Green Zebra
Green Zebra

Green Zebra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.greenzebrachicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122437100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shawn McClain
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Elisabeth David 3122437100
  • Special Events: Our private dining room can comfortably accommodate 10-35 people. Please contact us for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenview
  • Public Transit: Blue Line, Chicago Avenue Bus, Ashland Avenue Bus
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available on Chicago Avenue and surrounding side streets (please note: parking can be challenging when special events draw crowds to West Town)
A word from Green Zebra
Green Zebra offers a contemporary vegetarian experience in an upscale, hip environment.
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Green Zebra reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (125)special occasion (90)neighborhood gem (63)romantic (61)notable wine list (24)good for groups (17)hot spot (16)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • LOVE THIS PLACE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Its not easy to make vegetarian food so unique and complex. Green Zebra does this incredibly well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding
    rbbm
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    GZ is not a great vegetarian restaurant; rather, GZ is a great restaurant that happens to be vegetarian. The secret is that GZ doesn't try to simulate meat flavors/textures; rather, it makes great dishes that happen to be vegetarian. The favorites from this meal: Mushroom Pate, Duck Egg, Roasted Summer Squash and Risotto. It is my favorite restaurant in Chicago and I'm not a vegetarian.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Vegetarian but Carnivore friendly
    evanston2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant is amazing - it's small plates are delicious and filling and heaven for any vegan or vegetarian. Don't cross this off your list if you are a meat-eater. Even my meat-loving boyfriend considers the Green Zebra a top Chicago restaurant. Go hungry - you'll want to try everything on the menu :)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Still lovely!
    TSwan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Dined here around 5 years ago and loved it. Came back with colleagues and had an equal or better experience. Lovely flavors, thoughtful and well balanced dishes, very substantive food even for those that are accustomed to eating the more typical protein heavy meals you find in the midwest.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yuck.
    winkVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have had good meals there in the past, but this was very disappointing. At the end of summer, a vegetarian place should be at its best. Four of us had most of the menu. Corn soup was the only dish that was good. We won't be back.
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  • YUMMY!
    LovePari
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazingly creative and tremendously innovative. Even our meat loving guests enjoyed our fav Chicago restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and presentation!
    Tekinikal
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Except for some disappointment with desserts, the food was excellent. White Corn Pollenta was excellent!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Super yummy even for a carnivor!
    bgroovy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We are from out of town and I did research for nice vegitarian resturaunts for my friend who is vegitarian to cheer her up after dropping off her first child at college. Her child came as well and we all LOVED it! The food is delicious and flavorful! As my sister is vegan I have no problem going meatless and would frequent Green Zebra on my own. My friends have already decided this will be there resturaunt of choice when she comes into town for special occasions!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    FoodieX4VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Highly recommended by a friend. Very excited and looking forward to dining here. The dining experience was wonderful. Food delicious, correct portions. Good bar and wine list. Very attentive wait staff. We were so pleased to have dined here. Yesterday, I get my credit card statement. The tip has been padded. We gave almost 20%, it was padded to be almost 25%. I have called and spoken to the manager, she said she was busy with diners and will call me back today. I was disappointed that she didn't take care of me immediately, but I'll give her 24 hours to return my call, and based on that, I will edit my review. This has happened to us before with two other restaurants. We always tip generously, sad it's happened again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Excellent for all
    Food3lover
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    You don't have to be vegetarian to enjoy this restaurant. My daughters and I are vegetarian, but my husband is not. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Love the small plates so you can sample lots of different dishes!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Vegetarian Food
    vegforlife
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Probably the best vegetarian restaurant I've been to. Really high quality food, creative dishes, and excellent combinations of flavors make this an upscale dining experience rare for vegetarian restaurants. Service is great as well. The higher prices are definitely worth the indulgence.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food is incredible and great ambiance!!! The mushroom pate is a must have. The key lime shortcake with avocado ice cream was amazing.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, Prepared With Imagination
    Cody
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We loved our dinner at Green Zebra and will return often.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • ChaiMami
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We go regularly to this incredibly wonderful place. We love a lot of things about Green Zebra, including the ambience, the warmth and attentiveness of the entire staff, and the beautiful presentation of the food. We can't get over, nor enough of, the imaginative and delicious ways the chef thinks of combining and presenting ingredients and we especially enjoy the tasting menus that focus on one or a few ingredients. Most recently, we had a stellar meal around stone fruits with such dishes as saffron-infused peach panzanella and chilled golden cherry and lemongrass soup. This place is a winner and never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food. Service a little slow -- peak times. Way too noisy. Music, which induces people to talk louder in order to be heard, is a complete waste.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting, tasty fare
    nicknamesnotworking
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a small plates venue--be prepared to spend 35$+ for a meal to fill you (plus drinks). All our food was tasty. Imaginative adaptations of basics (pasta--home made solid, cylinder-shaped, al dente; pot-stickers--wonton filled with black beans)l finely diced sauces, excellent hummus and gardinera. This is an award-winning chef and dining house--try it--you'll like it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Vegan friendly!
    Micky
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It is not often that you find a restaurant that hits all the right notes when trying to find a place that serves a nice selection of vegan dishes and also has plenty of options for omnivores and has a nice ambiance with a great list of wines and cocktails -- and the food is fabulous. We can't wait to return!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Tuesdays at Green Zebra in the summer are special. A themed tasting menu based on one key fruit or ingredient. Excellent wine a Pairings and sommelier Elizabeth is a gem!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Vegetarian Small Plates
    DIYNoise
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    To start, my date and I ordered naan and two cups of soup (cream of broccoli and chickpea) all of which was served at just the right temperature. Then, we partook in the parmesan risotto and summer squash hash, both of which were excellently prepared. Overall, the service was very good and the servings, while small, were exactly what I expected from a small plate restaurant. I would definitely return for a special occasion.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent once again
    hlchica
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We each had the special 4-course themed tasting menu, which as always we enjoyed very much: it remains a special delight to find new dishes each time, all excellent. This week's theme was far-eastern and Indian spices, quite different from anything previous, and--what can I say but repeat!--each dish surprising and each dish wonderful. (Until recently these themed tasting-menus were offered only for Tuesday evenings; the restaurant is apparently now offering each menu for an entire week, which makes it much easier to schedule one's visits to sample them all.)
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vegetarian and vegan foodie delight
    SeattleSue
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    For the record, neither my husband nor I are vegatarian. Our 25 year old daughter is vegan so finding excellent food in a nice atmosphere to please all is tough. We all loved Green Zebra. I had the tasting menu along with the wine pairing which was perfect. Husband and daughter ordered a la carte and we all shared. Really creative spices but not over the top or weird. This is not fast food, our meal took 2 1/2 hours and we were not dawdling. Service was a bit slow but good. Glad our other vegan daughter and her chef boyfriend recommended it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Vegetarian Cuisine
    VegetarianVirgin
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I had seen a "Check Please" segment on PBS a couple of years ago, and thought it did not sound like a typically "sparse" vegetarian restaurant. As a new vegetarian, I am still trying to get accustomed to not having more "substantial" meals. But after the delicious, inventive, and very satisfying dinner at Green Zebra, I am thoroughly converted to the idea that being vegetarian and being well-sated are not mutually exclusive. The food choices were unique and unexpected. The cuisine was divine. The small plates concept was great. Before you know it, you have reached a satisfied state of nirvana---I was not hungry for the rest of the day. We really enjoyed our dinner at Green Zebra.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • attentive
    choctini
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Called day before to check on reservation and also to check if we were celebrating a special occasion. Even printed a happy birthday message on menu! Great food and ambiance.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Slightly disappointed with food
    Eat3meals
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My fiancé and I were so excited to try this restaurant since we are both foodies and he is vegetarian. But we came out of the meal a bit disappointed with the food. The popcorn they give you to sample in the beginning of the meal was stale, the bruschetta which looked like it was going to be amazing also came on stale (not toasted) bread. Some other dishes were a bit heavily seasoned (extremely salty ramen soup) but other dishes like the mushroom pate was great. So mixed review, for the money would not come back.
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  • Awesome!
    veggiechicagoVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    You don't have to be vegetarian to enjoy this menu. Everything was delicious and so interesting. We did the Indian spice tasting menu and loved it. My only complaint is that the portions were too big! I felt badly not finishing such each dish.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew.......
    scasagraVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    ......that a vegetarian restaurant could be this amazing? We've been to some of the best restaurants in Chicago and this is one of them! While our waitress was not very affable, the rest of the staff was attentive and friendly, compensating for this aspect. The food was filled with wonderful flavors and was artistically presented. Wine list was small but filled with gems. Definitely returning!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slacker Service Mars Inventive Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    While the food at Green Zebra continues to delight in its inventiveness and freshness, our recent dining experience was marred by a server who barely deserves the adjective "indifferent." A brusque welcome, no opportunity to order cocktails, no checking in to see how the dishes were received -- this barely touches the service. While a rapport with one's server certainly improves the dining experience, minimal courtesies (not throwing down dessert menus, making the occasional eye contact) should be the norm. That being said, the food was as always luxuriously vegetarian with lots of vegan options. But with the choices currently available for great Chicago veggie fare, it will be a while before we return to Green Zebra.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Feast For The Eyes And Palate
    Margolis
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I'm taking off a star because of the hot, steamy, sauna-like atmosphere. I would eat here every day, if they would update their air conditioning system to accommodate the restaurant's cooling needs. It's like the tropics in there. The service is lackluster and unfriendly. The staff is aloof, hurried, and just plain apathetic. The management and ownership obviously perpetuates this service climate, because I've dined here for many years, read many complaints about it, and nothing ever changes. The food is sublime. We always do the chef's tasting menu. The dishes are all a feast for the eyes and palate. If you can overlook the service and comfort, you'll be fine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a wonderful experience
    lydia
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We met out of town friends at GZ Saturday and really enjoyed our meal. Our favorites were the Hen of the Woods Mushroom Pate, Housemade Ramen Noodles, Black Bean Pot Stickers, Grilled Spring Asparagus and the Fresh Cavatelli Pasta. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. She helped us select a lovely Chablis. I didn't make a note to myself and have forgotten the vintner. This is a beautiful restaurant and very conversation friendly -- at least in the earlier part of the evening. It's always a special treat to dine here.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful meal everyone pleased
    BettieSVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The meal was enjoyed by all four in the group. As promised, the non-vegetarians did not feel deprived and the one who is vegan loved everything she tried. Everything was presented attractively. Nice variety of textures, colors and seasonings from the creamy polenta and risotto, slightly spicy buratta on tabuleh to the crispy black bean pot stickers. Lovely meal
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EatinveganVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Upscale, fine dining for vegetarians! A totally vegetarian restaurant with creative and delicious food. Many dishes can be adapted to be vegan, and there is a nice cocktail and wine list, making for a great dining experience. We will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to bore you
    hlchica
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Difficult to say the same thing repeatedly and not grow boring: Our experience here has been uniformly excellent, period! (All more particular remarks I have made previously continue to apply.)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Wonderful less one star for noise
    RetiredTraveler01VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It is amazing how flavorful and imaginative the vegetarian dishes are, every appetizer and main entrée a true gourmet treat. The drawback is the noise level, a jet engine din that made conversation virtually impossible.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect anniversary dinner
    bimbi
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My husband and I decided on Green Zebra for our anniversary dinner after hearing about their independence day BBQ fixed menu, which sounded amazing! In addition to the standout food and wine pairings, we received special attention ("happy anniversary" printed on the menu, complimentary bubbly) because it was our anniversary. We were so impressed with the wonderful service and amazing attention to detail. We love Green Zebra, and will absolutely be back!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Happy to be a vegetarian
    AvisVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I've been a regular here since it opened, blazing the trail for elevated vegetarian dining in Chicago. The preparations are creative and delicious. It's virtually impossible to choose from the menu - everything is fantastic, so it's great that the concept is "small plates" and you order 3-4 per person. They also have a lovely wine list and exotic cocktail offerings.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Experience
    BillBlue
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Delicious food, exquisitely prepared. Engaging variety on menu items. Staff successfully presents the menu but you can't go wrong on choices. Every selection is savored. Try the mushroom pate or the black bean potstickers. Above average wine selection. Attentive and friendly staff. Green Zebra is on a short list of predictably fine Chicago dining.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Vegetarian presentation
    jayn
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    What a joy to see vegetarian food presented like the chef loved the food too!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, interesting vegetarian
    Nocarne
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Among the best I have had!fixed price menu is a good value. House-made non-alcoholic drinks are a special treat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, unfortunate service
    vegonly
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I had eaten at Green Zebra before, so knew to expect excellent vegetarian cuisine, flawlessly executed. The kitchen didn't disappoint this time either. But service was another matter. I found our main server to be brusque at best, and certainly he did not read the situation well, especially when it came to dessert. I indicated that I wanted a substantial dessert and he recommended the least filling item on the dessert menu. And then he plunked the bill down on our table without giving me the option of ordering another--which I had indicated I might well do if I didn't find the first choice sufficiently filling. What could have been a great meal became a mixed experience because of uneven service, though the other servers were great..
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fun return to a great restaurant
    HolidayeveningdelightVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a guest from SF who is vegetarian and a gourmet cook. The evening was perfect as the server made wonderful suggestions and the food was superb with astonishing flavors. The mushroom pate and creamy polenta were our favorites from our selections and filling. My wife and I are not vegetarian and had eaten at Green Zebra when it first opened years ago. It was very good then, but certainly this time it was better than we remembered. A most refreshing evening where conversation was easy and the ambiance delightful. If you have not returned from a prior visit, we suggest you do as it was a great choice.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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