Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

4.6
863 reviews
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Zinc is a lively three level bistro in Historic Nob Hill. Featuring an open, urban ambiance, Zinc offers casual fine dining on the main level and the loft mezzanine. For those looking for an exciting show, the exhibition bar offers seats right along the open kitchen. The menu focuses on high quality - yet affordable - American bistro fare and utilizes seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from local farmers. The Cellar Bar offers the same extensive wine list and premium cocktails as the upstairs, but in a more intimate lounge atmosphere with a lighter menu. The Cellar also showcases live music on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. Visit www.zincabq.com for menus, pictures, and upcoming events!
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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Service in our area slow and waiter didn’t come around to check on us.
French Fries soggy and cold. Could have fixed fries if waiter was more attentive.

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s
New Mexico
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Love to Order one of the daily chef's creations. Tried the fish dish and it was perfect. As an appetizer I enjoyed the mussels. Yum. The service was right on as usual with Allegro.

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W
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. A memorable evening. Will definitely visit again.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were amazing hosts for my daughter's 21st birthday celebration. They were extremely helpful and accommodating. Everything from the welcome to the bill was excellent.

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S
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Zinc in Albuquerque. It was one of the handful of excellent meals I've had here. It will go into the regular (small) rotation.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guests and I loved the wonderful food. The vegan roulade was especially lived by all, along with the amazing cheesecake! Service was excellent, esp since part of my group was late, and two didn't show up. But we proceeded on, and had a wonderful time . So grateful to Zinc for your patience with us!

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w
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager and staff went out of their way to provide food from the 'Cellar' menu upstairs in the regular dining area. My date and I were both craving their burger, typically served only downstairs but neither of us wanted the noise. They were great.

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OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food, good service, deep wine list and innovative cocktails. The chef hit medium rare to perfection!

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B
New Mexico
125 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good cocktails, appetizers and entrees for 6 of us. Restaurant was very loud and conversations were difficult.

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GK
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice service, good food and well paced meal. Noise level is very high, making conversation difficult.

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OT
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and beverages were delicious. New vegetarian entree and special salad were great. Great service. Noise level was a bit high but very enjoyable atmosphere.

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JH
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived and were seated immediately. Our server was prompt and attended to all of our needs du ring the meal. Being early in the evening the noise level was minimal. We had mussels for an appetizer and they were delicious. I had the steak frites and my wife had the special which was fantastic. My steak was very good. A great evening at Zinc’s.

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DO
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Zinc for our out of state Anniversary dinner. I cannot say enough positive things about Zinc. The service, food and overall experience was outstanding. Perhaps the only fairly negative was the noise level but after a while we didn’t mind. Perhaps the excellent drinks helped. Thank you Brian for awesome suggestions and service.

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PJ
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick was an excellent server. Food was super and so was my cocktail!

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BM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to go. Sample some wines, eat some great food. A fantastic date night spot. I will be back.

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J
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food specials and wine list, my only wish would be to include some local wine options

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s
New Mexico
72 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Santa Fe and when to go to Albuquerque for afternoon theater, we always dine at Zinc. Their brunch is wonderful and reasonable.

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p
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food; fresh salmon entree, ahi tuna app, decent wine prices for a glass. We would definitely return😀

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EV
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Meat was just a bit undercooked. Service was good but could ck more often.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had dinner here with friends after a Popejoy show. My wife had their prix fixe tasting menu and I had their fish special. We had a cocktail before dinner and a wine flight with dinner. The food was very good. We really enjoyed their Applewood Chicken Crepes appetizer and chocolate mille-feuille sundae.

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RH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday evening fairly quiet, asked for drinks waitress/bartender offered a slight change took her up on it and yes she knows her stuff. Always attentive never hovering. Food was off the tasting menu, outstanding. Fit for foodies, also quiet conversations.

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j
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was good. A little noisy. Quality of food good.

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M
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, as usual, and our server, Lea, was as good as they come - friendly, cheerful, and accommodating. We were seated promptly, and all of the employees and servers were warm and friendly. We are foodies who retired here from Austin - and Zinc has become one of our go-to places to dine out. Caio!

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G
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Prefer booths; not as private as it is set up. Don’t like listening to other people’s conversations having a fine dining experience.

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PB
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch food, service and overall experience. That's why we dine at Zinc regularly.

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M
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Mediocre food : chicken saltimboca just a piece of chicken with a slice of cheese sliding around on top covered with an overly sweet sauce. My husband has to send his fish back twice to have it properly cooked (ie. not raw). However, service was gracious

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G
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

This was a birthday dinner gone. I mentioned on Open Table it was my wife’s birthday and my wife mentioned it to the server, but to no avail. No gesture from management. No candle, cake or ice cream! 👎🏻 The food was just plain bad. Lobster bisque was bland along with two orders of chicken Paillard. My Steak Frites for a whopping $32 was a 2” x 2” square piece of tough meat with a bucket of fries?? WTF?! My daughter’s beef ravioli was so salty, she could hardly eat it and the creamsicle desserts were bland and tasteless. I wrote to management and they sent a $50 gift certificate on a $190 tab??!! That’s a lot of fuzzy Math! Never again!!

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JA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Leah, was phenomenal! Best service we have had anywhere. Food was delicious and prepared quickly.

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s
New Mexico
49 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful as usual

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JS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

We have been to Sunday brunch at Zinc numerous times and usually it's good. But last Sunday they were out of items and we both wound up ordering a chicken omelette Lorraine. Big mistake. The chicken and eggs were very dry, even with Mornay sauce. It was towards the end of their brunch and it tasted like the entree had been under a heat lamp for hours.

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D
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great. We sat at the kitchen exhibition bar. Watching the food prep was really fun! We were able to talk to the chef and that was great! They had a special menu for food week. While my main course was just okay, everything else was exceptional.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although it gets loud when busy, the service and the food is always excellent. We went for NM Restaurant week and ordered from the Prix Fixe menu. Everything was excellent and the included dessert topped it off beautifully. I Highly recommend Zinc.

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n
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and wine, nice prix fixe options. Sensitive to our time needs.

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VD
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for a group of friends. I arrived on time, but the others trickled in over the next hour. I'm sure this was inconvenient for such a busy restaurant, but our server and other restaurant employees remained pleasant and never complained. I ordered the scallops which were perfectly prepared and served with a delicious sauce surrounding a mound of rice pilaf with bits of cranberry and cubes of squash. I enjoyed every bite. I can't speak for the other people at our table, but everyone seemed very pleased with their meals. Service was excellent throughout.

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C
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week and found the food to be delicious and the portions to be quite generous. I asked to have no chile on the appetizer (food allergy) and they brought it with chile. They were very apologetic and told me they'd re-do it and take it off the bill, which they did. That was very nice. I thought the sable fish dish was outstanding. The sauce had a very interesting flavor. Our friend loved her beef ravioli. I thought the lamb tenderloin could have had a more interesting sauce, but the gnochhi and veggies were quite flavorful. Everything was cooked to the correct temperature. The server was very attentive. It's a really attractive space.

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service, great wine list, very uneven food. Pork belly app was great, crepes were very good and the french onion soup was inedibly salty.
Lamb loin was cooked perfectly, too bad it had no salt. The sauce was fine, but the accompanying vegetables were lackluster and tasted reheated. The bison could barely be cut, let alone chewed. Someone must have been too tired to tenderize it enough. The rest of the plate was fine, tasting very much of pot roast. The Sable fish had to be sent back, it flat out stank. Absolutely unacceptably bad.
Desserts were dry, but huge!
There's potential there, I will try it again when it is not restaurant week.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A group of friends had dinner before a show at Popejoy. Our server, Heather, was sensitive to that and made sure we had our dinner and even time for dessert at a nice pace to enjoy the meal and make the show. It was a wonderful evening and I highly recommend Zinc.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed my meal.

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RL
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Worth a visit in a surprising location.

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LR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to Restaurant Week, and the choices are understandably limited. The appetizers were wonderful. The entrees were spotty and the waiter might have told us how they were. The sablefish was odd-tasting, maybe especially paired with the applebacon appetizer. Anyway - the place deserves another meal. The place is easy to be at. The servers clearly a little stiff and spotty (and perhaps working through school).

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