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“Great atmosphere, Great drinks, Friendly Staff, Needs better food.”

Zanzibar Restaurant & Pub
Ranked #2 of 61 Restaurants in Menomonie
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: American, Fusion, Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Deep red walls and rich hardwood accents create an inviting and relaxing setting for an exciting, eclectic meal at Zanzibar. The menu contains numerous original contemporary American dishes with world influences. Two of the most popular items, lahvosh, is an Armenian cracker bread topped with a five-cheese blend, veggies, and a variety of meats and Meatloaf Mignon (this isn’t your mama’s meatloaf). The bar can mix up hand-craft cocktails, over 65 kinds of martinis, and offers an unique wine list. The menu is very vegetarian friendly (any meal can be altered) and contains over 100 gluten-free options. They also create their own spice blends that are available to take home. Reservations are recommended.
Duluth, Minnesota
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, Great drinks, Friendly Staff, Needs better food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

I have been to Zanzibar many times in the past couple of years. I will say they have an extraordinary martini menu which has been hand crafted by none other then Katie Cantwell. Zanzibar is a luxury restaurant great for going out with family, friends, or on dates. Zanzibars menu is a little over priced for the quality of food that is being offered. I have had some bland entrees such as the Risotto (which is no longer on the menu), the Carbonara which is severely lacking in flavor and mouth appeal, and to top it off I had the smoked duck and my sautéed cabbage was "burnt cabbage", and the duck was overcooked.

With that being said they do have some great dishes, I recommend you order from the appetizers or the bar food section. The smoked trout tacos are to die for and I enjoyed the Masala Chicken which is bursting with flavor and is very well put together.

In a nutshell Zanzibar has the potential to be great, it has the atmosphere people are looking for, the extensive drink list, and an incredible waitstaff. All it needs is to find its place with the menu and prepare the food with the rigor and savouriness I know Zanzibar can deliver.

  • Visited December 2012
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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142 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere, Excellent Food & Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

I dined here for the first time tonight and it was a great experience from start to finish. Located on Main St., parking can be a bit tricky but once you find a spot it's all good from there.Seating and lighting are cozy, service is tremendous. Everything on the menu sounded delicious, but the girls said the lavosh was a must try. We did the mediterranean with mango added and it was delicious. The crust was unlike anything I have ever tried, and it made the pizza in my opinion. They're also right to steer clear from calling it simply "pizza," because pizza it is not. The ingredients were fresh & flavorful and well executed. I wouldn't say you have to be adventurous to eat here, there are plenty of run of the mill items on the menu, along with the more adventurous tastes, plenty to please everyone. The tap beer was fantastic, and dessert (pumpkin cheesecake, apple pie a la mode) were both absolutely delicious, garnished with a fresh (edible) orchid. Prices are reasonable for a restaurant of it's caliber but is definitely something on the more expensive side for most people. I enjoyed the experience, and I already have my meal chosen for my next visit!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Bobbie B
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Menomonie, WI
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Besat in area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Probably the most innovative Rest in 5 counties! It is a real cocktail bar. Martinis, Cosmos etc. Tapas!!

Visited May 2012
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Truly Creative Cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Zanzibar Restaurant & Pub is the place to go if you're an adventurous spirit looking to try some interesting, funky, and absolutely delicious dishes. Their cuisine is a bit pricier than surrounding restaurants in the Menomonie area, but they offer some of the wildest choices that cannot be found anywhere else in the Chippewa Valley. A sure selection that won't disappoint? Try their sauteed artichokes or their famous carbonara dish paired with one of their many signature martinis and you're sure to have a fantastic dining experience. Also, their waitstaff is extremely knowledgeable with all items on their drink and dining menu and are some of the friendliest, most professional servers you're bound to meet. Overall, choosing Zanzibar for your next meal is a definete way to ensure an excellent experience.

  • Visited August 2012
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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72 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Zanzibar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

How can you not like Zanzibar? Great food great service and great drinks. What more can you ask for in a small community like this. It is a vacation away for a good evening.

  • Visited August 2012
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