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Zzest Cafe & Bar

1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
+1 507-424-0080
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“charcuterie” (5 reviews)
“tasting menu” (4 reviews)
“lamb burger” (3 reviews)
16:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
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Reviewed 18 May 2015

We love this restaurant! The menu changes frequently so it's a new dining experience almost every time we visit. The staff is friendly and helpful. The ambience is outstanding. When the weather is nice dining outside is an option or you can sit at the...More

Thank Lois F
Reviewed 13 May 2015 via mobile

Very disappointed. Ordered the duck dog and Korean BBQ tacos. Had both before and they were delicious. This time the duck dog didn't come prepared as described on menu. Missing the duck fat and relish. The tacos were simply shredded pork with chopped onions. There...More

Thank MnNice61
Reviewed 11 May 2015

This is a kind of hip restaurant with a youthful feel. The atmosphere is casual. It is in an easy to get to strip mall (along with Trader Joes) across from the Apache Mall. Portion sizes are average. They have a good selection of beers...More

Thank stillwatercove
Reviewed 11 May 2015

On lark we were in Rochester and stopped in for lunch at Zzest. I had not been there since the remodel / removal of the market. The place looks beautiful. It's as if you can dine in three different areas at the same place. We...More

2  Thank bonzai707
Reviewed 1 May 2015

If your looking for an adventure more than just a basic dinner, ZZest is perfect. The menu options are very creative! The restaurant has also recently updated so there is a lot more space inside, which is nice.

2  Thank photogal22
Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

Zzest is my favorite Rochester restaurant. The food is always excellent and I enjoy that the menu evolved through the seasons. Service and staff are always great and the general ambiance is great fun

3  Thank shalter
Reviewed 15 April 2015

Great food, unique wines and cocktails. The owners are usually there and are very friendly. Eating here is more like eating in a little place in NYC. Not your typical Rochester, MN restaurant, which is a GREAT thing! When the weather is nice eating outside...More

2  Thank MinnesotaSmitty
Reviewed 28 March 2015

When we knew some close friends were spending the day in Rochester we needed a special spot for lunch. Zzest had recently expanded their space so we decided to try it knowing their food is high quality. We certainly weren't disappointed. The service, menu and...More

2  Thank TravelMack425
Reviewed 28 March 2015

Visited for lunch. Tasty, small menu - great selection of sausage/meets and cheese if you like that with a nice wine - but we had the burgers and mozza/sweat potato appetizer - wonderful. Lemon dessert was wonderful as well. I really liked the atmosphere -...More

1  Thank LPom
Reviewed 23 February 2015

We have eaten at Zzest many times over the years, for different occasion and I have always been impressed by their food. The menu seems to be always changing - which for me is wonderful - always something new to try. The chef's surprise is...More

1  Thank Carl V
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Sunday menu
1 June 2016|
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Response from RochJess | Reviewed this property |
No official Sunday menu as they are typically closed Sundays. Sunday Brunch is usually no more than once a month, usually in Fall and Winter, is always announced on their Facebook page and often on their website (usually... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$29
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1190 16th St SW, #600, Rochester, MN 55902-2189
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-424-0080
  • E-mail
Discover with ZZest our amazing menu . From a huge cheese and charcuterie section to local grass fed burgers, foie gras meatballs (and yes MN has foie gras!) to a Chef's tasting menu. Our goal is to use local and small produced ingredients and bring Rochester the new trends in the culinary world. We have our own market located downtown where we stock our shelves with the best and hard to find ingredients. This gives our chefs an awesome pantry to work from. We offer a full service cafe serving lunch which is great, and dinners that are 5 star amazing! Basically our goal at ZZest is out to make Rochester just as cool as the Twin Cities!
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