About Zitas

Located inside The Old Malthouse on Bartholomew Street, just off of the High Street, Zitas is a stand out in Exeter's buzzing dining scene, known for its beautiful setting and extensive menu. Serving up refined British cuisine made from scratch using fresh and seasonal local produce, whether it's for lunch or dinner, Zitas is a favourite among local foodies. The menu changes seasonally but caters to all tastes and dietary requirements, featuring everything from handcrafted burgers to pub food favourites and British classics. To guarantee a table at Zitas in Exeter city centre, making a reservation in advance is recommended.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Malt House Bartholomew St E, City Centre
Exeter EX4 3BG

Menu Highlights



Moink Balls


Chicken lollipops





Smoked pulled pork bap


Brisket & chips


Rack of ribs



House dog

Pork frankfurter, crispy onions, American mustard & ketchup (Served with house slaw & chips or salad)

The usual suspect burger

Beef patty, smoked streaky bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bbq sauce & onion rings (Served with house slaw & chips or salad)

Halloumi Burger (veg)

Grilled halloumi with red peppers & spicy ketchup (Served with house slaw & chips or salad)

Main Menu



18 Zitas Reviews

Very Good
18 Reviews
Noise levels:Very pleasant
Value for money:Good value
Waiting time:Very good
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Sue D.a month ago · 1 review

We wanted a smokehouse halfway between Plymouth and Street, Somerset for a birthday meal. Did a quick Google search and Zitas came up top of the list. Visited their website, checked the wheelchair access, viewed the menu and then booked online. The whole process was quick, easy and simple to use. We parked right outside the restaurant. Had a lovely warm welcome. Made our choices for 4 mains and 2sides. When they arrived they looked and smelled amazing. They tasted even better. The Brisket melted in the mouth, the pulled pork had a great flavour, the burger was a real mouthful and the chicken had a fishy taste! Moink Balls were different but tasted great. We decided we had space for desserts and we had brownies, sundae and waffle....all were gorgeous. Well worth the trips from Somerset & Plymouth. Will come again.

Samuel P.3 months ago · 4 reviews

Enjoyable evening; went to sample the new menu. Now includes a variety of smokehouse items; with generous portions and reasonable pricing. Will be back soon!

alice F.4 months ago · 1 review

lovely staff and great atmosphere, we went to the all you can eat pancake event and there were loads of toppings available and it was well organised.

Samuel P.6 months ago · 4 reviews

Second time I’ve been recently. Food was great; atmosphere was nice. Will definitely be back in the new year.

Sabina R.2 months ago · 1 review

We really wanted to like this place and was excited about going here but we left rather disappointed. If you are going to open an American 'based' restauraunt when you have a very well known one already within an arms reach, you'd expect it to be one step ahead. The food was Ok, all edible but not as good as as I was hoping (having been to America a number of times and trying a range of smokehouse food, this didn't compare at all) and the portion size is a little mediocre. The whole place is a little confused as to whether it's meant to be a restaurant or a diner. Inside/outside it looks like a restaurant that's decorated with an odd array of posters and artwork but our food was served up in plastic diner style bowls. There was no atmosphere at all and the music didn't really work. The staff were pleasant but won't be going back.

Kathryn P.2 months ago · 1 review

They are a week into a new ‘smokehouse’ menu. We had already looked at the menu and decided to have the sharing tray for 2. When we arrived at 6.30pm (Friday night) we were told that the brisket would not be ready for a few hours (!) but we could still have the sharing tray as they would add extra of the other items to make up for it. Despite being the first people in the restaurant that night (another 2 tables of 2 arrived 10 mins or so after) it was by no means busy but we waited 45 mins for the food to arrive! When it did arrive the tray consisted of 3 chicken legs, 4 bacon and mince ‘bites’, 4 ribs (suggested to be a half rack) 2 halves of a tiny sausage, a tablespoon of coleslaw and about 10 chips!! We had also ordered as extra side of onion rings for £3 (there were 4!). I asked the waiter what had actually replaced the brisket and he said we had had an extra 2 bacon bites and an extra chicken leg!! Considering the wait...the onion rings and ribs were cold, the chicken was smoked but had a really weird smoked taste to it and had tin foil wrapped round the ends?! The best thing on the plate was the sausage which although tasty was the size of a cocktail sausage! I complained to the waiter who after speaking to the chef came back with some fresh onion rings for us but said to replace anything else would take some time!! We has already been in the restaurant an hour and 29 mins by this time so wasn’t prepared to wait any longer. The waiter kindly waivered our food bill so we paid for our drinks and left! I had high hopes for what looked like a decent menu but was very disappointed!

Janice J.a year ago · 1 review

Meal good. Staff helpful. They served our 2 yr old first before we had ordered so that he was occupied. Next they offered him crayons etc. We enjoyed our relaxing time there and their patience. Meal was delicious. Thank you.

Annie G.6 months ago · 1 review

A very warm welcome and service. The menu was inviting and impressively catered for our vegan and gluten free needs. The waiter was lovely to chat to about vegan food and he gave us some very helpful tips.

Samuel P.7 months ago · 4 reviews

Front of house was attentive. The food was quick and tasted great. Was a quiet evening in the restaurant but didn’t feel as if we were rushed. Will definitely be back.

Justin T.2 months ago · 1 review

Cracking flavours Blackened Fish was top notch but unfortunately no Beef and the Ribs were a chewy, not falling of the bone and difficult to cut, but we would still recommend and will definitely go again.