Sitting right on the lake
Sitting right on the lake with such quaintly beautiful views, I would have recommended this place even if it had mediocre food! To my delight, the food was delicious! I had the Alaskan Halibut with ratatouille and ate every bite. The mustard seed crust was perfectly crunchy, adding a nice salty contrast to the meat of the fish and the tomato-based ratatouille. I will absolutely go back.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Restaurant for Lobster Dishes
Great food, service and overall wonderful ambience. Lobster dishes are to die for, will continue to bring friends and family for this fine dining restaurant.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Lake View for a great lunch!
Fun hip (for the area) scene with a great view of the lake. We enjoyed the semi-private patio to the side of the main room. I hear that this room is for the smokers during happy hour, but it was a quiet sunny surprise. Food was great. Lobster Pot Pie was unique and yummy - image chunky lobster bisque cooked in a flaky pastry.
Great service. Can't wait to go back during happy hour.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a very nice dinner at
Had a very nice dinner at Zin. Overall, the food was excellent. We had the rack of lamb and the sand dabs. Desserts were also excellent - white chocolate creme brulee and apple tartin. Seemed like a lot of, high end, burgers were served that day, so likely a specialty. Noise level was a bit higher than I remember, just below the level of being bothersome. There was a private party in the section by the water that likely added to the noise level but even inside was fairly noisy. Due to the noise, I wouldn't consider it for a quite romantic dinner but overall we will return.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our family always looks forward to eating at this restaurant. Great food, very good service and the scenic view is very pleasant.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was attentive, food
Service was attentive, food wonderful along with the scenic lake view. Love the Lemon drop Martini's and salmon.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
THE BEST IN TOWN!
As always this restaurant was superb. After a breathtakingly beautiful view and delicious lunch with a client, I returned for dinner the next night, sat at the bar, enjoyed the live entertainment and watched the sunset. Such a find! PM
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food. Service a
Excellent food. Service a little slow. Great atmosphere. We will definitely come back.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, but avoid the bar area
Food was fantastic and you can't beat the view on the lake. However, the bar was a little loud and quite an older singles pick-up spot.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relaxing lakeside dining--great
Relaxing lakeside dining--great food! Will definitely be back!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
ambiance is amazing overlooking
ambiance is amazing overlooking the lake.......service was fabulous!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the reviews on Open Table we thought we would give this restaurant a try. The food was very good! I had the Halibut over vegetables. I think the Italian sauce was somewhat overpowering for such a light fish and the fish was a little dry but overall it was delicious. My girlfriend had the Lobster bisque, we ended up switching dishes. Our waiter was somewhat clueless. First I asked for bread and it came without olive oil or butter. Then when he brought the change, he must not have considered that I would leave a tip or had an over inflated opinion of his service and thought I would leave a huge tip.
Someone said that the bar scene was for older singles. They are right but they should consider the neighborhood.
we will be back.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Zen Of Zin
Actually on a lake in Westlake- with enough charm to float all boats....it might evoke Europa to some.
Requesting a lakeside table and actually getting it was pleasing considering this was basically a last minute call; arriving to a lively occupied dinner hour and being seated at arguably the best table in the house on a say so in a full house was astounding.
The staff was top notch, attentive and with the right amount of personality to maintain the flow of an excellent dining experience - the various table functions were performed as if they actually cared about you and your meal.
The menu was well stocked with choices and all the ones we made were good enough to eat next day from environmentally cool to go boxes. Nice. Thanks. Yum.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place with a great view
Nice place with a great view of the lake and a wonderful fireplace.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've eaten at Zin Bistro many
I've eaten at Zin Bistro many times; the food is always good but the service (which can be OUTSTANDING) is sometimes a little less than attentive. This visit was a little uninspired from a service perspective, but the outdoor patio dining, at sunset, almost makes up for the inattention. The food, as usual, was excellent. As an Executive that has relocated to the area on a long-term contract, I entertain a lot ... ZB is one of my favorite business lunch/dinner locations. If they can nail the consistent service issues, this place could be one of the highest rated establishments in the area ... it certainly has most everything else going for it.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth the drive
The waiting staff was very attentive, the food choices were broad, and the view of the lake a plus.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun with a great view!
