Zinqué - Newport

4.3
254 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Hip neighborhood restaurant with French-inspired dishes and small plates. Uniquely curated wine & beer selection on Lido Village's most amazing view outdoor patio. High-design/low-key vibe for breakfast, lunch, drinks or dinner.
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Orange County
84 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always wait to get the food from the kitchen the food not as hot
Happened many times
Everything good
But they can not get the food hot on the table

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SB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was fabulous! The service was great! The food was horrible, over cooked, dry, skimpy...the list goes on and on! It was expensive for the quality of food. We love to dine out and try new places....this was by far one of the worst meals ever. Again the table and surroundings were wonderful! Nice servers too.

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m
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

this place is on the waterfront and you feel comfortable with all age groups around. no crying children and wonderful ambiance.

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LG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant & great service. I went to celebrate my birthday with friends and we were able to take our time & enjoy the evening without being rushed which I really appreciated. Our server was very nice and accommodating. The only feedback that I have is the music played on Thursday nights does not really go with the vibe of the restaurant and the crowd that was present- maybe start that (loud house music) later in the evening? We had a 6:30pm reservation and the music was fine at first, but it got progressively louder so by the end of the dinner it was hard to have a conversation. We all noted that while we will definitely return to this restaurant, it will not be on Thursday evenings.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was extremely slow and sub par. The steak ordered medium came very well done and when we asked for another plate it took 20 minutes to arrive. The new medium steak was very chewey and frankly not edible. The waiter was very nonchalant and unconcerned. We ordered several small items that never arrived. Overall the food was less than mediocre in quality and the service was poor. I would not return.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for a date night. Wasn’t packed at all which was surprising for a Friday night. Good food and service. Would recommend

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

The service at this restaurant was awful. We were there on a Tuesday night, so not a terribly busy night, and had to constantly hunt down our waiter(s) -- yes, there were 2-- who would disappear. Every time we made a selection we were told they were "out"...which is odd for an early dinner on a week night. This included appetizers, main meal and dessert. The location is beautiful and there is lots of competition next door, so not sure why Zinque is not paying attention.

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

The service was poor from start to finish. I don't like to give bad reviews; but we were basically ignored for the first 15 minutes (despite having reservations so they knew we were coming). Then, it was hard to get attention for the remainder of the time as well. No apologies, just "your waiter is busy." It felt like we were an inconvenience to them. The food was good, but it was a shame to not be able to enjoy it fully. I would not return.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

I thought a lot about writing this review. We made reservations through open table but when we got to the restaurant we were shown to the worse table in the house. When we asked why we could not sit at any of the other open tables, we were told by the hostess that those were saved for people with reservations. When I said that we also have reservations and we are here and the other people are not, she said they are coming and the table they showed us is all they have for us, or we could wait 45 minutes for another table to open up. At no point was there a smile or any effort by the hostess to accommodate us. She was actually quite rude . I finally had to ask for a manager who started out with the same horrible attitude, and then changed when they saw that there are open tables and their other 'reservations' were not showing up. I felt so disrespected and treated so poorly even though I had made reservations and showed up in time. The food was OK, but the hostess was so rude that I will never recommend this place or go back - not worth getting mistreated by an awful hostess.

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d
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, however, the food falls short.
For instance, grilled asparagus had good flavor, but they were not prime stalks, they were small and spindly. The grilled prawns were not even prawns - they were small curled shrimp! And they are listed as an entree, but they come with absolutely nothing else... just some small shrimp on a plate. Very disappointing! Worst are the desserts, which have little inspiration. My banana bread sounded great, but it was dried out and after a few bites, I pushed it aside.
This would be a great little place if they stepped up the quality.

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P
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food good ambience but service is very slow. This is our fourth or fifth time but speed didn’t improve.

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f
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Is Zinque under new ownership? Is there a new chef? Both the food and the service have fallen off the cliff.

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K
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We celebrated a Birthday belatedly and had a wonderful time

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c
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a nice dinner at Zinque. There was a good selection on the menu and the food was all good. Our only issue was the salmon on the tartine was a bit chewy. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Seating outside is the way to go at this restaurant. A nice environment, active scene outside, a little noisy on the inside. Service was basic. Tried tuna flatbread and was completely satisfied by the freshness and exquisite flavor

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

Love the food and love the look and feel of the restaurant.

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PS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice change ! You feel as if you are in a cafe in Europe.

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J
London
22 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waited quite awhile for the happy hour sausages. Portion size was poor. Bowl of olives and sausages were filled only a third. Cauliflower rice was not even cooked. Found the prices very high for the quantity and quality. With all the dining in Newport I will chose elsewhere.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was ok, but definitely not worth the price. Very small portions, Prawns should not be listed as an entree, $56 Sangria pitcher was basically punch loaded with ice.

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v
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food took well over 40 minutes, it was pretty mediocre for a really high price point. The server was super sweet though. Saving grace.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not kid friendly
Great scene down at Newport lido
Service not attentive enough and food came out at mixed pace & mixed warmth
Branzino was excellent
Steak frites was great
Several other items felt fairly standard even though billed as special eg, Le Bowl

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

When we walked in, the hostess told us she only had a small table available because of how busy it was. I had made this reservation over a week jn advance so this wasn’t appreciated and although the table was fine, it set a tone for the meal. The restaurant was out of 5 or 6 dishes, which was also irritating. The service was a little slow. Otherwise, the food & ambiance were good.

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ES
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and view are amazing! Our server was also very attentive and kind. What’s surprising is the food was average. We ordered a few different items from the small plates, entree and dessert menu. The fries and dessert were tasty, the rest was bland! I would come back for drinks, but skip the dinner.

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CL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food & good view!

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LH
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at Zinque often and the food never disappoints! Everything we've ordered has been delicious, we enjoy the choice of wines and the staff is always friendly and helpful. LOVE the location!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The cauliflower was tasteless and charred. Mussels were bland. The steak and frites were also tasteless, and overpriced. Chimichurri sauce covered only a small piece of the already small $30 steak.
Too sad to see an well located restaurant serve such poor cuisine.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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C
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

This is NOT a dinner centric foodie destination. I've been to Zinqué nearly a dozen times for breakfast, brunch and lunch. This was the first time for dinner and what a major disappointment as far as the cuisine-almost embarrassing to our party of 10 guests who was expecting a great meal because I had spoken so highly of Zinqué. Service was great, location great HOWEVER avoid the dinner entrees! Two at the table (me being one of the two) had the prawns and they were extremely salty to the degree of being inedible, likewise with the soup; chicken entree was dry (overcooked). Desserts (we had one of each) were okay. Our waiter was so nice that we chose not to say anything. In retrospect, we should have said something considering the price point.

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CP
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful unpretentious French cuisine. Delicious Pate de Maison, Alsacean flatbread and cherry clafoutis. Lively crowd on a Sunday which filled the room with chatter and good vibes. Looking forward to coming back on a warm day and enjoying the patio

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T
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Zinque is a good stop. It is a little noisy but ok. I hated the chips and dip since the chips all had paprika on them. The food was good.

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P
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Incredible wines. Delicious meats and cheeses and flat breads. Beautiful location. Will be back. Thanks Favio!

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K
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good food, if not a bit pricey. Service was a little slow but ambiance makes up for it

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SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The location is fantastic and very romantic. The staff was very helpful and we were there for Valentine's Day. The food is pretty light and not my favorite. The ambiance made up for the menu.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice spot. Food is quite good. Bring your magnifying glass to read the menu — all drinks and food squeezed into one, small card. Weird. Service was a tad slow at times but our waiter was friendly and helpful. Hostess was prompt and friendly. The stools at the high boys in the bar area look cool but are extremely uncomfortable.

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W
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I would recommend but the quiche I had for dinner tasted microwaved and certainly wasn't made that day

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D
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish the restaurant had a few more vegan options. I like Zinque for more businessy lunches/dinners. I wouldn't think to go there for a dinner with my husband because the options are limited for vegetarians. But if you want a nice lunch with nice servers and staff and a great environment, it's your place.

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SK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was just mediocre for the price. We got the burrata and prosciutto plate which was good, the mushroom flatbread which was very plain and had no flavor, and the pear tart which didn’t have fresh pears and was dry. The ambiance was nice but overall we were very disappointed.

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NA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for a table and instead they tried to seat us at what was obvious to us was a busing station. We also waited at least 15 minutes for someone to get our drink orders. Then we had a host come by and just bring us water and say that our server would be coming soon. We waited another ten minutes and decided to leave. My husband and I will never come back here again. We went to Nobu which is right next door and got outstanding service. Zinque will not last long unless they put customer service and experience first.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were there New Year's Eve. The staff went out of their way to ensure people were happy and to accommodate them. Beautiful waterfront location. Note, noise level rated a little higher than usual because it was NYE and they had a DJ.

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