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ZINC- Philadelphia

4.4
535 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Romantic
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  • Good for a Date
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).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Sunday: 4.30PM to 11PM
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Phone number
(215) 351-9901
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nanina Scriber chef/owner Olivier Desaintmartin
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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Locust
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Parking details
many lots around. Closest parking garage on Locust and 11th
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Public transit
12th and Locust (Patco)
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Entertainment
no
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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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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 535 People Are Saying
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great meal at Zinc; just like eating in a typical French bistro with many menu choices, good service and pleasant surroundings. We love it for pre-theatre and pre-Kimmel.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My partner and I love this little gem in the neighborhood. We always have a fantastic meal. The setting is small but not crammed. Very intimate for date night or anniversary- as we have celebrated both with Zinc.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our reservation wasn’t honored until more than a 15 min wait. The room was horribly packed and service very slow. The food was ok- a far cry from what we have experienced in the past. We have generally visited Zinc 2 or 3 times a year for the past decade and have always been delighted with the service but most especially the quality of the food relative to its cost and fuss. Alas, another favorite bites the dust of mediocrity in the service of profits. We won’t be back for a long time if ever.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

this is our second visit to this restaurant. The first one was fine, but the second one was very unpleasant, particular the server.
He was in a hurry to get us out and as soon as we were almost done with our entree, he brought us the bill and "forgot" to offer us coffee or dessert. The noise was deafening and had a hard time to listen to what my wife was talking about.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent in everyway. The Zinc martini is delicious. We celebrated a birthday in style

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a nice meal here. We all enjoyed the food. The atmosphere is good for conversation too. I'll definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I am a regular diner at Zinc. As usual the ambiance and service were excellent. I had the lamb chop special which was delicious. I’m disappointed to see that small portion sizes have been eliminated except on the steak entree. I often enjoyed ordering the smaller portion.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Had a business dinner at Zinc. Food was good and service was prompt and attentive. This is a small place and it was a Wednesday evening but there were not many people at the restaurant so it was quiet. This is traditional French food, so I would not recommend it if you are looking for innovative food. I would recommend it and would go again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was very good. Place was cozy. Food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service is great, staff accomodated all of us. They treated us well and gave us extra side dishes and drinks. Food was prepared nicely. The place is very cozy and good for our group of out of towners.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We used to love this restaurant. Food and service had been outstanding. But things have changed. The other night, among our choices, we had Le petit salad (wonderful), salmon (equally wonderful), and apple tarte (ditto). But two of us ordered scallops which arrived cold, and when sent back and returned were rubbery. The same thing had happened on our previous visit. And service, which used to be prompt and efficient, was poor on previous visit and has deteriorated since. Wine selections were fine and moderately priced.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is an excellent restaurant for food, service and value. It is our favorite before theatre dining spot. Their wine selection is a good value by the bottle or glass.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was a freezing blizzard outside and we managed to find an intrepid uber driver to take us nevertheless. The reservation for zfriday night had been the last available but we arrived to find the room empty and we the only patrons not to have canceled. And are we glad we didn't. It was perfect. Perfect French cooking, where the chef and staff respect every tiny thing and take care to make it the best it can be from butter to vegetables to wine to frites to scallops. The salad lardons was an example. Simple but full of flavor. House pate was sensational and the steak perfectly cooked. The wine list small but the choices were perfectly suited to the menu. And all done as a matter of course, no stuffiness or preciousness. Just great food perfectly served. Two more tables filled before we left two hours later, happy but not stuffed, Cozy but ready to face the bitter wind and snow outside with a warm glow inside. I pity the guys who didn't brave the storm. We ate your duck.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We had gone to Zinc in January for Restaurant Week and although it was very crowded at that time, and we had had to wait, the food was great. We decided to try it on a more quiet evening. We were just one of probably three tables occupied this evening, mostly due to the bad weather, so we got a lot of attention from our waiter. He also made the gentlemen their rye manhattans, which I was told were delicious and the biggest one they had seen.

