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Zanzibar

4.6
4.6
400 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar

Seven stories up and a world away above Austin, Zanzibar is an escape from the everyday – a lush tropical restaurant terrace and pool oasis with stunning views of downtown Austin, but a restaurant experience that couldn’t be further from it. Serving up Tiki cocktails and island inspired bites, discover good times for every taste – whether in high spirits or looking to lay low – Zanzibar always happens to be happening.

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Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 2:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (737) 787-6969

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    From soirees to special events, our open-air terrace and covered event deck provide an intimate space to celebrate the good times. We have some of the best views and one of the most talked about new spaces in downtown Austin. Let us provide the perfect backdrop to your next socially-safe event.

  • Private party contact

    Charles North : (877) 425-9084

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Cesar Chavez & San Jacinto

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 400 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Austin

    Good for Groups

  • Austin

    Scenic View

  • Austin

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Austin

    Good for Groups

  • Austin

    Scenic View

  • Austin

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. MR

    MimiR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food2service3ambience5

    Good menu is very limited and not great for its price I guess you pay for the experience.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a small baby shower lunch for with some girlfriends and had an AMAZING time, I cannot thank the staff enough for being so accommodating. They absolutely made my day I felt so special. Drinks were amazing, even the non-alcoholic drink was delicious. Food was great must try the duck egg rolls, probably my favorite. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone, it was worth booking so far in advance. I just cannot say enough good things about my time there. 10/10!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best rooftop bars/restaurants in Austin! Love the Zanzibar theme and the food and drinks are fabulous

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Service was horrible. We were seated and our drink order took 20 minutes and then after another 25 we had to actually ask our waiter to take our order.

  5. FA

    FortuneA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Amazing views! The rooftop at Zanzibar is such a vibe! Will definitely return!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    I made this reservation weeks in advance and felt like we got put at the “walk in” table with no shade and right next to the waitstaff area. Wait or only checked in on us once, could have been more attentive.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very cool rooftop vibe! Libations were served in fun glassware and very yummy! Service was great also! Food 4/5 ⭐️

  8. ZD

    ZacharyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It was our first time at Zanzibar and it was very worth booking online. Great cocktails and awesome atmosphere. Will be going back.

  9. m

    michelleb

    Austin

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Extremely casual and a club environment with loud music and overcrowding. Food is ok and the drinks are decent but over priced. Not ideal for date night or for dinner. Very much a drink and small bites place with a large crowd

  10. ER

    EdgarR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5

    Very cute place. Service, food, and drinks could be better.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Please just be aware this place is a tourist trap. We are local and of course saw it all over insta so went for my fiancé’s birthday and the bill was over $400 for 6 people, two of which didn’t order food. Yes a lot of drinks were ordered but The waiter built in gratuity as a “service charge”, and didn’t tell me when he handed me the bill, so then I accidentally ended up tipping on top of that total amount and have since needed to call the hotel, get an itemized receipt due to suspicion, noticed this problem, and request for a refund of the second tip amount. During our time at Zanzibar we had to call the waiter over to our table almost every time to get refills, so my fiancé did not even feel that a full 20% tip was even appropriate for the level of service we received. But with the “service charge” we didn’t have a choice, and like I said weren’t even told. We also had been told by our server at the beginning that we could get up and walk around the rooftop to see the sights only to then be scolded by another waiter because we had put our drinks down briefly on a different table in another area and him say under his breath to us “now I have to wipe down this table again”. I understand it’s not fun catering to tourists 24/7. I get it, I was born in Austin and the constant insta and bachelorette tourists get under my skin too, but the price point here with the complete lackadaisical level of service and then also including gratuity without ever mentioning it, I think is all just a recipe for taking advantage of people.

  12. VP

    VictoriaP

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Fast and friendly service! Everything was beautiful and it's a great view of downtown. The food was tasty with the exception of the salsa. It was good but more of a fruit salad then an actual salsa.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Nice atmosphere but extremely expensive and small drinks $15 and my drink was in a tiny champagne glass

  14. d

    davidl

    Portland

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We stopped by for drinks last night. Did not have any food. Fun atmosphere. Comfortable chairs. Great waitstaff. Mai tais and Manhattans were outstanding. Shout out to Jarvis for taking great care of us!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    Ambiance was amazing but food and cocktails left something to be desired

  16. K

    Keke

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The manager was so nice and took care of us very well. Our waitress kind of was slacking. The food was very fresh. Would eat before I go next time as I didn’t know they only served apps.

  17. JF

    JohnF

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view great service excellent food and drinks!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the ambiance and relaxing atmosphere. Best mojito I’ve had in a while too!

  19. T

    Tiff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome service, views, food, and drinks. Highly recommend!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    Food was okay it was like warm and not hot.. drinks were not good.. but our waiter was awesome! It was pouring raining so it just may have been a bad day.

  21. D

    Danielle

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food2service4ambience5

    We enjoyed 3 different specialty cocktails all of which were good. Did not order food because a friend had the food before and said it wasn’t very good. Nice spot for a cocktail though! Good service and atmosphere.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time here and we loved it. We went to Austin to celebrate our 10 yr wedding anniversary. This place was so pretty. Food was good and the ambiance was perfect. After we ate we just relaxed with a couple of drinks enjoying the music and view. I will definitely be going back when in Austin

  23. SL

    SL14

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent service, waitress new her stuff. Atmosphere fun and a great view. The drinks came in these fun glasses. Worth a visit.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my third time at Zanzibar and every experience has been better than the last! I am currently on crutches with a broken foot, and the original table the host was going to seat me and my guest was a high top. They made accommodations for me on the spot and made sure I was completely comfortable. Additionally, the food was delicious and our server made the perfect recommendations for us. Love this place!

  25. SW

    ShariW

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4

    Service was good. Host were not friendly. Definitely a rough start. Drinks were good, food was ok....

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great place to unwind after long day exploring Austin. Cool, exclusive, intimate atmosphere, great view, good quality & variety of food and service was attentive & helpful. We had duck egg rolls, pineapple salsa & kahuna burger to share. All good but kahuna burger was our favorite!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5

    When we arrived, there was hair all over our chairs and eating space.. they had to come and clean it off. The first round of drinks were not good.. they did improve once we sent them back. All food orders had no flavor.. accept for the burger (that was really good). There was a nice gentleman that helped is with the birthday cake. Our waitress was also very VERY nice!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Not a lot of food options. Which is fine just not a dinner place! Great place for drinks and hanging out!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Management insists they are pursuing a lounge concept which means mandatory sitting for 90% of the bar (unless you are at one of three cabanas). We had a big group (you’d think they’d appreciate the business). In a group our size people wanted to visit with each other - some folks hadn’t seen each other in months. No matter. We were told constantly to sit down in accordance with their “lounge concept.” Maybe start with a “basic courtesy concept”.

  30. HG

    HannahG

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second time going with girlfriends and we always have amazing service from the hostess to the waiter! Everyone is so friendly, the atmosphere is beautiful and the specialty drinks are good and strong! Highly recommend!

  31. LH

    LisaH

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Drinks were great and there was a lovely view of the sunset! I would definitely come back and try different food items and drinks.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    My husband and I had a reservation. My husband and I were told we could not sit where we wanted . We were told that we were inconveniencing them because all the tables were reserved but none had a reservation sign. Highly overpriced. Unfriendly staff. Male employee was in Womens restroom and did not leave so that I could use it. Waitress was not wearing mask properly including other staff members. Will not ever return . Drinks highly overpriced considering the portion and poor service

  33. E

    Eman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good was excellent. Waitress was excellent. Looking forward to visiting again.

  34. GG

    GinaG

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the drinks are fun and the views and atmosphere are well worth it. The food is yummy but small selection.

  35. s

    sergiot

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at Zanzibar. The view of the city was stunning. Our waitress was very nice and made sure each of us (party of nine) was take care of. We can’t wait to go back.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Going here made me feel like I was on a vacation. The vibes were amazing and this pictures definitely don’t do this place justice. The food and drinks were so yummy (try the Mai Tai), and our server (Danny) made the whole experience a million times better!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Danny was a great server with perfect balance of checking in, energy, while not interrupting.

  38. AM

    AndrewM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    We went on a weeknight. I imagine it's really hopping on Fridays and Saturdays. It reminded me of Los Angeles bars, but a much more laid back environment. I wish they had glassware for sale, because I have a collection.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    The food was great! I just really wish they had sauce (they do not have an additional condiments, if you’re looking for some with your meal)

  40. KP

    KamnaP

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Went for after dinner drinks on my birthday with my family. Great spot!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Zanzibar is rated 4.6 stars by 400 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Zanzibar

304 E Cesar Chavez St Unit 700 Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cesar Chavez & San Jacinto

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 2:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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