ZINO

3.9
126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
A Modern Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar located in the heart of Downtown Berkeley.

Helmed by Executive Chef Brandon Hicks, ZINO features a rotating menu of cuisines, complemented by a modern cocktail program infused with Mediterranean flavors and spices. ZINO is a gathering place for people of the community to socialize, celebrate, and share in the unique flavors of one of the most diverse regions of the world.

Vegetarian menu available.

For Parties of 9 or more, please contact the restaurant directly.
What 126 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I was terribly disappointed that only brunch foods were offered on Easter Sunday. My hunger for lamb, however, was satisfied somewhat with the ground lamb in the hummus.

ZINO
Responded 17 hours ago

Good Afternoon Gourmette, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I'm sorry about your disappointment with the regular menu offerings but glad that we were able to provide something that was satisfying. We are constantly re-evaluating our different offerings for holidays and will take this under advisement. Thanks again! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very pleasant overall experience. The food was really nice, the wait staff was good. Of special note was the dessert with baked goat cheese with a pastry crust, I've never had anything like it! It's a nice space, the tables have enough space around them that we never felt crowded by other diners.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food mediocre for the price. Salad was off

ZINO
Responded 17 hours ago

Good Afternoon, Thanks so much for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear that we missed the mark with your meal and we will pass this along to the team to help coach and improve. Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Zino never fails to please. The ambience of the restaurant is lovely and restful, the noise levels are moderate to quiet, and the food is always a winner.
We had the duck tagine and the duck risotto -- both were extremely tasty and enjoyable.
Great place for before a Berkeley Rep performance.

ZINO
Responded 17 hours ago

Good Afternoon, Thanks so much for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Disappointed no lunch menu on weekends. Eggs and potatoes were not well cooked and bland

ZINO
Responded 4 days ago

Good Afternoon, I am very sorry to hear that your experience was less than exceptional. We will certainly pass along your feedback to the team and work to ensure that it does not happen again in the future. We are constantly re-assessing menus and options during various meal periods and will take this under consideration. Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

It's a really nice, mellow place, you can really have a conservation with someone and it's beautifully decorated. Our waiter was very kind and attentive and their wine and beer list is of good quality, even though not extensive. The food is just so so. We had a very good salad and the grilled octopus was good. The Duck Risotto was NOT very good, and the broccoli dish probably would have been fine but was a little over-salted. I also ordered one of their signature cocktails and it was OK, but I have had better. I can't comment on anything else. But would I go back? Yes. Hopefully they will keep working on the food.

ZINO
Responded 17 hours ago

Hi Kate, Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. It sounds like your experience was a mixed bag, but I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed several facets of your experience and we will pass this feedback along to the team. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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CL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit. I live in San Francisco and attend Zellerbach frequently for performances this is now the restaurant that I go to and recommend to everyone. Great food, nice selection, and wonderful, helpful, courteous service.
A great choice for any occasion.

ZINO
Responded 4 days ago

Carol, Thanks for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again soon and thank you for thinking of us for your pre-show meal. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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c
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, I would recommend it to a friend. The staff was friendly and welcoming. We had a good waiter who had been part of the former restaurant.

The Greyhounds were wonderful. We had a great wine and the cod was superb. The butterscotch pudding was the perfect ending.

ZINO
Responded 4 days ago

Chocolad, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal and the "Greyhounds" which will benefit the Golden State Greyhound Adoption Agency. We will pass along your notes to the team and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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N
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Very limited menu: only six entrees, and they were out of one. My choices (cheese cigars, side order of green beans, and burrata) were very tasty, but the other three people were disappointed in their meals. We went because this is very close to Berkeley Rep, but we will not return.

ZINO
Responded on April 12, 2019

Nappar, We are very sorry to hear that your friends did not enjoy their meals as much as you did. I understand your urge not to return but if you do decide to give us another shot we hope to be able to wow you more than we did during your first experience with us. Thanks again for taking the time to give us your feedback! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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f
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointing. This restaurant in the Shattuck Hotel used to be Five, until it closed. I liked the earlier chefs of Five, and was hoping for something similar. However, the menudo Zino did not attract me. For fish, there was cod a la plancha, and bass in a bouillabaisse sauce. I chose the latter, but it was so salty, I could not finish it. Similar was the broccolli, way too salty, and could not finish it. Also, we ordered Greek yogurt as an appetizer. It was very good, but a relatively small portion. However, they charged $3 extra for two pieces of Pita bread. On the whole, not a great experience v

ZINO
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi FrenchFoodie, I am very sorry to hear that your meal was not exceptional. We will certainly pass your feedback along to the team, and if you do decide to return I am confident that we could find something you love. Thanks again for your time. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The venue is a little echoey . We had a great meal!

ZINO
Responded 17 hours ago

Good Afternoon, Thanks so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, but the portion size for the duck tagine was on the small side for the price. I don't need or expect a huge entree, but the amounts of duck, couscous, and brussels sprouts were all relatively small. The pita bread was excellent.

