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Zebra Restaurant
Zebra Restaurant

Zebra Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zebrarestaurant.net/
  • Phone: (704) 442-9525
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 9:30am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, American
  • Executive Chef: Jim Alexander
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Charlotte's creme de la creme of fine catering, and simple to extravagant. Parties from 8 to 800, in home intimate dinners to elaborate corporate affairs.

    Executive chef/owner provides tremendous
    resource for creative and unique parties.

    Sample menus forwarded quickly. Inclusive pricing, experienced catering you can count on.

    References include Belk, Bank of America, Carolina Panthers, Simonini Builders, more if required.

    Rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal showers, multi course in home dinners and much more!
  • Private Party Facilities: Zebra is delighted to have the opportunity to provide assistance in planning your
    next catered event! From intimate dinners to elaborate corporate receptions, Zebra
    offers beautiful space, excellent cuisine and service.
    We accommodate 200 on premise, up to 1,000 off premise.
  • Private Party Contact: Jim, Michael (704) 442-9525
  • Entertainment: Live music Friday evenings
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wine dinners, artist receptions, receptions.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: South Park Mall across Sharon Road.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Two hundred spaces above, 100 spaces
    covered below, bus/van access.
A word from Zebra Restaurant
Zebra, often referred to as the French Laundry of Charlotte, offers a la carte,
three course prix fixe and chef grand tasting menus. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner M-F and dinner on Sat.
Opened 2001, chef owned and driven by Jim Alexander, CEC.
AAA Four Diamonds
Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence
Wine Enthusiast Award of Distinction
Charlotte Taste Grand Award
Creative Loafing Best Restaurant
Southern Living Best Food
Charlotte Observer Four Stars

The best meal we ever served just may be
this evening!

Informal wine tastings every Friday 5:30 to 7:30...only 10.00!

Private events and catering 7 days.

Contemporary fine French dining without
the attitude!

We truly appreciate your business!

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and food photo's.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "We only go to Zebra occasionally but each time really enjoy ourselves. Food is excellent and the service always top notch."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "As usual, Zebra was superb. The food was excellent and the service was terrific and friendly. The wine added to the enjoyment. Of special note: the perfectly cooked trout and sole, the baby lobster, the mushroom soup, the simple salad and the vase salad. The salads are always excellent."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The prices indicates for the 3 course menu were not applied. We paid much more than expected. I feel like we have been duped."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Charlotte for the week and found this restaurant listed with AAA. What a treat it was! Delicious food, comfortable table, lovely atmosphere and great service!! Definitely worth every dollar we spent! We'll talk about it for years..."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Zebra restaurant is our favorite place. We can always count on excellent service and outstanding food. This visit was no exception. Very classy atmospere !"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "it was a pleasure to share with friends a lunch at Zebra's. the lobster bisque was the best we had ever had and we will be ordering the bisque in the future. the " lobster roll" was delicious, but not "New England" style which is seasoned differently. it might be interesting to offer both and see which one is preferred. the desert variety platter is wonderful, a great way to end a fine meal. thanks so much !"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Dinner was a bit different from what I expected. The room where I was placed was extremely close in proximity to other patrons. It was easy to hear the conversations to the tables next to us. When the servers were taking orders or doing things at tables next to me their rear body was very close to me and my wife's personal space. I expected to be in a place that had more space between the tables. The services wasn't as good as I expected either. The main entry took a long time to come out after the appetizer and the salad. Speaking of appetizer, don't order the seared scallops. You will only get two medium sized scallops on top of some black rice (very good tasting rice.) The entree was very good. Try the Rainbow Trout (can't go wrong.)"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "we went to try out the $35/3 course deal. I was disappointed by the service and food, especially of a restaurant at this supposed level. I had to ask for bread numerous times (waiter forgot, then was never offered anymore), and my water wasn't automatically refilled. In my opinion, you should never have to ask for such things, esp at a high-scale restaurant. also, ordered a beef entrée medium. the meat came out cut open (2 pieces) and was so rare it was purple. I sent it back, they apologized. came back charred on the outside. it can sometimes be hard if the filet is intact and can't be seen, but this was a piece cut in two served so they could clearly see the inside was almost raw. horrible. I will say, the desert was good. will not return"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Good value for the entrees. Excellent service and presentation."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The crab cake was absolutely the best one that I have ever eaten. The crispy duck, ditto, and the creme brulee was perfect. This is a high end restaurant that is totally worth it."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We love Zebra for special occasions ... the service is wonderful, chef outstanding and the ambiance is perfect for a big night out. Yes it is quite expensive but not something we do often. It never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great restaurant! Been many times. On this trip out server was inadequate on many levels. Food exceptional. Still a don't miss in Charlotte"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food is so attractive that you hardly want to mess it up. Never had a bad meal there. For lunch try the Welcoming Vase scallop salad. Very light."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have read about this restaurant at Wine Spectator mag. I liked what I read and invited 4 of my business associates. All of us were very pleasantly surprised. Great food, excellent servise and very good wines."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I met my friend for lunch at Zebra and found it was a delightful place to dine. The service was also very good and the waiters did not hover over our table. They gave us the space we needed to enjoy our conversation. The food was also delicious and the place we dined was very relaxing. I have been before and always will return. It truly is a neighborhood gem in Charlotte, NC."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting Zebra. I was again not disappointed about the food. Every course was wonderful from the Carrot Soup as an Amuse Bouche to the dessert. We decided to share a meal because the portions are generous and to be healthy. This may have caused a negative reaction from the server. We had to repeat the order multiple times, it took a long time to get rolls (which were delicious), and the whole pace of the meal was off. Our server was not friendly...very disappointing. Thankfully, we had been there before and knew that this was an off night. We had the smoked salmon and Zebra salad to start...so good. The lamb tenderloin with potatoes was fantastic. Overall, a delicious meal with yucky service."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Charming setting with attentive service and expertly prepared food. Parking was no problem . The staff made the evening memorable.a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We made a reservation through open table which the restaurant did not have. So it made for few awkward moments as they tried to find a table in their virtually empty restaurant. They then proceeded to give us a table in front of the kitchen door where we were able to observe every member of their staff race by but not stop to wait on us. We suffered through a very inattentive waiter and multiple other staff that had to continuously jump in because we were not being helped. It took 20 minutes to even receive our first drinks after having waited at least 15 minutes to order them! All in all the food was uninspiring and fell flat and we left without furthering our disappointment and enjoyed our dessert wine elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food and service were great for this type of establishment. Waiter was very personable which made the experie"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Amazing food, service and ambiance. We would highly recommend this restaurant. The food was superb."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had NO FOOD (other than rolls) for over 1 hour and 15 minutes. Getting through entrees took another 75 minutes for a total of over 2.50 hours with no dessert, although we had paid for it. Kitchen incapable of putting out food on a timely basis, although the restaurant was less than half full. Food itself was average at best. Dover sole was overcooked and lifeless. Tournados of beef was fair, nothing special. Portions are miniscule, even smaller than what Zebra has been known for in past. Although only party of 6, Zebra added a mandatory 20% service charge. When I followed up with the manager the next day, he was aggressively rude and refused to accept any criticism. We will never go back. Still expensive but no longer reliable."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great dining experience...great management. Food, as art!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Party of 4, two couples. Dining room was freezing like most other restaurants in the south in summer. Service was fair overall with too few servers. The maître d was great and the food was near excellent. The lobster bisque was exceptional, but the server had trouble portioning out the bisque between the four diners probably due to inexperience. Overall an enjoyable meal"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Had dinner and the food was great but the service was terrible. We couldn't tell who our server was, waited 20 minutes for water when we sat down after being asked by three different people what type of water we wanted. Had to ask for a cocktail menu..3 people brought menus but after 10 minutes nobody offered to take our orders. Finally we got our drinks after 40 minutes. Trying to order dinner was awkward as again two people asked if we wanted to order but then we're irritated when we asked for specials. After telling us the specials the server left and we had to flag down to order. The somlier was incredibly rude and condescending. The dinner took 4 hours because of their disorganization. Many more service issues but food was great."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I've dined at Zebra many times before, but haven't been there in a while. Was celebrating a birthday with a friend and had a Groupon that needed to be used, so we chose Zebra. The meal was SUPERB in every way.....presentation, taste, etc.....everything was done to perfection. Our waiter, Chief, is so very attentive and completely knowledgeable about every dish. One could easily just give him free reign and say, "surprise me!" and be very satisfied!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was delicious; staff most considerate and accommodating. Will definitely be back and recommend to friends!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious well prepared food with outstanding service. All around fine dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This Charlotte restaurant rivals anything we know in Atlanta! What a wonderful dining experience while visiting friends in the Charlotte area. The food is Paris quality all the way from kitchen to presentation. Treat yourself to this eating extravaganza...perfect for special occasions and special people!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have been here every year for the past five years. It is our favorite restaurant because they take such good care of you and the food is absolutely amazing."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience at Zebra to celebrate a friend's birthday. Beautiful restaurant! Our waiter was attentive & helpful. Our wine & entrees (salmon & trout) were delicious. Enjoyed the chocolate soufflé, too."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is not our first trip to Zebra and it won't be our last. We hadn't been there for almost 6 months and the maitre d' remembered which wine we ordered on our previous visit. One of Charlotte's best."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Owner was on the floor, friendly and conversant with us. Servers were knowledgeable, fun and had good attention to detail. Best lobster bisque ever ! Crabcake and Diablo Salmon entrees were good, a little lacking in flavor. Excellent wines by glass, well chosen list."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Having been to Zebra before and having an awesome dining experience, my expectations were high. Upon arrival the reception was a bit rough in therms of confusion and delay. The bar area could have been more inviting with an offer of a drink. After waiting 15-20 minutes (with no interaction from staff in between) we were finally seated. The food was good, but portions were a bit small for the appetizers. Overall the food quality was excellent. Management team was engaged, but the waiter was new (and nervous). Overall the experience was good, but not on par with past visits. I sense a downward trend that Zebra will want to work on improving service to reverse."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Save ZEBRA for "special occasions". Our dinner for 2 which included 1 bottle of wine & sharing 2 of their "chef specials", heavily promoted by our server/manager after we had already decided what we wanted from the menu (he also heavily promoted a $75 bottle of wine; I settled for a $46 NC Chard). We had time constraints which we made staff aware of, so when we got the chef special pitch we decided to just share the "specials" appetizer & NY strip steak. Hubbie had a few microbrews, 1 small dessert & the bill came to $152 after a $10 discount card was applied. Add a generous cash tip & you have a quite pricey 1 1/2 hr. meal. Rushing out, we forgot the credit slip with breakdown of costs, but we were a bit taken aback by the final bill. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food here was fantastic and service was very good. They did their best to make sure you were not sitting their waiting. The only complaint that I could think of was for anyone sitting close to the double doors leading to the bathrooms and kitchen. The doors were often left open, allowing the noise from the kitchen to reach your table, which was only feet from the door."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My favorite special occasion romantic spot. Service is impeccable. It was our anniversary and they recognized it. They also too very good care of my celiac husband, serving him an exquisite gourmet meal, even with gluten free toast with his fois gras. Always perfect!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We spent a couple of hours enjoying good wine and good food. The cuisine extends from simply prepared fish to tantalizing French dishes. We added a moderately priced bottle of wine to complement the meal. The server was attentive but not intrusive. We never felt rushed giving us time to enjoy each course. Our next visit will be to enjoy breakfast."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Not cheap - but a fair value nonetheless. Food was outstanding, service and atmosphere were excellent. A great place for someone who wants a memorable meal in a quieter atmosphere where you can talk to your companions."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I've been to Zebra twice now and each time has been a spectacular experience. My boyfriend and I went for our 2 year anniversary and it the same waiter as last year (for our 1- year celebration). He recognized us and greeted us with complimentary champagne! He was courteous and lovely. The service was impeccable! The food was delicious! The atmosphere was romantic and wonderful! Zebra is a gem! I would go there everyday if I could afford it!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went to Zebra because my mom gave me a $50 gift certificate there. It was so fantastic from the moment we sat down to the second we left. Great appetizers of foie gras and lobster bisque, wonderful & creative main course (the scallops were TO DIE FOR) and to finish up, a chocolate soufflé on the house. Everything was amazing and I felt like a million dollars just sitting in the restaurant. Perfect for foodies and those looking for a special date night. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! "
    Dined on 5/13/2014