Zeal
Zeal

Zeal

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zealrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6784017142x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Monday thru Friday 11:30am-3:00pm
    Dinner Monday thru Thursday 3:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner Friday-Saturday 3:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Sunday Dinner 4:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Please contact Scott Sawant

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Finding a parking spot is easy.
A word from Zeal
Zeal is a chic, farm-to-table modern eatery that brings to the Merchant"s Walk area of East Cobb an exciting new dining option. Our selection of craft beers and boutique wines and spirits blend with our chef inspired menu of appetizers, entrees and small plates which are 80% gluten free. A living room menu for the bar complements our crafted bar offerings and adds a vibe to gathering with your friends.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Zeal reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (79)fit for foodies (52)great for outdoor dining (48)good for groups (46)great for lunch (37)special occasion (31)notable wine list (26)kid-friendly (25)great for brunch (24)vibrant bar scene (23)hot spot (20)late-night find (14)romantic (13)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Zeal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The atmosphere at Zeal is very nice. Love the decor, cozy couches, and the flow from outdoor to indoor seating. The food was marginal. Ceasar salad with chicken was less than desirable - rubbery chicken and bland dressing. The black and blue salad was good but the same salad at longhorn is far better and more affordable for the size and quality. Will most likely spend my money elsewhere like common quarter or seed
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  • Wonderful evening!
    DLBJ
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    There were seven of us to celebrate my birthday. The large booth in the back was perfect for our group. The waiter, Seth, was very attentive and the food excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Ambiance and Service
    PawDawg66
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Zeal is one of my favorite places to dine out. Atmosphere is fantastic, service is great and the food is excellent! The staff are well versed in the menu and the manager is always present. If you like quality food in a casual atmosphere this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Christina
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We enjoyed the atmosphere, service was outstanding and our dinner was delicious. We had the hummus appetizer and I enjoyed the shrimp & grits. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular restaurant
    Jims
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My husband and my best friend had dinner at Zeal and everything was great. We shared a bottle of Rombauer Chardonnay and all had salads to start with. I had the shrimp and grits with Tasso, my husband had corvina(market fish) and my friend had the stuffed pork tenderloin. All very good! Then the best dessert ever was the white truffle cheesecake with a chocolate ganache. The cappuccino went perfect with the cheesecake. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with kids
    Datenight
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went to lunch with the kids and it was wonderful. The kids had lots of choices on their menu and my husband and I could not decide what to order, everything looked delicious. Staff was friendly and food was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    gozeal
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Seen Zeal a lot while out shopping and decided to try the place out, made a reservation for my spouse and I and absolutely loved the place when we arrived the wall on the far right side was a chalk-board and had the desserts written out on it and the bar was full of people watching the game. The food was just as good (if not better) than the menu made it sound. I had the gumbo which was full of meat and the Jasmine rice was the perfect addition. The Pie jars were Excellent and the mini goat cheesecakes were out of this world, will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    Kbird
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was ok, service was pretty bad; took 45 min to get a drink and for appetizers to come out. Strange atmosphere and what seemed to be a shady crowd. Won't go back.
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  • Pricey, but friendly staff
    New2Burbs
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It's a cute restaurant. Was disappointed that they seated us right by the kitchen/service area - high traffic was distracting (and I had mentioned it was a special occasion in my reservation.) My husbands burger was tasty. I got the fish special which was not great - it was fine, but the same price as my favorite dish at Atlanta Fish Market and not close to quality or flavor. Overall, our waitress was sweet, but it was too expensive for what it was...We may go back for lunch - but, will be checking out other places in the area before we return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    Dissapontedagain
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was not very good!! So noisy in there we had to yell to our friends!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Above expectations
    otpfoodie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I had heard mixed reviews of Zeal and maybe it was growing pains, but they definitely have them ironed out now. There are drink specials about every day of the week and the wine and beer list are both good! The service was excellent and the staff super friendly. We ate in the dinning room, but the bar is really cool with a standing shuffle board table in the middle. Great TV's for sports watching and the patio is really cute with a glass garage door that opens to tables with umbrellas. The vibe is laid back with really good food! There is something for everyone and I can't wait to go back and try the burger! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • A bit too much curry
    infrequentflierVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Love Zeal, but the mussels this time had a bit too much curry. I also think they should reconsider charging for the bread basket. That should be included. Other than that, all was well!
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  • Great Birthday Dinner
    MMcpherrin
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had a great experience. The wait staff was attentive and courteous. The food was exceptional. Best risotto I have ever had. I love the quantity of gluten-free options. Everything from appetizers, to the green tomato croutons in the salad to the main courses and dessert options. Love the fact that the food is locally sourced. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood place!
    eaindianhills
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Really enjoyed our night out with friends in this fun neighborhood hangout!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I made a reservation through Open Table and received a confirmation but then it had been cancelled somehow. Fortunately, they had room but that sure is scary that there was a glitch with the system.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • close but no cigar
    ticklemeelmoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    service slow, noise level moderate to high. don't need live music.food fair to good. 21/2 stars. ok for a neighborhood restaurant
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  • Pleasantly surprised
    prettypicky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    After hearing some questionable reviews of this restaurant, we had hesitated to try it. We acquired a gift card for Zeal at a charity auction and decided to forge ahead and we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was. We shared a Mediterranean kabob appetizer and the "small plates" trout over couscous, stuffed pork tenderloin - all delicious! My husband had the NY strip over mushroom risotto - also delicious. The service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish it was better.
    FoodienotcookieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've been waiting to go there thinking it would be on par with seed, the mill & chicken and the egg. It's not. It's good. But not great. If we go back it will be to take our kid for a burger & dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizers To Die For
    Chocolicious
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall Zeal was fantastic. It was a party of 6 (including a baby :) and the service was great. I loved all of the appetizers we ordered. The Coconut Curry Mussels were delicious. I want to bottle that sauce and put it on everything. The duck confit naan was unctuous. The chicken lollipops were juicy little nuggets of tandoor cooked chicken and a lovely mango sauce with a little kick. The fried green tomatoes were extra delish. I would have given a complete 5 stars but the small plate I ordered was a bit cold. I ordered the lamb. The lamb and the cous cous were just a bit cold and I wasn't able to appreciate the flavors. Other than that, delicious food, great decor and awesome service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we found this place.
    loverestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Friendly, courteous staff, creative varied menu, really inexpensive for the level of food. I tried the fried green tomatoes with fig goat cheese and breaded. Really delicious. The Margeurita Naan Flatbread was excellent. I had grilled salmon with maple glaze. - excellent. Cooked just right and tasted great. My husband had a slight issue though. He order the trout with couscous. The chef was kind enough to cook him the couscous vegetarian (without chicken broth) and it took twice as long as everyone else's dish. Then when it came, the fish was dry. But overall, we enjoyed the meal a great deal, and if we're ever back in Marietta, we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    had a 7pm rezy but had to wait 20 mins for a table. the food was good, not great, not bad. The "small plates" had the same amount of food as the "entrées", at least at our table that night. no sense paying the entree' prices. the dessert, we chose the bread pudding, was dry and over cooked, like a crusty muffin...yuck-o
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Another Winner
    KarinVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been to Zeal many times and it is consistently good. Had the trout which was fabulous. The desserts in the small jars were really good. Best to order all 3!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group dining experience
    grlnxtdr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great place for group dining. Ambience wonderful. Menu varied but could have offered more entrée options in the seafood category.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disapointment!
    dotters2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Trying to hard to be Seed. Had a coupon so we tried it. Won't go again. Food was mediocre and expensive. Will go to Seed and really enjoy the food for the same prices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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  • FinerDiner
    FinerDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you love peach cocktails, do not miss the Southern Margarita with fresh peach pieces in the drink! The burgers are unique. Mine had fig goat cheese and a fried green tomato on top. Zucchini fries are yummy too! Fun atmosphere and decor in East Cobb!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Copeland45
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great service and delicious food, good wine recommendations by staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our best yet
    BillyHuntVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food,drinks and service the best we've had on our third visit, Only problems no credit for groupon reservation and no working bathrooms.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new restaurant in East Cobb!
