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ZZest Market & Cafe
ZZest Market & Cafe

ZZest Market & Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zzestmarket.com
  • Phone: (507) 424-0080
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm


    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Eric Pater
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: You can pick up, or we can deliver, platters ready to serve and to be enjoyed by friends and family. From artfully presented cheese boards to savory charcuterie plates that can just be set out in advance, how easy is that?! Pasta salads, fresh mozzarella, smoked salmon, pork sliders will keep your guests happy all evening.

    Contact LeeAnn@ZZestmarket for details

  • Private Party Facilities: Rent ZZest for your private party on Sunday or Monday nights. We can seat 50 people, or, have a casual cocktail party for 75.
  • Private Party Contact: LeeAnn (507) 424-0080
  • Special Events & Promotions: Here's the calendar:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Apache Dr. SW
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free front door parking.
A word from ZZest Market & Cafe
At ZZest we feature products that are small batch, artisan created, and handmade following traditional family methods. We source local farm raised ingredients as often as possible, fly in fresh seafood from the coasts, and fully utilize the ingredients that are at their seasonal best.

Our Cafe is small, and, it is very, very casual (just like the rest of our store) -- the focus is on the food. We do take a few dinner reservations but we save most of the tables for walk in, just to keep it relaxed. So put on your favorite jeans and a comfortable sweatshirt and enjoy an elegant meal without having to count the silverware. And yes, we do have real waitresses and even bathrooms.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "We tried the chef's choice menu and it was great. We never ate sweetbreads before but found them very palatable. A great dining adventure!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was amazing. The wait staff was very attentive. The ambiance is very unique, definitely one of our new favorites."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Nothing compared to ZZest! The unique pairing of flavors always amazes me. Don't skip dessert - it's always good!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great outdoor place to eat. Food is excellent - perhaps the best in Rochester. Menu changes frequently -but the favorite standbys (e.g.scallops) always seem to be there."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The meat and cheese trays are a hit with us....so many choices for both and served with fantastic tasting baguettes, nuts, dried fruits and a surprise chutney/jelly that is always spot on! Special entree this evening was a lobster roll (tons of lobster on this one!) and the halibut prepared with asparagus and swiss chard. Overall an excellent dinner! Wish they'd kick up their wine list a notch or two."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First time trying ZZest, but it definitely won't be the last - we have found our new favorite restaurant in Rochester!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you're weary of chains and "family" restaurants, then try ZZest. It's the most unique and special, and delicious, food in Southern Minnesota. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great meal! However, the restaurant did not know we had made a reservation. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is a small but cool place. It's like dining at an open market, or if Whole Foods served dinner in their cheese department, this is how it would go. We stuck with the cheese, dried meats, and eclectic menu items like the lentil cake, which were all good. Desert was good, as well. The only negative was the guy who is either the owner or manager was hovering around by desert making longing eyes to reclaim our table. I didn't think that was fair since we were there for only two hours and our check was over $250.00. And for that reason only, I will think twice before going back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Incredible incredible food. We were visiting from Scottsdale Arizona. We are recommended to eat here by a local. We were not disappointed. The pulled mozzarella with some of the best I've had in my life. We had the bread dish with dipping oils as well. They were incredible. We also got the roasted beet salad which was out of this world. The entrées were fantastic. We had a fish dish as well as a chicken dish. Finally, we had dessert and pressed coffee. We have excellent restaurants in Scottsdale, but ZZest is as good as any of them. They opened up shop in Scottsdale, they would be packed with lines out the door. I will eat here on every trip to Rochester."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I've been coming to ZZest for several years and only just learned that they are now on OpenTable. The food is exquisite and prepared in unique and tasteful ways! The atmosphere is casual and friendly, you can even buy "a round for the kitchen" right from the menu. The cheese and meat boards are phenomenal and come with nuts, dried fruits, bread and chutney. The flavors blend very nicely. Just wish the wine list were worthy of these boards! The main entrees are uniquely prepared with ingredients from sustainable & organic sources as listed on their menus. Can't wait for the patio to open so that we can enjoy the fresh pizza prepared with their pizza ovens on the premises! "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Excellent food as always, served with a personal touch. My favorite place in town for sure, beats out many in the big city."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A unique experience including an outstanding selection of cheeses and entrees. This is the place to try something different with the knowledge that the blend of flavors will be perfect."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I took my wife out for her birthday, and it was a wonderful experience. The staff is nothing short of passionate, knowing all the little details of the food and it's characteristics. Their personalities really shined, and it was a comfortable, pampered experience where we had nothing but time to spend enjoying our time together and the delicious food."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My 25 year old daughter and I were really looking forward to our weeknight dinner here! I think it was an off night because the menu didn't offer the variety that it usually does. My daughter opted for the Adventurer's Meal which basically is whatever the chef concocts; she was very happy with all 4 dishes that were offered, especially the dessert that consisted of a combination of chocolate ice cream and flavored olive oil and, I think, caramel with sea salt. My main entree, some type of filled ravioli was bland, not the typical excellent Zzest entree. Eating utensils had to be asked for and the dessert (final 4th dish) came before the 3rd dish. Service & food typically excellent, so again, I think it was just an off night . . ."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I think that every member of the staff asked us how our experience was and if there was anything else we needed. That was refreshing considering the experience was already quite nice with delicious, unique foods and well-mixed drinks. I will certainly be returning."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We had heard so many good things about this place so had to try it out. Best meal we have had in a long time. Real fresh artisan food. Every bite was mouthwatering. It is a small place great for couples or groups of 4. We arrived early which allowed us to chat with the service staff to get recommendations on the menu items. The menu changes so you have to keep going back to try more. This is our new fav place to dine!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We had a great night there. Food and service were fabulous as usual. Love the popcorn."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Took my wife to ZZ Zest last weekend for dinner. Have never eaten there before but had purchased items from their in store food market. Food was very good. Menu is rather limited and I would not recommend this place for kids or for those who are not interested in trying something different. The French bread is awesome! The pasta dish I had was also very good. My wife had melt in your mouth scallops but they were on some rather spicy potatoes. Crime brûlée was very good as well. Nothing spectacular but overall a very nice place to eat for something different. Prices are not cheap. Dinner for two without liquor and we shared the creme brulee was nearly 80 dollars."
    Dined on 12/27/2013