ZoT

★★★☆☆
  • 122 Lombard St

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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  • 267-639-3260

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The end of an era. It's a shame the place is gone.

This had great (i.e. both quick & quick to understand what's needed) service, amazing selection of mussels, beer you could not get anywhere else (Gauze flemish, obolon ukranian, etc), unique meats (medium rare ostrich can be ordered) and sauce pairings (French inspired). But there was also late night bar food, perfectly firm gniocci. The historic space with exposed brick & long joists created a unique feel, with cozy pseudo-booths (semi enclosed tables in the back), added to the charm. However it was run, the inner conflict did not usually project into the food experience.

2
★★★★★

The end of an era. It's a shame the place is gone.

This had great (i.e. both quick & quick to understand what's needed) service, amazing selection of mussels, beer you could not get anywhere else (Gauze flemish, obolon ukranian, etc), unique meats (medium rare ostrich can be ordered) and sauce pairings (French inspired). But there was also late night bar food, perfectly firm gniocci. The historic space with exposed brick & long joists created a unique feel, with cozy pseudo-booths (semi enclosed tables in the back), added to the charm. However it was run, the inner conflict did not usually project into the food experience.

Pros: Meat + sauce pairings, impeccable service, selection of beer

Cons: none -- reasonably priced, large unique space

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It's not a wonder as to why someone would receive bad service at zot. I worked there last year and saw everything first hand. As soon as I told my friends I got a job at ZoT I was warned by multiple friends that the owner is crazy and I should probably not accept the job offer. I soon found out they were right. The man is nuts. He has no idea what he's doing running a restaurant. There are no managers. I went through almost no training. The food from I saw was okay but not spectacular. The guy fired people because he was having a bad day. After about 3 weeks working with the restaurant and the owners consistent rampages, one day he fired the girl who "trained" me ( this happened weekly) He went off on her cussing and screaming in front of customers. I quit that day. The restaurant is run by a lunatic. He never pays his bills, it will be shut down in a matter of time.

0
★☆☆☆☆

It's not a wonder as to why someone would receive bad service at zot. I worked there last year and saw everything first hand. As soon as I told my friends I got a job at ZoT I was warned by multiple friends that the owner is crazy and I should probably not accept the job offer. I soon found out they were right. The man is nuts. He has no idea what he's doing running a restaurant. There are no managers. I went through almost no training. The food from I saw was okay but not spectacular. The guy fired people because he was having a bad day. After about 3 weeks working with the restaurant and the owners consistent rampages, one day he fired the girl who "trained" me ( this happened weekly) He went off on her cussing and screaming in front of customers. I quit that day. The restaurant is run by a lunatic. He never pays his bills, it will be shut down in a matter of time.

Pros: Beer

Cons: Everything else

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I finally went to Zot with friends and family and everybody loved it.
We were greeted by a charming hostess, our waitress was paying attention to details, the food came on time and the beer was at the right temperature. Appetizers, main courses tasted like what they supposed to, that made me feel comfortable enough to order dessert. The menu features a good selection of exotic meats and I chose kangaroo, spicy pepper sauce with garlic fries, but we also had ostrich, mussels, hanger steak, bison burger, add the perfect Brussels sprout with bacon as side dish. They even bake bread on premises. Desserts were OK for a bistro fare. Beer is the real treat with an extensive choice and a great poor.The bill was a pleasant surprise for the quality and service we experienced
I am usually not that easy on restaurant since this is where I live but the overall experience was a real delight.

2
★★★★★

I finally went to Zot with friends and family and everybody loved it.
We were greeted by a charming hostess, our waitress was paying attention to details, the food came on time and the beer was at the right temperature. Appetizers, main courses tasted like what they supposed to, that made me feel comfortable enough to order dessert. The menu features a good selection of exotic meats and I chose kangaroo, spicy pepper sauce with garlic fries, but we also had ostrich, mussels, hanger steak, bison burger, add the perfect Brussels sprout with bacon as side dish. They even bake bread on premises. Desserts were OK for a bistro fare. Beer is the real treat with an extensive choice and a great poor.The bill was a pleasant surprise for the quality and service we experienced
I am usually not that easy on restaurant since this is where I live but the overall experience was a real delight.

Pros: customer care

Cons: parking

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We went to ZOT a year ago and had a great experience but last night the entire evening was a big disappointment, to the point where my 12 year old said it was bad compared to the last time we were here. The services was slow and where we arrived there was only one other couple eating. I am OK with that as a meal out should be relaxing but for soup to take 30 minutes is a bit long. They were out of everything, The appetizer we ordered (escargot) the first choice of wine my wife selected and 2 out of the 3 beers I requested they didnt have ( one was Delirium Tremens which I would say is a Belgian standard). when I recievdd my soup it was cold, the mussels were so covered in vegetables and overly seasoned that you couldnt taste anything but the seasoning . In addition the mussles were small and seemed tired so to speak....just no life to them. The bread was stale and boring.

All in all if you plan to go a second time and it has been a while sicne you were there think twice

1
★★☆☆☆

We went to ZOT a year ago and had a great experience but last night the entire evening was a big disappointment, to the point where my 12 year old said it was bad compared to the last time we were here. The services was slow and where we arrived there was only one other couple eating. I am OK with that as a meal out should be relaxing but for soup to take 30 minutes is a bit long. They were out of everything, The appetizer we ordered (escargot) the first choice of wine my wife selected and 2 out of the 3 beers I requested they didnt have ( one was Delirium Tremens which I would say is a Belgian standard). when I recievdd my soup it was cold, the mussels were so covered in vegetables and overly seasoned that you couldnt taste anything but the seasoning . In addition the mussles were small and seemed tired so to speak....just no life to them. The bread was stale and boring.

All in all if you plan to go a second time and it has been a while sicne you were there think twice

Pros: extensive beer list

Cons: slow service subpar food

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I've been to Zot three times now, and I'm surprised to see all the negative reviews here. I've enjoyed it tremendously all 3 times, as did all my dinner companions. I think the mussels are great, with a large selection of delicious sauces (my favorites are the lemon grass, and the swiss cheese - separate sauces, not together!), and decent sized portions (female dinner companions rarely finish theirs). The fries are excellent, and the beer selection is outstanding. Its also very reasonably priced, and a really nice atmosphere - because of the "atmosphere" at most places in the area I rarely go to Headhouse Square but this is one exception). Wait staff has always been helpful and appropriate. My only negative experience was showing up once with a party of 8 but claimed they didn't have our reservation (I had spoken with the owner on the phone, who took it) - so we had to wait upstairs for hour and a half. But they did their best to make it up to us with a complimentary desert & desert beer. All in all, one of my favorite places.

2
★★★★☆

I've been to Zot three times now, and I'm surprised to see all the negative reviews here. I've enjoyed it tremendously all 3 times, as did all my dinner companions. I think the mussels are great, with a large selection of delicious sauces (my favorites are the lemon grass, and the swiss cheese - separate sauces, not together!), and decent sized portions (female dinner companions rarely finish theirs). The fries are excellent, and the beer selection is outstanding. Its also very reasonably priced, and a really nice atmosphere - because of the "atmosphere" at most places in the area I rarely go to Headhouse Square but this is one exception). Wait staff has always been helpful and appropriate. My only negative experience was showing up once with a party of 8 but claimed they didn't have our reservation (I had spoken with the owner on the phone, who took it) - so we had to wait upstairs for hour and a half. But they did their best to make it up to us with a complimentary desert & desert beer. All in all, one of my favorite places.

Pros: Great mussels, large selection, interesting and enjoyable atmosphere

Cons: Not so reliable with their reservations

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This place has beer and that's it!!! It should be a bar that offers mixed nuts and popcorn at the bar. The salt content in every food item was unbearable. The mussels sucked!!! Enough said...German spot that can NOT do mussels??? I heard Zot meant crazy person...These owners are crazy for putting a kitchen in this BAR/Nightclub. Discontinue food and promote beer. How are the french fries bad too??? Frites means fried ....I think?? Maybe it means soggy. This place will close shortly...I'm sure.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place has beer and that's it!!! It should be a bar that offers mixed nuts and popcorn at the bar. The salt content in every food item was unbearable. The mussels sucked!!! Enough said...German spot that can NOT do mussels??? I heard Zot meant crazy person...These owners are crazy for putting a kitchen in this BAR/Nightclub. Discontinue food and promote beer. How are the french fries bad too??? Frites means fried ....I think?? Maybe it means soggy. This place will close shortly...I'm sure.

Pros: Beer

Cons: Food

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Saturday evening reservations-waited an hour and a half for our entrees-wait staff was helpful in choosing a beverage but our waitress was aloof and rude when I asked about the long wait. Quality of the food was very poor-meat was tough and full of gristle-mussels were small, chewy and half of them were closed. My date and I both became violently ill as a result of the meal-a complete disaster. Never again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Saturday evening reservations-waited an hour and a half for our entrees-wait staff was helpful in choosing a beverage but our waitress was aloof and rude when I asked about the long wait. Quality of the food was very poor-meat was tough and full of gristle-mussels were small, chewy and half of them were closed. My date and I both became violently ill as a result of the meal-a complete disaster. Never again.

Pros: None noted.

Cons: Food made me extremely ill.

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downstairs bar, beer goes on and on, loving the pink elephant right now, like my food spicy, McD's has nothing on these fries, groovy tunes, I had prom flashbacks, upstairs, totally different vibe, games and a Dj, food and good times what more do you want

2
★★★★★

downstairs bar, beer goes on and on, loving the pink elephant right now, like my food spicy, McD's has nothing on these fries, groovy tunes, I had prom flashbacks, upstairs, totally different vibe, games and a Dj, food and good times what more do you want

Pros: great food, chill people

Cons: none

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The service is horrible (waited over an hour for food even though was empty, asked for garlic fries and waitress disappeared and came back an hour later and acted like i never requested anything)
The food is mediocre (muscles are small and way to many of them arent open)
The price not to expensive but for the quality you get pretty overpriced

Worst thing about it is that the management will stand by their great restaurant and even argue with customers. I would never recommend this place to anyone and i bet by the time someone reads this review this zot place will not be around...

0
★☆☆☆☆

The service is horrible (waited over an hour for food even though was empty, asked for garlic fries and waitress disappeared and came back an hour later and acted like i never requested anything)
The food is mediocre (muscles are small and way to many of them arent open)
The price not to expensive but for the quality you get pretty overpriced

Worst thing about it is that the management will stand by their great restaurant and even argue with customers. I would never recommend this place to anyone and i bet by the time someone reads this review this zot place will not be around...

