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.

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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet served from Noon to 7pm. $59 per person |$25 for children 6-12 | Free for children under 6

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Zino is offering a traditional Christmas Day brunch from 10am-2pm. $79.00 per person including bottomless mimosas, juice, coffee, sodas and iced tea $35.00 per child 12 and under a service gratuity of 20% will be added .

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 185 People Are Saying
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Tahoe
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I went for Sunday brunch before an event at Cal Berkeley and it was great! The service was prompt, the food came out really fast, and everything tasted really yummy! If we are back in the area again I would totally go again!

K
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food mediocre. Smallish portions

A
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to go to the Shattack Plaza Hotel and eat at the previous restaurant here... was initially sad to see it go, because we enjoyed certain menu items. However, the new place is amazing. Enjoyed a lovely brunch with reasonably priced cocktails (a rare treat in the Bay Area), and fantastic morning selections. Also checked out the evening menu while we were there so that we can go back. Our young server was friendly and efficient, checked on us without being intrusive. GREAT food... fresh greens and meats in the omelettes, but their brunch also includes burgers in addition to breakfasty things. The garlic potatoes were great, and the meals were good-sized without feeling like we wasted food. Will return.

OE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We came her for dinner before a show on a Saturday night. The lobby ambience is pleasantly lively, although I wish the televisions above the bar weren’t on. The tzatziki appetizer was a measly smear on the plate— perhaps a tablespoon or two. My husband’s chicken was tasty and generously portioned, but the salmon was disappointing and meager.

ZINO
Responded 5 days ago

Good Afternoon, Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. It sounds like your experience was somewhat of a mixed bag. We will review with the staff to see where we can improve and we hope that you will give us another chance again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and excellent service. I highly recommend this Downtown Berkeley gem.

ZINO
Responded 5 days ago

Good Afternoon CWBerk, Thanks so much for your feedback! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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OT
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very attentive service and delicious food. It was nearly empty, so quiet. My veggie entree seemed a little expensive considering it had no meat protein, but otherwise it was a pleasant experience. Because it’s in the hotel lobby, I’d expect it to have a livelier vibe in the late afternoon or evening.

ZINO
Responded 5 days ago

Good Afternoon, 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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MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We searched Mediterranean and this popped up. It turns out it’s a hotel restaurant without much ambiance. The bar has fantastic craft cocktails though. The hummus was fantastic! The dessert tart delicious. The main dishes were less impressive as was the soup. Needs work but overall I’d eat there again as a guest of the hotel or as a business meeting spot. I’m sure there are far better Mediterranean restaurants around the neighborhood.

ZINO
Responded on November 4, 2019

Good Afternoon Michelle, Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear that we missed the mark on several elements of your meal, and we will certainly use this to better coach and train our staff, as well as celebrate the positives you mentioned. We hope to see you again to improve upon the areas of concern. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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DO
Tahoe
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were staying at the hotel this restaurant is located in and were excited to try it after looking at the menu online. Unfortunately we were very disappointed with our meal. For our appetizer we had the caprese salad. The tomatoes and burrata were delicious but it barely contained any balsamic reduction. My husband has the special that day which was a chicken dish which was over salted and rather dry. I order the vegetable tagine, expecting it to be somewhat of a vegetable stew dish. However, it was nothing more than dry, roasted vegetables with a bit of yogurt. The dish was quite spicy and the server said the chef would remake it for me with less spice, however, I opted for more yogurt to calm the spice and give more moisture to another wise dry, boring dish. I do want to say that our server was great. He was very attentive and quite perfect in his service technique (something one does not often see nowadays) ... always serving from the proper side, brushing off the table in between courses, offering remedies for my spicy meal. He really seemed to enjoy his job and was very good at it.
This was not an inexpensive dinner. one appetizer, two disappointing entrees, one glass of prosecco and one beer cost about $150. For good food I do not mind paying that much but most unfortunately the good just was not that great. Perhaps some day we'll go back and give them another try but not will to give them a recommendation at this point.

ZINO
Responded on November 4, 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to give us a thorough review of your experience. I'm very sorry to hear that the food was less than exceptional for you, but happy to hear that the service was great. We will review with the kitchen team to see where we can improve upon the items that you mentioned, and acknowledge with the service staff the excellent job they did. Again, thank you for your time! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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r
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good location for business lunch. We were a little surprised that the Vegetarian Mezza was a large lettuce salad with rice & falafel, plus broken up crackers & small dollops of humus, tzatziki, muhammara.

