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Zero Restaurant + Bar, Charleston, SC

Zero Restaurant + Bar

4.8
4.8
757 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American

Zero Restaurant + Bar is located in downtown Charleston in the award-winning Zero George Hotel. Chef Vinson Petrillo has a passion and appreciation for natural, local ingredients infused with a contemporary American Style. All of the dishes are elegantly prepared in the professional display kitchen, located in the property’s original circa 1804 carriage house. The menu is hyper-seasonal and features the freshest herbs and vegetables from the on-site kitchen garden, local farms, and seafood from local fisherman. Seating is available in the intimate dining room and the garden courtyard. Please reach out to us directly with any dietary restrictions or allergies.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Happy Hour: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 628-3480

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vinson Petrillo

  • Private party facilities

    Intimate and lush and so quintessentially Charleston, Zero Restaurant + Bar is an ideal private event venue. Delight your guests with the candlelit alfresco ambiance of our Old World courtyard and/or our inviting dining room. Zero Restaurant’s combination of upscale hospitality and culinary wow makes your special event truly special. Types of private events: Private Cooking Classes, Hosted Happy Hours, Private Dinners, Cocktail Receptions. Please inquire directly with Restaurant for pricing and availability.

  • Private party contact

    Kathryn Old: (843) 901-8675

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    East Bay Street and George Street

  • Parking details

    We have parking available across the street from our front gate to our courtyard. Once you enter into the courtyard please take a left and enter through the kitchen. See you soon!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Menu

With Beverage Pairings $135, Elevated Pairings $195. Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Flight $20 Supplement

Snacks

  • Ham and Cheese "Croquete"

    • Foieffle

      • Potted Plant

        • Toogoodoozie Oyster

          Main

          • Malossol Sturgeon Caviar Service

            Classic Accoutrement. Supplement ½ oz. - $65 | 1 oz. - $125

            • Lightly Cooked Sea Scallop*

              Various Presentations, Truffle, Yuzu, Curry. Suggested Pairing: Domaine Skouras | Moscofilero | Peloponnese, Greece

              • Parmesan "Explosion"

                Hen of the Woods, Pine Nut, Freeze Dried Leek. Suggested Pairing: Caruso e Minini | Catarratto | Sicily, Italy

                • Lobster Grilled & Glazed in Yuzu & Chili

                  Various Textures of Rutabaga and Celery Root. Suggested Pairing: Sandhi | Chardonnay | Santa Barabra, California

                  • Beef Weelington*

                    Wild Mushroom, Foie Gras, Aerated Potato. Suggested Pairing: El Coto | Coto De Imaz Reserva | Tempranillo | Rioja, Spain

                    Desserts

                    • Nitro Granita

                      Suggested Pairing: Ginger, Elderflower

                      • 70% Chocolate Tart

                        Miso Caramel, Buttermilk. Suggested Pairing: The Iberian Union

                        What 757 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

                        4.8
                        4.8 based on all time ratings
                        • 4.8Food
                        • 4.8Service
                        • 4.8Ambience
                        • 4.3Value

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                        1. b

                          bb2215

                          Dallas

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on May 5, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Though we thought expensive, the execution of food and service was superb creating value appropriate for the price. Server food knowledge and descriptions excellent. Wine paring thoughtful, delicious.

                        2. h

                          holly

                          New York Area

                          35 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          35 reviews

                          Dined on April 25, 2019

                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                          We loved the food at Zero and the outdoor setting was lovely. I would have given 5 stars except for the fact that it was all a little precious. And why is the 4-course $65 menu not presented? We knew about it from going online but then no sight of it. Then we’re told it’s a pre-theater menu. Pre-theater in Charleston??? Just how many theaters are there in Charleston? (We’re from NY.). That said, the food we had was delicious.

                        3. J

                          Jack

                          Nashville

                          44 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          44 reviews

                          Dined on April 14, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We were able to do their Saturday evening tasting menu. It was amazing. The chef was a wizard with the flavors and the pairings were excellent. This is a must-do for foodies visiting Charleston.

