Zesta Cucina
Zesta Cucina

Zesta Cucina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zestacucina.com/
  • Phone: 5099722000x
  • 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, Northwest, 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, Private Room, 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Zesta Cucina reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (9)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (7)neighborhood gem (7)romantic (6)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Most delicious halibut ever!
    Elisabeth
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The hostess, Erika, seated us immediately and she made us feel so important and special. Absolutely wonderful evening. They had lots of homecoming kids coming and they put them upstairs-great idea to let the rest of the resturaunt be for couples and families. It is a perfect place to celebrate lifes best occassions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty much sameo sameo
    foofaholic
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Has been a couple of years since we ate there last. Over the years we have eaten there several times and, in my opinion it wasn't a satisfactory experience. It's probably as good as you can get in Yakima, which isn't saying much. The service was good, the food was ok, sitting near the bar is detracting especially if a sports event is on TV. Ask for a back booth on the inside wall.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    Suz98
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Megan was our server and was absolutely wonderful!!! The food was incredible! Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian Done American
    Food4life
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was quite good, however not that authentic. Our group was looking to enjoy a Digestif after our meal and the restaurant does not carry any thing of the sort. I ordered a French 75 before dinner, and it was so awful I couldn't drink it, they also do not carry any Rye. If you are looking for a more complete Italian or general dining experience for that matter this is probably not the place. Again, the dishes were good and the service great, but their bar and bartenders are something I would like to see them improve upon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yakima gem
    MikkiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Must be the best or one of best in yakima the atmosphere of lights made u feel as tho u were in a special place despite what looked like a warehouse inside. Food presentation n quality are outstanding. What a terrific find n experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Had business lunch at Zesta Cucina. Everything was very nice. Only issue was a shrimp taco was ordered and it came as fish taco. But still delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food doesn't disappoint
    foodielover
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but noisy
    pickyeater
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local and Quaint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprising find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time& food!
    GoodEats75
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 56 reviews are from the Zesta Cucina reviews archive.
  • Yummy!
    GourmandVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Totally enjoyable dinner! Fabulous food and just consistently good time after time. We will be back!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family dinner
    YakimaNative
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    2RedStars
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    WendyBoo03
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding in every way
    David
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Made My Birthday Even Better
    Rosa
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    GourmandVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great dinner as usual! Just love this restaurant! The service is terrific!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We came to the resteraunt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite place to eat
    zestafan1
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Love the food. Love the atmosphere. Love the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had the beat service as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Elsherono
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best in town
    cody
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always spot-on
    Picky
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Years Eve
    Foodie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    CMag
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    Josi
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Love it here! The food is great, the service is wonderful and its so pretty in there. Will absolutely be back. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and Great Service!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flustered waiter
    downthestreet
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisey!!
    table42
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service & atmospher
    VinL
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Zesta Cucina! Bueno!!!
    JimsEats
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DINNER
    Pacotaco2
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrate with visitors
    funinYak
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience. David is
    dinnerdiner
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Great experience. David is an excelent waiter! Will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • much improved!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    Who knew Yakima would have such a wonderful restaurant. The cannelloni was so delicious I may never be able to order it anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a pleasant surprise to
    33yrrestaurantguyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    TomandMaggie
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rare gem in a small city
    nikki86
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Great food, great drinks, great staff. Be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.