Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar

Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zincwine.com/
  • Phone: 2102242900
  • 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, French American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (13)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (6)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Never disappoints, kind of
    EmiratesHorn
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I love Zinc and go often. Wine list is impressive, and they carry my brand of scotch. The food is generally outstanding. The table-side guacamole is fantastic, and the grilled shrimp is as well. Others in my party have been very impressed with the crab cakes. However, on my last visit, I tried the fish and chips, and it was well below par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Mac and cheese was out of this world! The prickly pear was pretty good too - as the signature drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for solo dining
    BMMBMMVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wine list; reasonable prices
    Kathleen
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • variety & flavor
    enjoyamealVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar Food & Service
    SueD
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Customer service and food
    Hockey
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place downtown
    rtpivVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rofo
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Waiting could be better. Waiting was good, but the restaurant atmosphere dictates it should of been better. Food was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NiceLunch
    MarkandMaryJo
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Good wine list. Very good food. Don't miss the Texas Chopped salad - wow! The lamb burger with fig jam and brie was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sweet16
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 293 reviews are from the Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Excellent burgers
    SAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I love Zinc! Every time I go I am never disappointed. Such a great atmosphere and great food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a wine bar?
    AnnieBVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find in San Antonio!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Guacamole
    GoodEatsVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Great Food, Great Wines, Great Service, Very reasonable ! The tableside made guacamole is a must try ! Ask about the specials, they change daily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - aloof staff
    Will3
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot, will return
    GWHo
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zinc - you kinda stink!
    Buckster
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zinc is precious
    OKCathy
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mmmm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Prices were so reasonable and the wine list unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater dinner
    bwolpman
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zinc is GOLD!
    HiJillo
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good to Great
    BigDaddy
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zinc patio
    KeeKeepmr
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    Lizzie
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way!
    SARose
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Medal for this Zinc
    missinghtown
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and I went for
    Foodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zinc was excellent
    fromShinerTx
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent All Around
    John
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    Valentines
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great style but food not up to par
    gkilley1
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I love they style and feel of Zinc. Small dinning room, tables spread apart, good wine list. But the food will let you down.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Tm17
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate