Zona Rosa
Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zonarosasj.com/
  • Phone: (408) 275-1411
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm

    Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm

    Brunch: Sat - Sun 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Anna Zamora Pizzo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us to cater your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us to host a private event in our dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Susan Gentile 4086916111

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shasta
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Zona Rosa
Small plate Mexican dining in downtown San Jose"s historic Rose Garden.

Our dishes honor the cookery of Mexico with a focus on masa. The cuisine of Zona Rosa is Mexican but with a twist. Executive Chef, Anna Zamora Pizzo takes the components of an authentic Mexican dish and adds modern flavors and fresh seasonal ingredients. Everything is home-made and made from scratch. We hand press our tortillas using fresh, organic corn masa from La Finca.

We strive to be a farm to table kitchen and whenever possible, we use local and organic meats, poultry & produce as well as sustainable seafood sanctioned by Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.

Zona Rosa features wines, beer and coffee from local vendors including J Lohr, Barefoot Coffee, and Russian River Brewing Company.
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Zona Rosa reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (95)fit for foodies (84)great for outdoor dining (37)great for lunch (27)romantic (24)hot spot (20)great for brunch (19)special occasion (17)kid-friendly (6)good for groups (3)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Our favorite new restaurant
    Myra
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    What a gem! The food is fabulous, and everyone that worked there was happy and nice. Their tortillas are hand pressed and freshly cooked, and all their meats are humanely raised. We went on a Saturday and enjoyed their brunch items as well as tacos and quesadillas. I'm eating gluten free, and they were very accommodating. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing chili relleno
    ilikefood
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The most unique Chili Relleno I have ever eaten! The flavors were amazing. Had the Guacamole with Bacon and Pistachios looking forward to having it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enticing Menu!
    Stella
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a fun spot, with a great menu that serves a variety of mexican dishes with a twist. Definitely a great location for those that enjoy good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and creative drinks!
    Pamela
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I absolutely love this place. The food is phenomenal and creative. Everything that we have tried on the menu is really good. The deep fried avocado.... mmmmmm :) I asked the server to recommend a cocktail and I had the Jonathan (or something like that) and it was one of the best drinks I have had. I'm trying to stay away from carbs so had the Caesar salad with skirt steak and that was really good. It totally exceeded my expectations for something like that. My husband had the appetizer nachos as his dinner and ended up taking half of it home because they were so generous with the portion. The only reason this place doesn't get five stars is because it is *really* loud and the service can be fairly slow. But, the food is worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome food
    kat408VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I tried the guamole with bacon, scallop taco and salmon taco (all recommended by server). Tortilla were homemade and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Went for lunch. Food was great! Service very slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zona Rosa
    usedmedia
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Food was good overall, although pricey and small portions. Appetizer I had was described as "Chicken Mole Tostadas", however there was only a single tiny tostada. Besides that, I was satisfied with my meal but the service was severely lacking. I came during Restaurant Week, but was not shown the special prix fixe menu until I specifically asked for it. I noticed diners around me were not being told about the prix fixe, so I assume management was trying to hide it. It was obvious that they were trying to rush me through my meal by trying to clear my plates while I was still eating. Server asked, "Are you ready for dessert?", and then put the dessert down without waiting for an answer, plus I was still finishing my entree!
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  • Great food, OK service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Come here for the always interesting and delicious food - fresh, healthy upscale Mexican. It is a tiny space popular with the neighborhood crowd, so don't count on getting a table unless you have reservations, and even then you may be crammed into a small space. Service is hurried and the ambience is usually loud, so not a place for a leisurely meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic and amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Made a last minute reservation and were sat outside with the mariachi band and super cramped tables. Within 20 seconds my attitude shifted from "let's just get through this as quickly as possible" to wow let's soak this all in!! Super charming decor, quick, attentive service even at 100% capacity on a Sayurday night. Sample the chips and salsa A- , panko crusted avocado A, and Chimmichiri tacos with fingerlings inside served with tast rancho gordo beans, A. The Palomaesque was a tasty tequila based drink with grapefruit and a spicy rim B+. Music made the night and the whole experience was truly authentic. No corner cutting at Zona Rosa. A lovely evening. A+ Highly recommend if you're looking for a nice night out and great authenticity!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was not our first time dining here and it won't be the last! It's a small little place but the food is delicious with its own unique touches which makes it very different from the usual Mexican food. The servers are very friendly and helpful. This time we had gone after a couple of months and the main server (could be the owner or manager) recognized us and greeted us like a friend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return to Zona Rosa
    Seanchai
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    it has been a few months since I last dined at Zona Rosa, but I was reminded during lunch the other day of what a unique and wonderful gem of a restaurant it is. The service is personal and friendly. The food is great. I had the chile relleno, which is really outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Peetr
