Something Different Restaurant & Catering
1512 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205, United States
Something Different Restaurant & Catering

Review №1

Visiting the area today and found this place on Google and decided to give it a try. First off: Staff was great along with the service! But food wasn't up to our normal standards... not gross, but expected much better and left disappointed. For instance, salad was chopped iceberg, two grape tomatoes, and shredded cheese. Chicken Cordon Blu was pre-packaged stuff with sauce and overcooked shrimp on the side. We didn't finish either plate. Desserts looked yummy, but we chose not to have any.Clean and tidy overall, but not something I could recommend.... sorry.

Review №2

The wait staff is always on top of their game. There is a nightly special that is sure to please. Great place for the entire family.

Review №3

Excellent Service and the food is outstanding. The baby back ribs is so tender and sooo good. My order was mixed up and I said its fine since its all looking but they did extra mile to get the side I really ordered. Kodus to you all. It really is something different that always rocks our appetite.

Review №4

The service is very good. Quick attentive servers that know thier menu. The food was good and prices were fair.

Review №5

This is one of the best local restaurants in town. The owner Sinan always comes around and gives you his personal attention and if you are a regular he always acknowledges you by name. The food here is always top notch and they also do a great catering service.

Review №6

Amazing food! Owner will come right up to talk to you, thanm you for choosing his restaurant and ask you direct how was your meal, how did it tate and makes sure you have a great experience. Very nice atmosphere.

Review №7

Have had a variety of meals and desserts from this location, and all were delicious. They display local artwork that you can ask about. They do accept parties and have comfortable seating.

Review №8

Delicious food and excellent service. The owner and his family are wonderful.

Review №9

First time at this restaurant. The staff and host were wonderful. The food was delicious. We will be back. Thank you for a lovely dinner.

Review №10

Food was NOT good...burger was flavorless and small for 10.99... croutons in Caesar salad was to hard could barely bite into them...chicken also had no flavor and small for 10.99...onion rings were ok but tasted like fish...ranch was so watered down not sure if it was ranch... cream potatoes were edible...service was good...but when paying and asking how we liked it, I was honest and said I didn't like it and the person was very rude...will NOT go back nor recommend this place to anyone

Review №11

I have only eaten here twice. I wouldn't have went back if it weren't for a family members Birthday. Neither time, was I impressed with the food at all! My kids wouldn't even eat theirs after tasting it, and they LOVE spaghetti. Staff is very nice. I will not be going back. I will not be paying those prices for their food. Very disappointing.

Review №12

Went in around the early bird timeframe so there wasn't anyone there. We were unsure whether it was due to food, time, or staff. Well, none of those categories was a problem. Staff was friendly!, Food was outrageously delicious!, And we weren't left alone or forgotten about. It is a restaurant to go to, indeed, to get something different. It is upscale, but our kids (five and under) did fine, and they were very patient and accommodating with us.

Review №13

Pork chops nicely seasoned. The spinach dip noticeably better than typical . Great spot after a day at the zoo.

Review №14

Not as great as I thought but I do wish you the best with your purchase

Review №15

Great food and service. This place is highly recommended.

Review №16

My whole family ordered food from here and it was all so good! The variety of food is great. Really great everything. I loved the crab cakes and the amazing brownie!! We will definitely be coming back next time we're in town!

Review №17

We went here for dinner after the zoo in May. I want to start off by saying the 4 stars is for the desserts and that alone - everything else was just OK or poor. We ordered the creme brulee and the chocolate fudge brownie. We should of just started off with that and called it a night and ate a few of those. They were OMG AMAZING. Some of the best creme brulee we have had. Crust was perfect. The inside was smooth and not chunky. The brownie was warm, gooey, chocolately, flavorful, and the ice cream went along with it perfectly. We shared but we didn't want to! My husband got the spinach dip with pita chips. He said it was good but nothing to come back for. I got the ribs, fries and baked potato (cheese, bacon, and butter). The fries were OK. Baked potato was good. Ribs was good but not great. Good BBQ sauce though. They were tender enough but not the best I have had. It was busy in the restaurant but not packed which we expected it to be packed with the slow service we got. We had maybe 3 people come to our table the whole time we were there. I am not sure if they forgot who had what table or...the other side of the restaurant that we sat on only had one other table occupied. It took a while to get our food, it took a while to get waters refilled, and it took forever to get the check. I would go back for the desserts, maybe, if I am in the area again.

Review №18

The salmon over vegetables & Greek salad mmmmmmmI highly recommend. Great staff! so go check them out you'll not be disappointed.

Review №19

Very good food and very nice staff. Will definitely be back to eat here.

Review №20

Food was wonderful...I would come back again.

Review №21

Great friendly staff with fast service. The food was excellent and the owner is engaged in customer interaction. Wish they were open for the time of our camping stay. A++++

Review №22

We went here looking for something different, delicious, and local. And I think this place hit home runs on all counts. The food was delicious, we had a combination bayou and a low country boil, since it was on special. The portions are pretty healthy and we definitely had some leftovers, since we made sure to have desert - and dessert was also REALLy great! A healthy portion of warm pineapple upside down cake, with cold creamy ice cream, and hot caramel.The wait staff team-waited so service was SUPER fast, and they always had our glasses full, and as soon as we we ready to order someone was at our table.A really great experience and a place I will come back to as often as I can!

Review №23

Delicious and a beautiful day to sit outside!

Review №24

Lunch deals are great.. the burger was average but everybody else loved their food.. the pasta was great.

Review №25

One of my favorite restaurants when I'm not traveling and staying around home. Variety of food for anyone but my favorite is the seafood dip and kabobs

Review №26

Ate here for the first time and I wasn't disappointed! I had the sirloin steak with a side salad and macaroni and cheese. The steak was tender and very flavorful; the macaroni and cheese was amazing! I had creme brulee for dessert and it was so good! The staff was very pleasant and and friendly to my sister and I. I will definitely be coming back again in the future!

Review №27

I've been all over the country and this is one of my favorite restaurants. The owner is such a kind and generous person who always makes our visits feel like we are at home. Warm and friendly staff, and the food is incredible. Always wonderful experience here!

Review №28

Good fresh food. I had the crabcakes. They were pretty decent. The salad was simple but fresh. The potato soup was very good. Ribs are always excellent.

Review №29

We went as part of a large party and the staff handled it very well. Everyone's food came out together at the same time. They handled drink refills and extra requests promptly. Multiple servers worked our tables together as a team.There is a wide variety of items to choose from on the menu, ranging from pork chops, to steaks, chicken, pasta, and sea food.The food quality was very good. I tried the (steak) kabobs which came with salad and a side for a very reasonable price. My wife got the stuffed chicken which was also very good.We spoke to the owner, who came by the table, and you could tell that he was passionate about his work, the restaurant, and wants you to be happy as a customer.I would definitely go back.

Review №30

Great food at reasonable prices!! Highly recommended. We've eaten there twice so far. Our favorites are the baby back ribs, the reuben sandwich and the grilled potatoes. They offer a wide variety of foods, looking forward to trying something new on our next visit.

Review №31

Service with a smile and very attentive. So appreciate both! Chicken Florentine SO delicious one would like to lick the plate!!! Turtle cheesecake wonderful end to the meal. Nice ambiance and a great place to take family and friends!! A bit pricey but worth it!

Review №32

The food was over cook the wings was burnt and salmon overcook and ive eat a mushroom burger about evertime i go there and it had no taste paid 5100 for it and just to be honest it was not worth 20

Review №33

Always so satisfied with the service and the food. Locally owned by the nicest family. The Charleston is a crab cake with shrimp and mushrooms and broccoli in this lovely cream sauce. It really is comfort food and is perfect for Keto diet. The spinach artichoke dip is also delicious. My family raves about the chicken parmesan! We've been eating here for years and always have a great experience. They also have great coffee which is always a plus.

Review №34

The food and service were great.

Review №35

I'm fairly new to NC. Often I miss the Greek neighborhood I grew up in (Astoria NY). When I heard about how the owner is helping the vulnerable and disenfranchised amongst us, I have made a vow to support this business. God Bless him and the entire family. I have $100 earmarked for an order and once I can get $300, I will pay it forward for him.

