Zero Restaurant + Bar

4.8
741 reviews
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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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Miami
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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m
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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m
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MS
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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RB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last vacation day in Charleston

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JR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Z
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BW
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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j
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Alvin Ailey at gaillard

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M
E. Tennessee
23 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Charleston

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

College of Charleston roommate reunion

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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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M
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special place for an intimate and exceptional dining experience. The prix fixe menu with wine pairings was creative, enjoyable and tasted great, and the paired wines were very good, complementing each dish. We arrived early to enjoy a well-made craft cocktail in the upstairs lounge, and we’re so glad we did. Overall it’s expensive but worthwhile for very special occasions.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were a group of 6 Celebrating my 30th Birthday.
I’m not a huge fan of Pre Fix menus.
I like what I like, but we didn’t have another choice so we went for it.

Over all the food was fantastic every dish was prepared and cooked to perfection. The wine selections
Went Beautifully with all the dishes. I also had the passion fruit cocktail it’s to die for.

My only complain is that we were sat in an extremely small room upstairs with two table’s of 2 Right next to us! half of the time We felt Like we had to whisper the tables were too close, they could hear our whole conversation.

I had request to be sat in the section of the restaurant that was more lively. Unfortunately my only options were outside (which was freezing ) or inside with the eaves dropping people.

Over all I definitely plan on coming back.

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LS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef is AMAZING as always. He is a culinary genius! Beautiful presentation and delicious meal. Wine pairing is always perfect! Definitely our favorite Charleston restaurant and chef!!!

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday was just wonderful!

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was extraordinary in every way. It is expensive, and definitely a treat, but worth it

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting. Cozy ambience. Perfect for pre-Gaillard dinner. Food is delicious and portioned well for a multi-course meal. A special occasion treat.

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C
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I loved the historical and relaxed feel of this place. We both loved all of the dishes but the Truffle Topped Pasta and Beef Brionne were exceptional. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were perfectly paired.I definitely would return again and recommend this establishment to my friends .

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing service.

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JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend with hesitation. Truffles were not on point- past fresh. “Smoked fish” had more of an odd burnt flavor. Otherwise presentation was super. Creative pairings. Good service.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great ambiance. Best restaurant experience in Charleston.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so struck with the ambiance. The food excellent and service impeccable

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was great. Simon was our server and was perfect, he is very knowledgeable about the wine and food menu. They were extremely accommodating to the fact that I do not eat seafood and brought out perfect substitutions for each course.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really great food, every course was delicious.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wounderful dining experience. Very creative (potted raffish) Staff was superb!

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