Zest Kitchen & Bar

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124 reviews
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we are a 21+ establishment. zest kitchen & bar is a healthy vegetarian & 100% gluten-free restaurant & cocktail bar with a vibrant nightlife. with the best vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free food in salt lake city, we provide healthy dining options made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients; a full service bar featuring hand crafted cocktails with one of the largest selections of locally produced wines and beers; and live music, deejays, and dancing. we invite you to come and discover why zest kitchen & bar is becoming one of the best restaurants in salt lake city. we are 21+ ONLY.  
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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter is vegan so when we have a girls' night, we go to Zest. I like that I can enjoy the food too and the desserts are fantastic! The service has always been great: friendly and informative but never pushy. I'll be going back!

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AB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I have been to Zest a few times and this last time was disappointing. Our waitress was not very attentive. I had to keep asking for stuff and when my mother was in the process of asking questions about the menu, the waitress walked off. I can only attribute it that she must have not heard my mother. The food this time was less than adequate; I am assuming maybe problems in the kitchen that evening. Every other time I have eaten at Zest it has been amazing! The food and the service. But this time was very disappointing. It made a very bad first impression on my mother who had never been there and vouched never to return....hopefully our next experience won’t be the same.

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JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zest was part of a perfect evening. Their attention to detail was over the top. I've dined in every major city in the U.S. and Zest makes me proud to live in the SLC area

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CS
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend visiting for Sundance Film festival, so we went to Zest before a movie at the SLC Library. She had the Irish stew, and I had the Thai Sunrise. Both were fabulous! The combination of fresh ingredients and layers of flavors were incredible. I cannot wait to go back!

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have been gluten and dairy free for going on 10 years now, and have been vegan (and even raw) for a portion of that time. So, I've tried a LOT of different "alternative" foods and restaurants.

While I thought it was FANTASTIC to be able to order anything off of the menu that I wanted, without having to make special requests or feeling limited, the food itself was.. just ok. It was good for being vegan and gluten free. That said, I feel like it should just be *good food*, with no caveats. And unfortunately, it wasn't...

Don't get me wrong, it is definitely good *for being vegan and gluten free*, but don't be fooled into thinking you are getting "just good food." You can definitely tell it's alternative. Warn your gluten, dairy and meat eating friends beforehand ;)

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IF
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, the food is amazing! Best kept secret in town. I love that all the food available is vegan and that they don't use refined sugar.

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GM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Friendly, friendly, friendly. Went on a Sundance night so one might expect them to be lost in the hectic pace of the weekend. No. The bartender was friendly, attentive, and quite skilled. He saw that our appetizers were delivered promptly and that our drinks were transferred to the table. Dinner was delicious and I am not a vegetarian. If I could eat off their menu each night, I would convert. Portions were plenty and the room was not very noisy given how busy they were. I will definitely return.

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GS
Salt Lake City
60 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Next time I will come up with a new set of exquisite words to continue my love affair with Zest. Soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice quiet day. Everyone was nice and friendly. I will be definitely be going back again.

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CR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum. Love the variety of vegan food. Great service.

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

The food was great, waitress was very good, knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere is casual and would be a great place for a romantic evening

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food!

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GS
Salt Lake City
60 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zest is amazing. What a way to round out a year!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great exprience. The food was excellent, but I want to especially give a shout out to our great server, Adrienne. She was very attentive and friendly, and she even asked if my friend and I had a play to go to that night (which we did) and then offered to keep track of time for us so that we could just chat it up until we needed to leave. Great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a yummy brunch. The food and service were spot on and the bloody Marys were delicious as well.

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LV
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was indescribably good!! And the staff was very friendly. Cute little modern place. Only negative notes are the chairs are uncomfortable, and they put nutmeg in my cocktail which I didn’t care for, and it wasn’t mentioned in the description of the drink. Will definitely go there again! And would recommend to a friend!

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time there as always. Casey (the owner) and the Zest family there are always great and the food is always top notch and the new revamped menu is exciting and I can't wait to for my next visit.

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a
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh, innovative and interesting. Great service, noisy with lots of people and the music was too loud to have a conversation. One of my fave places to take friends that haven’t tried it .

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were blown away by all of the options. We’re still dreaming about the meal.

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SB
Jackson Hole
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Service and a menu that will make you want to return and check out more.

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JK
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went with two other people and every one of our meals were excellent. They have done very unique, delicious cocktails as well. I left feeling satisfied with my healthy meal.

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F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious vegan menu, with great service and a nice vibe. I wish the chef would add tofu and seitan to the menu, but still, cashews go a long way.

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GS
Salt Lake City
60 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is wonderful for vegan lovers. The surprise comes when my meat and potatoes friends ask to come back to Zest

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D
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I’ve eaten here a couple other times, and it has been quite good. This time, the “cheese” plate was delicious, Irish stew was excellent, but the mac & cheese was mushy and bland. But I will be back again and get something different and i’m sure it will be great again because there are so many yummy vegan options.

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NG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best vegan restaurants I have experienced. Highly recommend.

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c
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing! My favorite restaurant in SLC! The food and drinks were amazing. A wonderful atmosphere for our 1 year anniversary. I absolutely loved both our appetizer and our entrees.

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JL
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An absolutely outstanding eating/dining experience. My client friends (we were all from out of town) wanted a destination restaurant that served gluten-free food and ample vegetarian options. Great food, personal attention, and an energizing environment. Highly recommend but definitely plan ahead. The place was packed.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I food was pretty good but not great and the service was average to below average. Would go again and give it another shot for sure as i hesitate to judge off of one visit on a weeknight. Lighting was cool, seating was good, noise level was about what you would expect from the space not loud but not quite either and the layout was cool.

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SW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and our waiter was was fun and very helpful.

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The Irish Stew was fantastic and the spinach dip was amazing.

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CJ
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service unorganized. Not enough menu variety. Not enough choices
Menu needs an overhaul

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GS
Salt Lake City
60 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I invited a died in the wool carnivore here. He was so impressed he said that he wants to come back!

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N
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talk about everything you want in one spot!! All Gluten Free, ALL Vegan, and almost all Organic. So delicious with great hand crafted cocktails as well!!

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WC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Innovative menu with great food in a slightly quirky setting. Recommended!

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l
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about this place! The food, ambiance, service. The bartender (wish I got her name!) was so friendly and helpful. The food delish. I was only in town for 3 night but ate there twice! This will definitely be my go-to place whenever I'm in SLC. Try it, you'll love it.

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MS
Austin
36 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner so much the night before that we went back for the brunch on Sunday. If you are looking for an allergy free restaurant, this is the place.

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GS
Salt Lake City
60 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t know why Zest gets better every time I go. But it does!

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MS
Austin
36 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten free heaven and the best crafted cocktails we have ever tasted

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I'm visiting my vegan sister in SLC, with our third vegan sister. They go to Zest for special occasions and wanted to share y'all's cuisine with me. Mixed drinks were very good (not exceptional, though); food was tasty and plentiful. Especially liked the baked mushrooms and stuffed avocados, though it took a very long time for the mushroom appeitzers to arrive. Nice to have a vegan place in SLC that's creative and pleasant to spend an evening!

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D
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Zest is one of the few restaurants with vegan options that also offer oil free options on their menu. As a follower of The Starch Solution I am one of many who are always in search of restaurants that offer nourishing food without harmful, artery clogging oil. The dishes at Zest are delicious, beautifully plated, and have surprised my non-vegan date enough to bring him for a second visit. The jalapeno poppers were heavenly! Thank you!

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