ZINO
Responded on November 4, 2019

Good Afternoon Robal, Thanks for taking the time to give us your detailed feedback. We will certainly review with the kitchen team and see where we can improve. We hope you will come back and see us so we can have another opportunity to find something you love. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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o
Mexico City
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

La comida y el servicio muy buenos. El lugar agradable, informal y con buen ambiente.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience4

I much preferred the food when the restaurant was 5
It seems much emptier now

ZINO
Responded on October 30, 2019

Good Afternoon David, Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. I'm sorry to hear that the food was not to your liking. We are constantly re-evaluating our offerings and will certainly take your feedback into account as we work through menu changes. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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C
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It is way too noisy to be enjoyable and to allow for conversation without shouting at each other. Suggest they put a sound reducing barrier between the dining room and the bar.

ZINO
Responded on October 30, 2019

Good Afternoon Charlotte, Thanks for providing us with your feedback. While I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the food, I'm sorry that the ambiance was not to your liking. We are constantly evaluating how we can maximize the experience for both those in the dining room and in the lounge, and will certainly take your experience into account as we move forward. Thanks again for your time. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Good server, promptly seated. The dining room tends to carry noise, so can be a bit loud. Unfortunately, the food is only average and over-salted.

ZINO
Responded on October 30, 2019

Good Afternoon Bruce, I'm glad to hear the service was good but disappointed that the food did not measure up. We hope you will give us another chance so we can find something you enjoy! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, service and a fun trendy vibe! Love this place.

ZINO
Responded on October 9, 2019

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

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect place to share terrific Meditarranean appetizers before Berkeley Rep or Auora.

ZINO
Responded on October 9, 2019

Ronda, Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your feedback! We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect for pre-play dinner. Handy for BerkeleyRep and Aurorra Theaters, good selection of light mezze or heavier meals. Good ambience. Easy to talk without hearing neighboring tables, especially as I wear hearing aids and a loud ambience is torture to me.

ZINO
Responded on October 9, 2019

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

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J
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, upscale restaurant with innovative food and excellent service!

ZINO
Responded on September 28, 2019

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

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CS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

While the menu is limited, everything they fix is just really good. Since it's walking istance to the Berkeley theatres, it's a perfect place to go before attending ACT or Aurora, etc. The wait staff is attentive and delightful.

ZINO
Responded on September 23, 2019

Carol, Thanks so much for your feedback! We hope to see you again before the show! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food. Caprese salad the tomatoes were very fresh and mozzarella creamy. Carrots in the yogurt sauce very good.

ZINO
Responded on September 23, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved it. Very spacious so we didn’t feel like we where sitting on top of each other. Food was delicious, wine list was full of great options and staff was friendly. We also got a complementary dessert for our celebration, which is always a very nice touch. ;)

ZINO
Responded on September 5, 2019

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

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F
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very nice we ate breakfast there twice! Also, we hit their 7 day a week happy hour once as well.

ZINO
Responded on September 3, 2019

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

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F
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch flanked by large windows that looked out at the heart of Berkeley; perfect! Oh, the food was great too.

ZINO
Responded on September 3, 2019

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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was really disappointing.

ZINO
Responded on September 3, 2019

Good Afternoon, I'm very sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience. We would love to have another chance to make things right! Thanks again for your feedback. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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e
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From happy hour to dinner everything was great.

ZINO
Responded on August 18, 2019

Edward, 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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UC
San Francisco
184 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very tasty and portions ample here, as good on our second visit as on our first. Especially good were the cocktails, many of the appetizers, especially the hummus and homemade matzoh, and the steak and branzino entrees. The gelatin we had for the dessert were creamy and rich in flavor. The Meyer lemon sorbet was exceptional. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The only drawback this time was the very noisy receptio, due to poor acoustics, going on in the adjoining bar area, which made it hard for us to converse and hear each other for the first part of our meal. It would be nice if there was more of a separation of these areas.

ZINO
Responded on August 10, 2019

Good afternoon, Thanks so much for your feedback. We will certainly share it with the team. We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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d
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

I was very underwhelmed by the food and the service was almost non-existent. The hummus was too hard, the Tagine almost tasteless if not for the little yoghurt. The pita wasn’t pita it was more like bread than pita. Their only redemption was the Baklava and Fatoish was ok

Not on my list of places to go to again.

JK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Cocktails and apps over conversation and we were seated immediately. Waiter was attentive, but not overly so. Drinks were innovative and service prompt. Crudo overdressed with great olive oil. Octopus was well-done, literally. Hummus was unique and smooth and just as promised, like everyone else, we too were surprised that was lamb in the middle. My daughter, starving college student she claims to be, loved it. Unique space, worth a try.

ZINO
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hi Katherine, Thanks so much for your feedback. We will go over both the highs and lows with the team, and hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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UC
San Francisco
184 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A welcome new addition to downtown Berkeley dining. Zino is much better than the mediocre "Five" which had been there before. It's a Mediterranean style restaurant in an elegant setting next to the lobby of the hotel. Portions are quite ample and generous, as well as being tasty. We highly recommend all the courses, from the humus and homemade matzoh starters, which is not your typical store bought matzoh by a long shot -- all the way to the cardamom flavored turkish coffee gelato.

ZINO
Responded on July 30, 2019

Good Afternoon, Thanks so much for your feedback! We will share with team and hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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PP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were actually staying at the hotel where ZINO is located and I had previously had small bites at the bar, both on this visit and previously to our stay here. Our wedding anniversary is in late July so we decided to celebrate it one week early. The staff was outstanding, from the manager to the fellow who seated us, to the server who is new to Zino & the hotel. Very inspired Mezze items, good side dishes with just the right amount of spice and two great entrees. We had not had a pappardelle in a long time. I decided to try one of the specialty cocktails and it did not disappoint and made for a nice accompaniment to the spicy dishes. The manager noted on our reservation that it was a wedding anniversary celebration and so they gave us a dessert treat on the house. It was delectable.

I will be back for other special occasions and make a point to eat at ZINOs when I am in Berkeley even if I am not a hotel guest. Great and personable staff, fine food, and wonderful cocktail and wine offerings.

ZINO
Responded on July 21, 2019

Patricia, So glad to hear you had a great experience with us! We will certainly pass along your wonderful feedback to the team and can't wait to see you again! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with thoughtful service in a historic place. Wine is way too expensive!

ZINO
Responded on July 16, 2019

Nick, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are constantly reviewing pricing to ensure we strike a balance between value and selection, and will certainly take this under consideration, but glad to hear that the rest of your experience was great! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gorgeous setting. Beautifully decorated. Food topped many SF dining experiences - including Mourad. Friendly waitstaff, great cocktails and wine list.

ZINO
Responded on July 16, 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. What great stuff to pass along to the team! We hope you will come back and see us soon. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend and I had a totally delightful experience at Zino's. The service was attentive and not overbearing. We were introduced to new-to-us mocktails that were delicious and refreshing. We ordered several appetizers that were ample and deliciously seasoned. The ambiance is just lovely with high ceilings, tables spaciously arranged so that one does not need to strain to hear your conversation....what a treat!
Will definitely return to sample other menu offerings. Yum!

ZINO
Responded on July 16, 2019

Ann, Thanks so much for your feedback, and we are delighted that you enjoyed everything especially the craft "mocktails" that we are very proud of... it really is a whole new world of non-alcoholic drinks these days, and our list is always expanding as we come up with new and creative stuff to put on the menu. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon!' Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Dinner began on a hopeful note with immediate cheerful service. We ordered yummy sounding main dishes. Then...disappointment all around. The duck tangine consisted of overdone duck and not much else. The pasta came with a too sweet sauce. The crab Louis was small even though the waiter said it was main dish size. My tangine consisted of undercooked root vegetables in a tasteless sauce. Too bad. It's in an old hotel in a convenient Berkeley neighborhood.

ZINO
Responded on July 16, 2019

Good Afternoon, I am very sorry to hear that your dining experience was not what you had hoped. We will certainly review this with the staff and work towards improving in the future so that it does not happen again. Thanks again for taking the time to give us your feedback. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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s
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zino is a lively place to visit before the theater.

M
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The four of us shared hummus with sliced lamb as a starter with warm pita. Small portion, but excellent. Breast of duck tagine quite ample and I. Was told it was fine and tasty. My pappardelle duck confit dish was mildly seasoned—could have had more flavor, but was filling and satisfying. Moroccan chicken soup superb. The special ricotta ravioli was also well received.

ZINO
Responded on July 16, 2019

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

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EB
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious and authentic food worthy of Berkeley site. Attentive and informed wait staff. Warm hummus appetizer was fantastic, as was duck tangine entree and fish.

ZINO
Responded on July 16, 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your review. We will certainly pass this along to the team and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came quickly, waiter was very attentive, Brunch food was very good.

ZINO
Responded on June 25, 2019

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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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambience if you want to hear your conversation- definitely not a place with pulsing music so if you are a hip rocker pick some other place. Good food with short menu but lots of flavorful options. I’ll return!

ZINO
Responded on June 25, 2019

Good Afternoon, Thanks so much for your review! We are very glad you had a good experience, and hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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EH
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter put the service over the top! He made great suggestions and checked in on us. We had a nice dinner.

ZINO
Responded on June 22, 2019

Eliza, 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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RH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small plates; hummus and grilled octopus were very good.
Duck was on the tough side and should have been pounded first.

Gelato for dessert was excellent, particularly pistachio and also coffee flavors.

ZINO
Responded on June 18, 2019

Richard, Thank you so much for your review! We will share with the staff and follow up on the duck issue as well. Look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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