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ZINO, Berkeley, CA

ZINO

3.8
3.8
303 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
A Modern Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar located in the heart of Downtown Berkeley.

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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–1:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 649-9466

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Christian Luxton

  • Catering

    ZINO is located within the majestic Hotel Shattuck Plaza. When it comes to social and business events in Berkeley, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza has a rich history of bringing people together. Reinvented and renovated, our boutique hotel offers 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space with audio-visual support and an experienced catering team that transforms imagination into success. Contact us at 510-225-6026.

  • Private party facilities

    Planning an event? ZINO is available for group dining, offering partial and full buyouts of the restaurant, as well as, private rooms located inside the Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    Shattuck Avenue

  • Parking details

    Public Parking lots available at Allston Garage (on Allston Way) or Kittredge Parking Lot (on Kittredge Avenue). Street parking also available.

  • Public transit

    1 Block from Downtown Berkeley BART

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 303 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Great for fine wines

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Food was mediocre and not served to temp.
  2. B

    Bobs

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    food and ambience were great. Location good too in Berkeley.
  3. O

    Occasionally

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Unfortunately, we chose the Thanksgiving buffet. Everything was cold and almost gone by 6 pm. Turkey, stuffing, and prime rib good. Vegetables so so. Baklava way overbaked. No hot water for tea. Nice historic dining room. Friendly waiters. Go elsewhere for Thanksgiving. We won't return.
  4. AR

    AngelR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our Thanksgiving buffet dinner there. We will surely come back🥰
  5. AM

    AshM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible experience. Food was terrible, service was terrible.
  6. F

    Fypm

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    This was for the Thanksgiving Buffet. Food was ok. For the exorbitant amount they charged, absolutely not worth it. I’m not clear how they justify adding an 18% gratuity when you seat and serve yourself. A “server” came by twice during the entire meal to ask if we wanted drinks. Definitely not returning.
  7. DW

    DrWatson

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walking in it was very confusing, we didn't know if we had to check in or who to check in with...some signage with directions on how the buffet works would help. The restaurant area where we were was marked off as closed. Took a little while to get the buffet ready for all the 1pm guests, but maybe they had staff issues. The buffet table was a little unorganized, paired items were separated, signage was small, tables had access on both sides but only had one set of serving utensils/signage on one side. Sadly they didn't prepare for how many people wanted to eat pumpkin pie and my slice was frozen, solid as a rock. However...none of this really mattered when had our first bites of food. The cheese, soup, salmon, salad, turkey, prime rib...delicious. we had such a good time sampling all the wonderful items and going back for thirds and fourths! We would love to go back next year, hopefully they work out all the little things for smoother service. Staff was incredibly wonderful once the service started. We loved our Veronica! Thanks Zino!
  8. LF

    LisaF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    We dined at ZINO on Thanksgiving. Our reservation was at 1. They were not ready to seat any guests until 1:15. It was a buffet style dinner. The food was good but it was not hot. For some reason, they decided not to turn on any of the warming plates. They struggled keeping the desserts stocked. When they finally brought out more pumpkin pie, it was frozen. We could not even cut through it. Would definitely not recommend ZINO for a holiday dinner.
  9. NK

    NapaKat

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great location for us to meet our friends from the East Bay. We come from the city and it’s a easy Bart stop. The menu, while not extremely diverse, have something for everyone. The weight staff were fabulous. Accommodated our requests.
  10. KH

    KurtH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a first date. Wonderful ambiance, great adult beverages, and supreme wait staff - highly recommended!
  11. d

    diningwithrents

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Very disappointed in our meal. I've had the lamb tagine before which is why I ordered it again. This time some the lamb was dry and the dish wasn't that flavorful. Cavatelli noodles were tough and the dish overall was bland. The 3-spread appetizer was really good.
  12. MG

    MargaretG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    The food was really bad. The waiter was kind, but seemed to have no idea about what he was doing as a waiter or how the special wine tasting menu worked.
  13. GW

    GretchenW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The special Harvest Wine Dinner was outstanding. The food was delicious and generous- perfectly prepared scallops with a garnish of parsnip “chips.” The wine tasting pours were likewise generous and delicious. I hope they do this every year.
  14. E

    Elaine

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This was a special event. A fall festival meal and wine tasting. The wait staff did not seem to understand anything about the wine tasting part and had a difficult time explaining what the protocol was. It was very disorganized and left us with a feeling that the evening was not at all what we expected. Food was ok, but not great value.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nous étions en visite à Berkeley pour voir notre fille. Le Zino fut une excellente découverte : belle salle, bon accueil, très bonne nourriture méditerranéenne … nous recommandons
  16. AM

    AndreasM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Our server was not as attentive as we would wish. A salad order was delayed 15 minutes and we couldn't find him.
  17. B

    Beluhu

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    We arrived at 12:30 on a Sunday for brunch, only to find that the former brunch menu is now gone - all we were offered was a run of the mill, very limited breakfast menu. Even with that, they were out of a key ingredient for 2 of the dishes, smoked salmon - our server said that they “ran out yesterday.” How can you run out of ingredient so essential to your menu, and make no effort to replace it? Especially when the menu is tiny to begin with. In any case our omelets were fine, but we really missed the delicious fried chicken with waffles that we had had for brunch there barely a month ago. Also discovered that desserts are no longer offered at brunch. Not even a scoop of gelato or sorbet, which we had enjoyed on previous visits. At this rate of attrition, in another month I’d expect to see no menu at all. But we won’t be checking on that because we’ll be brunching elsewhere.
  18. DG

    DonaldG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have been to Zino several times, twice this fall. The food is great, and the quiet atmosphere conducive to conversations in a normal voice – no need raise your voice to be heard. We'll go again.
  19. m

    mwkoaktown

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nice quiet restaurant. Good middle eastern and Greek food. Seemed short staffed which explained a couple of service glitches.
  20. AL

    AmyL

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the live music on Friday! Food was delicious and ambiance was lovely.
  21. TR

    ThomasR

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious meal. Great vegetarian and vegan options!
  22. N

    Nunya

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We arrived right at opening time, with a reservation, and were seated right away. Two other parties were seated at the same time, but otherwise the restaurant was empty. Our cocktails did not arrive until we were half way done with our entree, and were not the drinks we had ordered. Our server had disappeared so we couldn't even ask for them to be remade. The food did arrive very quickly. The falafel were excellent, but the pasta was not cooked through. I don't mean it was al dente, I mean it was raw and floury in the middle, and some of it was stuck together in a big clump. Again, no server, so no way to fix it. I will not go back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    It was super slow We left mid way
  24. AN

    ArthurN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Marlon the bartender is outstanding. Really great ambiance and nice selections of different foods.
  25. AN

    ANJE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our food and wine. Ambience was fun. Slightly slow on bringing out wine but food came out quickly and was enjoyable.
  26. JL

    JoanneL

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Terrible experience. Food was okay, but the restaurant was crowded and the service was abominable. The waitress was evidently untrained --- did not bring us our wine until SOME TIME after she brought our main course. Told us that the problem was "the bar was too busy." Also told us that we could only get coffee from the bar. Told us that we could not use our credit cards to divide the checks, which we have always done at ZINO and other restaurants. We arrived at 6 pm and said that we needed to get to Aurora Theater by 7:30, but we did not manage to leave UNTIL 7:30. We wonder whether the management has changed. We've been there many times but we will never go there again.
  27. BH

    BonnieH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious. When we told the waitress that we were going to the theater after dinner, she brought the salad immediately. The entrees came soon thereafter. We were able to have a relaxed delicious meal without feeling rushed.
  28. R

    Rhta

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Attracted to Zino for the Flavors of Greece special menu. I wish I could give it better marks. Overall, it did not live up to my expectations and was overpriced.
  29. g

    geoff

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Perfect location for imaginative food and wine and walk to The Greek Theater. Indoor only, but good spacing and very high ceilings. Attentive service.
  30. P

    Peter

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Fast. Spacious. I'm definitely coming back!
  31. MJ

    MartinoJAB

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Very uninspired and poorly cooked food combined with astronomic prices. Restaurant is located in a hotel. We will not be returning.
  32. CS

    ChristineS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. Well done to surprise my daughter’s birthday. Nice candle on the plate. Food excellent and be cautious about gluten free. Thank you.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Very poor service and mediocre food.
  34. YM

    YvonneM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great food. Good wine seletion. Too bad some of the menu wasn't available, but overall a five star experience. Thank-you.
  35. DB

    DavidsonB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The menu was creative and delicious. The environment is welcoming, elegant and quiet - perfect for conversation. The service was, for the most part, prompt and attentive. It's a great place to eat before attending Berkeley Rep!
  36. D

    Dawnie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, everything. Our hostess was so welcoming, she was also our server because it was early, 5 pm, very knowledgeable with the food and wine. Really beautiful ambience, teal velvet, chandeliers, gorgeous. The Greek food was lovely. Hotel Shattuck is awesome.
  37. DC

    DouglasC

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice menu including Branzino Souvlaki and roasted half chicken. Caesar salad with locally sourced lettuce and avocado was delicious as was the roasted chicken with olives and artichokes on lemon sauce Strawberry pana cotta made a great dessert Outstanding service and reasonable prices
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great breakfast
  39. FD

    FrequentDiner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dining room. Great service and great food. Seating is comfortable, good size tables. Bathroom is immaculate, thank you for that. We’re going back!
  40. DG

    DavidG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The food really was not good. My salmon was not fresh, overdone and incredibly salty. My friend did not like the lamb stew. The salad was ok. Grilled octopus just ok. Didn’t have non alcoholic beer or sparkling water. More than $100 for 2 people for mediocre food without drinks other than club soda.

FAQs

ZINO is rated 3.8 stars by 303 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for ZINO

2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Shattuck Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–1:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Parking lots available at Allston Garage (on Allston Way) or Kittredge Parking Lot (on Kittredge Avenue). Street parking also available.

  • Public transit

    1 Block from Downtown Berkeley BART

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christian Luxton

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 649-9466

  • Catering

    ZINO is located within the majestic Hotel Shattuck Plaza. When it comes to social and business events in Berkeley, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza has a rich history of bringing people together. Reinvented and renovated, our boutique hotel offers 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space with audio-visual support and an experienced catering team that transforms imagination into success. Contact us at 510-225-6026.

  • Private party facilities

    Planning an event? ZINO is available for group dining, offering partial and full buyouts of the restaurant, as well as, private rooms located inside the Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

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