Le Zinc
Le Zinc

Le Zinc

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 4156479400x

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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Le Zinc reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)great for outdoor dining (29)fit for foodies (23)romantic (20)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (14)notable wine list (14)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Favorite place in Noe Valley
    FavoritePlacesVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Le Zinc is a great place to sip Sancerre or have a 4 course dinner. The beef bourguignon is my favorite. I often visit for just a cappuccino or a desert, and love the french toast for brunch. The outdoor patio is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good French bistro in Noe Valley
    EBBr
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My wife had the Boeuf Bourguignon and liked it very much; I had a Salad Nicoise that had a VERY nice piece of tuna which had been battered and flash-fried (I think); excellent quality! The Cotes du Rhone house wine was very good. So, all in all, a very good dinner and we would recommend it to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A group of five sat out back and had a very nice brunch. Everyone's food was great. My only complaint was my order of the Dungeness Eggs. It is basically Eggs Benedict but instead of english muffin and ham, the poached eggs sit on crab cakes. I was surprised when my dish arrived and the poached eggs were balancing on crab cakes the size of two poker chips stacked. No joke. I guess I was expecting crab cakes that are more patty sized. Not these. I left the brunch still a bit hungry and disappointed. They tasted great... but were so small, I was unsatisfied. Won't order that again. But everyone else's food looked great and everyone was happy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PickyDiner
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Good diversity of choices both on the menu, and on the wine list. There is something for everyone and every wallet. The back-patio is great, and the location on 24th is easy, with pretty good parking (parking lot just next door). Great place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    BeverlyVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food is consistently good here. It's hardly ever crowded or loud. The service is average, except for one server who had a great attitude and was very helpful & eager to ensure a god dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite!
    Hardtoplease
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First of all, I didn't expect to find parking right away, there was plenty. The food was exquisite and since there were only a few customers we received undivided attention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice little neighorhood bistro
    DineroutVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Solid little french bistro. Fantastic sweetbreads!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2oldfolks
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I really enjoy Le Zinc as a place to eat. We've been there several times. All good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude
    SupperClubSFVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our 3rd time there and they are getting more rude each time. The food war mediocre with very small portions. The level of rudeness of the waiter/owner was the cherry on top of the evening. This place does not deserve to be visited. Stay Away!
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  • A great spot
    thepaleodrummer
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    In the last couple of weeks, we have been from LA to SF eating out every night. Le Zinc gave us the best meal of the trip. Duck breast with peaches, veal sweetbreads, pork-stuffed calamari, and a great bottle of Malbec to go with it all. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shasta
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service wasn't very timely and the waiter seemed a bit grumpy. We did get the sense that the restaurant was short staffed. Perhaps he was having a bad day. Service at our previous visit had been excellent with a different wait person. Food very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maxed out with Max
    dinnerdiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What a great restaurant! I've been there five times now. It's consistently excellent and the food is so tasty! It's French all the way and delicious. Quiet, garden setting for lunch or early dinners, and Max is a great host. Altogether worth repeating as a classic in it's genre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good homy food
    ErikaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very nice bistro with good food.grilled Stuffed squid, escargo, house salads, all good. crab stuffed ravioli was good, could be better if it is fried in a different way.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The gentleman honor is the most unfriendly host I have ever encountered in my life. Unfortunately he made the experience of being at his restaurant so unpleasant. It would be nice to greet your customers and be friendly with them.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice little neighborhood gem
    EatingwiththeAngels
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We stopped here for lunch and ate in the patio area, which is lovely and serene. My wife ordered the fixed price lunch menu. The carrot soup was creamy and the flavors of the vegetable brik were well matched. My French onion soup had just the right amount of cheese and was not to salty. My croquet monsieur was delicious and we finished with a refreshing cup of raspberry sorbet. The wine is well priced and the service is friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Were Pleased!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Three of us had an early Saturday reservation, ordered from a fixed price menu that was a real value. First course options included escargots served on little potato slices, quite nice salads, and a cheese en croute. Two bavette steaks were cooked exactly to order and were accompanied by crisp frites. The beef bourguignon was rich and lovely with nicely done vegetable accompaniments. The dessert selection was a nice mix of options. Service was cordial and professional. Though I have been there many times, I had not realized they had a full bar as well as a good wine selection. We were pleased and will be back. This is an outstanding neighborhood bistro.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunny Noe Valley
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This French restaurant is a nice quiet place in Noe Valley. Escaping from the foggy west of SF, my husband and I drove 10 minutes over to sunny Noe Valley to Le Zinc for some lunch. We sat in their backyard patio, under their lemon trees, while eating our lamb sandwiches. This restaurant is one of our favorites whenever we want guaranteed good food and sunny weather.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 504 reviews are from the Le Zinc reviews archive.
  • Catsup in French food?
    DenverFoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Beef tartar had catsup!!! White bean salad w orange dressing did also! When a French chef needs catsup that about says it all
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little oasis...
    GlobetrotterVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Truly a neighborhood gem with a lovely green patio with lemon trees! One of the BEST Tarte Tartin outside of Paris!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Gem In Noe
    SchnikisVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This place is a little gem in Noe. Their food is delicious and the understated French ambience is delightful. For what it is the restaurant is a perfect option for a delicious meal on 24th Street.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but . . .
    ReliableVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food we had was good. The service was good. The ambiance is fine, though it's a bit of an odd space in that the front room is dominated by a bar that seems not to be used while the tables are all pushed up against the wall, making you feel like you are in more of a hallway than a dining room; perhaps the back is better (though one would think the restaurant could make better use of the front). There is an outside sitting area, which I am sure would be very pleasant during the day. Aside from that, it was enjoyable, and I am glad we went, with only one exception. I thought the wine I ordered by the glass was significantly overpriced due to the amount served. I received about 3 ounces; the standard is at least 5.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Le Zinc
    foodlover14
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Have always wanted to check out Le Zinc when I visit Noe Valley. It was my partner's birthday on Thursday so I made reservations. We were looking forward to it. On arrival most of the tables at the front of the restaurant were unoccupied. We were seated and made our choices. Very small portions for appetizers for prices charged. I had the warm goat cheese salad which was tiny and not warm ,main course was ok, desert which we shared, not very good. Staff who refilled our water glasses were friendly but cannot say the same for person who took our order. Unfriendly and indifferent. A memorable dinner for the wrong reasons.
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  • Good place for brunch
    funnybunny
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My friend and I went to this restaurant for lunch. Menu was authentic. It has a little cute garden in the back and partially sunny - we had lunch there. and enjoyed the Sun. The service and food were good but it was a little pricey. If the wait person were a little more friendly or cheerful, the atmosphere could have been better. I'd like to check their dinner next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch review
    pickydiner
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We three ladies went to Le Zinc, planning to take advantage of the Dine About Town offer, but we found the menu regular menu very reasonably priced and two of us ordered from it. We had a wonderful crispy quiche and green salad with a tasty dressing. The Dine About Town lady enjoyed the lamb, giving us tastes, which we all agreed that it was very tender and very good. She raved about the flavorful rice that accompanied it. We all shared the delicious creme brûlée for dessert. Our server was delightful and very helpful and polite, explaining the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre
    dogwlker
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    There are so many really good resaurants in SF I would skip this one. The food is just okay and the service is lacking. They did not honor our OpenTable reservation time, I would say we were seated 40 minutes after our scheduled reservation. The service was spotty and the noise level was high, it was difficult to hear my friend who was sitting right next to me. Given all of the options in this city I don't plan to return to Le Zinc.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    BencruzsfVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I did not realize that every little added thing that you request will be added to the bill, like the blue cheese that she asked if I wanted for the salad. They should inform their customers that each item has a price that will be added to the total cost.
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  • QspokeVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    By far the best neighborhood restaurant in Noe Valley!
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  • Good experience
    EnjoyVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    It's a good experience to try out the Dine Around Town SF lunch menu. Would like to go back and dine outdoor at the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love little bistro
    maggs
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We absolutely loved Le Zinc! It was such a quaint little spot. I felt transported to another place. And the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We enjoyed the 3 course menu with a carafe of wine. It was absolutely perfect. Could have been in France but we were in a lovely neighborhood bistro in the heart of Noe Valley. That tarte tatin will bring me back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, quiet enough to talk
    DDSanFrancisco
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Six of us gathered for a small family celebration. We wanted good food and wine, of course, and we also wanted to be able to talk and really hear each other. Le Zinc was perfect: Service was attentive, yet we had our privacy. (They even figured out whose birthday it was and put a lit candle in that person's dessert.) The menu offered excellent choices for all of us, with our range of tastes and appetites of different sizes. We enjoyed having very traditional French dishes along with some much more modern variations on traditional themes (fava bean ravioli). We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect French bistro
    TomBVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Le Zinc is a wonderful slice of France in SF. Classic French cuisine prepared to perfection in a lovely setting with attentive, professional service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Unhurried, Elegant Lunch
    Lester
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    If you are looking for a place to linger in conversation over some wonderful food, this is it. It's always difficult to find a quiet place suited to conversation for those occasions when your purpose isn't just to eat and move on. Le Zinc offers a range of menu choices. The lamb sausage sandwich served on ciabatta bread with a spicy sauce was very good, the French fries it came with particularly remarkable. The fries were not greasy but crisp. The service was attentive yet not intrusive, and I so enjoyed looking at the beautiful wooden bar decorated with small figures in the front.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never lets you down
    Serenitynow
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Whenever friends come to town I take them to Le Zinc and it's always a great experience (but I don't just wait around for visitors). They're impressed that a neighborhood restaurant is so classy. The food is delicious and varied, the atmosphere warm and cozy. Beautiful garden! If only the weather allowed eating out there more often. Lunch, brunch, tapas, dinner, always a treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Zinc is wonderful
    Foodfrancophile
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant. We love the atmosphere. We love the service. We really love the food. If you miss being in France, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paris in spring
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Who needs to go to Paris for al fresco dining? Le Zinc has a lovely patio for sunny SF dining. Their smoked salmon salad is tasty with hazelnuts.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hearty and flavorful dinner
    bobo941
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had the pork tenderloin, bavette steak, and the cod. All came at once to the 5 of us well prepared and presented, smacking of fresh ingredients, portions just right, not small. The pork and steak were full of flavor and had a variety of tastes and textures. The cod not so remarkable, but it is cod. Appetizers and desserts were wonderful. We loved the atmosphere, lighting and decor nicely done to make it a bit rustic, clean, a place you can hang out it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent local french food
    inhousemarkVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Our family got together at Le Zinc to celebrate three birthdays. The food was excellent as was the atmosphere. The waiter was less than warm but efficient, fulfilling the French stereotype so I guess it was an authentic experience! The only negative was the bread basket was so small that we had to ask three times to fill it. The bread was great so it would have been nice to have a regular size basket brought to the table.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • le zinc
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Le Zinc is one of my favorite spots , especially for lunch and when it is warm enough to sit in the garden.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great French Food
    SfSteve
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The meal was delightful. A big plus: the food was fresh and well prepared without being over salted.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet