Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zincabq.com/
  • Phone: 5052549462x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Weekend Brunch
    Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner
    Monday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Cellar Bar
    Tuesday-Saturday 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Sunday & Monday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Pope
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Taste Boutique Catering is a joint catering arm of Zinc and sister restaurants Seasons Rotisserie & Grill and Savoy Bar & Grill.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private balcony area that seats up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Kaleene Keeley 5052549462x
  • Entertainment: Live jazz and blues in the intimate Cellar Bar every Tuesday from 8pm to 11pm and every Thursday and Saturday from 9:30pm - 12:30am. A DJ spins in the Cellar on Friday nights from 8:30pm to 12:30am. Sunday Brunch features live music from 11am to 2pm in the main dining room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Girard
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: We have street parking, night parking in the lots across the street and a private lot at 116 Dartmouth SE for overflow.
A word from Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
Zinc is a lively three level bistro in Historic Nob Hill. Featuring an open, urban ambiance, Zinc offers casual fine dining on the main level and the loft mezzanine. For those looking for an exciting show, the exhibition bar offers seats right along the open kitchen. The menu focuses on high quality - yet affordable - American bistro fare and utilizes seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from local farmers. The Cellar Bar offers the same extensive wine list and premium cocktails as the upstairs, but in a more intimate lounge atmosphere with a lighter menu. The Cellar also showcases live music on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, and a DJ every Friday. Visit www.zincabq.com for menus, pictures, and upcoming events!
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Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)special occasion (27)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (16)vibrant bar scene (12)good for groups (10)late-night find (9)hot spot (9)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Jimbo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent food and superb service! The menu is always innovative and the wait staff is both attentive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in Nob Hill
    jinfanti
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Zinc is one of my favorite go-to restaurants in Albuquerque. I love the ambiance and ever-changing menu tailored to what ingredients are in season. My last visit wasn't the best, bread was stale, the items we ordered were ok (I think the cut of beef I was served was not what I ordered), but I've been many other times before so know this was an "off" night and that I'll go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We saved the best for last
    Suetravels
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Best restaurant to end week in Santa Fe/Albuquerque area. Brand new fall menu treated us to Meatball minestrone, spicy and tasty; then a Tuscan chicken with roasted cauliflower that was lick the platter clean good. My guest had the roasted lamb that was cooked perfectly and again, like the platter clean good. The staff was friendly, the service great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience!
    JerseygirlVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dining at Zinc was a wonderful experience! It was not just a great meal, but we throughly enjoyed sitting above the kitchen and watching the masterful chefs in the kitchen prepare all the food. We really enjoyed both appetizers that we had, the Smoked Trout and Potato Pancakes and the Crispy Duck Confit Egg rolls. We especially liked the fact that they had two different size portions so we did not feel like we over ordered and were able to taste the things we wanted. Both the Lamb and the Pan Seared Hamachi lived up to our expectations. We shared the desert of the night and that was equally as fabulous. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jimbo
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Wonderful food and service but what is with the "We don't write seperate tickets so everyone in the party needs to bring cash?" thing??? This policy does not match the otherwise high standards of this establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    CWickVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    On a return visit to Albuquerque after 3 years our first dinner had to be at Zinc. Service is as wonderful as the food and presentation. The ahi tuna appetizer was perfection. We will definitely return during our remaining 5 days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    georgiaonmymind
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Zinc has good food and knowledgeable waiters. We look forward to our trips here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Made our wedding dinner wonderful
    JackM
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Actually not "our" wedding, but our daughter's. We came to Albuquerque not knowing the area's restaraunts at all. Open Table's description was exactly what we encountered at Zinc! The entire party really enjoyed the dinner and atmosphere. We made sure to speak to our hotel's managers about this restaraunt's high quality.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • classy
    abqfoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Classy place, top notch service, well trained staff and very attentive. Food was phenomenal - creative, delicious flavors, decent prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner!
    farmhousegirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We hadn't been to Zinc before, but I picked it based on their online menu and their wine list. We weren't disappointed. My husband agreed it was one of the better restaurants we've been to in ABQ. I have a number of food allergies, and our waiter, who was very helpful and accommodating, suggested some substitutions for me for the things I couldn't have. I really liked the fact that you can order 3-oz (half-glasses) of wines to try. We had a wonderful dinner and would definitely go again next time we're in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mickey
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We enjoy Zinc very much. Service was attentive. It was not crowded so not noisy. We were a tiny but disappointed with the fish special--it was dry. We asked for more sauce and that made a lot of difference. Our favorite duck egg rolls were a bit overlooked and are getting smaller and smaller. Still one of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary experience
    ScottBenjamin
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The best food and service in Albuquerque! Quality of preparation and presentation is first class. The best dining experience for several months. Do not miss this!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mickey
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a very nice evening with another couple. Food was very good. Service was attentive. A little noisy but nothing out of the ordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    insearchofquality
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The prices are a bit high, but the food is exceptional. Our waiter, Brain, was friendly, knowledgably and made our experience that much more enjoyable. As the dining room becomes busy the noise level gets quite high, but still a very nice place to have dinner. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Think zinc
    DiningdelightVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Energetic restaurant for groups. Food good one course and completely lacking in the next. Waitstaff were adequate. Beware parking is a challenge. No close by parking
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Father's Day Treat
    EclecticDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We dined here on the evening of Father's day, and were very pleased. Service was attentive, wine list is extensive and affordable, and menu choices interesting, imaginative, and varied. We had the beef bourguignon ravioli, which was delicious. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An ABQ gem!
    ForeverFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    For the appetizer, I ordered the Roasted Tomato and Cheese Tart. One word best describes this dish: fresh! The tomatoes and greens in this dish tasted so fresh one would think they were just picked from the garden. Truly outstanding! For the main course, I ordered the swordfish special. It came with an attractive pink sauce, garden greens, one large panko-crusted shrimp, and small red onions scattered around the plate. All of the items on the plate complemented one another very well. For dessert, I had three chocolate truffles. The truffles varied nicely in their consistency and chocolate flavor and this was a perfect end to the meal. The service was pleasant, fast, and efficient. An excellent meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 235 reviews are from the Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro reviews archive.
  • Dont look for anything exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I spent the evening with my wife of 25 years at Zinc. Thank goodness my relationship hasn't deteriorated like Zinc. The place is ready for that TV show Restaurant Impossible. Food is not 4-5 star as it once was, Service was left to be completely desired, and the ambiance was dusty, grimy and worn. Have the owners of Zinc completely given up on getting anything done right? I have visited Zinc three times in the past six months as it was once a weekly haunt when I lived in Albuquerque, and during each of those visits the whole energy of the place is less and less of what one would expect for the caliber of this once "top shelf" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiter in training
    kittenkitten
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It seemed that our waiter was nervous. He did not tell us all the specials. He had to refer to his notes every time we asked a question. He was attentive. The food was very good. I was not impressed with the wine flight. East, West, South???
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner
    Jimbo
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    wonderful duck confit egg rolls and great, attentive service. Noise was a bit loud but not uncomfortable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grad dinner
    ohiogirl86
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Came here for a graduation dinner. Waitress was great and very gracious and knowledgable about a food allergy someone in our party has.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to eat...
