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Zin American Bistro
Zin American Bistro
  • Address:
    198 S Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Neighborhood:
    Palm Springs
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Zin American Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pszin.com/
  • Phone: (760) 322-6300
  • 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: Contemporary American, French
  • 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 (760) 322-6300
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I have been going to Zin for over 3 years now. First and foremost, I must commend Nicole the maitre d'. She has such a professional and classy presence and always make my guests and I feel like VIP's and family each and everytime. Also, the filet mignon is always cooked perfectly and always tender. They always honor all of my gluten free requests and many of their items are local and sustainable!!!! Bravo!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our server was tremendous. Our main courses were very bland, served on white rice ...no taste. As locals and part time residents of Palm Springs, our guests will not recommend or return."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My husband and I came here based on the reviews here for the fried chicken. No lie on that - the chicken was to die for...was crunchy without being greasy. I had the seared duck breast special which was fabulous - wonderful sear on the skin and melt in your mouth tender on the inside. We sat outside (great for people watching) and would do that again. The only thing we had an issue with were other patrons with dogs. We are pet owners and understand the love people have for their four legged family members, but it is NOT OK to let them sit at the table, eat off the plates or use the bathrooms...gross. That said, we would go back for the fabulous food, but will go some place else if we see any patrons with dogs again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything at this restaurant will prompt me to return again and again. The food was tasty, well prepared and served promptly. You have to try Mindy's cheesecake. This restaurant is a keeper."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "An excellent venue. One of the best in Palm Springs."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our experience at Zin American Bistro was awesome! Everything from the food to the service was wonderful! We were a party of 10 women and the restaurant was incredibly accommodating. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant & I hope to return one day!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Zin. The first, two years ago, was unremarkable except for the bill which was high. We returned only because some friends wanted to try it and our experience was much the same. Without alcohol we spent $50/pp which wouldn't have been bad if the food had been better. Don't get me wrong. Nothing we had was bad and I wouldn't complain if it had cost less but, at that price point, I felt we were entitled to a better meal."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I have been to the same restaurant over the years. Last night's meal (July 21, 2014) was the best one I have had at this restaurant since it opened. I ordered the special appetizer (chilled melon gazpacho) and the special salmon (with crab and an amazing sauce), and thought each dish was perfect. The cheese plate starter was also a hit at my table, as was and the wonderful service (by a charming, attentive waiter)."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Don't know about the inside dining, but the outside dining was fabulous....food, service, street scene....and the $19.99 two-course was wonderful and enough for two to split. The restaurant scene at the other two corners may be hot, but give Zin a try, you'll like it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We are permanent residents of Palm Springs. This past Spring, we realized that we had never tried Zin out for dinner. This past week was our third dinner at Zin and we thoroughly enjoyed it. First, the prices are very reasonable for a "downtown" restaurant. The server, Eric, whom we have had three times is the best! He is prompt, courteous, attentive and very knowledgeable. He is a gem. We look forward to our next visit and will definitely recommend Zin to our friends."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Several of our group eat here pretty regularly because it is always friendly, great food, and service! Our Anniversary party for 3 couples was really fun and a great, enjoyable time."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food, great cocktails and amazing service! A wonderful experience and location in the heart of Palm Springs!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We go to Zin every trip to PS. Last visit was at 8:30 pm on Sunday of July 4 weekend, so restaurant was very quiet. Service is always spectacular, and food exquisite."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Been here twice this year while planning to move to PSP- food is always consistently good, service is friendly and prompt. Enjoy your experience at this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We always have wonderful experiences and food at Zin and have been going for years. The wait staff is knowledgeable, attentive, friendly. I had the sand dabs which I thoroughly enjoyed. If there is one criticism I have, it is about the cocktails. This doesn't only apply to Zin, however. At our recent visit to Zin, I ordered a Chopin martini. Yes, I realize this is considered top shelf vodka, but the staff must need a ladder to reach that shelf because $16.00 at Zin, for a martini, in my opinion, is overpriced. I have watched the drinks go from $10.00, to $10.00 with a $2.00 Up charge (yes,UP charge), then $12.00 with a $2.00 Up charge, and now $14.00 with a 2.00 Up charge. I will just start having a pre-dinner cocktail before dining."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Starting as a tribute to Zinfindal wine, the theme has changed a bit but good wine stays strong as a notable difference from most nearby eateries. The truffle soup is the best. The menu is well balanced to the wine list."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Nothing special; Palms Springs is full of much better choices."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food is usually good now that there is a new chef. Nice outdoor dining to do people watching. Great place for brunch or lunch. Fried chicken is to die for. Had their two course dinner for fixed price. Pretty good bargain. Both of us started with a wedge that was very good. Wife had San Dabs which she liked and I had chicken which was a little tough and dry. Both came with rice which was overcooked or tasted like minute rice. Finished up with a tart which was very good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We have dined at Zin many times and will continue to come back again and again. Nichole is the consummate hostess always certain to welcome her guests like long-lost relatives. I tried the soup of the day - cold cantaloupe - and it was a fabulous surprise for my taste buds! Our dinner here was a highlight of my birthday celebration!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great for patio dining in the winter. Way too hit for summer even with the misters. How about changing up the menu? It's always the same old things."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I loved the outdoor patio. The service was excellent. Our server, Dominick, was very attentive. The mussels and the sauce had great flavor although many of the mussels were cold. The zin original hamburger was dry and overlooked. Fries were great. I would return back due to ambience and service and hope the food is better next time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a great place. We sat on the patio, and loved it. The food was great, and the atmosphere was perfect."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food is generally wonderful and the atmosphere is pleasant."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The only issue I would have on our experience is that we had to ask for bread. Once we got the bread it only had 4 slices. So again we asked for bread the second tile and again we only got 4 slices. If they had given us 8 slices the first time we may not need to ask for another order of bread. There were only 2 in our party. We enjoy bread with our salads. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Zin American Bistro is classy and elegant, with a quiet charm and grace. The servers were friendly and efficient, and the food was great."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "It was Palm Springs restaurant week, so they had a special menu, but assured us all the appetizers were on the regular menu, and many of the other items as well. Delicious roasted beet salad. Yummy Zin bites - sort of mini beef Wellingtons. I ordered a pork chop - it was huge! nearly an inch thick and perfectly cooked. Most of the bone had been removed to make eating easier. My companion approved the salmon and for dessert, the bread pudding. I had chocolate mousse for dessert - also yummy. The restaurant has a large covered open area on the corner where most people dine. We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner, but could easily have made a meal from just the appetizers - they were that good. Excellent service - very attentive to our needs."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is a real find for excellent food, presentation and an awesome wine list. A local gem in Palm Springs."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This was our first time at Zin, and we went for Sunday brunch. I was immediately put off by the extremely limited and "too trendy" (IMHO) brunch menu. They were "out of french toast", and only offered one omelette choice. There was no traditional potato side with brunch and they had no soup of the day. We switched to the lunch menu and I went with the hangar steak which was outstanding. My partner had the Prix Fix lunch with Sea Bass, which was also perfectly prepared. Portions were rather small, but acceptable given the lunch pricing. Marco was our server, and provided excellent and personal service. The bus staff was right on top of water and cleared appropriately. I think some tweaks to the menu would attract more customers. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Terrific staff but the main course fell flat for all of us. Two had steak, both of which were tough and gristly and I had duck (which the server recommended) which was quite unpleasant and again, tough. Mac and cheese for a side for the steak and a half apple for the duck? Odd, at best. Bread pudding for desert was terrific. NOISY beyond belief. Rock hard chairs that had me feeling bruised by the time we left. Lovely adult crowd but for quality food there is much better for much less in Palm Springs."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We ate dinner at Zin Saturday night at 6:45 reservation...Everyone was so friendly and the service was spectacular, Ehran our waiter was funny, polite and very attentive!!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Server very attentive - ticket times were very lengthy. Table next to us sat at same time, finished dessert as we just got started with our appetizer. Schnitzel was uneventful, very flat, the caliber of quality and presentation expected at Applebee's. Filet was over cooked and not very flavorful. Across the board, my husband and I were underwhelmed. Server offered a single cognac as compensatory, and while it was - to his embarrassment and notice - very clear that the experience was marginal, we remained gracious, tipped over 20%, but were never offered a reduction to our tab. I'm in hospitality management of the largest downtown hotel, and it as my 1st and last visit, and I don't think I can recommend this establishment to others."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Hostess was amazing, very nice and delightful. Aaron was our waiter...was most helpful and provided excellent suggestions. We will be dining here again so we can try more of this delicious food!!! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "good value during RESTAURANT WEEK 2014. Attentive wait staff."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Disappointing compared to previous meals. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We had a great dinner there on my last evening in Palm Springs over Memorial Day weekend. Not only were we able to get reservations but while eating our appetizers, we saw friends of ours pass by. They had an hour wait at another place down the street and we told them to join us. The hostess was more than gracious in joining another table to ours and it made the evening all that much better. The food was delicious- we had their pris fixe and enjoyed the Wild Mushroom Truffle Soup, the Sand Dabs and the Bourbon Apricot Bread Pudding w/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream! Everything was great a true gem of a dining experience that will be repeated and recommended! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This was our third trip to Zin. Have had dinner there twice and lunch once. The food and service are consistently top-notch, and the surroundings are comfortable and inviting. We always make one visit there when in town."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went here on my last night in PS; from the moment I got there the experience was great: the hostess was phenomenal (von Deutschland) and the food was outstanding and such friendly staff! Will go back when in PS. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We selected this restsurant from the Internet. It was just as expected, in a new place for us. We would recommend it highly. Good people watching, a good bar and nice wines."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mother's Day brunch was SUPER! Our table was ready and the food was great."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Palm Springs is a tourist town and I couldn't think of a place where you could have a serious conversation and feel okay in something business casual before dinner. Zin American Bistro fit the bill. We sat in the comfortable interior of the restaurant. My guest ordered oysters as an appetizer (he's a fan of fresh oysters and was very pleased). I had the tasty deep-fried, panko-coated olives stuffed with blue cheese. We both ordered a fish lunch special served with haricot verts and rice. Zin has an extensive lunch menu and my guest found a chardonnay he liked on the wine list. We were able to have a long and quiet lunch as Marco, our server, and the staff let us take our time ordering and working our way through our meal. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014