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Permanently Closed - Le Zinc

629 reviews
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$30 and under
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Le Zinc is a French bistro in San Francisco that has served brunch and dinner for over 15 years to hungry diners. The casual atmosphere is quaint and perfect for groups of friends or families. Wine and food options and paired very well so that your meal is perfectly in harmony at Le Zinc.

Diners often flock to Le Zinc for the special holiday prix fixe menus, which include camembert truffle oil served over mixed greens, steak frites served with a white wine and shallot sauce and Trinity cream for dessert. Enjoy foie gras, crepes and other classic French fare at Le Zinc.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Tapas Menu: Sunday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 647-9400
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Max Braud
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Private party facilities
Restaurant dining room & garden patio may be rented for private parties with customized menu.
Sections of the dining room may be reserved for large parties from 8 to 24 people.
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Private party contact
Diana Barrand: (415) 647-9400
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Finger-food appetizers may be ordered for pick up.
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Cross street
Castro & Noe
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Parking details
Public parking lot adjacent to restaurant. Free parking after 6pm
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Public transit
J muni line
48 bus
24 bus
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 629 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.8  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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decourseydave (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

Unfortunately this was the final night under the current owner. He has retired after he lost his wife and sold to a french restaurant in Glen Park.
The food was excellent! The only waiter on duty was much too busy without any busboy showing up. He did his best considering, but directed a quip to me that I did not appreciate that "I could complain on YELP".

sfhulagirl (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Food & service was all good. Very good first time impression.

AtotheK (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 29, 2016

The food was fine but the waiter was weird, borderline creepy.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Duck was absolutely terrible. Tasted thawed and reheated. Hope it was an off night for kitchen. Mussels were okay.

GretchenA (London)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2016

French thru and thru. Nice bistro, friendly staff, and food just like you would find in a Paris equivalent. Great wine choices, too.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

Always reliably good. Le Zinc is our favorite for luncheon and dinner get togethers. We were there for dinner last Friday and for lunch again yesterday. A pleasure to dine there.

HowardSF (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

The charming decor at Le Zinc gives the restaurant the feel of a genuine French bistro. Unfortunately, the food doesn't measure up to the same standard. I ordered an appetizer of escargots, which were easily the worst I have ever tasted. I couldn't quite identify what accompanied them, but whatever it was, it was slightly burnt. The main course (a beef bourgignon) was much better, with a hearty rich flavor. However, it was downhill again with the dessert. The creme brule just didn't have the luscious, creamy texture of a first rate custard. The service was attentive and friendly, but at 7:00 pm on a holiday weekend, the waiter only had two tables of dinner guests to occupy his time.

vipGreg (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

This is a passable place for traditional bistro food.

Crab (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

The food was okay BUT the service was terrible and the most surprising thing of all this is.... we were served by the owner of the the restaurant, yes the owner!!! We were 4 friends at this table and we were all under the impression that we were bothering him.... He was sad, angry and unpleasant to us during the whole diner!!! Guys, there plenty of nice french restaurants in the city, This restaurant does'n;t worth the trip.

viprobs (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

The place felt sad and empty, feels like its going out of business. Had to send overcooked steak back - not good for a French restaurant.

vipBrynjo (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

Le Zinc is a traditional, authentic french bistro in midst of SF. Max does a fine job of keeping the cuisine, decor and service loyal to his origins. Traditional items like Beef Bourguignon and Fois Gras a featured on the menu, as are a selection of wines across the price spectrum.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

The restaurant has great ambience but the food was subpar especially for the price they were charging. There was no love in the prep. The service was attentive. Highlight of the meal was the wine flight.

RobertoA (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Really enjoyed dinner here. Great food and good laid back atmosphere. Highly recommend Le Zinc.

vipMacrooster (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Consistently fantastic with authentic French food. Great wine list, beautiful oysters, versatile menu that works for everyone.

Bird (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

Food was very good. Wine list adequate . One major drawback was that the waiter smelled so strongly of cigarettes that it as unpleasant for him to approach the table.