ZINC- Philadelphia
ZINC- Philadelphia

ZINC- Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zincbarphilly.com/
  • Phone: (215) 351-9901
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 4.30PM to 11PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Comfort Food, French
  • Executive Chef: Nanina Scriber chef/owner Olivier Desaintmartin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are closed for lunch and Brunch but the restaurant is available for special event with a minimum of 25 guests
  • Entertainment: no
  • Special Events: We are closed for lunch and Brunch but the restaurant is available for special event with a minimum of 25 guests

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust
  • Public Transit: 12th and Locust (Patco)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: many lots around. Closest parking garage on Locust and 11th
A word from ZINC- Philadelphia
This second restaurant of Olivier Desaintmartin, ZINC is no less than a replica of a “le Marais” style bar restaurant, artists most preferred section of Paris. Le Marais is also the oldest part of the French capital.

Desaintmartin bought a 1919 zinc bar from a Parisian bar, refinished it, and shipped it to this quaint 40 seats bar/restaurant.

Acclaimed for its food, romance and its specialty drinks, Zinc becomes a hang out for locals, a meeting place. You can share a charcuterie or a fromage plate with a glass of Chinon, or sit at the bar sipping a French aperitif waiting for your party, or enjoy some oysters with a Muscadet.

The bistro menu is the same for brunch and dinner so at any time of the day you may choose to order eggs Benedict or steak frites or even just an apple tart with a “coupe “ of Blanquette de Limoux (sparkling wine).
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
ZINC- Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)neighborhood gem (72)romantic (48)special occasion (38)notable wine list (18)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very good food in a neighborhood
    AlexisBVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Very good food in a neighborhood location. I have been coming here for years and the food and service have been remarkably consistently very good. The only criticism I have is that there was no crème caramel for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zinc, An Intimate French Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were a party of four at ZINC, and all were extremely satisfied with the friendly, helpful service and the excellent preparation of the food. The calves liver with cipollini was superb, as was the endive salad. We will go back to ZINC on future trips to Philadelphia. It was a perfect ending of our afternoon to visit the Barnes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect romantic date night
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    incredible service, a wonderful selection of food and wines. Also, for my date, a great 2 german pilsners to choose from (a rarity in Philly)! I LOVE Zinc Bistro. It feels like a slice of france right in the heart of our neighborhood. How lucky we are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    Sandygardener
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Zinc is a small restaurant which creates a cozy feeling while dining. The food is well prepared. Mussels were sweet and plentiful--and no grit. Homemade desserts are a plus. The menu is not extensive, but all items are delicious. Especially enjoyed the fried goat cheese appetizer.
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  • Hidden Gem
    Bravo5VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    A terrific first experience. The place was nearly empty, so the service was highly attentive. Well-made cocktails, fresh beer and tasty food in extraordinarily generous portions. The cheese plate was enormous and accompanied by excellent jellies in several unusual flavors; the skate was hot and crisp, and the chicken special a hearty rustic joy. The only disappointment was the dessert, a pear tart, which I assume was made off-premises -- cold, gummy, and heavy. But that one sour note will not alter our plans to return to Zinc, and soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent frenchbistro
    Gino
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food wasvery good, . We tasted several things, from the cassoulet to the escargot, the cslf liver and the stuffed pigs feet. All delicios. No room for dessert. And what was great, it was quiet and we could really vhat with our friemdd, we will definitely go back. I HATE noisy spots where i cant hear what is said at mytable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice dinner
    Diner
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    My husband loves calves liver and since it was on the menu he cheered. The food was very good. The escargots were served in a new way for me and were delicious. There is a prix fixe every night which is a good option although we did not have the set menu during our visit. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter was very attentive
    CPRN
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Our waiter was very attentive and able to provide numerous suggestions for ordering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time had by all!
    retsy
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Our party of 4 enjoyed every minute at Zinc. Intimate. Not too crowded. Friendly and timely service. The martini s and manhattan s were perfect as was our bottle of wine. Excellent meals from the romaine salad with a fried egg (hadn't seen that before!) to steak to the pasta. Good coffee. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in Center City
    Harv14VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have been to France several times and this little bistro compares favorably with the French bistros we've eaten in so many times. You really feel you're in France at this little gem, the only thing missing is speaking and hearing French.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this restaurant!
    ESDouble
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The entire meal was delicious! Prixefix menu was the absolute best. Wine pairs well with the food & the service is excellent. This is my favorite restaurant in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven Performance
    GoodCook
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The appetizers were outstanding. The Pâté du Chef was elegantly presented, plentiful, and delicious. I had the wild mushrooms râgout served in puff pastry with a sherry sauce, and could have been content with that for the main meal. The hanger steak with frites was a huge disappointment: overdone meat, and food merely room temp by the time iut reached the table. Others in our party enjoyed the cassoulet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quit evening at the restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Quit evening at the restaurant, but storms & cold weather may be the cause. Fix price option was a good deal with a very tasty dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WAITER BETTER THAN THE FOOD
    DissapointingDishVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Never been here before expected a menu comparable to Caribou its relative & was wrong. My friend & I looked at the menu & could not find one dish without make alterations. The waiter was a patient, outgoing, excellent! young fellow He suggested ways to change various dishes, checked w/the chef each time, and was certain we would be satisfied , & we were. Scallops were sensational! Sauce was different not certain I would order it again. Veggies were cooked when ordinarily they would be on the hard side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    mtechnk
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Very cozy find tucked away on 11th street - solid bistro fare. Attentive service and warm environment. Tight seating, but reminiscent of that Parisian bistro no one knows about but you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    emint12VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Zinc has a nice, cozy atmosphere, friendly service, and wonderful food. Everything I ate was fantastic, especially the chocolate pots de creme. Heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • underwhelmed
    yophillyVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Knew of Olivier DeSaintmartin for a long time and wanted to try Zinc. It was restaurant week and we typically will try 2 or 3 restaurants during this time. the place was not crowded, but it took a while before our 2 glasses of wine and 1 martini were eventually picked up off the bar - I was tempted to get them myself. The mussels were ok - maybe a day beyond their prime. the salad and salmon terrine were good. Hangar steak had good flavor, tuna was good and the pork was good. Desserts were the highlight a pear tart, pot de crème, and chocolate cake were very good. I had high expectations for this place and they were not met.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    retsy
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Party of three. Treated wonderfully. Friendly prompt service. Intimate setting and feel. All three dinners were superb. Much better food and service than we experienced on our recent visit to Paris. Would definitely go again when we have a chance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Restaurant Week Experience
    SpitdocVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Expectations are always less for Restaurant week.. The tables so close together and there were only two casualties our night. One couple left before ordering and knocked a water glass on the ground. When we politely told our waitress that she gave us the wrong bill, she knocked a salad off a holding area & it crashed to the floor. The starter Duck pate was quite good as were desserts. The steak/frites were solid but there was no beef taste suggesting a very poor cut of meat. Mussels were fishy & salty. Salmon terraine decent. My tuna was rare as ordered with no seasoning to the tuna but nice accompanyments Would have preferred simple French like onioin soup, Escargot or duck. Very generous wine pour. I'd call it a solid meal..Prefer Parc.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little Paris in Philly
    RichmondFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Charming small French bistro that feels like Paris. We were there for restaurant week and was impressed by the choices. The warm vegetable salad may be one of the best dishes I've ever eaten! The rest of the meal was equally outstanding. A definite repeat when I return to Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Bistro Food
    manger123VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    In the best tradition of a French bistro, this is a small space with tables on top of each other. Food is very good, service fine. Good wine list though a tad bit on the expensive side--they run a cheaper place about two blocks away called Caribou Cafe. For restaurant week, the value of the food and quality couldn't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Save it for a Regular Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Recently dined at Zinc during restaurant week (RW). Ordered from the RW menu. Entree and dessert was good; the rest OK. However we did take note of the diners who ordered from the regular menu. They had apparently been here before and were the wiser. We'd try Zinc again during a regular night out and order the bowl of mussels with deliciously fragrant broth or a few of the other dishes that came from the kitchen and made us envious of what our fellow diners were eating. One warning: this place is very small and tables are packed in tightly. One highlight: Like a true French bistro we weren't rushed through our dinner and encouraged to leave quickly. Very relaxing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first visit to
    BuntzVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This was our first visit to Zinc, a delightful little spot where we had a pleasant before-theatre dinner. Everything is understated, except the food. All our dishes were very good, but the escargot cassolette in a hearty tomato sauce with some garlic, anchovies and bacon was wonderful. Our only quibble is cramped seating and small tables. Truly a touch of Paris in Philadelphia! We certainly will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week at ZINC
    CandyGirlVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I wasn't expecting the place to be so small - my bad for not doing the research. It was pretty crowded, so the service was a little bit slow. It wasn't an issue, though. The chicken and duck liver mousse wasn't "as gross as we thought" it would be, but after a taste we didn't eat it. The roasted root vegetable and goat cheese salad was very well put together. The steak (steak frites) was a little bland. Desserts were wonderful. Well worth the trip. If you sit in the front, keep your coat with you. Its drafty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a little bistro with world class
    CrustyCurmudgeonVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Zinc's really cool. 1st things 1st: the food is excellent! A smooth, tasty pâté for 2, then perfectly done mussels (broiled!) with a finely diced piperade that added nice extra spice. My roasted veg salad w/ chèvre was truly great. My wife's bouillabaisse was a work of art, with the seafood arranged so perfectly in the huge bowl that it looked like one large mutant sea creature. It was delicious & she loved it. My yellowfin tuna came perfectly rare on a bed of crimson couscous (from beet juice, I assume) - it was simply one of the best fish dishes I've ever eaten. The dessert tarts were also excellent, along with fine espresso. The staff are young attentive foodies, wines are well chosen & priced, & the room could be anywhere in France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Maryd
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We went to Zinc for restaurant week. Last minute choice and great choice. The place is small. Table are tight. Great service, good wine list. Service was good, attentive. Food was delicious. Would definitely go again. Geared more towards couples.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best When You're A Regular
    PhillyByChoiceVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    ZINC Bistro is one of my favorites in Center City but there are some inconsistencies across the menu so you really need to know what to order here, e.g. moules farci appetizer is okay but the main course mussels are fantastic. So pay attention and learn what you like here to make the most out of this dining experience. The salads, by the way, are terrific - which is not always true at French bistros.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Pre-theater
    LongtimeOTVIPVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Having been to sister restaurant Caribou Cafe my expectations for ZINC were not sky high. Well, we were bowled over! Great service and exceptional food. They offer a short list of nice specialty cocktails and wines by the glass. The goat cheese & beets and mushrooms were both very good. I thought about the escargots; maybe next time. The skate entree was outstanding and the rack of lamb was good too. Save room for dessert; the nougat and pot de creme were both very good. Try to reserve one of the two tables by the windows looking out onto 11th street. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mixed
    abbe
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Food less outstanding than before. Atmosphere quiet and romantic. Not busy.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rolled The Dice & Won
    Gmen
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The selection of Zinc was a last minute choice when trying to find a place to celebrate my wife's birthday. I could not of asked for a finer meal or service. We were a party of six who all had different entrees, which we quickly were exchanging samples because we all thought we chose the best meal..... Never felt rushed, nor slighted.. The only disappointment was the pressed duck is served only during the week and not on the weekends..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice for conversation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    A good French restaurant. La cassolette d’escargots starter was unusual & tasty. The steak & moule frites (two dishes) were competently prepared, though perhaps not a good test for a restaurant we expected to be amazing. Salad with the steak was a bit overdressed, the larger size of steak was generous (for a smaller appetite; wonderful that they offer two sizes), and "prepared medium" was very much on the rare side. The frites were the thin (a plus) and, again, competently prepared though not the best ever. The tables are close together (in an urban sort of way). Given that the restaurant was nearly full, the noise level was quiet to medium; pleasant for conversation.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Terrific waitstaff.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Great food. Terrific waitstaff. Jamie, our waiter, was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, great staff.
    marleyVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Food was amazing. Quiet and small in a good way. Tables are a tad tight, but not something overly negative. Business casual attire seems most appropriate, but we stopped here in black-tie gear prior to the symphony and still didn't feel too out of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Evening
    DuckyInPhilly
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Zinc has a nice atmosphere similar to what I experienced in bistros in Paris. It is cozy there isn't much more than dozen tables. Exposed brick walls make the place warm. We took a very European 3 hours for dinner and never felt rushed. The food was very good. It satisfied everything from flavor, presentation, and aroma. Please note, order the calf liver medium towards rare. It will melt in your mouth. From beginning to end, it was a very good experience. The dinner was around $140 before tip. We had a Kir, 2 house wines, appetizers, entrees and a shared dessert. I consider $140 before tip reasonable. So my recommendation. Go and enjoy a little bit of France in Philly. I don't think you will be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experrience
    Gary
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    For a special occasion to enjoy a romantic dining experience or just for a wonderful French meal, I highly recommend Zinc Bistro a Vins. Not only is the chef very talented, but the ambience is perfect as if you were in an intimate Parisian bistro. Excellent choice of wines to complement the French cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great cooking, tasty wine!
    FitlerSquareVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The food was yummy - from the croquette to the mushroom in puff pastry - good, old-fashioned French food very well executed! Entrees were equally delish - hangar steak, with PERFECT fries, piping hot skate wing on gorgeous red cabbage with apples - devine!!! Enjoyed a crisp, dry Muscadet (huge pour!) for less than $10! Too full for dessert; service was attentive. Great food and tasty wine but only 3 stars - why? The lighting is dim, uneven and flat. Our 4 top shared a single, flickering LED votive with no general lighting to speak of. The Sirius channel played an endless string of slow, quiet Christmas carols, seemingly selected to put you to sleep. With only 3 other tables occupied, the room was library quiet. This food deserves better!
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  • Very good
    Barb
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I went there for a celebratory evening. I arrived a half an hour early and Michael the waiter was very accommodating. The good was good, service excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Date Night spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    My husband and I tried this restaurant on Friday night. The food was wonderful! I would love to come back. I was surprised at how quiet and cozy this restaurant was.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recognizable menu!
    jessieVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Finally, a menu that does not assume that every dish has to have an exotic ingredient. My mushroom ragout was excellent.
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  • Nice relaxed dinner
    FancyVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I always have a good meal at Zinc. It's a neighborhood place for me and it doesn't disappoint. I like that many of the entrees come in two sizes. The smaller size is still generous enough and then I'm not wasting food. The service was great--we didn't feel "crowded" or forgotten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate