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ZZest Cafe & Bar

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1190 16 St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902
+1 507-424-0080
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Zzest is a strange place. Starting out as a gourmet food store with a few tables and good food, it transformed into a more restaurant type setting with nice outdoor seating (during the few warm months in Rochester, and small gourmet food store offerings). The restaurant has undeniably good food, however, the prices are approaching exorbitant, and you have the... More 

Thank Bermusat
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110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely the best place to be on a cold night for dinner! The chef's tasting was a pear, Northern Lights cheese, mint delicacy. Awesome! Then I had a Riesling with their new squid pasta in a rich butter sauce. To die for! I'm in the clean plate club! I'm going to top it off with the dark chocolate steamed pudding.... More 

Thank knitdr
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

We're never disappointed at Zzest and tonight was another amazing experience!!! The drinks were spectacular, the Foie gras meatballs are an amazing app, and we tried the sea urchin tagliatelle which was one of the best dishes we've had in a while!!! Another wonderful evening!!!

Thank chefwant2b
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Wonderful place to go for a nice meal, with creative food and drink options and a friendly, fun atmosphere. As vegetarians, we had several options and shared several appetizers and salads. The skordalia with white beans was very tasty, as was the cauliflower appetizer. We tried several of the salads, which also were very nicely prepared and the veggie pasta... More 

Thank Emptynest2
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Just putting my two sense in . Great local sources food with a modern twist . The chef tastings is a must . And how can you forget a craft cocktail. A Rochester hidden gem.

Thank Jason M
Boulder, Colorado
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

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 October 21, 2016

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

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!!

1 Thank ThePerfectWeekend
Rochester, Minnesota
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 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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98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

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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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, 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 16 St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-424-0080
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?