Great view of lake and sunset and they lit small torches and candles at dark! Staff could have been more attentive but were friendly except the very stressed young man who delivers the entrees to the tables. He actually asked us to grab one plate from his shaky hand and then he struggles with how to position a long rectangular plate on the table. It was awkward and we saw him do this type of thing at every table! The food was pretty good and they make caesar salads and bananas foster table-side (with lots of fire!). We like the baked brie, lobster chowder, and shrimp scampi but the risotto dishes were awful. The lobster risotto entree and mushroom risotto side were dry and undercooked. Overall it was beautiful, lively and a good time!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
FATHER'S DAY BRUCH
WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH AT THE ZIN BISTRO. THE QUALITY OF THE SEAFOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND THE LAKESIDE SETTING WAS BEAUTIFUL. I ONLY WISH THAT THEY WOULD DO THE BRUNCH MORE OFTEN.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small Welcome Baby Brunch
My friend and I hosted a small baby brunch here for 7 people. It was wonderful. We sat on our own outdoor patio - very private and really enjoyed the scenic lake. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Zin Bistro is an absolute gem. We will return for sure!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Would go again
Had a lovely time. The staff was terrific, the view wonderful and the food was fine. I would like to go and try something else on the menu.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, ZIN Bistro Americana
As always, ZIN Bistro Americana was excellent! Sun setting on the pristine lake while sharing good food and drink make for a very good life!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Too noisy on a Saturday nite.
Too noisy on a Saturday nite. We sat inside and it was too noisy to talk.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience...will
Great dining experience...will definitely frequent this establishment whenever possible!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a good experience
can't say enough about this restaurant. I keep going back because I enjoy sitting with a lake view and enjoying good food with excellent service. I also stayed for some music and dancing afterwards.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very fine dinner..quality food and atte native service. Best Caesar salad in Ventura
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely delicious. And
Absolutely delicious. And so many delectable things to choose from. The cioppino was fabulous.
Had a very enjoyable evening.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine service and food. Attentive staff. Quite noisy, which puts me off. Quite a good choice
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good not great
Value for the dollar was good. The sole was very good, halibut not so. Enjoyed the evening until our dessert took WAY to long to arrive. The availability of half portions allows you to sample more of the menu!
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent little gem on Westlake
The food, service, and scenery are great. The patio looks out on the marina in Westlake Village towards the mountains and the setting sun, which makes it ideal for a romantic dinner.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heaven on earth!
This is one of our favorite restaurants and we are never let down!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We got a very private table,
We got a very private table, attentive waitress and great live music. That is all we were looking for.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in incredible setting
Zin Bistro is always great. They offer comfort food as well as very nice fish dishes all while sitting lakeside in Westlake. Sunsets are almost always guaranteed.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriend and I met for the first time three years ago over lunch at Zin Bistro Americana. We never get tired of having lunch or dinner there. We had our third anniversary dinner there recently and it was made very special by the staff giving us one of our favorite desserts. The food was great, the service was wonderful and the view was relaxing. It was a perfect setting.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding and the service was prompt. My only complaint is that the noise level is deafening. Don't go to this place expecting to have an intimate evening. If you're with someone/people you don't really want to talk to, then this place would be perfect.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our Favs
Zin is always one of our "spots". Talk about eclectic american comfort food. Who can resist Lobster/Crab pot pie? The menu is great, the food is great, and the outdoor seating over looks the lake.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, took a little long to get it but that's what happens when it's fresh! Oysters were out of this world. Was expensive but hey...you're in Westlake. What can you say. If you want to take someone on a very very VERY romantic place, this is the spot. Great service, kind of crowded.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A excellent dinner -- paced very well, not rushed -- sat outside with the heaters on -- very pleasant! I would highly recommend Zin!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
You never know if you're choosing a good place in an unfamilar area when searching for a restaurant on the web... this was such a pleasant surprise. We had a great meal - a very enjoyable evening!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Come for the view
The setting, right on the shimmering lake with the Santa Monica mountains as backdrop, is gorgeous. Service was attentive, ambience lively, and wines were good. Food however was undistinguished. Salads might be your best bet, unless you like greasy sandwiches with greasy fries, or tasteless overcooked fish.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely love comming here
Absolutely love comming here over & over again. Food & service is great. The view of the lake and surroundings is oh so peaceful & relaxing.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
mid week celebration lunch
Outstanding setting and friendly, efficient service. The food was v good and plentiful. We all had different dishes which we enjoyed.
Only complaint was that the lobster soup didn't have much lobster flavor.This was a birthday celebration and it felt special. Desserts, especially the chocolate cake with sauce was decadent. We'll be back.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined at 5:00 and saw the
We dined at 5:00 and saw the most gorgeous sunset over the lake during our delicious dinner. We all loved what we picked and shared the Death by Chocolate Dessert - delicious! The service was wonderful, too. Our first server was the host, who watched out for all of our needs. When he left Sarah took over and she was great too. Zin Bistro Americana is a favorite of ours and can be a favorite of yours, too.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM