Zest - Water Beach Club Hotel
Zest - Water Beach Club Hotel

Zest - Water Beach Club Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.waterbeachhotel.com/zest.php
  • Phone: 7877283666
  • Hours of Operation:
    open daily 6pm-10pm Friday and Saturday 6pm-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Puerto Rican, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Raul Correa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wine
  • Special Events: After dinner you can enjoy our famous rooftop lounge MIst.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking when you have dinner at Zest.
A word from Zest - Water Beach Club Hotel
Welcome to Zest, an avant-garde culinary experience that takes you beneath the waves with special visual effects including dancing ripples on the walls, an ocean surface simulation on the ceiling, illuminated floors, and a cascading waterfall by the bar. Zest, located on the hotel's lobby level, welcomes guests with an amazing sub-aquatic atmosphere and "modern-latino cuisine" menu featuring sustainability-sourced ingredients. A feast for all senses, Executive Chef Raul Correa, has a unique style of cooking which embraces sensory & food science, as he infuses each dish with a distinct scent meant to stimulate every sense. It’s local, it’s innovative, and it’s absolutely delicious.
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Zest - Water Beach Club Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.9
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)romantic (8)special occasion (8)hot spot (7)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Amazing food!!
    Scuevaa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I went for a Bridal Shower, a group for 8, and it was perfect! The chef took the time to come to the table and he made everything beautiful and yummy!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zesty!
    enoel12
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My husband and I went here on our honeymoon. Servers were very attentive and helpful. The food overall was quite good - it is experimental though so if you're looking for a simple meat-and-potatos meal this is not the place for you. We were feeling adventurous and enjoyed trying something new. We had the ceasar salad and popcorn soup to start - both were delicious. The popcorn soup is definitely kind of "out there" but really yummy. We then had the sea bass and pork cheeks for entrees. Sea bass was perfectly cooked and really yummy piece of fish, but the eggplant foam on the side was just ok. The pork cheeks were SO GOOD. Desserts were yummy as well. The ambiance is funky and nightclub-esque, fun for a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Valerie was a very competent server happy to tell us all about the menus specialties. Personable and made the dinner special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Northeasterndad
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My family and I booked via open table and we were amazed. The food was incredible. Our server (Valerie I believe) was very knowledgeable and the service was first rate. The appetizers were incredible expecially the clam chowder croquettes. All of the entrees were great but a real standout was the fettucini with truffles, crab etc. Amazing. Pricing was fair for the area (resorts) Five stars
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome from start to finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was amazing, wait staff was terrific . Couldn't ask for better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    kevinpr
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was very interesting. Service was great. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Danny
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Excellent food, outstanding service and great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Nolelander
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food and a cool vibe. Don't miss the rooftop bar after dinner for a fantastic view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Zest - Water Beach Club Hotel reviews archive.
  • Fab find
    BeaWNY
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The staff was wonderful and not overbearing. The food was superb...very fresh and carefully prepared. Presentation was unique. All diners near me were very pleased with their selections. Check out the rooftop bar after dinner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing !!!
    Dreamteampr
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Oustanding !!!! Creative fusions, great taste , presentation ! Perfect , Top three Restaurant in PR, bucket list
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I appreciate the vegetarian options. The grilled watermelon was too large for an appetizer. The cous cous was great. The variety of the menu will encourage all to try this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in San Juan
    TastingTravel
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our server, Edgar, was wonderful - prompt, informative, and polite. The food arrived quickly and was the best meal I had in San Juan. All meals in my 4-person party were prepared to perfection. The atmosphere is modern (Parallels Miami) yet comfortable. I highly recommend this restaurant to foodies, tourists, and everyone in between. ¡Buen provecho!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative chef!
    YolyVargas
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Loved our dinner at Zest! Everyone enjoyed their very creative meals. Good atmosphere and ambiance. Go up to their top terrace to also enjoy their sister restaurant Mist! Try the arroz con pollo! Delicious!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulously Delicious
    Nionene69
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Wee stayed at the San Juan Water Beach Club during our stay in Puerto Rico. We ate breakfast there one morning and dinner there two evenings. The menu has a little bit of everything. Land to sea it's all an option. Every dish we tasted was yummy. From the grilled pulpo appetizer to the red snapper to the pork cheeks to the lobster tail. Everything was perfectly prepared. The wine menu has a lot of choices also. The staff in the restaurant were also very attentive and catered to our needs expeditiously. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great innovative cuisine!
    erich48VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    What a great find! We were just in San Juan for the night staying ½ mile from this place. It is situated in the Waterfront Beach Club Hotel, but is not your standard hotel restaurant. The food was very innovative, but most importantly delicious. My wife and I shared the popcorn soup, served in a brandy snifter, with a wonderful warm rich soup poured over what I think was whipped cream - very decadent. I followed this with the "Pulpo" and the short ribs - both very tasty and beautifully presented. A small but interesting wine selection provided enough variety to match the meal. Will return on our next visit to San Juan.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice find
    SheriT
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The restaurant itself was a little hard to find....for the GPS. We found it on Open Table the reviews looked good, it was close to where we were staying so we decided to give it a try. The reviews RAVED about the popcorn soup....I wouldn't get it again. It wasn't bad...definitely different but way to salty for me (I know-popcorn). It has the sweet/salty thing going on with hot liquid on the bottom and cooler "cream on top". We were told to tip the vessel and "mix". We had the fish which was tasty but the portions are very small for the $$ with no salad or side.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too much salt!
    Jean24VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had a dinner there on a Sunday night at 9pm and the restaurant was dead. We were the only patrons. There was seven of us and we decided to order a bunch of dishes to share. The popcorn soup was good but really rich. The best dishes were the ceviche and the seabass. We ordered a seafood pagao and it was soooooo salty!! The bowl was small and after all seven of us tried it, there was still over half of it left. Then everything else we ordered was pretty mediocre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant is absolutely
    Kristi
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This restaurant is absolutely amazing. It is visually beautiful and the staff is very friendly and professional. But the food is some of the best you will find anywhere. It is creative and beautiful, not fitting in anyone's box. The chef, Raul Correa. is a master of his art; and a lovely person to boot. I enjoyed every bit of my experience here. You MUST have the Popcorn soup and the Sea bass, but everything else I tasted was great as well. The layering of flavors is unparalleled. It is universal food with a Puerto Rican flare. I PROMISE you will enjoy. And go ahead and order ALL of the desserts; It will be made tableside by one of the chefs and is not just visually stunning, but absolutely delicious. And they will pair your wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely pleased
    ChatVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were delighted to dine at Zest. It's one of the most creative dinners we've ever had. Popcorn soup is a must. Sea bass and pork cheeks were excellent entrees. And the goat cheesecake in mango soup is not overwhelming. Service was efficient and very friendly. What a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food with Local Flair!
    Maverick
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We ate twice at Zest during our recent 5-night stay in the Isla Verde neighborhood. After a delightful first meal, we chose to return for our anniversary dinner three nights later. The food was excellent, featuring strong local influence but excellent and imaginative preparation and presentation. The service was impeccable, and the atmosphere pleasant. Prices were reasonable for high-caliber dining. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Try the Popcorn Soup!!!
    Kirsten527VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    This place is amazing, especially if you happen to be a vegetarian since vegetarian food is hard to come by in Puerto Rico. This place has both a non-vegetarian and a vegetarian menu so everyone can find something. The popcorn soup with truffle powder is seriously the best thing I've ever eaten in my entire life. The presentation of it is just as amazing. I went to Zest two nights in a row because the soup was that good and I wanted more. I would come back to San Juan just to have it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and amazing service
    CHI012VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Amazing food - very creative. Staff was very friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Hotel Restaurant
    StistVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A hip, trendy restuarant in a cool San Juan hotel. Good service, excellent coktails and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Matos
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great restaurant in San Juan if you are not looking for typical Spanish food. The Chef takes traditional dishes and changes them to another level without taking out the flavors of Puerto Rico. A bit expensive, but if you are looking for a nice night out this is the place to go. Drinks are awesome!! Afterwards go upstairs to their rooftop lounge for music, dancing and a great view of San Juan at night.. Restaurant is inside of the Water Beach Club Hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rated #1 in Isla Verde for a REason
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We all had tasting menus (portion sizes are full size/not tasting menu size) so come HUNGRY. The seafood was perfectly cooked with wonderful flavor profiles. The donuts and lava cake to end the meal to die for. The service excellent. Eat here every time we are in Puerto Rico
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  • Go Here
    ToughGraderVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I highly recommend this restaurant. The food was unique, very flavorful and presented beautifully. The service was first rate. Our server, Argelia, was excellent - she knew the food and made spot-on recommendations. I look forward to a return visit next time I am in San Juan. The place has a bit of an odd-ball look, but it grows on you. Do yourself a favor and go there for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a horrible restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    This was a horrible restaurant. The fod was very poor quality and awful taste. Very bland. I ordered the carbonara and it had no flavor. They then brought pork cheeks and again al I tasted was smoke flavored sauce. Please take them off open table as a destination.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stylish and good
    vanderfoodVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    very modern look, effective service and elegant dining. main dishes were all good from a diverse menu selection (incl vegetarian). appropriate wine list. deserts were fine, but less interesting than main dishes and appetizers. decor is hip and felt like a place in Miami, with many younger (affluent) patrons. valet parking after validation is nice touch for an out of the way location near San Juan.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Happy
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I really enjoyed dinner. Sea bass was really very tasty! Snapper also really good, HOWEVER I though portion size was small the Caesar salad was way too small. You got to this type of restaraunt and expect an expensive meal but you don't want to leave hungry....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Not the greatest locations, but the food was incredible. My wife had the sea bass and I had the pork cheeks. Both highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Wanabee Bust
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Everything in the place from the decor to the service to the food, tries to create the impression that thisus a gem for today's foodie culture. Unfortunately, it falls short on all levels. The decor is pretentious and done on "the cheap", the service is friendly but deadly slow and staffed w/young people that genuinely know little about food and wine, and the food is loaded with lots of different ingredients that mostly don't work well together--a senseless mixture of flavors, often over-flavored (too salty or too bland), plated pretentiously w/second tier quality ingredients.
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  • Poor Service....long wait time...
    IllaVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Was not impressed at all! Met some friends for dinner having had the hotel in San Juan recommend the restaurant. Once we ordered a glass of wine....we were never asked again if we would like another.?? Explained to our server that one of the guests was having two appetizers for their dinner so to bring it with the other entrees. Of course, the two appetizers came out first. Had to physically find the server to explain the problem. One of the appetizers was cold so it just sat there, the other was taken back, When finally the food arrived, the hot appetizer was overcooked. Ugh!!! A fairly lousy night out!!. Never going back there again. Too many really good restaurants in San Juan area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic
    NormanFoodie
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Great special date restaurant or perfect or a great day
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best dinner spot in Isla Verde
    Penny
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Wow! Our dinner was spectacular ... from the ambience through the dessert! Every moment in Zest was to be remembered. The food was outstanding and really, really invent. I recommend the tuna tartare starter and the sea bass main course. You will be wowed and want to lick the plate. Zest is a MUST GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pick!!!
    dpiece25
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Some of the best food I have ever had! Everything was amazing! I especially loved the casear salad. I loved the ambience and felt like I was under water...in a good way. The service was fantastic! I would reccommend this resturant to anyone going to PR.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding seafood and ambience
    HetalVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    The ambience was beautiful chic as soon as u walk into the front door of the hotel. Very chic and modern look and feel. That was just the beginning! I had the snapper which was great. My wife had the sea bass which was out of thos world! I could not wait to polish off her plate when she was done and i usually dont like sea bass. The eggplant puree sauce was amazing! If i had another night in puerto rico, then i would have went back for more sea bass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was creative, innovative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food was creative, innovative and delicious. Service was excellent. The ambience was trendy and elegant. I highly recommend this restaurant for an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting food
    gracie
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The food was very creative and the atmoshere was ameniable to quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An enjoyable experience
    PrbayVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    What an enjoyable dinner. Innovative and delicious meal. Have donuts with basil ice cream for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Among the Best in San Juan Area
    BruceNYCVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    When i'm in Puerto Rico I eat out alot. My frequent restaurants are among OpenTables "Diners Choice". Zest stands out among the best. I can say that Chef Raul Correa sure knows how to cook. The nightly special "Thin Top-cut Rib Eye, Rolled & Roasted" was excellent as was the menu item Pork Cheeks. Dont miss this restaurant while your in San Juan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.