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Permanently Closed - Le Zinc

3.8
629 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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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Cuisines
French
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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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Catering
Finger-food appetizers may be ordered for pick up.
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Neighborhood
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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
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 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".

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on September 29, 2016

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

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1.0Dined on September 24, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on August 13, 2016

This is a passable place for traditional bistro food.

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1.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2016

The proffered ambience of a French brasserie is pretty much successfully achieved, and without pretense or forceful production. Among the lunch offerings, and my favorite, is the steak tartare. This was the second interview of a musician I've conducted there, and I find the relaxed outdoor setting and friendly service are supportive of my professional purpose.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2016

We have been coming here for years, most often over the last two years while we have lived in Noe. Service has completely gone down the tubes in that time. I know the owner's wife passed so that must be difficult, but perhaps someone else should handle front of house. Waitstaff are also inattentive even when we were one of 2 parties in the whole place. The only saving grace is that the food is still decent. But we won't be back anytime soon.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2016

Our third time there. First was New Year's Eve - service was quick and abrupt, food was great, vibrant scene (NY eve of course). Second was September 2015 - service was basic and lukewarm, food was a mix bag with some dishes truly great and others mediocre. This is our third time there - service was icy cold without any "hello" or welcoming smiles, wine service a disgrace, buser was rough and unrefined, food was mediocre and average. Won't be going back for a while.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

The food and ambience (& service) were wonderful! All 4 of us ordered something different and all 4 were amazing. (Best French Toast EVER!) Patio seating is awesome (indoor is fine too, but outdoor space is quaint, pleasant, pretty, etc) Overall, WONDERFUL food... And ambience... And service... And everything!

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2016

The service was hostile, the environment hostile, the owner and waiter rude, the food terrible.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2016

Pleasantly surprised. Duck was delicious. Squid appetizer was excellent! only 2 squid but worth it. Portion of Duck entree with a pasta very large . Husband had the tuna and said it was very good. Will be back

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Overall lackluster food and somewhat inattentive service. Ambience was good but lackluster food overshadowed it.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

This wonderful neighborhood restaurant never fails to please. The reasonable wine and food prices make it a special treasure in this city of over-priced eateries.

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2016

Not welcoming when we walked in.

Felt as though we were putting them out when we asked for something. The French man should not be in a position where he deals with the public. He was dismissive

The other waiter was polite

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

I've been having lunch here, on the patio, for years. Tonight was my first dinner, obviously it's Noe Valley so we sat on the inside, but dinner was fantastic!!!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2016

There were five of us, three visiting from the Midwest. The staff were welcoming and professional, clear about additions to the menu. We enjoyed Kir Royales, French Onion Soup, mussels and Salade Nicoise--all well prepared and well presented. The price represented good value.
I often come here alone for lunch in the garden. And fairly regularly we enjoy dinner. Just what one wants in a neighborly French restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2016

Excellent steak but they over cooked it. Was definitely medium not medium rare. Mustard vinaigrette delicious. Lovely and quiet. If I hadn't been in a rush I would have asked to redo steak.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2016

The menu was a plane ticket in itself. Tastes and treats that often require a transcontinental trip were conveniently found here and delectable.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Came here on a Saturday night with some out of town visitors. Surprised that we were able to get a last minute reservation for 6 people, and even more surprised how dead the restaurant was. Our waiter (owner?) was a bit cranky. However, the food was delicious and a decent wine list. We didn't get dessert, much to the dismay of our waiter. I'd give this place a shot.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2016

This was our second visit to Le Zinc and we were hoping for a nice relaxing experience. The ambiance is pleasant and the food is average to good, however on this occasion the service was awful. The owner who serves every table was food and overall make our experience a negative one. We won't return.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2016

Lots of flavor. Small, traditional menu. Always tastes great, good place to have the classics. Well-priced compared to other French restaurants.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

I usually love this place, however, the pre-fix menu on Valentine's day was quite disappointing and very expensive. The waiter mixed up our order with our neighbor's order (same exact) so my steak was overdone as opposed to medium done. Additionally being forced to eat dessert was somewhat acceptable but there was only one option; so we both had to eat the same dessert. It came out to a pricey dinner and not really worth the quality.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2016

I had the lamb sandwich and fries and my husband had the smoked salmon salad. Both were very delicious. I'm still thinking aboutthelamb sandwich. They have a small patio in the back and on a sunny day, it's a lovely place to linger.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2016

We went there for my daughter 's 17th birthday because she wanted to try French food. The foodie grandparents from Marin also came. They loved the food and so did we. Great service and a lovely quiet little spot. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2015

The staff was very attentive, the food was delicious and the place was very pleasant. We very much enjoyed our family holiday dinner. The food was prepared with care and presented with distinction. It all tasted just like France!

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4.0Dined on December 11, 2015

We have been there many times and have never been disappointed .http://www.opentable.com/start/home

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2015

We both had the spicy lamb sandwich and fries. Both were very delicious.

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2.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Le Zinc is a convenient option if you are already in the neighborhood. Service was courteous and prompt to take our order. I would have liked the server to check in and see if we needed anything during the meal. The portions we generous, although the duck and steak we ordered could have been prepared better as both we really chewy.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2015

Le Zinc offers a unique dining experience for those who favor French bistros - from cheeses to the omelets to the wicker seating, this place is the real deal. They have a $19 prixe-fixe lunch with multiple courses that should satisfy the hungriest American (portions of all dishes are quite generous). For those with smaller appetites, there is a wide selection of soups, salads, crepes, and omelets. All dishes seem to be accompanied by delicious fresh baguette slices.

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3.0Dined on October 30, 2015

One of our favorite go to places in Noe Valley. Food consistently good and a wonderful value when ordering the pre fixe.

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