Zambri's
Zambri's

Zambri's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zambris.ca/
  • Phone: 2503601171x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Zambri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether it's for your corporate presentation, birthday celebration, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, Zambri's Sala is for you.
  • Private Party Contact: Yann Frizon de Lamotte 8776737921
  • Special Events: email info@zambris.ca to inquire about our private room for your next private event! Whether business presentation, corporate lunch or dinner meeting, wedding reception, birthday etc. enjoy our vast experience and menus tailored to your budget!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blanshard
  • Public Transit: Yates & Quadra Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in front of the restaurant, across the street (Robins) and underneath the building (Robins).
A word from Zambri's
Zambri's is an award winning restaurant specializing in Classic Italian cuisine. "Best Italian Restaurant in B.C….maybe Canada", is just one of the many accolades bestowed on them.
They also recently won both Best Wine List and Most Diner Friendly Wine List on Vancouver Island for their unique selection of Italian Wines. Their stunning new location in the Atrium Building is just another reason to visit. Add to this their casual but professional service and you will have a dining experience that cannot be beat.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Zambri's reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)special occasion (62)great for lunch (56)notable wine list (49)romantic (42)good for groups (42)neighborhood gem (30)hot spot (29)great for brunch (24)great for outdoor dining (20)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Not as good as expected
    Carell
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We ate at Zambri's a number of years ago and had a wonderful experience. It definitely wasn't as good this time around. The waiter was rather indifferent, we weren't asked how our meals were, if we wanted coffee, etc. The food was fine (not exceptional) but I don't like having to pay extra to have vegetables with my meal. The restaurant has a very trendy vibe, which was reflected in most of the diners, so I think they're going for style over substance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic setting
    King
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great vibe. Great customer service! Many choices for entrees with good prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for a group
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Attended with 3 vegetarians..excellent broad choice of lighter and more full-sized options. Food delicious as always. Excellent Italian wind selection with great assistance from Frances [ thank you!] Cesare salad now better for 1 rather than 2 to share. Found the Pannacota a bit bland..did not finish it In a group, noise is less of a distraction than if planning a romantic evening for two. It remains a consistent favourite for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • StudioYdesign
    StudioYdesign
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our first time there and it was great! It was my mom's birthday and we all had a great time!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional experience
    Paterson
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I booked Zambri's for a romantic, birthday dinner. I requested a quiet table when I reserved. We were seated by a window but a little close to another couple. It was fine. But the maitre d' must have sensed we would be happier in the Atrium because he offered to move us and the whole experience went up several notches. It was quiet, felt intimate and proved to be the perfect setting for a perfect meal. The recommended mushroom appetizer was sensational. The recommended Primitivo was superb. We stayed late and drank two bottles. We will be back...and often. It was an exceptional experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Excellent
    Greg
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Whether its for lunch or dinner Zambris never fails to impress. Their specials are always amazing - last Friday I had rock cod with polenta that words cannot do justice. It was outstanding. You also have to try whatever veg Peter Z has on the menu - they are innovative and always a surprising twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service fell short
    mesohungry
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Ambiance was great, food was very good, wine list extensive, but the service was atrocious! Our server was either very new or having a very bad night. Either way, we were left alone the entire time after we placed our order; he didn't ever come around again to ask if we wanted more drinks (which we did), and didn't ask us how our food was (there was a mistake in my husband's order). His demeanour was cold and uptight. The next day, I wrote the manager to let them know about our experience and he sent me a personal message along with a gift card. That was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lizinthelarder
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My cappo tasted bitter. Regular coffee also. Too much dressing on my Cobb salad, should have asked for it on the side. As far as Cobb salads go, it wasn't great. The bacon was really really salty. Butter lettuce was pretty on the plate though, good presentation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will definitely go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Amazing in every sense. We loved the modern but warm ambience and the food was absolutely fantastic. The wait staff were very helpful with working out which foods I could eat due to my unusual allergy so I felt confident and well cared for. Excellent excellent excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    food was really good, as usual, Haida's service was impeccable, and her wine recommendation perfect. What else do you need? thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great
    stacy
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    ossobucco.... yum great wine list.... smart servers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekday Lunch at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    To do pasta well is a real treat and my simple lunch was first rate. The waitress was excellent and attentive without being "in your face" and I'll certainly recommend Zambri's to friends. The new venue is also very pleasing and a great improvement from the old one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eccellente il pranzo
    Down2earth
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Zambri's is one of our favourite places for a superior lunch. My lunch-mates both had salads that looked as if they had come directly from the garden moments before being delivered to our table! Fresh and crisp, and not a chance of going hungry! I had the Minestrone with a sandwich that was as fresh and robust as I have had anywhere, but there is so much atmosphere here. One feels comfortable, professional, and very well looked after, without being pandered to. A delightful way to spend a working lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Noisy
    Partyof4
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The first time we went to Zambri's about a year ago we really enjoyed everything....this time no so much. It was very noisy and the food was at best, mediocre. Will not be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Italian in Victoria
    1njgalVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This beautiful upbeat restaurant was wonderful We had a window table which was perfect . Started with crispy broccoli.. delicious. I had spaghetti putenesca and loved it. My Dining partner had pnene with ricotta and enjoyed as well. The ice cream with espresso was small but wonderful. I highly recommend this great Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Authentic Italian in Victoria
    FoodFan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Zambri's never misses. The food, ambiance and service are terrific and without question, the best authentic Italian restaurant on the island. Tried the crispy fried broccoli as a starter and shared a few bites - WOW all around. Pasta is by far the most delicious and perfectly prepared you can find. We tried the special pasta for the evening with fresh tomatoes, savory and ricotta, the tagliatelle with meat ragu, and the sausage and broccoli pasta, and then finished up with the chocolate budino (shared it among three, but each of us secretly wished for our own!). If you're visiting Victoria, it's a 'must-do' and if you live in Victoria, it's probably already on the top of your 'favorites' list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Have heard many good things about the restaurant. It was our first time in. Unfortunately it was not that great. The food was bland and we spent a decent amount of money for it. Not very impressed. Maybe will try again at some point.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected More
    fussy4u
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We've heard so much about Zambri's so were excited to finally dine there. When we entered we waited for awhile before someone finally came over to seat us. I thought it was rather small, no atmosphere, bare tables and the staff seemed quite frantic even though the restaurant was not filled with diners. The wine was superb; the meal - my partner had pasta and I the special which was rockfish - was good; the gelato which I think is made in house was excellent. Overall it was okay, however, we will not rush back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More than lives up to reputation
    BestOfTheBest
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From the moment we were shown our to our table by our affable host we were bombarded ( in a good way ) by friendly and very attentive staff who all genuinely went to great lengths to make us feel welcome. We will be making Zambris a weekly event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grazzie Mille!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As we were visiting from California, we found this gem on Open Table. Our table was on time but we preferred the bar. Noah was great, his cocktail delicious, wine selection superb, and pasta just like my Nona! thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    Eric
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had the most amazing meal at Zambri's. Every dish was memorable, but it always is when we come here. We love to order a bunch of dishes and share them. It's a great way to try a range of dishes here, from antipasti to pasta to fish. On this occasion the four of us at the table shared eight dishes - that came in two rounds - and it felt like we were having an Italian-style family meal. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have been coming to Zambri's for years now. Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, food is consistently good, whether pasta and a glass of wine before a movie of birthday celebration with kids and family. Last Thursday the pasta special was especially good. thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zambri's not so special
    joey
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Limited wine list - first chosen bottle not available; seafood pasta on menu not available - pasta options limited for an Italian restaurant, no pasta special; server was very good. Won't return any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service Excellent Food, Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went for early dinner to Zambri's prior to seeing a movie. The service was excellent, great timing for our food. I wanted to order a salad with a filet of salmon on top, they were not able to accomodate this request. I order a tuna dish with mixed vegetables and they were not able to leave the cucumbers out. Besides not being able to meet my requests the food was very delicious. I would return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was good, service mediocre, noise level atrocious. There's absolutely no attempt to dampen sound level anywhere in the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great tastes !!!
    mandms
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    everything we ordered was tasty and fresh. so great to have an authentic italian restaurant in victoria. the service at the end of the meal (ie. getting our dessert and bill) was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HAPPY DINNER CELEBRATION
    2good
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated my friend's birthday, and we all left dinner smiling broadly, extremely content with our meals. I particularly enjoyed the roasted duck, as it was well prepared and presented. The roasted broccoli was excellent, an interesting but tasteful take on this type of vegetable. From start to finish, the service was good, and always friendly. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Be prepared to wait.
