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Zins Restaurant
Zins Restaurant

Zins Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zinsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (319) 363-9467
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Nate Jiroutek
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Zins Catering brings the Zins experience to you! Although we specialize in small plates, we adapt our skills to your specific requirements. If you desire, we are fully licensed to serve a full array of alcoholic beverages in typical Zins fashion. Allow us to provide an event as dressed-up or dressed-down as you need. We can deliver whatever amount of service you wish, from full, formal service to drop-off/pick-up or anything in between. Our professional “Hospitalitarians” are ready to plan and deliver the perfect event!
  • Private Party Facilities: Zins has two distinctive private areas. Consider the Chef’s Table, with its private view into the kitchen for parties up to 14. The Ruffalo Room is perfect for groups up to 24 and is even designed to accommodate projection requirements. If you wish, we can even provide personalized menus of both food and beverage for you and your guests. We love helping make you look good!
  • Private Party Contact: Mr. Chris Miller (319) 363-9467

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Third St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Zins proudly offers complimentary valet parking for all of our dinner guests. The four dollar charge made upon arrival is refunded entirely from your final tab. On-street parking is available during lunch and brunch.
A word from Zins Restaurant
Zins design is warm, welcoming, sophisticated. Stylishly located downtown in the historic Ely Building, we bring you quality and creative food, different yet familiar, via the small-plates concept. Select from our menus: Nibble, Begin, Reminisce, Experience and Indulge. Share if you wish, but you’ll have fun with the many tastes available (or consider the “Big Plate” item). Equally important is our commitment to beverages. Our state-of-the-art wine dispensing equipment allows us to offer twenty wines-by-the-glass. Our bottled-wine list is value-laden. Our beer list is compact but clever. Our mixologists enjoy crafting your drink, creative or classic, every bit as much as our culinary staff enjoys preparing your food. Through it all winds a culture of professional hospitality. Hired for attitude as well as aptitude, the Zins team takes pleasure from your pleasure. Training to crisp service standards enables us to focus on your individual needs. Have fun with us at Zins!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We have eaten in London, Paris, Cannes, Alaska, Chicago!!!! you get the picture, this experience was pretty unbelievable, poor waiter was running (literally) around madly, after 10 minutes got to our table, thanked us for coming, did not enquire if we would like a beverage, we chose our entrees, left hungry and not impressed with the quality or quantity served, waiter apologized at least 5 times for delays, asked if we would like a complimentary dessert we said we would, Oh Well! so much for that, he returned with two tokens for future use as they could not get these to us in the five minutes we had left in our time frame, going to the theatre. We arrived at Zins at 12-50pm and left at 2-15pm, you could not plan anything worse if you tried."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We tried several different items and everyone was satisfied with their choices. Food was fresh and well prepared. The chocolate bread pudding was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Zins is THE destination for Daddy-Daughter date night as my daughter likes the finer things in life. Every detail is covered with elegance. The food is outstanding. That said, don't go if you have a large appetite; this is Tapas (small plate) and even their "large plate" entrees are moderately sized, but excellent as well. This place is all about quality (not quantity) and atmosphere. A must for the ladies in your life you're trying to impress or quietly say "I love you"."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Has valet service. Advertise gluten free bread but were out. Several excellent gluten free options on menu. Good choice for conversational dining. Service does not match restaurant quality. Have tried it twice and service was lacking in same areas from two different servers. Possibly management/training problem? Had better high quality servers across the street at white star ale house by far."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This isn't the first time I've eaten at Zins. I like to support local restaurants but this Brunch with two other friends took nearly 2.5 hrs! We had to wait for 1/2 before ever taking our order. Then we watched our cocktails sit at the bar for nearly 15 mins before we finally asked another waiter to bring them to us. We were served our two first tappas (from a total of 3 ordered by each person) and then our third items never came. We asked the waitress (when we could track her down) about the food and she was clueless. We finally had to ask for checks because we were trying to get to a matinee play and then that took another 20 mins. I saw the manager in the restaurant but he never came to our table nor any others. Zins = slow srvc!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "From the moment you enter Zins you feel at home. All the staff is very attentive, but not bothersome. Great food, well presented."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our first experience at ZINS and it was wonderful...we loved the brunch menu."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Excellent meal. Started with the scallops and mushroom bisque. Both very good. The lamp chops were excellent and I loved the steak de burgo. Will definitely eat here again when I'm passing thru town"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food. Expectations were set up front. Remember this is tapas style, tasting plates, not stuff your face. Cheeses were awesome, blade steak was better than expected and the lamb was excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was great, our server wasn't very attentive we had never been and knew it was a small plate dinner and she didn't explain anything were as the waiter next to us was very friendly and explained the menu! we felt she kind of forgot about us took her forever to bring us drinks!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything about our first time at Zins was excellent. The only flaw was we were seated at a two-person table between two other tables that were already occupied. When others came in who were also only a pair but were a couple, they were seated at a four person table. I would have preferred to not have been seated between two other tables where they could hear our conversation no matter how quiet we were. There certainly were enough tables open the entire time we were there. If it would have been busy, I would understand, but it was never busy enough to not seat us so close to other tables. The pineapple upside down cake with the ginger whipped cream was amazing, not like any other we have ever tasted before. All was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "First time ever going to Zins and I would go back many times over!! The food is wonderful, the service exceptional!! Our waitress, Britt S., was very entergetic, friendly and knew the menu inside and out!! A little pricey, but well worth it!