About Zero Restaurant + Bar

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.

0 George St
Charleston, SC 29401
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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

Cross Street:
East Bay Street and George Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 628-3480

Website:
http://zerorestaurantcharleston.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking is available.

Additionally there is a large city parking lot immediately to the right Zero George Hotel with free parking after 6PM.

Executive Chef:
Vinson Petrillo

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

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Zero Restaurant + Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.8

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4.8

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4.2

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Fit for Foodies (31)
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Romantic (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Cozy (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Tasting Menu (19)
Local Ingredients (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Authentic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 19 hours ago

Daughter’s 23rd birthday with her sister. We had a delicious meal and the service was outstanding! One of my absolute favorite places to dine in Charleston. Loved it all!

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·Dined 2 days ago

the main course “beef Wellington” was a complete miss... but the first two courses and the wine pairing were to die for.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

World class restaurant. Food, wine, and service were all fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

The set menu for Valentines Day was exceptional. We had a refined mix of small plates accompanied by lobster and Beef Wellington. This is my second time with 0 George and is excellent but also pricey. Great for a really special occasion.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Zero is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever had the pleasure of dining. The chef prepares some amazing, creative dishes. It is a very small venue and I suspect they get very busy. It was too cold to sit outside but the outside dining area looks to be very romantic. Next time. If you don’t try this place you are missing one of the best restaurants in Charleston and perhaps the entire east coast ! Yes, it is that good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Pre-show dinner prior to Diana Krall concert.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Most creative menu in Charleston. Amazingly talented chef enhanced by great service a s small but excellent wine list.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I made reservation for Wed Feb 7th at 7 pm and upon arrival I was told that they would have to get a table ready for myself and the three other persons with me, I have a 94 year old woman from New York who has been doing Cabaret all of her life, and needless to say she was not happy having to wait for a table that should have been ready for us when we arrived; once we were seated we were immediately attended to and from that point on everything was wonderful and the food was just fabulous. I can tell you my friend from NY loved the atmosphere and food and has asked when she returns to please make reservations at this facility; once again the only complaint I have is that this 94 year old woman had to stand and wait fr about 20 minutes to be seated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The food was exceptional. Charleston is a foodie town and there is no lack of great food to be had, but Zero really is a cut above. The preparation is different, the presentation beautiful. But be prepared to pay for it. In addition to being the most interesting meal I've ever had in Charleston, it was also one of the most expensive. For a special occasion tho, I'd say well worth the experience.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful tasting menu with accompanying wines, service was excellent, quiet place to eat, expensive but well worth it. Was a very nice find. Definitely not one of the tourist trap restaurants that you see so often in Charleston

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Zero George continues to be one of the most interesting and creative food experiences in Charleston (which is saying a lot). The format is multi-course tasting with suggested wine pairings.
The food has always been, and remains now, superbly creative and incredibly tasty. Foods you know are elevated to new levels, and my wife & I always find something new that we didn't know we'd like, but ends up great. How they do this from their tiny kitchen area is beyond me...
The service is as good as it gets - supremely competent and incredibly friendly; not stuffy at all.
The beverage pairings are very well done, at both regular and reserve levels.
We love this restaurant, and every friend we've taken has loved it as well. We will continue to be regulars.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food with amazing taste!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food and service was remarkable. One of the great places to dine in Charleston. A must for any special occasion!

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Zero George is my favorite restaurant. Always a perfect dinner. Our server, Amy, is so terrific - upbeat, extremely knowledgeable, and always remembers me and my food/wine interests.
Thank you!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Best food in Charleston. Highly recommend.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our second visit to Zero George. We had the most amazing meal! The staff was so very kind and helped us achieve a great experience with some time constraints due to a Gaillard Performance. Our guests who were in the wine business in Boston were most impressed with the food and the wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food and wine was amazing. We did the wine pairing and it was unbelievable. The review prior to are visit didn’t do it justice. The restaurant is so cozy and welcoming. You won’t be disappointed. I

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing! The food is incredible and the service and atmosphere is top notch!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Zero George never fails to meet expectations and each time seems to get better.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had the most creative and delicious meal. Comfortable ambiance and attentive staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was incredible as was the service and ambiance. I would highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a memorable night out. Our waiter's recommendations we're spot on and everyone there was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and just amazing. I will be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Never disappoints! Food is incredible and service is impeccable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Very good service and general feel. Impressive wine choices. I ordered the Venison. Excellent, but the chef should insist a sharper knife to cut the beet in carpaccio over the venison. You guys have EVERYTHING perfect

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

While food was well prepared and creative, portions were moderate and price for quality was high. Wine list overpriced. Cozy hold Charleston House Atmosphere and proximity to Gaillard Auditorium a plus.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Such an amazing experience. You’ll never have another meal like that in Charleston. The food was outstanding

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 17, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Charleston. Very European feeling.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The food was the most creative that we had during a 6 day stay in Charleston. It as fun and delicious.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

A real tonic for a couple tired from dealing with responsibilities. We were cossetted by the exceptional food and attentive service in the a sophisticated quiet period Charleston townhouse setting complemented by candlelight. The combination of flavors and textures in a series of amuse bouche for two were fascinating as well as the creative presentations depending on unique serving pieces or imitating dirt with a flavored grain in a potted minature radish dish.
Wonders were done with ingredients such as beets whether in salad form or encasing just right cooked venison. We only had a sampling of the dishes doing the more limited restaurant week menu which, however, was built from the tasting menu. It is expensive and wines by the glass were priced a bit high but to support the labor and effort going into the quality of the ingredients, preparation and presentation it was worth it for us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was excellent and the service just as good! Will definitely
return to this establishment.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My dinner date is born and raised in Charleston, and between us we have eaten at hundreds of local restaurants. We unanimously agreed this was the most thoughtful, creative and amazing food we have had in Charleston. Its that good!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The chef is a genius and our server Amy was excellent. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing food and fantastic service

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Flawless execution of a Journey through culinary delights and surprises with every course. Each bite painted my Palate with an explosion of flavor. The service was attentive and personal without being overbearing. I may have a new favorite restaurant in Charleston!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Such a quaint and cozy restaurant. The food was VERY different and unusual but delicious. Portion sizes were small so if you are a big eater, you may leave feeling it wasn’t quite enough. I think it is a wonderful one time experience.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was great. It is a fixed menu and our server did not do a good job of explaining, which caused some confusion. Also, one of our party had dietary restrictions and the restaurant was not accommodating to them.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing! Atmosphere, food, presentation and service - all of it was absolutely wonderful!

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful, creative cooking and great service.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 27, 2017

One of the most outstanding dining experiences of all time, and our sever, Sarah, was phenomenal!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Truly an exceptional meal. Desert was as wonderful and unique as every bite preceding it - and we tried it ALL!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We came to Zero Cafe to celebrate our 48th anniversary. The atmosphere in the restaurant is always so romantic and cozy, it would be difficult to be in a bad mood, or not to have a wonderful time. But then the food - it is wonderful, and so beautifully presented. Our server was so helpful and friendly, and the whole evening was perfect. Then of course there is the Tres Leche dessert! We can never leave without enjoying that!! We will be back very soon, because Zero Cafe is also such a perfect place to go before a performance at The Gaillard Auditorium!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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