Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

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721 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, French, Californian
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Hours of operation
Weekend Brunch
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm

Dinner
Monday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cellar Bar
Tuesday-Saturday 4:30pm - 12:00am
Sunday & Monday 4:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(505) 254-9462
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Pope
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Private party facilities
Private balcony area that seats up to 48 people.
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Private party contact
Ralph Garcia: (505) 254-9462
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Catering
Taste Boutique Catering is a joint catering arm of Zinc and sister restaurants Seasons Rotisserie & Grill and Savoy Bar & Grill.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dartmouth
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Parking details
We have street parking, night parking in the lots across the street and a private lot at 116 Dartmouth SE for overflow.
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Entertainment
Live music (jazz, blues, Americana, indie) in the intimate Cellar Bar every Tuesday from 8pm to 11pm and every Thursday and Saturday from 9:30pm - 12:30am. Sunday Brunch features live music from 11am to 2pm in the main dining room.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 721 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

we had a lovely time at brunch and the chef made a special vegan option for me that was so very delicious!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Enjoyed the ambiance and quiet space. Food is always high quality.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

My first visit to Zinc was great! Rick our server was wonderful, food was delicious, and wine was lovely.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Sunday brunch was outstanding! Food, service, and atmosphere top notch!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We dined at Zinc on a Monday evening after flying into ABQ. The place was pretty much empty with only one other table occupied. Our server was great, recommending different drinks and offering us samples. We both had seafood dishes. The portions were generous but the food itself was just okay. I'd return for a nice lunch or everyday dinner. Probably not for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Chris Pope and his staff provide a great dining experience. Everyone is friendly, accommodate special seating requests, provide great food and great service in a relaxing atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The outstanding dining experience, excellent service!

We went to dinner at ZINC on Central Avenue, on our way to the Popejoy Theater’s KING AND I production, and the food and service were absolutely OUTSTANDING – as usual! We’ve been to Zinc many times before, and this was another great experience. First, we have to THANK our super-fantastic server Jesse for his constant attentiveness and excellent suggestions for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We started with a special new appetizer – Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs; it was amazingly tasty and delicious! My wife ordered the Pan-Seared Aegean Sea Branzino, and I ordered the Braised Beef Ravioli Bourguignon. The Branzino was perfectly cooked and delicious, and the artichokes and carrots were perfectly tender, and the 2 crab spanakopita’s were exquisite. My wife said the lemon coulis base was interesting but too bitter for her tastes – she avoided it. My dinner was also fantastic, with 5 huge beef-packed ravioli covered in a rich red wine sauce, along with tender baby carrots, pearl onions, mushrooms, English peas, over a celery root-potato puree. Absolutely mouth-watering! YUM! Then for dessert, I ordered the Chocolate Truffle with 3 samples of chocolate, and my wife ordered the Chocolate Chip-Walnut Gateau. We easily devoured both fantastic desserts! They have a fantastic wine, beer and drink menu – ideal for Happy Hours too! The ambiance at ZINC is beautiful upscale, service is fantastic, and prices very reasonable for the great quality of food. Thanks again for great service, Mr. Jesse! Very highly recommended. (BTW, the KING & I was Great!)

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Another great brunch at Zinc. I had requested in my reservation to be seated on their upper level and they had noted and accommodated that request for us - love it when restaurants do that.

We were here celebrating Father's day for my husband this time and the place was hopping. Though it was very busy, we did not have to wait a single minute for our table and our waiter was professional yet relaxed and friendly - really fantastic young man. We were provided an attentive yet unobtrusive dining experience. The whole front of house team clearly works well together and show a commitment to helping each other succeed. I worked my way through school in some of the best restaurants on the east coast, so I tend to look closely at how the staff interact.

If Zinc's owners are reading this, you really need to know that you have a phenomenal front of house team who truly care about their work, each other and your customers. Do not take that for granted.

The "build your own brunch" option is a must and is so ample, two could share it and be more than satiated. Their french toast is like no other we have ever had, anywhere. Imagine if a beignet and a funnel cake fell in love and had a baby - just ridiculously delicious.

My mother had the salmon eggs Benedict special which was fabulous. Hubby had the florentine omelette and our 8 year old had berry crepes. I had bacon and eggs - a purist. Another must, whether for brunch, dinner, or snacking in their fantastic cellar bar, are the duck confit eggrolls - seriously good and packed with duck. Every single dish is prepared with premium ingredients and an enormous amount of care. The mimosas too are top notch and incredibly reasonable in price.

We live in Nob Hill and consider Zinc the absolute best in a sea of good neighborhood options. In terms of a place for a fantastic brunch, dinner or happy hour for that matter - with outstanding food AND service - there is no question that Zinc is the place to go.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent Fathers Day brunch on Sunday. Great variety, fast service, and nice live guitar music. Only drawback is the high noise level.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

It's always nice to be remembered and recognized as a frequent customer. Bryan and several others in the staff always greet us warmly. You know you're a 'regular' when they remember what you like to drink. Thank you Zinc, you're a class act.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Food and service were excellent! Love the Prix Fix menu!

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our first service impression was not good. Two of us had arrived before the others and after looking at the wine list asked the young lady who brought bread for a bottle we had chosen. She replied that she was not a server and we would have to ask that person. I watched as she walked to the kitchen, passing the manager, and three servers without telling anyone we wanted wine. It was another five minutes and after the other couple had arrived that we saw anyone to ask for the bottle of wine.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We love Zinc. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fun and the service is friendly and impeccable. Great wine list, too!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Delicious simple food. Kind knowledgeable servers. Courteous receptionist. Would go here again.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch and it was such an extensive menu. Everything we had was delicious, presented beautifully, and well served. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great food, Informed wait staff, Fun environment to dine in, Never disappointed with the overall experience.

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1.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Was my husband and I’s favorite date night 5 years go prior to moving to Colorado. We recently moved back and have tried Zinc twice- both not being great. Sad to say the last will be our last. Food runner couldn’t describe a single thing on our plates and had to grab our server.. The food just wasn’t what it used to be. The mussels weren’t cleaned well and tasted gritty and the sauce was t good. Also had another app that was so bad I don’t recall the fish. Husband had beef tortellini and the pasta was so thick it was chewy. I ordered the lamb and it was the first lamb dish I didn’t finish.. leftovers were easily thrown too. What happened Zinc!?! Food just isn’t what it used to be.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and very attentive service. We were going to the theater so had limited time. Our server made sure we were served promptly and had time to enjoy our meals.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Everything about our experience was excellent however the pulled pork Benedict was not very good for me or my future son-in-law.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Top-Notch dining experience. I enjoy coming to Zinc because when I want a good meal, I know the team at Zinc will not disappoint. Great job to all.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant in Albuquerque. We had theater tickets and our server was respectful of our time to dine. She knew everything about the menu and the wines and beers. Really knowledgeable. We will go to this restaurant every time we go to the theater at Popejoy. It is memorable!

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The food was excellent, the service was excellent. It was just the right amount of attention by the waiter that we felt we had great service but not so attentive that it was interruptive to our conversation.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was delicious and service very good. A fun dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great ambiance. We had a drink at the bar and then chose to sit at the counter watching the chefs prepare food. Awesome experience. They were engaging and fun to watch. Food was excellent as was our server.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Birthday with friends

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

But for the bad acoustics Zinc would be perfect. A fine dining experience. Service the best. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I had the tenderloin and it had no favor at all. The blue cheese mash potatoes were like paste. Very strange actually cause usually we enjoy the food.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

I love this place. The chef always makes me a special vegan delicious option. I love the wine and the service is wonderful. and of course the ambiance is casual and elegant. Thank you Zinc. I love dinner and weekend brunches here.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Dinner was excellent. Being next to the lobo theatre and fronting central avenue was questionable for this first timer, but once inside I was really pleased. The wait staff were excellent — not overly chatty but professional, pleasant, and ready. The food and wine pairing were perfect. Excellent food well prepared and fine presentation. This review is from a former 4 star restaurant waiter who is intolerant of poor food and service. My wife was very happy and so was I.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We had theater tickets and our service was very prompt without making us feel rushed. I was a fantastic birthday celebration with outstanding food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

A friends reunion. Different tastes but everyone was happy. Everyone who ordered fish LOVED it. Great desserts

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My husband loves Zinc. We love to sit in loft to get away from the bustle below. There is good energy and the wait staff really takes wonderful care of you. The food is always expertly prepared.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent meal. Well prepared....excellent taste...large portions. Nothing went wrong and everything really was perfect for first time visit.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

As has been in the past everything was quite good. Possibly important alert. I’m not complaining, but some of the appetizers seemed to be as large as an entre. So be alert to that.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Had dinner here before going to Popejoy. Our server, Brian, was great and made sure we were not late. Food was great as usual.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food was fantastic! Fresh and paired well. Loved the atmosphere and food ! Drinks were amazing! Look forward to my next visit!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Excellent menu choices. Ample portions. Very nice wine list. Friendly service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was my 4th visit to Zinc. We love it. The brunch is great and reasonably priced. We will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This dining event at Zinc was for a Easter Sunday brunch with family. It was great! The food was perfect and the server was exceptional. We will definitely go back! Thank you...

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Dining upstairs was quite cold and they were not very accommodating to vegetarians. Food quality and service from the server was very good.

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