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ZZest Cafe & Bar

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1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Eau Claire, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

On a quest to try new to me unique to Rochester restaurants I decided to try this establishment. Was thrilled with my meal from the signature cocktail to my lamb burger topped with fresh vegetable toppings, served with artichoke aoli and roasted potatoes. Was very peaceful to dine on the patio looking at the river. The dessert menu looked decadent.

Thank suzb75
Columbia, Missouri
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner here while in town for visit at Mayo. Liked TripAdvisor reviews. Casual, comfortable, trendy decor. Waiter was very good at explaining items & allowing time to decide. Charcuterie is a specialty but we didn't go with that. Chef tasting menu available at reasonable price but we weren't that hungry. I had Lamb Pasta which was excellent--homemade pasta, tender... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lived three years in Rochester and this was our go-to for a reliably wonderful dinner. Fabulous food - tasting menus are a delight. Finely crafted cocktails made with real care and precision for multilayered complex tastes. Beautiful seating back behind the restaurant - a gorgeous meadow that makes you entirely forget you're close to the road not to mind the... More 

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La Grange, Texas
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined at ZZest one evening while in Rochester for doctor visits at Mayo. My husband had the chef tasting and I ordered off the menu which were both wonderful. We took the shuttle from town to the Apache mall and walked across the street. Perfect way to get there for free. Will definitely go back on our next visit.

Thank clhmeh
Wilmette, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

patio garden is great, and very diversify people..., lamb burger was delicious, so mushroom pizza and copa appetizer....

Thank Alipech16
Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

After some long, stressful days at Mayo Clinic, the 4 of us stumbled upon Zzest(I had seen the sign for it at Mayo)& we are SOOO glad we did! It was amazing from the moment we walked in the door. We sat on the beautiful outdoor patio. Every detail is a feast for the senses-sight, smelll, taste,sound, touch--food was amazing!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I recently revisited ZZest as part of a group of 6. We dined on the patio, a lovely spot near the river with a bike path on the other side. We had no bug or wind issues. The wood fire pizza crust was very tasty. Of the 3 pizza selections we tried, the salami was by far the best. The... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Went on a recommendation of one our providers at Mayo. Limited menu that basically reflected what else is served all over Rochester:burgers, pizza, salad. Pricey and service was scattered and spotty. Will not return, there are other many other places in the area that have better service and food.

Thank Hermosagata
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

After dining here, I am shocked that it isn't rated higher for meals in Rochester. I went on a casual Wednesday night for a solo dinner and had one of the most incredible pizzas I have ever had. The Green Garlic Pizza was perfectly balanced and even felt light. It was delicious. The Beet Salad I had with watermelon radishes... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Love going to ZZest with the beautiful patio dining overlooking Zumbro river and of course the food is fabulous especially the chef's choice option, always a surprise of great food !!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $29
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: 15074240080
Discover with ZZest our amazing menu . From a huge cheese and charcuterie section to local grass fed burgers, foie gras meatballs (and yes MN has foie gras!) to a Chef's tasting menu. Our goal is to use local and small produced ingredients and bring Rochester the new trends in the culinary world. We have our own market located downtown where we stock our shelves with the best and hard to find ingredients. This gives our chefs an awesome pantry to work from. We offer a full service cafe serving lunch which is great, and dinners that are 5 star amazing! Basically our goal at ZZest is out to make Rochester just as cool as the Twin Cities!

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