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Zin American Bistro

4.4
2011 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Thank you for making a reservation at our multiple award-winning restaurant. Please note we are only offering a prix-fixe three course dinner on NYE. The full menu is listed on our website. We have reservations available by calling

Zin is open and serving Lunch, Weekend Brunch and Dinner every day except Tuesday & Wednesday. Outdoor and Indoor dining available.

With 18 years in business and a wine list with over 575 wines Zin will quench your thirst for worldly cuisine driven by the Farmer’s Market and our Chef’s latest whim. Explore our extensive award-winning wine cellar or slide up to the bar for the latest craft cocktail.

Our new menu is smaller, lighter and globally inspired like no other in the desert. Some house favorites like the Fried Chicken, Zin Bites and Mindy's Cheesecake will welcome you back while creations straight from our new Chef's imagination will delight you.

Please make reservations for dinner or join our waitlist for Brunch

Support Zin American Bistro during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2011 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and even better service!

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teach2bfit
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. My wife loved her birthday dinner. Our waiter made her feel special. I am so grateful.

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Foodlover
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice ambience, great service but very mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Appetizers were delicious, but all 3 entrees (2 Steak Frites and one Fish special) were tepid, sort of flavorless, and uninteresting. The steak knives given to all 3 diners were dull and with excessive effort could only tear through vegetable let alone the meat.

This sort of detail shouldn’t be overlooked, and I’d recommend a good sharpening.

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vipDarkside0127
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Very noisy tonight with motorcycles racing up and down street. Maybe a cop or two on the street would dissuade this type of behavior. As usually service and food were good. I am allergic to spinach. I asked the server to substitute some other green for spinach with my fried chicken. He did. The meal was good and deserts excellent especially the chocolate mousse and cheesecake. A huge disappointment was to find a $3.50 up-charge on the bill for green beans instead of spinach. I mean, don't I get any credit for taking away the spinach? I have never seen this happen and it really spoiled the moment for me. It's a small price but in an expensive restaurant it's very tacky IMO to up-charge a side when one has a medical issue. I will go back of course and I like the staff but I hope this policy is revised. I generally only post good reviews but this ate at my craw.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2022

We enjoyed having you in again and glad you got to have your favorite waiter take care of you. I'm sorry you were offended but the menu says there is a charge for substitutions and Chip said he did tell you when you ordered. Haricots verts (thin specialty French green beans) are literally 4x as expensive as spinach. We also took this off since you were so upset so you actually didn't pay for it. We hope in the future you will understand that menu changes will change the pricing. Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Didn’t appreciate the dogs

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2022

I'm very sorry you had an unpleasant experience while dining. I think you may have been here when we had the yappy dog whose 'parents' wouldn't control. Please know that our policy on dogs is the same as for children - they are welcome as long as they are well behaved. If you are every seated close to one you don't want to be near, please feel free to let us know so we can move you. We hope to see you again. Mindy

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vipphoenixbaggies
Palm Springs
63 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and we both had the “famous” Zin Burger, both really enjoyed the flavor and cooked to our specification. Added touch was Mindy who checked that everything was fine with our table and meals. Thank you!

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thanks again for coming in - good to see you! Mindy ;-)

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kathyc
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service from a very friendly waiter who never rushed us. Food was excellent. Sat outside. Great evening!

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thanks so much - we are happy you enjoyed everything about your evening. We hope to see you again soon. Mindy

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vipRichardP
Palm Springs
37 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about Zin. Their fried chicken is excellent.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thanks so much!

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vipDCDRaleigh
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our server was very friendly, but the buss staff was overly aggressive with clearing plates, and cleared everyone else’s plate but mine while I was still enjoying dinner, leaving me as the only one in our party with a plate in front of me. It made me feel very awkward to be the only one left — the staff should have left the others’ plates until the last person in the party finishes their dinner to avoid making the sole person remaining feel so awkward. Overall good food and friendly service though.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you for the feed back and I agree 100% and am trying to work with my bussers to fix this. I'm sorry that you were uncomfortable and that they didn't properly bus you table. I hope you will come in again soon and please let me know personally if this happens again. Mindy

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vipKarlaE
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waiter. Great food. Sat outside with heater. Perfect!!!!

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you so much for your review - we hope to see you agian Mindy

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vipJimI
Palm Springs
43 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent choice.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you so much! Happy to have you in again. Mindy

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vipPSEric
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for New Year’s dinner. The prix fixe dinner was $99.99. Beautiful dinner. So tasty. Price was a bit much but it was NYE.

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DonaldR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

First this was on New Year's Eve so we understood the high prices and a fix menu. The Osters Rockerfeller were very small, undercooked and did not have much of a topping, mainly bread crumbs. My lamb shank was not fall of the bone,a bit tough but had great flavor.The roasted veggies that came with the lamb were very tough and hard to chew. Our waiter was fantastic and really made the night enjoyable. Apple tart was wonderful.

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JohanneN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had been for dinner a few times and loved it. I was very disappointed with breakfast. A little bit my fault, since it was New Years Eve, I thought there would be a brunch. But no, just normal menu with two boring choices for breakfast. $19 for 2 egg, I piece of sausage, fried potatoes with brussle sprouts, I saw only two randon leaves in my potatoes and one toast. $75 for a borning breakfast was a bit much, included 1 bottomless champagne and one bloody mary. I would of appreciated a few pieces of fruit on my plate or a better presentation. Very disappointing.

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vipVictoriaC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipPeterG
Palm Springs
75 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Initially, I was a bit put off by their policy of requiring a credit card for a reservation including penalty charges for reduction in the number of attendees.

The Chipotle Corn chowder was excellent as was the noodle of the day dish which, while delicious, could have been served hotter

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vipDrew
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I've been three times and been underwhelmed all three. Portions are small for the price, with the exception of the burger. Fish special and short rib entrees were small. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Visiting from out of town, this was our second visit to Zin. We made a 12/27 5:30 reservation on OpenTable, but the hostess could not find our reservation, even after showing it to her on my phone. She questioned our reservation and told us to step aside while she seated another table who did not have a reservation. She then offered us a table, but said we needed to done by 7:00. We chose to sit at the bar, and received excellent service and food that made up for the poor reception received by the hostess.

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vipeatenalot
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hustle hustle staff. Very friendly and hard working. . The beers were fine. Great seats in the sun. Burgers ( impossible and beef) were pretty good. Fries - thin cut done right. Salads also good. It’s a good spot for lunch outside. Reasonable prices too.

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JaniceM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was great..food was not as good as previous visits..burger literally fell apart..truffle fries cold.

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Anna
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious and good meal and pleasant atmosphere. Every staff member was courteous and helpful

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was less than ok. Service was great! Chip was fabulously engaging, funny, attentive… he saved the experience for us since the food was subpar.

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vipLolita
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always nice, good service, decent food.

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vipWindyCityDG
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

WORST MEAL OF 2021

We had a change in our Christmas night plans and were pleased to find the Reservation at Zin, as options were limited.

For $80/person my husband got a thrown together spinach salad with some berries. The driest piece of pork tenderloin ever and an acceptable chocolate mouse. I got cafeteria grade turkey w/dried out stuffing, decent potatoes and bread pudding from a grocery store.

This meal would have been a disappointment at $30/person. At $80 + a mandated 23% it was literally criminal.

Bottom line stay away from Zin, unless a horrible meal and experience is your goal.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on December 27, 2021

We are sorry you didn't enjoy your meal and I wish you would have spoken to the manager so I could have made it right for you somehow. Every table I went to all night was very happy with their food. If you want to email me privately to discuss my email is zin1ps@yahoo The 23% was for our staff who worked very hard for you on Christmas and I believe they deserved it and the holiday pay they received.

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JuliannaNicole
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, cozy, tasteful. Wait and bar staff are all very friendly and helpful. Food and drinks were delicious.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on January 17, 2022

Thank you so much for the 5 stars - we hope to have you in again!

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VisitingDiner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The staff at the restaurant were fantastic, but most of the food was bland and overpriced.

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BillS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

It's my opinion that this restaurant cheats the customer. They charged me $200 for a wine that sells online for $35.

Do not eat at this restaurant!!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food 🥘 and the service was good too .. they’ve really improved a lot but really they’re always really nice

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vipCarrieB
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Landed here on a random rainy winter day and we’re so happy we did. Great manhattans to start, and excellent service. Can highly recommend the wedge salad, mussels (order extra bread to soak up the fantastic sauce) and perfectly cooked burger.

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vipCouqquoc
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and great. Food was tasty. Great location right in the middle of downtown.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

The drinks were great! The service was good! The food was bad, overcooked. Burgers were requested medium and came out well done and actually crunchy.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on December 27, 2021

I am very sorry your burgers were over cooked and if you did not mention it to the waiter and have them take care of it for you you can contact me directly at the restaurant to make it right for you as we have a new cook that I know was having some issues with the burgers last week. 760-322-6300 Mindy Reed, Owner

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vipEatingdpandag
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always

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Julie
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 6 adults enjoyed eating outside during the street market. Not only was the food excellent but the waiter and staff were wonderful! We ate a lovely dinner and listened to street music as we dined. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipJames
Palm Springs
181 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This has always been a staple restaurant for us. Consistently good. Saw a few new menu items which was nice. Recommend this place for the fantastic patio seating, good service and food.

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vipKathy
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite lunch spot. Great food choices, service, fun people watching, great extensive wine list.

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vipLolita
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service- Dominique our waiter was wonderful. Food was nice, good people watching.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Zin shows two stars for the cost of a meal. They are really 4stars. It’s quite expensive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Told server the Branzino was bad. Took it off the bill. Rest of the meal was very good.

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StephanieA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Pre-fixe tiny portions not great

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Zin American Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 322-6300.

Zin American Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 2011 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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