Zinda New Asian
Zinda New Asian

Zinda New Asian

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://zindaraleigh.com/
  • Phone: 9198250995x
  • 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, Thai, Asian
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you’re celebrating a great first quarter or a birthday, Zinda’s Downtown Raleigh event planning specialists are here to help make your event spectacular.

    Contact us for more information
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Cates 919-825-0995x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Martin St.
  • Public Transit: http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/_files/docs/final_rline_map.pdf

    We're close to stop R16
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is street parking and several parking decks within walking distance.
A word from Zinda New Asian
Opened in 2012, Zinda continues to offer one of the most unique restaurant experiences in Downtown Raleigh. With an upscale atmosphere evoking the feel of a New York City or Los Angeles bar, Zinda is full of architectural designs, interiors, and decorative elements inspired by the Far East.
Of course, this only serves to complement the crowning jewel of our restaurant — a diverse menu featuring a variety of traditional Asian dishes crafted with fresh, authentic ingredients, and flavored to perfection to provide a meal guests won’t soon forget.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Zinda New Asian reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)good for groups (18)special occasion (17)late-night find (11)neighborhood gem (11)romantic (11)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Food & Drinks
    love2eat
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was incredible. We had a party of 8 people, so we ordered 2 of everything on the dim sum (Thursday night special) menu to start. Pot Stickers were spicy, but good (dipping sauce incredible). Chicken Satay was good, peanut sauce was spicier than expected but good. Pork Belly buns were good, cucumber gave them an interesting crunch. Crab rangoons were good - nothing out of the ordinary really. We ordered beef lettuce cups, which were to die for, a lamb entree - which was spicy too and super tasty, "Shaky beef" which was also very well prepared and tasty, chicken pad thai which was a large portion and good, and calamari. ALL of the food was incredible. Wouldn't get calamari again, too greasy for my taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First but not last
    RaleighGirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first experience dining at Zinda. It was my husband's Birthday and I wanted to treat him to an evening Downtown including a great dinner. Zinda was all we hoped for! The service was wonderful and the food was delicious! Ther treated him to a delicious dessert for the special occasion. We will definitely make this one of our go to restaurants when we can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just not for me
    Cinemaholic
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Let me start off by saying that the staff at Zinda were exceptional, especially our server, Josh. Unfortunately, for my party, the food and drinks were hit and miss. Out of almost a dozen different menu items ordered, only a few were enjoyed by everyone. And, out of four different drinks, only two were made correctly. While I was disappointed, don't let this review keep you from going there. If you enjoy spicy food or curry, this may be the place for you. It just wasn't my cup of tea...BTW, they have a great assortment of teas, and their steamed buns are great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food - so so staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food here was awesome. We loved every bite. However, our server was a bit "flaky", shall we say. He did a decent job but was constantly running back and forth forgetting things. And, the worst part was... we chose Zinda because my wife had won a downtown Raleigh alliance gift card. Wait, that's not the bad part. The bad part was the fact that the server and seemingly no one else on staff could figure out how to run the gift card. So, we went there expecting to spend $50 less that we did. I guess the good part is that the food was good enough that we'll go back. But I can guarantee you it won't be with a gift card that they can't seem to understand how to run for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find
    foundit
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food, reasonably priced, and good service. It doesn't get much better than that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT! A CUT ABOVE!!
    Greg
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    NOT more of the same old blah, blah food that you get at most places! Very tasty, good quality food. This is a place I would recommend to friends. You can tell by the service that the staff really cares about your dining experience! I even got a call a few hours confirming my reservations and the host wanted to know if it was a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lisa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we had a good time celebrating a special birthday, but the service really needed to be stepped up
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way Different Hot Spot in Raleigh
    Professore
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wow. It looked good on line, but was even better in person. This place says "Fusion" with a capital "S". Try the buns - not dim sum, and even better. Everything we ordered was excellent. Stupendous vibe ( though it turns nightclub ya later in the evening on weekends), fab service. Oh, and eve the drinks were different . . . And great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Delicious, delicious food. The eggplant is amazing. Had great service. The waiter was a complete gentleman and took great care of us. Could have done without two tables of kids screaming nearby, but I think that was because we were getting an early dinner on July 4th.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 134 reviews are from the Zinda New Asian reviews archive.
  • Special place
    webb264
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent food with a very friendly, helpful wait staff. Pleasant, modern ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe!
    foodenthusiast
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our foursome arrived at 6:30 pm (w/reservations) and welcomed by two friendly hostesses. Place was empty...clearly we were early diners! We decided to have drinks at the bar. Bartender was friendly. Eventually made our way to our table where we were greeted by our server, Katherine. She was excited to hear we were first-timers and when asked, was more than happy to make appetizer and entree recommendations. I got the red curry w/chicken and enjoyed every bite (thank you, Katherine!). By the time we left (around 8:30 ish), the place was hopping. Noise level is pretty high but we had no problem hearing one another. I really loved the atmosphere and decor. Overall, was a positively memorable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd time and I'm in love.
    Phil
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Best kimchee I've had in the states. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice Asian mix menu
    MikeRebecca
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Carrot Ginger soup was fantastic as was the Palak Paneer. Recommend sticking to several appetizers. Main dishes appears large but very little meat to speak of. Blended with vegetables and side of rice to make it more filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorable Noodle dishes
    LisaS
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was tasty and pleasing to the eye but the noodle dishes lack sufficient meat/poultry/seafood portions relative to the noodles portion size. Added more meat/poultry/seafood would really elevate these dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    RepeaterVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Had a lovely meal eating at bar and enjoyed chatting with bartender as well as another couple at the bar. Enjoyed several appetizers which were all very good (a bit spicy but very tasty) as well as enjoying the bartender's Zen Fiz and Manhattan. Service was very good. Lovely and unique decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Timer...
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our first time at this place, and we absolutely loved it! The food was great, and our waitress was awesome! We will definitely be going back to this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not coming back
    katipllar
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My food was terrible and while our server was nice, the service itself was slow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    jesus4grace
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was my first time dining at Zinda and the food was excellent. The presentation was colorful and food was flavorful. Our waitress made great food suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting and a good find
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Innovative menu from different Asian cuisines are in one. Service was excellent and professional. Very innovative atmosphere. Can get fairly loud but very well done. Overall a great new find in downtown Raleigh
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We ordered from the Triangle Restaurant Week menu. Our appetizers were amazing, but both of our entrees were just ok. The mango steak was underwhelming, lacked some flavor overall, while the lamb had too much of something (ginger?). I love lamb, and would have appreciated tasting more of the meat instead of just seasoning. The desserts were pretty good as well, the S'more was the better of our two.
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  • great lunch options
    letseat
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Came for triangle restaurant week with a few friends (a few with gluten allergy, dairy intolerance, other food limitations). This was one of the few restaurant where all of us could get something to eat. Took a look at the non-restaurant week lunch menu as well and was tempted to get their 3 course $11 lunch instead. The food was delicious and filling. Definitely recommend and will likely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2run
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We tried Zinda during restaurant week so had a very limited menu to choose from. The food was very good, but small portions given for the restaurant week menu tasting. Very authentic, creative food, Asian fusion at its finest. The ambiance is amazing, beautiful lighting and seating...very upscale/South Beach type vibe. Fun spot for friends getting together!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Unique flavors packed in artful presentations. 5-Spice calamari, Cumin lamb, & red curry were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zinda is zesty!
    DaveG
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great dining experience. From the moment we arrived until we left, we were in awe of how fantastic the service was! The food was delicious. If you choose to go there, try the samosas and the butter chicken. Excellent! Also, ask for Deanna; her service skills are impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vibe/Atmosphere
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were immediately drawn to the lighting and the white decor when we walked in. Fun menu. All of our dishes were delicious. Had fun choosing different teas from the extensive menu. Waiter was awesome and described each dish perfectly. Heard the menu also changes so we will be back to try some new stuff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Asian Bistro in town
    2foodiesVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This was our first visit to Zinda and won't be our last! We loved everything about this restaurant, especially the food and service. Catherine was prompt and attentive to our every need. Not only is the food great, the prices are very reasonable. We both enjoyed the Hot & Sour soup and House Salad. Then we opted for the Sichuan Flank Steak and Duck Confit with Rice Noodles and Steamed Bean Sprouts. Everything was excellently prepared and portions were generous. We can't wait to try some of the other Asian dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great atmosphere
    great
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    very nice all around. great food, great service and great wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly Recommended!!
    lennyr77
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I have eaten at Zinda several times since they opened, both for lunch and dinner. I've yet to be disappointed at any level. The staff is courteous and attentive, and the food is phenomenal. If you've not yet been, you're missing out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It rocks!
    GreatNo1
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food is great! The service is great! Music was not to loud which makes it easy to converse with your friends! Ambiance was perfect for the night dinner.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite place!
    cjchris
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pan-Asian menu. There
    NeuroMitchVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for Special Occasions
    kikirabit3711
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Asian
    BillnBeth
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Swanky
    rossnc
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Asian Food
    4fordinner
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and classy!
    MissE
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Love the look, the architecture/design of the place. But the food is amazing, different variety and everything we ordered was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Chris
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for Valentine's Day and was our first visit. Great food and very nice restaurant. Highly recommend for a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Pan-Asian Flavors, Chic Place
    durhamite
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was pleasantly surprised by
    Elle
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.