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner at Zins for my birthday on July 3, 2014. The food, ambiance and everything else is excellent. I will never get tired coming back to Zins."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were at Zin's for a dinner with wine pairings. The food was superb as always, and the wines were well chosen. We will certainly go again!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "While our waiter tried hard to please, it was clear he was new and didn't know the menu or wine list very well. He was friendly without being intruistuve. The menu was varied and well prepared, except for the lamb which was undercooked. The camari was excellent as was the scallops with bacon. All in all a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We absolutely loved this restaurant. The food was outstanding and the service was also. If we lived in Cedar Rapids we would enjoy coming to this restaurant many times a year."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We chose Zins for something new for our anniversary dinner. It was a great all around pick."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "One of the few really good restaurants in the corridor, keep it up!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service and food were excellent and the atmosphere is wonderful for quiet conversation. Our server was extremely helpful and never interrupted us. The small plates allowed each of us to get a sample of every dish. Would highly recommend this place to anyone for any occasion."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Sadly, over the years this place has gone from excellent to above average, but for Cedar Rapids it is a good place."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The staff at Zins created a great experience. The food was very good and the moderately priced wines were outstanding. Thanks "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Such a good place to eat! Went on a date there! Love it "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Your food is always excellent. We loved the singer. However, the last 2 times that we have dined at Zin's before a Theatre Cedar Rapids and a Paramount production, we were almost late to the show. We have had reservations for 5:30 and 5:15 and do not get out of Zin's until 7:10 for a 7:30 show. We have been served free soup and coupons for free desserts for the delays, but being almost late is very stressful. There must be some kind of problem in the kitchen preparation area."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "It is such an elegant place and the food is superb! I am going back every week for brunch!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Nice place!! We would go there again. The food was surprisingly decent although they don't know how to crisp up a lardon."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Have not been then for a while - the high standard has been maintained, and I liked the new menu. Food great, service great, ambiance great and the menu has improved. Fabulous"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This was my first brunch, and was probably my second favorite dining experience here. After visiting the night before for late-night drinks and dessert, the cocktail selection and mini-muffins were much appreciated. Unique combinations of breakfast staples made for too many good choices. The breakfast BLT is highly recommended, along with the locally-sourced omelet. Pricing was excellent, as ever, and the tapas style meant that you could try everything and still not walk away too full. This is a restaurant for both today and the future. Service was excellent as well. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We made our reservation for 9 at 7:30 in the morning using Open table for a dining time of 10:45. We had the best table in the house, outstanding services, excellent flavors and much bigger small plate portions than expected!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "If you are looking for a nice restaurant in Cedar Rapids, IA to take your spouse, I recommend you give Zins a try. The service was great, the food was good, and I found the ambiance just right to have a romantic night out with your honey."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We went early evening on a Friday. Plenty of seating. Greeted right away. Wine was great, enjoyed the frites and cheese plate with our party of four to start. We shared two plates of crab cakes, and likely only needed one plate. Three in our party raved about the kale salad, the mushroom bisque was a bit salty, the duck was a new experience for one and enjoyable. Another in our party had the salmon, which we were told was 4oz, but was much, much smaller. We enjoyed the experience of ordering a little food at a time, tasting lots of offerings. We ended our evening with the chocolate bread pudding, which was perfect for the four of us to share to get just enough of a taste. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I ate at zins for an anniversary and both loved it. Our waitress was very helpful and friendly. The food was very delicious and surprisingly very fair priced! "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "During our family visit we took advantage of the opportunity to visit a few restaurants around the area including Zins. Our experience at this restaurant was good, the food was excellent and the pricing was good. The service could improve to more on top of the guest's needs."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We celebrated our 45th Anniversary at Zins because there is always great service, great food and great wine. What more could we want? Recommend dining on non-theater nights if you want a leisurely dinning experience and even on theater nights when you have an early reservation to avoid the rush for show time. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "One if the best restaurants we have eaten at in a look time. We enjoyed the entire experience . . .the ambiance, the small plates, and the fabulous chocolate brioche bread pudding. We will definitely visit the next time we are in town!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We love Zins because the room is lively but not so loud that we can't EASILY converse with our guests and companions. The menu changes constantly and there's always something new and enticing to try. Currently, the shrimp salad, Steak DeBurgo, and Shepherd's Pie are my favorites. The wine list is imaginative, diverse and AFFORDABLE! This is my favorite place in Iowa. Been dining there for YEARS now."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had an excellent date night. Shouldn't have ordered the second cocktail......"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Zins was absolutely wonderful. We can't wait to visit again!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was ok, service was somewhat lacking and we had made a special request which did not come off as planned. They did comp us for the error which was good. Still probably one of the best in Cedar Rapids...."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Zin's Restaurant is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Awesome small plates..nothing short of shocking in the middle of no where type of place"
    Dined on 4/8/2014