Zinc Brasserie - Sandusky

Zinc Brasserie - Sandusky

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zincbrasserie.net/
  • Phone: 4195029462
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Expanded Summer hours.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Cesare Avallone
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: From smaller dinner parties with a group in your own home, your yard, on a boat, to large scale events such as weddings and other celebrations, ZINC brasserie will customize the event menu for you and your guests.
    Please call for information.
  • Special Events: ZINC brasserie often offers Wine Dinners, tastings, and other special events. To receive information on these events, please join our mailing list, at www.zincbrasserie.net

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wayne Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Zinc Brasserie - Sandusky
Locally owned and operated, ZINC brasserie is a French-inspired restaurant that strives to provide fresh, delicious food, attentive service, and a warm atmosphere. The ingredient driven menu changes seasonally, with great features available nightly.
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Zinc Brasserie - Sandusky reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)special occasion (38)notable wine list (34)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (27)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (13)good for groups (10)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • New location is a step up
    globalsalesmanager
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The old location had no ambiance, and the new location is better. Still, an uncomfortably loud environment when full. Ecargot was tasty, but hastily prepared. The snails were stuffed too far into the shells and very difficult to remove. Fingerling potatoes overcooked and a bit soggy. Strip steak and pork loin were outstanding. Wine list is good. One big miss. Asked for a quiet table out of traffic path. Got one at basement access. Won't be attempting an intimate dinner there again. Overall, a very good restaurant that can be competitive with some of the best in the region.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • happydiner634
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I am a summer resident of the area and have always loved Zinc's in the past. However, this summer season I and several companions were disappointed in the food. Example: Duck Papparadelle used to be my favorite but it is now made with a red sauce much like an Italian sauce for spaghetti, and the duck might as well be ground beef. Mussels, another selection by a companion, were very spicy hot. Puttanesca, ordered by another diner, was again extremely spicy hot to the point it was difficult to eat. We all tasted each other's dishes to confirm what the others had experienced. Two other diners ordered the trout, and it was very good. The oysters on the half shell were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    CrateLady1dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have dined at Zinc several times, but this was really a disaster. There had to be a serious problem in the kitchen. Our reservation was 7:30, but did not get our entrees until 8:50. I ordered stuff Salmon, which I have had, but nothing like normal and sauce was terrible. The restaurant did remove the charge for my entree and provided a free desert. We were celebrating my birthday - and there was nothing to celebrate!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the drive
    Simplepleasures
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I had eaten at the former Zinc location had were pleased to learn the owners had found a new space that was larger and less cramped than their original place. Most of all, we hoped the "new" Zinc retained the same great menu and excellent service. With our first visit this weekend, we were not notdisappointed. Coming from the west side of Cleveland, the 50 minute drive was well worth it. My wife and I both had fish entrees, mine trout and hers salmon, and they were excellently prepared. Salads and desserts were equally good. Our server was personable and knowledgable. All in all, Zinc goes on our "highly recommend" list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bright spot in Sandusky
    Runnerlawyer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised with our dining experience at Zinc Brasserie. We have visited Sandusky over the years during sailing trips on Lake Erie or visits to Cedar Point Amusement Park with children and grandchildren. We have had much difficulty finding suitable dining options for an adult foodie experience. We had been meaning to try Zinc Brasserie but only recently made it and we were impressed. My sister and I enjoyed cocktails in the small wine bar while my husband got a craft brew from the larger bar. The dining room is intimate and beautifully appointed. The food was creative and delicious. We will definitely return on our next trip to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    NanSabVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Zinc is one of our favorite restaurants of any place we have dined! Everything is just perfect for us; food, service, ambiance! If you are in the area, go, you will not be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Overall, our dining experience was ok, but not commensurate with our expectations or the prices. Despite the fact that a number of tables were empty, we were seated at the back, in the dark. We had already ordered an appetizer when we learned that the daily specials list, from which we would have chosen an item, had not been included in our menus. Our waiter did not seem knowledgeable about the wines, which was one reason we chose the restaurant. The appetizer trio -- spiced nuts, giardiniera and olives-- was overpriced and an odd combination. The steak and cioppino were good, though the latter was not worth the higher price for the two modest pieces of lobster included in the stew. If location is a choice, go to Cleveland for fine dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sandusky's Gem
    BeerandBourbon
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tried this restaurant for the first time Friday. My wife and I could not have been more pleased. Excellent service from a knowledgeable waitress. Duck Wellington was well-seasoned and juicy. Farmstead pizza was very flavorful and much larger than expected. Warm olives were perfect appetizer for two olive-lovers! Ambience is hip and vibrant. Zinc is truly a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great dinner
    CleveHtsEd
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first time at the newer location. We were very pleased and had a very nice dinner. The food was excellent as was the service. We ate in the larger dinning room. Yes, the exposed brick makes for an 'energetic noise level' when it is full, but that is typical of many restaurants. You could also eat in one of the other locations that might be a little more quiet, such as the bar or the other dinning room, but we did not find the noise level too high, even with a large table directly behind us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were looking forward to our dinner at Zinc's but were disappointed with the food. While my mushroom salad was delicious, my entree was overlooked- beef medallions- the risotto was undercooked and salty, and when we ordered a 2nd bottle of wine, they were out of what we originally ordered. Dessert was marginal. Food was not worth the price, but we had a delightful waitress. My friends lobster was tasteless and watery
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pleasant surprise
    Sonolaviche
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A good find in Sandusky. We had a great time with great food & great wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HudsonHelen
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our dinner was fine - nothing noteworthy and not really worth the price. Great service - we never felt rushed. We've been to the old location and were impressed - will probably try it again since there aren't that many upscale dining options in Sandusky.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Zinc is the best for lunch. This was my first time for dinner AND at new location. For a fine dining experience, the chairs are very uncomfortable. We were there for over two hours, which is the perfect amount of time for "fine dining". I ordered one of the evenings special. It was way overcooked. My only complaint with my server was that she did not question why the meal had not been eaten. Her service was still excellent. One mistake. Not sure I would go back. Two out of our four dinners were perfect. Sadly, two were not what I had expected for my guests. Would still go for lunch in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie Delight
    Charlie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Zinc is one of the great finds for those who appreciate the experience of expertly prepared food. Duck breast wellington is a must. New location is a great improvement, outstanding wine list and service staff that knows their stuff while remaining personal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Every year we ride our bicycles from Cleveland to Sandusky for a non profit event. The highlight of our ride is eating at Zinc. The food is wonderful as well as the service. It is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal
    Zincsalltheway
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wow, I'm so excited I can get pizza in the area like the one I had the other night. I can't remember the name, but it was the spicy one and it was cooked to perfection with incredible flavor. Mushroom salad incredible; flavor, presentation, and portion. Great new location, better lighting, and had a great server as well (forgot her name). All in all great value and my favorite restaurant in the area. Thank you,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We chose Zinc because we had friends visiting from out of town and wanted to take them to a new place. We all had a great meal, large portions though, enough to split. Look forward to being able to dine there again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late Anniversary
    Sandeats
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time attendees. Booked thru Open Table. Enjoyed the food and atmosphere, though did not see much of a view. This was a late celebration of our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall has slipped a bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We've been customers of Zinc since they originally opened. This summer we've at their new location three times. Each time something has been slightly off compared to past years. One time the entrees arrived when we were only half-way through our starter; one time the "medium rare" steak was medium well at one end; one time the truffles fries (not a side dish but supposedly part of the entree) was delivered to the table 10 minutes after the meat portion of the entree was delivered. Please forward this review to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD FOOD
    JANNY
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    NICE ATMOSPHERE, WAITRESS VERY PLEASANT & EFFICIENT.WE HAD 2 1/2 & 7 YEAR OLDS WITH US & ALTHOUGH THEY ACCOMADATED US I DONT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE FOR SMALL CHILDREN AS NOT MUCH ON MENU KIDS WOULD LIKE.GREAT PLACE FOR ADULTS THOUGH.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    NanSabVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We dine at Zinc frequently and are always happy with our experience! The food is fabulous, the ambience is comfortable and the staff is exceptional! Go to this great restaurant if you are in or near Sandusky, OH!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, not great service
    Anniversarydining
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    For our 25th wedding anniversary, We dined at Zinc mid-week with several vacant tables. The service should have been stellar, but wasn't. Our main waitress was not attentive and nearly dismissive. However, the other server who attended our table was much better. She should have been our head waitress. Our meals were wonderful, the salad a bit common, and the Chateau Neuf de Pape exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to go.
    Browning8
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food and wine was perfection. The decor was sophistication and this will be my favorite place to go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The features are always a must do
    Zfood
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Pork T-bone was amazing perfectly cooked cut like butter Served with seasoned goat cheese, creamy mashed potatoes and broccolini provided the perfect bite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    NanSabVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We frequent Zinc and love the entire experience! The Clams Casino are absolutely fabulous!!! We recommend Zinc to everyone! First class dining in Sandusky, OH!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing food.
    foodlovinfool
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This place is so great. The food is always amazing. The staff is friendly. If your in Sandusky and want an incredible meal, look no further
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I never miss the opportunity to have dinner at Zinc when I am in town. The food is always exceptional, the wine list fantastic and the service friendly and prompt,
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too many hard surfaces
    Pizzapi
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This was my 4th visit to Zinc and the second time at their new location. While they have much more space, they really must do something about the noise level. With all the hard surfaces in the place (floors, chairs, tables, etc.), there nothing to absorb the noise. My quiet group of five was easily drowned out by group of six seated nearby. The place was not very full - I would hate to hear how loud it gets when there are more people seated in the dining room. Aside from noise, it was a very nice dinner and the food and presentation of the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Well executed food plated with interesting sides that complimented the main course (not always the case at other restaurants).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Busy fri nite ,4 adults 2 kids ordered expensive wine. Service & food slow! One app & my dinner overly spicy/ peppery we couldn't eat we should have been advised when ordering if we were ok with spicy dishes After 2 hours kids restless we couldn't order dessert or coffee . atmosphere & most everything else pretty good. Didn't expect such a nice wine list in a small town !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blond Fox
    BlondFox
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was tasty, but extremely overpriced. The portions were reasonable size, but way too expensive. This is not a place we will frequent on a regular basis.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chief
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Really enjoyable dining experience. We had the house salad, my wife had the salmon, and I had one of the wood-fired pizzas. Great taste and preparation. Excellent wine selection as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    irish
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Have been here a number of times and it's never disappointing. Anything from a drink to a gourmet dinner your sure to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good.
    TheDeaMan
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Ate at the other location several times. This was far superior food, service was great too. Helpful and happy. We have already recommended. We will be back. The bar looked like a lot of fun also. We love good food and have wanting to try the new location. Great job. Hope Sandusky appreciates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Sandusky gem
    SupportLocalSpots
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We started discovering Sandusky last year as seasonal boaters. I love this city. There are so many gems. Zinc has become one of our favorite restaurants. Check out their other spots, Crush and for a great view of the lake and a quick lunch go to Dockside, (dog friendly) also operated by the same family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    BigEater
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I have eaten at Zinc many times and have never been disappointed. Food and service was outstanding as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful New Venue!
    MyAngel630
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Since opening in Sandusky, Ohio, my wife Jeanette and I, along with our friends have enjoyed Zinc. The original venue was spectacular and the new location equally stunning. The food as always was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 414 reviews are from the Zinc Brasserie - Sandusky reviews archive.
  • Great Ambience Great Food
    Smiely
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This restaurant has two sides a Brick oven and more casual dining on one side and more elaborate dining on the other side. The food is excellent on both sides and the service extraordinary. I would recommend this highly
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must!
    K3D1
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I was sceptacle Zinc would lose something when moving to a larger space. Completely wrong. Spot on the design and the food as always didn't fail. Hard to believe you're in Sandusky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another excellent evening at Zinc
    Anne
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had an enjoyable evening at Zinc starting with cocktails in the Zinc bar area. Very busy night which is always fun energy. Excellent service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.