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Zinda New Asian
Zinda New Asian

Zinda New Asian Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://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 WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food with a very friendly, helpful wait staff. Pleasant, modern ambiance."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Best kimchee I've had in the states. I can't wait to go back."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My food was terrible and while our server was nice, the service itself was slow. "
    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. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Unique flavors packed in artful presentations. 5-Spice calamari, Cumin lamb, & red curry were excellent. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "very nice all around. great food, great service and great wine!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    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