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.
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CS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
179 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

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
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
179 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Zino is a lively place to visit before the theater.

M
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
50 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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r
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

the food here is good, though the selection is rather eclectic. Our group had been here once before and found the service to be very poor. This time it was much improved, although the courses were brought to the table in haphazard manner - multiple small plates were brought at the same time, so some of us had 2 or 3 choices to eat all at once, while those who had ordered full meals had to wait quite some time. This seems to be an easily remedied problem; I don't know why they haven't fixed it after more than six months in business.

ZINO
Responded on June 18, 2019

Good Evening, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. It sounds like we hit the mark on the food side but were lacking on service. We will certainly get together with the team on this and ensure that we are constantly striving to improve. Thanks again for your time and we hope to see you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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DA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Zino was good. First of all the wait staff were all uniformly terrific. Ready, clear, knowledgeable, cheerful, helpful, pleasant. Just like the hotel staff here. when you walk in the hotel it takes a second to realize there's a restaurant, because the bar is what you see and a large portion of the restaurant is cleverly separated off by semi translucent tall curtains. Food was good, Mediterranean flavors very tasty at dinner. I personally don't like gunkey sauces with crisp vegetables, but that was partly my ignorance of what the names of the sauces meant. That was dinner. Breakfast was okay, coffee very good, poached egg a little overcooked, bacon rather dry, but the breakfast potatoes were a disappointment, they were deep fried and over crisp on the outside like french fries rather than gently sauteed as I had expected. Oatmeal was the best steel cut oatmeal I've had in a public restaurant and soaked in cream, astonishing and yummy. at dnner the room is very loud as they have nothing but reflective surfaces, but this is a nearly universal problem in California trendy restaurants. But we would recommend this place to people coming to Berkeley particularly those staying at the hotel but also in general. Also the prices are reasonable.

ZINO
Responded on June 16, 2019

David, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a thorough review. We will certainly pass this feedback to the team, and we hope to see you again when you are back in town! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious food!

ZINO
Responded on June 16, 2019

Leah, 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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EM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The cocktails and wine were good, but I was horribly disappointed with the food. Out falafels were like rocks and very little flavor. My vegetable dish didn’t seem like much more than boiled veggies... mostly carrots. My friend’s fish was okay. Maybe if we had ordered different meals, they would have tasted better? I don’t know. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere clean and calm. Sadly, I won’t go there for food again though might go for a drink.

ZINO
Responded on June 12, 2019

Elizabeth, Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the food, but happy you enjoyed the drinks. We will pass this along to the culinary team so that they can review and find ways to improve. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again for another shot at making things right. Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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C
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful! Such a great addition to the Downtown Berkeley dining scene.

ZINO
Responded on June 12, 2019

Charlotte, 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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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent! This is only the second time I’ve eaten at Zino’s, but it is already a favorite. We went to eat before going to a play, and the experience was relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable. The waiter was knowledgeable, patient, and good-natured. The host and wait staff are, to a person, professional and courteous. Zino’s has got everything just right. I just wish I lived closer..

ZINO
Responded on June 12, 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for your kind review. We will certainly pass along to the team, and we hope you come back and see us soon! Thanks again, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was overpriced for the quality. Service was a little spotty for the price. Room was a little loud.

ZINO
Responded on June 7, 2019

Good Afternoon, I am very sorry to hear that your experience was less than exceptional. We will certainly pass this along to the team and review to see what areas we can improve on. Thanks again for your time and feedback. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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BF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, excellent service, tasty drinks. I would recommend the pappardelle be rolled a little thinner, as it was a little heavy for the sauce, but it came with a very generous portion of duck confit.

ZINO
Responded on June 7, 2019

Bernard, Thank you for your feedback! We are glad to hear you had a great experience, and will certainly pass along your feedback on the Pappardelle to the kitchen to review. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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CS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not only is the food here excellent, but the service is fabulous. Everyone who works here is kind and caring and just cool.

ZINO
Responded on June 7, 2019

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

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

DELICIOUS LOCAL ROCK COD and clams DISH!! Friendly Service, plenty of privacy even though you are close to other tables, close enough to Freight and Salvage and Berkeley Rep 6 or 7 blocks to walk, nice buzz like a new york italian restaurant should be......popular and all the diners look happy and engaged in the whole atmosphere. Chef and waiters able and willing to accomodate gluten free and other allergies!

DB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zino is a revelation. The menu "weaves together flavors and fresh ingredients inspired by 22 Mediterranean cuisines...including tasty mezze, dips and dishes served in beautiful Mediterranean-style tagines. "

Our group started with a selection of appetizers, including the memorable muhammara - a mouth-watering dip comprised of walnut, roasted pepper and pomegranate. The oven roasted tomatoes and warm burrata cheese in the caprese salad took this standard dish to a whole new level. The fish - a pickled ramp crusted halibut - was outstanding - delicate and moist with nuanced flavoring. Some of our menu favorites turned out to be the vegetable selections - the roasted baby carrots w/labne, za'atar and olive oil, and the green beans with date molasses, garlic and sesame are two wonderful examples.

The restaurant decor is a lovely combination of sophistication, comfort and ease. In short we were blown away by Zino!

ZINO
Responded on May 29, 2019

Debra, Thanks so much for your feedback! We are so happy that your experience was exceptional. 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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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were very impressed with this new restaurant that is in the old space of "5". The food was good, and unique, and the service was excellent. The space is open, inviting and not too loud. This newcomer will be on our top 5 places to dine before the Berkeley Rep.

ZINO
Responded on May 29, 2019

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for your feedback and we are so glad that we will be on your "top 5" pre-theatre options! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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d
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service is very good here. My only complaint is the over inflated price of a martini. Also, I hate the little sawed off wine glass that they serve them in. I like a large, classic martini in a traditional V shaped stemmed glass.

ZINO
Responded on May 29, 2019

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback! We will certainly pass along both the positive and negative aspects to the team and look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed in our first visit to Zino, primarily because we liked the decor and atmosphere of the prior restaurant (5) that is owned by the same owners, plus we felt the price was high for the brunch on Mothers day. The food and service however was good.

ZINO
Responded on May 24, 2019

Alan, Thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service, and we are always reviewing pricing, etc. We hope to see you again! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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j
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, but nowhere near worth the $70 fixed price menu. Food quality was on par with what you'd get at a nice hotel, which is no surprise since this is a fairly nice hotel. For a $70 Mother's Day brunch, I'd expect the latte to be included, and the food not to come from a buffet. I'd pay maybe $40 for buffet of food this quality.

ZINO
Responded on May 24, 2019

Jen, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service, and are always reviewing pricing, etc. and will take your feedback under advisement. Thanks again! Best, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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J
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was exceptional, the food was visually stunning and our taste buds jumping for joy tonight. We are thankful to find and experience this cool gem.

ZINO
Responded on May 24, 2019

Jules, Thanks so much for your feedback! We are glad you found us too ;). We look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, Dave Thomas -- Bar and Restaurant Manager

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SO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Steak ordered medium well came rare. Otherwise everything yummy

ZINO
Responded on May 9, 2019

Susan, 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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