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Zest - Water Beach Club Hotel

4.3
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Puerto Rican
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Bienvenidos a Zest, a restaurant where community, culture and local flavors mix with a relaxed atmosphere to celebrate Puerto Rican cuisine. Created by award-winning Chef Raul Correa, Zest serves a globally inspired casual menu influenced by iconic dishes and using hand-picked ingredients from our farming community. A warm, vibrant décor combining the elements-earth, wind, fire and water- create a sociable ambiance where you can enjoy delicious culinary delights and a creative selection of well -crafted cocktails and wines.
For parties larger than 8 people $68 (per person) pre-fix menu is required.

Any reservation more than 15 minutes late maybe subject to cancellation, unless notified prior to your reserved time.

Children's menu is not available.


¡Buen provecho!

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Puerto Rican, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Open Daily
Breakfast Monday-Friday 6:30 Am-11:00 am
Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am-11am,

After dinning experience visit Mist, our rooftop lounge
Sundays - Thursday 6:00 pm-11pm
Fridays and Saturdays 6:00 pm-1am
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Phone number
(787) 728-3666
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Isla Verde, Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRobBKtoBoston (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2017

Zest was a great find. It is a bit off the beaten path, as the San Juan Water and Beach Club is in a nook in Isla Verde on the beach. We got there after sunset, but I suspect that sunset would be rather pretty, right on the water.

The food was well executed and had unique takes on Latin/PR traditional foods for many of the things on the menu, but also had some completely special treats. Everything everyone ordered was delicious and well executed.

Even if you are not a truffle fan, I highly recommend the truffle popcorn soup in particular. Also, the drink list has some really unique cocktails. Lastly, the wine list is very reasonably priced while having good options too. This is definitely a restaurant I'd recommend if someone found themselves in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on April 6, 2017

The restaurant atmosphere is terrific and the service was great. The appetizers and desserts were good but the main courses were very disappointing. The presentation of the food was excellent but unfortunately the taste just was not there. Overall it was bland and tasteless. The better main courses were the salmon and chicken. The not so good were the short ribs and steak. The value for the dollar is not very good. We were disappointed as we had eaten here a number of times before they changed the menu and loved it. The new menu does not show off the previous talent of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

The service, food and drinks was amazing!

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KR2899 (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2017

Great food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipJtable01pr (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

Great place and very chic boutique hotel in front of the beach. Quiet and pleasant. Atmosphere is modern yet cozy. Wait staff very attentive. Food was creative and good. 2 of 4 in our group found it a bit salty. Went up to the rooftop bar Mist after for a drink. Also very nice and great views.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

The food was great!!!! Had a burger accompanied with Mofongo. Great ambience as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2017

We are here several times on vacation and it was very good each time- especially love the fried chicken sliders! Restaurant has a water theme that is very cool.

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JeffM (Detroit)
2.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

A little too uneven for their price point. Some things were well prepared and presented. Others were not done well. A steak was unevenly cooked. A lava cake was overlooked to the point that there was little lava left.

It seems it could be great. Maybe since it was Christmas Eve the usual chef was not there.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

Very tasty & creative food in an upscale but comfortable environment.

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vipSierra (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

Online menu is not current which posed a problem when they did not have a Caesar salad and they were not very flexible about providing some sort of salad even though there was a dish with arugula on the menu

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2016

First time here. We had the snapper and the steak. Both were excellent. Also had the Unique cocktails which were superb. We'd go back again.

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Decent (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Isla Verde resident. Overall, a very good experience. Food was excellent - get the Seabass. Only negative was the price/value. I've had equally delicious, if not better, food in my area at a much more economical price point. You're paying a premium to dine in a hotel.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

Amazing food! Delicious creations by chef Raul Correa The popcorn soup, skirt steak and sea bass were amazing! So was the service. Beautifully decorated restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Excellent seafood. Very fresh and well-prepared

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vipdine2luv (Caribbean)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

We try the tasting menu, was excellent! Chef Correa is making an outstanding job creating plates out of this world like a Tuna Tartar with avocado sorbet and a Popcorn Soup soup with truffle butter, both divine!

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on July 10, 2016

This is my 4th time at the restaurant, perhaps the last. I believe this is the only time where the chef Correa did not directly prepare our food, it showed. The crispy viandas with the fish were tough and dry, way overcooked, the sauce was rather stale and flavorless. The Brussel sprouts with the short rib were simply burnt to the point of being inedible...I was very dissapointed. Additionally, the pork belly in the Lechon appetizer were not done correctly, they tasted almost raw. They were not pan seared but rather crowded in the same pan and steamed together. Previously I had gotten this dish and was crispy, with the right amount of hoisin, this time it was utterly terrible. Two people in our party got sick overnight
The service, like always was spotless, great attention, our server was simply delightful.
This was my favorite restaurant by far...not any longer. I heard they are changing the menu, however I might be more interested if they change the sue chef or whoever was cooking that day...

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vipBelcuore (Caribbean)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

Just like I read in some reviews, the arroz con pollo is one of the best things I have eaten in a long time. Delicious!
Didn't care for the popcorn soup (looked too heavy and creamy) but too many good things to try on the menu.
Service was very good. Will definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
4.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

It was my birthday and we got together 10 friends. We had a good time, and the food was really good. We were hoping the restaurant close a little bit later so we felt a little pressure from the waiters for us to finish, even though they didn't say anything.

The service was average. She was nice but wasn't that attentive with the drinks. We would've consumed a lot more bottles of Rose if she passed more by the table.

I really loved the environment, the food, the vibes, the place as a whole. I would come back for special occasions or girls night.

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vipJohnZ (Miami)
2.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

Beautiful place but food was not what I expected.
Had a strong fishy smell in restaurant so we didn't order any fish.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

I dined here with friends while vacationing in Puerto Rico. After reading excellent reviews of Zest, we booked a reservation. Everything was perfect. Our server was friendly and took time to explain the menu, telling us his favorite dishes. The drinks we ordered were outstanding, colorful and served in unique glassware, which I appreciate. The popcorn soup is amazing, trust me, you must order this. The entrees were perfectly cooked. Our only complaint was the couple sitting next to us that fought the entire meal, but that's not the restaurants fault! I'll recommend this place to all my friends who visit San Juan.

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