Pros: They serve good beer

Cons: Service, food, attitude

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Zot restaurant and bar is the best place in the city, friendly knowledgeable wait staff. I can not figure out how a bad reviews were written. Greatest beer selection in the city. A true beer lover dream spot.

2
★★★★★

Zot restaurant and bar is the best place in the city, friendly knowledgeable wait staff. I can not figure out how a bad reviews were written. Greatest beer selection in the city. A true beer lover dream spot.

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A night out at ZOT was the amazing evening my wife and I were hoping for on the rare night out without our son.

The only thing better than the mouth watering menu and the unbeleivable beer selection, was the exceptionl staff. The bar tender downstairs left nothing to be desired in his knowledge of their beverages and Alicia and Joe were incredibley knowledgable and fun to be served by. We felt as if we were amongst new friends the entire evening. Even getting the opportunity to talk with the owner was a pleasure and truly made the entire experiance worth every moment. I would say it was worth every penny, however when the tab came at the end of the evening none of us could beleive how inexpensive the night was. For the caliber of what you get the menu and beer is priced very well.

Best night out in Philly without question.

2
★★★★★

A night out at ZOT was the amazing evening my wife and I were hoping for on the rare night out without our son.

The only thing better than the mouth watering menu and the unbeleivable beer selection, was the exceptionl staff. The bar tender downstairs left nothing to be desired in his knowledge of their beverages and Alicia and Joe were incredibley knowledgable and fun to be served by. We felt as if we were amongst new friends the entire evening. Even getting the opportunity to talk with the owner was a pleasure and truly made the entire experiance worth every moment. I would say it was worth every penny, however when the tab came at the end of the evening none of us could beleive how inexpensive the night was. For the caliber of what you get the menu and beer is priced very well.

Best night out in Philly without question.

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Truly Fantastic place! We keep coming back, bringing more friends and love it every time. Huge selection of mussels - done in any sauce you like. Quail is out of this world! Belgian Waffles - a must try!
Beer choice is like nowhere else.

2
★★★★★

Truly Fantastic place! We keep coming back, bringing more friends and love it every time. Huge selection of mussels - done in any sauce you like. Quail is out of this world! Belgian Waffles - a must try!
Beer choice is like nowhere else.

Pros: Food, drinks

Cons: Busy spot to find parking on weekend

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Painfully slow service, even for items like ice water, soup, and napkins. Have a snack before you leave the house if you're going to come here; takes well over an hour to ladel a bowl of soup and steam some mussels. Main course was nothing to write home about either. I wish I could give it no stars, but alas that wasn't a choice here on Citysearch.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Painfully slow service, even for items like ice water, soup, and napkins. Have a snack before you leave the house if you're going to come here; takes well over an hour to ladel a bowl of soup and steam some mussels. Main course was nothing to write home about either. I wish I could give it no stars, but alas that wasn't a choice here on Citysearch.

Pros: None

Cons: Plenty

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I was excited by ZoT's menu (alot of interesting choices), so I ignored the mediocre reviews and brought my family (and a friend visiting from NYC) for what I hoped would be good mussels and belgian cheer. I should have listened to the reviews: the food was pretty awful. My wife didn't want to finish the mussels because they tasted like play-doh. Mine were o.k. (really small, extremely chewy, in a very salty broth). My friend had the veal chop with the picadilly sauce (we joked that it should have been called "pick another sauce"). I had the kangaroo, but it was overcooked and oversalted. Note to the chef: salt doesn't bring out the umami of your meat selections, it only makes the food taste more salty (but does make your patrons really thirsty; come to mention it, I did end up drinking more beer than usual that night... hmmmm...). And the frites were soggy!!

I do not think that philadelphia has anything to prove, but I admit I do delight in the times when my friends and family from new york city come and have a stellar meal in philadelphia. This was not one of those nights. Quite embarrassing in fact.

I've lived and eaten in Philadelphia for almost 20 years, and have seen restuarants come and go. I'm hoping -- for the sake of Philadelphia's reputation as a premier resaurant city -- that ZoT will quietly disappear.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was excited by ZoT's menu (alot of interesting choices), so I ignored the mediocre reviews and brought my family (and a friend visiting from NYC) for what I hoped would be good mussels and belgian cheer. I should have listened to the reviews: the food was pretty awful. My wife didn't want to finish the mussels because they tasted like play-doh. Mine were o.k. (really small, extremely chewy, in a very salty broth). My friend had the veal chop with the picadilly sauce (we joked that it should have been called "pick another sauce"). I had the kangaroo, but it was overcooked and oversalted. Note to the chef: salt doesn't bring out the umami of your meat selections, it only makes the food taste more salty (but does make your patrons really thirsty; come to mention it, I did end up drinking more beer than usual that night... hmmmm...). And the frites were soggy!!

I do not think that philadelphia has anything to prove, but I admit I do delight in the times when my friends and family from new york city come and have a stellar meal in philadelphia. This was not one of those nights. Quite embarrassing in fact.

I've lived and eaten in Philadelphia for almost 20 years, and have seen restuarants come and go. I'm hoping -- for the sake of Philadelphia's reputation as a premier resaurant city -- that ZoT will quietly disappear.

Pros: Good service

Cons: Disappointing food

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This place seems to be hti (the editor thinks that this word, spelled correctly, is inappropriate) or miss, I've heard good stories and bad. My experience the other night was very good though. We started off with the mussels, and some sort of mushroom appetizer, both of which were delicious. The extensive beer list was fun to sample, and the waitress was friendly and helpful. We ordered the T-bone steak and the Kangaroo steak, both of which were artfully prepared and very tasty. Interesting, fun, menu and nice ambiance. I would recommend it.

2
★★★★☆

This place seems to be hti (the editor thinks that this word, spelled correctly, is inappropriate) or miss, I've heard good stories and bad. My experience the other night was very good though. We started off with the mussels, and some sort of mushroom appetizer, both of which were delicious. The extensive beer list was fun to sample, and the waitress was friendly and helpful. We ordered the T-bone steak and the Kangaroo steak, both of which were artfully prepared and very tasty. Interesting, fun, menu and nice ambiance. I would recommend it.

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Despite the negative comments I read on citysearch, I decided to give Zot a shot because I live in the neighborhood and am up for trying anything. I had a great experience, competent and polite service, EXCELLENT food. I couldnt be more happy with my experience. I will be sure to bring back my family and friends and I suggest you do the same!!

2
★★★★★

Despite the negative comments I read on citysearch, I decided to give Zot a shot because I live in the neighborhood and am up for trying anything. I had a great experience, competent and polite service, EXCELLENT food. I couldnt be more happy with my experience. I will be sure to bring back my family and friends and I suggest you do the same!!

Pros: HUGE beer list, excellent service, Great food

Cons: None!

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I often take clients out on for business meetings so I make it a point to try a lot of different restaurants in Philadelphia. A co-worker recommended Zot to my wife and I for somewhere to go on our anniversary. Boy was I glad I took his advice!!! We were running a little late for our reservation, but they gratefully held our table for us. We were barely sitting for more than a minute before our server greeted us and described the specials for the evening (Pan seared Foie Gras, and a Porchini Mushroom rubbed T-bone steak). We decided to start off with the mussels which are a highlight of the menu. For 2 people a 1 kilo was the perfect starter, it even comes with house made fries! For the entree I opted for the T-bone special and my wife had Sea bass with the spinach garlic sauce (with some recommendation from our very helpful and educated server) and coarsely mashed potatoes with leeks. This was by far the best meal we have had in a long time and I will be sure to bring clients back here in the future!!

Pros:
-HUGE beer list with many different kinds of beers from all over the world
-excellent service

2
★★★★★

I often take clients out on for business meetings so I make it a point to try a lot of different restaurants in Philadelphia. A co-worker recommended Zot to my wife and I for somewhere to go on our anniversary. Boy was I glad I took his advice!!! We were running a little late for our reservation, but they gratefully held our table for us. We were barely sitting for more than a minute before our server greeted us and described the specials for the evening (Pan seared Foie Gras, and a Porchini Mushroom rubbed T-bone steak). We decided to start off with the mussels which are a highlight of the menu. For 2 people a 1 kilo was the perfect starter, it even comes with house made fries! For the entree I opted for the T-bone special and my wife had Sea bass with the spinach garlic sauce (with some recommendation from our very helpful and educated server) and coarsely mashed potatoes with leeks. This was by far the best meal we have had in a long time and I will be sure to bring clients back here in the future!!

Pros:
-HUGE beer list with many different kinds of beers from all over the world
-excellent service

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TERRIBLE food and service. Slow wait staff. Stringy poor quality meat and overly seasoned, amateurish presentation. Mussels were tiny and uninspiring-bland. Beer I selected (Rochefort 10) was "not available" although was on the beer list and I was snootily informed by the co-owner that it hadn't been available for three months. Then WHY is it still on the beer menu, you twit? I guess I should have walked to Monk's and grabbed one out of their cold case. ZoT staff and management ruined a rare night out with my beautiful wife w/o the kid. Never ever again lads.

0
★☆☆☆☆

TERRIBLE food and service. Slow wait staff. Stringy poor quality meat and overly seasoned, amateurish presentation. Mussels were tiny and uninspiring-bland. Beer I selected (Rochefort 10) was "not available" although was on the beer list and I was snootily informed by the co-owner that it hadn't been available for three months. Then WHY is it still on the beer menu, you twit? I guess I should have walked to Monk's and grabbed one out of their cold case. ZoT staff and management ruined a rare night out with my beautiful wife w/o the kid. Never ever again lads.

Pros: None

Cons: Too numerous to mention

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We were horrified to stumble into the Black Door 2, now named Zot, seems they moved a few blocks.
Mediocre, inconsistent, highly overpriced food with terrible service. They will close like Black Door, too many other better choices in Philadelphia.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We were horrified to stumble into the Black Door 2, now named Zot, seems they moved a few blocks.
Mediocre, inconsistent, highly overpriced food with terrible service. They will close like Black Door, too many other better choices in Philadelphia.

Pros: nothing

Cons: Very high priced, bad food, terrible service

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Bigger isn't always better. My boyfriend and I were intriqued by the large number of choices, but came away disappointed with virtually every item. The chef seems to be trying to do too much, and the quality of the food reflects it. The mussels were decent, but really no "wow" factor; I've had better mussels at Monks and Sabrina's. The selection of Belgian beers was great, but you can go to any Belgian pub for this. And I really have nothing to add about the poor service except that this seems to be a chronic problem that the chef/owner has yet to address (As a prior server, I am willing to consider that the bad service is actually a reflection of a disorganized kitchen.) The sumtotal of these elements all add up to a suboptimal experience.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Bigger isn't always better. My boyfriend and I were intriqued by the large number of choices, but came away disappointed with virtually every item. The chef seems to be trying to do too much, and the quality of the food reflects it. The mussels were decent, but really no "wow" factor; I've had better mussels at Monks and Sabrina's. The selection of Belgian beers was great, but you can go to any Belgian pub for this. And I really have nothing to add about the poor service except that this seems to be a chronic problem that the chef/owner has yet to address (As a prior server, I am willing to consider that the bad service is actually a reflection of a disorganized kitchen.) The sumtotal of these elements all add up to a suboptimal experience.

Pros: beer selection

Cons: poor quality food

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This place opened up in our neighborhood without much fanfare, but out of curiousity my girlfriends and I checked it out for their Monday mussels special a few months ago. For $25 you get either soup or salad, frites, a Belgian beer or a German wine, and as many kilos of mussels as you can finish. In the end, we ended up sharing 6 kilos of mussels...with so many varieties, it was tough to choose! Personally, my favorite was the Red Devil. The mussels were delicious, the service prompt, and it was a fabulous deal. I used to think that Monks was the only place to go for great mussels! (In matter of preference, though, the soup offered was a bit watery and bland.)

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★★★★☆

This place opened up in our neighborhood without much fanfare, but out of curiousity my girlfriends and I checked it out for their Monday mussels special a few months ago. For $25 you get either soup or salad, frites, a Belgian beer or a German wine, and as many kilos of mussels as you can finish. In the end, we ended up sharing 6 kilos of mussels...with so many varieties, it was tough to choose! Personally, my favorite was the Red Devil. The mussels were delicious, the service prompt, and it was a fabulous deal. I used to think that Monks was the only place to go for great mussels! (In matter of preference, though, the soup offered was a bit watery and bland.)

Pros: Great service, delicious mussels, quiet, nice ambience, spacious

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We'd been to Zot once or twice before, but ended up there twice this week. Both times we enjoyed the decor and food -- it's fun to choose a dish and then the sauce, and the frietes (french fries) are very good -- but we had different service experiences. For a late dinner on Thursday (after 8), which was moderately busy, five of us were reminded of the uneven service that others have complained about. Our waiter didn't check in on us very often, but on the whole it was adequate. For a Saturday dinner on the early side (4 people at 6:30), which got quite busy while we were there, we had a very professional and well informed waiter. This helped us to see that the real problem is not so much the waitstaff as the kitchen, which apparently can't keep up with the orders. On Saturday we didn't have to wait to place our order (we actually sent the waiter away once or twice as we tried to decide), but after that it was a long wait for the appetizers, and then another fairly long wait for the entrees. We weren't in a hurry and were happy to enjoy one another's company, but given that all those sauces must be prepared in advance I don't really understand what keeps things slow. Something I really wish they would change is the menus: both the beer menu is a crowded list of names without any description of the beers, simply organized by country. (It doesn't even tell you that, as I assume, the $14 beers come in larger bottles than the less expensive ones.) It would be so much more useful if each beer had a couple of words describing it. (The wines are nicely "indexed" according to style.) The same goes for the sauces on the food menu: some are obvious ("green peppercorn") but others are mysterious ("gypsy"). Considering that the sauces for the mussels all have descriptions, they really should be included for the other sauces; it's a pain to ask the waiter about half of the twenty sauce options (or 100 beers). And please get rid of the hard-to-read small caps font!

2
★★★★☆

We'd been to Zot once or twice before, but ended up there twice this week. Both times we enjoyed the decor and food -- it's fun to choose a dish and then the sauce, and the frietes (french fries) are very good -- but we had different service experiences. For a late dinner on Thursday (after 8), which was moderately busy, five of us were reminded of the uneven service that others have complained about. Our waiter didn't check in on us very often, but on the whole it was adequate. For a Saturday dinner on the early side (4 people at 6:30), which got quite busy while we were there, we had a very professional and well informed waiter. This helped us to see that the real problem is not so much the waitstaff as the kitchen, which apparently can't keep up with the orders. On Saturday we didn't have to wait to place our order (we actually sent the waiter away once or twice as we tried to decide), but after that it was a long wait for the appetizers, and then another fairly long wait for the entrees. We weren't in a hurry and were happy to enjoy one another's company, but given that all those sauces must be prepared in advance I don't really understand what keeps things slow. Something I really wish they would change is the menus: both the beer menu is a crowded list of names without any description of the beers, simply organized by country. (It doesn't even tell you that, as I assume, the $14 beers come in larger bottles than the less expensive ones.) It would be so much more useful if each beer had a couple of words describing it. (The wines are nicely "indexed" according to style.) The same goes for the sauces on the food menu: some are obvious ("green peppercorn") but others are mysterious ("gypsy"). Considering that the sauces for the mussels all have descriptions, they really should be included for the other sauces; it's a pain to ask the waiter about half of the twenty sauce options (or 100 beers). And please get rid of the hard-to-read small caps font!

Pros: interesting food and ordering style

Cons: slow kitchen

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Great beer selection, incredibly knowledgeable and friendly bartender, and awesome ambiance. I am a very picky beer drinker and the bartender's suggestion was perfect for my taste. It was a nice change to go into a super clean, trendy Belgium restaurant and have all the perks of excellent service. I'll be back very soon to try the food.

2
★★★★★

Great beer selection, incredibly knowledgeable and friendly bartender, and awesome ambiance. I am a very picky beer drinker and the bartender's suggestion was perfect for my taste. It was a nice change to go into a super clean, trendy Belgium restaurant and have all the perks of excellent service. I'll be back very soon to try the food.

Pros: Service, great bartenders, ambiance.

Cons: Closed on Tuesday.

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This place is sooooo overrated! In fact, it gave us both indigestion. It didn?t help either that the air-conditioning in the restaurant was barely working. Nothing worse than eating bad food while you sweat. To start with, the bread was the best part of the meal (which doesn?t say much)?.but there was hardly enough in their oddly shaped bread cone for us to have two pieces each. Next came the corn bisque, which barely had a corn taste, as it was more a bowl of heavy whipping cream. The muscles were then brought out and there was confusion on the part of the wait staff as to whose muscles were whose as many sauces look the same. This was the first sign that the staff was poorly trained. Next, the place boasts that it is a Belgian style beer house, yet the staff had very little knowledge when it came to their brews (which pale in comparison to Monks anyway). Oh well?things could be worse?right? For a main course I ordered filet mignon which sounded promising on the menu but came out looking like dog meat and tasted as such. You can get a better filet from Nick?s Charcoal Pit?.lol. Oh and as a side?beware of the bacon infuses mashed potatoes?.rubbery fatty chunks of bacon throughout?to the point where I was carefully trying to get a spoonful without any ?meat?. And then to top it all off, the prices were just a bit too high. Don?t get me wrong?.I will pay for great food, but then again the deal is?.give me great food. If I want to drop that kind of loot, I would much rather go to a Buddakan or Morimoto and at least feel like I was fed well for the small fortune I am paying. Philly is a food town, and a place like Zot is for people with medagon taste. Don?t be fooled by the hype?.oh and for the ladies?.FYI?you?ll most likely hate the unisex bathrooms that have curtains in front of the toilets instead of proper stall doors. Just the type of privacy you?re looking for when you eventually get ill from the terrible food and oppressive heat inside of Zot.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place is sooooo overrated! In fact, it gave us both indigestion. It didn?t help either that the air-conditioning in the restaurant was barely working. Nothing worse than eating bad food while you sweat. To start with, the bread was the best part of the meal (which doesn?t say much)?.but there was hardly enough in their oddly shaped bread cone for us to have two pieces each. Next came the corn bisque, which barely had a corn taste, as it was more a bowl of heavy whipping cream. The muscles were then brought out and there was confusion on the part of the wait staff as to whose muscles were whose as many sauces look the same. This was the first sign that the staff was poorly trained. Next, the place boasts that it is a Belgian style beer house, yet the staff had very little knowledge when it came to their brews (which pale in comparison to Monks anyway). Oh well?things could be worse?right? For a main course I ordered filet mignon which sounded promising on the menu but came out looking like dog meat and tasted as such. You can get a better filet from Nick?s Charcoal Pit?.lol. Oh and as a side?beware of the bacon infuses mashed potatoes?.rubbery fatty chunks of bacon throughout?to the point where I was carefully trying to get a spoonful without any ?meat?. And then to top it all off, the prices were just a bit too high. Don?t get me wrong?.I will pay for great food, but then again the deal is?.give me great food. If I want to drop that kind of loot, I would much rather go to a Buddakan or Morimoto and at least feel like I was fed well for the small fortune I am paying. Philly is a food town, and a place like Zot is for people with medagon taste. Don?t be fooled by the hype?.oh and for the ladies?.FYI?you?ll most likely hate the unisex bathrooms that have curtains in front of the toilets instead of proper stall doors. Just the type of privacy you?re looking for when you eventually get ill from the terrible food and oppressive heat inside of Zot.

Pros: none

Cons: read my review...too many to list again!

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Had the worst dining experience of my life at this restaurant. Went with a party of 5...First of all, the air conditioner was either broken or just didn't work and it was 90 degree night, which was bad enough, but the fact that our meal took nearly 3 hours made it unbearable. The service was horrible, it took somebody over 20 minutes to come take our order, and after that, it took another 1-1/2 hours to get our appetizers. When we finally got them, one person in my party didnt get their salad...when we told the waiter, he went to check and finally came back after everybody else was finished eating, at which point we told him to forget about it.
The waiter came back to our table maybe every 1/2 hour, and that was only when we flagged him down to refill our beers. This Belgian restaurant, if you can call it that, was out of Hoegaarden and Leffe (that's unheard of...bush league). When our dinner arrived, one person ordered a steak medium rare and it came WELL DONE - that's just plain ridiculous...plus the side that they ordered was incorrect. This person was so hungry from waiting, they didn't even bother to tell the apathetic waiter, as it wasn't worth waiting another 2 hours to get it right. To top it all off, once the bill arrived, the waiter had 3 items on it that we didn't even order! And all that for 50 bucks a person? It's laughable.
I want nothing more than for places like this to survive and thrive in Philly, but this was an embarrassment for our out-of-town guests. Plus I sent an email to the restaurant to let them know about the horrible dining experience, and nobody even had the common courtesy to respond. But I guess that shouldn't surprise me. Don't waste your time or money on this two-bit operation.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Had the worst dining experience of my life at this restaurant. Went with a party of 5...First of all, the air conditioner was either broken or just didn't work and it was 90 degree night, which was bad enough, but the fact that our meal took nearly 3 hours made it unbearable. The service was horrible, it took somebody over 20 minutes to come take our order, and after that, it took another 1-1/2 hours to get our appetizers. When we finally got them, one person in my party didnt get their salad...when we told the waiter, he went to check and finally came back after everybody else was finished eating, at which point we told him to forget about it.
The waiter came back to our table maybe every 1/2 hour, and that was only when we flagged him down to refill our beers. This Belgian restaurant, if you can call it that, was out of Hoegaarden and Leffe (that's unheard of...bush league). When our dinner arrived, one person ordered a steak medium rare and it came WELL DONE - that's just plain ridiculous...plus the side that they ordered was incorrect. This person was so hungry from waiting, they didn't even bother to tell the apathetic waiter, as it wasn't worth waiting another 2 hours to get it right. To top it all off, once the bill arrived, the waiter had 3 items on it that we didn't even order! And all that for 50 bucks a person? It's laughable.
I want nothing more than for places like this to survive and thrive in Philly, but this was an embarrassment for our out-of-town guests. Plus I sent an email to the restaurant to let them know about the horrible dining experience, and nobody even had the common courtesy to respond. But I guess that shouldn't surprise me. Don't waste your time or money on this two-bit operation.

Pros: Not Much

Cons: Pretty Much Everything

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This was probably the worst dining experience I have ever had. My boyfriend and I wanted to take some friends from out of town out to a nice restaurant. We always go to
Monks for Belgium food, but since this place just opened we give it a chance. Where should I start? Well? Our server did not greet us for about 20 min. After taking our drink order she Brings over the wrong bottle of Chimay (which was twice the price than the one ordered) and it took her 20 minutes to bring us four waters. Then the menu as tacky as it could be had no descriptions of any on the entrees. I asked the waitress a question about one of the entrees and she was not able to give me a response with out twirling her hair. To make matters worse there was this God awful cell phone that kept ringing. Thinking it was another guest I could deal with the irritation. Then the manager answers the phone. I have no idea if that was the business phone or just really bad management. The muscles were very meaty (if they were in their shell), Out of a two pound bowl you were lucky to find 1 pound. All I wanted to do was leave. We asked for the check which took about 20 minutes and left extremely disappointed. Never again!

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★★★☆☆

This was probably the worst dining experience I have ever had. My boyfriend and I wanted to take some friends from out of town out to a nice restaurant. We always go to
Monks for Belgium food, but since this place just opened we give it a chance. Where should I start? Well? Our server did not greet us for about 20 min. After taking our drink order she Brings over the wrong bottle of Chimay (which was twice the price than the one ordered) and it took her 20 minutes to bring us four waters. Then the menu as tacky as it could be had no descriptions of any on the entrees. I asked the waitress a question about one of the entrees and she was not able to give me a response with out twirling her hair. To make matters worse there was this God awful cell phone that kept ringing. Thinking it was another guest I could deal with the irritation. Then the manager answers the phone. I have no idea if that was the business phone or just really bad management. The muscles were very meaty (if they were in their shell), Out of a two pound bowl you were lucky to find 1 pound. All I wanted to do was leave. We asked for the check which took about 20 minutes and left extremely disappointed. Never again!

Pros: meaty muscles

Cons: terrible everything

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My husband I are both food obsessed"and always excited when we find a new hidden gem here in Philly. We walked down to the end of South Street last night intending to just wander into whatever restaurant peaked our interest. End up in Zot (pronounced "Zoat"... I had to ask). What a hidden gem - although I doubt it's going to stay "hidden" much longer. Waitress told me it's only been open 8 weeks, which you would have never guessed since it was jumping at 8pm last night. We were able to get seated right away at the only 2 person table left un-reserved, which was a lucky break for us. If you are a meat-eater, it's heaven. They also had a nice selection of fish and a million different kinds of mussels. Very simple. Choose your meat, choose your starch. Salads, apps, and mussels also available. VERY interesting, diverse wine selection. Saw two different bottles of Albarino on it, which I NEVER see in Philly restaurants. Ended up having a bottle of Rioja which was a steel at $35. Prices were reasonable for the quality - Dinner for two with a bottle of wine and a 1/2 kilo of mussels appetizer was around $115 (including tip). Husband had filet with a black peppercorn sauce, garlic frietes. Prepared perfectly. I had lampchops with a spinach garlic sauce, freites. Again, perfect. The menu was unusal, we've never had Belgian food before so we had to ask a lot of question. It seemed a bit similar to french while reading the menu, but then as served seemed more "earthy." Waitress was helpful with recommendations. All staff from busboy to waitress to hostess would pleasant, chatty, helpful. Decor was unique, eclectic, great lighting. Just can't say enough good things. Definitely give this place a shot before it makes the "hot" list and it becomes too hard to get a table.

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★★★★★

My husband I are both food obsessed"and always excited when we find a new hidden gem here in Philly. We walked down to the end of South Street last night intending to just wander into whatever restaurant peaked our interest. End up in Zot (pronounced "Zoat"... I had to ask). What a hidden gem - although I doubt it's going to stay "hidden" much longer. Waitress told me it's only been open 8 weeks, which you would have never guessed since it was jumping at 8pm last night. We were able to get seated right away at the only 2 person table left un-reserved, which was a lucky break for us. If you are a meat-eater, it's heaven. They also had a nice selection of fish and a million different kinds of mussels. Very simple. Choose your meat, choose your starch. Salads, apps, and mussels also available. VERY interesting, diverse wine selection. Saw two different bottles of Albarino on it, which I NEVER see in Philly restaurants. Ended up having a bottle of Rioja which was a steel at $35. Prices were reasonable for the quality - Dinner for two with a bottle of wine and a 1/2 kilo of mussels appetizer was around $115 (including tip). Husband had filet with a black peppercorn sauce, garlic frietes. Prepared perfectly. I had lampchops with a spinach garlic sauce, freites. Again, perfect. The menu was unusal, we've never had Belgian food before so we had to ask a lot of question. It seemed a bit similar to french while reading the menu, but then as served seemed more "earthy." Waitress was helpful with recommendations. All staff from busboy to waitress to hostess would pleasant, chatty, helpful. Decor was unique, eclectic, great lighting. Just can't say enough good things. Definitely give this place a shot before it makes the "hot" list and it becomes too hard to get a table.

Pros: Amazing food, Ambience, Service, Wine list

Cons: None

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I loved the atmosphere of Zot-the brick walls, high beams, nice bar. However, the food and service was average to below average. It wasn't that busy when we went, but the service was very very slow. Finally our bread came out, which was bland and dry. Then, we both ordered 1/2 kilos of mussels, which were so "tiny" it wasn't even funny. We had so many empty musselshells that we thought, perhaps, some mussels had fallen into the broth. WRONG! The mussels were so unsatisfying--the broth was bland, and maybe, just maybe we got 7 mussels out of the 1/2 kilo. This was especially disappointing, since we went to Plough and the Stars the night before and had the best, biggest mussels ever--they were so yummy--in a creamy reduction--me and my boyfriend kept sopping up the broth with their yummy bread.
Anyway, we thought we could salvage the meal with our favorite dessert--creme brulee. No luck!! The portion was so tiny and unsatisfying. I really love the atmosphere of this place. Hope they get it together!

1
★★☆☆☆

I loved the atmosphere of Zot-the brick walls, high beams, nice bar. However, the food and service was average to below average. It wasn't that busy when we went, but the service was very very slow. Finally our bread came out, which was bland and dry. Then, we both ordered 1/2 kilos of mussels, which were so "tiny" it wasn't even funny. We had so many empty musselshells that we thought, perhaps, some mussels had fallen into the broth. WRONG! The mussels were so unsatisfying--the broth was bland, and maybe, just maybe we got 7 mussels out of the 1/2 kilo. This was especially disappointing, since we went to Plough and the Stars the night before and had the best, biggest mussels ever--they were so yummy--in a creamy reduction--me and my boyfriend kept sopping up the broth with their yummy bread.
Anyway, we thought we could salvage the meal with our favorite dessert--creme brulee. No luck!! The portion was so tiny and unsatisfying. I really love the atmosphere of this place. Hope they get it together!

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: miniscule bland mussells and bland food

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I loved it. A lot. I like how I could go in there every day and never have the same meal twice. The mussells were rather measly, however the sauce I had them with-the Bruxelles, was sublime. My duck was tender and cooked beautifully. The service was good, but I can tell that it will take a while for the servers to really get the menu down. With so many offerings, my server had to get advice from the chef on sauce pairings for our meals. Easily forgiveable, and the chef was right about the sauces! The aesthetic details are lovely too, from the exposed brick wall lit from below, the angled water glasses and the sleek, polished flatware.
Prices were decent too. For a very large, delicious and filling meal, the total with tax and gratiuity came to $100 for 2. My partner and I were in food comas when we left. Some may say it's not authentic Belgian, well the owners are Belgian, and my good friend from Brussells even said it was very authentic. Whatever the case may be, it's a fantastic night out for dinner in Philadelphia. I hope this restaurant does very well. It was pretty crowded when I went in there last Friday at 6ish.

2
★★★★★

I loved it. A lot. I like how I could go in there every day and never have the same meal twice. The mussells were rather measly, however the sauce I had them with-the Bruxelles, was sublime. My duck was tender and cooked beautifully. The service was good, but I can tell that it will take a while for the servers to really get the menu down. With so many offerings, my server had to get advice from the chef on sauce pairings for our meals. Easily forgiveable, and the chef was right about the sauces! The aesthetic details are lovely too, from the exposed brick wall lit from below, the angled water glasses and the sleek, polished flatware.
Prices were decent too. For a very large, delicious and filling meal, the total with tax and gratiuity came to $100 for 2. My partner and I were in food comas when we left. Some may say it's not authentic Belgian, well the owners are Belgian, and my good friend from Brussells even said it was very authentic. Whatever the case may be, it's a fantastic night out for dinner in Philadelphia. I hope this restaurant does very well. It was pretty crowded when I went in there last Friday at 6ish.

Pros: Great option to crowded South Street bar dining, very expansive menu, the food.

Cons: Service is still "getting there".

 

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