Zest Spirited Dining

Zest is a unique gem of a neighborhood restaurant, a cross between upscale elegance and casual friendliness. Husband-and-wife team Charles Seo and Lee Jun offer an innovative menu peppered with truly unique, eclectic, and flavorful dishes. Grilled scallops are prepared with Jerk seasoning and tomatillo chipotle tartar sauce, a lamb shank is wrapped in grape leaves and braised in a Syrah tomato sauce with goat-cheese cream sauce, and a consistently raved-about pork chop is flattened, breaded with Panko and served with a cranberry orange chutney. The setting is as refreshingly eclectic as the cuisine, with a laid-back loft-like vibe that doubles as an artist’s gallery



Restaurant Info

  • Address: 4117 N 16th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85016
  • Cross Street:
  • Location: North Phoenix |
  • Cuisine: American |
  • Cost: $$ | Inexpensive | $25 - $50
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Unknown
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
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  • Corkage Fee: N/A
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  • Phone: 602-274-7442

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      Restaurant Address: 4117 N 16th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85016

      User Reviews

      Superb Food at Reasonable Prices  

      Since we did a late dinner, we were seated promptly in a booth in the dining room. The signature drink, Zestini, had a nice citrusy taste, but packed a powerful punch, so it's truly for the vodka lover in you. Our meal began with a tasty salad of peppery mesclun greens that contrast well with the sweetness of the citrus dressing and the cranberries and the creaminess of the gorgonzola, with a nice pecan crunch. The salad is included with all entrees, and is assembled fresh tableside. Next was the delicious eggplant cheesecake. It's a creamy, savory cheesecake with a hint of eggplant flavor (blended in? I couldn't see it...), and topped with a delicious tomato sauce. Yum! The best dish was the tequila-citrus shrimp appetizer. The five jumbo shrimp were marinated and basted in a spicy, citrusy sauce. They came hanging out of a large glass filled with crunchy corn cole slaw topped with a generous portion of guacamole. Beautiful presentation of a seriously tasty dish. For an entree, the short rib provided a hearty portion of beef that was again marinated perfectly (even if the beef was a little bit tough) on top of ginger flavored spaghetti squash (a perfect, light contrast) and crunchy snap peas. The three dishes above were plenty for two...portions were generous. The dessert menu sounded remarkable (chocolate bread pudding with bananas foster?), but we couldn't fit another bite. Service was prompt and friendly, especially the host and the salad server. I can't recommend Zest enough!