I started with the truffle soup, other got the mushroom puff pastry or frisée salad, all were delicious. Three of us got the tuna special and one got salmon. I do not like my tuna rare, so asked to cook it thru, which they did. It was a bit dry, but I take full responsibility for that since that is the way I asked them to cook it. The others loved their rare tuna and one loved his salmon.

For dessert we shared two orders of profiteroles since there were two to an order (and 4 of us). They were also the biggest I've seen, we could have shared one order (and of course we finished them all!). They also have a very nice wine list.

We will be returning again!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I have been to Zinc many times over the years. It is always a special occasion for my partner and I. I am always excited when we make the reservation. Zinc never lets us down. I feel more in love when I am dining at Zinc. Wow, did I just say that? Yes, because it’s true.

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

This was our 3rd visit to Zinc. All was delicious except my husband's 9oz steak which was tough. We also felt the prices were high.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Zinc is good for a pre-theater meal. The food and wine were quite good . The place is small but crowded and there were a few service glitches. Incorrect drinks were delivered twice and an entre arrived tepid. The problems were expeditiously resolved.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food and service... a real gem!

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Charming, warm and friendly with a diversified French menu. . The service was timely and cordial. . Will return. .

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The food was as always wonderful, but the service was beyond incompetent--almost smarmy. It took three tries to get the check correct. Everyone in the restaurant--it wasn't crowded--was crammed into one corner. Staff disappeared. I am at a loss to explain what was up--maybe just a bad night. But I am not rushing to go back.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wait staff was in a hurry and the pacing of the meal was breakneck. If the goal was to get as many people in and out the door as fast as they could on Valentine's day then they succeeded. What they also succeeded at was to ensure that the people they basically rushed out the door never want to come back. The couple next to us got there Amuse Bouche and Appetizer at the same time thats how fast they were serving... On top of that what little ambiance there was in there was destroyed by being herded like cattle into tables that were less than 5 inches apart and jammed up against the small bar, walls, etc... Very disappointing... I would give it one star but the food was decent but uninspired. To sum it up it felt more like going to a catered wedding than a quiet, French bistro...

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Tremendous meal!
Romantic restaurant, excellent food, and our sever Jamie was attentive, knowledgeable, and very personable
Wonderful evening

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This is a very pleasant and enjoyable restaurant. Food is well prepared and service was efficient and friendly. The entree's we had were Salmon and Scallops both on the rare side of medium and tasty.
The spacing of tables is tight; however, the restaurant is small so understandable. Go on an off night and experience the food and service. A great find near parking and the Forrest Theater.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Zink was a wonderful location for an after theater dinner and easy walking distance from the Forest theater and the Walnut Street Theater. It was a cozy haven on a rainy evening; a lovely environment for conversation. We enjoyed the atmosphere very much. The food was fresh and well prepared and the service was attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Love Zinc. Very accomodating. Arrived for reservations late due to traffic but they took fantastic care of us. Quick turnaround requested to make theater reservation and it was handled beautifully. Requested gluten and dairy free option at French restaurant where gluten and especially dairy are a core ingredient in the cuisine: masterfully handled by chef. Authentic, romantic and quaint - cant wait to go back. Oh, and meal was phenomenal!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful. Can’t believe we never heard about Zinc! A bit of Paris in Philly

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My wife and I had a very tasty salmon that was well prepared and very tasty
Good attention but the restaurant is pricey.
We share one appetizer and one dessert

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Good food, nice ambience. The four of us were the only people dining at 5:00 pm

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

My partner and I have been here many times before and never been disappointed. This time was for our 2nd anniversary and everything was perfect!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Dinner was excellent as usual at Zinc. We had a favorite server back from maternity leave which was really nice. She made excellent martinis.
We were offered the Restaurant Week menu even though it was over. I usually don’t like those menus but it looked so good that I had to try it. My pork tenderloin was delicious and my partner’s serving of two large pieces of tuna was cooked to perfection.
Zinc is my favorite restaurant

