Zelko Bistro

★★★★☆
Giving back through the basics
  • 705 E 11th St

    Houston, TX 77008

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  • 713-880-8691

About Zelko Bistro

Hours
11am - 10pm Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 9pm Sunday Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from opening to 4 pm Closed on Mondays

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Places like this should exist more, there should be places like this all around the country, they value their customers and the staff is very polite.

3
★★★★★

Places like this should exist more, there should be places like this all around the country, they value their customers and the staff is very polite.

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Great food, forget all these negative comments and go see for yourself. Comfort food with twist. Reasonable prices, nice servings. Loved the St.Arnold's Root Beer Short Ribs!!!!!!

3
★★★★★

Great food, forget all these negative comments and go see for yourself. Comfort food with twist. Reasonable prices, nice servings. Loved the St.Arnold's Root Beer Short Ribs!!!!!!

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I went there for the first time a week ago and had a good experience. We got seated within a few minutes and didnt had to wait long. The place was a bit small, we got sat on a 2 seater table and we were literally sitting next to the next

3
★★★★★

I went there for the first time a week ago and had a good experience. We got seated within a few minutes and didnt had to wait long. The place was a bit small, we got sat on a 2 seater table and we were literally sitting next to the next

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I was looking forward to trying Zelko Bistro for quite some time. After all the hype I decided it just doesn't measure up. It is located in a cute, cozy house in the heights. The menu sounds fabulous (and is reasonably priced)...but the

3
★★★★★

I was looking forward to trying Zelko Bistro for quite some time. After all the hype I decided it just doesn't measure up. It is located in a cute, cozy house in the heights. The menu sounds fabulous (and is reasonably priced)...but the

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I was really excited about finally getting a chance to stop by for dinner. I was almost immediately turned off by the semi-pretentious crowd and the tiny space.
I ordered the St. Arnold's short ribs and was extremely disappointed. The ribs had little flavor, as if it had not penetrated throughout the meat. The sides of what seemed like mashed potatoes felt like I was eating pureed butter. To top everything off, the sauteed spinach side was heavily sprinkled with large salt granules that left my tongue feeling scorched. My date agreed. His meal was also a little interesting. He ordered the fish tacos, which ended up tasting like lettuce and fruit tacos. They had little of their special mayo sauce and a little too much fruit.
We decided not to punish our tastebuds any further and passed on dessert.
While we appreciated their going "local" on ingredients and such, we were disappointed and let down by all the hype. My date insists we simply ordered the wrong meals, so I might give it another shot, against my will.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was really excited about finally getting a chance to stop by for dinner. I was almost immediately turned off by the semi-pretentious crowd and the tiny space.
I ordered the St. Arnold's short ribs and was extremely disappointed. The ribs had little flavor, as if it had not penetrated throughout the meat. The sides of what seemed like mashed potatoes felt like I was eating pureed butter. To top everything off, the sauteed spinach side was heavily sprinkled with large salt granules that left my tongue feeling scorched. My date agreed. His meal was also a little interesting. He ordered the fish tacos, which ended up tasting like lettuce and fruit tacos. They had little of their special mayo sauce and a little too much fruit.
We decided not to punish our tastebuds any further and passed on dessert.
While we appreciated their going "local" on ingredients and such, we were disappointed and let down by all the hype. My date insists we simply ordered the wrong meals, so I might give it another shot, against my will.

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Went to Zelko based on the review in last year's Chronicle. I had the Reuben, a personal favorite, but a HUGE disappointment here, especialy since the Chronicle's review labeled it "a generous helping". It was anything but. Spouse had a chicken dish that I would have more accurately described as "quail"; it was that small. To say that our party of four was disappointed does not begin to describe adequately the feeling. Of all the restaurants we have tried based on someone's recommendation, this is the first that we all agreed was not worth coming back to.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went to Zelko based on the review in last year's Chronicle. I had the Reuben, a personal favorite, but a HUGE disappointment here, especialy since the Chronicle's review labeled it "a generous helping". It was anything but. Spouse had a chicken dish that I would have more accurately described as "quail"; it was that small. To say that our party of four was disappointed does not begin to describe adequately the feeling. Of all the restaurants we have tried based on someone's recommendation, this is the first that we all agreed was not worth coming back to.

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LOUD! This place is so loud. Its a small house in the Heights they have made into a restaurant. The noise booms in there. We had a party of 6 and I felt like we were yelling to each other.
There was no music, it was the people in there that made it loud.
They need to set the tone to QUIET.
They should set the tone to make it a great date spot. I would NOT go there for a date. I wouldn't be able to hear my date and he wouldn't be able to hear me.
Once it gets quiet I will come back.

1
★★☆☆☆

LOUD! This place is so loud. Its a small house in the Heights they have made into a restaurant. The noise booms in there. We had a party of 6 and I felt like we were yelling to each other.
There was no music, it was the people in there that made it loud.
They need to set the tone to QUIET.
They should set the tone to make it a great date spot. I would NOT go there for a date. I wouldn't be able to hear my date and he wouldn't be able to hear me.
Once it gets quiet I will come back.

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It took 20 mins to get seated although the restaurant was 80% empty as the guard dog at the front desk didn't want to seat her customers and have them spend money until all people were present. After explaining about 7 times in total there were 4 people in total 2 of which were here and would like to buy wine and two that were coming in 30 mins her basic maths skilled escaped her and the manager had to get involved.They then "let" us sit outside (not allowed inside). The waiter was great however the meal (tuna salad) was also disappointing (2/10) - very little tuna which was over salted and salad drowned in the asian dressing. I would say give it a miss but that's if you can get seated in the first place.

0
★☆☆☆☆

It took 20 mins to get seated although the restaurant was 80% empty as the guard dog at the front desk didn't want to seat her customers and have them spend money until all people were present. After explaining about 7 times in total there were 4 people in total 2 of which were here and would like to buy wine and two that were coming in 30 mins her basic maths skilled escaped her and the manager had to get involved.They then "let" us sit outside (not allowed inside). The waiter was great however the meal (tuna salad) was also disappointing (2/10) - very little tuna which was over salted and salad drowned in the asian dressing. I would say give it a miss but that's if you can get seated in the first place.

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Ate a great lunch here today. The Captain's Chicken is a simple great tasting dish. Appetizers where equally impressive. Look forward to my third trip here.

5
★★★★★

Ate a great lunch here today. The Captain's Chicken is a simple great tasting dish. Appetizers where equally impressive. Look forward to my third trip here.

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i was told about this little gem in the Heights by my co-worker, she raved about how quaint and yummy zelko bistro was.

when we arrived we were graciously greeted by the hostess, i asked her for her recommendations on the menu....she was thrilled and quickly said the fried pickles for apps...and fried chicken for entree.

our waiter was amazing as well! when the food arrived i didnt received what i had ordered but the chef and waiter both agreed i should keep this entree (the short ribs) while they quickly fired up the meatloaf i orig. ordered.....i was so impressed and so hungry that i gladly took them up on their offer! this is A+ customer service in my book, why should i go hungry waiting on a restaurants mistake! i was so happy, the food was amazing, the wine our waiter suggested was perfect and not the most expensive on the menu either!

i loved the whole experience, good food, folks and fun! and full bellies too!

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★★★★★

i was told about this little gem in the Heights by my co-worker, she raved about how quaint and yummy zelko bistro was.

when we arrived we were graciously greeted by the hostess, i asked her for her recommendations on the menu....she was thrilled and quickly said the fried pickles for apps...and fried chicken for entree.

our waiter was amazing as well! when the food arrived i didnt received what i had ordered but the chef and waiter both agreed i should keep this entree (the short ribs) while they quickly fired up the meatloaf i orig. ordered.....i was so impressed and so hungry that i gladly took them up on their offer! this is A+ customer service in my book, why should i go hungry waiting on a restaurants mistake! i was so happy, the food was amazing, the wine our waiter suggested was perfect and not the most expensive on the menu either!

i loved the whole experience, good food, folks and fun! and full bellies too!

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We ordered the burger and the captains chicken. They were both awesome. The wait staff was sweet too! We will totally come back.

2
★★★★★

We ordered the burger and the captains chicken. They were both awesome. The wait staff was sweet too! We will totally come back.

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Simple and very well executed. I had to comment in support after reading that distasteful review by that horror of a customer maethridge. My guess is that she's the kinda bitchy patron that makes a scene whenever the wait staff fails to genuflect when in her presence.
About ZB, I been there many times. They're like family. We've watched them grow and stumble and fall only to pick themselves up and do better the next time. All the stumbling has been with physical problems with the building or the lack of cooling power. What they haven't compromised from the get-go is the great food, cool people (staff and clientele), hip ambience, and an amazing well thought out wine list, maybe the best in Houston for the diversity and price coupled with empassioned knowledge of all things poured by Jeb. ZB could easily get away with charging 25%-50% more for what they do, but they don't and I applaud and defend their vision. Maethridge shouldn't eat out. Anywhere. No, she really shouldn't.

2
★★★★★

Simple and very well executed. I had to comment in support after reading that distasteful review by that horror of a customer maethridge. My guess is that she's the kinda bitchy patron that makes a scene whenever the wait staff fails to genuflect when in her presence.
About ZB, I been there many times. They're like family. We've watched them grow and stumble and fall only to pick themselves up and do better the next time. All the stumbling has been with physical problems with the building or the lack of cooling power. What they haven't compromised from the get-go is the great food, cool people (staff and clientele), hip ambience, and an amazing well thought out wine list, maybe the best in Houston for the diversity and price coupled with empassioned knowledge of all things poured by Jeb. ZB could easily get away with charging 25%-50% more for what they do, but they don't and I applaud and defend their vision. Maethridge shouldn't eat out. Anywhere. No, she really shouldn't.

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The food is amazing and cooked to perfection. Very cozy, service is great, and no, it's not that cheap, but it's not so bad either, and for the price you're paying, it is oh so worth it.

I've been there twice and both times extremely satisfied. Will definitely go there again; absolutely recommend it to everyone.

2
★★★★★

The food is amazing and cooked to perfection. Very cozy, service is great, and no, it's not that cheap, but it's not so bad either, and for the price you're paying, it is oh so worth it.

I've been there twice and both times extremely satisfied. Will definitely go there again; absolutely recommend it to everyone.

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Food was cold... we didn't send it back but several people around us did. We witnessed the cook rubbing his nose and touching the food. He picked at someones burger to remove the bacon that she didn't want and then took a bunch of fries from the same plate and stuffed them in his mouth. It is discusting. Manager seemed to care when the table complained but then when he turned his back he called the man a bad name. (you can hear everything in a small place like that). It was really a very very bad experience. I would never recommend going here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Food was cold... we didn't send it back but several people around us did. We witnessed the cook rubbing his nose and touching the food. He picked at someones burger to remove the bacon that she didn't want and then took a bunch of fries from the same plate and stuffed them in his mouth. It is discusting. Manager seemed to care when the table complained but then when he turned his back he called the man a bad name. (you can hear everything in a small place like that). It was really a very very bad experience. I would never recommend going here.

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We ate at Zelko Bistro the second week it was open (pre-Air Conditioning issues) and loved it. The Bruscetta with fresh hummus and feta is a basic Italian staple that is given a Mediterranean twist. The Shrimp and Grits was filling, with the creamy polenta (due to the white cheddar) and large, sauteed gulf shrimp. The Corned Beef and Cabbage was cooked properly. I was able to cut the cured brisket with a fork and cabbage still had a little bit of crunch to it. Unfortunately, we didn't try the great looking desserts.

2
★★★★☆

We ate at Zelko Bistro the second week it was open (pre-Air Conditioning issues) and loved it. The Bruscetta with fresh hummus and feta is a basic Italian staple that is given a Mediterranean twist. The Shrimp and Grits was filling, with the creamy polenta (due to the white cheddar) and large, sauteed gulf shrimp. The Corned Beef and Cabbage was cooked properly. I was able to cut the cured brisket with a fork and cabbage still had a little bit of crunch to it. Unfortunately, we didn't try the great looking desserts.

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I am always on the look out for new exciting places to dine in Houston. Many of the suggestions come from close friends who have had good experiences, and some are picked from a rank list from CitySearch or other websites. Zelko Bistro was one that was referred to us by close friends, and in addition, received high marks on customer satisfaction on CitySearch. I was eager to try.

I called Zelko to make a reservation for two, and was told that they operated on the first come-first serve basis, which was good enough with me. The woman answering the phone was very friendly and also gave me times which she thought the wait time would be less. She told us to come after 8pm, but we ended up going earlier, around 7pm (which she said was peak time for dinner on a Friday). The restaurant is tucked away in the Heights, and is located in a refurbished small home. The place is small! But that is what gives it character, and one of the things that drove me to try it out.

We arrived around 7pm and, due to some road construction, had to park our car down the street. The place was crowded with some customers sitting on the small front porch, I assumed waiting for a table. We were seated immediately. The seating arrangement is a little different, and if you are a two-some you will get squeezed in a perimeter, booth like setting, next to another table. Almost too close. But like I said, the place is small, and it was also packed. The close quarters also made it very easy to greet your neighbor and compare food and wine; last night it worked out that we sat next to a friendly two-some that we chatted with most of the hour.

I had read on CitySearch about the fish tacos and meatloaf. We decided to start out with some fried pickles and some sort of horseradish sauce. The pickles came out hot, and were not heavily battered. They were also very good, and the portion was large for two people. We had some house Pinot Noir which was good, but really nothing special. Our entree was meatloaf and fish tacos, of which we split. The fish tacos were fresh, and full of lettuce, corn, and some fresh fruit ( pineapple ), and other herbs. They almost tasted like a fresh spring roll. They were done in flour tortillas, not corn, and were very good. The only thing I could have asked for would have been to have more fish in the taco. Most of the flavor was over powered by the pineapple and it was hard to pull out the fish. But, it was very good, and seemed light rather than heavy. Now the meatloaf was another story. This came with mashed potatoes that were phenomenal. The meatloaf was perfectly cooked and seasoned to perfection; with some roasted tomatoes on top that accented the flavor perfectly. The meatloaf was awesome, and that will be something I order for myself next time I return.

The food was great, despite some of my nit-picking comments. I thought the waiter was good, but he was super busy with a packed house. The cleaning crew was good, making sure not to leave dirty plates in view for very long. The atmosphere at Zelko was cozy, but the acoustics were bad. It got harder and harder to hear the more the night went on. That is really the only negative I have on the place. The lighting could have been a bit darker as well. I look forward to going back; next time with two couples so we can have the privacy of our own four-top table.! Nice work Zelko!! And good luck!!

2
★★★★☆

I am always on the look out for new exciting places to dine in Houston. Many of the suggestions come from close friends who have had good experiences, and some are picked from a rank list from CitySearch or other websites. Zelko Bistro was one that was referred to us by close friends, and in addition, received high marks on customer satisfaction on CitySearch. I was eager to try.

I called Zelko to make a reservation for two, and was told that they operated on the first come-first serve basis, which was good enough with me. The woman answering the phone was very friendly and also gave me times which she thought the wait time would be less. She told us to come after 8pm, but we ended up going earlier, around 7pm (which she said was peak time for dinner on a Friday). The restaurant is tucked away in the Heights, and is located in a refurbished small home. The place is small! But that is what gives it character, and one of the things that drove me to try it out.

We arrived around 7pm and, due to some road construction, had to park our car down the street. The place was crowded with some customers sitting on the small front porch, I assumed waiting for a table. We were seated immediately. The seating arrangement is a little different, and if you are a two-some you will get squeezed in a perimeter, booth like setting, next to another table. Almost too close. But like I said, the place is small, and it was also packed. The close quarters also made it very easy to greet your neighbor and compare food and wine; last night it worked out that we sat next to a friendly two-some that we chatted with most of the hour.