ZINO
Responded on April 10, 2019

Barbara, Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are glad to hear that the food was to your liking, and we will certainly pass along your feedback on the portion sizes to our staff. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great decoration, great staff

ZINO
Responded on April 4, 2019

Good Afternoon, Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good sevice. Got us out in time for theater at Berkeley rep.

ZINO
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is excellent. They have many vegetarian and vegan options that are not just dishes with the meat removed. Something for everyone.

ZINO
Responded on April 4, 2019

Joe, Thanks so much for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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LB
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We brought friends this time and the food was good, but not as good as we’ve had in the past. The falafels were very dry & not to the liking of 3 people.

ZINO
Responded on March 30, 2019

Lin, I'm very sorry to hear that the food was not exceptional this time around. We will pass this along to the crew and make adjustments as needed. Hope to see you soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed the food and knowledgeable staff, who did a great job describing the dishes. We shared many small plates and especially loved the octopus appetizer-yum!!

ZINO
Responded on March 30, 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback! We will certainly pass your praise along to the team, and we hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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b
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our brunch but the salad was very small for the price (the one with chips in it). Hamburger was good and also the eggs benedict. Will probably return before Berkeley Playhouse.

ZINO
Responded on March 30, 2019

Barbara, Thank you so much for your review. We will pass along your feedback and we are constantly evaluating our menu to ensure we are providing the highest quality product at a great value. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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CS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We go here when we have a play at Berkeley Rep. The wait staff is all wonderful, the food is great. It's just a fine place to eat.

ZINO
Responded on March 30, 2019

Carol, Thank you so much for your feedback!! We hope to see you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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JN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambience is casual, quiet. Food was really good and the service attentive. Plan to return soon.

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Responded on March 20, 2019

Jennifer, Thanks so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The entree was served before the soup, and they did bring the soup, but by the time I finished it, the entree was cold. My companion ordered a side vegetable and bread, and they completely forgot about it until after she finished her entree. They brought both vegetable and bread later and did not charge me for them since they arrived late. The food tasted very good, however, but I wish there were more items on the menu, and fewer offerings with duck and more chicken. Finally, the staff brought a birthday dessert for my companion but did not sing happy birthday, which was much appreciated since she hates being sung to at restaurants. The dessert was delicious. The staff was very friendly and courteous, but they need to work on their organization and timing of the food presentation.

ZINO
Responded on March 12, 2019

Hey Diana, Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We will certainly discuss the timing issues with the team. We are glad to hear that overall you enjoyed the food and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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M
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very mediocre food which sounded good on paper -- although the vegetable sides were tasty. Very uneven service - at times warm and solicitous, at other times no one to be found; very slow kitchen. Big, open noisy space that they tried to make cosy, but it just doesn't work.

ZINO
Responded on March 9, 2019

Martin, I am very sorry to hear that your experience was less than exceptional. We will certainly take your feedback and discuss with the team, and if you are willing to give us another shot I feel confident that we could find dishes that you would really enjoy. We will also discuss the service issues as well. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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f
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were just right. The menu is intriguing and prepared well. We will definitely return if in the area again.

ZINO
Responded on March 9, 2019

Fudiboy, Thanks so much for your review! We will definitely pass along your feedback to the team, and we hope to see you again soon when you are back in town. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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MA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was very good and a good value. The kitchen was very slow on everything.

ZINO
Responded on March 6, 2019

Mac, I am sorry to hear that the ticket times were slow coming out of the kitchen. We will certainly pass this along to the team and work together on making sure that these issues do not present themselves in the future. Thanks again for taking the time to let us know. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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FN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

After three visits to Zino's, I am still unimpressed by what I consider rabbit food: lots of parsley, onions, lettuce, but not much to inspire a meat eater. My female companions though the salads O.K. I tried the chicken kebab again, with the same disappointing results: three small nuggets of over-cooked chicken, French fries (good), peta bread, tons of parsley, and not much of anything else. I tried the so-called minestrone which is lacking in taste. A bowl of hot water, two pieces of macaroni, a few pieces of veggies. I couldn't eat the "minestrone," and sent it back to the kitchen. Women seem to like Zino's evidences by the presence of mostly older women. BRING BACK CAFE 5!

ZINO
Responded on March 6, 2019

Frank, There is a lot of good info for us here. It sounds like we have yet to win you over and sadly you have given us many chances to do so. Please know that we do review this feedback with the team and we will take your review and use it to evaluate our execution at lunch and what we can do to provide a better experience for our guests. Thanks again for taking the the time to let us know. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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ER
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was very, very, very Okay. The food had no taste.

ZINO
Responded on March 6, 2019

Eduardo, I am very sorry to hear that your experience was less than exceptional. We will certainly pass this along to the team for review and use it to better coach and train the staff. If you decide to give us another chance, I feel confident we could find something that you would find to your liking. Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

terrible service two visits in a row.
from the time we sat down until our drinks came was 25 minutes; until our food came, 55 minutes.
this time the excuse was hilarious: "we get really busy during dinner time."

ZINO
Responded on February 27, 2019

Doctor, I am very sorry to hear about the timing issues on your recent visits... and there is no excuse for waiting that long for drinks and food, regardless of how busy we are. We are constantly re-assessing staffing levels and will use your feedback as more information to make those decisions with. Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The fish and octopus were very good. The risotto was Okay. The waiter was professional but overwhelmed. You need more servers. It was a while before the main courses were served. Overall an improvement over the previous restaurant in that space.

ZINO
Responded on February 24, 2019

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We will certainly use it to better coach the staff and make adjustments as needed to provide a better service experience. We hope to see you again soon to provide an excellent experience all around. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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DF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enough menu selections, excellent service, high quality organic food. The tables are spaced so you don't feel on top of other diners around you. The temperature was too cool. I kept my outside clothes on.

ZINO
Responded on February 21, 2019

Danny, Thank you so much for your feedback. We will definitely pass along to the team and hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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d
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was well-prepared and quite tasty, but the portions were small. Service was quite slow. The ambiance was very pleasant.

ZINO
Responded on February 21, 2019

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that the food and ambiance were solid and sorry to hear that the service was slow. We will use this to follow up with and coach the team, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had been here once before and would have given it 4 stars at that time. However, two of the dishes were just not good, at all. Stay away from the Tuna Tartare - bland with thin slices of raw tuna. I also recommend avoiding the Vegetable Tangine - spicy sauce over bland veggies without purpose - the flavor of hot sauce on a boiled potato. Not sure what is going on in the kitchen. The cod dish was decent.

ZINO
Responded on February 21, 2019

Flava, I am sorry to hear that your second experience with us what not what you expected. We will review with the team to see where we can improve and we hope to have you in again soon. Best, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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d
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizers (Mezes) were excellent. We shared a pasta dish -Anglo...? - and texture was good though filling a bit bland and way too much garlic, at least for us.

ZINO
Responded on February 21, 2019

Dora, Thanks so much for your review! We will certainly pass along your feedback to the team, both good and bad, to make improvements where needed. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service. The bar manager was so fun and an expert at recommending cocktails. Our waiter was really sweet, polite and efficient. Overall 10/10 date night experience. Thank you!

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JA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for the first time for a couple of their signature Greyhounds, and had a fabulous dinner. Their buttered hummus is divine, excellent wine selection, and superb service. We will be back!

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AK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space to celebrate!

ZINO
Responded on February 21, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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KO
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Space is quiet and nicely appointed; good for business lunches.

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GA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere, great food. My only issue was that they were out of a number of items, including Chicken Tagine and Burrata (the two items we really wanted), seemed odd for 7:00 pm on a Monday night.

ZINO
Responded on February 20, 2019

Gary, Thanks for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon! We have recently added several new menu items that we think you would enjoy, and we are constantly assessing our pars to ensure that we do not run out of items as you experienced on your visit. Thanks again! Best, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Sunday dinner before Berkeley Rep performance. 5 of us arrived 30 minutes early in the hope of getting out early enough to make Berkeley Rep. The restaurant was able to seat us early. The appetizer of 3 dips - baba ganouche, moussaka, hummus with warm Pita bread at $18 was excellent and enough for the 5 of us. The minestrone soup $9 for a small cup was awful. It was chicken broth with bits of onion and prociutto. It did not resemble the rich bean based minestrone vegetable soup one would expect. The soup must have been sitting and cooking for days because the prociutto bits had dried up into tough rubbery tasteless nuggets that approximated grizzle. 2 people had a lamb main dish that they said was very good. 2 others had the Chicken Tagine which was served as whole chicken legs in a sauce. The sauce was fine but the leg meat was hard to get off the bone and dip in the sauce. Usually Tagine has chunks of thigh or even breast. Furthermore given that Tagine is a runny sauce it needs to be served with couscous or rice or warm pita bread. ZINO is relatively new and is evolving, we will wait a year to come back and try it again if they are still in business. So far it needs improvement to be recommended.

ZINO
Responded on February 20, 2019

Ben, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am very sorry to hear that that the food did not meet your expectations, and we hope to see you sooner than a year to find something you like! We will use this review to coach and review with the team to make ourselves better. Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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JM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner out before seeing a show at Berkeley Rep. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. We enjoyed our cocktails and pita bread with dip before the mains- steak and lamb.

ZINO
Responded on February 12, 2019

James, Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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V
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The good part: the very good service, both in the bar and in the dining room. The babaganoush was yummy.

The bad: the main meal. The vegetables in the tagine were seriously undercooked. The chicken in the tagine was seriously overcooked. Neither the vegetable tagine nor the chicken tagine was warm upon arrival at the table. The vegetables were so undercooked as to be virtually inedible.

Too bad, as we had enjoyed a prior meal there.

ZINO
Responded on February 12, 2019

Victoria, I am very sorry to hear that we missed the mark on the tagines, and we would love to have another chance to make things right. We will pass the compliments on the service to the team, and use your feedback to coach our staff up on what we can do better. Thanks again for your time! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Restaurant and Bar Manager

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