Zesti

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$30 and under
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Global, International
Celebrity chef Michael Feker’s global traveles and experiences, combined with his passion for food and culinary artistry have sprouted life in Lake Country! Experience gourmet flavor infusions from around the world in a casual atmosphere with beautiful wines, craft brews and signature cocktails taste tested and approved by chef Feker himself! get back to the table and add some Zest to your life!
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KV
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our third visit to Zesti, and we’ll keep coming back. Claire was our sweet and attentive waitress that was very helpful with menu items. We had two appetizers to share, the eggplant and the calamari. Both were flavorful but the calamari is more onion string than calamari, as Claire warned us. We shared the Wild Caught Salmon that was blackened with dill sauce, served with roasted 1/4 cut potatoes and asparagus. It was flavorful and a generous portion. If I had a improvement to suggest, it would be that the bar area was bigger to accommodate the crowd, but the bartenders keep up.

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was good

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was exceptional as usual

r
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Excellent Food and Ambiance. Noise level is still way too high here. Service was exceptionally slow and off, except at the bar.

RK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, a bit high priced but not to high, especially for the quality of food as it was delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food. Love this place!

MM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

We have been to Zesti a couple of times. Both visits it’s been very chaotic. The wait staff is always running around like they have never worked in a restaurant. The food was good but they were out of duck and that was what my husband was planning on ordering....

CS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Zesti. The food is fantastic. I ordered the gluten free linguine dish and it was amazing. The restaurant was short staffed for the evening due to some servers calling out sick with the flu and our service was still wonderful. Knowledgeable, honest waitstaff, good wine list, great ambiance, and overall great experience. The server told my 11 year-old son that even though it wasn't on the menu, he could have any pasta he wanted with all the variations as choices, and the same would apply for the pizzas. Very accommodating!! We were too full for dessert, but I'm sure it would have rocked. Try this restaurant with family, date night, out with friends, etc... You won't be disappointed.

k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GreT food, with particular attention to gluten free dietary needs. Wonderful service in a festive atmosphere.

MH
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Caesar salad is the best we have ever had and the Spaghetti Bolognese is simply OUTSTANDING!! We are frequent customers of Zesti and have never been disappointed in our meal or the service. Great job to the owners, chef, waitresses and all supporting staff!

K
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, Awesome attentive proffesional staff, decor and atmosphere cool!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! From the service to t

TB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit to Zesti. Overall it was very enjoyable. The only "issue" we had was that the 3 pasta dishes did not meet our expectations.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Moroccan lamb was bland. Lasagna was odd tasting. Ingredients were different. Suspect trying to be unique instead of sticking to the basics. My fiancee had an upset stomache all night. Should have gone to the bar down the street.

RS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

As always, the food at Zesti was wonderful!! The incredible tastes that come off of one plate are amazing!!

We must had a newer server, as she was not very attentive, not offering pepper or fresh par-mason on our pasta dish, and once we were served, we did not see her again until she brought our check?

We have dined at Zesti several times and this is not the norm. Normally the service and food is always outstanding!!

We will be back!!!

BA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We go to Zesti as one of our regular dinner restaurants. I am a chef and truly appreciate both the quality and preparation of the food. They constantly deliver an excellent dining experience.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was terrible! Bartender and the waitress both messed up our checks, separately. Waited forever and ever for the waitress.

FU
Naples
54 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Had the bolognese, because we had so much about it. Average. Won’t hurry back

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I planned to come here for a date night after seeing the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train down the street. There were a few families with young kids coming from that too, so it was noisy at first. We got a table next to an interior wall and it was warmer than next to the garage door window wall, but the floor and table was sloping noticeably in this old building! The rest of the decor was upscale trendy and there was a beautiful Xmas tree by the door. The private bathroom was nice and clean.
He got the stuffed pork chops which were hearty. I ordered the duck with blueberry reduction and it was really good paired with the potato tart and sauteed spinach, but be warned the blueberry makes your teeth and mouth look super scary! Depending on your humor it might not be a good choice for a date. The server seemed rushed and was hard to understand at first, but by the time I got tea and we finished up with a creme brulee she was friendly. It was a good way to spend the evening getting into the Xmas spirit!

BZ
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good and we had a good time. When setting up the reservation I through Open Table I put that we were celebrating a birthday. When asked for special instructions I asked that Tiramisu be brought out after our meals to help celebrate the birthday. We never received that or any acknowledgement of it. I am not sure if there was some miscommunication from Open Table to Zesti or if the hostess never relayed it to the waitress. Just wanted to throw it out there so they pay closer attention to when people add in special instructions. It would have been nice to surprise his with his favorite dessert for his birthday, but it never happened.

MS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a slow Sunday evening but the food and service were excellent! The waitress had a good understanding of the wines by glass and could comment on each one to help us understand what we were looking at as we weren't familiar with some of the brands.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The atmosphere is nice however the temperature in the restaurant was cold. I had to keep my coat on most of the time.
My husband’s order was incorrect. The delivering waitress abruptly grabbed the plates From us. Then we had to wait extremely long for our diner as they forgot to put the corrected order in. They did mark 30% off then entire order.
As far as the food. The Chicken Fettuccine Carbonara was too loaded with raw garlic. Not good. Overall evening ruined.

HM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Décor was beautiful! A little pricey for me, but all in all was a great experience.

CH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Aside from being incredibly loud, the food was great, service awesome and overall a beautiful experience.

BG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zesty’s has become our favorite restaurant in the Hartland area. The food is always excellent, the staff is friendly, and we always enjoy our time there. Highly recommend it.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was very attentive and friendly. The food was delicious. The restaurant itself was clean and the decor was fabulous.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Date night for my boyfriend and I. Food was phenomenal!!!!

TM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except they had no record of our reservation, Reservation #: 2109807543. Took probably 5 minutes before they would seat us as I couldn't pull up reservation on my phone yet I knew I had a reservation. It was a bit awkward and uncomfortable. We were celebrating my in-laws anniversary before seeing a show, wanted both happy hour specials and dinners. It did work out eventually, since we promised to leave before 7pm.

DG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu is dependably diverse and delicious. I enjoy taking friends there for lunch, especially.

LC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zesti never disappoints! Wednesdays are half off a bottle of wine night so it's a win, win...delicious food and wine at a reasonable price! I honestly have to say that the beet salad and ravioli are my absolute favorite meal anywhere. I will keep coming back again and again.

LP
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our server didn't approach our table for 15 minutes and then never took credit for her mistake.

s
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We were seated and not greeted by the waitress for 15 mins. until we complained. She was apologetic and offered a glass of wine to me, which was appreciated. We ordered appetizer and had little or no calamari, 99 % onion strings. I ordered my salmon medium rare, and it came out deep fried and brown and hard, not pan seared. The waitress did not come back until my husband was done with his dinner and I was ready to leave. The waitress removed my salmon from the bill, I ate rice and green beans for dinner. Overall very disappointing.

S
Milwaukee
69 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were celebrating our parents’ birthdays, tho they are deceased. We had a wonderful experience, with our waitress being top notch. The cream of mushroom soup was delicious as was the accompanying bread. My sister enjoyed a ceaser salad, while I had the Croque Monsieur. It was very cheesy, and good, though I expected something other than a panini. We finished with tiramisu and a hazelnut chocolate torte, both outstanding.

T
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Zesti for dinner and were pleasantly surprised by the Sunday brunch menu! Great food and service!

BH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Food would have been delicious had It been served hot

Unfortunately service was slow food came out lukewarm.

N
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friday night meal. Had reservation. Was seated exactly on time. Very pleasant and attentive waitress. Had 2 of the specials and both were excellent.

PS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a great evening with excellent food. I was with my granddaughter before going to the Arrowhead Musical. There was activity and noise but it did not interfere with our conversation. I also inquired about a" Ladies Night Out" for Oconomowoc Woman's Club. It usually attacks 20 members. I was informed that the restaurant does not do separate checks. I was sorry to hear that as it is a requirement for us. I wonder why?

RM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have had several beautiful meals at this restaurant! I am G-free and they are so accommodating. Great service. I will be back!

BK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere... just a little noisy but not too distracting. Food options were interesting but didn't excite me. I don't recall same from earlier visits - perhaps a new menu for fall?

MR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was FABULOUS and the service wonderful. Every entree at our table of four was unique, fresh and so flavorful. It was a difficult decision to order as the selection was intriguing.
Upon walking in, the noise level was noticed and commented on...and it was still early. As the evening progressed, so did the noise level. I would not categorize it as "energetic" as the review offers. Conversation was difficult and the din was not conducive to enjoying the company at the table.
They were out of Spotted Cow - both draft and bottle, out of the wine we selected, but recommended a great substitute. When we asked for a second bottle of wine, they were out of the replacement. The substitutes were appreciated and very acceptable, but I found a low inventory early on a Friday evening a bit odd. I will return to try more of the items on the menu.