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Zambra Restaurant

2164 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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Zambra is a gypsy dance of celebration, Arabic for 'flute', a wild bird, flamenco danced at a family gathering, a Moorish festival. Zambra is a group of talented people in Asheville, NC creating a feast for the senses. We create contemporary twists on the food of Spain and North Africa, and serve hundreds of wines from the land of the sun, the Iberian peninsula and all over the world. Zambra is a tapas bar and restaurant in downtown Asheville!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Open for Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm
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Phone number
(828) 232-1060
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adam Bannasch
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Cross street
Haywood Street
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Parking details
We do not have our own lot but there are parking garages close by...
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Live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 8PM.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. With the small, shareable dishes, you can set your own price point. Dishes range from $5 to $20. We had 6 dishes, 4 beers, a mixed drink and 2 desserts. Total was $100 before tip. Definitely worth a try. We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

This restaurant is exactly as advertised. If you are looking for a slightly offbeat, eclectic tapas restaurant with good food and good service you should go there. If you want something else, don't.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

Great place with very good food. Different food than lots of your everyday restaurants. Tried the octopus and it was awesome! I will definitely be back

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

This was hardly my first visit to Zambra; it's one of my wife's and my perennial favorites. Two years running now I've taken her and her children to Zambra for her birthday, and we've been delighted both times. The variety in their tapas offerings is sufficient to please both us and the children...quite a feat! The Brussels sprouts were our favorite, followed by the gnocchi, but you really can't go wrong with just about anything on the menu.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

Love this restaurant and the food is amazing. The tapas style is great because you get to try flavor combinations from multiple small dishes. I have had more flavorful tapas at other restaurants but this place doesn't disappoint. The menu is large and always changing which is nice and keeps me coming back.
The service kind of sucks. Every time I have gone the service has been subpar. The tapas concept is new or less familiar to some and the servers need to be patient or willing to walk through the menu instead of being annoyed or making the patron feel like an idiot. I am hesitant to bring friends or people who might not be as familiar with tapas because these ladies make no effort to explain or make newbies comfortable. Coming from a young female myself, I will admit they are all women with attitudes.

vipJack (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

Great food in a unique atmosphere. This is our second time eating at Zambra while in Asheville. Love the food choices.

VanW (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

Amazing. The atmosphere was nice, romantic and cozy. My husband and I shared 6 plates and all were outstanding. Highly recommend the trout. Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) and gnocchi tied for the best dishes of the night. Service was good, no complaints there. We've eaten at tons of Asheville spots and this is one of the best.

vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2017

Nice spot. We end up in Asheville about once a year driving to/from Florida. The "curator" at aloft recommended this place and it was a solid one. We walked over and it was quiet - no more than a quarter full. Karin, our wait person, had great recommendations for us about various tapas, as well how many we'd need to order. They were very tasty, especially the sesame encrusted scallops, mussels, and the chick peas. We had a good time - nice rustic feel to the place. Karin did a great job for us, too. We'll be back.

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2017

Everything was absolutely fantastic!

Cwk4328 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2017

We have reviewed this restaurant before, but being vegetarian and gluten free, we always find many choices on the menu. We keep thinking we will go somewhere else to eat, but always end up back at Zambra's. It has a wonderful ambience, great food, wonderful service usually and a good wine list. We love it there! Thank you for making our choices so easy.