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Zesta Cucina
Zesta Cucina

Zesta Cucina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zestacucina.com/
  • Phone: (509) 972-2000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Darrin Davis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tieton Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample off street parking. we are located in an old fruit warehouse, and parking is located around the entire building
A word from Zesta Cucina
Since the year 1999, Zesta Cucina has been a very popular Italian Restaurant with influences from all over the world. Catering to small children and with a special menu for the young adult from 11 to 19 years old. Our menu is seasonal and it changes with different regions from Italy. The setting is always service oriented and the restaurant is perfect for families. It's a fun place for friends to gather with a great happy hour and fantastic banquet facilities.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "This place has an extensive gluten free menu. It was nice to see so many choices. We started with the stuffed mushrooms, excellent. The Caesar salad was fresh. The shrimp scampi was ok. The salmon was excellent. They let us sub Alfredo for the starch, very good. Our son had a six cheese pasta, which was good but rich. The place was hopping on a Saturday night. We will definitely be back once we relocate. Our server was gluten free so she was able really knowledgable about that menu."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Zesta's energetic atmosphere can be good, but is just as often irritating. You might find yourself sitting next to a party of 15 people celebrating grandma's birthday or a family with three squirmy food. It can be hard to hear your dinner companions and it sometimes feels rushed. If they could break up the space more effectively so that people who want to relax and linger over the food have a space for doing that, they will have covered it all. The food is very good considering the size of Yakima."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The menu didn't match what we had seen on the website, but there were still plenty of choices. I had the chicken cannelloni and my husband had a steak. The steak was nicely caramelized with Parmesan risotto. The chicken cannelloni came with fresh grilled vegetables. Our sever was attentive, but not overly chatty. You could tell she was more personable with the locals, but she was professional and prompt with out table. The restaurant has charming decorations, especially a collection of glass bauble lights that look like they are from a thrift store, but when put together were simply adorable. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We shopped for a good spot for dinner and found this at the top of the list. It far surpassed our expectations. Excellent service by Meg. Friendly, upbeat, manager on the spot keeping things moving. Loved it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed an excellent dinner along with attentive service. Hard to find good food, good atmosphere, and good service in Yakima and this place has it all. Even my picky 3 & 5 year olds enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Totally enjoyable dinner! Fabulous food and just consistently good time after time. We will be back!!!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food and wonderful service for our family - who ranged in age up to close to 80. The waiter, David, really took time to make sure the older folks had fun. One thing is that parking can be challenging sometimes and I would rate myself as a pretty regular customer."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Brought out-of-town visiting family here. It was incredibly loud, but it was prom night! I know its not usually like that. Food great, ambiance great, server very nice. Thanks, we'll be back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had a great first time experience at Zesta Cucina for my senior prom dinner! Great food and great vibes. The restaurant looked amazing and had friendly welcoming staff. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This was my first time eating at Zesta Cucina and I was pleased in every way. The service provided by our server, David, was absolutely outstanding. He wrote down and then remembered each and every one of our names (party of 15!) and used them all evening long. He went out of his way to engage the kids in the group, too. The food came out fast and hot and was absolutely delicious. Everyone in my group enjoyed the meal. I heard no complaints about anything! The berry cobbler for dessert was a highlight. The owner and manager were on site, which is always a good sign. The restaurant itself is pleasant, clean and inviting. Zesta Cucina is easily one of the best restaurants in Yakima and I will be returning often!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Beautiful ambience, spectacular food, and incredibly friendly and inviting staff. I plan on having every special event there from now on and would advise you do the same, you'll be more than pleased you did!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great dinner as usual! Just love this restaurant! The service is terrific!!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We came to the resteraunt for the WV fundraiser. We sat for at least 15 minutes before acknowledged by someone and that was just for water. We waited for more that 25 minutes before we got to put in a cocktail order. We were not offered a second cocktail until we were done with dinner. The WV youngmen were incredible. They even were helping the waitress. The food was great as usual. Just a bit more attention would of been nice. We got there way before the huge crowd for this event. The wait for dinner for us and the other tables was not too long at all. Kudos to the kitchen.Our waitress was super plesant"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Love the food. Love the atmosphere. Love the service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I had the beat service as Zesta! I have dinned at several 5star restaurants and this is high on the list. I would recommend Zesta to friends, family, and Yakima Valley visitors. Our server, David was delightful, energetic, and well organized, he did an outstanding job!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I love this place. Food is always great, service is great and the place is always decorated well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "we have been eating at Zesta since they opens and find that you can never go wrong. The food is great and the service is personal."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "In a town where the food (and the service, for that matter) can vary from excellent to downright insulting - even at the same restaurant from night to night, Zesta has never undercut our expectations for great food. It's the one place in town we know we can go and the food will always be top notch. The secret of course, is no secret at all - hire great chefs and treat them to keep them. I don't know how the chefs are treated there, but it's apparent that the food is not prepared by busboys or dishwashers as is one or more of the local popular restaurants. From presentation to temperature (never cold when it should be hot) to tableware, it's consistantly very, very good. The wait staff can be odd occassionally, but last night it was perfect."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Zesta Cuccina is a great place to celebrate the new year! It's decorated wonderfully. The food is exceptional and the service has always been over the top. Our favorite place to go when we have something to celebrate or just want exceptional food for lunch or dinner. It can be very noisy at times with a lot of people celebrating."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I have favorite dishes at Zesta Cucina. The Foccacia Cambozola is delicious, the chicken ravioli is the best in town. The salads are fresh and light and the décor makes for a festive and cozy dining experience. It gets a little loud for us but the food is worth it and the service is exceptional!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Love it here! The food is great, the service is wonderful and its so pretty in there. Will absolutely be back. Thanks!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We took a guest with us for dinner. It was great as usual. They food was very good. We had diver scallops and dungeness crab parpardelle as entrees w/ their chowder as a starter. Our server was excellent. Her knowledge of the menu was perfect and she was always there to attend to our needs."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Food was excellent. The restaurant was busy enough that the server had problems keeping up with the load. Server was friendly and nice but seemed hurried and flustered. Service could have bee a lot better."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We had hoped for a pleasant dinner out with just immediate famiy before the Thanksgiving Day dinner the next day with the extended family. I picked "energetic" for noise level but it was more like frenetic. While the food was exellent the noise level in the resturant was to the point we couldn't really converse with each other and felt like we were in a sports stadium what with the roar of the crowd. Great food but the venue needs to work on acoustic logistics. Too pricey to not be able to talk with the people you came to have dinner with."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Food was incredible, what a surprise. The sauces for all the dishes were divine! From the starters (calamari, stuffed mushrooms), salads, steaks, scallops, pasta and dessert-pretty. Some of the very best food in all of Yakima. Everything was presented artfully. Portions were generous, so the moderate prices are justified. Vibrant spot, noise level tends to be 'energetic', so a quiet dinner may be a challenge weekend evenings. Service was amazing, we wanted for nothing. They predicted everything we needed or would need before we asked for it. Lovely decorations of hanging glass lanterns, warm and inviting, artfully presented and I personally loved the white lights on the tree branches-a food wonderland for all senses!"
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We chose Zesta Cucina for our anniversary and had a great experience. The menu was varied and specials all looked great. We ordered the Chicken Parmegian and the Chicken Vodka Pasta. Both were excellent prepared and served. I will definetly be back next time we are in Yakima."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Loved it for my homecoming dinner lots of people but yet it felt like we were on our own it was just us and the servers it was really great I will defenatly be using this place for dance dinners or just going out prices were good I did not mind the expenses it was worth for the food you get"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Zesta Cucina is my go to restaurant for out of town visitors. They love seeing what Yakima dining is like with thefun ambience, fabulous food and wonderful wine at Zesta. And I love to share it with them. Thank you Zesta for being the best!"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Great experience. David is an excelent waiter! Will be back."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "In the past couple of years the food at Zesta Cucina has improved tremendously. Good selection of entrees and a nice range of price points. We had the scallops which were absolutely amazing, but had a difficult time making a choice as so many items sounded great. From past experience the crab cakes are wonderful as well. The sauces and accompaniments really enhance the flavors of the main ingredients. It's still noisy but worth putting up with for the food."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Who knew Yakima would have such a wonderful restaurant. The cannelloni was so delicious I may never be able to order it anywhere else."
    Dined on 7/1/2013
  • "What a pleasant surprise to find this kind of food/service/ambience in the middle of Washington. The staff was very helpful, from giving directions to making recommendations."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "We were traveling through and relying on previous reviews, chose this restaurant. Food was very good, very substantial portions. Service was exceptional. Waitress became a friend. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "Great food, great drinks, great staff. Be back again and again."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "I have always liked Zesta Cucina and would / will always recommend it. However this last time I was there I was very disappointed as my special requests were not taken into consideration. I had asked for a nice quiet spot within the restaurant for our special night out, however we put next to a table with a kid (a group of people) and by the door in which other customers where smoking outside and we subject to their 2nd hand smoke."
    Dined on 3/4/2013
  • "Absolutely loved the food and the service! Very pleasantly surprised."
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "Valentine's day dinner was great. I was just visiting the Yakima area for the week on business and looking for a decent restaurant to have dinner with a few co-workers. The food was delicious and ambiance was amazing."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "When we come to Yakima, this is where we go! The wait staff is wonderful and the owner Lucio is great. The food is always terrific and a fabulous selection. We will be back again!"
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "As usual Zesta exceeded our expectations, we try a different entree everytime we are here and is very good everytime. Recommended for special occasions or just to have really good food"
    Dined on 12/29/2012
  • "Absolutely fantastic food. Service was impeccable(sp?) Will be going back again and again. Food was brought almost too fast but better than alternative."
    Dined on 12/27/2012