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Patio - Zest Wine Bistro, Lemon Grove, CA

Zest Wine Bistro

4.8
4.8
51 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Welcome to Zest, your new neighborhood wine bar nestled in Lemon Grove. Come gather for unique wine, tasteful small plates and not-to-miss events!

Zest Wine Bistro’s intimate and cozy interior is the perfect place for evening noshing and sipping. You’ll find a small menu featuring elaborate charcuterie boards, small plates and sweets. Our wine menu highlights premium wines not typically found by the glass, as well as lesser known labels from all over the world. An eclectic beer list showcases global markets, as well as local craft brews.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 303-3934
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Private party facilities
    Host your next event at Zest. We offer a spacious yet cozy outdoor patio that is heated and covered.
  • Neighborhood
    Lemon Grove
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 51 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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51 Reviews
  1. DaveG

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    If seating inside, be careful of the clanging from the hand dish washing noise. It overpowers the music and conversation we were trying to have.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! Food was delicious! Will definitely add to our local go-tos!

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  3. Ashley

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place- staff are very friendly. I love the wines they choose for their red flight. Generous pours and the food from next door is great. Highly recommend for date night or a night out with friends.

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  4. FrancisF

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and wine, wonderful ambiance, and - my favorite - wonderful descriptions of what all the wines are, their origins and what makes each special. As much or as little information as you rerquest. For me, that makes the experience all the better!

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  5. Nuttmegs

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sweet delicious gods this was awesome. Came for San Diego Restaurant week on a whim to try something new and was quite impressed. Walked in the front door and was a bit underwhelmed but felt like I had walked through the Wardrobe to a new secret magical land when we got to the patio. Totally unassuming and such a fantastic surprise. The wine flight (white, rose, red) was sensational and was so lovingly paired with the foods offered. We were able to ask questions and the knowledge was evident as was the care for our experience. And the food. was. stellar. Portions were right on target and perfect to share (there were two of us very hungry and eager wine drinking food loving ladies) and we were not disappointed. I took not a single picture save for their bathroom (you have to visit to see why lol) because I was having such a delectable, enjoyable evening. I do not live close but I will be back. Lemon Grove you have a damned sweet spot and I sort of hope it doesn't get too popular so I can save it for myself!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, ambiance and even better service! Everything was great.

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  7. Marcy

    San Diego

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely recommend this small and quaint place. Great service!

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  8. DreamerSD7

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week …? ANY week. But yes, this week you get a super deal. The wines are amazing and for the price point, I’m stuffed. Salmon carpaccio, short ribs and wine flight, all for under $50. Yes please. Service and hospitality is top notch and the various members of their team are both wisely chosen and appreciated. They can pick you an awesome food and wine pairing, all with pleasant conversation, and the familiarity of a long time family friend. Parking is ample on the street and near the restaurant. Super cute decor, great value and quality. Do it.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week! Phenomenal food. Wine and vibes. Great staff and service great Thursday night dinner ❤️❤️❤️

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was fabulous, wine and food was great. I will be back soon!

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  11. DreamerSD7

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week & amazing price for a wine flight AND food! Adorable aesthetic, super amazing staff and FAB food - wine.

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  12. DreamerSD7

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    International women’s day and they did it so well! Playlist themed with women artists and empowering songs, free desserts for the ladies and talking with the female owner! Amazing wines and great food. Loved!

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  13. LisaG

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonder discovery! Incredible food and a legit wine list. Thank you to Roberto and complements to Chef!

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  14. MonicaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zest Bistro was super fun and delicious! Roberto was an excellent server and Nick served up extraordinary delights for Valentine's Day. Super blessed to have in our neighborhood!

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  15. MarleneF

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place over all. Love the unique menu items. The service is exceptional.

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  16. GracieG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful wine and food shared with 6 ladies for a girls night out! We happened to be there when there was fresh mozzarella was being made right in front of us. It was amazingly delicious!

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  17. KarlaO

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and ambiance were all awesome. Good spot for date night or girls night.

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  18. TrinaG

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wines were amazing… my wife and I did a tasting. The patio is beautiful. We had a pizza from next door; the pizza dampened our experience because it was a little hurt. The server seemed like he was a one man show but he was perfect. He was so knowledgeable on the wine selection and cheese and meats.

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  19. AnjanetteE

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Roberto was a Great server. We order wine tasting and he explained all of the wines and suggested food pairings.

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  20. MarjorieP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great wine pairings with the 3 course meal. The short rib with polenta was amazing. No knife required for this tender piece of meat & nothing needed to be trimmed off. The crispy ahi mini tacos made my mouth sing. Too full for dessert, we ordered 2 pieces of the limoncello cake to go. Savored each bite of the moist cake & cream layers. Put a smile on my face. This gem of a restaurant rivals the best of downtown San Diego, & even better. Loved the atmosphere, great service. Completely joined talking to Chef Nick. I highly recommend booking your reservation for a wonderful night out. *****

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went during SDRR for my birthday. Delicious food & friendly employees — will 100% be going back!

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  22. Melissa

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I checked out Zest during SDRW and it was amazing. We were able to do a wine flight, I ordered the beet salad and short ribs. Decided to sit outside which has a really cute vibe. The wait staff were very personable.

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  23. AlisaR

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a reservation here for restaurant week and it was fantastic! The set menu included three glasses of wine, an appetizer, and an entree. The wine was of great quality and obviously chosen with care, we had the prosciutto wrapped dates and the truffle burratta appetizers and they were delicious. The short rib and octopus entrees were perfectly portioned and just so, so good. We will definitely be back.

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  24. GraceW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot! The staff is warm and attentive, their sommelier is knowledgeable and gives generous pours. Great food as well, they’re new so they’re working on finalizing their menu. Will definitely be back

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  25. Evemare

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining is experiences in the east county that we have had in a long time. Excellent food excellent service personable employees and great wine. Will be back & recommend to friends already, Eva & Jeff

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  26. KrystalEatsTheWorld

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a delicious meal during restaurant week which means they were definitely busy. The food was great. The stand out items to me were the truffle burrata and the short rib. The wine tasting was good, but the red wines sat outside which meant they were well above serving temp. The service was quick, but it would have been nice to have the cheeseboard and the wines explained a bit more. Overall it was a pleasant evening with good food and wine. Definitely recommend for a date or a ladies’ dinner.

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  27. DianeP

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere on the patio and excellent service, food, wine. Will be back.

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  28. KSJL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This cozy yet elegant restaurant has left us wanting to come back! The food was beyond delicious -compliments to the chef- with beautiful presentation, they had hospitable hosts, & a wide wine list! I recommend to everyone! If do you go, be sure to ask for Roberto as your server - Roberto had excellent service, recommendations, and made our night dining out just that more memorable! Thank you :)

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  29. Girleatstravelslaughs

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a sweet little gem; we enjoyed truffle burrata and the short rib with polenta. We did a wine tasting and loved all three.

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  30. MarioD

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really cute (outdoor covered patio with fans and heaters) and the food (panini was practically perfect) and service was great (owner super attentive and great conversationalist). Can’t wait for them to expand the menu and interior. We’ll be back regardless.

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  31. Deliciousdining

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time with our friends. Roberto did an excellent job of navigating all our taste buds to the right wine selections. Enjoyed Zest’s shared dishes and had two pizza from next door too. Drink food fun and laughter.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. The service was great. Its a small intimate place. The wait staff and the chef came out to see us and talk with us. Love it

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  33. Katrina

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great place to meet for our book club. Our server was very friendly and accommodating, incredibly knowledgeable about the wines, made great recommendations and allowed us to taste the wine so we didn’t buy a bottle we didn’t enjoy. The place is inviting and friendly. We will definitely be back. Thanks for a wonderful time!

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  34. AnnMarie

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here with a large friend group and was so impressed by all - food, wine, service and ambiance. Roberto was very accommodating to our wine questions and provided several quality choices...he is funny too! Our chef and server Alex is the sweetest! Just a little gem in Lemon Grove and looking forward to trying Giardino's next door.

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  35. FrancisF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'd been meaning to try Karina Kravalis' new place, Zest Wine Bistro, for a while - right next door to her amazing Giardino Neighborhood Cucina... and it did not disappoint. Wonderful selection of wine (by the glass or bottle) paired with great tapas plates. Lovely ambiance for a long, slow unwind and chat after a busy day... as it grows dark, the back patio ambiance grows ever more magical. Love it, and I'll be back!

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  36. Lulu

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting Zest and we absolutely loved it. Great wine list. Service was phenomenal and cute patio. Only a small minor negative was that we wished there was more and/or different cheese on the charcuterie board. Otherwise, everything was great. We will definitely be back.

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  37. Wozi

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun place for wine tasting and meeting new people.

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  38. FrankL

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and friends so grateful to have a local gem to visit for enjoying a nice get together over tasty food, great wine and amazing service.

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  39. EmelynT

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was very friendly and attentive, the food was delicious, the option of ordering food fr Giardino’s was a plus and the overall experience was excellent. Looking forward to returning with different friends.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of tapas and wine. Roberto’s recommendations were great and was not disappointed.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Zest Wine Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Zest Wine Bistro

Broadway 8129, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lemon Grove
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 303-3934
  • Private party facilities
    Host your next event at Zest. We offer a spacious yet cozy outdoor patio that is heated and covered.
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