 4 (including appetizers, adult beverages, and tip) rang up for less than $140. The same meal in Seattle would have been well over $200 (!). If you don't like the heat, stay out of the kitchen...

The only "knock" we have on the place is its location. It's in a fairly large building and has to share its parking with a couple of bars as well as some retail outlets. At times parking can be an issue and getting back out onto busy Tieton Drive can be a bit interesting. But then, I'd be happier if they were in Seattle.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Yakima, Washington
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33 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“mediocre wine & wraps”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The (rotating) red blend wine was mediocre so select one of your favorites instead. In the past, the Thai lettuce wraps have been delicious, but this time the chicken was bland and overdone. The calamari, though, was excellent.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Washington
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Don't miss if you are in Yakima”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Outstanding service, food, drinks, & apmosphere. Though not inexpensive, you will come away from dinner saying WOW, what a dining experience.

Don't miss the chance to dine at Zesta Cucina!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palos Heights, Illinois
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“Excellent food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We had dinner with a Yakima-based family during a holiday weekend. It was bustling but we had reservations and fortunately did not have to wait for an open table. Because of the crowd it was noisy but not to the point where we had to shout to be heard. The restaurant features a main dining floor and a smaller loft-like second level overlooking the former. We dined in the upper level. The decor is warm, modern, featuring a lot of wood. There was a mural of a canal scene from Venice (probably from the neighboring island, Burano) on the wall overlooking the loft area.

Naturally the menu features a lot of pasta dishes and pizza. However the grilled meat menu offers 4 cuts of beef and 6 choices each of starch, vegetables, and sauce. This offers the diner a potential 864 combinations to choose from! There was a specials menu and an extra-special one ("fresh sheet") The adults chose from the latter and many decided to splurge on the wagyu short rib which lived up to its reputation. We shared a bottle of red from Washington. A children's menu is offered making the restaurant more family-friendly.

The staff was friendly and attentive. Busboys/girls kept our glasses filled. The owner checked in on us. It may have been on the expensive side but the food was of excellent quality. Zesta Cucina should definitely be on your list of places to dine at when visiting Yakima.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Yakima, Washington
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“Good food and drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Had not been to Zesta in about 8 years last time in the food was not good. This time however the place was great, We went with friends, I had the Chicken Parm and a craft beer on tap from Leavenworth, WA. the beer was cold and the chicken done. The comp bread was fresh warm and good, too. We will go back again. The cost is a little on the high side. but not a bad value over-all.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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