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Zzest Cafe & Bar - CLOSED

1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
+1 507-424-0080
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“charcuterie” (5 reviews)
“tasting menu” (4 reviews)
“lamb burger” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
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1 - 10 of 154 reviews

Reviewed 19 July 2017

Tasty food, very small portions, decent service, nice setting, alcohol very pricey, we love being right beside the river

Thank Esterace
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We sat outside on the patio overlooking a marsh and a river. I was worried that the mosquitos would eat us alive, but surprisingly, there weren't any at all. Our server met us with a bowl of chili spiced popcorn to enjoy while we looked...More

Thank bstorm
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Prime time on a Friday, out of a flavor of ice cream, out of light roast coffee, only available mixer for an 8 dollar shot of Gin was Pepsi or Diet Pepsi...The things we were able to get were good. Felt sorry for the server....More

Thank DianeLovedParis
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Busy atmosphere, this place is obviously popular. Our first visit from out of town. Ordered the Gem Salad, it was ok but dressing was bland. The salad was too salty for our liking. I had a mushroom pizza and was disappointed that it didn't have...More

Thank crankshaft61
Reviewed 8 June 2017

The food here was excellent. Serving sizes were smaller than average but the presentation and taste made up for that. We had the Chef Tasting and a burger. It was all delicious. Flavors were wonderful and unique. Server was excellent. It was our first time...More

Thank E S
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

The food at Zzest was excellent. We ordered the Coffee Crusted Scallops and they were prepared perfectly. We also ordered the Fish of the Day, Hawaiian Swordfish which was prepared in an interesting, yet not to crazy way. Again it too warranted a five circle...More

Thank jkferg
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I had the chef tasting tonight for the first time and it was very good....However. It is May 9 and the Farmer's Market opened last Saturday. In my 3 course meal there was not one fresh vegetable. One of the courses had canned artichokes/red peppers...More

2  Thank Madeline M
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My wife and I had never dined at ZZest, but since our favorite restaurant was fully booked, we decided to give it a try for our pre-Valentine's Day dinner. I made reservations for 6 pm and when we arrived a few minutes early we were...More

Thank Randy R
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Visited again. Nice atmosphere but food was just not great. Why ask how you want your burger if you are going to serve it well done (I asked for medium). And the herb potatoes should be renamed burned herb potatoes. Just not worth the money.More

Thank MnNice61
Management response:Responded 16 February 2017

I'm so sorry to hear about your burger and the potatoes! If you read the most recent review he had quite the opposite experience with a burger, he raved about it. So we obviously failed with yours, I'm sorry. I'm very concerned that you were...More

Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Loved the atmosphere. Food was exceptional and the service was amazing. A must if you are in Rochester!!

Thank srmorgan516
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 29
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-424-0080
  • E-mail
Discover with ZZest our amazing menu . From a huge cheese and charcuterie section to local grass fed burgers, foie gras meatballs (and yes MN has foie gras!) to a Chef's tasting menu. Our goal is to use local and small produced ingredients and bring Rochester the new trends in the culinary world. We have our own market located downtown where we stock our shelves with the best and hard to find ingredients. This gives our chefs an awesome pantry to work from. We offer a full service cafe serving lunch which is great, and dinners that are 5 star amazing! Basically our goal at ZZest is out to make Rochester just as cool as the Twin Cities!
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