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“Thanks for the Groupon!”
Review of Z Garden - CLOSED

Z Garden
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Washington, DC
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Thanks for the Groupon!”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We bought a Groupon for this place while walking on the Promenade in Santa Monica to catch an early dinner. Very convenient location, but the staff could have been a little friendlier. That being said, the combo kebab plate and lamb chops were delicious!! The restaurant had a rustic feel that was very inviting. I did have to get up and personally ask for my check once their foot traffic increased.

Visited May 2014
Thank Catdaddy1129
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31 reviews from our community

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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Santa Monica, California
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Healthy Lebanese in Downtown SM @ great prices”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

Z Garden has 2 restaurants in Santa Monica. This is their 2nd and the more atmospheric (other is on Pico, which is great for big groups). Very good kebabs, falafels and salads. Great service. BYOB. Dine it or take-away with live belly dancing performance on the weekends. I'm ready to head back down there now! Yum.

Visited January 2014
Thank 88jet88
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McFarland, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Food and Free Corkage”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Z Garden blends Persian cuisine with an informal atmosphere - kind of a bridge between fast food and a formal restaurant. We live near Z Garden and eat there several times a month.

One big thing to remember here in Santa Monica is that it's one of the few restaurants that allow you to bring your own wine free of charge.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank BrianFromMcFarland
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Manhattan Beach, California
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not Impresed”
Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I really wanted to try and like this place. I love Mediterranean food and am always looking for new spots. I'm surprised this place has such good reviews, here are my thoughts:

1) Service was really off. Is this a sit down place or an order at the counter, get a number and they bring food to you? Well I guess it's both. We got seated at a table but other people went up to the counter and ordered. Not a good business model. Second, the wait staff seemed very confused. We had one person who brought over bread and then a few minutes later someone else came over to bring us bread. Same happened with drinks and condiments for our food. Maybe one waiter per table would work better for them.

2) The food. We started with the hummus which I did not think was anything special. It was a heaping portion but flavor was lacking in my opinion. I ordered a wrap with fries as my meal and there was literally one tiny piece of meat in the thing which was wrapped in pita. All I tasted was pita and lettuce. What a waste.

While the price was very affordable, I can't say I would come back here. Their model was inconsistent and the food was not good.

Visited November 2013
Thank Abigail F
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ZGarden, Manager at Z Garden, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Hi I sorry about what happen as small business we like to get 2nd chance from you and we like to offer you complimentary lunch or dinner.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Wonderful Mediterranean Food at modest prices”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

Found this great little restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. near the beach and loved the food and the prices. It's right across from the north entrance to Santa Monica Mall and parking is tricky but even if you have to pay for parking, you'll save it on the cost of a great meal here.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Lyn84321
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