                        4. S

                          Sofie

                          Charleston

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on April 11, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This is a very special restaurant, unlike any we've experienced in Charleston. They have a multi-course tasting menu - only - so there's not a menu with a plethora of choices. But everything we were served was phenomenal; dreamed up and prepared by a true culinary genius. The service was some of the best we've experienced anywhere. Every service person was 100% professional and accommodating, while also being engaging and warm. There is no other place like this in Charleston. With high-end food and service, physical comfort and delightful ambiance, it has quickly moved into the #1 slot of our "Favorite restaurants in Charleston" list! The only caveat I might mention is that each course is tiny. We left very satisfied but were hungry about three hours later. Even so, we can't wait to go back!

                        5. c

                          cheryl

                          Milwaukee

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on April 9, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Our last night in Charleston was an incredible dinner at Zero George.... from the drinks... to the service...to the setting... To the AMAZING Dinner... Highly recommend.

                        6. MW

                          MegW

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 8, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We had an excellent experience at Zero Restaurant. The food was immaculate, but it was the service that really stood out to me. Everyone from the hostess to the bartender to the waiters was friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, and pleasant. It is not easy to find a restaurant where the caliber of food and service match. I look forward to returning to Zero and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a friend.

                        7. JG

                          JaxGirl

                          Jacksonville

                          72 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          72 reviews

                          Dined on April 5, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This is an outstanding restaurant. The food, service and charming atmosphere add up to a wonderful evening. We make a point to dine there whenever we are in Charleston. I am not an "adventurous" eater, but I eat everything from the chef's menu and it never fails to wow me.

                        8. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Chicago

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 5, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wonderful experience all the way around!! Very Romantic setting and a culinary adventure

                        9. JN

                          JulieN

                          Milwaukee

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on April 4, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent food excellent service very pricey Their website doesn’t disclose they are an exclusive price fixe menu that part is disappointing All staff are very knowledgeable about the food and wine Cozy

                        10. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Tampa

                          3 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on March 27, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food was exceptional as always and I have ranted and raved After each experience here. However, it was a bit unnerving to have a very loud and inconsiderate table of 4 (clearly not locals...as determined by their accent and lack of dining room etiquette) in the middle of the very intimate and not-sound-proofed dining area. I know we are all there for the ambiance and the food, and despite anyones “occasion”...if we are having a meal and spending upwards of 400$ for a dinner for 2, I would expect that a manager would politely request a loud and noisy group to tone it down. I enjoy a good time and can get loud but this is not the place. Regards and see you soon

                        11. KM

                          KatieM

                          Minneapolis

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 26, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          It was very very good. Lovely. Would love to stay there sometime too. We were a little surprised by the price at the end, but overall a very memorable experience.

                        12. EC

                          EduardoC

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 25, 2019

                          overall3food4service1ambience2

                          Did not appreciate the car salesmen up sell on the wine option.

                        13. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Atlanta

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 25, 2019

                          overall4food5service2ambience5

                          We were there on. Monday night and the restaurant was not crowded. I felt like the service was rushed because the staff wanted to get us out of there due to it being a Monday night. The food was incredible and the obeisance was great.

                        14. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Vancouver

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on March 24, 2019

                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                          We quite enjoyed the event,a little more than what we normally spend.But were pleased,service was excellent.Food well presented,tasty and healthy

                        15. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Richmond

                          13 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          13 reviews

                          Dined on March 23, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Amazing food and great experience overall. It’s pretty pricey though so save it for a special occasion. Worth every penny!!

                        16. m

                          maryf

                          Charleston

                          17 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          17 reviews

                          Dined on March 22, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Amazing... spectular ..food ..service ..wine our 4th time at Zero George in the last 3 years.

                        17. M

                          Mistih

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 17, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          I believe this is the greatest dining experience in Charleston. Classy, delicious, and elegantly prepared dishes. Both elevated and standard wines paired perfectly. Wish they were in Cali too.

