Cafe Zinc

4.8
348 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 348 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Yummy as always

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Princess19
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as always ! We always love going to this amazing restaurant

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JohnH
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambience for breakfast. Quiet enought that we could talk without shouting to each other. Most enjoyable.

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Drgourmet
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is great; the portions are the right size and the place has the best French Onion Soup in the tri-city area hands down. Also the cocktails are made well. Desserts are OK for an establishment such as this and the coffee is good. Service also very good. In summary I’m glad it is surviving the viral plague and I do recommend it for high grade French-shaded cousine

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friends birthday, and everything from the appetizers to the main course to dessert was perfect. There was never a doubt that anything would go wrong, and everybody was please very satisfied with everything.

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JohnP
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Bean burger is world class -best I have ever had as a 40+ year vegetarian.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was lovely, Kathy I think but sorry I’m not sure

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SawyerT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, clean tables and service was very attentive. 100% recommend.

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vipDateNight
Northern MI
51 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon and twin filets were outstanding. As always we had excellent service.

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Marie
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service we received was excellent. The scallops were fantastic but the beef was over cooked.

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shawns
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The salmon was delightful and the filet was cooked to perfection.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Food and desserts are outstanding as is the atmosphere and service. Thank you for another great experience!

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FoodGirl
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overall the dining experience was average, but we expected more from an upscale restaurant like Cafe Zinc. The service started out really good, but there was only one other party in the entire restaurant. As soon as the tables started to fill up, we were unable to get our server's attention. We had to ask for more water, and for our plates to be cleared, and a few other things, and these are just basics of good service that should be expected. The food was good and wonderfully hot when delivered, but the burger was over cooked, possibly due to sitting in a warmer prior to serving. The Chicken Sandwiches looked like they were made with cutlets rather than a breast filet. They were flat, dry, and tasteless. The atmosphere was very nice, as usual, but the service and food left us not eager to return.

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EricaG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience as always! My girls love going to eat at my work!

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johnm
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. A little expensive but well worth it. Staff was so excited to be back open, and it showed! Crabcakes were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating here aaa a wonderful experience that were still talking about! So relaxing, outstanding and unique tastes, and friendly service. Can’t wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from start to finish as always! We frequent Cafe Zinc quite often and always walk away feeling satisfied. Service is professional, friendly and timely. Food is always executed perfectly, and the cocktails are some of the best in town (although sometimes it does help to be very specific in your preferences to ensure you get the quality ingredients you desire - but the bartenders are always happy to accommodate!)

Great for a date night, work meeting, or a fancier dinner with the kids. Their brunch options are always fantastic too! One of my top recommendations to people who are looking for a place to grab a nice meal and quality drink

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geolaw85
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Prices are high and the portions small. Lovely room

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a wonderful experience! Food was incredible, service was attentive and the ambiance reminded me of a European Cafe. Desserts and pastries looked inviting but we we full from the meal.

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Jason
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, we both had a good dinning experience.

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JennyC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter had a lovely time at Cafe Zinc. Our waitress Terri was very friendly and answered any questions my daughter had.

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ScottL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Second time there and just as good. They did a nice job keeping things clean during covid

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was lovely. The small round tables were awkward.
Lovely service.
Epicurean delight.
Nice wine selection.

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travelendessly
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Cafe Zinc has a nice atmosphere and the food reasonably was good and well-presented.

However, the service was poor despite the restaurant being far from busy:

1) Never greeted by name by hostess despite a reservation under my name.
2) Never told about specials, if any.
3) Never offered a wine list.
4) Had to ask for replacement silverware between courses.
5) My main course was incorrect. No apology and no goodwill gesture.

In short, the standard of service is poor and could be a lot better. I have had better, more attentive service at chain restaurants.

Despite this shortcoming, I would give Cafe Zinc a second chance because there aren't many comparable restaurants in the Midland area.

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vipDateNight
Northern MI
52 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome everything food was fantastic

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KimberlyG
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely anniversary lunch before a wonderful afternoon at the Dow Gardens.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, really doing a good job managing during the pandemic.

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vipDetroitDiner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, we had a great experience at Cafe Zinc.

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vipDateNight
Northern MI
52 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Execellent food and service. The new blackened salmon was outstanding.

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YongzhiX
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The staffs are nice. The restaurant is fantastic! The food is good (I didn't get to try the famous lobster dish with the new menu the have. A bit disappointed 🙁 ). But the chicken I had was good.

The place is crowed. I don't recommend coming in the busy dining time if you are still feeling under the shadow of covid19. Our group came in at 4pm and we was the only one group there. By 5:30pm, this place is packed all in a second.

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HeidiB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice space and delightful server. We really enjoyed the parmesan fries! Lovely date-night.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped for a meal at the end of our fall leaf viewing vacation. Perfect end to a perfect week.

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Polkadot
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening. Escargot and hummus were delicious appetizers. Salmon, Oscar filet, Scallop special and Pasta entries were picture perfect. It was agreed we would all recommend our dinners.

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vipfe1187ub
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's getting chillier in the evening and the in-ceiling heating units kept us cozy as we enjoyed an outdoor meal. The food is good, although some items one the menu are executed much better than others. The kitchen is very flexible to meet your dietary preferences and the service is always good. They make you feel welcome and you are not rushed. A regular spot for us.

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Jason
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The breakfast hit all the marks. Tasty, fresh and the right amount.

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JoeV
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The escargot appetizer was plentiful and delicious. The main course of scallops with fingerling potatoes and bacon served on a bed of corn puree was to die for. A little pricey, but worth every penny!

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MaryO
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and attentive staff

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vipShanghaiGourmet
Chicago
127 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Breakfast on 9/27. Food was tasty and nicely presented. Seating outside very pleasant and as requested.. Once again service was slow and also forgetful. Ample opportunity for them to raise their game if they feel motivated do so.

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Annat
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed dining at Cafe Zinc. Both the food and service were excellent. We
definitely plan on going back when in the Midland area.

FAQs

Cafe Zinc offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (989) 837-6030.

Cafe Zinc is rated 4.8 stars by 348 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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