240 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030733.761840 -84.360164
Bar - hot. Food & service - not so hot.... – My girlfriends & I went to Zaya recently, despite the mixed reviews - we had to check this place out because we're locals. We started out at the bar, which has the cutest bartender around - Lou. He's fantastic! Kept the drinks, apps & laughs coming until we got a table. I was wondering how such a cool, hip place could have any bad reviews, and then we got to our table...
For a slow weekend night, the service was a little too slow for us - we had to wait for a table (although it was fun at the bar!), and wait a LONG time for food. The apps are the best to order at Zaya, but entrees - just so-so. We found scallops to be a little tough. Most of our dinners were just so-so.
We went back up to the bar after dinner and enjoyed the rest of the evening with Cute Lou the Bartender. If we decide to go back, we'll definitely order from the bar - and stick to the grapeleaves and drunken halloumi.
Overall - service at tables ok, food mixed - bar the most fun! Definitely a place to have a few drinks with your friends and a few apps, flirt with the bartender - but not sure about eating an entire meal here..
Food, decent. Service, eh. Decor, zzzz. – To cut to the chase - Food: If I'd never been to Mediterranean Grill in Midtown, I might have thought it was pretty great. (Go to Med Grill for better, much cheaper fare). Service: All four of us ordered salads before our main courses...only two appeared. Hmmm. When our entrees arrived, the other two mysteriously showed up. The server didn't even acknowledge it (and we couldn't get anyone to pay attention to us in the meantime). She seemed a bit asleep on the job the whole meal, actually. Decor: Had I only ordered drinks, I could have pretended I was at the Globe. Or Halo. Or Taurus. Or Tap. Or any of the other restaurants that look and feel exactly like this one. When will decorators get as bored with this medium-tech, IKEAish restaurant design as most of the rest of us are? Also...why in the world does a restaurant this large only have ONE, one-seater woman's restroom? Come on.
Very welcome addition! – I work in the neighborhood and I have to say that either lunch for pick up or dinner-and even brunch have always been really super! I always get great sevice and I really love the big brunch menu for a Sunday afternoon for sure-really great-extensive menu. And they always seem to be having a really fantastic coctail special! Great patio also-very welcome addition to Inman Park! Thanks!
Food is not worth it – The warm and welcoming atmosphere greets you at the door; however, the Ikea decor and disingenuous hospitality is more representative of the Zaya experience. We were entirely underwhelmed. We were told to wait at the "side bar" and that the bar tender would serve us drinks and appetizers while we waited for our table. No bar tender ever approached us. Just when we were about to walk out, the hostess told us our table was ready. We ordered many appetizers and salads, and not one person enjoyed what they ordered. The tabbouleh was more of a parsley puree with non-existent "cracked wheat"; the 'spicy' cabbage rolls had absolutely no flavor OR spice, and were an embarrassing mixture of plain rice and a small amount of bland beef. The lackluster spanakopita 'tasted like seaweed', was oddly flat, and was therefore inedible. The stuffed grape leaves tasted exactly the same as the stuffed cabbage leaves, and were completely uninspired. Overall, Zaya was overpriced, under-spiced, and just plain boring.
Avoid if you want a drink with dinner! – Worst dining experience in memory. The bar is out of control and has no systems inplace to handle the volume of people dinning at the establishement. Waited in line over 30 minutes to get our first drink then once we were seated we were NEVER able to get an additional coctail with our dinner. Left the table after waiting for more than an hour for our drink order and went to Parish(highly recommended) down the street.
Not special, too expensive – Drinks are the best of what there is to offer. Fancy, trendy decor, but food, so, so, so, and not...
Off key food, fish is so off and it just seems trying to be fancy is so not right for this area. Maybe for Buckhead
or tourists, but locals smell what is wrong.
Way too expensive. Parking, a nightmare. cannot go for lunch, too hard to park
Way beyond Expectations – I didn't have particularly high hopes for Zaya, it was simply a new place I wanted to check out. I was blown away from the moment I walked through the door. The decor is fresh, colorful and upscale. The service was impeccable. Sherry, our server, went above and beyond the entire time. The wine list is literally one of the best in the city. It is diverse, and very elevated. Although I'm not a huge fan of Mediterranean food, the menu was superb. Delightful, perky flavors expertly combined. Great addition to Inman Park dining!!
Better-than-average Mediterranean eats and a surprisingly upscale setting please neighbors in Inman Park. – In Short
Jammed into another mix-use development, this bistro is a dressed-up Mediterranean addition to Inman Park. A layered stone wall and open kitchen are an upgrade for the eyes, while the menu sticks with simple staples. Skip the over-cooked kabobs and instead share what the kitchen does best--apps and small plates. Pita bread arrives fluffy and warm and the addictive baba ghanoush is a smoky spread dunk-worthy of anything on the table. Drunken halloumi pairs a mildly seared cypriat cheese over ripe tomatoes and garlic, a refreshing plate appropriate for the warmer months. As a reward for going small, the crusty-custard ashta is a rose water-loaded dessert, one of the most unique in the city.
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