                        18. CH

                          CandiceH

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 15, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We came to Zero Restaurant to celebrate my birthday dinner his last weekend and loved every aspect of our meal, service and overall experience. We have visited several times before and absolutely love this restaurant and staff so much. I highly recommend visisting and dining here, if you appreciate innovative and exciting food this will quickly become your favorite restaurant. It is decadent and sophisticated...yet still approachable.

                        19. R

                          Rlo8542

                          West Palm Beach

                          12 reviews

                          5.0

                          12 reviews

                          Dined on March 15, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Went here with some friends and it was phenomenal! Drinks were awesome and the food was extraordinary! The design and decor is inviting and when you walk in - you know you’re in a special place. This is a very eclectic and wonderful place to eat. If you’re looking for something special that’s intimate - this is it! It’ll set you back a few bucks but you won’t be dissapointed!

                        20. a

                          ajamie

                          Charleston

                          25 reviews

                          4.0

                          25 reviews

                          Dined on March 14, 2019

                          overall4food3service5ambience5

                          The ambiance is great and the staff was very friendly and competent. The food was very interesting but I was disappointed that the only option presented was a tasting menu. We didn’t have adequate time before the show to fully experience multiple courses. They were gracious and allowed us to come back for coffee after our performance.

                        21. s

                          susanc

                          New York Area

                          6 reviews

                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on March 12, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food was so delicious and fresh; I'm vegetarian, and they accommodated me beautifully. A very special and unique restaurant.

                        22. m

                          marcor

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 9, 2019

                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                          We were shown only the five course meal and we had to ask for the 3 course.

                        23. C

                          Cicero

                          Charleston

                          9 reviews

                          5.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on March 8, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The small dining room is an intimate, tasteful setting. The food is extraordinarily creative - delicious, but also fun to explore new flavor combinations.

                        24. MS

                          MortenS

                          Edinburgh

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on March 8, 2019

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          Of Nordic heritage and a lover of the Nordic style of fine dining, I thoroughly enjoyed Zero. The tasting menu in itself and the relaxed pace with which the meal took place was something I was looking for. The food is very good; too much happening at times for a Nordic taste, but still above the default. Really fine wine pairing. The one thing to note is the out-of-step timing btw the food and the wine on several occasions.

                        25. RB

                          RandyB

                          New England

                          7 reviews

                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on March 8, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Last vacation day in Charleston

                        26. JR

                          JennyR

                          Raleigh

                          8 reviews

                          5.0

                          8 reviews

                          Dined on March 7, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food and wine pairing was outstanding! The proportions were perfect since they were so many courses. Prior to dinner we had a drink at the bar. The cosmopolitan was perfect and pink! I loved the culinary experience!

                        27. Z

                          Zack

                          Minneapolis

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 7, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food was different than usual cuisine, however it was the best food I have ever eaten. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to eat the best food the south has to offer.

                        28. BW

                          BrandonW

                          Jacksonville

                          32 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          32 reviews

                          Dined on March 4, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Zero Restaurant + Bar is such a unique dining experience that it’s difficult to even describe. Just buckle and prepare for a crazy ride. From the initial snacks that include a potted plant, to a red cabbage and chicken liver dish that will make you always want to eat your veggies, to the most unique interpretation you’ve ever seen on “shrimp and grits”, to the perfectly cooked Beef Wellington with foie gras, this tasting menu is one to not miss. The ambiance is romantic and relaxed at the same time. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The chef is quick to make any needed adjustments to make the experience more enjoyable for his guests. Do not miss this hidden gem on your next trip to Charleston.

                        29. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 3, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          I think I could just as easily communicate how I feel by posting the “drool” emoji. Amazing food. Amazing service. We’ll be back. You should go.

                        30. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New York Area

                          6 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on March 2, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Truly memorable meal. Long but delicious. All dishes were great, wine pairings terrific too.

                        31. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Charleston

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 1, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We’ve gone to Zero George several times and it is always a special experience.

                        32. j

                          jfoodie

                          Charleston

                          26 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          26 reviews

                          Dined on February 26, 2019

                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                          Alvin Ailey at gaillard

                        33. M

                          Mike

                          E. Tennessee

                          33 reviews

                          5.0

                          33 reviews

                          Dined on February 25, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Exquisite service and food, PERIOD. Wine parings for the different entrees were perfect. Portions perfect. Food amazing. What a wonderful dinning experience. For me, the price was worth it food the food and service. Top Notch!

                        34. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Charleston

                          6 reviews

                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on February 22, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Visiting Charleston

                        35. N

                          Nvmix

                          New York Area

                          15 reviews

                          5.0

                          15 reviews

                          Dined on February 20, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          One of the most amazing meals I have ever had. Dinner will set you back but the whole experience was top notch start to finish. Staff was friendly and accommodating, service was amazing and knowledgeable about their food and drinks. Food was incredible and innovative. The way fine dining should be.

                        36. AS

                          ASE123

                          New York Area

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 17, 2019

                          overall4food3service4ambience4

                          The food presentation was nice but some servings were missing the flavor. The potted plant was intriguing and fun but was quite bland. Koji cured hamachi was good but surrounded by very acidic sauce. We were hoping for a true wow factor but didn't quite get that.

                        37. B

                          Betts

                          Charleston

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on February 17, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          College of Charleston roommate reunion

                        38. D

                          Dana

                          Washington DC

                          1 review

                          vip
                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 16, 2019

                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                          Zero restaurant is beautiful and has cozy ambiance in what felt like a historic southern home. The service was amazing and their sommelier was very knowledgeable. Chef made accommodations based on my boyfriend's eating limitations and was thoughtful about it. However, I would not recommend this restaurant mainly based on value. For what we paid, we expected to be completely blown away. If the price had been lower, we would've been much more impressed, but given how expensive it was, this should have been an unforgettable meal. However, during our weekend in Charleston, we had two much better dining experiences that were much better value. All of the dishes at Zero were very much style over substance. Unique and artsy plating could not make up for how ordinary all of the food was at a place that tries very hard to be extraordinary.

                        39. M

                          Mtncathy

                          Nashville

                          17 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          17 reviews

                          Dined on February 16, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Truly exceptional. The food and wine pairings were perfect and the staff knowledge really helped magnify the experience. One of the best meals we’ve eaten anywhere

                        40. BP

                          BlayneP

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 16, 2019

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          Outstanding experience. Unique and surprising courses, with perfect pairings. Only complaint is that we had to often ask the waiter to repeat himself because he spoke to fast when describing the courses.

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                        Zero Restaurant + Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 757 OpenTable diners.

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                        Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                        Additional information

                        • Cross street

                          East Bay Street and George Street

                        • Neighborhood

                          Downtown Charleston

                        • Hours of operation

                          Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Happy Hour: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 6:00 pm

                        • Cuisines

                          Contemporary American

                        • Dining style

                          Casual Elegant

                        • Dress code

                          Smart Casual

                        • Parking details

                          We have parking available across the street from our front gate to our courtyard. Once you enter into the courtyard please take a left and enter through the kitchen. See you soon!

                        • Payment options

                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                        • Executive chef

                          Vinson Petrillo

                        • Additional

                          Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

                        • Phone number

                          (843) 628-3480

                        • Private party facilities

                          Intimate and lush and so quintessentially Charleston, Zero Restaurant + Bar is an ideal private event venue. Delight your guests with the candlelit alfresco ambiance of our Old World courtyard and/or our inviting dining room. Zero Restaurant’s combination of upscale hospitality and culinary wow makes your special event truly special. Types of private events: Private Cooking Classes, Hosted Happy Hours, Private Dinners, Cocktail Receptions. Please inquire directly with Restaurant for pricing and availability.

                        • Private party contact

                          Kathryn Old: (843) 901-8675

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