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ZINO, Berkeley, CA

ZINO

4.4
4.4
271 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 11 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 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 271 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Great for Brunch

  • East Bay

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Very poor service and mediocre food.
  2. 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.
  3. DB

    DavidsonB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great breakfast
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. S

    Skygreene

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome decor and ambiance. I didn’t realize it was in a hotel which was slightly confusing to find but that didn’t matter once we were inside. Service was great. Drinks strong. And food was delicious. I would love to come back sometime.
  10. s

    sonoma

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special menu for Father's Day. Delicious. My wife preferred the charcuterie board (from the bar menu) and it was nicely prepared with two different cheeses, two different meats, and soft pita bread instead of hard-to-chew crostini. Greatly enjoyed and plan to return.
  11. J

    Justthebest

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Malaysia was our server - outstanding attitude and service. Food was tasty (loved the pea sprouts) and the naan was superb! Lamb a bit dry, but overall, a wonderful meal
  12. AL

    AmyL

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and a perfect place to eat before going to a play at the Berkeley Rep.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a brunch on Berkeley general Commencement day. The place was great for the occasion.
  14. AW

    AustinW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was delicious! I've been before. They have a more limited menu right now, but it was still excellent.
  15. FP

    FixedPriceFix

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation for brunch on Mothers Day based on the variety of the menu. When we arrived, it turned out there was a fixed price (expensive) menu with very limited choices. There was no way to know that, from the menu, reservation process or any of the confirmations received. The menu was not appealing so we left without eating. The staff didn't have much to say about it.
  16. JL

    JoanneL

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The atmosphere is outstanding --- my favorite of all of Berkeley's restaurants. The menu offers a good variety of choices. I took half of my main course home because the portion was so large! The service was sometimes slow, but we allowed plenty of time to relax and enjoy ourselves.
  17. HH

    HeidiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy jazz guitar, exquisite food, fantastic service… what a lovely dinner! We will DEFINITELY make this a favorite stop when in Berkeley.
  18. l

    lydab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Layered flavors, delicious chicken, fish stew, and spring soup with fennel, artichokes, and spices.
  19. a

    albertb

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and ambiance was excellent. 1st time visit and will come back.
  20. f

    food4life

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Very nice and quiet before a zellerbach performance and good location. Good service, very nice people. The appetizers were good and the entree was very mediocre. We won’t rush back. It’s ok for a dinner before a performance in Berkeley but there are much better choices
  21. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend checking this place out! It's a bit hidden but has a wonderful vibe, good food, and great service.
  22. S

    Sausalito

    San Francisco

    172 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We were quite disappointed. The menu descriptions sounded great but the food was not well-prepared. The salad was light with good fruit but the fennel was badly chosen and tasteless. The pasta was dry and my companion left half of it. The swordfish was way overcooked with a relatively flavorless caponata. The make everything more problematic, Zino is in a hotel with an adjacent large function space. There is only a curtain separating the function space from the dining room. This we were treated to a loud PA system from the function space.
  23. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks were delicious! We felt like royalty with how great the service was. People were there to help us for any need, but did not smother us so we could chat, the entire reason for the meal. Location was great, and the historical building made it really special. Will definitely return to try other items I could not try this time. Yum!
  24. KC

    KChan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful interior, great service, we ordered the brisket hash, shakshuka and pancake, portions were great, three dishes filled four of us!
  25. SO

    SusanO

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really excellent all around. Hope folks rediscover this lovely dining spot downtown. Perfect for a before theater dinner.
  26. OC

    OakCyn

    San Francisco

    101 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food is fine, but not noteworthy. The space is fun and the cocktails are good. We were there for brunch before a matinee and it worked well.
  27. FF

    FrancoFerrari

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Disappointing food. Overcooked and too thin swordfish. Undercook eggplant in the Pasta a la norma, bland cannoli
  28. MG

    MartinG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Nice place with very polite and serviceminded employees. The food was not worth the price though. The appeticer which was supposed to be warm was not and the main course was not very tasty. The wines that was recommended for he meal was fine.
  29. SJ

    SusanJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Before theater. Excellent service with short staffing.
  30. i

    igotravelin

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vincent was a wonderful wait staff. Even though Vincent was running the restaurant, we still felt well taken care of. Food good. The eggplant was perfect.
  31. GB

    GoBears1

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food at Zino was delicious & the atmosphere was very nice. The only thing that wasn't ideal was the lengthy time it took to get our drinks, and the bar was not busy,
  32. JF

    JennyF

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Mediterranean brunch spot. Perfect shakshuka!
  33. S

    Spencer

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Before we could even mention our reservation, the host told us they were no longer serving because of being short staffed. We were rushed with our meal and the waiter brought us the check before we had even finished. She came back twice to collect the payment. “wow you guys must be in a hurry,” I said. She nodded yes. The food was really subpar: two eggs, sausages, toast, and potatoes for $16.00. We could have had better at Denny’s. The only saving grace was the decent Bloody Mary. Somehow the lack of uniform was unnerving and each servers clothes were dirty.
  34. SD

    SharonD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    This was perhaps one of the worst meals I’ve ever had. First of all the combination of turkey, potatoes, hummus, green salad and was just weird. Also the food was cold, dry, flavorless, and expensive. My mom ordered (and paid for) a cup of tea—but there was free tea on the buffet that nobody mentioned when she ordered. They charged us for 2 meals instead of 3 because of it being cold, and the wait staff were very attentive. It’s a pleasant enough place physically. But Whoo boy, next year I’m going for Chinese food somewhere which will be better and no doubt cheaper. Between the 3 of us we ate less than one meal.
  35. SM

    ShMo

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous thank you
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went here on a date, and it was pleasant. It's definitely a restaurant in a hotel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I wouldn't go here again unless I was taking someone out for dinner, but solid for a first date. Good negroni.
  37. LL

    LeaL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    Thanksgiving dinner was disappointing. Food was lukewarm. Turkey wasn't very flavorful. Mashed potatoes overly salted. Other items were nothing special and could have been made better at home and feel like I should have stayed home. Expected food to be on another level for a holiday dinner from a restaurant. Maybe their regular menu is better.
  38. FH

    FranH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The ambiance always wonderful at GE hotel.
  39. LD

    LindaD

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 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.
  40. NB

    NancyB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 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.

FAQs

ZINO is rated 4.4 stars by 271 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 11 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 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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