Zely and Ritz
Zely and Ritz
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Zely and Ritz

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zelyandritz.com/
  • Phone: 9198280018
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Chef Sarig Agasi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Special Events: Zely & Ritz will be open New Years Eve. We will be serving a 4 course menu for $75.00 per person. Credit Card numbers are required for all reservations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lane St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Lot behind the building offers free parking to our patrons. Simply ask the hostess or your server for a token when you leave.
A word from Zely and Ritz
Zely & Ritz is all about fresh, organic, locally grown dishes served in tapas style small plates in an upscale, casual, yet hip and smoke-free environment. Named as one of the Top 20 Organic Restaurants in America by Organic Style Magazine, the ingredients for over half the menu come directly from the restaurant's own organic farm. Chef Sarig's food is intensely flavorful, beautifully presented, and simply delicious. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spices are combined in unexpected ways to create fantastic culinary works of art which are then skillfully paired with a Wine Spectator Award winning boutique wine list to create the perfect meal.
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Zely and Ritz reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Not worth it
    KquickVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I had heard great things about this restaurant and was really let down. The waitress failed to mention specials to us; we had to ask for them. When we were ordering our dinner they were totally out of about 2/3 of their menu - no meat options aside from Meat loaf which isn't the first thing you'd want to order when dining out. The food took over an hour to come out and there was cork in my wine. I was really disappointed in the food and service.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Freshest food ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Portions are small but the tastes are big. The salad tastes like it just came from the garden. The tomatoes especially are worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heirloom Tomato Dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    We went to Zely and Ritz for their Heirloom Tomato Dinner special event after being highly recommended by some foodie friends. It was AMAZING! The food was spectacular and the owners were very friendly. They have indoor and outdoor seating. Inside is not crowded but not large so the volume can get moderate though my wife and I had no problems hearing eachother across the table. My only regret is the Tomato Dinner is a special event so we'll have to wait until next year to eat it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    The gnocchi were so fluffly and tasty that I don't think I can ever again eat gnocchi anywhere else. Also, the cosmo cocktail I had was amazing. I love Zely & Ritz...they are outstanding and consistently exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful experience
    cgw68VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Had a wonderful experience w superb First Friday special menu. All courses were excellent and nicely prepared. Service was exemplary, warm, and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat performance
    jnicbrad
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    This has to have been our 4th or 5th time dining here, and we've never had a bad (or even mediocre) meal. Portions are ample but not oversized. The menu is fresh and imaginative (rabbit pate? lavender ice cream? where else can you find that?) Food is always delicious, and the temperatures are always right. Service felt a little slow for no more customers than we saw, but I know that means our food is not pre-cooked sitting back in the kitchen on a hot plate waiting to be ordered. We especially liked the helpfulness of the bartender who not only provided us with a validated parking pass which we hadn't asked for, but also walked us down to the bus stop for First Fridays. We will continue to come here as it is one of our faves in Raleigh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in ambience.
    Lizbeth
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Disappointed in ambience. Food was good but entrée pretty skimpy.
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  • Public yet private
    Mordida
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Although located along an inner city street, patio seating allowed a sense of privacy. Service was a little slow, but the opportunity for conversation was compensation enough. Food items were very tasty and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Anonymous123VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    The menu has exotic food items and combinations you don't find elsewhere. For example- onion scape pesto and lavender ice cream. The chef even brought our food out- highly personalized attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    We visited Zely + Ritz for the first time, after seeing it featured on TV (Food Network or Cooking Channel, don't recall which). The décor is lovely; warm wall colors were accented with paintings by a local artist. Our appetizers were fantastic, the wine was superb, the entrees were too, and we split a delicious dessert. We were even greeted by the chef/owner, who told us about filming the TV spot, and a bit about the farm associated with the restaurant, and he surprised us with two decadent chocolate truffles at the end of our conversation. We're definitely Zely + Ritz fans, and will be back again! Thanks for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I made reservations for 4
    lcole66VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    I made reservations for 4 and was looking forward to going back since I found them by accident once, stopped in and had a great experience. This time it was quite different. When our order was taken it was over an hour before it came out. We had an appetizer that took up some of the time and we had ordered a 'starter' which took up some more but the entres came out an hour after the order was placed. We were some of the last ones there when we got our desert an hour and a half after placing the order. The food was all VERY good but it took a VERY LONG time to get it. We were at the restaurant for over 2 hours.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's tasting menu is awesome!
    CplusDVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    Very personalized experience. It was fun and delicious - a culinary adventure! Very talented staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is the real deal.
    EverydayWine
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    I can't say a bad word about Zely & Ritz. Friendly knowledgeable staff, excellent food and very good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although a little pricey for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Although a little pricey for everyday dining, it was a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure
    Heath
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Zely's staff is so friendly, and the food is so fresh and tasty. New art up on the walls every time I go. New patio is fantastic w/ live music. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good things take time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    The food is wonderful and worth the wait which is good since service can be a little slow. Fresh organic local yumminess!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too late
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    We had a late reservation. The food was good, but there was no one else there and our waiter would not stop talking to us. It was uncomfortable and we won't be back.
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  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We had a wonderful meal and a great server ,Tim. We enjoyed all but one veggie dish. Tim was very receptive about the dish that our friend didn't enjoy and promptly removed it from the bill. We had such a good time with our server and several other employees. i look forward to returning in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went on a Friday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    We went on a Friday night when they were grilling on the patio. The ribs were outstanding off of the grill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it hours to eat
    Wherearethestaff
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    Went there during the week. Place was twenty per cent full. I had to find my waiter any time I needed anything. The appetizer took forty five minutes to arrive. Then got it by finding my waiter who was standing around the bar to ask him to look for it. The main meal another forty five minutes. The food was good. The meat has about one third gristle. One of the vegetables was totally woody. We were going to stay for more but did not have another hour to eat. The staff seems totally indifferent to this.
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  • The pate' made my heart patter
    gatsby
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    We celebrated my cousin's birthday at your fine establishment on Tuesday. Thoroughly enjoyed everything--the food, wine, desserts and Matt, our waiter. His sense of humor made the whole experience a perfect night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good experience,
    cgw68VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Always a good experience, w menu choices providing good range of options, food prepared well, and nicely presented. Interesting staff who are always eager to please and accommodate diners. Reasoably priced for a good restaurant meal and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress was very friendly,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Waitress was very friendly, but did not check back after bringing food and we had finished our meal before she came back to take our order for a second glass of wine. Chocolate Creme Broule Was heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We really enjoyed our night,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    We really enjoyed our night, but the food just missed a little in our eyes. We had the chefs tasting menu and the chef was unfortunately more interested in dietary restrictions than was we really liked. We had a great waiter and enjoyed the evening and will be back. Next time we'll just order off of the menu which looked inspired enough. We love the organic ingredients!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We actually saw a show on
    AnniversaryVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    We actually saw a show on the Food Channel about the restaurant which triggered us making the reservation. The meal and the service was very good. Looking forward to coming back again in the summer when local vegetables are more plentiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, fresh food. Not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Wonderful, fresh food. Not your run-of-the-mill menu items. Always a great dining experience Server very nice and knowledgeable about menu. Already looking forward to next visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was disappointing--not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    The food was disappointing--not a lot of different options--too many carrots in the dishes. What we did order was not at all outstanding.
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  • Eclectic food, slow service
    chefP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Portions seem smaller, for the price. Service a bit slow, waiter was running to take care of outside tables, forgetting about us much of the evening. Apologizing because they were busy. 20 minutes to get our bill(costing us another dollar at the parking lot)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Misses the Mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    My son, his girlfriend, and I had dinner Saturday night at Zely and Ritz. I can't say it was a great experience and we likely won't be back. Service was good but the food really lacked something. We let the waiter talk us into a couple of appetizers. None of us liked the house made pickles...way too salty and uninteresting. Everything is ala cart, but we were all surprised when our entree came out on a plate (a small plate) by itself. It would have been much more appealing with some risotto or starch. The shank was palatable, but there was nothing about it that made anyone at the table say "this is SO good!". Portions are small. My son left hungry and went up to Snoopy's at the corner for a hotdog. $77 bill, wishing we'd gone elsewhere.
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  • We really enjoyed Zely and
    smitty0421
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    We really enjoyed Zely and Ritz. The staff was friendly and the food was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Absolutely wonderful food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Absolutely wonderful food, as always. Not the same old dishes found in many restaurants. Waiter was very knowledgable in explaining dishes and did a great job throughout the evening. Looking forward to our next visit. They have never disappointed us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is very good, local and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Food is very good, local and organic where possible, portions a little small.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was an awesome find while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    This was an awesome find while traveling for work - the chef asked the types of things I liked, disliked and created me a tasting menu from scratch.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent and knowledgeable
    HaysVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Excellent and knowledgeable wait staff; great food; comfortable atmosphere that allowed for conversation without shouting! Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent food napkin please!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Was nice took a bit to get silverware, bread to be brought over (seemed a bit late). Little loud w certain people being loud and small place. But the food was excellent!!! Fresh and good combos on dishes. Sharing was great to sample several things. Wine list nice but not a lot for the beer drinker. Cocktails seem to be very nice as well.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service. The wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Excellent service. The wait staff was very attentive and answered all of our questions. The food was good, especially the fresh beet salad.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • The food we had was sparse
    Andrea
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    The food we had was sparse (braised ribs), and lacking in flavor(butternut squash soup). This meal was vastly overpriced
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  • The food was very tasty and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    The food was very tasty and served in portions that are more European than American. Being married to someone from there I am saying this from a factual standpoint rather than speculating. The server was very nice and they definitely take their time getting your food out to you allowing you to enjoy your time there and not feel rushed. The food also seemed to be prepared more along the lines of using minimal salt and we really appreciate that style. Most places kill the food with too many spices and often that is waytoo much salt.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • This was our second time here.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    This was our second time here. The food is amazing. However, they seem to continue to have problems with their wait staff. Our table was late, even with a reservation, because they did not have a waiter for the table and then the service was a bit slow. However, we were in no hurry, so this was not a problem for us. The food was excellent and we throughly enjoyed the night and experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, great serviceA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Wonderful food, great serviceA favorite place to go
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate