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Zest Cafe and Home Art

#192 of 1,141 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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8831 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615-2970
+1 919-848-4792
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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135 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

I went for lunch with my daughter and granddaughters. The person who seated us did a good job getting us a table. We waited almost 15 minutes for our waitress and then she was rather brusk. The food was fine but not really outstanding. It would have been nice if I was offered some parma cheese over my ravioli.

Thank windsorsmom
Raleigh, North Carolina
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

Zest has great products for purchase in the "art" part of the business, but I'd say that my favorite item I ever found (and consumed) there is their tarragon chicken salad!

Thank Lynda W
Raleigh, North Carolina
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2016

Excellent restaurant. Feels more like a cafe and is small, and expect a wait. The food is worth it. One of the best gift shops in this area that is always changing with the seasons. Have eaten here more times than I can count and have never been disappointed. Always take our out of town guests here for lunch!

Thank cgroeschen
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

Quaint decor and knick knack shop define this satisfying lunch destination. Seems to be the local ladies favorite as 95% of patrons were females. Great salads for the 2 that ordered them at our table, while I enjoyed the salmon asi it was perfectly cooked and lightly seasoned allowing the fish to shine.

Thank Joe H
Raleigh, North Carolina
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366 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2016

I just had lunch here two days in a row with girlfriends. Love their daily homemade soup selections - one of which is always vegan for those who desire that. Their chicken salad is outstanding. Saturday's are a great treat with the 1/2 price wine by the glass. Great little restaurant with innovative menu selections. Love the boutique attached.

Thank NancyOO7
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2015

Delicious salads and brunch fare. Wonderful homemade desserts. Excellent service. Limited hours for dinner. We come frequently for brunch.

Thank Joan P
Raleigh, North Carolina
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113 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Local strip gem with artsy atmosphere. Daily specials and seasonal menu changes. Staff attentive. Enjoy going every once in a while...salads are good.

Thank Foodiepaul
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103 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

I have enjoyed eating here for over 10 years. The food is consistently good. The food is of high quality and menu is seasonal. I enjoy shopping in the home and art store adjacent to the restaurant.

1 Thank Liz N
Raleigh, North Carolina
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345 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Zest is a wonderful dining spot located in a strip shopping center in North Raleigh. I have eaten here for years and have always had delicious meals. For brunch I almost always get the breakfast burrito. It's superb. For lunch and dinner, I enjoy their entree salads usually with a chicken breast or salmon. If you have room for dessert,... More 

1 Thank DuffyNC
North Carolina
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154 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2015

BEST BRUNCH IN RALEIGH! The chocolate chip pancakes are perfection! Any egg-based offering is stellar! Go!

Thank jeremypetty1

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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
American, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8831 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615-2970
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-848-4792

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?