New dining destination in East Cobb

By Hope S. Philbrick

If we’re to learn anything from childhood starlets struggling into adulthood, it’s that few transitions are graceful. Passing judgment on a restaurant in its first few days of operation makes as much sense as twerking in a mouse costume.

So I rarely visit a restaurant until it’s been open long enough to work early kinks out. But I visited Zeal, which opened October 25, on November 8. And it was already operating like an old pro.

Servers were attentive. The décor stylish. And each dish delivered to our table impressed, bite after bite.

East Cobb can use more restaurants of this caliber: a close competitor, just a few doors down, has a months’ long waiting list for reservations. “You can’t get a table there,” said my friend, who lives in the neighborhood.

Once fans of that restaurant discover this place, tables will likely be hard to come by as well. So call ahead and make a reservation to look like you’re one of the most well-connected diners in town.

ZealExecutive Chef Eric Mulville is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. and the former executive chef and managing partner of Maggiano’s Buckhead. At Zeal his menu focuses on seasonal, local fare “with a twist” of eclectic international influences. Early popular favorites include Georgia trout with Israeli couscous, chicken lollipops with mango chipotle sauce, wild mushroom flatbread with truffle cream, and crispy kale salad.

In addition to non-alcoholic beverage options, Zeal offers a rotating list of locally sourced craft beers, hand crafted cocktails and various wines, available by the glass or bottle.

In an outdoor bar area there’s shuffleboard, darts and an outdoor fireplace.

Zeal is a welcome addition to the East Cobb dining scene.

mushroom flatbread at Zealchicken lollipops at Zealcarrot cake at Zeal






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1255 Johnson Ferry Rd. in Market Plaza
Marietta, GA 30068
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HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. She’s reviewed restaurants for several Atlanta-based newspapers and magazines for more than 10 years. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.


  1. How much did they pay you for this kind review? The general public thinks different. Also “that place ” that you claim takes months to get a table is WRONG. We have eaten there many times without a hitch. As far as Zeal, it’s over-priced , drink prices rival The Ritz-Carlton and I assure you it’s not even in the same league.

  2. My opinion is based on my experience. Sorry that yours didn’t measure up. I would not put Zeal in the same category as The Ritz-Carlton and did not claim that it belonged there. As for competition, there is much of it in Cobb County and we may not be referring to the same “other” restaurant.

  3. I agree with Steve, your review is completely wrong.
    The food is sub-par at Zeal !
    I hope people scroll down far enough to impeach your revue.

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