Looks But No Taste
I would suggest Zinda for the ambiance and drinks, but not the food which is nothing special.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoy the classy (yet casual)
Enjoy the classy (yet casual) atmosphere and good food that provides a good variety of menu options. Service at Zinda is always accommodating and warm.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't miss this restaurant!
I rarely take the time to write a review, unless the restaurant is as good as Zinda! It was creative, delicious, and outstanding service from the minute you walk in. Try the Butter Chicken or the Korean Short rib. We brought friends who are gourmands and they absolutely love it! The atmosphere is also enchanting.....
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went for restaurant week and truly enjoyed my experience. The food was really good, flavorful and inventive. I will definitely return, especially since I heard they have a true tandoor and the naan is freshly cooked to order.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for restaurant week
Restaurant week 3 course special lunch allowed us to try six different items between the two of us ordering. Most things were very good, a couple of things were outstanding, but I don't think the side dishes went with the entree's at all. Service was a bit slow, especially for lunch, and the restaurant was not crowded.
We enjoyed the food, and might go back again, but the prices for wine and drinks would steer us elsewhere for dinner. And eight bucks for hot tea? That's a little crazy.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first time at Zinda, and we decided to try it because they were participating in Triangle Restaurant Week. The food was fantastic (my sister, who's a notoriously picky eater and not very adventurous, cleaned her plate) and it was a nice casual atmosphere. It was a great deal and everyone in the group was talking about when we'd be able to come back.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small plates and drink tasting
The small plates were amazing and I would definitely come back for those. My main entree Duck Chow Fun was not as good. My martini was delicious but that was only after I requested that another be made for me. The first one was taste-tested by about 4 staff members. I was told this is the norm for bars that make specialty drinks. I've never seen this before and I'm not a fan. I will not be ordering specialty drinks here again.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Different and great food and decore
We went there for my husband birthday, the food was great, the service was excellent and we all enjoyed it.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super fun, great service!
We enjoyed our July 4th dinner. Excellent cocktails, wine and beer! Loved the small plates! Yummy, different, fun! Our server was attentive and friendly.
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Zinda is one classy joint
We both liked the bar/decor. Returned for drinks after a walk about. Easily one of the first places I'd stop for late dinner and drinks on a night out.
Street seating was appealing, unlike some places in downtown.
We had the House Salad and 4 small plates.
Palak Paneer, Filipino Cigars, Duck Confit Steamed Buns, and Crispy 5 - Spice Calamari.
The high point was the calamari and 3 dips, hot, hotter and hottest (not really, if you're a heat fiend, but tasty enough).
We both thought the House salad was excellent and liked the Filipino Cigars. The Steamed Buns were very tasty, but I wasn't overwhelmed by the Duck Confit. The Palak Paneer wasn't memorable but it wasn't bad.
The service was acceptable and attentive.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Asian foods. Just watch spicy label
Just be aware of the spicy labels on your entree. I was so wanting eggplant and learned the hard way by not noticing the symbol
For spicy and I didn't enjoy my meal at all. Calamari appetizer was very good. Came with three sauces but even the mildest sauce was spicy. So if you have a sensitive stomach like me just watch out for spice levels. A,Bianca was good. Quiet. Beautiful bar area. Left before it transformed into a nightclub scene which makes it a different vibe. So go,early for dinner and then walk around downtown Raleigh after.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Ambiance
We enjoyed our evening here. Food was delicious and filling. The service was not upto par. The drinks were great as well.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you haven't tried Zinda yet, add it to your "must do" list!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Raleigh restaurant week, an excuse to try out new places. Zinfandel is a winner.
3 course meal included:
Miso glazed scallop - a single scallop on a slice of pork belly with Brussels sprouts. It worked, it was excellent. I was wishing for more as I finished it. Two would have been better, it was that good.
Entre was Mahi w/ vindaloo potatoes and green beans and a large scoop of white rice. The rice was perfect to eat with the vindaloo sauce on the potatoes, the Mahi was glazed with an amazing sauce, and even the green beans were cooked in a tasty sauce.
Apple pie wontons w/ vanilla ice cream ended the night, and even though I was stuffed I was wanting more.
This is a gem that deserves more attention over time.we'll be back.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Asian food
Food was really good and different than mainstream Asian.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Palek Paneer Ever!
All I could say about the Palek Paneer was OMG! Outstandingly delicious! I'll go back for that alone, but everything was delicious. Oh, and a terrific Mohito, too!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We chose it for a birthday
We chose it for a birthday work group celebration; it worked out perfectly. Everything was very nice and the food was wonderful.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went here
My husband and I went here on a date night. It was very nice, the food was delicious and the wait staff was professional and courteous. Not a place to take kids - I know there was nothing on the menu that my children would eat.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
best fusion in area
Downtown Raleigh now has a number of small plates, small bites, fusion this, fusion that places that sort of blend items together, Zinda is much better than those. Calamari was as well prepared as you will find, noodle dish was great and the service was very attentive. Has a background noise but it is more energy than aggrevation. Worth a trip.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found this restaurant after our first pick (nearby) was jammed on a Saturday night at 8pm. When we got there it was nearly empty so we had no problem getting seated. Service was great early on, and the food was outstanding! Then, as the night went on, the place was packed, literally, around 10PM, and service quality, not surprisingly suffereed a bit. Notwithstanding that, the ambience and overall experience was outstanding! A great find!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Raleigh's top-echelon
One of Raleigh's top-echelon attractive, appealing interiors. Wait service is accomodating and friendly. Good menu variety and very reasonable prices. Food could be better, but the ambience is what makes Zinda worth a visit.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have eaten at Zinda several
We have eaten at Zinda several times in the past and the food is always very good! Our servor was super busy so he wasn't as attentive as we have had in the past, but overall we had a great night!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great appetizers with friends
We had a great evening with a friend that was visiting. We enjoyed the Lychee Martini and the steamed buns with duck confit!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Experience Ever
I have been trying out a lot of new places over the last 2 years and have had a number of good experiences and a number or OK ones. This was the best place I have been to in two years. I will be back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The atmosphere and food complement each other and create a truly unique dining experience.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM