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About Z Grille

104 2nd St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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James Beard nominated Chef/Owner Zack Gross has been serving his unique and acclaimed cuisine in Downtown St. Petersburg since 2005. We receive fresh local fish and specialties several times per week for quality and freshness, and make all of our sauces and sides from scratch each day.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: 11:30 to 3:00 Monday through Saturday
DINNER: 5:00 to 10:00 Monday through Saturday (till 11:00 on Friday night)
BRUNCH: 11:00 to 3:00 Sunday

Cross Street:
1st Avenue South

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 822-9600

Website:
http://www.zgrille.net/

Parking Details:
Street Parking available. Several parking garages within less than a block from our front door.

Executive Chef:
Zack Gross

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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Z Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service4

The ribs are always very tasty. We had t ...

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

The ribs are always very tasty. We had the dry aged bison chop and it was delicious as well. I highly recommend this restaurant!

food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Good food, slow service

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

I dined with 3 colleagues. The food was very good, and the deviled eggs were excellent. However, the service was painfully slow. We arrived and were seated at 12:15, but our lunches were not served until 12:50. Our server disappeared for several extended periods of time, we had to ask her to replace our silverware that was taken away with the appetizers, and I had to flag down another waitress to get the check so I could get to the airport on time for my flight.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Place

Dined on April 1, 2016

We have been there many times and will go back. The food is always good.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome place!!!!

Dined on March 28, 2016

Awesome place!!!!

food4
ambience5
service5

Good food but limited menu. Pricey.

Dined on March 26, 2016

Good food but limited menu. Pricey.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fun time!

Dined on March 24, 2016

Had a great time celebrating a fun night at Z Grille. We sat in one of their same side booths that faces towards the dining room overlooking the streets of downtown. We had their spicy shrimp lettuce rolls (so yummy!), California deviled eggs, duck potstickers for apps and their scallops for entree. Our server was so helpful and nice. A great place to get your night started!

Tags: fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5

Food was inventive and delicious. Wonder ...

Dined on March 23, 2016

Food was inventive and delicious. Wonderful for healthy but tasty options. Very good limited wine list with diverse and intriguing options

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Unique

Dined on March 21, 2016

Unique menu, ambiance and very reasonable. Food was flavorful and healthy!

Tags: child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, lunch, neighbourhood gem
food2
ambience5
service4
value4

A Salt Bomb

Dined on March 19, 2016

We had the Charcuterie and Cheese as our first course and it was OUTSTANDING. Great composition, unique selections and a solid value. Spot on service and nice wine recommendation with that course. I had the duck with black rice risotto and I believe whoever seasoned this dish lost control of the Kosher Salt box and it dumped on to my plate. I understand that can happen. What happened next is inexcusable. The server warily returned the dish to the kitchen and I could clearly see that Chef Zack and team were not in any mood for any feedback. A simple tasting of the rice on the line would have revealed that it was salted beyond belief. The dish was returned to me with a SEVEN DOLLAR UPCHARGE FOR A NEW VEGETABLE. In addition, two slices of the duck were inedible as they were full of sinew. NO ONE at the restaurant wanted to approach Zack out of fear of his temper. I've been in this business for 30 years. The ZGrille will not be in business for long if the kitchen does not listen to the service staff.

food4
ambience3
service5
value3

Scrumptious Fries

Dined on March 19, 2016

The service, by Brittany, was excellent. She answered all our questions about the menu with a lively description of the ingredients used in the meals. Nice twist on devil eggs - we had dill and avocado. Was not a fan of their hamburger but the fries were unbelievable delicious. The location is good, we enjoyed dinner before a show and had a short walk after the meal. We'll definitely go back to try a few more menu items.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience2
service4
value4

Surprise!

vip
Dined on March 18, 2016

Superb food and service. Fairly limited wine list, so brought several bottles of good wine knowing their limited selection. Was stunned to find that the corkage fee was $30 ... a bit absurd in the Tampa Bay market, especially with such limited wine list selections. I knew they had a corkage policy, but doubling from $15 to $30 is an invitation for some people to stay away. A shame with the great work the kitchen is doing!

