ZINO

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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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.
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FrancesH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The ambiance always wonderful at GE hotel.

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LindaD
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The room is gorgeous. the food is great. We had the branzino fish and special lamb. Both delicious. the cocktail I had called golden mouthful is one of the best I've ever had.

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NancyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The menu is interesting and appealing, but the execution of the fare leaves room for improvement. It’s also noisy. Service was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Extremely expensive for portion size. Also, being vegan I only had the patella choice. It would be great if some sort of protein could be included in restaurant vegan options so a vegan dish is balanced nutritionally. Tofu, beans or nuts could be that protein.

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Dinnerout
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came to celebrate a retirement, notes on the reservation but not acknowledged by our server. It was okay because our service was good as was the food. My only issue was that the prices are quite high for the value. It’s surprising to spend $34 for a plate and left a bit hungry. No bread offered... even when ordering pasta.

I would recommend but would offer the suggestion of being careful of what you order if you want the best value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our dinners, even though we had to pick from a considerably reduced menu.
However, the service fell off radically for dessert, so much so that we didn't have time to enjoy it. It was almost 30 minutes from the time we ordered it until it came to the table -- that was truly excessive, and very disappointing.

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evam
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Perhaps Zinos was understaffed the day we came. But, our food eventually arrived but we had no eating utensils. We requested them, twice. When none were forth coming, we simply nabbed them from a nearby empty table.

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vipCarolS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the food here -- no matter what I get, from simple to fancy, it's always wonderful. The staff is kind and usually quite attentive. Oh, and they have great desserts, too.

Go there -- you'll love it.

ZINO
Responded on February 25, 2020

Carol, 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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TonyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was terrific, attentive and not intrusive. The space is lovely, open and airy. Food was great, a prix fixe special. And you can converse without shouting, imagine! It's not a cheap meal, but it's a wonderful place, highly recommend it.

ZINO
Responded on February 26, 2020

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

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vipmangiatore
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I paid $32 for a main course seared scallop dish, which must have had 3 scallops thinly sliced and browned. The dish was described on the menu as including salad. There was as much salad on the plate as you could easily fit into a single tablespoon. The food was tasty but unbelievably skimpy for the price. In answer to your question below about recommending ZINO to a friend, I would say only if you wanted a delicious small snack for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the ambiance

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vipClover88
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Mediterranean-centric food. Competent, efficient service helped us get to the theatre on time. Good cocktails.

ZINO
Responded on February 26, 2020

Good Afternoon Clover, 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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RichardF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This was their "special" fixed Valentine's Day menu, no other choice. The food was very good but overpriced. It was a three course meal at a seven course price. The wine servings were also expensive yet ordinary at best. Service was too fast for a special meal.

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vipRickH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The WORST meal I’ve had in an open table restaurant by far!!
Bill was nearly $200 with tip...they had a price fixed menu for Valentines Day.
They advertise a "Mediterranean Menu"...our Open Table reservation didn't indicate that the meal was a price fixed menu...to add to our frustration the fixed price menu offered had NO Mediterranean dishes.
You should not allow your customers to book at this place...it's that bad!!

ZINO
Responded on February 26, 2020

Rick, I know there is little we can do at this point to remedy your experience, but please know that this has not fallen on deaf ears and we have already discussed this and other feedback in regards to our Valentine's Day menu. We will certainly use it to inform our decision making moving forward. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience and I cannot apologize enough for your upset over this meal. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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vipZorrah
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our group was attending a marathon session at nearby Berkeley Rep.

The restaurant was serving a special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu. They were quite sensitive to our time constraints. The food was good; the service excellent.

I have eaten here before and will certainly do so again.

ZINO
Responded on February 26, 2020

Zorrah, Thanks so much for your review! We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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YoungAppetite
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We has valentine’s reservations and were told we had to choose from a prix fix menu. There was no Mediterranean food in sight. We had a beets and goat cheese appetizer, bouillabaisse, and a tart. Each course underwhelmed in its own way, and just displayed a high class idea executed poorly and without care. Paying $65 per person plus tax and tip after that meal was even more painful after our botched dinner date.

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MartinF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Salad so-so. Octopus good. Pork Chop good but small portion. Nothing to make me repeat.

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vipSenorREX
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Truly mediocre experience. Food was OK but definitely nothing special. Service was abysmal. Nice people just not attentive to needs and had to be asked twice for things. This is open air through to the bar. Personally, I find it distracting to have TV on during dinner, especially what is touted as 'nice.' Finally, a little pricey for what it is.

I'll not go back, there are just too many really great options to spend money at Zino's.

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MsMic
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal excellent and the service surpassed the meal. We really enjoyed the grilled octopus was prepared allowing it to remain tender. I’ll go again.

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foodlover
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great meal, great service and yummy dessert!

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JohnL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

With happy hour in the bar the restaurant was much to noisy

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BethL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a marvelous time and enjoyed every bite. The space is so much more welcoming and fun now; we look forward to lounging about with drinks on the retro sofas next time!

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mark
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice ambiance! You can have a conversation without having to shout or lean in! Food was very good.

