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Le Zinc
Le Zinc

Le Zinc Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lezinc.com
  • Email: contactus@lezinc.com
  • Phone: (415) 647-9400
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner:Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Tapas Menu: Sunday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Max Braud
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Finger-food appetizers may be ordered for pick up.
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant dining room & garden patio may be rented for private parties with customized menu.
    Sections of the dining room may be reserved for large parties from 8 to 24 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Diana Barrand (415) 647-9400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Castro & Noe
  • Public Transit: J muni line
    48 bus
    24 bus
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking lot adjacent to restaurant. Free parking after 6pm
A word from Le Zinc
Step into Le Zinc and you will feel transported to a French Bistro in Paris with its beautiful antique zinc bar, cream tiled floors, dark wood bistro tables, wine cellar and warm lighting.
Chef-owner Max Braud offers an original menu of traditional favorites such as 'escargots and 'steak frites' as well as innovative tasting plates with influences from North Africa and Asia which are strongly prevalent in Parisian cuisine today.
Indulge in our 4 course Tasting Menu for $40 or our Classic 3 course Prix Fixe for $36.
From the bar select a delicious, great value bistro wine or splurge on a special grand cru. Over 20 wines, representing the main wine regions of France, are available by the glass and carafe.
Sip a glass of wine and watch the world go by from our sidewalk terrace or enjoy our sunny garden patio in the rear.
French-style Tapas dishes, as well as Cheese and Charcuterie platters, are served daily between lunch and dinner.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Found Le Zinc through Open Table search. So glad I did! Exceptional food, perfect portions, wonderful service. I noted on our regain thar we would like to know about gluten - free options. Without further prompting, our server approached us with a full spectrum of options and recommendations. Food, wine and beverage choices that meet everyone's varied needs and tastes. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Le Zinc continues to be my favorite dining spot in Noe Valley. I have returned several times, I should say countless times, and have never been disappointed. Le Zinc is a touch of France, Le Zinc is a treasure."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Le Zinc is perfect for me (foodie, quiet, likes ambiance) and perfect for my husband (hungry, loves a pub). We had a fantastic meal with one of the best bottles of wine I've ever had. Every plate was fresh, well-prepared, perfectly seasoned, and had it's own unique flair. The restaurant interior is cozy, with beautiful dark wood accents and a friendly, helpful wait staff. We loved it."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "great French bistro with great SERVICE AND WONDERFUL FOOD"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Loved the Beef B. The Tart Tartine was yummy, but the thimble of ice cream seemed chintzy. Our waiter was attentive and droll at the same time. Will come back for lunch/brunch."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had another lovely meal at Le Zinc. The French food was absolutely delicious and the quiet ambiance made it perfect for conversation. It is one of Noe Valley's best little restaurants for brunch , lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "A pleasant surprise, the food was delicious and service spot on. We felt like we dining in a neighborhood bistro in Paris."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a great time at Le Zinc. Good food for a reasonable price. Would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Two of us had a Saturday night early dinner at Le Zinc. Both the regular menu & the fixed price menus were worth attention. We chose the three course fixed price. Each course had good selections. One of us chose the bavette steak and the other the beef. Both were succulent, the steak cooked precisely to order. The wine list is impressive and well priced. Service was attentive. Even as the tables filled, the noise level was moderate. We frequent Le Zinc, and they have gotten better and better. Saturday night was one of the best meals we have had there. Kudos!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I felt the ahi tuna in the Niçoise salad was a little tough and stringy and I didn't care for the fried crust although someone else might. It was also the most pallid Niçoise I've ever had. My dining companion, however, seemed to enjoy her food immensely."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "If you're looking for a creative experience, a decent service and food you could enjoy every bite, then this place is probably not going to be for you. The decoration and the overall atmosphere was good though, it just felt too bad that the food didn't meet the expectations."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "First, I thought the Dine-About-Town lunch menu included 3 dishes, but at Le Zinc you had to choose just 2 out of 3. But that misunderstanding was probably mine. The food was not bad but not superlative. I perhaps saved $1.00 by ordering from the special menu, which doesn't amount to much, if the purpose of Dine-About-Town is to provide a genuine bargain--as well as introduce potential customers to restaurants they might not otherwise patronize. I will not return to Le Zinc."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I've been to Le Zinc only once. I love good French food. And I got that at Le Zinc. I didn't mind the prices, but I have had French food I preferred at lower prices in San Francisco and the East Bay. I think Noe Valley has become too too too much of itself. As a former resident of 24th street in an ancient era, I still love the place. Even though Le Zinc had a neighborly atmosphere and the people were really nice, the experience had a hoity-toity quality to it. If that's what the aim was, it's a success! I'd go again."
    Dined on 2/8/2013
  • "We noticed them reusing bread from other tablesI Our table was at the back of the restaurant where they have an island/table where they prep the utensils and BREAD. We noticed them taking the unused bread from other tables and then putting them in another basket and then, if it was only a few pieces, cut new bread and fill that basket then serve it. They also brought back a full bread basket from another table, removed a couple pieces, and then served that basket to another table. The 2 waiters/host did not wash there hands after serving, bussing, handle money and checks and they were the ones cutting and touching the bread with there bare hands. This place in not professional and should be ashamed!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Booking made for 4 adults with a note that we would also have 2 infants with us - they seemed completely unaware and taken a back. The waitress kept on huffing and looking very annoyed with us from the moment we arrived. We asked for two high chairs & only one was available because the other was broken or hadn't been prepared. They were going to put us towards the back of the restaurant in a booth that would have made it awkward for wait staff, other customers and us, so I had to ask for the table at the front that was more accommodating to being able to use our stiller and the high chair. Once seated we sat there for quite some time with no menus and no one coming over to us - I had to ask for a menu. Very disappointing!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Have eaten here on Valentines Day and the place was full. Don't know if unusually quiet night but it was Sat night at 7--We were one of two parties of 4, and we left at 9. Waiter a bit dour-owner? Food was great!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The food was exceptional. If I were rating solely on the food experience, I would shout my recommendation for this place from the mountaintops. However, the service was truly just rude. Not just french restaurant rude, but outright rude. Maybe it was an off night but, I generally don't like being sneered at when I'm trying to enjoy a night out with my family. The hostess, bar staff and bus boy were all very sweet and cheerful. Our waiter was just the opposite."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I would say it was not great, but not so loud, and we could talk without screaming. The waiter was not exactly in his best mood, just so and not more. It worked for us for several reasons, and food is not so important, but it was a bit dear for the ambiance, service and food."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Owned and operated by a French family, Le Zinc brings me back "home". Warm, professional staff serve authentic French dishes ...and some international choices as well. Romantic but not stuffy. Cooking of which Grand Maman would approve!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Food basic French bistro, came not hot, bland, but quiet enough to talk, a plus."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Nice dinner out. Food excellent. Waiter attentive. Where we sat it was quite noisy."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Hearty country French with excellent preparation. I love long established local restaurants. They are wonderful!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Excellent French Bistro in the heart of Noe Valley. Transport yourself to Paris for a few hours. Food was very well prepared and tasty. The price fixed 3 course dinner was a good value."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "A group of friends had brunch on Sunday. In spite of the fact that they were busy the service was good and the food beautifully prepared with quality in mind rather than quantity. Have also had dinner here which was another excellent experience although quite a different ambience, quieter, more romantic with more elaborate dishes.. Highly recommend this restaurant for any time of day."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "The good was amazing. The service was good. It was a great place. Only a few small issues. The waiter who I believe was the owner came in from a snake break and didn't bother washing up so when he came to the table we got a huge wif of the cigarette smell. It wasn't pleasant at all. The other issue was my wine. They are known for their wine list so I ordered a glass. It had been opened to long and I let the staff know. I am not sure if he was upset that I returned the glass of wine or that it had been served to me. But he was noticeably bothered. But even with the small issues I would go back. The food was amazing and we had a great time."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Great venue! A real neighborhood gem! And, you can take your dog on the patio!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "One can always depend on Le Zinc to provide a special touch to either brunch or a special dinner. It is a little touch of Paris in Noe valley, at once intimate and lively. I go there for bruch frequently and the food is always superb. My favorite is the Dungeness crab benedict. Because of Le Zinc's loyalty program, I was able to treat my friend to a marvelous 3 course dinner for two with a bottle of wine. The Cinnamon Custed Salmon was scrumptious and the Beef Bourguignon was incredibly rich and delicious. The creme brulee was traditionally yummy and the Tarte tatin was perfect! The service was, as always, very accomodating."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I took my new girlfriend for our first romantic dinner out to Le Zinc. The atmosphere was perfect with the soft lighting and noise level right where it should be -- not too loud, but enough going on so you feel you're in a happening place. The server was very attentive to our needs. The food was delicious. We both enjoyed ourselves very much, and quite importantly, I made the right impression. We count on returning."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "fabulous spot with exquisite food and a lovely outside garden"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "My wife and I recently spent three weeks in France and simply loved it. We heard about Le Zinc from a couple of friends and booked a reservation. We arrived about 7:15 and the place was maybe 1/4 full. When we left and hour or so later it was full. The female owner was extremely helpful. I'd noted that I was on a cleanse (not such a great idea if you want to really enjoy their french cooking) and she went over the entire menu to show what I could and could not eat based on my limitations. I thought that was a great service. This is a special occasion place for me. I've heard it's also great for lunch."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "It was our anniversary and we both had eaten here before and chose the restaurant for it's food and ambnience. Perhaps that French was spoken added to the mix. We had only the entrees but both the duck and the salmon were outstanding. The server was not friendly and it was unpleasant to talk to him because he was a heavy smoker."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Le Zinc is a great neighborhood destination and the meal is always good. We especially enjoy the prix fixe menu choices as they offer a variety, ideal portions and you get to try all courses for a very fair price."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "I haven't been to Le Zinc since moving out of the neighborhood years ago, but over the labor day weekend, we had a lot of family visiting and I decided to get everyone together for brunch on Labor Day. It was initially for a party of 8 (with 2 kids) but I was able to add a 9th then 10th person to the reservations a day and on the day before the actual date of the brunch. Le Zinc had the table ready and everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed the brunch foods (and I enjoyed my morning cocktail). Poached eggs were as great as I remembered them-the food was as good as I remembered. Service was excellent!"
    Dined on 9/2/2013