Raleigh >Food & Dining > Zely & Ritz
301 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760335.784574 -78.647390
Mon. - Thu. 6am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 6am - 11pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: University, North Boylan
Ridiculously tiny, not so tasty, expensive portions and owners that don't care to respond to feedback make this place not worth it. I really wanted to like this place for using local and seasonal ingredients, but it failed big time. My biggest gripe with them is their portion sizes. I don't eat a ton of food. I am often satisfied, even thankful, for smaller portions. But even if this were a tapas place, the portions were too small to share. After their three course First Friday special, I left so hungry that we ended up going out to dinner again immediately after at a neighboring restaurant. Aside from the atrociously small portions sizes, the food wasn't really that tasty, it was really expensive, and when I filled out a feedback form they didn't bother to respond. If you want to support the local food economy near Downtown Raleigh, go someplace less pretentious like "The Market." They have smaller local portions too, but they aren't as pricey, their food is better, and they're less indifferent. Ridiculously tiny, not so tasty, expensive portions and owners that don't care to respond to feedback make this place not worth it. I really wanted to like this place for using local and seasonal ingredients, but it failed big time.
My biggest gripe with them is their portion sizes. I don't eat a ton of food. I am often satisfied, even thankful, for smaller portions. But even if this were a tapas place, the portions were too small to share. After their three course First Friday special, I left so hungry that we ended up going out to dinner again immediately after at a neighboring restaurant.
Aside from the atrociously small portions sizes, the food wasn't really that tasty, it was really expensive, and when I filled out a feedback form they didn't bother to respond. If you want to support the local food economy near Downtown Raleigh, go someplace less pretentious like "The Market." They have smaller local portions too, but they aren't as pricey, their food is better, and they're less indifferent.
Update May 31, 2012: Bumping them up one more star. I contacted them again a month or two later to let them know I was further displeased that they did not acknowledge/respond to my original feedback. They responded this time, apologized, and offered to refund the meals.
Good from a far, but far from good. – We all had high hopes for Zely and Ritz, but it was just disappointing. Let’s start with the fact that it is expensive. So when I spend nearly $300 for dinner for 4, particularly in Raleigh, I expect to be wowed. Without giving a blow by blow, (and much of it blew) the food was adequate at best. The sides were decent, but at $9 a pop they should be. If they are going to charge that kind of money, what’s coming out of the kitchen should be so much better. Perhaps we caught them on a bad night, but if you are going to charge that much for small portions, you better not have an off night.
Instead go to Poole’s Diner or Bloomsbury Bistro or go to El Rodeo ten times.
Zely’s the Pitz. I'm only sorry we didn't read the recent reviews before going there.
Bad ..Really Really Bad – WOW Where do I start? Have you ever looked at your check after a meal and felt totally ripped off? Well here you will. The portion sizes are very small. The food is very bland. The service is oh so slow...I can't see how they only have like 10 tables. I will keep this short - just save your money and go somewhere else.
Don't Go! – This place is a HUGE disappointment! My wife and I went there last weekend. The portions are so small that we went out and ate again at another place after this meal. (we are not large people) We ordered a starter and two entrees. The server does bring bread out before the meal but it consists of 2 very small slices. The service was very slow and the place was not even busy. Don't even get me started on the prices. $19.95 for a small piece of fish without any sides. $10 bucks for a tiny crab cake on pieces of watermelon. We have lived in Raleigh for several years and eat out all the time. There are several fantastic places in Raleigh to eat at- this is not one of them.
No no no no no – What a major disappointment! My husband and I usually enjoy frequenting places that tout organic/fresh ingredients, so it was such a shame eating here. The menu had minimal offerings and what we did order was poorly prepared. We went there with one other person, all of us ordered different appetizers and entrées and none of those would make us return. The seasonings and texture of the dishes were uninteresting and odd. A simple pasta dish shouldn't have lumpy sauce/sauté. Also, it's a very small establishment so seating is a bit cramped.
They do have an extensive wine list so perhaps that would make it worth coming here (not a wine person so I am not sure). Our waitress was very nice and attentive. However, we have had much better organic food in other restaurants.
You're better off going elsewhere for good organic food.
DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!!! – I love the farm to table concept and really want to support it but this place is unbearable. We were one of two tables being served in the whole place; other than the owners drinking at the bar where the entire staff was crowded around. We were constantly having to stare the server down to get attention. The pickled vegetables were unbearably salty. The risotto was overcooked, like it had been cooked hours ago and held at temperature. The fish entree was awful. It consisted of a small overcooked filet and completely bland sauce. The only item I enjoyed was the salad. The server didn't ask how the meal was, she knew.
It was utter disappointment being excited about a farm to table concept and the being completely let down. Especially when the bill was just under $100 for 2 people.
VERY disappointed – Though a few dishes were OK (e.g., Tar Tar with passion fruit sauce, and Risotto with asparagus) the portion was VERY small compared to how much I needed to pay. I also tried Cobia (fish), and it was way TOO expensive. For dissert, I tried coffee crème brulee and savarin, and both didn't taste good at all. I was very disappointed. It’s not worth paying more for their tapas dishes.
Overpriced Small Portions – one of the worst experiences ever, and didn't get enough food while spending over $50. we went to Sushi Blues after. This place is horrible.
Locally Sourced and Absolutely Delicious – Walking down Glenwood, biding time till Monday Night Football, decided to check this place out. Menu looked good, winelist looked better. Staff was very friendly and quick.
I'm not a little guy, but I was very happy with the portion sizes. Had the special, an absolutely delicious Rabbit Ragu with Mushrooms and Sweet Potato Gnocci. Delicately seasoned and well balanced, savory and sweet. It was definitely the whole package.
I encourage you to come on Monday Nights (Half Dollar Bottle 'O Wine), try the special, and chat with the staff about what's excellent, what's in season, and what was sourced from the owner's own farm. I'll be the guy in the brown leather jacket, because I am definitely becoming a regular!
Great place, do not let the bad reviews fool you. – I can't believe some of the reviews for this place! To be quite honest I am pretty outraged.
My husband and I have eaten here several times and not once have been we been disappointed. The wait staff is very friendly, one young gentleman even told us about visiting the local farms where some of the restaurant's ingredients are grown.
The portions are of good size unless (as some reviewers must want!) you are expecting your food to come with a supersize option. They are filling but not to the point where you are going to need wheelbarrow when you leave. This restaurant is not advertised as a buffet.
We are both vegetarian so I cannot comment on their meat selection, but as I have already said I have never felt cheated or disappointed by the food we were served. The combination of flavors used is surprising and delicious. The gnocchi is by far my favorite. Pair it with their risotto and wow, delicious!
A great environment to have a romantic dinner or small gathering.
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