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vipCreativeCarol
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Love Zino for food, drink, ambiance. It is a regular spot for me to share with friends and will continue to be so. However, I was very disappointed in the service this visit. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant. We ordered an appetizer and when that was served and server stated our entrees would be right out, I asked for that not to happen. We wanted to enjoy our appetizer. Soon after our entrees arrive. The table was too small to accomodate all the plates... we were left juggling trying to move our appetizer and the small plates somewhere while the server was holding the entrees... anxiously trying to dump them on the table. We eneded up stacking our appetizer plates to send away before we were done. Then when it was time for the check to be paid, we waited forever before someone returned to take the check and process the payment. I hope for better service next visit. Thankfully the rest of the restaurant and experience is so good, I will go back. Others might not.

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Camila
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place, low key, pleasant and warm.
It’s quiet. No loud music
Great place to have a meal.

ZINO
Responded on January 26, 2020

Camila, Thanks so much for your time! We appreciate the feedback and will certainly pass along to the team. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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vipBobH
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Raucous crowd in the bar made it impossible to converse.

ZINO
Responded on January 26, 2020

Bob, Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. The 21st was an unusually loud bar crowd due to a private party that was going on, and unfortunately it did affect the noise level in the dining room which is generally pretty quiet. Our apologies that it negatively affected your experience. Thanks for your understanding and we hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Crab in the Crab Louie was tasteless. Dressing had cayenne pepper in it, not the classic dressing, and I had specifically asked for no pepper. Pine nut tart was blah. Will not be returning!

ZINO
Responded on January 26, 2020

Good Afternoon, I'm very sorry to hear your experience was less than exceptional. We will certainly go over this feedback with the team to ensure we address the issues you raised. Thanks again for your time! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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CharlesL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The latest dining room iteration of the downtown Berkeley Hotel Shattuck and it is, by far, the best. Quiet, great food and calm, competent service.

ZINO
Responded on January 26, 2020

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

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vipHulagirl
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When i came into the restaurant, there was no one at the maitre d' kiosk and none of the employees in the vicinity acknowledged me. Luckily, I saw the others in my party seated already so I joined them. I had the crab louie which seemed small although there was A LOT of crab but no much lettuce (the opposite of what one expects!). I had the rosemary pinenut tart which seemed a little herby at first but it grew on me. The inside part was a but runny and cloyingly sweet so I think the dessert chef has to go back to the drawing board on that one.

ZINO
Responded on January 26, 2020

Hi Hulagirl, Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. We will certainly pass this along to the team to review and make adjustments where needed. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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rays
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Zino is probably one of the most convenient restaurants to BART train in the bay area. Walk out of the BART Downtown Berkeley BART station at the Allston Way Exit station and you are at the restaurant.
Friendly staff , good service and atmosphere and food is good to excellent depending on what dish you order. The prices are high, but that's the new normal in the bay area. Worth going.

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OaklandNancy
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As vegetarians, there are a limited number of dishes available, but friends wanted to try it, so we went back. The service was great, and we had a corner table that was relatively quiet and thus good for older folks.

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vipUnravel
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The menu descriptions sounded amazing for our group. We tried the branzino, the vegan paella, carrots, okra and hummus. They ran out of the broccolini and the desserts all had gluten, so that was not an option. The branzino promised bright flavors- no grapefruit came thru and the dish was completely bland. The best thing was the okra.

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RuelW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Beautiful, open environment and not noisy--a classy place. The hummus and appetizers were good, but all three of our main courses were very bland and disappointing.

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BarbaraB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good option before a show at Berkeley Rep or Freight. Fattoush salad , and scallops, were delicious! Muhammara was good.

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SharonE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had a noon reservation before a 2 p.m. curtain at Berkeley Rep. The place was almost empty, and we were surprised to see that the menu was for brunch--at noon on a Saturday! They did have a "new" entry, which I ordered--crab louie salad. It was laughable. The crab was delicious, but it came in a tiny little pile with almost nothing else--a couple of strips of something. But it was in no way an adequate meal.

The service was awful. The waiter kept disappearing for long periods of time, which was strange since there were few other people in the large dining room. (Maybe he had a second job somewhere else!)

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kenm
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We thought the food was pretty average. Pork chop was average to good but the branzino (fish) was lacking any flavor. Both dissappointed

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vipSusyannah
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It may have been that it was NY day and they were short staffed and those who were working just weren't that into it. Had to wait for table set up even though we had made reservation and room wasn't even half occupied. Food was decent but I see no reason to go back.

ZINO
Responded on January 5, 2020

Susyannah, I'm very sorry to hear that your experience was not up to par. We will review this feedback with the team to see where we can improve. Thanks again for taking the time to let us know about your experience! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The place is large and there were only about 5 of us in there yet everything was super slow. Example: we asked for water, so thirsty and rather than turning around to the bar 4 feet away, he left the dining area for a while. The same happened with food. He’d go to go to pick it up for us and rather than drop it off, begin waiting on other tables.
Food: octopus ok. Soup: plain no real flavor. Roulade chicken smelled bad and we sent back (weren’t charged for that one)

ZINO
Responded on January 5, 2020

Good Evening, I'm very sorry to hear that your experience was less than exceptional. There is a lot of good info here for us to review with the team, and we hope to see you again so we have a chance to make things right. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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DevorahN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and peaceful dining room, very sweet server. Outstanding Christmas buffet, something for everyone. I especially loved the smoked salmon!

ZINO
Responded on January 5, 2020

Good Evening Devorah, Thanks so much for your feedback! We will certainly pass along to the team. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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vipVictoria
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed the Christmas Day brunch. All the offerings were delicious. Loved the variety. The bottomless mimosas were great. We were particularly happy with the wonderful staff, who were warm and friendly, attentive and polite. We will most definitely return next year.

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