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service5

Brussels sprouts were delicious and Cuba ...

vip
Dined on March 18, 2016

Brussels sprouts were delicious and Cuban sandwich. Very creative and interesting menu!

food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious food. Recommend the noodles

Dined on March 16, 2016

Delicious food. Recommend the noodles

food5
ambience5
service5

One of the best places we have ever eate ...

vip
Dined on March 5, 2016

One of the best places we have ever eaten.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another great meal.

Dined on March 4, 2016

Absolutely wonderful menu and wonderful food. The Locale market beei Is exceptional. Good wine choices. Good staff.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

The food was outstanding, especially the ...

Dined on March 4, 2016

The food was outstanding, especially the scallops. Also enjoyed the deviled eggs and the chocolate creme brulee. My only negative was the noise level. Very loud, probably due to some larger parties. We went for our anniversary (our first time there) and would definitely return.

food1
ambience4
service1
value1

Very Disappointing.

Dined on February 27, 2016

I chose this rest. because it made the top 52 list in Tampa Bay. My steak was not properly cooked and the server took the whole meal to fix it then it came back as a hockey puck. In addition, my daughter had finished her lunch before mine came out and we did not even get to eat lunch together.

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Z Grill Definately Worth a Visit

Dined on February 24, 2016

Have been looking forward to dining at Z Grill for quite a while. So, along with two friends, we made a Tuesday evening reservation on Open Table. Of course, the famous deviled eggs are very good but so are other appetizers, so don't "skimp." I had the Indian style scallop entree, which was delicious and my husband and our dining partners enjoyed their entrees as well. For dessert, we had a crumble cake with ice cream served very hot. It also was very good. Our server was attentive and perky, which we enjoyed. Overall, the food is well above average but expensive, so be prepared for digging deeper in your pockets. Regarding the noise level, it was OK until a larger party came who were obviously having a very loud time, so beware here also. Z Grill is not large so noise can be a problem. Now onto a technical problem that happened. When we left the restaurant, I received a text message that our 7 pm reservation had been cancelled, which was strange since we had just finished eating at 9 pm. It seems that a hostess made a mistake & inadvertently cancelled our reservation when another one should have been deleted. It took Jennifer, Z Grill's co-owner, to solve the problem of how we could receive our Open Table points, which she did do. Thank you, Jennifer!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Interesting menu, Dr. Pepper ribs were delicious.

Dined on February 23, 2016

Loved the various unexpected pairings. Very disappointed I could not taste the sage crusted fried chicken and waffles- taken off the menu entirely.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

The Dr. Pepper ribs are life changing!

Dined on February 21, 2016

Small place with wonderful menu choices. Loved the skateboard decor, especially the "Final Fiesta" Last Supper as interpreted via the WWF! Interesting cocktail choices, loved my "new-old fashioned". We split the ribs & Lamburger. YUM!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3
value2

Sterile

Dined on February 19, 2016

Decor was sterile. Over priced for the quality of Service and quality. Just adequate.

Tags: late-night find, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Great

Dined on February 15, 2016

Ate dinner at 4 restaurants while staying at Vinoy in St Pete. Z Grille was excellent on all fronts. Would definitely go back.

food1
ambience3
service5
value1

Pretentious & overrated

Dined on February 14, 2016

We went for a particular item that was no longer on the menu as an entree. My flavorless short ribs in a bowl layered with everything else could have come from a crock-pot.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

specials

Dined on February 14, 2016

Although the chef refused to slightly alter a brunch special (according to our server) we still enjoyed what we ordered and the service.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

Great Meal

Dined on February 12, 2016

Burgers were great . Drinks were excellent. Valet parking made it easy to get to. We will be back.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Repeat Visitor

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

It's our second time to Z Grille, and our second time where the specials had run out after we ordered. That's odd. This time , the special fish and special dessert were out, or "just ran out". The waitress was excellent, and she handled the situation well. The noise level is just about off the charts, but for Saturday night, not too unusual. I can't get over the feeling of being underwhelmed by the food. I had the "chicken" special, which had something to do with chicken atop a tamale, all piled up in a bowl. Sorry, I didn't get it. It wasn't bad, but certainly not memorable in any way. I kept biting into soft bits at the bottom of the bowl that I still have no idea what they were. We had a nice bottle of white wine, reasonably priced.

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Good Restaurant

Dined on February 7, 2016

The head chef here is doing some pretty interesting things with his food. However, this restaurant still can't seem to figure out what it wants to "be." The loud atmosphere, skateboards on the walls, hard (somewhat uncomfortable) plastic chairs and the metal tables hint at a new american/hipster theme. However, the price point ($25-$35 for entrees) is well above that demographic. We started with cocktails, which were both strong and tasty, if slightly uninspired. The duck confit potsticker appetizer was quite good. My SO was less than thrilled with the duck entree, stating that the forbidden rice risotto had so much spice as to overpower the duck. I enjoyed the catch of the day, red snapper, but it may not have been worth the price point. Generally, the food was good and the atmosphere was fun. The service was definitely lacking, not bad, but not overly attentive either. This would be a great place for dinner with friends, or even family.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Spectacular! A must while in St. Pete

Dined on February 6, 2016

A perfect dining experience! We all were visiting in St. Pete and it is truly a gem of the city. If you are in St. Pete and seeking a fantastic meal, dine at the Z Grille. The duck, shrimp, red snapper, and burgers were all perfect! Excellent drink selection too, and impeccable service. A fine dining experience without the stuffiness of suits+ties. We will return on our next trip to St. Pete.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience2
service4
value1

Avoid the blue plate 'special'

Dined on February 3, 2016

The blue plate special looked great on the menu. The appetizer was a tasty little roll, the glass of wine was really delicious. The good news ends there. The entry was the tiniest quantity of food. Maybe 3 ounces of fish. Comments to the waitress about the snapper actual being a guppy did not help. I walked to Ceviche to have a couple of tapas plates as I was still quite hungry. My dinner companion visiting from NH was happy with the short ribs. I am local and will not return nor recommend to visitors. I'd have been embarrassed if my friend had ended up with the meal I received.

food4
ambience2
service3
value1

the food was good but not good enough to ...

Dined on January 31, 2016

the food was good but not good enough to justify the price.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great dinner again at Z Grille

Dined on January 30, 2016

Took a friend Saturday evening to one of our favorite St. Petersburg restaurants...Z Grille. Food is consistently good and interesting. Dr. Pepper ribs are always delicious and everyone we've introduced to them...agree they're terrific. Our server, Josh was helpful and appreciate his knowledge about new items on the menu. We also tried cheese plate and enjoyed the variety & different offerings.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great find

Dined on January 30, 2016

We were very happy with the service and freshness of the food. The specials were great and the crispy mushrooms were out of this world. Great find. Will return soon.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Not what we expected

vip
Dined on January 29, 2016

This was our first time at the Z Grille, and choose it because of the favorable reviews. The plan was to have a nice dinner before the Symphony event . Our first impression was the restaurant has a cold feel, I could see it as a good place for week day business lunches. The tables were metal with no cloth and the chairs looked like plastic patio chairs. The bar was vibrant but the alcohol choice was VERY limited. When we were seated for dinner the crowd picked up and the restaurant became extremely loud and we couldn't hear each other talk. The chairs were uncomfortable and the food was mediocre. With so many excellent restaurants around with relaxed atmosphere and excellent food we don't think we'll go back to the Z Grille.

food5
ambience5
service5

I had the braised rib and it was awesome ...

Dined on January 26, 2016

I had the braised rib and it was awesome. Great decor. Service was fantastic.

food5
ambience3
service3
value5

Great tasting food-young energetic crowd--noisy

Dined on January 24, 2016

modern high energy young restaurant with loud noise -great food-good value-difficult to carry on a conversation

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Highly recommended

Dined on January 24, 2016

Best meal / night we've had since we moved to Tampa Bay area last June. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Excellent food

vip
Dined on January 23, 2016

We very much enjoyed our dining experience. It's always a pleasure to dine out and have good food, good wine, good service and not be in a chain restaurant. Cheese board is not to be missed. One thing to be aware of, the menu on the website is old, and food and prices inaccurate.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious

Dined on January 21, 2016

I reserved a table for 4 at the noon hour. Our server was fantastic. The appetizer and our meals were absolutely delicious. We will be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Very good; not sure if it is great for lunch

Dined on January 21, 2016

Lots of good reviews for Z Grille. However, I found the lunch menu less than a "wow" factor and more like a "this look OK." Food was good but the service was lacking what I would expect for such a restaurant. Inattentive is the major problem. Worth a visit and next time we'll try it for dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

All aspects were fab

Dined on January 19, 2016

All aspects were fab

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