    FLJdesigner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had tried to eat at Zambri's once before but the wait was too long. This time we made reservations on Open Table, and requested a table by a window. When we arrived our table was ready. Unfortunately, they had us seated by the bustling wait station & smack beside a room divider -- probably the worst table. Considering that we hired a nanny for our 'special night out', this table was not suitable. We asked for one by the window, and after waiting at the bar for 30 minutes, we got one. Our evening improved after that. We ordered the $3 bread -- a little annoying that Zambri's is 'nickel and dime-ing' guests for bread. I ordered beef tenderloin with blue cheese (excellent) and my husband had clams. Overall: great food, be prepared to wait.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, disappointing service
    Socialgourmande
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    How many different staff came to our table during the course of our meal? I completely lost track. There was the person who brought us to the table, the person who offered drinks, the person who took our order for dinner, the person who brought the appetizers, the person who brought the mains, and the person who finally brought the bill when our waiter failed to appear. Nobody came to ask how our meals were, or whether we wanted any fresh pepper etc. Unfortunately, poor service severely detracts from a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • uninspiring menu
    Oldguy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The room was quite busy (7 PM) res. it seemed one or two servers short. I ordered a pasta dish that had sausage. Enjoyed the flavour, hardly any sausage. A friend order a pasta that had peas. Tasted good, but too simple and bor-ing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    expectations
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was beautifully plated and better yet, cooked to perfection. It is difficult to find restaurants that offer a truly low sodium dish and even more difficult to make it tasty but Zambris came through on both counts. Friendly waitress managed a difficult task extremely well -- timed service to coincide with least conversation interruption.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tiramisu changed my life
    tiramisuchangedmylife
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went to Zambri's to complete an assignment for an Italian food and culture university class. I wasn't disappointed. I loved my Eggplant Parmigiana sandwich - it was so tender with crusty bread, and the tomato sauce and green leaf veggies were divine. But the highlight of my lunch was the Tiramisu! It was so sweet with cocoa, coffee, and cream, and I ate it very slowly to ensure that I enjoyed every bite! I would love to come back here again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine!
    Local
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent wine selection, all Italian and priced right and appropriate for the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Modern Italian
    EdmontonJamesVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Zambri's is a beautiful, modern Italian restaurant with lots of big window space, where people can be seen. It's cool. Overall great food and service. A few minor observations. Great grilled bread to start with a small dish of olives. Would be better to provide olive oil and vinegar as well - maybe big wandering flasks. Charging for oil and vinegar isn't cool. Tasty Caesar salad dressing with a nice touch to add garbanzo beans and olives. Greens could have been fresher, and as a result the salad was a bit drab. One of the specials was a dish of papardelle with lamb ragout and bits of porc. It was delicious. The waiter was friendly and attentive, and really seemed to like her job - wish she had prepared the caesar salad too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    PennyDog
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great overall experience, food was excellent, service was a little lacking with only 2 servers and a full restaurant even on a Tuesday night, waited 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order, and close to 30 minutes for our bill with empty drinks. The table that was seated next to us but was seated 5 minutes after we had arrived, received their drink order before anyone had even approached our table. But the overall atmosphere was enjoyable, would try it again, maybe for lunch or at a slower time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome as usual
    jacmar
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    another fun dinner ... love the Monday and Tuesday Pizza/drink special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • less than stellar
    CPAs
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The chefs must have forgotten that they are in a service industry. They will not accommodate special request. Swapping vegetables between dishes is not possible. They may delete something for no charge but will charge you full price for any additions. They brag that they are "Certified Italian" but never mention by who. Seems to me a marketing ploy. Pork tenderloin was char grilled and way over cooked. Leathery and chewy. Tomatoes and cauliflower puree is cauliflower with about 10 drops of tomato juice. Bread was not refilled. Pasta did not have enough sauce.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I detected a bit of 'attititude'. Greeter and waitress Distinctly superficial and not welcoming. Food delicious. Room noisy. Thank you for this opportunity. JS
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    Keltie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    As always, the food at Zambri's was excellent, and the service attentive. I enjoy the restaurant more each time I go, and love trying new entrees. It has a relaxed atmosphere--the kind of place you can dress up for (if you are so inclined) or go casual. A wonderful spot for long weekend lunches or a special dinner. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need more vegetarian options
    KD2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere at Zambris are beautiful. However, short of eating pizza or appIes, the only dish on the menu for vegetarians was pasta with peas and Gorgonzola cream. It was tasty but a few bites in I came to the conclusion that it is really only glorified mac 'n cheese. With a chef like that they can do better. Looking forward to more vegetarian options!
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