About ZINC- Philadelphia

This second restaurant of Olivier Desaintmartin, ZINC is no less than a replica of a “le Marais” style bar restaurant, artists most preferred section of Paris. Le Marais is also the oldest part of the French capital.

Desaintmartin bought a 1919 zinc bar from a Parisian bar, refinished it, and shipped it to this quaint 40 seats bar/restaurant.

Acclaimed for its food, romance and its specialty drinks, Zinc becomes a hang out for locals, a meeting place. You can share a charcuterie or a fromage plate with a glass of Chinon, or sit at the bar sipping a French aperitif waiting for your party, or enjoy some oysters with a Muscadet.

The bistro menu is the same for brunch and dinner so at any time of the day you may choose to order eggs Benedict or steak frites or even just an apple tart with a “coupe “ of Blanquette de Limoux (sparkling wine).

246 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Wine Bar, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 4.30PM to 11PM

Cross Street:
Locust

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 351-9901

Website:
http://www.zincbarphilly.com/

Entertainment:
no

Catering:
We are closed for lunch and Brunch but the restaurant is available for special event with a minimum of 25 guests

Parking Details:
many lots around. Closest parking garage on Locust and 11th

Public Transit:
12th and Locust (Patco)

Executive Chef:
Nanina Scriber chef/owner Olivier Desaintmartin

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We are closed for lunch and Brunch but the restaurant is available for special event with a minimum of 25 guests

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ZINC- Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.2

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4.3

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4.1

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (18)
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Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for a Date (15)
Cozy (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Casual (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Fun (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Business Meals (1)
Tapas (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It never fails to bring out delicious food and warm and friendly service. They go out of their way to please. I want to kick myself for not asking our waiter's name on Thursday night, but he was absolutely fantastic! Bravo!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

The ambiance was really nice. Felt like being in a bistro with low lighting. Service was great. Wine was great and well priced. Appetizers and onion soup very good. I would definitely come back. Thank You

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing gourmet food..enjoyed by all! It’s a winner!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent restaurant for all occasions. Lovely ambience and very French!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We have been very pleased all three times we've come here for dinner. It's pretty pricey, so we usually save it for special occasions, but we feel that the food justifies the prices. The service is personal and welcoming, and the French cuisine is always great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lasagne greasy. Fish almost inedibly salty. House salad is exceedingky small and primarily frisé, the least expensive lettuce. Server pleasant but strangely unwilling to replace an accidental wine spilled tablecloth with a full clean one rather than trying patchwork.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This used to be my favorite neighborhood restaurant. But the service was very slow, the portion size on my scallop casserole small (there were 4 scallops) and the noise was unbearable. It will be a while before I return on a Saturday night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic food, great service. Excellent in all ways!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Cute, cozy, tasteful. Pretty good menu and wine list. Friendly service although a bit slow. The good thing, food arrived at the right temperature. Enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our third visit. The food was not as good as previously. Maybe we did not order as well. The service was excellent. I comment on this because sometimes people complain about long waits and poor service.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Highest quality and a real treat for all in the neighborhood. Wish I could eat here more often.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Authentic French cuisine in a superb bistro setting. The name refers to the bar's composition. While steak or poulet frites are available, the other menu items offer a range of delicious choices from appetizer to dessert. The food preparation is classic French with subtle seasoning and delicious sauces. Warm and crusty French bread accompanies the meal. There is a full bar and a comprehensive wine list.

This restaurant is owned by the proprietor of the Caribou Cafe and both places are well established in Philadelphia's restaurant scene. They deliver quality in a beautiful setting.
My husband and I return again and again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nice restaurant. Small and cozy. Food was good, but the portions are not large. Considering the price I would expect a little more on the plate.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I celebrated my birthday with my husband @ Zinc. It was a perfect evening .... all around. We will definitely return again!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

When we arrived, we had a big party and another group of two was sitting at a table needed to set up for our party. Our reservation was at 8:45 and because of those two people we were not able to be seated until 9:45. The managing staff made up for the huge inconvenience by providing free champagne and cheese boards, which made the night a bit better.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best dessert! Profiteroles filled with ice cream and drizzled with delicious caramel sauce - perfect consistency, creamy not sugary. Perfect!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The wine and food were excellent. We had a great time meeting our friends in this small intimate bistro.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Zinc is spectacular! My wife and I had a 4 day weekend and decided to fly to Philly from Little Rock Arkansas on Thursday for the Duck Press at Zinc. The food was ridiculously good. The wine on there menu is well thought out and not expensive. We will be back. This would be a $500.00 meal in most places that serve it. It was a great prelude to a day in the Rodin, Barnes, and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

BAD SERVICE ABD A LING WAIT! I had reservations for 800 last night and got there well in time, only to be told that the other diners were "taking longer than usual." After waiting outside for 35 minutes with two other groups, it became clear we were not going to get seated for some time. Since we had tix to Helium at 10, we were understandably perturbed. Finally the waitress suggested we eat outside , which we decided to do, even though they are not set up for it (tables not level, no heat lamps). It was cool out but bearable. The food was very good. But the wait to get served and the general uncaring attitude of the staff made the meal less enjoyable. Finally, I expected some kind of recompense from the staff for the inconvenience. Although they sent a complimentary small cheese tray to start, I expected them to st least comp the drinks or offer some sort of apology. I mentioned this to the waitress who said she had in fact asked the manager to comp the drinks, but he refused. We won't return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Visiting from New York. We felt fortunate to have found such a nice place. A very nice, cozy dining room with adequate space between tables. The food was very good...very well prepared. The portion size of the main courses was generous. Unfortunately, my rare steak was closer to medium well done...still very good, but not great.

It is a pleasure to have a small place where the service is friendly, the atmosphere relaxed and the chef is very good.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This perfect neighborhood gem has been a staple for many years and continues to exemplify the perfect small French bistro. It is a beautiful, romantic setting and we love coming here. David our waiter, is a staple as well- knowledgeable, funny, and efficient. The food has always been consistent and delicious- I want to give a shout out for their special duck press dinner- worth every penny and quite the show- as well as their delicious pate, house salad, steak frites and mussels- but everything is divine here. Desserts are light and yummy! We went for a friend's birthday celebration- she was from Brazil- and they loved everything about this little precious bistro. Thank you Olivier and David for another amazing meal and perfect evening!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We love the intimate and quiet atmosphere of this great little restaurant

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Made reservation through OpenTable and confirmed it via text and via email prior to our arriving on time for 6 o'clock reservation. When we arrived we were told there was no reservation and questioned if we had made one or not. The restaurant was not full and we were seated anyway. The waitress said she would be with us in a moment but it was a good 15 minutes before that moment arrived. We explained we had theater tickets for at 8 pm, not too much of a rush but wanted to point out that we did have a time constraint. We ordered appetizers and wine and both took a while to arrive. The menu was quite confusing as what was on the menu was different than what they were actually serving and the menu also stated that they had a price fix dinner of $34 June through September. It was October and we asked if they were still honoring the pricefix and we were told no it's October. It seems a simple thing to re-print menus and have updated and correct menus. Three of us ordered the Bouillabaisse which I often order that at restaurants and this was disappointing. Very heavy on sausage and the bread was very heavily topped with a creamy cheese which I didn't think it was needed since wanted to dip the cheese in the broth. Even items that were on the chalkboard we're not being served which seemed very odd it's easy to update a chalkboard. We just had time to eat or appetizers and did not have time for dessert or coffee. Unfortunately service was slow and we had to ask for our check and that took a while to process and we just made our 8 o'clock curtain call. Surprised since located near theatres and Kimmel
Center that they were not more efficient in getting theatre and concert goers served within two hours. Sadly I do not think I will return

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had a fabulous meal. Each course was excellent. Went for the first time and took friends. Plan to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Two couples got together at Zinc for a pre-Orchestra dinner and enjoyed it very much. We had a table near the window which made conversation a bit easier in this noisy bistro. We had a variety of appetizers and entrees and all were nicely- presented and delicious. Of special note were the octopus salad served on top of smoked salmon and the bouillabaisse, to take nothing away from the other dishes. Service was friendly and attentive to make sure we had plenty of time to curtain. Great place.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I was very disappointed having eaten there several times with excellent meals. My server smelled horribly which took away my appetite. The service was glacial . I ordered the snapper special which had 2 pieces of fish. One piece was inedible and could not be eaten as it was all dark meat and would not come off the skin. I did not send it back as we had symphony tickets and waited for 1 hour. Hard to believe things have gone downhill this badly

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Zinc is our go-to spot for intimate celebrating. The staff are courteous and friendly and the food is prepared perfectly. We have dined here many times over seven or eight years and have been pleased with every visit.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Consistently high quality French cooking and service. A true neighborhood gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 4, 2017

It's a cozy restaurant with some good dishes. The waiter was nice and helpful. The drinks were delicious. The steak frites was excellent. The escargot dish is just ok. They helped me realize that I like my pate whipped instead of a block which is how they served it. The restaurant (or a waiter) had a faint smell of musty basement/moldy clothes/dirty dishwater.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were there with another couple to have a meal before we went to a play. The food and service were both very good. It has been a long time since we have all enjoyed a meal so much. It was a very pleasent and fun experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were turned on to this delightful 10-12 table restaurant by a local who loved it, we had a lovely meal, great service, scrumptious food an overall terrific find, we'll go back there on our next trip to Philadelphia

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Zinc has a wonderful comfortable vibe to it, and the French food is just splendid. If it was just a little less expensive, my wife and I would eat there every week, but as it is, it makes a great place for an intimate dinner date on a special occasion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

It was lovely here. The food was very good, the ambiance was quiet and seemed thoroughly french to us, and the service was attentive without being intrusive. I loved that. It was also quiet--there was some french jazz playing in the background at a level where you could actually carry on a meaningful conversation. (Harder and harder to find those places.)

I had steak frites--a simple French bistro staple--medium rare--just liked I asked for--and the potatoes were perfection.

We'll be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

There for restaurant week and I guess what they serve is not up to par with a la carte
But it surly was disappointing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

It is a small restaurant with excellent French food and attentive service. It is within walking distance of the Walnut Street Theater as well as Jefferson Medical School. We are repeat customers over many years.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A quaint restaurant with a nice menu. We enjoyed the pate appetizer and The scallop gratin which was silky and delicious. Dessert was a fabulous chocolate marquise. Although the service was good, there was a lack of energy that dampened the experience. A nice little place, but needs some spark

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent watermelon heirloom tomato salad, chicken roulade. The pot de creme is my favorite chocolate dessert in Philadelphia. Service was superb.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

My partner and I were celebrating his birthday. Zinc has always been a favorite of ours, especially when celebrating special moments. And as always, the staff at Zinc were spot on with impeccable service, but added an extra flair to the evening! They are truly a great place to dine and offer such a great dining experience. Can't wait to go back!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent restaurant, we've been there often, one meal not up to par. That happens. Won't stop us from returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We went for Bastille day and were surprised there was no mention or nothing different from their regular menu. That being said, the food was delicious as usual. The cod and the scallops were tasty and done well. The profiteroles were amazing!!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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