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Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar

Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zincwine.com/
  • Phone: (210) 224-2900
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Tapas / Small Plates, French American
  • Executive Chef: Manny Elizondo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Zinc offers private dining in our wine cellar. A staircase from the street-level semi-private reception room leads to the wine cellar. Wine crates and barrels, wine tasting tables, ceiling-to-floor wine racks housing over 7,000 bottles of wine, and a beamed-ceiling with grapevine and twinkle lighting accent this room. From VIP board of director's dinners to rehearsal dinners to vintner-style dinners, this one-of-a-kind venue is the perfect setting for a memorable dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Boone (210) 224-1313

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Commerce
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
Our chefs have painstakingly created a menu of wine-friendly fare consisting of old world hors d'oeuvres and regionally inspired tapas. From baked Texas goat cheese with kalamata olives to fresh chocolate covered strawberries, the menu caters to the diversity of the food enthusiasts. Charles Court, at the rear of Zinc, is a truly serene gathering place for a rare outdoor experience. The private, spacious courtyard makes for a quiet sanctuary from the clatter of downtown city streets and the Riverwalk.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The Mac and cheese was out of this world! The prickly pear was pretty good too - as the signature drink!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed my solo visit to Zinc while attending a function downtown. Excellent food at very reasonable prices combined with very friendly staff. Good location, too."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great wine list with a range of prices and options. Our waiter was pleasant, but not terribly knowledgable about the wine list. My husband had the lamb and I had the short rib sandwich. Both good choices at surprisingly reasonable prices for the quality of the food, but we both loved the rib sandwich best. It was truly "melt in your mouth"! We ate outside, but inside options include a bar area with tables and a separate quiet dining room."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "From steak frites to grilled shrimp, pizza or a lamb burger, zinc serves up well. We grazed on the truffle fries (wow) while watching our server prepare our table side guacamole. I had a pasta with mushrooms and chicken in pesto sauce as my entree - delicious! I love Zinc."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I love this place, great wine, although the waiter we had this time didnt seem to knowledgeable and at one point brought us the wrong glass. Margherita pizza is phenomenal as is the cheese plate. Nice European style dining, outdoors and slow and simple. Food is well priced but wines can be pricey!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Zinc is one of my downtown favs, whether just for after work drinks or pre-show dinner. Last Thursday (7-31) I took a friend how had never been to Zinc before and she fell in love with it. We had an early dinner, following which we were attending the inaugural YOSA event at the Tobin Center. What a fine start for the evening. The food is outstanding, the service impeccable, they do not mind people sharing plates (some restaurants still look slightly askance at a request). My friend was so impressed, she is going to recommend Zinc to other friends."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Our waiter was attentive and charming, everyone was exceptionally friendly. The food was a great surprise. Fresh with fresh flavor, spicy sauces, fresh cheese. Reasonably priced too. I highly recommend the chicken Caesar salad. Blackened chicken was delicious."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Zinc is a couple blocks off the RiverWalk and seemed to be frequented by local people at lunch. It was a nice alternative to the touristy places in the area. The menu offered a good selection and the food was well prepared."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Waiting could be better. Waiting was good, but the restaurant atmosphere dictates it should of been better. Food was great!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were surprised at how affordable it was considering how much and how good the food was we were served. Wasn't busy, but we were dining while the July 4th fireworks were going off. Would recommend."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I went to Zinc the first time about 2 years ago. I came because of a write up in the local paper that claimed Zinc was one of the top 10 destinations in the city of San Antonio for the best burger. I went and they where right. I have come back frequently for the burger. I expanded to eating dinner on various occasions, using it as a downtown location to enjoy a unique meal and drinks with friends for an evening out. My last two visits have been disappointing. The quality of the food has slipped as has the service. It is still a great place to eat (lunch or supper), but if my 3rd visit also represents a decline from my expectations I will be crossing Zinc of my list."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Good wine list. Very good food. Don't miss the Texas Chopped salad - wow! The lamb burger with fig jam and brie was amazing."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had dinner on the sheltered patio which was perfect since it was a windy day in San Antonio. Out of the 4 of us, 3 had the Zinc burger and said it was one of the best they have had...especially their spicy "secret" sauce. I had the blue crab cakes and can truly say they were the best I had ever had. I would definitely dine there again and recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to San Antonio."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We came to Zinc because of Tanji Patton'a write up on the burgers. Both the beef and lamb burgers were excellent! The bun on the beef burger was a little thick - but overall - the beef burger was tasty!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Dissapointing - they call themselves a wine bar, yet the white wine we ordered was to chilled so they attempted to do a quick chill and wine got too warm very quickly. Then we ordered the Pinot and it too was way to warm. A wine bar should have a temperature controlled area for their wines. Food was basic. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I love Zinc! Every time I go I am never disappointed. Such a great atmosphere and great food. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "When you dine at a wine bar a minimum expectation is that the staff be able to recommend a wine to go with a particular dish. At Zinc this didn't happen. Our server had no clue what to recommend. The appetizer we ordered was okay but nothing special. We left after the appetizer and went to another place for entrees. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We took a chance on Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar and had a great experience. Near River Walk in downtown San Antonio the food was better than expected, the waiter was great and the wine list was solid! We had an overall great dinner with great drinks at a fair price. Very nice find in San Antonio!! I recommend as a solid choice!! 4 overall stars!!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great Food, Great Wines, Great Service, Very reasonable ! The tableside made guacamole is a must try ! Ask about the specials, they change daily."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I would recommend Zinc Bistro for the food - worth a try. Maybe we hit it on a bad night. Waitress was friendly, but brought out the wrong dish to me, having obviously put the order in wrong. She simply said, "Ooops" and disappeared with it, leaving my partner to have to eat her food alone while I waited to see if the waitress was coming back with anything for me or not. She returned with what I ordered, as if nothing happened - never acknowledged it, said she made a mistake, or apologized. (Who trains these people?) Despite the wait, the TEXAS LAMB PAPPARDELLE was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This is a fantastic venue with a great menu and wonderful ambiance. I gave our service a three star rating as it took some time for any of our requests to be filled. I think this was unusual. The server could have been new or they could have been short staffed. Fun plaece regardless to either pop in for a nice drink, get a few shared plates with some friends, or have a romantic dinner. One block away from the riverwalk as well."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Maybe it was the tomato sauce stained paper menu, maybe it was the hole in the floor boards that my chair leg fell into,maybe it was the uneven / stressed out service, maybe it was the uninspiring food - but Zinc turned out to be the most disappointing meal experience of our 5 day stay in San Antonio. Especially, because the reviews we read were so positive and we really wanted to be impressed. Some style - but definitely not the substance"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The food was divine -- from the escargots to the excellently prepared salads, and from the handcrafted cocktails to the delicious crab cakes and shrimp skewers. We were surprised that in spite of empty tables, numerous staff mentioned how busy they were. Not sure if that was due to short staffing or what, but we had some pacing issues with our meal that were well handled in the end. Thanks to the manager for making sure our meal was special!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Texas and Zinc salad very well done. Otherwise service very slow to come to take orders, bring orders or timely wait on the table. Bypass Boudro's guac...go to Boudro's for it as it is not the same. Calamari way overbreaded as in 2X bread:calamari. Restaurant was not full nor empty but rather moderate clientele and plenty of servers just not organized."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Prices were so reasonable and the wine list unbelievable."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed our celebration and pre-theater dinner at Zinc. The food was delicious and everyone in our group enjoyed the menu choices as well as the scrumptious dish that delivered what the description promised. Service became a little slow as our waiter was helping with a larger party, and we still got to the Majestic in plenty of time without stress. No doubt, we will return to Zinc."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The noise level was way over the top. This was our first visit.. We were seated in the dining room with 2 large tables of very loud patrons. My husband and I could not hear each other talking for all the noise. Not sure whether I would return or not for this reason!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "YUM ! from the house made crackers to the perfectly buttered brioche bun on my lamb burger to the flourless chocolate classic ending, this was a wonderful meal without even seeming to try... My waiter was helpful without hovering and was not dismissive of me because I was a single woman dining alone. The meal was very reasonably priced and I wish I had a Zinc in my neighborhood in California."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "It was the best meal and time we have ever had there. It is much better than before. Our waitress was outstanding; fun, energetic, prompt, courteous and reliable. Everyone enjoyed their dinner."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "What a great find. Wanted a lighter meal and being here two hours also was nice, no rush. We arrived 6:30, had Happy Hour glasses of wine, great deal and were seated immediately on the patio. Great night for being outside. Had the table side guacamole, which is the best! Relaxed, enjoying our wine, and not being rushed. Ordered the Zinc salads and they were perfect! Later we shared a margarita pizza that was really good. We ended with the soufflé, which isn't really a soufflé, but it was tasty. All in all, excellent evening!."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Very cute bar and patio. They have heaters on the patio and ponchos if it is cool. Good food and the waitstaff is very attentive. I will go back on my next trip to SA."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We went to Zinc for a work- related meeting- cocktail hour. The bar is elegant yet comfortable and the drink selection and wine list offer something for everyone. After the meeting, we stayed for dinner. Our meal was perfect ! We ordered the zinc house salad and the ceasar salad to start. We enjoyed the slightly warm salad dressings which made the salads anything but ordinary. For the main course, we ordered the 1)blue crab cakes and 2) churrasco grilled shrimp with basmati rice. Both dishes were skillfully prepared and presented. Both dishes were delicious! Highly recommend. We finished the meal with dark chocolate covered strawberries served with fresh whipped cream. Divine! We will definitely go back to Zinc for cocktails and dinner."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The calamari app was not as described on the menu. The escargot was probably the best dish we had. Not only was the food fair, but the service was awful. We had to get up and track down our waiter each time we wanted to order another drink. Once we ordered our entrees (a salad and burgers), it took 45 minutes to be delivered to our table. When our entrees finally arrived, we were so ready to get out of there that we asked for the check immediately. 3 people and the dinner took over 2 hours!! I would be remiss if I did not mention the stench in the bathroom. I'm sure they tried hard to cover up the moldy smell with some sort of perfumed baby powder, but it was awful in my opinion."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I went for Valentines Day the food was great! Our server was wonderful and the atmosphere was pleasant. Love the decor at this establishment."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We drove in from tiny town Texas for a special Valentine's evening, and Zinc did not disappoint. Impressive and accessible wine list, great, somewhat airy atmosphere, and professional service. The Paella Valenciana for two was as tasty as it was massive, and the chocolate box desert was simply amazing. This restaurant is GLBT welcoming and is decorated tastefully with contemporary art. We loved being seated near a George Rodrigue piece."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went there last minute for Valentines Dinner and got a seat outside. We had probably the best server in the place. The others seemed nice but not near as professional as ours was. The food was outstanding had the lobster bisque, a seafood arrangement and house Zinc salad. The quiet table for 2 outside with a view of the stars made for an even more romantic evening. Coudn't have asked for anything more. IT WAS EXCELLENT!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was The food was fabulous (also a little bit overcooked for my taste) The waiter was professional and attentive. I would have liked to see more candlelight in the cellar but still was an intimate setting. My only complaint is the disorganization with reservation confirmations. It almost made me cancel but am glad we didn't me and my husband had a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love they style and feel of Zinc. Small dinning room, tables spread apart, good wine list. But the food will let you down."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Although we had a reservation, we waited 20 minutes for our table. Food took 45 minutes after ordering. Food was pretty good but not great."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time just as we always do. The burger was delicious and I recommend ordering an old-fashioned from the bar. Service was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/3/2014