About Zest

Casual dining with culinary distinction.

Zest is a cozy little Balkan restaurant in Amsterdam’s ‘Upper West’ zone. Since 2012, chef Huby and the crew have been delighting both neighbors and travellers with our food and our friendship.

Our ever-changing menu always includes some excellent choices for both vegetarians and carnivores, including traditional Bulgarian specialties — and of course our celebrated burgers.

At Zest we build our dishes with love and care. Only the purest ingredients deserve to appear on your plate, and every bite should be memorable. But haute cuisine it’s not. This is real, good food, for real good people — the kind you’ll meet when you come in for dinner or a drink. (Yes, we make some kickass cocktails too.)

You see, Zest is also about the sheer pleasure of each other’s company. The setting is relaxed and cool, and often spontaneously musical. Bicycle repairmen, lawyers, guitar players, dressmakers, teachers, journalists and hiphop artists all feel at home here. We think you will too.

The food is great, the time is now. Welcome to Zest.

Where & when

Opening Hours:

Sunday – Thursday
Open: 17:00PM – 23:00PM
Food till: 22:00

Friday – Saturday
Open: 17:00PM – 01:00PM
Food till: 23:00

We’re at Bilderdijkstraat 188, right near the corner of Kinkerstraat, a popular shopping street. We’re a short walk from the Ten Cate street market and the cinemas at De Hallen. Trams 3, 7 and 17 all stop at our corner.

From Amsterdam Centraal Station: Take tram 17 to Bilderdijkstraat.
From Leidseplein: Tram 7 to Bilderdijkstraat.
From Schiphol Airport: Take a train to station Lelylaan, change for tram 17 inbound to Bilderdijkstraat.






At Zest we also do a healthy business in custom catering — for celebrations, film and photo shoots, and all kinds of events. Every catering job is unique, so feel free to email us about your specific needs.

Private parties

You’re having a special birthday, an invitation-only film screening, a group meet-up, or a farewell party for a colleague? You can hire out our restaurant for your feast! We’re easy to get to and we like to make people happy. Just get in touch with us by email to discuss the possibilities.

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Contact us

Bilderdijkstraat 188
1053 LE Amsterdam

tel: +31 20 412 9631
email: zestfood@live.nl
facebook: /zest.amsterdam
proprietor: Nicolai Hubenov
KvK nr: 60996331