    TxFoodieGal
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We went for a romantic evening out. Tables were too close, noise level too loud but food was good & service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and innovative menu
    Kayakwoman
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We were out of towners, passing through Albuquerque on our way home from a vacation. Too often, we've settled for the well known chains for the last dinner out. This evening we wanted to end on a high note, so chose Zinc. We were delighted! The menu is innovative, the ambience relaxed (hurray for no loud music that you can't talk over!), the service friendly and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something for everyone.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our family of four went to Zinc for an adult's birthday dinner. They had something for the 12 year old, 20 year old and two parents. One of us is gluten and mostly dairy free and, as always, Zinc was able to accommodate the dietary restrictions with top notch food and not a poor substitute. We consider ourselves fortunate to live nearby to this fantastic restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    Foodiegal
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Zinc is always a great place to go. I was there Sunday evening with my husband and another couple. The service was excellent! We ordered appetizers, entrees and all split a dessert. The food was delicious! My friend and I both had wine, while the men had a bourbon. We spent a very enjoyable evening there and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good University area eats
    nordicaVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    ZINC has been around for years, but continues to offer solid 'American' bistro style food. Good cocktails and a fun bar downstairs round out the experience.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent, and wait
    BobG
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was excellent, and wait staff were attentive. Noise level, however made conversation difficult.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good choice
    rcpilot
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Last minute pick, close to our hotel. Did not mess with the music club/bar in the cellar. Excellent, all around. Not cheap, but not outrageous. The prix-fixe deal was perfect. Smaller serving appetizer and main, with killer dessert. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We went there for my birthday, wife & 2 sons. Normally we go to the Mediterranean-type restaurant down the street but wanted to do something different. We'd been to Zinc in the past but it's not our usual choice. Due to possible scheduling issues with the adult sons we decided to go early, 5:30, for dinner and did an Open Table request at the last minute. Service was great and food very good but not perfect. Still, we'll gladly go back. Zinc is in our general neighborhood and we like to patronize places like that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nob Hill favorite
    Plikes2eatVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food always good and consistent. Chef's table always a good experience
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good evening
    Drygulch
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Appetizers and entrees providec a varies selection and good quality. A refewshing change from the many pedestrian restaurants in Albuquerque. Food ambience as well. Top of our list when we go to albuquerque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food... wonderful portions,,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food... wonderful portions,, Attentive service... Did restaurant week...Great price...great food....great service. Went to others during restaurant week. This was by far the best of the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice for restaurant week
    Nmannie
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Loved the idea of the tasting menu for $30. Turns out they always offer a tasting menu for just a few dollars more. That alone would bring us back. But with the enthusiastic service, wonderful food, and lovely surroundings, we would go back even without that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for dinner
    lsnm
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Don't forget your parking money. Arriving after 6 pm means the City of Albuquerque will allow your vehicle to remain on their streets, but before 6, you need to pay for metered parking. I really liked the scallops, but the menu had other choices I'd probably like too. Nice place to meet, talk, enjoy a slightly overpriced, but very well prepared meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and value
    Robinson
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The restaurant is great and was quite busy for a Sunday evening. It is a bit noisy when full. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attention to Details
    rezadent
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Three times, and each time it's been good, all good. Despite what had to be a hugely busy weekend, the chefs performed with steadiness and commitment to plating great food. Desserts spot one, as were our drinks. Staff attentive, but not obtrusive. Thanks, Z Bistro, for a great night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It has a certain spark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have never been disappointed here. Food is well executed, wait staff is always accommodating and the atmosphere is a perfect mix of neighborhood hangout and also a special occasion destination
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    new2nm
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Got a reservation for two easily on a Friday early evening. We had a great server that explained the menu and specials. Sat upstairs and had a view of the entire place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WONDERFUL
    Abo55
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    THE EXPERIENCE AT ZINC WINE BAR AND BISTRO WA A WONDERFUL FOR ALL OF OUR FAMILY. THE FOOD WAS GREAT ND THE SERVICE OUTSTANDING!!! PERFECT PLACE TO GO BEFORE A CONCERT AT MANY VENUES IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA!!! THANKS FOR A GREAT TIME!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful wine and wagyu
    Shmoe723
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    All in all, the food, the service, the wine (a full bar is available as well) were wonderful. Our only complaint was the noise. The restaurant is quite loud. This could be purely that it was a Friday night and we arrived with an hour to go in happy hour (5-7) We went downstairs after dinner to the cellar bar. also loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.