I picked Z Grill because it
I picked Z Grill because it was close to my hotel. If I find myself back in the Tampa/St. Pete area I would make a specific trip just to have a meal at Z Grill. It is a great casual place. Specialty of the house - deviled eggs; I didn't have any, but my colleague loved his. I had the "WTF French Fries. Now I usually use fries as a means to deliver ketchup to my mouth. These WTF Fries were not served with ketchup and did not need ketchup - outstanding. For dinner I had the fried chicken. But not just any fried chicken! It was coated with corn flakes and served over a waffle and grits. There was also some maple flavor in the sauce. Wow! Excellent!
Z Grill is a great place to "come as you are" and the flavors will blow you away.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and wine. A
Wonderful food and wine. A little noisy but not a surprise since we dine there often. Great bar for drinking and dining when you forget to make reservations.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Z Grille. A Very Special Restaurant
It's rare to find a place where while you're having dinner you say to yourself, "I have to come back tomorrow". I got that feeling at Z Grille. Cudos to the chef/owner (you see him front and center in his baseball cap) and his lovely wife (you see her at the front door greeting/seating guests. This place is very special. The space is very modern.. with a food bar in front of the open kitchen to the left as you walk in and a nice dining room to the right... all one big room. The menu is not huge, but it seems that everything on it was thought out to be the best it can be. Everything we had was amazing, just perfect. Everything I saw on other tables looked fantastic as well. Yes, I did go back the next day.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Southern cooking with noise...
If you are looking for a chic version of Southern Cuisine, then Z Grille should be first on your list of places to check out. The deviled eggs are a great start to a meal followed by some dressed up versions of chicken n' waffles or a juicy bone-in pork loin. The prices are a bit steep for St. Pete, but the clientele (which on the weekends can border on Tampa Trashy) doesn't seem to mind. My only complaint is that since there are no soft surfaces in the restaurant, the room can get reaaaaaally loud even with only a half-filled restaurant.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
First thing you have to say is it is noisy. Everything including the table tops are solid reflective surfaces. That being said, the experience was wonderful. I can't say that I have had such an eclectic, far-reaching menu anywhere else in FL. The menu seems to be New-Southern and Asian focused. Would YOU think those two go together? Well it works.There are very strong flavours, like truffle oil on a arugula salad - and sage in the chicken. It demonstrates that the chef knows what he and his clientele like and want to experience. Nothing wimpy about this place! i The service was outstanding and the server was a real person with opinions - which I love! I think the best way to experience the ZGrille is to bring a couple of people.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food at this restaurant is absolutely the BEST in Tampa Bay. I have eaten there many times and have never been disappointed. I would like to recommend one dish as a "Must Have"... but I wouldn't be able to choose. You do have to have the deviled eggs and Dr. Pepper ribs though. I know, how good could a Deviled Egg be right??... Try them!!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place, people, and food
Z-grille is our favorite place for the special occasions. The restaurant has a very modern and clean style. The food is excellent and some unique dishes that you can't get anywhere else. My recommendation is for the Dr Pepper Ribs. The people are very friendly and professional, super service. The owners are in the house which I am sure keep up the quality of everything.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Deservedly well known for
Deservedly well known for creative devil led egg appetizers. Food was very tasty, portion size modest but just right. Extremely attentive wait staff with excellent recommendations. Bottom line, food was delicious. Only negative was a hostess who insisted in seating our table of four right next to the only other table of four in a mostly empty restaurant. The Z Grilles modern and minimalist decor does not exactly dampen sound and the four businessmen were loud talkers.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had heard about Z Grille
We had heard about Z Grille from coworkers and everything they told us was right on the money. Great appetizers, fantastic salads and serious entrees. Upscale without going over the top.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Z Grille is now on our list
Z Grille is now on our list of local favorites. We enjoyed dining outside with great food and excellent service. Inside sounded like it could get noisy as noted in other reviews.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been a number of times. Great Deviled Eggs and nice draft craft beer selection.
5/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best food in St. Pete
Innovative, delicious food. The stand-by's like Dr. Pepper ribs and those fab deviled eggs are amazing but so are the specials. Anything you order will blow you away!! Zac is a true talent...thank you for being in St. Pete.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pricey but good
The prices are high but the food lives up to the price. Expect top quality food when you get there.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Deviled egg appetizers are
Deviled egg appetizers are definitely worth trying. Excellent food and service and the half price wine is a bonus!
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Z Grille just continues to...
rock. Always solid, always fun, always good people-watching, always something interesting and new on the menu, always vibrant and always noisy(!!). What more could one ask for? A perfect evening dining by the window--as the pouring rain outside added to the sense of community inside the space. We return here often and love it.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
i liked the relaxed ambiance
i liked the relaxed ambiance and fresh food experience. the service was great and i'll be back.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit.
This was our second visit. The food was excellent. The seafood nachos could quickly become a favorite.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Z Grille: best in St. Pete
Dr. Pepper fried ribs are not to be missed! Creative menu with something for everyone. Spicy fried chicken and waffles and foie gras burger were delicious.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot in downtown St Pete
We had dinner at Z Grille before the Rays game on Sat June 30. We loved the decor, modern but cozy. Our waiter was freindly and knew the menu well. It was still happy hour so we enjoyed the 1/2 price wine list. The food was fantastic, fresh oysters, and seafood nachos were amazing! We will be back!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't Wait to go Back!
What a great restaurant. Z-Grille has jumped to the top of my as a great dining experience. Think of every euphemism to describe great food, and it would apply to our dining experience here. On top of that the service was great. My date and I were in the mood to talk a lot, and we never once felt rushed by the waitress. She was attentive, but didn't hover. The presentation was impeccable. While the noise level was high, it was because of the energy in the restaurant and bar - yet it didn't distract us from an enjoyable evening. I can't wait to go back and try out more things on the diverse menu. I've already recommended Z-Grille to several friends, and will continue to do so.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you appreciate innovative quality food, ZGrille is a must. I would like to see Zac on Iron chef, my money on him to win.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Healthy, Fresh Twist of Flavor!
I was doing my daily Open Table search, came across Z Grille's menu for lunch & was attracted to their menu options. I perched my fancy on their swanky white ergonomic stools at their stainless steel bar, very comfortable btw! took a look around & "Bam!", there was an open grill w/ 2 chefs cooking up a storm! I am a huge fan of being able to see where my food is coming from!
Now about the food:
I ordered up the tomato bisque w/ fennel (my fav) & the Seafood Salad w/ shreds of Kale, tossed with a homemade vinaigrette, grilled shrimp, calamari and 2 nice sized scallops (cooked to perfection!).
Why you should dine?
•Local Farm Ingredients •Variety of Healthy Dishes •Piping HOT Freshness! •Appealing Seating Options •OpenTable
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique Local Gem
Great variety of fresh options. Awesome sauces and seasonings. Cool atmosphere. This place is a perfect example of why local restaurants have SO MUCH on the cookie cutter establishments so many people frequent.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in an upbeat setting
Had to try the signature deviled eggs so I got the three egg mixed appetizer.i like deviled eggs but never had them like this before.the California and red curry eggs gave a whole new flavor to a traditional dish.
My husband had the beef brisket enchiladas which he thoroughly enjoyed.
I tried the duck breast which was cooked perfectly and the orange sauce complemented it well.
Our server was very attentive .
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place in downtown St Pete
Overall, it was a good experience. The menu was a good variety and interesting. We had the deviled eggs appetizer, amazing, and must have. I had the gnocchi. A great sauce, but a little to doughy, but unfair comparing to grandmas. My date had the duck with orange sauce and fried spinach. it was excellent. It was a little noisier than usual due to a large birthday party table across from us, but lively end energetic. A nice buzz.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service, and ambiance.
Great food, service, and ambiance. Maddie is a great server!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great restaurant for a dinner ... we focused on small plates, so that we could sample multiple things. The food was delicious, creative, and beautifully presented. The wait staff were outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Modern and energetic
We had a quick dinner at Z Grille before a concert at the Mahaffey on a Friday night. Had the Korean BBQ dinner, wish was spicy and delicious. Service was great and everyone was happy with their dish. Will definitely go back!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome as always. Maddie
Awesome as always. Maddie is a great server and always makes us feel so welcome.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service from Josh was excellent. His suggestions were perfect. We all got different meals and each one was terrific. We will all go back
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food , great service. The cornflake chicken was really good. Would recommend it to anybody. We will be back again
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
My new favorite!
Cool urban vibe, amazing food and excellent service!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time going to Z Grille and it was great. Loved the food... personally ordered the cheese plater, the WTF fries and the seafood nachos all where awesome. I tried someone's chicken and waffle which was also delicious.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great innovative menu that
Great innovative menu that is not only unusual, but really good. The slections are not like any other. But they are sucessful. So if you go, be sure that you are ready to try something that sounds unlike anything you've ever had before. You won't be disapointed.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Staff and Food Except Dessert
food was creative; well prepared and served--steaks were robust and flavorful---seafood fresh and nicely prepared---desserts were lacking...we enjoyed the menu--this was our first time and we brought 6 in our party
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
our waiter was excellent --
our waiter was excellent -- really accommodated every need, including keeping an eye on the time so we could enjoy our meal and make the performance. (thanks josh!) he was a big part of making the evening perfect. food was great.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM