Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

4.5
883 reviews
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Contemporary American
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 Thursday and Saturday nights. Visit www.zincabq.com for menus, pictures, and upcoming events!
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LR
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A generally good meal, with better than average desserts (a place where many restaurants fall down). My only (minor) negative comment is there was too much blue cheese in the mashed potatoes for my taste.

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KS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent! I love their brunch menu (cocktails & food)! It was the perfect way to spend Father’s Day!

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D
New Mexico
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Father's Day Lunch. Excellent experience; we ordered the Chicken Fried Bison Steak and Eggs, Chicken Cordon Bleu Benedict and Classic Breakfast. Not crowded, Friendly, knowledgeable server, background music unobtrusive. Enjoyed our meals.

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L
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat in bar. Attentive staff, great new menu it seems, & loved the atmosphere...thx!

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D
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Our experience Saturday night was in short,
underwhelming. I had made reservations for a birthday celebration and asked for a quiet spot preferably a booth. They do not have booths per se, but we chose to sit near the window at a high-top table which seemed a bit more private. It was actually part of the bar which we typically enjoy.
Our server was not at all attentive, nor was the manager - until I asked about the service and wondered if it was because we sat at the bar.
The manager admitted they had several mis-steps so far that night (we were there at 5:30), so it was the energy of the staff that impacted the entire dining experience for those paying any attention at all.
The appetizer for the birthday girl was over cooked and dry (duck egg rolls). When I mentioned this to the server as he cleared the plates, he said he noticed that as well and decided to bring them out anyway! Oh boy. Actually said that - not the best choice. When the bill arrived, he said he took 10% off the food for our inconvenience.
What really should have happened is that at least that dish should have come off the bill if not our food being comped altogether.
The wine was delish, the chicken entree was amazing as was the artichoke appetizer. That being said, food alone does not make up the dining experience which was not what I thought we would enjoy when making this reservation based on the reviews and that this was again, a special birthday dinner. Unfortunately, this restaurant had great potential which fell very short Saturday night. We will not be returning.

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J
New Mexico
56 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meals of steak, trout, tuna, onion soup, and the ever-fabulous duck confit egg rolls (this establishment's most outstanding food item) combined with spot-on service made for a perfect pre-theater meal. We will be back!

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OT
Atlanta
345 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed dinner here with a friend. We started ahi tuna appetizer for which our friend tried and liked ahi tuna for the first time. It needed more avocado, though. My trout entree was good, and I took what I could not finish in a doggie bag. My husband enjoyed his lamb tenderloin. We shared a moderately priced bottle of wine.

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EA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Zinc used to be good but our recent meal was very poor which we communicated to the manager. We plan to go once more to see if things have improved.

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SF
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always consistent, service is great & the food is very tasty. We highly recommend. We'll keep coming back.

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KH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Zinc! We came for our first wedding anniversary and were greeted with complimentary champagne! The tasting menu allows you to try an appetizer, entree and dessert for $35 a person. The food was fantastic. We also did a wine flight which was a great way to try 3 wines from their extensive wine list! Amazing! We will definitely be coming back.

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G
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. The Zinc chefs are always attentive to my strict gluten-free meal requirements.

We had an enjoyable evening with our friends.

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A
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the “Parlait Vous Francais?” prix fixe menu with wine pairing. All the courses were well-prepared and delicious. Service was excellent. The shrimp fritters should really be added to the regular menu. We’ve been to Zinc on multiple occasions and the rarely disappoint.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointing meal, whether its drinks, appetizers, desserts or the main course, its always exceptional

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PB
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We dine at Zinc regularly and consider it one of the best restaurants in Albuquerque.

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J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place just my Halibut dish was too salty. Will be back

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OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and interesting menu. Wonderful service. A little noisy on the mliwer floor of the main room. Next time will ask for a table upstairs.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!

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G
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to places where the staff are professional and good at what they do. Zinc is one of those places. Great food as well...

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DW
Baja California
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service! The pork tenderloin was fabulous and we were well taken care of.

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
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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D
New Mexico
31 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. My 2019 birthday celebration with my closest friends was so special thanks to them and every team member who had anything to do with our meals. Servers came by the table to wish me a Happy Birthday. 💖💖💖 Thank you all team members! Please maintain the EXCELLENT service, outstanding atmosphere and delicious food. That chocolate birthday dessert was so yummy!

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s
New Mexico
49 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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 on May 18, 2019
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
New Mexico
22 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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Denver
13 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
7 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
4 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
73 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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