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Patio - Zest Wine Bistro, Lemon Grove, CA

Zest Wine Bistro

4.8
4.8
37 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

9:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Lemon Grove

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, High Tea, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 37 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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Best Service

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Best Value

  • San Diego

    Great for fine wines

  • San Diego

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Service

  • East County

    Best Ambiance

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Innovative

  • East County

    Neighborhood gem

  • East County

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East County

    Romantic

  • East County

    Lively

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  1. MF

    MarleneF

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place over all. Love the unique menu items. The service is exceptional.
  2. GG

    GracieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  3. KO

    KarlaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance were all awesome. Good spot for date night or girls night.
  4. TG

    TrinaG

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    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.
  5. AE

    AnjanetteE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roberto was a Great server. We order wine tasting and he explained all of the wines and suggested food pairings.
  6. MP

    MarjorieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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. *****
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went during SDRR for my birthday. Delicious food & friendly employees — will 100% be going back!
  8. M

    Missy

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  9. AR

    AlisaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  10. GW

    GraceW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  11. E

    Evemare

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  12. KE

    KrystalEatsTheWorld

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  13. DP

    DianeP

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere on the patio and excellent service, food, wine. Will be back.
  14. KS

    KSJL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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 :)
  15. G

    Girleatstravelslaughs

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  16. MD

    MarioD

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    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.
  17. D

    Deliciousdining

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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!
  20. AM

    AnnMarie

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  21. FF

    FrancisF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  22. L

    Lulu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    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.
  23. W

    Wozi

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Fun place for wine tasting and meeting new people.
  24. FL

    FrankL

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  25. ET

    EmelynT

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of tapas and wine. Roberto’s recommendations were great and was not disappointed.
  27. TJ

    TimJ

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable evening. Very relaxing atmosphere.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A group of us went for a birthday celebration. Ambiance was great! Knowledgeable and friendly staff. I’m excited to go back and try more options!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small shareable plates great wine selection, environment is perfect. Food was delicious cant wait to go back.
  30. CN

    ChristopherN

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding place to relax and get a great meal. Service is excellent and very friendly. Most highly recommend this place.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, creative, flavor-explosive plates! Freshest ingredients. Light and flavorful lemon cake dessert. Fun wine flights! Friendly, personable, knowledgable staff (Shannon and Marcos) and owner (Karina)! Great vibe, ambiance and music, too.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fresh and we really enjoyed our wine flights and tapas!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Devine. Everything is fresh, healthy and delicious. The staff is attentive, informative and really make you feel at home. Don't forget dessert here. Buon Appetito ❤️
  34. B

    Becky

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The chef is amazing! We have a small charcuterie plate, an arugula salad and ahi tuna. Each of them were excellent. We also had two parfait desserts that were gluten and sugar free - wow they were so delicious! Highly recommended!
  35. H

    Happydiner

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This was our first visit. Food and wine were very tasty. I did a flight, the others chose glasses. We had grilled octopus, shrimp tacos and a panini. Everyone was happy with their choice. We had a great evening!
  36. JS

    JoannS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First visit to Zest. Great patio area, very nice music. Roberto our waiter was extremely helpful on explaining everything to us. Maybe get more variety on food menu. Overall, very nice experience.
  37. K

    Karebear

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such a gem. Great food and service. Everyone is so personable. Roberto/Andy is amazing and so knowledgeable in everything wine. Such a treat to go there. Katrina did an amazing job with the cozy space.

FAQs

Zest Wine Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 3 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

  • 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

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, High Tea, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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