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Zinda New Asian
Zinda New Asian

Zinda New Asian Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://zindaraleigh.com
  • Email: info@zindaraleigh.com
  • Phone: (919) 825-0995
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Tues-Fri 11am-2:30pm
    Dinner Tues-Thur 5pm-10pm
    Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
    Late Night Thur-Sat 10pm-2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Asian, Thai
  • Executive Chef: AJ Faung
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Manares (919) 824-2845

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Martin St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking available on Fayetteville Street. Several parking decks within walking distance. Street parking also available.
A word from Zinda New Asian
Zinda, meaning "Alive" in Hindi, is a New Asian style restaurant combining a variety of tastes and flavors to create exciting dishes that heighten the senses. Our goal is to provide traditional Asian dishes created from deeply rooted recipes, using authentic ingredients. Boasting an inventive menu featuring Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and other Asian cuisines, Zinda offers delicious food flavored to perfection and an atmosphere unlike any other in Raleigh. The restaurant has a variety of dining rooms, two bars, and a beautiful second floor mezzanine that overlooks the first floor dining rooms. Each individual space is unique and filled with beautiful decor, giving you several options to make your dining experience at Zinda unforgettable.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I visited Zinda before a concert, so arrived ahead of the dinner crowed on a Friday (we arrived around 6 and the dining room was empty, but by 7:00 there were at least 6 other couples seated /eating with more arriving when we left at 7:30). I would love to go back when it's later to see how energized the place gets, but I digress. I loved the ambience, the decor, the lighting, and the seating arrangements. My husband and I got three small plates to start--all excellent. We also each ordered an entree, but we weren't as impressed with those. First, the portions were huge, and second, the flavors, while good, didn't match the distinctive characteristics of the small plates, but I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to Zinda for our 3rd anniversary. Not only was the staff amazing but the food and drinks were out of this world! If you like Asian food but want a new take on some of your favorite dishes, then this is the place to go! Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh - it's a great place to celebrate anything and everything."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great pan-Asian menu. There is stuff on the menu for every taste bud and level of tolerance for "hotness" My wife had cumin flavored lamb which was very aromatic; I had a curried soup that was amazing. Highly recommendede"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food for reasonable prices; the menu had dishes from all over Asia. Very spicy. We had Szechuan flank steak and Mahi Vindaloo. Both served as entrees, the beef came with green onions and rice. A few vegetables would have been nice. The Mahi was great and came with rice and green beans. A little Naan would have been a nice touch. We will definitely be back, since we like spicy Asian food. However, we will make sure to order entrees that are a little more balanced than the flank steak."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This modern take on a nightclub-the staff all dress the part-is modern sleek. The beautiful bar has good drinks at a fair price and the bartender was very bright. Everyone recommends the steamed buns, and I do too. My only complaint is that the dishes listed as "hot" are too meek."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were looking for Asian food and was thrilled with Zinda. There was an excellent variety of dinners. The serving sizes were generous so we had leftovers for the next day. Loved our dinning experience and will be back for dinner again. Thanks."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Love the look, the architecture/design of the place. But the food is amazing, different variety and everything we ordered was great!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Went for Valentine's Day and was our first visit. Great food and very nice restaurant. Highly recommend for a date night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went there for Valentine's and they did a great job. Not too crowded. The food was ok, the service was great, and the atmosphere was very romantic. I would recommend this place for a date as it is very comfortable Try the lettuce wraps (excellent) and stay away from the summer rolls (too bitter). Very healthy food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Anticipation: It had good reviews and was easily booked on OpenTable. Ambiance: The restaurant was large and busy at 8pm on a Friday night. Dinner: Great list of wines by the bottle at decent price points. Pork belly steamed buns were incredible with a wonderful variety of flavors. The green curry was SPICY delicious, well complemented by the subtle flavors and textures of the Chow Fun; naan was perfect to mop up the extra curry sauce. The lava cake (on the house for a birthday, thank you), though not liquid-lava-y in the center, was rich in texture and flavor; I only wish they'd served it with vanilla ice cream instead of some whipped cream. All in all, wonderful experience and we'll be happy to return."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Was pleasantly surprised by the food. They also were accomodating when I needed to adjust the arrival time for the reservation. However, when I called to confirm the reservation earlier in the day, I was told they have a list of desserts they offer when it's a special occasion. I told them it was a special occassion, and the person on the phone said she made a note next to the reservation. When we concluded dinner, this was not mentioned, and I didn't want to mention it in front of the person celebrating the special occasion. It would be nice if they had followed through on this."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed it! Great food and presentation, portion sizes, environment, décor, and attentive service staff."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My best friend was blown away instantly as we were escorted to our plush white booth! The water, brought to us in a Zinda labeled carafe was refreshing and we were at liberty to refill as often as possible with it on our table the entire time. Moving on to our fantastic tapas that could have easily been an entree. This chicken was so fantastically tender!! My best friends birthday was so successful! Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about the drinks and the meals, and the ambience is so gorgeous it'll impress most anyone. First date atmosphere, anniversary atmosphere, valentine atmosphere, girls night out atmosphere! We loved it!