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About Zeal

Zeal is a chic, farm-to-table modern eatery that brings to the Merchant"s Walk area of East Cobb an exciting new dining option. Our selection of craft beers and boutique wines and spirits blend with our chef inspired menu of appetizers, entrees and small plates which are 80% gluten free. A living room menu for the bar complements our crafted bar offerings and adds a vibe to gathering with your friends.

1255 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday - Saturday 11:30am-3:30pm
Dinner Monday thru Thursday 4:30pm-9:00pm
Dinner Friday-Saturday 4:30pm-10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am to 3:00pm
Sunday Dinner 4:30pm-9:00pm

Bar (Sunday - Thursday) Open till 10 pm
Bar (Friday - Saturday) Open till 11 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(678) 401-7142

Website:
http://www.zealrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music

Catering:
We offer catering for office luncheon as well as catering an entire wedding. Email us at ssawant@zealrestaurant.com or call us at 678-401-7142 to request a menu or plan a customized menu.

Parking Details:
Finding a parking spot is easy.

Executive Chef:
Kristian Hargrove

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Scott Sawant. ssawant@zealrestaurant.com

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Zeal Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.2

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4.2

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3.7

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (11)
Good for a Date (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
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Casual (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great Beer (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Late Christmas lunch gathering at Zeal was a good choice. My girlfriends and I decided to do our holiday lunch at Zeal and we really enjoyed the entire experience. The gluten free Zucchini fries were my favorite and I am glad they have a nice boutique wine list with quite a few Oregon options as well. We will be back for Wine Down Wednesday and Live music. Our server Brent was very nice and attentive and the owner came by and explained all their gluten free options and recommended what each one of us should try. Beautiful decor and music selection.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

We like zeal and my husband and I always go back for the Halibut and Steak Burger. Our family (kids) have lots of dietary restraints, from dairy, nut and garlic allergies. Scott, Jake, and Kristian (chef) always ensure that there are no issues or cross contaminations. We always feel welcomed and treated like family. Def our weekly go to place in East Cobb.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Restaurant was very empty. Service was very very slow .Food was good. Zucchini fries were dried out

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Very disappointed in the menu at Zeal. The quality and value have make it unlikely to return.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I’ve been to this restaurant several times and it’s been steadily declining over the years. Food was always a bit pricey, but it used to be worth it. Now it’s mediocre at best and therefore very overpriced for what you get - lukewarm, tasteless soup; dry, burnt burgers not served as ordered; spinach salad with little else in the bowl except the greens, etc. Plus, the lighting is atrocious. There are no shades on the large windows and at lunch time on a sunny day you are almost literally blinded by the light reflecting off the parked cars. My friend wore her sunglasses throughout the meal. Not a pleasant experience overall!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was my first time at Zeal. I went for lunch and the food was good. However, there was only 1 other party there and the service was awful! We were there for 1 1/2 hours! Don’t know what took the food so long to come out, but I am glad that I didn’t have to go back to work. I ordered the lunch grilled chicken sandwich and it was good. Nothing to brag about. Maybe with it being the holiday season, they were short help, but still with a total of 2 parties (total of 7 people—3 in my party and 4 in the other), they should have been faster with their service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Disappointed in the food, service was ok, not great.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food and service were great! Great gluten free menu.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Five of us girls who get together for birthdays decided to try Zeal. We were very happy with our decision. Most of us ordered the grilled cheese with caramelized onion and pepper with the homemade basil tomato soup. The sandwich was delicious, on sour dough bread! Our waiter had quite the personality and was also a comic! Thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Love Zeal!!! Great food, great customer service!! A gem in East Cobb.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is my third time at zeal and my first time at brunch and was pleasantly surprised how delicious my meal was. I always look at the menu and think it’s one thing but when I get it it’s something else and so delicious. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Just a great atmosphere where you can actually hear the party you are with and not everyone else.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This was only our 3rd time at Zeal and it was a great experience. We tried their whole fish special which was the bronzini and the new fall salmon dish. Wine list is nice and boutique. I like their bourbon collection and it is probably the best outside the perimeter. Go try the George T. Stagg, they have 2 bottles.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Hot Spot, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

For the price the food didn’t wow me...great cocktails but was really not impressed with their food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Tapas
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We love Zeal. It is such a friendly and cozy environment. Scott makes us feel at home. We know Scott from 2 years ago and this was an important week for him with the wedding, but considering we made a reservation he still came by to make sure we had a good experience. Service was top notch and the new fall/winter menu was really nice as well. Be back next week!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was not a pleasant experience. It took 40 minutes to get our food. We were the only ones in the restaurant. Our food came out over cooked and dried out. The French fries were not fully cooked. The waitress and manager argued with us when we told them the food was over cooked and took too long to get something else. Not good at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Server was obviously new and struggled to open a bottle of wine. Fortunately a manager appeared and opened the wine. Brought out our entrees before our salad. Took the entrees back, kept them warm, and then brought out the salad we were sharing. My pork chop was dry and a bit over done.

Have been to Zeal many times and generally had a good experience. This was not one of them..

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 6, 2017

2nd time at this restaurant and will continue to find it when in town for business. Service, food and ambiance are all outstanding.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was not as good as last time we were at Zeal and it seemed not as fresh as during the weekend. The waitress didn't understand the allergy substitution I needed, but one of the managers came to the table and knew exactly what I was requested. We'll go back to Zeal again, but probably on the weekend.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My husband and I truly enjoyed ourselves when we dined at Zeal. The food was delicious...and we will be back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Seasonal, Fun, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice brunch, good bloody Mary, nice setting. I have had lunch, dinner and brunch here. It is consistently good.
A great go to for good food.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was really good. I had a chicken dish (special of the day); and my father had traditional grilled cheese and tomato soup. The bread was unique and very fresh, light, and tasted great.

The only downside - the lunch crowd was very light... such a great local restaurant and not a big lunch crowd is a shame. Hopefully they are packed for diner and other times of the day!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The lights were so annoying dimming and blinking. The waitress did not put the protein along with our salad. The protein came out 20 mins after we received the salad it was to be on top of.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

We went to Zeal for lunch. It was a birthday lunch and our friend is a celiac. We loved all the options available, as the menu was 90% gluten free. Short rib grilled cheese was my favorite and our gluten free friend had a couple gluten free starters. Overall a nice experience, very industrial and modern look. We will be back for dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 2, 2017

big fan of Zeal, I have been coming here for 4 years now. we went last Wednesday for ladies night out and Wine down Wednesday. It was very busy and the service started a little slow but our server Celia eventually caught up and did a great job. Glad the live music is no longer there, we can actually hear each other and this place is very nice and the live music ruins the ambiance. We will be back for their Beer Dinner next Thursday the 5th!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Too many obviously bad things for a restaurant at this price point. The interior is adorable, and the service was good. My friend ordered a glass of cava that was flat. I'm guessing it was the bottom of the bottle, as they offered us a different bottle of bubbles at the reduced price of $22 in exchange. We ordered the mussels and they smelled so strongly of ammonia that the people at the other end of our six person table were commenting on them. We ordered several of the small plates as shared entrees, and our charcuterie board only came out when we asked them to remove the mussels. Half of the charcuterie board was jam, nuts, and what appeared to be craisins. The other half was thick dried hunks of meat, three pieces of cheese, and two rolls of salami. The best part was that they served it with saltines. I've never seen a board like that served with saltines. At that point, we laughed it off and didn't even bother to say anything.

Would not recommend.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A personal favorite for lunch or dinner.
Great variety on menu.
Consistently good.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our waitress was delightful and tried her best but the kitchen was unable to do their part. The restaurant was not even half full but our party of 10 could not be properly served so there is a problem there. It was approximately 10-12 minutes between the time the first plate came out and the time the last plate came out. Even for dishes that were the same dish, they came out a way different times. Unfortunately we were sorry we chose this restaurant once we experienced this. Previously the only person from the group that has been had only been for lunch so we had no real data to go on. Wish it had been better.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Had the chef special & it was amazing!! Waitstaff are amazing-friendly, & attentive.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great place to have a great meal. The Service was spectacular as well as the food.
I will be grabbing friends and going back, for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Everything was excellent. Appetizers, food was well prepared. Would definitely visit again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

First time dining at Zeal (used my $20 gift card from Open Table). Had salmon omelette, which was delicious. Also ordered a side of bacon, which was nothing special (was expecting thick smoke wood bacon or similar) and was burnt. Orange juice tasted like a sweet orange in a glass...freshly squeezed. Will be back again.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Once again good food, good beverages,good service and especially Sam.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Love that they have live music on the weekend. Wine, drink choices and food are solid. Wait staff is friendly and helpful.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The service was exceptional. However, the food didn't live up to its billing. Normally, I would make at least two or three visits to a restaurant before offering a review; I want to be sure an experience isn't an anomaly. However, our evening here consisted of a wide range of samples from the menu, and my conclusion is solid. The menu reads wonderfully, but the food was sub-par. I'm envisioning a chef who watches too much Chopped on Food Network, but hasn't mastered sophisticated flavor combinations. The brisket spring rolls had virtually no flavor (and almost no brisket); the cheese/meat sampler would easily be bested by Boars Head; the hummus was oily; the hanger steak and scallops both were under seasoned and over cooked. I believe Zeal's attempt to compete with Seed is failing. After well over $100, I am disappointed and probably won't be back unless I see a "change in chef" banner out front by the traffic cones. To end on a positive, the service was exceptional all around, from the host stand to our waiter (Josh) to what we saw at the back of the house. The beer and wine selection was very nice as well.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Ask top be seated with Sam. He's the best!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Always good for us. Slow Sunday night. Disappointed that many regular items were sold out. But waitress Rachel totally took care of us!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 28, 2017

My husbands meal was delicious. Mine was not. I ordered a steak and one end was so well done that I couldn't eat it and the other end was how I ordered it. The truffle Mac and cheese was not on point at all. I have had better in other restaurants. They chose to serve my steak on a cutting board and within 30 seconds of delivering to our table the juice from the cooking surface was running off of the board and on to my lap. I would definitely return though and give them another chance. The restaurant was packed on a very busy Friday night. The staff could have just been rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Another great meal at Zeal! Great atmosphere and love the menu!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We always have the best experience at Zeal and this evening was not an exception! The gracious, personable and knowledgeable GM, Sam, was his usual charming and engaging self and the food was superb. We tried a couple inspired cocktails and different wines that we had never tried before, and they were all delicious. These selections were all made at Sam's suggestion, and he has never steered us wrong. Go to Zeal, enjoy your entire evening and return week after week because it's just that good!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We had a great meal at Zeal. Server was very personable and attentive, knew the menu very well and we loved his suggestions. Substitutions were graciously made upon request. The food was a huge improvement over the last time we went. Restaurant was casual and unpretentious. We'll definitely be going back. Love that the East Cobb location is close to home.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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