Cafe Zinc

4.7
121 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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The world of chemistry works on an elemental level. Now experience what happens to your world when the elements work for you. A modern, 40 seat casual dining restaurant - Café Zinc is designed and themed to represent a French bistro setting. Our French pastry Chef prepares a daily assortment of house made pastries and breads for use in the restaurant as well as retail sale.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Daily: 6:30am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(989) 837-6030
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Gordon
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 121 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MH
Chicago
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Zinc is Midland’s best restaurant in my opinion. It has a varied menu with vegetarian/vegan options and the service and ambience are great! Also love their cocktails and extensive wine list. Cheers!

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Indiana
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service!

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LJ
Detroit
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

The interior space is lovely. We sat at a table for two near the windows. For a weekday at 6, these tables were filled, and anyone coming in would sit at the long table (perched high). The service was friendly, attentive, and quick. The appetizers were excellent, as were the entrees. We especially liked the sauces made from vegetables (peas, parsnips), making a summer meal refreshing and tasty. The selection of cocktails are interesting and the one we shared was excellent - both fruity and robust. Wine list was also good. We didn't have beer with the meal, but many good Michigan brews were available. For dessert, you can choose from the bakery case. Homemade breads were interesting. We had a wonderful time there, while visiting Midland. We would go again. On a less hot day, the outdoor patio would be fun. In winter, an indoor fireplace would make it cozy. The excellent service made us feel special.

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SD
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

My sisters and I were visiting Dow Gardens in Midland and decided to try Cafe Zinc for dinner. We were certainly not disappointed! The pineapple margarita made with fresh pineapple was delicious as was the salad with avocado and bacon. We all ordered steak and it was cooked to order and flavorful. Of course you must leave room for dessert! We all ordered something different and we were all more than satisfied. I would happily recommend this restaurant. The only drawback is the noise level can be louder than is pleasant and our particular waiter was less than attentive. All in all a great food experience!

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OT
Northern MI
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Best place to eat in Midland. I always make a point to have breakfast and dinner here. Great service and wonderful food.

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KS
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

This restaurant/cafe has been beautiful and top-notch since it first opened and it never disappoints. Prices are compatible to most fine dining and its always appreciated by out-of-town guests used to delicious and well-presented food. You can eat here at any time of day and it's open every day. Bread and baked goods here are also homemade and yummy!

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A
4.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Only issue was with my meal, which was noodle based. I was asked if I wanted to add chicken or shrimp, so I added shrimp (4 or 5 tasty shrimp came with the meal). However, in the bill the handful of extra shrimp cost nearly as much as the meal.

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BH
2.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

way over priced. menu and service methods haven't changed in years. $38 steak served with thin cut fries only? a side salad for $8, the real disappointment was the one selection of Merlot wine, $18 for a small pour. wouldn't recommend.

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SC
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Amazing Brunch with my Dad for Father's Day. Excellent Service and the Eggs Benedict was the best I've ever had.

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OT
Chicago
3.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Our waitress was super friendly but very slow.
I had a salad, it’s was okay. My husband burger was great and he also loved the French onion soup. Our son didn’t like his salmon burger but that was not fault of the chef. The salmon burger was more salmon salad.

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TN
4.0
Dined on June 5, 2018

Great food. The waitress recommended the special and she was 100% correct. It was wonderful. The only thing that wasn’t perfect was our drinks were very strong and we had to ask for more tonic to dilute them. Otherwise a great experience!

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RT
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

We had a Most Fantastic Breakfast, the Quiche was almost indescribably delicious. The fresh items and attention to a small fruit salad that came with the breakfast offering was very well paired. I enjoy the comfort and room the seating between tables offers, so that conversation and looks can be more easily exchanged. I would think that having frequented the Zinc Cafe for the Last Two Years it would be very hard to find any kind of similar replacement. An Absolute Go To Place.

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Z
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Cafe Zinc is a stylish restaurant with attentive staff and a wonderful kitchen. The steaks were tender and flavorful. The vegetables in this case carrots were fresh and well seasoned. The restaurant is located in the hotel and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an added bonus of a talented pastry chef who turns out delicious baked goods. The key lime tart was particularly noteworthy. Our server was excellent. I would definitely return if in the area again.

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M
Detroit
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

We always stop at Zinc for dinner when we are in Midland. My wife always has the Pappardelle Bolognese which she says is the best she's ever had. My entrees vary but all have been excellent.

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p
Detroit
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We met my husband's mother here on Mother's Day for lunch. She drove in from Traverse City, and us from Davisburg, which made it a good meeting spot. Our service was great, the food was great, and the ambiance just what we were looking for. We all had the Salmon. My husband had the french onion soup that I took a taste of and it was delicious! The soup of the day was something different that we had never heard of "Pear with Gorgonzola". Our waiter brought us out a taster, and it was oh so good! Surprised us all. Mother and I both ordered a cup of it.
I would recommend this establishment, and will go back when again in the area.

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GE
Detroit
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent service, good variety, pleasant atmosphere & great taste!

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c
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

Great breakfast. Cathy great waitress.

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DT
Tampa
5.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

We're back for the spring/summer season, and Cafe Zinc is our favorite place in the area. We couldn't wait to get back to celebrate my birthday. Of course we weren't disappointed, though we were sad that Ruben was no longer on the menu. We both couldn't wait to have their fabulous bread again. Our favorite is the 9 (or 12) grain bread, though the French is also tasty. We both had the Manhattan Clam Chowder, one of my favorites, which you don't find it very often in the Midwest. It was wonderful with plenty of clams. I had the Mideastern plate with falafels, salad, beets, a paste and a garlic spread. Very yummy. Bob had the brisket sandwich with a salad. He really enjoyed it, but was missing the Ruben. The side salad that comes with the sandwiches is almost a meal in itself. Even the tea was special, in taste and presentation. Because it was my birthday I had the tripe mouse cake... beyond yummy. Bob had the blueberry tartlet, also fabulous. Can't wait for our next visit, perhaps brunch. Definitely worthy of a road trip if your not nearby. We're luckily 30 minutes away during the summer. Any closer and we'd be here every day!

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JC
4.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO HAVE LUNCH OUTSIDE EXCEPT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION GOING ON AT THE m-20 BRIDGE AND THE COURTHOUSE! DUST AND DIRT ROLLING IN.

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G
5.0
Dined on April 19, 2018

We both enjoyed the Quiche. It was a fun time for us to catch up with each other. Cafe Zinc is my favorite lunch spot‼️

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LM
5.0
Dined on April 13, 2018

Appreciated online reservation - got exactly what we asked for.

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DN
Northern MI
5.0
Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent food and service. My steak and my wife’s scallop were cooked perfectly. Our “go to” place in Midland for a nice dinner date.

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PS
4.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

My husband and I made reservations for Easter lunch. I wish there had been some "special" food items for Easter rather than just the regular menu. It was nice that the breakfast service was extended to accommodate the "brunch" hour. My husband enjoyed his breakfast and my quesadilla was also good.

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P
Detroit
3.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

I made our reservation for Easter lunch one month in advance. Although we planned for the day in advance the restaurant staff did not. We were seated in the attached bar ( told there was no other option). It felt as if the air conditioning was running even with multiple space heaters positioned through out the room.

There was one other table occupied in the room.

It was too cold to relax and enjoy our meals as we have in the past.

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DP
Detroit
5.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

We had breakfast on Easter Sunday. Delicious. They usually have at least one special for each meal. Food was served quickly and hot. Nice choices!

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BG
Northern MI
5.0
Dined on March 29, 2018

We were seated promptly, given menus and told the evening special. There were many entrees that looked good. After a drink choice, we placed our order. The two we chose were tasty and just the right amount. The food was good and the wait staff friendly to the point of being happy (something not seen very often today). We will be back.

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ML
Detroit
5.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

Great meal experience. Menu variety was the only minor challenge. But desserts menu was outstanding.

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MD
4.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

The occasion was my son’s 50th birthday.
I reserved a table for 6 people and was seated at a table for 4 people which was not acceptable.
The food and service (Denae) was excellent as always.

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JO
Tampa
5.0
Dined on March 17, 2018

Our favorite in Midland. Wife’s birthday. Everything excellent as always.

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N
Chicago
5.0
Dined on March 16, 2018

Great meals with fresh ingredients, high-quality staff

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BG
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on March 9, 2018

On my 75th birthday we drove to Midland for a great meal. My wife ordered a filet and i had scallops, They were wonderful.

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OT
Detroit
5.0
Dined on March 3, 2018

It was great

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DN
Northern MI
5.0
Dined on February 23, 2018

Excellent food and service. Our go to place for date night.

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b
Detroit
5.0
Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent service. Nice atmosphere especially on a Sunday night. Quiet and pleasant

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P
Atlanta
5.0
Dined on February 18, 2018

Midland does not have many dining options. Thankfully, this place is consistent and chic. The service is always great!! Daily specials are creative. Zinc makes Midland’s downtown relevant.

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OT
Grand Rapids
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Very cool place. Not too big inside, which keeps the volume to a minimum. Service was fast and attentive. Food was cooked perfectly and was very flavorful. Dessert selection is amazing. Very nice place for a special occasion.

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OT
Northern MI
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Best place for a great dinner in Midland. Whenever I'm in town this is where I have dinner. Excellent food and service in a quiet atmosphere right downtown.

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MJ
Northern MI
5.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

Where do I start? I made reservations for my wife's birthday, for February 10. We were seated before the time of our reservation. But even before this, the hostess greeted us and asked if I was Jason and had reservations. She then turned to my wife, without being promoted, and wished my wife a Happy Birthday. We were seated and immediately met with our waitress, who also, unprompted, wished my wife a Happy Birthday. Our waitress, Alyson, was flawless. Friendly, prompt, and very knowledgeable of the entrees. The chef's presentation on the plate was flawless and the food was delicious. Thank you Cafe Zinc for helping to make my wife's birthday special!!

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MG
New York Area
5.0
Dined on February 5, 2018

Filet Oscar was absolutely amazing! Would order it again in a heartbeat?

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AF
Grand Rapids
5.0
Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was extraordinary. Very creative and fresh. Desserts were ridiculously good!
Andrea was super friendly and sincere. Excellent service and attentive. When servers can interface with customers on a more personble level it sets a restaurant apart. Going through the motions and being surface friendly is what you would expect from a Logans, outback etc. So keep up the good work!

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