I had read on CitySearch about the fish tacos and meatloaf. We decided to start out with some fried pickles and some sort of horseradish sauce. The pickles came out hot, and were not heavily battered. They were also very good, and the portion was large for two people. We had some house Pinot Noir which was good, but really nothing special. Our entree was meatloaf and fish tacos, of which we split. The fish tacos were fresh, and full of lettuce, corn, and some fresh fruit ( pineapple ), and other herbs. They almost tasted like a fresh spring roll. They were done in flour tortillas, not corn, and were very good. The only thing I could have asked for would have been to have more fish in the taco. Most of the flavor was over powered by the pineapple and it was hard to pull out the fish. But, it was very good, and seemed light rather than heavy. Now the meatloaf was another story. This came with mashed potatoes that were phenomenal. The meatloaf was perfectly cooked and seasoned to perfection; with some roasted tomatoes on top that accented the flavor perfectly. The meatloaf was awesome, and that will be something I order for myself next time I return.

The food was great, despite some of my nit-picking comments. I thought the waiter was good, but he was super busy with a packed house. The cleaning crew was good, making sure not to leave dirty plates in view for very long. The atmosphere at Zelko was cozy, but the acoustics were bad. It got harder and harder to hear the more the night went on. That is really the only negative I have on the place. The lighting could have been a bit darker as well. I look forward to going back; next time with two couples so we can have the privacy of our own four-top table.! Nice work Zelko!! And good luck!!

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I am always on the look out for new exciting places to dine in Houston. Many of the suggestions come from close friends who have had good experiences, and some are picked from a rank list from Yelp or other websites. Zelko Bistro was one that was referred to us by close friends, and in addition, received high marks on customer satisfaction on Yelp. I was eager to try.

I called Zelko to make a reservation for two, and was told that they operated on the first come-first serve basis, which was good enough with me. The woman answering the phone was very friendly and also gave me times which she thought the wait time would be less. She told us to come after 8pm, but we ended up going earlier, around 7pm (which she said was peak time for dinner on a Friday). The restaurant is tucked away in the Heights, and is located in a refurbished small home. The place is small! But that is what gives it character, and one of the things that drove me to try it out.

We arrived around 7pm and, due to some road construction, had to park our car down the street. The place was crowded with some customers sitting on the small front porch, I assumed waiting for a table. We were seated immediately. The seating arrangement is a little different, and if you are a two-some you will get squeezed in a perimeter, booth like setting, next to another table. Almost too close. But like I said, the place is small, and it was also packed. The close quarters also made it very easy to greet your neighbor and compare food and wine; last night it worked out that we sat next to a friendly two-some that we chatted with most of the hour.

I had read on CitySearch about the fish tacos and meatloaf. We decided to start out with some fried pickles and some sort of horseradish sauce. The pickles came out hot, and were not heavily battered. They were also very good, and the portion was large for two people. We had some house Pinot Noir which was good, but really nothing special. Our entree was meatloaf and fish tacos, of which we split. The fish tacos were fresh, and full of lettuce, corn, and some fresh fruit ( pineapple ), and other herbs. They almost tasted like a fresh spring roll. They were done in flour tortillas, not corn, and were very good. The only thing I could have asked for would have been to have more fish in the taco. Most of the flavor was over powered by the pineapple and it was hard to pull out the fish. But, it was very good, and seemed light rather than heavy. Now the meatloaf was another story. This came with mashed potatoes that were phenomenal. The meatloaf was perfectly cooked and seasoned to perfection; with some roasted tomatoes on top that accented the flavor perfectly. The meatloaf was awesome, and that will be something I order for myself next time I return.

The food was great, despite some of my nit-picking comments. I thought the waiter was good, but he was super busy with a packed house. The cleaning crew was good, making sure not to leave dirty plates in view for very long. The atmosphere at Zelko was cozy, but the acoustics were bad. It got harder and harder to hear the more the night went on. That is really the only negative I have on the place. The lighting could have been a bit darker as well. I look forward to going back; next time with two couples so we can have the privacy of our own four-top table.! Nice work Zelko!! And good luck!!

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★★★★☆

I am always on the look out for new exciting places to dine in Houston. Many of the suggestions come from close friends who have had good experiences, and some are picked from a rank list from Yelp or other websites. Zelko Bistro was one that was referred to us by close friends, and in addition, received high marks on customer satisfaction on Yelp. I was eager to try.

I called Zelko to make a reservation for two, and was told that they operated on the first come-first serve basis, which was good enough with me. The woman answering the phone was very friendly and also gave me times which she thought the wait time would be less. She told us to come after 8pm, but we ended up going earlier, around 7pm (which she said was peak time for dinner on a Friday). The restaurant is tucked away in the Heights, and is located in a refurbished small home. The place is small! But that is what gives it character, and one of the things that drove me to try it out.

We arrived around 7pm and, due to some road construction, had to park our car down the street. The place was crowded with some customers sitting on the small front porch, I assumed waiting for a table. We were seated immediately. The seating arrangement is a little different, and if you are a two-some you will get squeezed in a perimeter, booth like setting, next to another table. Almost too close. But like I said, the place is small, and it was also packed. The close quarters also made it very easy to greet your neighbor and compare food and wine; last night it worked out that we sat next to a friendly two-some that we chatted with most of the hour.

I had read on CitySearch about the fish tacos and meatloaf. We decided to start out with some fried pickles and some sort of horseradish sauce. The pickles came out hot, and were not heavily battered. They were also very good, and the portion was large for two people. We had some house Pinot Noir which was good, but really nothing special. Our entree was meatloaf and fish tacos, of which we split. The fish tacos were fresh, and full of lettuce, corn, and some fresh fruit ( pineapple ), and other herbs. They almost tasted like a fresh spring roll. They were done in flour tortillas, not corn, and were very good. The only thing I could have asked for would have been to have more fish in the taco. Most of the flavor was over powered by the pineapple and it was hard to pull out the fish. But, it was very good, and seemed light rather than heavy. Now the meatloaf was another story. This came with mashed potatoes that were phenomenal. The meatloaf was perfectly cooked and seasoned to perfection; with some roasted tomatoes on top that accented the flavor perfectly. The meatloaf was awesome, and that will be something I order for myself next time I return.

The food was great, despite some of my nit-picking comments. I thought the waiter was good, but he was super busy with a packed house. The cleaning crew was good, making sure not to leave dirty plates in view for very long. The atmosphere at Zelko was cozy, but the acoustics were bad. It got harder and harder to hear the more the night went on. That is really the only negative I have on the place. The lighting could have been a bit darker as well. I look forward to going back; next time with two couples so we can have the privacy of our own four-top table.! Nice work Zelko!! And good luck!!

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★★★★★

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Zelko Bistro could not be more neighborhood-centric if they tried. Local chefs? Check. Refurbished 1920s bungalow (with plans to incorporate the antiquated gas station next door as part of the restaurant in the future, which I can??t wait to see)? Check. Reasonably-priced seasonal menu and wine list? Check. Hiring mostly Heights-area residents as staff? Check. They seem to have everything covered... oh, except the parking, and the broken AC (but I expect they will get that fixed). Our party of 6 expected a wait as we strolled in at 7:30 on a Saturday night, and it was almost an hour before we were seated. The hour went quickly, as we sat the bar with the very knowledgeable bartender, who suggested wines and beers for our diverse group. Everyone was apologetic about the A/C issues, but we noticed as the sun went down, the place cooled off quite a bit. We ordered the fried pickles (spears) with in-house-made ranch as an appetizer, and as soon as they came out (and all 6 of us were agreeing their homemade pickles ??awesome?), another order came out - apparently the chef decided the first batch wasn??t up to his high standards, and sent out the second ones complementary. Yum.

I ordered the Market Catch of the day (Halibut) with tomato-and-pineapple salsa, white asparagus, and arugula salad. While tasty, I did find the fish and salad a bit too salty (the asparagus, however, needed salt - odd.). My friends loved the grilled shrimp and grits, and the ribs. The burgers were ranked ??good,? but were a little overcooked. The skinny-cut fries with parmesan and truffle oil were different and delicious. As time for dessert rolled around, it was getting late and they were out of our first pick - the chocolate pecan cake. They did have a couple off-the-menu selections, and we ordered a chocolate Oreo cake with butter cream frosting. It was a lot less rich than it sounds, and the Oreos blended in with the cake in a very sophisticated way. Our 2 friends that don??t usually like chocolate even liked it!

Overall, the menu and food reminded us of a more down-home Shade (fitting, as one of the partners is a former Shade chef). The service was outstanding and the food left us all wanting to try more.

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★★★★★

Zelko Bistro could not be more neighborhood-centric if they tried. Local chefs? Check. Refurbished 1920s bungalow (with plans to incorporate the antiquated gas station next door as part of the restaurant in the future, which I can??t wait to see)? Check. Reasonably-priced seasonal menu and wine list? Check. Hiring mostly Heights-area residents as staff? Check. They seem to have everything covered... oh, except the parking, and the broken AC (but I expect they will get that fixed). Our party of 6 expected a wait as we strolled in at 7:30 on a Saturday night, and it was almost an hour before we were seated. The hour went quickly, as we sat the bar with the very knowledgeable bartender, who suggested wines and beers for our diverse group. Everyone was apologetic about the A/C issues, but we noticed as the sun went down, the place cooled off quite a bit. We ordered the fried pickles (spears) with in-house-made ranch as an appetizer, and as soon as they came out (and all 6 of us were agreeing their homemade pickles ??awesome?), another order came out - apparently the chef decided the first batch wasn??t up to his high standards, and sent out the second ones complementary. Yum.

I ordered the Market Catch of the day (Halibut) with tomato-and-pineapple salsa, white asparagus, and arugula salad. While tasty, I did find the fish and salad a bit too salty (the asparagus, however, needed salt - odd.). My friends loved the grilled shrimp and grits, and the ribs. The burgers were ranked ??good,? but were a little overcooked. The skinny-cut fries with parmesan and truffle oil were different and delicious. As time for dessert rolled around, it was getting late and they were out of our first pick - the chocolate pecan cake. They did have a couple off-the-menu selections, and we ordered a chocolate Oreo cake with butter cream frosting. It was a lot less rich than it sounds, and the Oreos blended in with the cake in a very sophisticated way. Our 2 friends that don??t usually like chocolate even liked it!

Overall, the menu and food reminded us of a more down-home Shade (fitting, as one of the partners is a former Shade chef). The service was outstanding and the food left us all wanting to try more.

Pros: Great food, service, atmosphere

Cons: Lack of parking

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We went to Zelko's last week after hearing rave reviews. First of all the food is fantastic! I really enjoyed my meal and the prices were very reasonable for the quality! The Sangria needs a little tweaking though. The AC happend to be broken so it was painstakingly hot in the retaurant and I was disappointed that they were limited on what beer they had in stock. Our waiter was very nice but it seemed that he was either very busy or very slow. The decor is relaxing and very quaint... I would give Zelko's another try...maybe it was just an off night when we went.

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★★★☆☆

We went to Zelko's last week after hearing rave reviews. First of all the food is fantastic! I really enjoyed my meal and the prices were very reasonable for the quality! The Sangria needs a little tweaking though. The AC happend to be broken so it was painstakingly hot in the retaurant and I was disappointed that they were limited on what beer they had in stock. Our waiter was very nice but it seemed that he was either very busy or very slow. The decor is relaxing and very quaint... I would give Zelko's another try...maybe it was just an off night when we went.

Pros: Great Food and Wine Selection

Cons: Service was okay

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After earning accolades during her stint at Lancaster Bistro, Chef Jamie Zelko settled a cozy white bungalow in the Heights for her eponymous personal project with partner and former Shade chef Jeb Stuart. Forty five tables fit snugly into…

 

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