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Zest Restaurant

10km from Nelspruit on the R37 Sabie | Mashishing Road | Situated at Kavinga Guest House & Venue, Nelspruit 19792, South Africa
+27 13 007 0066
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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9:00 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
European, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
10km from Nelspruit on the R37 Sabie | Mashishing Road | Situated at Kavinga Guest House & Venue, Nelspruit 19792, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the country feel to this restaurant and lodge. It has 2 distinctive outdoor areas, one of which overlooks the swimming pool. Had relaxing pre-lunch drinks here which made a big difference from overlooking a Johannesburg car park..... Service was slick and unobtrusive and the...More

Thank Bongitole
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place! We had dinner at Zest last night and I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of service and food!! I would definitely recommend Zest and would return! Prime rib was amazing!

Thank Ruan95
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Poor service with a large crowd. Unhelpful waiters. Very disorganised. Perhaps a better dining experience for a small party of people. Average food, had better previously.More

Thank badplaasmarketing
GT L, Owner at Zest Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Morning If you can let us know when you had this poor year end experience in August ? It is always better to bring any service or food problems to our attention on the day. Can be rectified or fixed on the day, but appreciator...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018

We have visited the restaurant a number of times and Zest has become our first choice for really good food. Especially when you have visiting guests with an experience in good food elsewhere, Have never been sorry for any of many vists..

Thank Izak_Fick
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We went to Zest for a celebratory luncheon and was not disappointed! Portions are good and the atmosphere was so relaxing. Its a must venue for any special treat or occasion!

Thank Maree-Louise V
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Zest is the best restaurant in Nelspruit area.The food is very good and to add to this is the friendly staff the view the atmosphere everything is just perfect.

Thank Sonjaj1
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

The location of the restaurant is perfect but when we arrived there was confusion over which table was booked for us, when my husband made the reservation he added that it was our anniversary, there was no acknowledgement what so ever. The starter was nice,...More

Thank michelle4pastrychef
GT L, Owner at Zest Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Morning Michelle My apologies for the confusion with your table allocation and let down meal. We always strive to give the best food and service to all our patrons and review any complaints very serious. I would like to invite you for a meal on...More

Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

The best Ploughmans platter I've had in ages! A truly wonderful selection of meats, breads, cheeses, patès and sauces fit for the hungry! Shared between 2 people is a must. Their wine selection was modest, but not as diverse as one would have expected from...More

Thank christyc929
GT L, Owner at Zest Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Morning Clive Thank you for the feedback, the wine list is changing month end with quite a few new and French wines. Looking forward to your next visit Regards GT Lundie

Reviewed 18 July 2018

Enjoyed the setting, in the countryside but not too far to drive. Friendly, helpful staff who assisted with the choice of meal as well as going out of their way to meet a personal request for a brand of whiskey.

Thank Terence M
GT L, Owner at Zest Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2018

Morning Terence Thank you for the positive feedback. We do always try and go the extra mile. Hope to see you back soon Regards GT Lundie

Reviewed 6 July 2018

This place is simply all-round excellent. A well awarded chef creating magic at a reasonable price in a beautiful country setting together with superior unobtrusive service from his support staff.

Thank B8383MHmartinp
GT L, Owner at Zest Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Good Morning, thank you for your positive review. Always great to get feedback and let the team know that their effort does not go unnotised Regards GT Lundie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10km from Nelspruit on the R37 Sabie | Mashishing Road | Situated at Kavinga Guest House & Venue, Nelspruit 19792, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Mpumalanga  >  Nelspruit
  • Phone Number: +27 13 007 0066
  • E-mail
A visit to Zest will not only tantalise your taste buds, but spoil you with a visual feast of sweeping Lowveld panoramas with a charming country feel. The restaurant is situated on a farm in the hills above Nelspruit – about fifteen minutes from the centre of town – and is surrounded by large peaceful gardens with spectacular views of the Mpumalanga bushveld.
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