    PawDawg66
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I highly recommend Zeal! Great food, great beers, great atmosphere! Did I say it was a great place. If you are looking for upscale in East Cobb at resonable prices this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner Party Exclusive
    tenniskat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Scott was so very kind and attentive to our request to have a dinner party at his restaurant. He personally answered our questions and made sure we were all well received and seated in a timely fashion. The wait staff was casual, attentive, and personable and were helpful with every dinner guest. Sean has been our waiter on several occasions and did not disappoint this time. He did very well with our group of 16 year old girls. My husband and I could not have asked for a better experience. We will be returning for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shout out to the Chef!
    BotkokingVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I would like to give a mention to Chef Kayla who has been doing a really amazing job after recently replacing the previous Chef. She oversees everything that leaves the kitchen and a couple of my recent favorites are the Thai chicken flatbread, the veggie burger and the market fish tacos. Great job Kayla! You and your team are very accommodating and you prepare some very tasty dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • First time
    DawnieWanie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The restaurant is very attractive. The blue cheese tenderloin with mushroom rissoto was great. The seafood pasta would have been good had it not had so much sauce and lemony flavor. Calamari was delicious. Our server couldn't have been nicer. Very efficient as well. For me, some of the menu was not very interesting and some too pricey. I would go again and try the burgers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Client Luncheon
    Cmac
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great Menu, food, Service! Loved the Patio seating. Perfect for entertaining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, but pricey
    savvylady
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Enjoyed it. But, without our half - off deal it would have been a very expensive lunch for 2 adults and 2 kids. Will only return for drinks or if I have a promotion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • small portions
    medine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    When it first opened it had good portions and designed for sharable dishes and reasonable price. WE had the seafood pasta and it had 3 shrimp, 4 tiny clams and pasta. Oh and the Shrimp was not cooked..the Chef agreed. They tried to do what they could but I wont be back. For that price you can go get some really good meals.
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  • Large menu
    GLdineout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Lots of choices. Pork chop tasty and nicely cooked. Trout was bland and Caesar salad strange as it was sweer and close to a mayonnaise mixture.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish of the day was delicious.
    LynnAVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Will go back again very soon! The fish and stuffed pork dish were both yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lack of Zeal
    tkthebakerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a great place location wise and the bar is great! Outdoor patio and great bartenders, wine list etc. The menu is exciting but the food is lackluster. The mussels in curry coconut broth were so tiny there was barely any meat, the broth lacked substance and flavor. The lamb was overcooked and we sent it back only to have it come out again over cooked just not as much. Most chefs know that lamb is best served rare to medium rare. 1" mussels should not have left the kitchen and some of them never even opened. Very disappointing. I may be back but will only sit at the bar for a few drinks before dining elsewhere
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud too long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Extremely loud - couldn't really hear each other at all. Server was very attentive, but kitchen was crazily backed up. Food was ok. Manager did come by and apologize - with n/c desserts - but we would much rather have had our food in a reasonsable time. With Seed and Common Quarter nearby at the same price point - not sure it's worth it - unless the other two are booked. Seriously - 90 minutes for salad entrees!! Manager did call the next day - but prob won't try it again :(
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  • Why isn't it busier?
    Normsnan
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This restaurant should be packed, but it's not. Food was good, but there is something missing. We had a Thai chicken flatbread as an appetizer, which was very tasty. Our ahi tuna salads were good...but not great. Tuna was cooked perfectly, but was not terribly flavorful. Salad was fresh, dressing was dull...maybe because I had it served on the side. This restaurant appears to have what it needs to do well. They need to Kick it up a notch somehow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always.
    James
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I was with a group of four this past Tuesday and had the best time. The new menu had lots of great choices on it, so we shared everything that we ordered. We had the special which was a pan seared salmon with a three cheese grit cake and a seafood cream sauce, a pistachio crusted lamb loin, the market fish with the seaweed salad and bok choy, fried green tomatoes with fig goat cheese and a cheese and charcuterie plate. We also had a bottle of Sancerre and a bottle of Cristom Oregon Pinot Noir. The white chocolate truffle cheesecake with the chocolate top was definitely worth trying. Even though it was busy, the service was still good. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.