Zero Restaurant + Bar

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$50 and over
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Contemporary American

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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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bb2215
Dallas
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.

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vipholly
New York Area
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.

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vipJack
Nashville
40 reviews
Dined on April 13, 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.

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AbbyW
Charleston
3 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!

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cheryld
Milwaukee
1 review
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.

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MegW
1 review
Dined on April 7, 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.

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vipJaxGirl
Jacksonville
62 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JulieN
1 review
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
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

KM
KatieM
Minneapolis
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.

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EduardoC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 24, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
10 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!!

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vipmaryf
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Mistih
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.

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CandiceH
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.

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Rlo8542
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 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!

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ajamie
Charleston
21 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.

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susanc
New York Area
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.

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marcor
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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Cicero
Charleston
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.

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MortenS
Edinburgh
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.

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RandyB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last vacation day in Charleston

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JennyR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 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!

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Zack
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 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.

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vipBrandonW
Jacksonville
32 reviews
Dined on March 3, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipjfoodie
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Alvin Ailey at gaillard

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vipMike
E. Tennessee
29 reviews
Dined on February 24, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Charleston

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Nvmix
New York Area
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.

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ASE123
New York Area
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.

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Betts
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College of Charleston roommate reunion

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vipDana
Washington DC
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.

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vipMtncathy
Nashville
16 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

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BlayneP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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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