Zest American Bistro

Zest American Bistro

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant and New American Restaurant · Capitol Hill
735 8th St SE (btw G & I St SE), Washington, D.C. 20008-2802, United States
$ $ $ $
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    Tamia B.
    "Shrimp and grits are spicy and amazing!"(2 Tips)
    Sarah N.
    "The lamb sandwich is a must!"(2 Tips)
    Charles W.
    "The bloody mary is wicked spicy, tasty but be prepared!"(3 Tips)
    Emily B.
    "Awesome happy hour food specials."(4 Tips)
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  • shrimp and grits
  • Bloody Marys
  • happy hour
  • spicy food
  • great value
  • short ribs
  • falafel
  • burgers
  • espresso martini
  • fritters
  • brunch food
  • meats
  • eggs
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • olives
  • Emily B.

    Awesome happy hour food specials. 6$ burger and fries. The short rib tacos are fantastic

  • Sam (@HandstandSam) E.

    Shrimp and Grits were fantastic!

    Sam (@HandstandSam) Edwards · November 10, 2014
  • Tamia B.

    Everything is good. Shrimp and grits are spicy and amazing!

    Tamia Booker · June 8, 2014
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    Uber DC · October 15, 2013
  • Willette B.

    The food & service was great!

    Willette Bethea · August 18, 2013
  • Valerie F.

    The pork loin is always a good choice. Pastas can be disappointing. Skip dessert.

    Valerie Fender · July 25, 2013
  • D W.

    Second time I've come for brunch. Not as good this time. The grits tasted like they came from the bottom of the pot with no cheese. Maybe 3rd times a charm?

    D W · July 7, 2013
  • Susan K.

    Food was great and believe them when they say the Bloody Mary is very spicy!

    Susan Kenski-Sroka · April 29, 2013
  • Sarah F.

    We had a delicious lunch here. Everything was good but the Parmesan polenta really stood out. OMG, soooo good!!!!

    Sarah Fuhrmann · April 4, 2013
  • Jessica F.

    Literally less than 5 customers, and yet the worst service ever. Nerve again.

    Jessica Fern · March 3, 2013
  • Jay F.

    The Mixed Grill was very good. Steak is thin so order it cooked a level lower. Shrimp was incredible.

    Jay Falck · February 21, 2013
  • Lauren P.

    The happy hour for drinks is lame, but come for the food which is amazing! There are too many menu items to name which are great and dessert is no exception. Yum food, boo happy hour.

    Lauren P. · January 26, 2013
  • Boris Z.

    Great vibe, service, food, and prices. Nice addition to barracks row.

    Boris Zilberman · August 17, 2012
  • Itiswhatitisplaya

    Food is Excellent

    Itiswhatitisplaya · July 25, 2012
  • Tiffany B.

    Sit by the window to people watch. Other seating can be cramped.

    Tiffany Branch Murillo · June 24, 2012
  • DC C.

    Falafel fritters are yummy and only $2.95.

    DC Cedar · May 19, 2012
  • Raevyn W.

    Get the espresso martini. It will change your life.

    Raevyn W. · March 4, 2012
  • Brette C.

    The Eggs Benedict is delicious. Highly recommend this and the Bloody Mary's. Spicy but good.

    Brette C. · February 26, 2012
  • Winnie Y.

    Don't sit by the window the lighting is blinding.

    Winnie Yagan · February 4, 2012
  • The Hill is Home

    Fancy without pretentiousness, serving American classics, comfort foods, and new creations.

    The Hill is Home · January 21, 2012
  • Chris D.

    The muffaletta with extra olives is so good that I'm sad when its gone.

    Chris Dowd · September 30, 2011
  • Christopher M.

    Cold food and poor service for brunch. Never coming here again...

    Christopher Mahon · September 3, 2011
  • Andrew W.

    Roasted leg of lamb sandwich. Best. Sandwich. Ever.

    Andrew Welch · August 21, 2011
  • Charles W.

    The bloody mary is wicked spicy, tasty but be prepared!

    Charles Worthington · July 31, 2011
  • Cherisse G.

    Best hamburger I've had in a long time, and a real good deal at their happy hour price!

    Cherisse Gardner · January 28, 2011
  • TBD

    Capital Spice recommends the braised short ribs, saying "Braised beef short ribs are fall-apart tender and the cheddar grits they’re served over are suitably decadent. It’s a big appetizer, though not Read more

    TBD · November 22, 2010
  • Jeanne B.

    The salmon salad is delicious and the perfect dish for a light lunch.

    Jeanne Bright · November 20, 2010
  • Sarah N.

    The lamb sandwich is a must! Definitely a must have if in DC

    Sarah Natafji · May 31, 2010
  • Jay L.

    Get the Lamb shank. And the olivetini with feta olives.

    Jay Leach · April 21, 2010

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