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Why haven't I been here before?? Why haven't I heard much buzz about this place?? The ambiance: lighting, seating arrangements, bar- are all so perfect for either a romantic night out or a night with friends. The food: to die for! It's a mix of apps to share and small plates to share for dinner. Everything we chose was cooked perfectly (steamed buns, spring rolls, beef lollipops, orange chicken and noodles). And I had a specialty sake drink that was amazing. Next time we go, I have a list of more items I am dying to try! Give this place a shot- I was hooked on Bida Manda, and next night out I'll be here again!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Every trip to an Asian restaurant outside, well, Asia, starts with a good bit of trepidation. The questions are always: Will the food be anything like I've had in my many trips to Asia? Or will it be dumbed down like so much of the standard corner Chinese Restaurant? For Zinda, the answers were YES and NO, respectively. My Maiai Kofta was similar to what I've had in Mumbai. Rich, a bit spicy, and very tasty. Next, I ordered Sichuan Lamb. It was excellent! The lamb was tender, and the chef nailed the spices with the Sichuan pepper and other spices. My girlfriend had "Red Port" with Chinese broccoli; it too was a little sweet like Taiwanees cooking with the fresh vegetables that make Chinese food good. I'll be back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Would like to try it without fixed menu for restaurant week. Calamari was good. Desserts not so great. Cool looking bar and good location."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We tried it out for Triangle Restaurant Week. Dinner was great! Would def go back again. Try the Shrimp with lobster sauce and calamari."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great food experience and wonderful range of Asian cuisines with a pleasant twist on preparation and presentation."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Great drinks (although a little pricey). Loved the food, Decor and the vibe. Service was attentive but not overbearing. I am in love with the Shanghai Noodle Soup!!!! Yes, I will be back...again and again!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Downtown Raleigh in the PNC building. Good bar, Everlasting tea brewing at your table. Good taste and service, Interesting atmosphere, Makes into a nightclub after 10 on weekdays"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Excellent food with unusual preparation. Excellent use of spices and fine international cuisine."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The food is very good with an emphasis on spicy foods from different Asian countries. Everything looks pretty and is tasty. The setting reminds me of a nice restaurant in NYC"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This is the second time we visited Zinda, the first time being with a large group (9+), this time it was just me and my wife. All of the food was excellent, she ordered from the Asian side of the menu, and I ordered from the Indian side. The food is high quality, and has its own twist on traditional dishes. The service was excellent, and the price is reasonable. The two of us got two full meals, with an appetizer, and the total came to around $34. The portion sizes are also good, as my wife did take some leftovers home, and I was full."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Zinda has been one of my favorite culinary experiences in Raleigh to date. Highly recommend! Tried 3 different dishes...all of them we excellent."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We will definitely be back. The food was great and our waiter was polite and attentive. It was a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We liked the variation of different types of Asian foods from around the world."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Loved the place, the food, the service... felt a bit rushed as it was New Years Eve and our table was being turned into part of the club, but all in all, to be expected on New Years Eve. Should have been seated in back room. Great nonetheless"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The atmosphere and food complement each other and create a truly unique dining experience."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I have been trying out a lot of new places over the last 2 years and have had a number of good experiences and a number or OK ones. This was the best place I have been to in two years. I will be back."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We had a great evening with a friend that was visiting. We enjoyed the Lychee Martini and the steamed buns with duck confit!"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "The food was outstanding -- great variety, wonderful flavors, you can tell there's a real chef in the kitchen. The ambience is good. Sit near the front windows if you want a quieter table. It's a shame the service was so apathetic. Our waitress seemed to have no interest in being there and was not a good "front person" for the wonderful menu."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We have eaten at Zinda several times in the past and the food is always very good! Our servor was super busy so he wasn't as attentive as we have had in the past, but overall we had a great night!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The location is fantastic, in the heart of downtown. The service was uncertain about the menu. Which leads to my biggest complaint, where my main reason for reserving that location was a Monday special. The special was 2 people for 35 on their online menu, but when I requested for that menu, they said they are not supporting it. They did offer the lunch special during dinner; however, it was a "pairing special" on the front and the other items on the back didn't count. So we revrerted to the dinner menu. Then the meals themselves were family style, where 2 meals were too much for 2 people, so there were leftovers. The presentation of the dishes were more on the plain side. The interior was nice and modern, a bit loud."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "One of Raleigh's top-echelon attractive, appealing interiors. Wait service is accomodating and friendly. Good menu variety and very reasonable prices. Food could be better, but the ambience is what makes Zinda worth a visit."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We found this restaurant after our first pick (nearby) was jammed on a Saturday night at 8pm. When we got there it was nearly empty so we had no problem getting seated. Service was great early on, and the food was outstanding! Then, as the night went on, the place was packed, literally, around 10PM, and service quality, not surprisingly suffereed a bit. Notwithstanding that, the ambience and overall experience was outstanding! A great find!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Downtown Raleigh now has a number of small plates, small bites, fusion this, fusion that places that sort of blend items together, Zinda is much better than those. Calamari was as well prepared as you will find, noodle dish was great and the service was very attentive. Has a background noise but it is more energy than aggrevation. Worth a trip."
    Dined on 10/11/2013