Live music , more for older crowd but still enjoyed environment.
The restaurant was incredibly noisy. This was the second time we were there and it was terribly noisy both times. The restaurant caters to large parties and doesn’t really care about the occasional Saturday night reservation. We waited an hour and a half for our meals because the kitchen got backed up because of the large parties. One man was shouting at his dinner table and this was acceptable.
Then the live band started playing just as some of the large parties started leaving. If you are looking to hear the people at your table or a relaxing dinner, not here
As usual, Chef Vince’s food is over the top. From the great shareable salads to the awesome Gnochi in ‘supreme’ sauce to the entree’s ( grouper, flounder and seafood diovalo).
Very pricey. But outstanding overall. Best regards to the chef.
Chef Vince is great. He makes a dish for us that isn't on the menu, all we have to do is ask for it. He's great and the food is outstanding.
Always solid with the items served at Zeal, you can rarely go wrong. The prices are good for the food you get. The gnocchi were good, albeit a little heavier than I recall but good overall. A neighborhood gem, I was here two days before for lunch. One of my favorite spots.
First time at Zeal and we’ll be back excellent food , service and value for money.
For anyone with food allergies, stay away! I asked for my son's sliders plain, only cheese, they came with everything. After I told our waitress, they literally wiped them off, put new cheese on them and returned them to our table...with ketchup still on them. If this is how careless and cheap they are, why would my son's food allergies be important. We have a difficult time finding new places to go, this was by far the worst experience I've had in a long time. I will let all our family and friends know, never to try Zeal's. For a chef that values himself as much as stated on his website, really didn't show.
Found this restaurant to be so-so. Had a drink at the bar before dinner - cocktails were a bit sweet and not well balanced. Had the shrimp cocktail for appetizer- best part of the meal. Tried the short ribs for dinner - way over cooked and obviously reheated. Other diner’s meals were okay, but nothing special. I wouldn’t go running back, but it was okay to give it a try.
Zeal never ceases to amaze us. Brought relatives in from out of town and had another great experience. Joe the bartender did a great job filling in for Chuck. The food was fantastic and the entertainment was delightful.
We went to lunch during Northwest Restaurant Week. A very good choice . I had the chopped salad, excellent. My husband had Stretchatella soup and liked it. We both had Stuffed Meatballs with Polenta. OMG, they were gigantic and delicious. Neither of us ate more than one. Had to save a bit of room for dessert. Caramel sea salt gelato with caramel popcorn and chocolate/caramel drizzle. WOW. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
Tremendous value on Sunday Dinner. The 4course sunday zeal deal can't be beat $19.99. You will take food home.
Food took way too long. Steaks were all over cooked and sprouts were almost raw.
Zeal is always fabulous, Vince is so creative. We are never disappointed.
Not as impressed this time as the first time we ate at Zeal. That being said, it was much more crowded this time. Steaks were a little well done for my taste. I ordered medium well, my friend ordered medium; neither had any pink in them. Service was pretty good. Waiter wasn’t quite as attentive as he could have been but still good. I would eat here again probably.
Food, drinks and deserts were very good! But our waiter should go back to what he was doing before.
House wine in bar gave me a headache. Wouldn’t suggest anyone having it again.
Very nice place. The food is fantastic and you get lots of food. Actually one dish could easily feed two people.
Yum! Went there for restaurant week! We will be going back!
I met a friend at the bar before have a meal in the restaurant to have a couple of cocktails. The bartender was great, friendly, accommodating and all around nice, as well the owner came out and spoke with us as well. When going into the restaurant many items on their special wall menu were unavailable. Keep in mind they opened at 4pm and my reservation was at 630. I was disappointed in that as well as the server was not exceptionally friendly or came back to check on us. The food was average at best. A very disappointing restaurant.
Very few vegetarian options. We ordered the artichoke heart, burnt pasta, penne suprema and 4 cheese trottole pastas.
Only the burnt pasta was okay. The artichoke heart had a lot of stuffing, the suprema sauce was too runny and the 4 cheese trottole wasn’t any good either.
Excellent food with generous portions to take home, very reasonably priced wine list, not hurried, a bit loud but fun on a Saturday night!!
Zeal is great as always. Service was a little under what we normally experience but didn’t detract from a great meal.
Great service. Our waiter, Jimmy, was also a sommelier so was able to suggest a fabulous wine, and gave us tips on our dinner selections. I ordered the lollipop lamb chops and my friend ordered the pine nut encrusted scallops, both were delicious, although I made the mistake of ordering mine medium...should have ordered medium rare. Jimmy came back to ask our opinions about the wine selection, as well as the food, and seemed to genuinely be interested in our opinions, asking further questions to our responses. It never felt like an intrusion, and when my friend and I were in a serious conversation he never interrupted. They do have live music, at least on Fridays, and it did get a bit louder, but did not effect our conversation. Quite enjoyable, and I would recommend and go back.
We have been wanting to try Zeal for a very long time. My husband's dad was friends with the owner and loves his old restaurant as well. I booked it for Valentine's Day and could not be more happy that I did. The food was amazing!! Every bite was bursting with flavor. The wine was exactly what I was craving with each note bouncing independently off my palate. Service was really good and they had live music. I will definitely be back, soon!!
Lauren was very helpful and attentive.
We enjoyed our visit.
Surf and turf was perfect.
We opted out of our table seats to stay for the bar dining , with a good duet singing Greg songs on a Valentine’s Day , the bar tender ( forgot his name) was first class and made the evening special- food was excellent, finished with some dancing , and excellent wine!
The atmosphere was fine. The service was fine. The food was terrible. The chicken francaise over angel hair pasta had no taste. It was bland and seemed to have been microwaved. The scallops had no taste with poor seasoning. It was our second and last time at this restaurant.
My date and I spent an evening dining at the bar. While I took a restroom break the bartender was extremely inappropriate toward my girlfriend prompting her to leave me for him. While I'm not concerned she would take him up on the offer it put a damper on the evening to say the least. I would recommend if you dine at Zeal you stick with a high top or grab a regular table, avoid the leach.
Excellent appetizers and entree. The staff was great and Vince (owner) spent some time with us talking about the menu - outstanding.
Everything was very good but we missed the menus that light up. Actually, that was the reason we decided to come to your restaurant.
Let’s be frank. We had an 8 pm reservation. We were seated at 8:15. We ordered a cocktail and a cheese board appetizer right away. The drinks came within five minutes. They brought us the oil for bread dipping at 8:45, but no bread. The server didn’t take our food order until 9:00. The bread came at 9:15. The cheese board came within 10 minutes after the bread. We were pleased with the cheese board spread, but the service was unacceptable. For entrees, we ordered lamb chops at medium rare temp and a fish dish called bacala. The fish came in about 10-15 minutes and was a surprisingly delicious treat. The lamb chops arrived about 10 minutes later and they were served to us well done. This was a huge disappointment. We actually told the waitress that this was our first and last time at this restaurant. She apologized and comped the lamb chops. Then she told us that the kitchen was short-staffed and began to tell us the personal problems the head chef was enduring. To try and make things right, the waitress gave us a $50 gift card. To be honest, some of the food was good but some was substandard. The specials board was illegible, the restaurant wasn’t super clean (even had gnats and other bugs inside), it was way too loud, the serving time was WAY too slow, and the over cooked lamb was criminal, especially for the price. The waitress was very sweet and did her best to accommodate and try to make up for the poor experience. We’re actually giving the gift card away and will not be coming back.
didn't not feel as upscale as it used to. There were no white table cloths anymore just the wood table not light up menus and more light in the restaurant.
This is a wonderful restaurant to enjoy a fabulous meal with excellent service and a beautiful environment. The chef is attentive, and creatively designs the best options. I highly recommend this restaurant. We enjoyed a three hour dinner and felt very welcomed.
Very accommodating. Chef Vince made a dish that we requested that wasn't on the menu. It was outstanding.
Several of us went to Zeal for lunch to celebrate a teammate's 5-year service anniversary. We all lived it! Great food, excellent service, and great value.
We were celebrating my friend's birthday. A large gift-wrapped present was on the table, it would have been a nice gesture if the waiter had brought a scoop of ice cream or something at the end of the meal! But not a deal breaker.
I would call the menu Midwest comfort food. My friend and I shared a 1/2 meatball salad. Loved it! Would return to enjoy that for lunch.
Good food at a reasonable price.
Food was awesome and the band playing in the bar was fantastic! Service was great!
Food is nothing great. Its edible. But price is high for that.
Food was delicious and our server, Gary was a pleasure.