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Zest: Local and Fresh at its Best!

Utopia co-owner and Zest owner and operator Chef Pavel Dimitrov views the brand new wood-fired Grill at Zest as a highlight of his new kitchen. The coals of the Kameeldoring wood give a wood-smoked aroma to the meat, fish and vegetables. He believes that Fresh is best, and that Less is more. He does not use smoke, gels, foams, or smears in his dishes.

Chef Pavel has appointed Executive Chef Scott Melvin at Zest, originally from Scotland, working at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-star maze in London, and then following Chef Jason Atherton to Shanghai for most of his career, recently moving to Cape Town. Chef Pavel has surrounded himself with staff that have worked with him at previous restaurants, including GM Nelson Ferreira.

Enjoy a glass of bubbly with oysters from our Oyster & Cure Bar, on our terrace facing the Atlantic Ocean, with its ever-changing seaview and sunsets.

The chefs work behind the open plan kitchen, with its wood-fired grill, and can be seen whilst creating the delectable dishes. Diners can interact with them over the kitchen counter.

The Menu is unique, offering dishes in a Small plate or Large plate size, and which can be shared. Central to the design of the menu is the focus on freshness, and the wood-fired grill. Zest is Halaal-friendly.

Zest offers a private dining room seating up to 40 persons, for events, conferences, workshops, and meetings. Special hotel rates are available for diners wishing to stay over after dinner.

Zest Restaurant is located in the recently refurbished 4 star newkings boutique hotel in the Piazza da Luz in Sea Point.

Reviews (998)

4.8 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.7
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.7
  • Bekker Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 28 May 22
    We had a lovely evening, amazing food and wine, great service and a welcoming, easy going yet classy vibe.

    Zest responded on Sat 28 May 22:
    Thank you for dining at Zest Restaurant and for your fabulous 5 star review. We look forward to welcoming you back again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Thandi Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 28 May 22
    Thank you so much for letting me celebrate my 20th birthday at Zest. couldn’t have asked for a better restaurant! all the staff were so lovely and accommodating. the food was so good, my personal favorites were the fish croquettes and the salmon ! all my friends thoroughly enjoyed everything. we will definitely be back :) Special thanks to Pavel & Lizahn for everyone. you guys are the best

  • Roger Dined: 1 day ago
    3.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • ABU Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Monique Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 27 May 22
    The whole experience was amazing. The waiters were friendly and professional. The food was neatly placed on warm plates which I appreciated. The food tasted really good. I will definitely come back again.

  • Steven G. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 26 May 22 (Guest left no comment)

    Zest responded on Thu 26 May 22:
    Thank you for dining at Zest Restaurant and for your fabulous 5 star review. We look forward to welcoming you back again Steven. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Umar Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 26 May 22
    Service amazing from sit down to get up. Food was mind blowing amazing. The atmosphere was very welcoming and calming. Will definitely recommend to all.

    Zest responded on Thu 26 May 22:
    Thank you for dining at Zest Restaurant and for your fabulous 5 star review. We look forward to welcoming you back again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Lynnie S. Dined: 4 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 25 May 22
    Awesome service and food.

  • Rishen S. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 25 May 22 (Guest left no comment)

    Zest responded on Thu 26 May 22:
    Thank you for dining at Zest and for your fabulous 5 star review. We look forward to welcoming you back again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Kelwa N. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 May 22
    Amazing food, exceptional service. Always a memorable experience all around!

    Zest responded on Mon 23 May 22:
    Thank you for dining at Zest and for your fabulous 5 star review. We look forward to welcoming you back again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Tuesday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Wednesday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Thursday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Friday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Saturday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Sunday 09h00 - 17h00
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New Tasting Menu at Zest

Zest has launched its five course Summer Tasting Menu, at R295. A bread, butter and tomato jam course is a sixth bonus course. Available Monday - Thursday Lunch and Dinner. 1. Citrus-cured Line Fish, pickled cucumber, radish, yoghurt, dill, and wasabi 2. Wood-fired roasted tomato, ricotta, fresh basil, and olives 3. Grilled line-fish, lentils, tomato fondue, and charred baby marrow 4. Beef Fillet, chili, ginger, garlic, spring onion, and sprouts 5. Coconut panna cotta, almond brittle, and mango sorbet. A Vegetarian five-course is also available, at R245.

  • 4 Mar - 31 May
  • Mon-Thu: All day
  • All pax
  • Last confirmed: 23 May 2022