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“Tops for Tapas!”
Review of Zambra

Zambra
Ranked #16 of 809 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Cross street: Haywood Street
Description: Our dynamic menu is the passion of Executive Chef Adam. Adam has attained many influences through his training in Europe and New Orleans. Zambra is his modern vision of the tastes and flavors of the western Mediterranean: Spain, Portugal, Gypsy, and North Africa. As an appropriate accompaniment, we have assembled the region's finest selection of Spanish and New World wines. We have been awarded the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and our wine list has been voted the best in Asheville.
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Fabulous variety of menu items. There were four of us and we ordered 4 vegetarian and 3 non-vegetarian items to share. Everything tasted wonderful. A three piece band was playing the night we visited. While there is no parking in front of the restaurant, there is a parking deck right around the corner.

Thank Cleomissy
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a perfect romantic date spot. (There is also a parking garage across from it for your convenience.) Candle light at the tables, dim lighting in a cave like/India vibe atmosphere complete with pillows. (They also have flashlights for patrons if you can not see the menu). Note: Do make reservations.

Their cocktails are delicious - I had a drink called "Pictures of You" - Smirnoff vodka, Domaine De Canton, fresh lime, ginger beer, Angostura bitters that was served over ice in a small glass pitcher and poured into a frosted copper mug with fresh lime and mint.

The food is inventive Tapas using fresh ingredients however, I feel that the food comes out lacking the spices to pull off the dishes to do them justice (this is why I gave the Average rating. I hope it was just an off night for the chef and not a cost cutting measure for the establishment.

We will probably try it one more time.

An example of a couple of menu items on the daily special Tapas:

duck breast w/smoked butter, cranberry-chorizo, radish, jalapeño, celeriac-mustard $14

pork belly w/Meyer lemon & mascarpone fritter, horseradish, parsnip, white chocolate, basil $10
(this one we tried because of the oddness of the flavor combination - would not recommend this one to friends - ;) ).

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Thank Ms.LoveTravel
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Dined here with husband for anniversary-this restaurant is awesome! Our waiter, Patrick, was very knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations. We had the warmed olives, shrimp cakes, pork chop, and an amazing brussel sprout & cabbage dish. Wine list has many good selections. This is a romantic restaurant that is dimly lit with cozy booths.
If you would like an unusual experience, this would be a great pick.

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Thank NiseKay
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We came here as part of the Eating Asheville tour and loved it so decided to come back for dinner. We sat at the bar and ordered a few drinks and tapas. This is definitely the type of place I like: great atmosphere, excellent food, good drinks!
The menu changes with the season and they use fresh, local ingredients. I would recommend to anyone in town looking for a good meal or just a small bite, perfect for both!

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Thank KUO100
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is one of our favorite restaurants in town. The menu is seasonal and what is fresh at the moment. We have never had a bad small plate and the staff always makes wonderful recommendations on what are the can't miss dishes of the day. Strong drink menu and everything we have had has been enjoyable. Make sure you get reservations because you will wait a long time to get a table. Sometimes you can sneak in at the bar to eat and drink. High energy atmosphere and can be noisy.

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Thank 185jennal
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