Zesta Cucina

4.3
228 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Since the year 1999, Zesta Cucina has been a very popular Italian Restaurant with influences from all over the world. Catering to small children and families.
Our menu is seasonal and it changes with different dinner specials every two weeks. The setting is always service oriented and the restaurant is perfect for families.
It's a fun place for friends to gather with a great happy hour and fantastic banquet facilities.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 228 people are saying
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vipokko
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

While we made a reservation on Open Table -- and the front desk staff acknowledged that we indeed had a reservation at the appointed time -- they said "we don't make reservations for the bar but we'll help you find seating in there." Confusing? Yes. Potentially a deal-breaker? Yes. More clarity on the reservation policy, please, Zesta.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food and service. the hostesses left something to be desired, not friendly or welcoming. everything else was fantastic and would definitely recommend to friends!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

They took a 7:45 reservation but then we were extremely rushed and told the kitchen was shutting down at 8pm. Had this been communicated up front we would not have dined here… my husband tried to order another drink while we were still eating and enjoying our wine (trying to at least, as we being rushed), and was told the bar was closed. We did not receive a last call notification.
While our server was very good, the entire experience was not. And not what we’ve experienced in the past.

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vipLFA1960
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zesta Cucina is our “go to” spot for great food and service. The seasonal peach cremebrule draws us in weekly during September. Consistently the best dine out meal in Yakima.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food
Large food portion
We will gladly return for a date night

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vipPorkchop
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Too many screaming kids. Predictable, but fine food.

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ARK63
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a great atmosphere

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vipLori
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambiance, food and service. Jacob was awesome and very attentive to our requests. Zesta is one of the best in Yakima!

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vipAlfred
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Covid precautions in place. This was a surprisingly great experience for us. Low noise volume, excellent food that I didn't cook, and great company. Recommend to anyone. Easy reservation with OpenTable.

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MattL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A family dinner with my wife and kids to celebrate a birthday.
Timing for seating, drinks, ordering and receiving food was great.
Flavor of the food was just as expected as well as hot and plentiful.

Only two down grades.
Felt just a little rushed at the end of dinner (7:45) after deserts when the restaurant didn't close until 8:00 pm. And it was just a little too noisy for easy conversation across a 5 person table.

Will absolutely go again and encourage people of Yakima to keep supporting this delicious local restaurant.

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vipLori
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience as per usual, however the table that we sat at in the bar had a cool air vent blowing right on it so we were slightly uncomfortable and had to keep our coats on the entire time. Other than that, the food and drink was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, nice wait staff and host. Food came out quick and was appropriately priced. App/ 2 entrees/dessert/2 glasses of wine was about $100. One glass of wine took too long, but Covid. Parking is odd because it’s in a shared building. Would definitely go back

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vipLori
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Zesta! Great food and great service from Jacob. One of our fave places!

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LKate
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s kind of pricey. The food was excellent. We had the Brussels sprouts appetizer. It had tomatoes in it. I think they were lightly roasted. It was just enough to make them hard to use a fork on. One burst all over me. I think cutting the tomatoes in half would improve it. I had the cedar planked salmon with risotto and wonderfully perfect green beans with a hint of garlic. They really did a fantastic job with vegetables. Husband had a pasta dish. The pasta shapes resembled wontons. Great texture. I think they had ricotta or something inside. Creamy pesto sauce. Husband would have preferred a more traditional pesto, but I thought it was great. We also had Italian sodas. Our waitress was good. I’d rate it higher if the cost wasn’t so high. And for some reason, each time I’ve come here, I’ve been seated on the upper level. I’d like to experience the lower level, too.

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vipLori
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zesta never fails us! Another nice dinner - great food and drink. It’s nice to be back inside the restaurant again, and they did a great job of keeping everyone socially distanced and the facilities were very clean. A breath of fresh air when we needed it!

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food4thesoul
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were anxious to be able to go out to one of our favorite restaurants. They did a great job complying with the guidelines for COVID 19. As always the service was great.

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JamesR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as always. The best you can do with the madness that is going on at the present time. Good food, good people, good time.

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MichaelD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is well known as one of the best restaurants in Yakima. Great drinks and wonderful food! The bar is very comfortable and you feel safe there.