Review №36

Great place first time guest tonight. Wait staff was super nice food was excellent could have had a better experience. Thanks will be back

Review №37

Great food, helpful staff. quiet restaurant. love the fact there isn't loud music.

Review №38

This place was wonderful. The owner brought out free kids plates with samples of all the foods for my toddlers before we finished ordering. The food was delicious, people were nice and owner was super kind. ️️

Review №39

Food is always very good

Review №40

Great food. I love the lamb. The owner greeted us at the table. Food was delicious!!! We will be coming back soon! Definitely Somethimg Different rocks!!!

Review №41

The food was delicious and the service spot on. We had steaks which were cooked spot on an tasted fabulous!

Review №42

Fantastic food! Good portions and service is on point. I highly recommend giving it a try!

Review №43

First time there traveling to seagrove. Very good food. Has gluten free options which my wife liked.

Review №44

As the name suggests, the food and decor is different from what you'd find in a typical restaurant. There's a little bit of everything, and you can walk in in jeans or in nicer attire. The food is good, and the service friendly, if a little bit slow.

Review №45

Great food and service

Review №46

Everything was great. First time eating out since February.

Review №47

It was ok I think it was probably my husband and my tastes more than it wasn't good, I had the chicken alfredo and my husband had the lobster ravioli. The pasta tasted homemade and was good but the sauces were not what we expected. The Alfredo had an odd spice in it that I couldn't place and my husband's was like a really creamy pesto sauce which wasn't bad just unexpected since it said it was an Alfredo sauce. I also had their cup of chicken noodle soup which was really good with the homemade noodles in it. Next time I'll do the soup and grilled cheese. The atmosphere was nice and service was okay except we had different people wait on us throughout the meal so if you needed anything you weren't sure who to ask. We had the volcano brownie for desert and it was really good too. I would definitely go back and try something different the prices were reasonable and it was clean. It's right down from the zoo so the location is good too

Review №48

Service was amazing even though it was packed on a Sunday afternoon! And there's beautiful pottery for sale.

Review №49

This was my first time eating at Something Different Restaurant. I have always based alot of my decision grading on customer service and care. I give that a 100% rating.Secondly, the settings and atmosphere. I give it a 50% rating. They need to remodel and bring it up to date. And last but definitely not least is the food. I give it a 100% rating.

Review №50

This place is amazing!!! Food was great, service was great, couldn't have asked for a better place to eat! We came here for the Zoo which is probably what brings most of their clientele here. This place is a star attraction!!! LOVED IT!

Review №51

The service was efficient, attentive, and friendly. The food was tssty, well prepared, and served in generous portions.

Review №52

The waitstaff seems to do a good job of tag teaming tables and the food is good. One suggestion would be to have some sort of remoulade or something like that for the crab cakes, they were a bit plain by themselves.

Review №53

Love this restaurant. I have been going here for over a decade and you can always count on delicious food and fast friendly service. Wonderful place to go with a group that has different tastes as there is something good for everyone. Highly recommend.

Review №54

I was so disappointed with my food. I've lived in the area for a long time but had never tried this place. Decided to finally eat there but the food was very bland.I ordered the shrimp scampi. The shrimp tasted good but there was only about 4 of them in this huge plate of pasta. I also received 2 lobster ravioli type discs with it. They had no flavor and neither did the pasta. My husband and son who are very picky ordered the burger. The bun had poppy seeds on it which I don't remember seeing that listed on the menu. My son was trying to pick the seeds off. Also the bun was bigger than the burger and the burger was not good. Burger paty was a little on the thin side and there was nothing flavorful or special about it. I will not ever go back.

Review №55

The food was delicious! They had a lunch special that included 2 entrees, shared dessert, and 2 drinks for $20. I had the pineapple upside down cake that was warm with ice cream.... hmmmmm.... good!

Review №56

Plenty of food and friendly staff. Wait wasn't long but it was mid-afternoon. Plates seem to be a bit pricey.

Review №57

Incredible food! We stopped by for a quick bite and were impressed with the taste of the food. Will definitely come again. Actually, tonight!

Review №58

Good menu with huge variety from burgers to full entrees. Lamb chops were perfectly rare, one person had a rib eye steak well done...and it was. We had lots of freedom to sit and talk as we had traveled from various locations for the weekend. Wait staff was very attentive, followed up and left us to enjoy our meal. If ever in the area we will enjoy this restaurant again.

Review №59

While in town visiting the zoo, we decided to try out this restaurant.... AND I'M SO GLAD WE DID! The food was amazing and the staff was so friendly. We will definitely be back the next time we're in Asheboro!

Review №60

Had numerous meals here and have never had a bad meal or experience.

Review №61

I'm only giving 3 stars because they had pretty good food, I just expected more door what I paid for.. they are a little high on their prices & this would be okay if it was a reasonable portions.

Review №62

Came here last night for dinner with family for the first time. absolutely loved it! service was amazing & drinks were always promptly filled without having to be asked. food was fantastic & prices are reasonable. will be coming back again to try more items on the menu!

Review №63

Pleasant meal with a local vibe mixed with a wonderful staff. Food is prepared by great cooks. Recommended place to eat.

Review №64

Nothing special. No frills American Italian fair. They do catering so it seems almost like cafeteria food. Friendly staff though. I felt as if I was sitting in a old grocery store turned restaurant.

Review №65

The chef salad is very large. Start off with the shrimp and crab dip. Lamb chops ate Devine. Nice staff and very friendly. A must go restaurant. Closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Review №66

Good food good service

Review №67

High class food, modest price and atmosphere

Review №68

Went to this great place on our visit to the NC Zoo. The restaurant was fantastic, the wait staff was very friendly and fast. Food came out very quick, and was delicious. Would definitely recommend for anyone visiting this area on the days that they are open!

Review №69

Locals have a treasure in their midst. Outstanding food and great service. If I lived in the area this would be my favorite restaurant. We will be back.

Review №70

This is an awesome place ! Food is excellent Waitresses are friendly .The best service I have seen in a long time ! Owner is very friendly

Review №71

Felt like a sauna in there. It was so hot inside we walked out before ordering and the staff even told us they have brought it up and the owner just says its hot outside so his AC can't keep up; unfortunately for him the AC in Chili's works fine so we walked out and went to Chili's instead. I even told the owner on the way out we we're leaving because it's so hot and he handed us the same line that he tells his staff about his ac can't keep up when its 95 out; boy do I feel for the kitchen staff and waitresses! Sad too because the food is good but I guess we'll return in October to dine when it will feel better inside.

Review №72

Very good food and atmosphere.

Review №73

Service was excellent! Gyro with the home made Tzicikki sauce was average. Would return and try other items.

Review №74

The food was okay but for this place to be so nice the prices have gone up but the food has gone down. The place is really nice. I would recommended it as a nice place to go

Review №75

Loved it! A great place to gather, eat some delicious food, with friendly knowledgeable staff.

Review №76

Older crowd & bland food. Good option for the area.

Review №77

We were traveling through Asheboro and found this little gem of a restaurant. Very tasty dishes and totally indicative of the name. Their Bayou dish is very good. Very reasonable prices and great service.

Review №78

Very good. Friendly service. Versatile menu. I will go back

Review №79

We eat here two or three times a month. Excellent food and wonderful service! Best ribs ever!

Review №80

Excellent kabobs and dessert was other-worldly

Review №81

Really nice hometown kind of place. Alfredo seems a specialty and didn't disappoint.

Review №82

Great food and good prices. They have a private room where you can hold events with no fee, we held my bridal shower here and it was the perfect location.

Review №83

Terrific local restaurant serving reasonably priced dishes. Very popular on Sunday after church.

Review №84

Great service and the food was great! Very tasty steak!

Review №85

Great place. Family environment. They usually take time cooking the food, but the wait is worth it. The food is delicious, the staff is really friendly!!

Review №86

Wonderful place for lunch or dinner and what's nice is they don't close between them. No problem going for an early dinner. Food always when it should be hot. Wait staff always friendly and helpful when trying to make up your mind. Special one night was a prime rib which was perfectly cooked and price less than $15. Salmon with rise is moist and just right.Desserts ... which one is hard to decide on. Great selection.The owner runs an incredible restaurant. Everyone should try it once.

Review №87

SO!!! I live in Asheboro now. Been working here for a while. Have found my New Home for eating out!!! Sanin and Tula and wait person Harley, were all absolutely wonderful! The Salmon was done to perfection, the sauteed vegetables were equally well attended, and the Greek salad was divine! So I will be eating there once a week for as long as they remain open, which is, I pray, another thirty years. Two thumbs, up to infinity, and WAY beyond!

Review №88

Repeat customer here! Everytime it's AMAZING! Definitely recommend!

Review №89

It was very clean an the people we're nice food not so good tasteless an oily

Review №90

Great food and excellent service. Will gladly visit again. We loved the kabobs.

Review №91

Fresh, hot, delicious food, great service, low prices. I would give it six stars if I could, wonderful dining experience, I had a beef gyro, and it was very hot and tasty, the chef came to our table to bring the baby some finger food, you can tell he loves people, and food. Definitely check this place out! It's Something Different, because it's better than the rest.

Review №92

I was with a large party on Saturday night. We were waited on by a male and a female, the male being the most friendly and outgoing. The female being a total stuffed shirt and not anything but civil. You could tell she had waited on large parties before and didn't like them. The food at this place was only fair, the salmon was pretty good along with the overcooked vegetables with it. The salad was great because it's very hard to mess up a salad. Evidently the manager came over and pre-bused the tables, which was great. At some point the wait staff decided they were done with us and never brought our checks. I was mildly annoyed so I nicely walked up to the front and asked the waitress if she was going to bring our checks so we could go. And without a hint of a smile she said, they're right there (indicating the front desk). I was no longer mildly annoyed, and unfortunately for her, it reflected in her tip. I don't intend to return to this restaurant.

Review №93

Always friendly and perfect service. Enough great food options that I could eat there every day except that the drive is 30 minutes away. Owner is always happy to see you.

Review №94

Not what expected considering the name of the restaurant. Needs update in a bad way.

Review №95

Amazing experience and a delicious dinner! My husband and I eat at a restaurant each weekend that we have never been to before...the name caught our attention! Such a great choice....we aren't local so we visited the local zoo and enjoyed dinner with our son's at “Something New Restaurant”.

Review №96

So delicious! We were in town for just the weekend. Our hotel had their menu at the front desk and we wanted to go somewhere that was nice. I'm so glad that we tried Something Different! The staff were friendly. And the service was super fast and good. Our drinks where low and 3 different people asked if they could get more drinks for us! Now that's service!The food was so good. The staff recommend dishes from every section of the menu. I went with the low country boil. The portion of food was plenty and very well cooked and seasoned.We had to have some of their dessert and we choose the pineapple upside down cake. I am so glad that we did! It literally melts in your mouth! When it came out the dish, it was so pretty it almost looked too good to eat but you know we had to do it anyway!We will definitely be back when we are in the area!

Review №97

Stopped in for lunch with the wife we both enjoyed our meals. service was great. Owner is awsome. Definitely recommend

Review №98

Cute little restaurant, reasonable prices, great food.

Review №99

Excellent food and the waitstaff was amazing. They were noticeably more polite and helpful than anywhere i have ever been so much so that I felt I have to write this review for them. The owner saw that my little girl was not in a good mood because she was woken up from her nap so he personally brought her some m&ms and a plate of food put within the first 5 minutes of us sitting down. You dont get that type of service often these days. We will definately be returning the next time we are in ashboro.

Review №100

Food was good, and the selection was definitely a little eclectic... And in a good way! The owner was there and was incredibly friendly and helpful. We were very impressed. If you are in town for the zoo, stop and check this place out!

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  • Address:1512 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205, United States
  • Phone:+1 336-626-5707
  • American restaurant
  • Mediterranean restaurant
  • Caterer
  • Seafood restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:Closed
  • Tuesday:Closed
  • Wednesday:Closed
  • Thursday:4–9PM
  • Friday:4–9PM
  • Saturday:11AM–9PM
  • Sunday:11AM–9PM
Service options
  • Curbside pickup:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Delivery:No
  • Fast service:Yes
  • Great cocktails:Yes
  • Great coffee:Yes
  • Great dessert:Yes
  • Great tea selection:Yes
Popular for
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible seating:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Healthy options:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
Dining options
  • Catering:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
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