Zin American Bistro

4.4
1662 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Zin American Bistro is a tried and true local favorite for over 14 years right on the strip downtown Palm Springs. With a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winning wine list with over 500 selections, a full bar with an imaginative bar manager creating house cocktails, a fresh, seasonal menu with gluten free and vegetarian options Zin over-delivers for the price.
Some new favorites include the Bacon Pork and Chorizo burger and the Macadamia Crusted Chicken Schnitzel with fresh Burrata Cheese, Arugula, Heirloom tomatoes and Pesto. Finish diner with one of our signature desserts – Mindy’s Chèvre cheesecake with 25yr old balsamic or gluten free chocolate fudge cake.
Lunch and brunch daily and a 2 course prix fixe menu for 18.99 add endless champagne or mimosas for addtional
3 Course Prix Fixe $29 Sunday - Thursday // $39 for seating after 5:45 Friday & Saturday if dining inside.
Not available on holidays or after 9 pm nightly
Happy Hour until 6:30 at the bar

Specials

50% off selected wines

50% off selected wines from our Wine Spectator Award Winning List. Please ask the host for the list when seated.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 19, 2019

Ends: January 20, 2118

Availability: Sun-Wed 4:30PM-5:30PM

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LL
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food just simply wasn't good. One person had Pasta, very average. Three of us had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken which is highly recommended- was below average, and a bit soggy.
Sorry, not worth the price.

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JA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is probably my favorite restaurant in Palm Springs. There are trendier ones but this is tried and true and in the perfect location for people watching smack in the middle of downtown. My favorite hostess was not working this particular night and I did miss her. She adds class to the place.

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M
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server David was wonderful, and the food delicious. Some of the best people watching in Palm Springs.

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R
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been regular clients to Zin since they opened and they never fail to over-deliver! Amazing food, excellent menu choices and one of the best wine cellars in the desert. Go in and say hi to Mindy the owner, she's always smiling!

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MP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Quality and price were in line. The macadamia schnitzel was nicely done and highly recommend to anyone seeking comfort food. Nice job.

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HL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful to go to Zin for Valentines day. Excellent service and wonderful people.

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B
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the proxy fixe menu for Valentine’s Day and everything was excellent, including the cocktails. We’ll be back!

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CP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girl friend I really enjoy Zin. The servers are always very pleasant and the food quite tasty. They change their menu quite often so you don't have to worry about having the same thing.

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F
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with friends and it did not disappoint. Food was great except salmon was a bit overdone but everyone does that

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch with excellent service! Delicious food, cocktails and we will return! Thank you!

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DS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Zin is a dependable favorite in Palm Springs. Always delicious food and attentive waiters and staff.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday. Food was fabulous. Sat outside even though a bit chilly all the heaters were on so it was very comfortable. Service was great! Will definitely go back.

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H
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots in Palm Springs!

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Orange County
116 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had fried chicken, husband, beef stew. both were very good.
Our server, Cindy, was so warm and helpful. She made our dinner.
The was staff was amazing.
Always scanning the room to see what was needed, then there to take care of it. The sraff worked so well together it was like a ballet. Kudos on the training.
Hostess greeted us warmly btw.

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AK
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome menu and a huge fairly priced wine list. We dined here on a Thursday and sat outside so we would see all the people walking by during the street festival and were entertained by great live music courtesy of Jimmy T. We loved our meals and the wine was amazing. Server was very friendly and attentive. Some of the poor reviews had me worried prior to dining but our experience was 100% great.

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor service. Staff spilled half my cocktail on the table and on me. They should have brought another drink or taken the spilled one off the tab. You make a mistake like that and there be more than "Ooops. I'm sorry," and move on.

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PS
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been to Zen in past years, unfortunately last Friday nights meal lack favor on any level or any of the dishes we had at our table.

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B
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

It’s a nickel & dime operation. It was a mistake staying after I read the rules on the menu.

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DL
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Oh and the wine list is awesome! Thank you!

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KS
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zin-America bistro is wonderful! They have an excellent wine list, delicious food, attentive staff, and great atmosphere. They have a great patio on the main drag, so the people watching is excellent. Inside is more cozy. They recently updated their menu...the choices are excellent...something for every palate...I highly recommend Zin!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The meals we ordered were perfectly cooked and nicely presented. Curated selection of wines by the glass, and the full wine list is very impressive; from affordable to extravagant. Personable and attentive service.

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h
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

food sounds great on the menu but is disappointing in person

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Not great for kids but the adults all enjoyed their meals. A bit too loud for a large group.

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FD
Palm Springs
257 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Well-managed and well served, dining at Zin American Bistro always brings an ecclectic atmosphere of locals and tourists, alike. The fixed price menu (available most of the time) is an incredible bargain, but everything on the menu is also worth ordering. Most items are locally-sourced, and the dedication and pride of being managed and staffed by ultra-locals is readily apparent. Fun, fine dining -- all in a casual and delightful environment.

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BB
Palm Springs
41 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I have never been more disappointed with a meal at Zin American Bistro than I was during this visit. My favorite dinner meal has always been the macadamia crusted chicken schnitzel. I ordered it as usual but it came out of the kitchen burned and way overcooked. Another member of our dinner party also ordered the chicken schnitzel and it was also burned and overcooked. The fingerling potatoes were also way overcooked, resembling shriveled prunes. We were given a 50% reduction in the cost of our two meals but both should have been completely comped since we were only able to eat a few carrots from the entire plate. And to make matter even worse, a person at a neighboring table ordered the fried chicken and it came out of the kitchen burned black. What?!?! Isn't anyone looking at the meals before they leave the kitchen?!?! Will not be visiting Zin again anytime soon.

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with an option for a 3 course all encompassing meal. The mussels were fantastic! Prices were reasonable for the amount of food and quality. A wide variety that would satisfy everyone in your party. We had a large group and our waiter could not have been more friendly and accommodating. A fantastic experience and evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our Server Heather was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection. This is one of our favorite places to eat in Palm Springs and this is by far the best service we’ve had here in all the years we’ve eaten here.

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JB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Zin and it is our go to restaurant whenever we’re in Palm Springs. The mushroom truffle soup is amazing.

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PP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very good food. Sat outside during the street festival

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PB
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Jamie, our waiter, was very good. Free range chicken salad and slalom niscoise both excellent.
Pleasant afternoon on the patio. It's not quiet, but reasonable. As their wines by the glass change,
best to see the list or quiz what's available.

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P
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite Palm Springs restaurants, and we live here,

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T
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great night at Zin! Dominic is the best!!! Delicious food wvery single time!!!!

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Cindy was outstanding! -(the perfect balance of attentive and unobtrusive). As was the bartender's Cosmopolitan (just the right blend - NOT the bright pink cliche).

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f
Mississippi
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This place is on the main strip. Lovely setting, plenty of outdoors seating in a prime location for people watching. I appreciated the wait staff's knowledgeable care and managing of my gluten allergy and the excellent service overall. I had sea bass and vegetables, forgoing the rice. The chard was excellent. The fish was ok - not bad, but nothing to write home about. I did notice other patrons very much enjoying the meat dishes. I'm sure these and other dishes are more in their wheel house (than sea bass) and worth trying.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

One of the worst dinners I’ve had. Food was incredibly subpar in execution and options. Did the fixed menu on NYE and they were out of options, charged us for more expensive alternatives, and steak was poorly cooked, low quality ingredients.

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AM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

New Years eve

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

My family thought it was good. We are going back some day. The staff was nice.

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DW
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like this restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On New Year's Eve I had the cauliflower steak and mushroom soup with truffle oil. Outstanding. The other guests ordered a variety of items off the menu and were all pleased.

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JF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service on a busy holiday evening (New Year’s Eve). We have been here many times and have never been disappointed. The wine list is exceptional.

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Amarillo
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent staff and excellent service

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