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We've dined here before and have been very happy. However, this time it was restaurant week, and I don't think we received the best food that this lovely cafe has to offer. The puff pastry and mushrooms were both very tough. The fish was good but looked thrown together. So I would give the restaurant another chance.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We’ve been to Zinc 3 times and each has been a very nice experience. It is an intimate restaurant with, what we counted, seating for about 36. Food and service were both excellent. We were there for Restaurant Week. And the offerings on that menu were excellent. Wine offerings were limited but good there was a sufficient by the glass selection and they were fairly priced, $8 to $12, a glass. Pours were generous.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

We went for restaurant week. What stuck out to me the most was the steak frites and the dessert. The steak frites was done exactly medium rare, which is how I requested it. The chocolate mousse was amazingly rich and the lemon madelain cookies were so warm, soft, and buttery <3

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great meal!!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This is our go to location for foodies. Over many years we have never been disappointed with the quality of the food and service.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Restaurant Week for our first time here. We arrived just before our 6:30 reservation and there were about 8 people waiting ahead of us, all with similar reservations. There is really no room to wait inside, except for about 3-4 people huddled in a small foyer, since this is only a 40-seat restaurant.
We had to wait 45 minutes before getting seated because we were told the earlier reservations had come in late.
Luckily it was worth the wait. I had the mushroom and shrimp puff pastry, pork loin and chocolate marquis. It was all delicious! And the clincher was that they gave us a glass of champagne to make up for the long wait.
I want to go back when it is less hectic and see if we continue to like it.

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1.0Dined on January 19, 2018

we arrived at the time of our reservation, 6:15 PM Saturday evening. Half an hour later we still had not been seated and were told the restaurant had overbooked and they could not tell us when we would be seated. we had theater tickets and then had to scramble for a place to get something to eat on a Saturday night...ended up at a sandwich place. outrageous!!

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

It was restaurant week so the place was mobbed. But the service was very good including an outstanding and very pleasant waitress. Even though the food came without much of a wait at all, things weren't hot enough. The first course of mushrooms, shrimp and puff pastry was just barely warm and with the brown sauce it was not very attractive (think cool gravy!). The tuna main course must have been broiled/grilled ahead of time as it was essentially cold with warm sides and on a warm plate. The chocolate dessert was terrific! Nice surprise was the just moderate noise level even though the restaurant was full.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

WOW- came here for restaurant week and to celebrate my boyfriend's job offer, and their menu was perfect! Portions were a little smaller, but perfect for many courses of tastings and left you wanting more, because it was so good.. we added pate on top of restaurant week to split, and it was a perfectly sized meal. Even if I'm being picky, I struggle to find something negative to mention- the only thing I can think of is that the escargot is in a stew, not standalone, in case you're going to try their tasting menu. The dishes were well-balanced with creative flavors from the appetizer, to the steak (every bite was so savory!), to the mousse cake dessert. I've been to several places to have dinner for restaurant week, and this one is by far my favorite! I live a little more than an hour away from Philly, and I would drive in to dine here again (and as often as my wallet would allow).

If you're trying restaurant week, I tasted the following (went halfsies with my bf):
1st course: smoked salmon with red beet and seaweed salad
2nd: bay scallop and artichoke au gratin AND escargots with pasta/pancetta/red wine
3rd: yellowfin tuna, onion confit, bordelaise sauce AND steak frites, truffle butter sauce
4th: chocolate "Marquise" with espresso sauce

My favorite was the steak frites (med rare), and the scallops/smoked salmon/tuna/cake are tied for 2nd place-- truly delicious, sorry that's not more helpful! The pate was phenomenal and I highly recommend adding it to your restaurant week meal.

Tips: Book an early reservation.. we were in at restaurant open, but as we were leaving there were some guests with reservations who were waiting to be seated- it's a smaller place and it was packed!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

The food was delicious and since it was restaurant week the value was great. The restaurant was small and tables close together. The service wasn’t that good. The regular prices were expensive.

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