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Reviewed 2 May 2022

Great atmosphere, delicious food, very nice server. Perfect location in downtown St. Charles. Would eat there again.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 29 April 2022

Great restaurant adjacent to the Fox River in St. Charles. Had the White Fish, and it was unbelievably great. A little expensive, but absolutely worth it.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 22 April 2022 via mobile

Ate late lunch/early dinner. Wonderful food and very nice atmosphere. Wait staff friendly and attentive. Drinks were wonderful- haven’t had a Negroni in years!! Carrot cake for dessert was moist and yummy. Ate WAY to much, but enjoyed every bite!!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 21 January 2022

Opted for dinner at ZaZa's while visiting St. Charles on advice of a friend. Really good food and service! Reservations for your desired time strongly recommended days in advance, otherwise you might end up eating earlier than you want.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 3 January 2022

The food was great! Our server was great- very attentive! This was our first visit to this place. We will be back!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 1 February 2021

We had just attended the funeral of my best friend, and were looking for a place for dinner. After some searching on TripAdvisor, we selected this place. First off, get a reservation. This place is busy. The décor is in interesting - nothing unusual, but...nice lighting, good wall texture and art. There is a lot to look at. If you are worried about the COVID restrictions of Illinois, worry not. Look at the statistics. In Region 1 in December, schools were contributing 20 cases out of 100, and restaurants 3. Who got closed with no seating? Well, it wasn't schools. So wear your mask and enjoy dinner indoors. If you don't want to do that - don't post about it for restaurants who are disobeying an illegal order. Now back to the food. Really good. We started with their Bruschetta Spinachi - it was enough for four people, and it was very good. It just sparkled on your palate. I decided to go for their 8 ounce filet, while my wife tried their Gemelli. Both were delicious - I cut the filet into smaller pieces to allow more time to enjoy it. We finished sharing their Chocolate Cake Ganache desert, ala mode. The wine list was solid - we ordered a bottle of Jordan Cabernet, and the price was quite reasonable. Our service was excellent - our waitress was masked at all times. When we saw her approaching, we put our masks on out of respect for her safety. If we weren't eating, we were wearing our masks out of respect for everyone's safety. Nuff said? Summary: Great food and service. Interesting decor. Get a reservation. Enjoy safely.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 7 January 2021

My husband and I ventured out to St Charles and were surprised to see indoor dining since Illinois has a current ban on it. Nevertheless, we entered the restaurant and were seated right away. The food was delicious! Unfortunately, our waiter wore ONLY a face...shield and not a mask. Everyone else wore a mask. One of the problems is that the waiter is very friendly and talks to make conversation. But with a face shield only there is no protection to anyone else ~ actually not much to himself either. Not wearing a face mask under his shield offers no protection for us as customers and for that reason we will not return. I should have asked for another waiter but did not want to ruin my husband's, already anxious, mood. And even had I requested another waitperson, the restaurant employees and customers are at risk. In "normal" times I would have rated this a 5 but safety is important in our day. What bothers me even more is that I read the reviews (after going to the restaurant) and there has already been concern about this expressed and nothing has been done. Too bad.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 5 December 2020 via mobile

The food was only outdone by the service. We had Steven who made it the best experience. We have been here many times but last night was the best combo. The sea bass special was spot on along with the salmon.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 26 July 2020 via mobile

We wanted to go somewhere special for our 40th anniversary, so we picked ZaZa's in St Charles and made a reservation for last night at 6pm through Open Table (the link from the restaurant website). At 3:30pm we got a voice mail from the restaurant...that they were only doing outdoor dining because of the rise in the Covid cases. Ok, I get that. So, they don't take reservations for outdoor dining, it's first come first serve. Ok, I also get that. We got there at 6pm and were seated right away at the front of the restaurant outdoor patio. It was very noisy from motorcycles going up and down the main road (RT 64) so conversation was tricky at best. Ok, seating 6 ft apart is tricky also, so I get it. So here is were it kind of fell apart. 1). All the wait staff, etc. were wearing face masks except our waiter who was wearing a face shield-no mask. Obviously, the management was unaware that a face shield gives no protection from air borne particles when speaking, etc. A face shield is to protect the wearers eyes and skin, nothing else. He should have been wearing a mask as well. 2) Our table was the only one that was in the direct sun when it rolled around to the front of the building when we were halfway into our mean, so I asked our waiter if we could get an umbrella for a few minutes until the sun moved away. It was very hot and uncomfortable, however, his response was that he could not move any of the umbrellas around and he walked away. Perhaps he could had said "I don't think we can but I will check with the manager". And then to top it off, just before we were leaving, a women came around to the tables asking if everything was ok and when she look directly at me I shook my head "no" and she proceeded to the next table like she didn't see me. I understand we are in different times right now, but it seems like this restaurant was interested and fully invested in their customers. The food was great, the red sangria was wonderful and refreshing, but we felt there was a disconnect with customers and the purpose of proper face coverings.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 28 February 2020 via mobile

During a stay in St.Charles we had a business dinner at this restaurant. They serve original Italian dishes and add daily specials to their menus. The decor is average, the food was good and the service was ok too. The prices are acceptable but the...portions are huge. We had the linguini with seafood which was actually quite nice.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

My colleagues and I, had dinner, for the first time here. The food was amazing! Our server Jimmy was outstanding. He knew the menu and was able to help us find the best options for our appetizers, wine, dinner and desserts. We definitely will be...back! I spoke with all my colleagues and we’re going to do a monthly dinner here. We will be requesting Jimmy as our waiter, he definitely made our experience the best. Thank you for the great food and best waiter.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 18 November 2019 via mobile

On a cold rainy evening we sat by a big window in a little corner! It was very cozy! The food was excellent and the service was amazing! Highly recommend!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 26 August 2019

I facilitate meetings, many of them at restaurants. We had a client event at La Zaza and it was a wonderful experience. When I got there, my client's staff had not communicated the right room layout, and the staff jumped right on it and rearranged...things without hesitation. Valerie was our room captain and was a great partner. She took wonderful care of us and made sure we stayed on schedule. If I could work with her everywhere I went, life would be great! We had about a dozen attendees. Everyone enjoyed their food. The pacing was wonderful. Overall, it was a great dinner.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 21 August 2019

Zaza has been serving the Best Italian Dinners for over 20 years in St Charles. Plenty of competition over the last 20 years but they are still the best!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

Beautiful night sitting outside at Zaza facing the river and downtown St Charles. I had the baked clams, which were delicious. I decided to go with the lasagna app because none of my favorite pastas were on the menu. The addition of goat cheese added...to its yumminess! My friend had the veal medallions which she thought was wonderful and perfectly paired with the accompaniments.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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