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Couldbeacritic
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience2

First off, they don’t use the Open Table reservation service. So if you want a reservation you have to call ahead. Second: every time I have been here I walk away thinking I could have had better for less somewhere else. My wife for some reason loves the place, but even she commented on how bad the service was this time.
As far as the food goes, my pasta was over cooked and drowning in sauce. The meatballs appeared to have been made fresh by Sysco or food services of America. Definitely not worth the additional $6.

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rayhecox
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I along with many friends have long enjoyed the dining experience at Zesta.
The food is always great as is the friendly and prompt service. Only negative for hearing impaired like me, is the noise level is lively.

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NicolleC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I took my friend there for his birthday and they were out of both of the entrees we picked for dinner
and we orders our apps to go with dinner. Very disappointing and no one really cared either. I will not be going there anytime soon. Yes the owner pick up our tab but that really wasn't the point. We wanted to eat dinner there, out of ribs and Mahi Mahi. If anything we should of got a gift card to try and come back again. Restaurants don't understand there are alot of choices in Yakima these days and if customers are not happy they just will not be back, a gift card would of got us back to maybe change our mind about the restaurant.

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JoyP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fresh sheet was amazing. Mahi mahi plate was so good, scallops cooked perfectly. Great kid meals for a wonderful value. They will even bring out dough for them to play with. The tables have paper sheets that everyone can color on but it still looks very nice. Every time we go this restaurant exceeds my expection.

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RoyK
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with family. I made the comment that we could have easily passed the plates around and everyone would have enjoyed the meal ordered by someone else. Entrees were well plated and cooked to perfection.

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JeffL
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a surprise Birthday party here for my wife. We were treated like family, as always. Super friendly staff, excellent service and food. We highly recommend this for special occasions and romantic dining. Happy hour is fun too.

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TLDP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

we have enjoyed this restaurant in the past. However this time the service was rushed. We had just finished our appetizer and our dinner was delivered and lukewarm. We had to ask to have our dessert held until we were ready. We were never asked how things were. Not up to par....

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent place would definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Restaurant was extremely busy and loud but staff did a good job in keeping things moving. Food was satisfactory but forgettable but wine was served too warm which suggests poor storage conditions.

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vipLFA1960
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peaches are in season in the Yakima valley and Peach Creme Brûlée is the highlight of the menu at Zesta Cucina. Enjoy while it lasts!

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StevenS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the server we had was prompt and checked on us often and drinks were filled fast.

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GaryR
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious,thoughtfully prepared, perfectly seasoned food delivered in a great atmosphere. The owner, Lucho de la Combe, knows what it means to be a restaurateur.

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LarryK
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always take my older parents here when we come to town. The food is great, the location is fun, and it is just a nice place to be.

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CarolynC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, comfortable atmosphere, excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Table was ready as soon as we walked in the door and we were seated immediately. Service was very good. Really, we wanted for nothing. Food was brought the table relatively quickly and for the most part was delicious. Only thing we didn’t like was the Caesar salad dressing. It was a some citrus version instead of traditional creamy egg version. Overall, very enjoyable, generous portions, comfortable ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was sorry to have missed the mushroom ravioli. We ordered it, but were told after waiting, you were out of it. Chose something else, that was OK but not brilliant

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SuzanneS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the celebratory interior of Zesta along with the top notch service and delicious food options. Highly recommend it!

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RobertG
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just a bit slow to get seated but then everything was great after that. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as usual

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Alex
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was very good with the sauce on the halibut just gorgeous. The plate looked fantastic as well. The server was very pleasant, fast, professional and friendly. Could ask nothing more of her. I would say we dine there every month to two months, and we have never had anything even remotely dissatisfying. My only negative is the atmosphere...it could be updated.

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Foodie
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Yakima. The food was superb and the atmosphere great. A great place to have a dinner or celebration.

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RaeAnneO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the children received their food promptly, that allowed us to help them and still enjoy our meal. They really enjoyed it also. The food was very good. We go often and have never been disappointed.

FAQs

Zesta Cucina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (509) 972-2000.

Zesta Cucina is rated 4.3 stars by 228 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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