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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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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Live Music (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Cozy (4)
Great Beer (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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·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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 (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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vip
 (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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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We were in from out of town on a business trip and looked on Open Table for a restaurant in the area. I decided to pick this one and it was a great choice. The waiter explained everything on their menu and made some super recommendations. Everything was wonderful and the waiter even paid for our dessert as a thank you for eating there. I would highly recommend this restaurant and give them 5+++ stars.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 10, 2017

This place was amazing! My first restaurant review ever, only because it was that great. Amazing allergen awareness. Buns are free of top 8 allergens. Our waiter was the best we've had in a year. Great atmosphere as well and delicious drinks and food.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We LOVE Zeal and it is our favorite restaurant! We have been several times and take different couples to dine with us every time. The good news is that every couple wants to come back. The bad news may be that they get so busy that we are unable to make a reservation for ourselves!
Sam, the General Manager, is super knowledgeable about both their food as well as their very impressive and deep wine list. It's always a fun and perfectly delicious evening when we go to Zeal and we had a great time this past weekend celebrating our wedding anniversary with our friends. This place is consistently good and a terrific value. Treat yourself and go to Zeal!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great food (kale salad is my go to) and awesome service!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Great ambiance and excellent service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 28, 2017

What a great experience! The food options for a gluten-free diet are remarkable (90% of menubus GF). The food was perfectly prepared and tasted great. Friends enjoyed the wine flight and I enjoyed a bartender-designed craft cocktail. We were a party of six and enjoyed the nicely decorated private table against the back wall. The music by acoustic guitarist Julie Holmes was a wonderful touch. My friend enjoyed her birthday at Zeal and plans to return. Zeal could be located in midtown - It has the vibe and the quality.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Enjoyed our food & service. Healthy eating/delicious.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Loved the decor, waiter was very good. Noise level was loud, mainly due to a large birthday party, unable to enjoy the live music. Food was very good, a little over priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We were seated in the back in a very private booth, which was ideal for us talkative women celebrating a friends birdthday. The food was very good from an interesting and varied menu. The waiter was very attentive and when I didn't like the wine I ordered, he brought me 3 glasses to taste 3 different wines. My only complain is that the waiter wouldn't sing!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The location doesn't lend itself to the crowds it deserves. The food and cocktails were really good. This is a suburban gem.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Wish they had a Father's Day buffet like last year but the Father's Day a la Carte menu was still very good. My dad had the salmon hash and I had the chorizo hash. Both very good, and Leonardo was our server and did an awesome job. He got a little busy but still gave us nice service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Happy Hour, Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

This is my "staple" place I keep going back to as others disappoint. Great food, service and value.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Monday fun day! Last night was a fun dinner at zeal. We wanted to go to Red Sky but a friend recommended Zeal and we are glad we went. The kale salad was nice. Wine menu is great with lots of options. The James River Oysters were great and comparable to intown oysters at the Optimist, thumbs up there. Service was good.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Embarrassingly empty on Father's Day. Food was pretty good but options were quite limited. It was definitely not the buffet brunch I was expecting as advertised on Open Table and held on Mother's Day. My son ordered the shrimp po-boy which was exactly four shrimp on a hamburger bun. Unaccepable. Service was slow to be only one of three tables there and we even had to flag down someone at the end to pay the check. Busboy came to bus the tables as we were signing the check! Really? It's not like they needed the table but I did need my water glass for one more sip. Servers were friendly but some things should be understood if you are in the business. This was our second time there but likely our last as I now feel like I owe my husband a do-over for his Father's Day dinner.

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