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“Excellent food and service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zesta Cucina

Zesta Cucina
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Ranked #4 of 241 Restaurants in Yakima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tieton Drive
Palos Heights, Illinois
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240 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

We had dinner with a Yakima-based family during a holiday weekend. It was bustling but we had reservations and fortunately did not have to wait for an open table. Because of the crowd it was noisy but not to the point where we had to shout to be heard. The restaurant features a main dining floor and a smaller loft-like second level overlooking the former. We dined in the upper level. The decor is warm, modern, featuring a lot of wood. There was a mural of a canal scene from Venice (probably from the neighboring island, Burano) on the wall overlooking the loft area.

Naturally the menu features a lot of pasta dishes and pizza. However the grilled meat menu offers 4 cuts of beef and 6 choices each of starch, vegetables, and sauce. This offers the diner a potential 864 combinations to choose from! There was a specials menu and an extra-special one ("fresh sheet") The adults chose from the latter and many decided to splurge on the wagyu short rib which lived up to its reputation. We shared a bottle of red from Washington. A children's menu is offered making the restaurant more family-friendly.

The staff was friendly and attentive. Busboys/girls kept our glasses filled. The owner checked in on us. It may have been on the expensive side but the food was of excellent quality. Zesta Cucina should definitely be on your list of places to dine at when visiting Yakima.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Yakima, Washington
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good food and drinks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Had not been to Zesta in about 8 years last time in the food was not good. This time however the place was great, We went with friends, I had the Chicken Parm and a craft beer on tap from Leavenworth, WA. the beer was cold and the chicken done. The comp bread was fresh warm and good, too. We will go back again. The cost is a little on the high side. but not a bad value over-all.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BrettJ
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Selah, Washington
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

Zesta is a minor challenge to find the first time, but well worth the effort. We are long-time customers with a deep appreciation of their current offerings and the evolution of their menu, service, and physical layout. In many respects they are Yakima's best value for fine dining. Terrific wait staff. Respectable wine list.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ken N
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Morelia, Mexico
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Bussy place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

Zesta Cucina it's a nice Mediterranean restaurant. Overall good food and service. The problem with this place is that it is quite busy and too noisy for my personal taste.
We made our reservations with days in advance, nonetheless we waited about half an hour to be seated. If you want a tip, ask for your reward card before you order, otherwise your dinner won't reward you any points at all.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nahmmacher
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Not sure why so far down on the list. Great food little pricy but you are getting good quality food. A dress nice kind of place with an overly nice owner don't be scared of him.

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