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Alsolutely loved it. Food is fantastic. It's tight, cramped even... You need a reservation. But otherwise it's the best little place in the area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    sprinkles
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a great meal - every plate was scrumptious. We went all vegetarian, and the flavors were incredible. The waitstaff was very friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. We can't wait to come back. We had a rare "no kids" night and this place did the unexpected: lived up to our expectations for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    sanjolisaVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    This place is fabulous! Perfectly prepared, authentic mexican cuisine. If you're looking for huge portions of mediocre food, go the Chevys. We started with the guac dressed with pistachios with fresh chips.... so good. For dinner I had the chili relleno stuffed with pork and chorizo - it was to die for, my friend had the blue corn enchiladas which she also said were delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious tacos
    Jrblack
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Some Yelp reviews complained about poor service at Zona Rosa, but we went for an early (6 p.m.) dinner on a weekday and had great service. The restaurant is small and does get busy, and I wouldn't go without a reservation. Some other Yelp reviews complained about the prices and portions, but the portions were fine--just human-sized, instead of super-sized--and the prices were fine for high-quality ingredients and preparation. My salmon tacos and my husband's steak were delicious. We had an appetizer, drinks, two entrees, a side-dish, and dessert, and paid under $100 including tip. We also took home leftovers. Not a budget dining experience and might not be best for small children, but I would go there again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smiles at Zona Rosa
    Eats4me
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    A vert pleasant first experience that exceeded expectations. We were there for lunch on Easter and the service was outstanding. Their horchata ice cream desert is fabulous. My only complaint is that they do not have regular coffee. I enjoyed their coffee to a point, but I prefer black coffee and their coffee is sweetened with a natural fruit, can't remember what and flavored with cinnamon. The desert cried out for some black coffee, but it was all in all a great meal and experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    jasonb
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in the area. Everything we've tried is top-notch and the sangria is too good. Whenever we have a special occasion or guests in town, we make sure that we take them to Zona Rosa. We've tried a lot of different items, and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit.
    Paul
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This time, the restaurant, for being as tiny as it is, was excessively loud. Definitely not a great place for having a conversation. The food this visit was merely ok. The tempura prawn tacos could have used a sauce, as the vinaigrette on the cabbage wasn't sufficient enough to add some much needed flavor and seasoning. The chicken mole enchiladas were very, very bland. Margaritas were still outstanding, the guacamole appetizer was just ok. The bacon should probably be chopped up more and the guac itself tasted like it was just mashed avocados with a little salt. Didn't taste anything else in it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Wasn't sure what 2 expect w/the other reviews but we went w/an open mind & I was beyond pleasantly surprised!! The place is SMALL mayb 22 seats inside & a few less outside (ur on The Alameda 😁). We had a 6:15 reservation & 1/2 way thru dinner people w/out already had 2 wait! Worth checking out if ur craving really good Mexican 👍❤️
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very unprofessional service
    GCGCVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I totally concur with reviews regarding the bad service and the mess of the kitchen staff. The woman seated us was rude, cold, and unprofessional from the start. We were prepared to turn a blind eye until she came back to us 45 mins’ later and asked what we ordered again! She said for some reason the kitchen lost our order ticket and so our food was not being cooked and now we needed to order again so that the kitchen could start to prepare our meal. Are you kidding me? So we were sitting there waiting for 45 mins for nothing?! What makes the situation even worse is her attitude. Throughout the whole process, she didn’t show the slightest hint of apology. We finally cancelled our order and left for another restaurant.
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  • Not a great brunch spot
    luv2wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I've been to this restaurant several times for dinner and the food is usually good and service is usually great. Our servers keep telling us to make it to brunch so we finally tried it. I have to say I was very disappointed. The service was so slow and our server ended up giving our food to the table next to us which made the wait even longer. They took the food back to the kitchen and who knows if they actually remade the food or just put the same thing in the microwave and reserved it to us but my dish came out warm and my husband sandwich looked dried out. For $50, we could have gone to a Chevy's and had more bang for our buck. So disappointed!!
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  • Very nice
    ariesengr
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here. Luckily we had a nice corner table because the restaurant is very crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • don't be afraid to try….
    ciaobella
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    ……..something different. so glad we did! my friend & i decided to leave our comfort zone and order something besides our usual that we get at other mexican restaurants. neither of us was disappointed and we will definitely eat here again….. this is not your typical mexican restaurant so don't expect the food to be prepared the same as you would get it at other places…….the chef's combination and spin on dishes is absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Mexican
    Yumm
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The food is fabulous - authentic Mexican. Small and intimate setting. Very popular - make reservations. Friendly staff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • some hits, some misses
    cucci
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I have confidence Zona Rosa will improve with time. They do so many things well, just need a little polishing. Enchilada sauce was watery & lacking flavor. Tortilla chips greasy this visit & have had them before @ ZR when they were amazingly crispy& greaseless so you have the potential to do them better than anybody. Perhaps fry oil needed changing? Plaintains too green & need to rethink price of drinks. $7 chevelas is HIGH, ditto for margarita or anything on the rocks in that short stem martini glass, Love the look but too small for $9. All ice after two sips. Want ZR to succeed, So many things you do well. I want to come back! Beef tacos, guacamole, shrimp tacos-all.excellent & also the chips when they are spot on. Keep on improving!!
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  • What a wonderful new find
    SCFoodie
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    What a wonderful new find for us -- The food was superb, great flavors. Can't wait to go back to try more items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Food is always fantastic at Zona Rosa San Jose. I love introducing out-of-town guests to the fresh food at ZR. I've tried almost everything on the menu and it's all delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Atmosphere was amazing
    Mike
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    This restaurant is tiny, but their food is huge & speaks for itself. Their drinks are also tasty, and the service was quite good. Definitely an up-and-coming spot on the Alameda!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mexican Food - Organic & Fresh!
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We've been 2 times and we love this place. The food is authentic, while being organic and fresh! The one little thing is that the chips could be way less shiny with grease, please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, small find!
    andreab311
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This might be one of the smallest restaurants I have ever walked into. I highly recommend making a reservation -- it fills up quickly. Everything we had for dinner was absolutely amazing. We had the bacon guacamole, duck enchiladas, and salmon tacos. All were amazing. It is a little tight in the restaurant, but the staff is incredibly friendly. I can't wait to come back and try more goodies!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the fresh ingredients
    Tutu
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Love the fresh ingredients and innovative approach to food from South of the Border, You must get the chips and sauces that are so yummy. This is not a place for a large group - the seating is tight and some of the chairs are not the most comfortable. I would come back here again and again and recommend getting there for the beginning of the dinner service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican Fusion - Wow!
    LovetoEat
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Small neighborhood gem. The food - wow! Never had better mexican food. The cocktails were excellent too. Food presentation was just as good the the food. The restaurant is rather small - 8-10 tables. They are scrunched together, so not a good place for a romantic dinner. We were out in an hour. Overall, very excellent food, but expensive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my first time...
    ChrisP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Love this place. After being unable to get in for dinner on a few nights, now I just go at lunch when it's much quieter. Usually order something different each time, and have yet to be disappointed. Very small place, so get there early!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican food as it should/could be!
    JeninSanJose
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This tiny restaurant is one you could drive by for years and not even notice, but I'm so glad a colleague of mine suggested we meet there for lunch. The food is authentic and very good - they take the time to prepare very tasty, attractively presented meals. Give it a try, I bet you'll be glad you did!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful surprises
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Lots of interesting ingredient combinations that resulted in delicious plates. Try the fried avocados, the chips with 3 salsa, duck enchiladas in mole, Stuffed Chile Relleno, and Tacos with Chorizo and Mole sauce. Plenty more to try out on our next visit. Small dining room is a little cozy, but the service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Very nice experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great food! Very nice experience! I would highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    LuvGoodEats
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    They make extremely tasty dishes which are different than the usual items you find at mexican restaurants. Everyone should experience their Mexican fusion cooking.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lousy execution!
    hungergamesVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We have eaten at Zona Rosa four times in the past 5-6 months. The food has been consistently very good to excellent each time. However, the wait-staff service and the execution of our meals by the kitchen during our three most recent meals have been dreadful. The four of us each order a single main dish. The kitchen can't seem to get four plates of food prepared for one table at the same time. After a long wait for the meals to arrive, the plates come out one or two at a time. Invariably, it's our (by now ravenous and very cranky) kids who get theirs' last. Time between the first person being served and the last can be up to 20 min. Also the wait staff have twice (in four visits) messed up our orders, causing even longer delays.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will be back!
    Jacy
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My husband and I took a friend to lunch right after we picked her up a nearby Diridon Station. We made a reservation in advance which was a plus. All three of us had different dishes and were equally delighted by the fresh ingredients and artful presentation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Align the Food with the Service
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    First of all, I love the food at Zona Rosa. The sauces and masa are to die for and the quality of the meats superb. However, they really, really need to get their act together on the service end. They get one point for seating us right away and setting the table, but they didn't bring menus until after we asked. Also, the waitress was having trouble uncorking our wine and told me it was because I was making her nervous. I would totally recommend this restaurant (and I always do) but I do warn friends that the service is hit or miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.