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Zambra Restaurant
Zambra Restaurant

Zambra Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zambratapas.com
  • Phone: (828) 232-1060
  • Hours of Operation: Open for Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Adam Bannasch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 8PM.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Haywood Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We do not have our own lot but there are parking garages close by...
A word from Zambra Restaurant
Zambra is a gypsy dance of celebration, Arabic for 'flute', a wild bird, flamenco danced at a family gathering, a Moorish festival. Zambra is a group of talented people in Asheville, NC creating a feast for the senses. We create contemporary twists on the food of Spain and North Africa, and serve hundreds of wines from the land of the sun, the Iberian peninsula and all over the world. Zambra is a tapas bar and restaurant in downtown Asheville!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • " Very inconsistent experience! There were four of us on a slow Wednesday evening. Not crowded. Very pleasant waitperson not very good at getting the orders right or at giving attention once her mistakes became apparent. Took half hour to get food to table and the food came very sporadically. When we inquired we were told that's how it is with tapas! One of our party got no food for forty five mins! Some items tasted great while others were just downright awful (eggplant virtually uncooked and I edible). Waitress disappeared after our concern was expressed. Six items ordered three we're ok three were not even close! Can't imagine what it's like when it is busy- could take hours to get mediocre food. Curate is far better"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and superb food! The service is great and specialty cocktails were tasty!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "First time in Asheville...Curate was booked and Zambra turned out to be awesome. Were here for a romantic evening and Zambra gave us everything to reach our goal."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had a great time at Zambra. The small plates were fun and we tried 7 dishes, most of which we loved. The favorite was chicken w/smoked grits."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "It is not a tapas bar per Spanish roots. May be I had high expectations... Never been to curate yet, so I cannot compare the food choice and quality between the two. Food quality. Good overall but no real wow. I would question food flavors mixing and assemblies for some tapas. Otherwise, great service and lovely atmosphere in the side patio."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My favorite dining spot in the WORLD. The service is personable, the food is sublime, the wines are a grand assortment of choices. Again, I love dining at Zambras."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My family and I were vacationing in the Asheville NC and were trying lots of great places. We heard about another tapas restaurant in town, Curate, but couldn't get reservations. We saw this place as we walked around and thought we'd try it. The food was excellent. The wine list is an oenophile's dream. With lots of variation in the menu and nightly specials, there's something for everyone. If you are in Asheville and want a great tapas/dining experience, I'd highly recommend this. BTW - We are from the Chicago area so we are very used to great food. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Despite making a reservation online, receiving a confirmation email and leaving a message on the restaurant answering machine, they had no record of it on their computer. We had to go somewhere else because it was so busy"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Zambra is our go to place when someone is new to town. There are always interesting and different things on the menu, the ambiance is wonderful, and the food and wine are great. We met some friends of friends there for the first time for dinner on August 9, and it was the perfect spot."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We were 15 mins late the hostess xld our reservation and gave our table away. I apologize for being late and told her we are only 15 mins late which is acceptable at all other restaurants we have been to. We are visitors here and finding parking and walking to the restaurant took 10 extra mins than we hoped for. While I was explaining this she interrupted me saying she wasn't finished and said, she has a table that's leaving now so she is going to set up that table for us so we will have to wait 5 mins. OK!All she had to do was to tell us to wait 5 mins while she set up our table. We didn't need a speech when we walked in about how we are 15 mins late. There were several tables avail, She also reported to OpnTable that we were a no show."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Hadn't been to Zambra in a while, I had forgotten how good and interesting their food is. Our out of town guests were most impressed and can't wait to return to Asheville to eat there again, I won't wait so long again!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Wanted tapas, tried to book reservation at Curate but could not, very pleasantly surprised by Zambra. Food and service were both very good, nice vibe to the restaurant. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Our server Rachel made our experience one to remember as being fun, delicious, relaxed and pampered. Could not have done better."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I enjoy the interesting menu choices. They always have sheet of maybe 20 daily specials. I like the dark, warmly lit, cozy restaurant. Extensive wine list."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We always take out of town guests here. The food is consistently wonderful and the service is great! The vibe in the restaurant is hip, comfortable and special!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Tasty tapas with wide variety of choices. Great summer sangria. Our waitress Corrin was excellent. Very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It had an extensive menu and with the small plates, we were able to explore. Everything we had was excellent. And they did not pressure you to over order, which I have experienced in some Tapas places."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Wonderfully interesting menu that changes each night. Try anything on the menu, your mouth will thank you!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I'm a wine and foodie from Central California. I live in the Paso Robles wine AVA and I'm surrounded by amazing wineries and restaurants in what Wine spectator calls the "best wine region in the world for 2014". My husband and I walked around the downtown Asheville area most of the day trying to decide witch of the unbelievable amazing restaurants we would dine at that evening. Not an easy decision. We loved the look of "Zambra" and the fact that sharing small plates was encouraged. Also it was voted the most romantic eats in Asheville 2014. Everything we tasted was amazing. Being farm to table the dishes will change day to day. I highly suggest Zambra to anyone visiting Asheville it's a truly wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great family (17 and 19 yr old boys) night at Zambras - one I think we'll always remember. Great food. Fun to try a bunch of different chef inspired selections. Nice setting out in the alley. When we are in Asheville again, we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "If you go to Zambra don't show up before 6. They may open at 5:30 but they are not organized then. Most of the food was great: spring rolls, scallops, calamari, chicken and cream cheese quesadilla -- although they should charge $7 and give you two rather than $3.50 for one. However, the beet and cabbage salad should have been called the red cabbage, and white cabbage salad with a few beets, and the chick peas were AWFUL -- a big bowl of them with little seasoning."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "As a tapas restaurant, quality varied between dishes. Overall the food was average. Service was poor. We asked for advice on heat level, not wanting too hot. We were told soup was mild, instead it was very hot. The wait times were too long. Would not return here."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "If you love food you've got to eat here. Four of us ordered 7 tapas and ALL were delicious. Especially loved the trout and lamb. Waitress was great, atmosphere is good. It is dark inside though so I'd recommend that the restaurant supply little lights at the table for reading the menu. Can't wait to visit Asheville again and return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went for dinner. Was really slow to get in the door, even with a reservation. Seemed short staffed. Once we got to a table, had good service, and food was good, but probably wouldn't say it was great. Had eggplant, mushrooms with too much viniagrette on it, and delicious scallops with a corn/tomatillo cream garnish. Their red sangria was too nutmeggy for me (for some reason they seemed to put nutmeg instead of cinnamon in it) but the summer sangria, with peach and watermelon was quite good. Waitress was very accommodating about letting us taste the sangria. Good, but none of it "wowed" me."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our cocktail was a delicious blackberry-chipotle margarita. I recommend it! It was very tasty and a great way to start the meal. We ordered 3 tapas: baby arugula salad, pomegranate braised pork spring rolls, and grilled scallops. Dessert consisted of rich, pecan crusted bread pudding with caramel sauce. The food was skillfully prepared and the portions perfect for 2 people. The spacious dining room had a separate area for large parties, and seating was such that we could enjoy conversation. Romantic for couples, and very reasonably priced. One drawback- the street in front of the restaurant was rather dark and on a less traveled side street."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food had great variety, and our waitress was extremely helpful in picking out dishes to try. The menu is extensive, with several unusual items, so it was very important to have a knowledgeable server. This was our first experience with Tapas -- I recommend this place to anyone looking for a wide array of choices."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "While we were in Asheville we tried 2 different Tapas restaurants. Both were very good but Zambra won our vote for the best. Extensive list of varied choices to meet everyone in our parties tastes, wonderful Spanish wines and incredible ambiance. Even though it was a lovely night, we chose to sit inside after a full day of travel and I am glad we did because the decor was so wonderful. We will be back in Asheville many times over the next few years and will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My husband and I always bring out of town guests here as it is a unique experience. We always love everything we order. Have always had a great experience here!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Zambra never disappoints amazing food & drinks, great ambiance, superb service. Highly recommend this to anyone."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Definitely a place to go! Food was outstanding. Small plates so two of us ordered six total items and were super happy with everything. Our server Rachel was just excellent. Was there when we needed her but was gone when we didn't. Excellent evening and excellent restaurant. Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Our server Lynn was attentive and really knew the menu. Started with the mixed green salad that had a mix of candied nuts and apples, the cheese made sure it wasn't too sweet. The pork spring rolls were crispy on the outside with a side sauce that highlighted the pork. The blackened scallops were our favorite! We also tried the shrimp with green fried tomatoes. While the flavors blended well, we were surprised the shrimp portion was not warm. No complaints,just surprised. The lamb with olives and lentils was also a must for any olive lover. Great unexpected pairings of flavors and textures. The room has a nice Turkish/Moraccan vibe. If lighting is an issue for your, request a table near the door."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Seated at a table jammed up next to a support pillar; screaming infant a couple of tables away; so dark I couldn't read the menu; tiny portions and a very big price. Wine was good, server was lovely."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I've eaten at Zambra at least 4 times, and never had anything I didn't love! My partner and I shared sautéed chick peas. Braised pork cheeks, shrimp remoulade over fried green tomatoes, and house made chorizo, all of which were excellent. Our only complaint has always been that you need a flashlight to read the menu! A restaurant that is so dark always makes me wonder what they're hiding!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Food and service as expected on our second visit. Unhappy with table."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our dining experience past weekend was amazing. When we called the restaurant on the way, we thought we would be about 10 minutes later than our reservation--we were told it was no problem. We arrived and were still seated promptly. The hostess mentioned that she moved some things around so that we didn't feel rushed. Our server greeted us, made several wine and cocktail recommendations and was very helpful any time we had questions. We took every suggestion she made and they were all incredible. Food, service, and atmosphere were beyond what I could have hoped for. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Unique place, great tapas, good wine and bar, all the food was very good, a little pricey if you are hungry since portions are small but good way to try many things"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed sharing our tapas choices. We shared 6 and NEVER had a bad choice. The menu changes constantly making it a good choice for frequent visits. Sharing was fun for conversation too."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Exactly the type of dining experience I enjoy. The food was fresh, original, flavorful and skillfully prepared. We tried 7 different plates and found every one to be wonderful....a couple were just plain exciting. I am looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I would expect that arriving in heaven, one would be seated at an exact replica of Zambras. Why wait until then when you can enjoy heaven on earth now."
    Dined on 7/8/2014