About Zest Kitchen & Bar

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.  

275 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Vegetarian, Vegan

Hours of Operation:
we are a 21+ establishment
Monday- Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Brunch: Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
W Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(801) 433-0589

Website:
http://www.zestslc.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zest Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (11)
Organic (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Seasonal (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Romantic (2)
Casual (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Zest is "our place". We love everything about this restaurant. Best service, food choices for my wife who is gluten/dairy free, friendliest staff in town. Great atmosphere... We eat there a few times a month and have never had a bad experience. Try their "Jalapeno Margarita"... Its amazing! Their chef is a wizard. How else could someone combine beets and chocolate and make it taste amazing? You will be pleasantly surprised... This place is the bomb.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fun, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Organic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent plant based foods, not fake meat, just deliciously designed.

Tags: Authentic, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Paleo Friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was shockingly good. I was pleasantly surprised with every aspect of this restaurant and would highly recommend it to even the most devoted carnivores. I love meat but I could eat at zest everyday. Meat lovers won’t be disappointed.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything we ordered was fabulous and everything on the menu looked like it would be fabulous as well. The food was fresh, nourishing, and so satisfying. The vibe was great and service though a bit slow to start was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I have never had a bad dining experience at zest. It’s our go to restaurant for date night!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This place is amazing! I am not vegan, but I love organic, creative food. The cocktails are creative and delicious. I wish we had a Zest in Pittsburgh! I went there 3x during my 4 days in Salt Lake City. Kudos to the chef!

Tags: Organic, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Tucson)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved this Restaurant. Great food great service. We will visit again next time in Salt Lake City!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing food. It is nice to see a restaurant dedicated to healthy food that tastes great. Presentation was great and our server was delightful. I am from OkC. Will defiantly come back

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent and the cocktails were steller. It's obvious that everyone that works here takes great pride in what they do.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I was on a trip with a vegetarian co-worker. The meals were crisp, fresh and tasty. Wold have preferred a few options with protein e.g. Tofu but overall quite nice

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Vegan
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 15, 2017

As an out of towner I have visited this place twice. The menu is great and the drink selections are very nice.
They are creative with their recipes, but I think they took creativity too far with the dinner version of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It turned out to be more like a avacado and apple quesadilla. I was disappointed, because I have had the lunch version of the grilled cheese and it was a good take on a grilled cheese that was still creatives. The rest of my dinner was really good though, so all was not lost. I will be in SLC next April and will visit this place again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food here is really amazing, especially considering that it is all gluten free. You would never know that it was gluten free just by tasting the food. Really worth trying.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vegan, Organic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Someone called several times from the restaurant several weeks before saying they would not honor reservations and then again to state they would not honor reservations through Open Table. They were rude and confrontational.
It was very disappointing as we have loved this place for years so conveniently located to our annual meeting. I had a reservation for Thursday and Friday so we could meet and introduce the place to others. I was so disappointed, as was my team, that we cancelled through Open Table the reservation for Friday evening. The establishment did not get the message from Open Table for some unknown connection reason to know of reservations so 30 minutes after our reservation I got a call from restaurant wondering where our table of 6 was. So sorry this place will no longer be a high recommendation from me.

Tags: Organic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My husband and I just love this place! The food combinations are unique and delicious!
One of our favorites is the brussel sprouts. You must try it !

Tags: Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Bar Seating, Healthy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Love this place! One of my all time favs!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

I've been wanting to try Zest for a long time. Finally made it and I was not disappointed. The food was amazing, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was warm and inviting. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be back. Soon.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Fantastic dinner! We stopped by to get a taste for SLC cuisine and so glad I found this spot. We're vegetarians but the food was so delish I'm considering to exploring more vegan options.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Amazing carrot cake. Fun environment, it was fairly busy, so the service was a little slower, but the food was great, very nice people and overall a great experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Vegan
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Well we never were able to experience the place since we were going for a mother/daughter dinner for Mothers Day and only to find out when we got there that it was 21 and older only. And here I thought this was a health food place without a liquor license and had my bottle of wine with me... Considering I have looked this up many times on Yelp, amazing that I never noticed it was really a BAR only, and that our teenage daughters would not be allowed to eat there. I look forward to going back and try again with my adult friends, but sure wish the site made it more clear about the age limits.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Love Zest Kitchen and Bar and dine there as often as possible.

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Enjoyed Zest resturant as a very avant garde resturant offering a very appealing menu of healthy offering. The selections from the bar were exotic and delicious. Will definitely dine again.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 25, 2017

As a vegetarian, it was great. Many choices and an excellent cocktail menu. My only criticism was that from where we sat (a booth by the window), I had a direct view of both the bartender and our server eating their own meal in between serving food to us. I found this weird and a little offputting. Other than that, food was great, servers were friendly and atmosphere was enjoyable.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Never disappoints! I could eat here every day and be happy! Thank you for good food & great service! Lifer!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Bar Seating
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great experience! Friendly staff and service! It seemed to be a bit understaffed for the evening, hard to get the attention of our server; however, everything went smoothly despite that! No mistakes on meal preferences, highly considerate of allergies, and simply delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I made Valentine's Day dinner reservations at Zest because my girlfriend is a vegetarian and I wanted to surprise her. We drove up from Orem which took about 40 mins due to traffic. She was impressed when we arrived because she had no idea that I had found Zest online and made reservations. The meal choices were perfect for her. I probably wouldn't come her by myself because I'd rather get a filet mignon down at Fleming's but I will definitely come back with her again. We had a couple glasses of wine and some cocktails that were delicious. There was a guitar player who showed up near the end of our meal and played some soothing music in the rear of the restaurant near where we were seated. It was a nice evening and she really enjoyed the food. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for healthy dining, a nice atmosphere, friendly wait staff, or if their partner is a vegetarian or vegan and they are looking to impress them.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for a Date, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Live Music, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Love this place! The food, environment, and service is exceptional!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Too little food;

Tags: Organic, Paleo Friendly
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Great service, unique food, amazing drinks, and desserts to die for! I recommend the grilled cheese and soup du jour. It was a satisfying twist on an old favorite

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Zest has a great drink menu!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Great experience - but I would return to this establishment in a heartbeat for the desserts alone. Hard to do gluten free with such success. Bravo!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Organic, Paleo Friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2017

One of the best restaurants in SLC--heck, anywhere. There are no bad choices on the menu, the staff is exceptionally knowledgable and quick to recommend favorites. The non-alcoholic drinks are delicious and the alcoholic drinks are both delicious *and* healthy. For non-vegetarian/vegans, the lack of meat is barely noticeable. Meals are filling and well-roudned. You might even be surprised how good you feel after eating here.

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Zest is amazing! Terrific food and amazing service. Very impressed by how friendly the whole staff is. Very filling, healthy vegan & gluten free food.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Delicious food, excellent service. Healthy menu items. Well suited for vegans, vegetarians, or those who want to eat healthy all or some of the time.

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2016

I was on a business trip in SLC. What a find! Cocktails were original and delicious. The mushroom stew was amazing. I had tea and the beet chocolate cake for desert. Again both delicious.

I wish I would have stopped in for dinner again before I departed SLC.

I will definitely be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Live Music, Outstanding Value, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Average food. Server held onto my cutlery rolled in serviette on table and scrunched this while talking to me. Ugh. Disappointed. Will not be coming back.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Food and drinks are delicious. Highly recommend this. Service is happy but slow and spottty.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 6, 2016

They had great cocktails that were different than anything you normally see. They also had some interesting food dishes. However, they did not have our reservation when we arrived. The service was slow and our waitress forgot things over and over. And we left hungry.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Zest is a great place to eat if you're looking for Vegetarian, Vegan, and/or Gluten-free options. Everything on the menu is clearly labeled as such and the wait staff was knowledgeable as well so it was easy to ask questions knowing we'd be safe to eat according to our dietary needs. While the food was good, it was a little on the heavier side but that is probably my own fault for ordering a grilled cheese with actual cheese on it. On the flip side, the dessert was AMAZING! Tiramisu Cheesecake😱! So good. We will probably go back to try their Pho and get another slice of Tiramisu Cheesecake! It was so good!

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on July 15, 2016

The food is wonderful!

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