Zest! Exciting Food Creations
Always improvingI have been eating here for years. I remarked to my wife after our last dinner at Zest that, while the food has always been excellent, it always seems to be getting better. This is true regardless of the time of day. The full liquor availability with a great hand-crafted cocktail list has also helped to solidify Zest as one of the best restaurants in Indy.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMChow Down MenuZest has wonderful food but they are known for their baja fish tacos and they weren' t on the Chow Down Midtown menu this year and that was the primary reason we chose Zest as our dining experience. In my opinion those should always be on that menu!6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI ate here with my boyfriendI ate here with my boyfriend during Chowdown Midtown, and we opted for the limited Chowdown menu. The food was outstanding! We both loved the crab cakes, and my boyfriend had the filet with onion jam and bleu cheese sauce, which was delicious. I tried one of the specialty drinks, and thought it was refreshing and different. We chose the s'mores for dessert, which were exactly as advertised, and a fun change of pace at the end of the meal. One drawback was the service was kind of slow. We waited a little too long between each course, and I had to remind the server to bring my boxed food back to the table. However, the service did not overshadow the dining experience, and I would love to go back to try more of their exciting food creations.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything we ordered wasEverything we ordered was delicious except the cake we had for dessert....disappointed with our selection.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner at ZestMy husband and I had a relaxing and delicious meal at Zest before going downtown for the symphony. Food was great, service was efficient, waiter was very knowledgeable.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing RestaurantMy husband and I tried Zest for the first time on Friday 5/31. Our server Michael was great. He walked us though the menu and had really good suggestions and information the options. Zest has a unique liquor, beer and wine list. We had a fabulous Hey Mambo Sultry Red wine that went great with the Pork Osso Buco and Short Ribs (that melted in our mouths) along with a side of the World Famous Mac & Cheese. We enjoyed every morsel on our plate. We will definitely come back again and have already shared this venue with our friends. The restaurant is very eclectic with photos and paintings on the wall. They also opened up a little lounge called Twist connected to the restaurant that we did try out that night but looked very chic. A+++5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMZest...continues to wow!I always love the food there. They now have a lounge/bar that I recommend highly. Very hip look ....very intimate feel. Enjoy!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMA trendy alternativeAs a bit of a burger connoisseur, I was anxious to try the "Three-Napkin Burger." The burger received the highest rating from Indianapolis monthly and, yep!, it's a decadent burger. You can order it medium (standard) or medium well. I opted for medium well and settled in with the homemade chips and an iced tea. The burger was substantial, made as ordered and a delight. The homemade chips are awesome. The iced tea was also terrific and our server maintained refills. There's even a small wheelchair ramp to ensure complete access. Very good food, fantastic service, and decent ambience. "Zest" feels "trendy" and offers a small outdoor dining area. Drink selection is solid and both drinks/food offer some local choices.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceThis was a wonderful place - we had a wonderful dinner, great drinks and then shut the bar side of the restaurant down later that evening. In total we spent 6 hours at Zest and it was a wonderful evening. Highly recommend this place for any occasion - great date place! Reservation recommended. The bar side is very cool/hipster and a great compliment to the restaurant side. Will definitely go back!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't wait to go backLoved the food, hated the cramped seating in the room we were in. Next time we will ask for a different table, but I can't wait to go back and sample more of this interesting menu.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile the menu is somewhatWhile the menu is somewhat limited in choices, the choices are not what you would see in most restaurants. The food was very good and the portions were of a good size. The service was good and the wine list has enough choices to make anyone happy.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGo to this restaurantI am a repeat customer. Always excellent food at ZEST. Highly recommended restaurant. All of my friends like this restaurant. I will go back.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFood never disappoints. LovedFood never disappoints. Loved the appetizer and main course. The dessert was outstanding. Our server, while polite and knowledgable, was a bit slow. The evening was probably 30 minutes longer that normal.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI had the Baja Tacos. TheI had the Baja Tacos. The flavor was a llitle bland to me. The side of black beans & toco strips had a nice kick to them.
But I wished I had been able to get the shredded beef sandwich I saw on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.
It might have been available but I forgot to ask the waiter.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic !!! I have beenFantastic !!! I have been telling friends about I t everysence I went there !!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMMy fiance and I wanted toMy fiance and I wanted to check Zest! out because we had seen it on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and were going to be in the area. The food was amazing; I had the award-winning 3-napkin burger and it was probably one of the best burgers I've had in a while. My fiance had the Baja Tacos and also said she enjoyed them. After jokingly asking if we could meet Guy Fieri, we were actually able to meet head chef Valare. Very nice lady and it was cool getting to talk with her for a few minutes. A little pricier than I normally do, but it was worth it. Great place!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSo much fun and delicious!My sister and I decided to try Zest before a show at Clowes Memorial Hall. Neither of us had tried it before. We arrived and were seated promptly due to the reservation. Each room is very different in the restaurant which makes it neat. My sister ordered their burger and I ordered the shrimp BLT and we both got the mac and cheese. All of our food was delicious. The Mac and Cheese is outstanding! GET IT! We then got dessert and we ordered the S'Mores. This is also a very fun and enjoyable dessert that we highly recommend! We both would go back in a second! Thanks!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMwork on the bloody maryVisited Zest for lunch. Great atmosphere, service and food - pom frites, fish tacos and veggie burger. The margaritas were surprisingly tasty, however the Bloody Mary was rather bland and watery lacking the "punch" expected - it would have benefited by adding at least a celery stick and rimming the glass with some interesting spices. Don't want to dis the restaurant over one marginal cocktail, but given how well everything else was presented, it made an impression. And we'll be back.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe all ordered the grilledWe all ordered the grilled wedge salad, made with romaine instead of iceberg. It had a wonderful smoky flavor. I had the "fried" chicken entree with rosemary polenta. The chicken was very tender and flavorful, and I liked the subtle rosemary flavor of the polenta. It was our first trip to this restaurant, and we will definitely return.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWent wo this restaurant forWent wo this restaurant for the first time with my vegan daugther. Food was very good, lots of options for all. We will be back.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMCutt ing Edge CocktailsFantastic, original,unique and beautiful cocktails.There were three of us and the most outstanding choice was the short ribs with the tacos a delicious second. We were surprised that with the "Best Burger in Indy" as a choice, that they won't prepare it to medium-rare.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMZest menu is very creative.Zest menu is very creative. It is typical of the type of dishes you see at many restaurants in Chicago. The menu is very large so everyone can find something. I like the small/medium plate type menus so everyone can share. The waiter told me they are known for their breakfast so I will come back soon.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAtmosphere was relaxed andAtmosphere was relaxed and comfortable for evening dining. Service was friendly and efficient. Would definitely return to try other dishes. Meals were reasonably priced.Extensive "spirits" and wine list!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed our dining experience.Enjoyed our dining experience. Excellent service with interesting options.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMA must-go-to for everyone!Our whole party was VERY pleased with this find! I have (and will continue to) shared with everyone, and we are already making plans to come back again! Very unique menu items that were all delicious, this was a one-of-a-kind dining experience!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMDined on a Thursday night,Dined on a Thursday night, service was friendly and attentive. Food was fresh and timely served. Highly recommend the braised goat cheese appetizer and the sea salt caramel brownies.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM