Zin American Bistro
Zin American Bistro

Zin American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pszin.com/
  • Phone: 7603226300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily 11:00 - 3pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Bowman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two rooms available for private parties. One is the main dining room which seats 65. In our "wine room" we also have seating for 40. Chef Klontz will make a menu to suit your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Mindy Reed 7603226300
  • Special Events: We are available for reception dinners and will reserve our restaurant for your special party. Seating available for up to 130

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arenas
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Three public lots and parking garage within walking distance (1 block)Valet parking directly behind restaurant on Arenas.
A word from Zin American Bistro
Zin American Bistro is an attempt to modernize and Americanize the traditional French Bistro concept. With Zin recently receiving 3 ½ stars and a review of “quite possibly the best food for the money in the Coachella Valley” from author Peter Osbaldeston’s Palm Springs Dining Bible, Chef Nicolas Klontz and wine director Mindy Reed have indeed raised the bar of casual fine dining in Palm Springs. Zin has over 200 wines on their list and has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 5 years. With choices from the Kobe Style Beef Burger ($16) and Mussels & Frites($18) to the Rabbit ($25) or a Prime Hanger Steak ($26) there is something for everyone. Be sure to save room for some house made desserts and a glass of port for a perfect finish. Attentive, friendly yet unobtrusive service with Wine Director Reed available to guide you thru her carefully selected wine list and Chef Klontz greeting diners personally between courses make dining at Zin a night to remember.
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Zin American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (64)fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (41)special occasion (38)notable wine list (25)romantic (24)good for groups (21)great for lunch (16)hot spot (14)great for brunch (12)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (5)late-night find (2)Show More
  • A bit of a disappointment
    SamosaLover
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Second time here... Food was medicre, even delivered cold.. pricey for what you got compared to closeby establishments good wine prices good service
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I booked here for Valentine's Day dinner and expected great things. They have a fabulous location in the heart of Palm Springs. There was a special menu for the day. The menu sounded fantastic however the taste of the food was mediocre to be kind. Espresso after the meal was awful as well. The restaurant has lots of potential but unless the chef kicks it up a notch they will suffer. Palm Springs has lots of other hot spots vying for your business .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for Valentine's Day
    JuVe
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to California for a week and dined at Zin on Valentine's Day. They had a lovely pre fixe menu for the event. The mushroom soup, duck breast with a marmelade sauce, and dessert were all very nice. Good service. Would go back there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    tacarigirl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was Valentine's evening. I expected good food and a romantic ambience. This was not the place. The tables were pushed close together for accommodating more patrons. Not so romantic. It was load and crowded. The meal was a prefixed meal. I ordered the duck entree, it was one of the worst meal I had ever eaten. A little mound of cooked spinach and a deep fried 3 inch square piece of polenta (it was gritty and dry) was plopped by this little portion of duck! No garnishes, poor presentation! I ordered creme brulee. Another sad tale. It tasted like baby pudding with course sugar thrown on top. No burnt sugar glaze. I would not recommend this restaurant to any of my friends or family. Very poor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pick
    happydiners
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Had eaten there a few years back (we are winter season visitors) and had not had reservations, just walk in. Got stuck in the back by the kitchen pantry, so ambiance was not great, but the food was terrific. Reservations, thru Open Table, easy to do, mentioned our previous experience in comments. Were DELIGHTED with this visit. As anticipated, the food was great again, I had special of the day swordfish, perfectly prepared to medium rare, just the way I like it. Husband had chicken schnitzel which was equally well prepared. AMBIANCE excelled. They had pre-determined what table, then also said we could choose any other if we wished. We took the one they had chosen and were not disappointed, one row off sidewalk row. We'll be BACK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wan't disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I am a Palm Springs regular and for whatever reason, never eaten at Zin. We have gone to the place across the street, Lulu"s several times- never really impressed so wanted something different. We made a 9:30 reservation since we were seeing the follies up the street. Well, the follies didn't end until 9:45- so by the time we arrived we were very late. We were welcomed and felt nothing but comfort from everyone. I have read the reviews about service but I found the opposite. We sat outside which was a little noisy but it was warm. Wine and martini's were excellent. Food was very good- the adult mac/cheese wasn't what we expected but everything else was very good especially the stew. I'll be back! Don't pass it by-
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    HmmmmnVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Once a year we bring a big group of friends here to eat after riding the Pal Springs Century. We had 11 this year, and they did a great job. EVERYONE loved their food. They did great pouring wine we brought in. The room was loud, but mostly because of us. Can't recommend this overall experience highly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Organic roasted chicken was heavenly. Tasted like "real" chicken. Husband had swordfish and was very happy. Our vegan friend ordered the vegetables and said it was the best meal she had had in a long time. Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    The food was fine, though not remarkable. The server was a problem... too chatty, too friendly, too clever while failing at some of the basic tasks; like removing used glasses, plates, and flatware in a timely fashion. If all that is the busperson's job then it's the server's job to see it gets done. The restaurant wasn't all that busy while we were dining so there's really no excuse for such service shortcomings. I think we'll take this one off our list for next year.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Palm Springs Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    When we visit this area, this is our restaurant of choice as the entire experience is so enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT EVERYTHING....
    LovesGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I always know what to expect when having dinner or lunch at Zin, perfection!!! The attentive service, fresh flavorable food and overall experience is why I continue to come back on a regular basis. The patio is fun to people watch and enjoy the great weather. We all ordered the duck which was the special of the day, tender and jucy which is why we ate it all. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Desert delite
    Lulu
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Great experience. Very good service, good food and great prices. Sitting on the patio very nice on a cool desert nite.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remains one of the best!
    TheColonelVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I eat here on my 4-5 times per visits per year to Palm Springs, we always look forward to dinner or lunch at Zin. This visit 3 of us tried the priex-fixe lunch menu, we were all happy with the portion, quality, selections and price. I'll make the statement that they make the best truffle infused mushroom soup this side of Paris!!! I enjoyed a great German Riesling by the glass. Very easy free street parking or several lots within walking distance. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a happening.
    LQLady
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Great place to have dinner during the Thursday evening street fair. Very vibrant scene.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much Improved
    SusGBVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Zin has undergone a revamp of decor and now has a full bar. When we last visited a couple of years ago, it was decidedly downscale in appearance. The food was delicious. Very accommodating too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Consistently Fabulous
    DocRon
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Every visit to Zin is a treat. The menu satisfies many tastes and the wine list, for those of you who are wine snobs, is complete with a variety of type, regions and price levels for everyone. The service is not obtrusive and is polite and professional. Nicole, who is the manager and keeps it "together", is a gem and makes you feel like you are the only special guest in the restaurant. I recommend it to everyone who either visits the Desert or is a local.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something has changed
    Robert
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My wife and I have been meaning to return to Zin as we so enjoyed it last time. While the service and staff were warm and greeting and very attentive the food just wasn't the same. I had the prefixed menu whitefish which was fair at best and my wife had the roasted vegetables which she didn't even want to finish as they were bland and not prepared very well. We won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Years Eve Dinner
    KTowner
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The New Years Eve dinner at Zin was disappointing. Zin is usually consistently an excellent restaurant, however on New Years Eve they missed the mark! Both our meals were not up to the level we have come to expect when eating at Zin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happiest New Year!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My partner and I planned NYE back in the desert for the first in years. We made reservations at our favorite spot; Zin! Our numbers changed from 2 to 5 to 9 when word got out where we were going. Mindy, Nicole and her team didn't miss a beat! On a very busy, exciting night, our service was great, everyone's dinner was beautiful and tasty! Imagine a melt in your mouth venison that isn't gamey! The menu keeps evolving while preserving the classic favorites well! As always Mindys wine choices are perfect! We are thankful for having such a fantastic place to enjoy great food, wine, and wonderful people who are like a family doing a great job, right in our own backyard! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If it's New Year's Eve...
    PSdaddyo
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    ...it's got to be Zin. Prix fixe menu made special for the occasion. Always something to discover on the wine list. ALWAYS attentive service. And where better to watch people making their way along Palm Canyon and into the new year...thank you ZIn.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Agreeing with the underwhelmed
    donRoberto
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Many of the reviewers were underwhelmed with Zin's service and food. I have to agree. Nothing terrible, just a little long on seeing a server and not particularly wowed by the entrees. My boyfriend got the cucumber martini and was disappointed that it was not refreshing as the menu description described. My sister got the mushroom soup and thought it was delicious, but her hangar steak was tough. I at the veal meatballs with spaetzel and think that may have been the best item on the table. We passed on the dessert.
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  • Good food, reasonably priced
    stefano
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    It was nice to see Belgian dishes heritage from the previous chef. Service kind and prompt. Overall a good restaurant in the heart of Palm Springs
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Went here with a group of friends. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was good. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Palm Springs's best
    fudiVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    A fine bistro, attentive service, very good food. Not just a safe bet. A delight.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, casual dining
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The food at Zin is interesting and delicious! The crab and tomato tower makes an excellent, light lunch. The soups are flavorful. Our group of five enjoyed the cuisine for a casual lunch before the Follies matinee. We highly recommend Zin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised
    louiseknowsVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Have seen Zin American Bistro for years and it never really appealed to me. I was pleasantly surprised and happy we went. Vary nice varied menu with just enough dishes to choose. The food and service were very good and our server was very nice and professional. They also have some very nice inventive cocktails. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best food in P.S.
    Nathaniel
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Friday night after Christmas. Sat outside next to the railing with a gas heater keeping us warm. The food is still wonderful, as is the wine list. I had beet, chevre, grapefruit & pine nut salad; just the right combination of sweet, sour and salty. My companion had the hamburger special and was delighted. Great people-watching, too. This is the third Christmas season I've eaten at Zin, even though I live in Singapore. Maybe it's becoming a tradition. I haven't ever been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy the food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We always enjoy the food and service has always been good. We had a group of eight this time and everybody thought it was "yummy"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must in Palm Springs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    From the moment you arrive and greeted by a fantastic hostess this restaurant rewards you a true dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ummmm, not the worst but…...
    Vortex
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Service was mediocre, food was average, small portions. Zin didn't have the wine they recommended but after we chose another, it was served well AFTER our food had been served. The mussels were served with no sauce - therefore dry The fried chicken with gravy had no gravy to be found. It tasted nice - but there were far more bones than meat on any piece. There should have been at least on meaty breast or thigh - it was all bones. Sand Dabs were one small 1/4 dab, yet they were the most expensive thing on the menu. If you are running out of your signature dish - that 86 it and come up with a special alternative.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disorganized but tasty
    Mike
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    we came an hour before our reserved time during Palm Springs' weekly Villagefest. Even though there were a number of tables available the hostess said "We're slammed and can't take you yet." They had run out of menus and the place was in minor chaos. We sat at the bar waiting for a table and decided to eat there instead. The bartenders were working very hard and finally found two menus for us. Once we were able to order the food arrived pretty quickly and was delicious. My steak tartar was excellent as was my wife's Carpaccio. We think the chaos was due to the hostess and wait staff rather than the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Athedesert
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Good food, good service, I left my credit card at the restaurant, they call me and keept my credit card until next day, thanks!!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The jury is still out....
    PSPdinningVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    A few weeks ago we had dinner here and it was one of the best experiences we had had in a while. So we decided to share our excitement with two of our friends the day after Christmas. Unfortunately the experience was entirely the opposite. In fairness maybe they were understaffed but after waiting 15 min for a server I finally asked the hostess to take our drink order. Everything about the meal was slow and we were not attended to at all. (I also eventually asked a bus boy to take our desert order). We will give it another go. Nicole the hostess is great and if you can, ask for Aaron the waiter.... he's the best. Three out of the four of us were very happy with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Palm Springs cuisine
    Grega
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Always interesting food. Perfect friendly service. Good fun location and you don't feel robbed when you leave
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Dinner in Palm Springs
    TomBVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We enjoyed Christmas dinner after a day of traveling. The service provided by Dominick and the quality of food on the prix fixe menu were excellent. Dominick carefully explained the menu options to us and made suggestions that we took him up on. The salmon entrée was perfectly cooked. There is an ample wine list available as well. If you are interested in fine dining while in Palm Springs, I strongly recommend the Zin American Bistro. Families, couples, and large groups will feel comfortable here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service and Menu.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Outstanding Service and Menu. The Wine List is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Expected More
    StillWorkingOnIt
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Not the dining experienced I had hoped for given the positive reviews I read. The mussels I ordered were the stringiest I'd ever eaten and after sharing that perspective with the waiter, he said he'd let the cook know and that was that. No attempt to "right the wrong" or please a dissatisfied patron. Would not go back there again.
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  • Great food
    mustchrVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This was our first night in Palm Springs after an exhausting travel day. The food was excellent and the service was too. It was a great meal and the Christmas decorations were a beautiful touch. We thought we'd miss the Christmassy touches of home, but many PS restaurants have decked the halls very well.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    LovesGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    It's always nice coming to Zin for a good meal with attentive service that is also affordable. The food is always fresh and just the right portion to have room for desert. The special offers and promotions makes it easy to be a regular customer. I like the loyalty program to rewards me for keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience, good food
    RetiredInBoyntonBeachVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Pleasant experience, good food, interesting wine list. They aim to please.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate