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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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, 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! visit zebrarestaurant.net for details.
  • 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, Max, Lisa (704) 442-9525

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 DiRoNA 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! Visit zebrarestaurant.net to view menus and food photo's.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I give Zebra a solid "good" rating, but it could (and should) be better. I left a note in my reservation regarding my dietary restrictions, though the information was clearly not passed on to our server. After explaining my situation, it was evident that while the kitchen understood, the server still didn't. He repeatedly recommended that I try my date's dishes, even though doing so would make me very ill. I wasn't confident in his understanding of my needs, and in a restaurant of Zebra's caliber, I should feel well taken care of. I would not recommended Zebra for guests with allergies or other dietary restrictions."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A little pretentious and impressed with itself for Charlotte - the website described it as "In the style of French Laundry," so I am always wary of places that are trying to compare themselves to others. Location is odd, on the first floor of a nondescript concrete office building, thereby eliminating possibility of a view. I found the waiter off-putting, almost like we were inconveniencing him, and he kept talking as if we should be so, so impressed with the place - showing off how long the wine list was, boasting about the accolades of the chef, indicating how they HAD to shut down for 2+ hours between meal services because the kitchen needed time to turnover and prep. I found breakfast GOOD and SOLID but nothing extraordinary at all."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "great food, outstanding service and the only downside are the wine glasses. I am always surprise that in the USA high end restaurants are not serving good wine in proper wine glasses. You simply lose a decent percentage of the quality."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great meal will be disappointed if I do not go back each time I am in Charlotte"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We are big fans of the food at zebra. This most recent time, however the service was disappointing. The hostess was very nice but our waiter had an attitude problem and didn't seem to care at all. When we would ask for things he seemingly forgot, he'd cop an attitude about it. At the end I still tipped well because I don't want to be stingy but he really deserved much less. The last time we were there, we had great service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was one of the greatest meals I've had in a long time. Every dish was created carefully, and everyone at my table was pleased with what they had ordered. Not only was the food prepared to optimize every flavor, but presentation made it even better. I recommend the four or five course option; having the whole experience is totally worth it. Service was also very personable, and made the meal an experience. Thanks for a great evening, I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was fantastic as was expected. Service was exceptional except for the slight delay for our entrees. Seems there was a large social function in the private dinning room and the kitchen got behind some what. Was a great meal as a send off from Charlotte for my mother."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great table by the window. Always exceptional service. Tried the duck for the first time and was very impressed."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We dined at 7:30 on a Thursday night. The restaurant was not close to full so we had the attention of the manager and the waiter. They both provided great service, especially the manager. We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed the atmosphere. The food was delicious. The appetizers were tasty. We ordered the porterhouse special and shared it. The chef removed the bones and split the meat onto two plates. The meat was excellent and cooked as we like it. We would warn guests that wines are expensive, but otherwise an excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My recent trip to Zebra was amazing. The food was delicious!!!!!!!!!! We also had the most amazing waiter in Joe."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I'm not a person that normally spends the money on a "Zebra" type restaurant but this Saturday was our 3ed time and again we were just amazed. The quality of the food is above anything I've ever had in Charlotte or Atlanta. Our server was both knowledable and very pleasant. The mushroom soup is outstanding as was the beat salad. We may have over done it with a 4 course and a 5 course meal but it was so wonderful to taste so many different things throughout the meal. It was also very refreshing to go to a restaurant and spend the amount of time it takes to get through that type of meal without feeling rushed by the staff."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our first time but the food and service was great! Our waiter Joe made the evening special."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Zebra has the best trained staff in Charlotte. Perfect, gracious service and terrific food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Everyone always comments how they didn't know Zebra was open for lunch. It is considered more of a dinner place. You will often find that you are relegated to the 'fireplace room' during the lunch period as they do host a number of large group luncheons for a variety of groups. The food and service are typically very good. The only negative is the 'fireplace room' stays exceptionally chilly during the winter months so dress warmly."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Zebra is a special occasion restaurant. Reservations recommended. This was a birthday lunch. Excellent!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My second time going and was really disappointed, they were out if scallops and lobster which was in almost everything I ordered so I don't think ill return again."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My wife said her meal was great, but mine was just average. Service was good, but waitress was not accurate in describing the meal. It's a quality location, but I felt it to be overrated and overpriced."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Wonderful experience for romantic Valentine's weekend meal - food and presentation just excellent. Staff, especially our server Justin, a delight. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Loved it as usual. 5 courses and each was perfect."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went on Valentines and had an average meal. Our deserts, bananas foster was not even average, and as unable to be prepared tableside, presentation was poor. My wife's foie gras was bad."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Truly an outstanding experience... good was great, service was great.... we've been to some great restaurants around the world and this stands out among the best."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was outstanding and different. Service was top rate"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband planned this for us. He chose well. We had an incredible dinner. They sent 2 complimentary glasses of champagne along with 2 unordered appetizers to try. The food was amazing, our waitress was great and when she brought out dessert, the chef wrote Happy 15th anniversary on my plate. What a special touch. The atmosphere was wonderful. Even though there are other guests around, it still felt romantic. We were seated at a side table, tucked away in the corner. The host that greeted us when we came in was friendly ad gracious. He seated us early and recommended a wine that my husband really enjoyed. What a great place for a special occasion or to just have a wonderful meal in a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Zebra is a favorite restaurant for us. Food is excellent. Staff is professional, knowledgeable. Wine list is pricey but excellent with variety of price points and featured regions. Ambience is quiet, classy. I recommend it highly to those who enjoy fine dining and excellent wine."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "By way of background, we've been fortunate to have traveled extensively and dined in some very well established restaurants throughout the world. We love Dover Sole, we've ordered it throughout Europe so we feel we know the terrain of this fish. Zebra's preparation and quality of Dover Sole was the best we've experienced. Every morsel was fabulous and the presentation could rival any 5 star restaurant. Zebra offers an extensive menu, a 3, 4 or 5 course prix fixed dinner as an option and the portions are excellent but not overpowering. The salads are magnificent, well presented, dressed elegantly with high quality oils, vinegars and seasonings, fresh and crisp. Deserts are phenomenal and their soufflés vary from day to day. Wow!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "My hubby and I always enjoy a quiet time at the bar before dinner and we were given a great table this week. Jessica is excellent and the food is delicious. Not quite enough food for my husband though... We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We wanted to try Zebra as it was on Charlotte Magazine's Top 10 List. We were not disappointed. The service was exceptional and the food did not disappoint. The menu was great! The only thing I did not like was that the two-top tables were a bit close together. I would rather not hear what the table next to me is talking about and vice versa."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Zebra Restaurant is always our first choice to celebrate a special occasion and to enjoy a fine dining experience. We are always assured of incomparable service, outstanding food, beautifully presented in a lovely setting. Our server, Justin, was friendly and courteous and very helpful in reviewing menu offerings and recommendations. We always feel we are treated very special when we come to Zebra. It is also a beautiful and perfect restaurant to entertain out of town guests. Thank you for a wonderful evening to celebrate our anniversary and my husband's birthday. We enjoyed the delectable treats you gave us for our celebrations."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We celebrated our 16 th anniversary at Zebra and it was amazing. Our waiter Joe was excellent and made us feel like we were the only people there that night. The Lobster bisque was the best we have ever had, simply outstanding. We will share our secret about this fantastic experience . We look forward to going again soon."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and service was excellent. The vanilla bean creme brûlée is the best I've had in a long while. I loved the atmosphere and look forward to enjoying this restaurant more. This was my first visit."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed cozy, warm atmosphere, delicious food and excellent service by Joseph. We definitely will return to Zebra!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We've been dining @ Zebra for perhaps 10 years or so & this last experience there was the best one yet! We asked our wine afficinado friends who had never dined @ Zebra to join us for Friday wine tasting & dinner & we all had a delicious dinning experience and truly fun evening without pretense. Thank you especially to our server Mary Beth & sommelier Michael for such a personable experience. You are the very BEST! You both have the ability to do anything you choose successfully."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This restaurant says that it is often referred as the French Laundry of the East. We ate there on a saturday night and found it somewhat lacking. My wife's caesar salad was completely white with hardly any cheese and very little flavor. My caesar was just fine with green and white lettuce and some anchovies that I requested and plenty of cheese. ?? Her swordfish was fine and could have been had at any of a dozen restaurants. My duck was ordered medium rare and came out very rare. The wine list was as advertised and impressive. Over all I can't say that this restaurant is in any way in the same class as the French Laundry to which we have been several times. If we can we will give them another try and hope for a better experience."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for date night, and it was amazing! Great atmosphere, great food, and great service. I highly recommend Zebra."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Without question, Zebra is a solid candidate for finest dining experience in Charlotte. Service is always prompt, reliable and courteous. Special requests are always honored with graciousness as well, which is to be expected in an establishment of this caliber, but certainly well executed by both the kitchen and waitstaff at Zebra. Our meal for this evening consisted of Foie Gras, Lobster Bisque, Zebra's famous "basket", and the NC Trout. All were fantastically well-cooked and beautiful. Small surprises throughout the meal were really fun as well. Beverages including cocktails and wine were expertly suggested. This is a wonderful place for those that appreciate fine dining with a discerning taste. We will return again and again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Zebra is our "go to" place for fine dining. We enjoyed a New Years Eve dinner there. They had a fixed menu that included dishes that they are known for. We were pleased with the service, selection of wine, everything !"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We recently ate at Zebra with another couple who are also foodies. We were all very impressed with the quality and variety of the Continental cuisine there. Their truffled mushroom foie gras soup is out of this world. We had four courses and every one was spot on.Their made to order soufflés are wonderful, too. The ambience is warm and comfortable, while casually elegant. The wine list is a WIne Spectator Award winner, so there is something for everyone and well-chosen for quality. A delightful evening out!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "What's not to like? Everything is world-class. Great food and service. The salads are exceptional and the desserts are likely the best in the city. It's especially good for special occasions and is priced fairly. Very pleasant."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "My wife has been here before, years ago and has always spoken highly of the establishment. I now know why, the good is delicious and the presentation is excellent. The service was good , to be honest a bit overbearing for what I'm accustomed to, we were not rushed in any way which was a pleasure. The only drawback was the ambience, you could hardly read the menu, a little more light would go a long way and not detract."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "One of the best restaurants in Charlotte. Our go-to place for special occasions or when we want to pamper ourselves. Elegant but not stuffy."
    Dined on 12/26/2013