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“Its All About the Duck!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zea

Zea
1525 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
504-520-8100
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Ranked #90 of 1,665 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Vancouver, B.C.
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“Its All About the Duck!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Visited Zea on the recommendation of Tripadvisor and was somewhat disappointed on arrival to learn that it was a casual chain restaurant....

We got off to a bad start with extremely poor and slow service likely brought about by the fullness of the restaurant with an overcapacity waiting lounge to boot. The appetizers that we sampled being the tortilla crusted crab cakes, tuna sashimi stack and spicy wok seared edamame were all simply mediocre reminiscent of any run of the mill casual restaurant chain.

Then came the main courses: the "twice cooked crispy duck" was exceptional and as fine as one could indulge in anywhere in the world even in the finest of five star culinary European establishments and the like. Having sampled duck in some of the finest restaurants throughout the world, Zea wasn't merely on par, but surpassed them all with extraordinary flavour and cooked to perfection with virtually no remnants of fat. Similarly, the "southern fried fish" was also top notch as were the accompanying roasted corn grits.

The service lacked, but the main courses made it a restaurant decidedly worth a return trip!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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“Thai Rib's, lip smacking good!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

When not if you go to Zea's, please have the Thai Rib Stack for your appetizer, and your entree should be the Bronzed Rainbow Trout, as one of your sides try the red beans, you choose your second side. You will be very, very pleased. This is my husband's favorite meal on Friday's when we do dinner and a movies. You will not be disappointed. If you take the streetcar, you can jump off an visit this restaurant, and continue on to the Riverbend area.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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“food good...price good...too noisy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The food was good. The ribs were good, nice flavor. The étouffée sauce was blah, I have had much better at home in Cincinnati. Caesar salad was the best part of the meal. Good menu variety for our group. Very nice service. Do not come here if you expect to socialize. It was incredibly noisy. We could barley talk to the person next to us. Need to do something to buffer the noise. All in all just okay, I would skip this place...many better places to go in New Orleans.

Visited August 2013
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Missouri
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“Yum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The food was SOOO good! My son had the fried chicken breast with red beans/rice and sausage, I had the duck empanadas...delicious food! The hotel had given us a card for a free dessert to share. It was a sweet potato bread pudding dessert? covered with pecans and a sweet sauce...it was excellent! Our waiter was great...very knowledgeable on how things were cooked and was so polite! Go here! You will not be sorry!

Visited August 2013
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Bridgeport
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“Not overly impressed -”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Went here on the advice of the hotel front staff. Took the st Charles street car (which has a stop right near the restsurant). They do have a children's menu which is reasonable . But the food was just average. The ambiance and service was excellent though! And the prices were less than what you would spend in the French quarter area ... But all considering I wouldn't return here for another meal. The food took a while to come out and wasn't worth the wait!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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