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ZZest Cafe & Bar

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$$ - $$$
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1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Boulder, Colorado
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I checked out ZZest on the recommendation of a friend. The atmosphere is really great and the wait staff know their stuff. The food choices look terrific but the execution is another story. My potatoes were hard on the inside, scorched on the outside and they were bland. The meat was just average in terms of taste. Our bill came... More 

Thank Arielf3773
Management response:

Hi, I am so sorry you were not thoroughly impressed with your experience! I just want to confirm you were at the right spot, only because we have been confused with other restaurants in the past. We open at 4pm each day and we don't have a lunch menu, per say, so I'm just making sure I'm understanding clearly. It... More 

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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Finally got around to trying this hip restaurant and we were lucky in October that the patio was still open. They had several blankets and heaters out there and it felt very secluded despite being close to a busy street. Cheese/Meat plate was tasty but the real treat was the chef special - 3 courses where you get whatever the... More 

Thank Alison C
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Each course was very creative, well described and presented, and FABULOUS!! The table side staff greatly enhanced an already superb experience (special kudos to L and J). We will be back again and again!!

Thank ThePerfectWeekend
Rochester, Minnesota
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've dined many times at this special local restaurant, but have never tried the chef's tasting/wine pairing menu before. Best ever experience, from the personal tableside attention, information about the creative dishes and various wines, to the presentation and fabulous flavors. The friends we hosted said they felt as if they were dining in a much larger, more cosmopolitan city.

Thank MNtraveler1956
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is located far from anything of any real interest - other than the mall across the street. But their patio is nicely tucked away behind the restaurant and it feels secluded and intimate. The decor is trendy and comfortable, and their service is very attentive. Limited but very interesting and varied menu. Food is good - but not exceptional.... More 

Thank SaskNan
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been in MN for a total of 11 days now and this is by far the worst restaurant I have eaten at by far. We have eaten at 6 different restaurants around Minneapolis and they were unreal. From Tongue in Cheek, Bar LaGrassa, St Genieve and even a great cheap eat called Brassa. The owner of the restaurant... More 

Thank Givemethewkend
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and I went out to dinner. I like quieter places with interesting food, so ZZest is my first choice. The scallops were the best I have ever had. I love it that the menu is always changing. My sister had never been there, and she already is making plans to come back and bring her husband.

Thank Jennifer S
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

THis place is awesome!! The patio is perfect and the wood fire grilled pizzas are amazing. Try the one with sweet corn on it! Delish!!! Great service and a nice wine list! Skordallia is a must have appetizer!

Thank kyle16
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

We enjoy eating here with family or friends for something different. Always great staff. Menu selection is small, but always the reliable and good pizza if we can't find something on the main entree list.

Thank pedsnephron
Eau Claire, WI
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?