Ed Ziems, a Long Island, NY native, fell in love with cooking and fishing and was able to combine his two passions at Z Fish House.
Ed spent decades perfecting his craft in restaurants up and down the east coast until landing in Key West, Florida. After a 10-year stint running some of Key West’s most well-known restaurants and working as a professional deck hand on a fishing charter, Ed met the love of his life, Melissa. It was an easy decision for Ed to pack his things and move to her hometown of Lenoir City. After arriving in East Tennessee, I took over as the Executive Chef of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Knoxville, where I proudly served the Tennessee Volunteers for a couple of years before moving on to follow my dreams of owing my own restaurant.
With only a hope and a prayer Ed, Melissa and their family opened Z Fish House in November of 2015, bringing their love of the ocean and Ed’s passion for cooking to the people of Tennessee. You may think a seafood restaurant in Tennessee is odd, but Z Fish House offers a unique experience, serving the freshest seafood in a homey, Beach-Shack-Chic dining atmosphere – something you can’t get anywhere else in this area. Z Fish House is perfect for date nights, family dinners, celebrations and everything in between. Ask us about our banquet room available for parties!