Zin American Bistro

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$30 and under
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French 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 additional
3 Course Prix Fixe $29 Sunday - Thursday // $39 for seating after 5:45 Friday & Saturday if dining inside.
Not available on weekends, holidays or after 9 pm nightly
Happy Hour until

Specials

3 Course Prix Fixe Early Dining $29.99

Enjoy 3 Course Menu for only $29.99 for early diners

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 3, 2019

Ends: November 4, 2118

Availability: Daily 4:30PM-6:00PM

Endless Champagne Brunch

Add endless Champagne to any lunch or brunch entree or to our Two Course Brunch Saturday & Sunday. Champagne $9 additional

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 3, 2019

Ends: November 4, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:00AM-2:45PM
Sat 10:00AM-2:45PM

Selected Wines up to 50% off

Selected wines up to 50% off ~ Please ask the host for the list when seated. Not offered holiday weekends. Offer and list subject to change based on availability.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 27, 2019

Ends: October 28, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:30PM-6:00PM 9:00PM-9:30PM
Mon-Fri 11:00AM-2:30PM 4:30PM-6:00PM 9:00PM-9:30PM
Sat 4:30PM-6:00PM 9:00PM-9:30PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Regular and special 3 course prix fixe menu. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

3 Course Prix Fixe Menu. Vegetarian and Gluten Free options available. Menu will be posted online in October

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

3 Course Prix Fixe menu and Champagne specials. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. Menu will be posted online in October

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1801 People Are Saying
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JC
Los Angeles
216 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There were ten of us and Martin did an excellent job of taking care of us. He is engaging and efficient. Food was very good, wedge salad, schnitzel, skirt steak.

CD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to sit on the patio and have our dog enjoy the evening with us. Service was excellent, menu had lots of our favorites. A bit pricey for a scoop of ice cream $11; even the sorbet/ice cream duo $14.
Flavors were delicious and fries stayed nice and hot and crispy. We ordered the Mussels in coconut lemongrass, asparagus, beef stew, flat iron steak, veal meatballs with sweet potato fries and Mac n cheese (greasy!) with baby carrots.

CB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Thanksgiving dinner we have ever had.....marvelous

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Resulting in delightful turkey pizza as leftovers.
Would recommend to others and we’d do it again.
Note, we tried to save a few dollars, but the $25 per bottle corkage fee blew that idea.

KB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely over-the-top Thanksgiving Dinner and Service!! Thank you Mindy, Martine and the entire staff!!! Well Done!!

CB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 enjoying Thanksgivings dinner on their patio. Although the weather was cold, there were plenty of heaters and the staff was thoughtful in making sure everyone was comfortable. Very nice prix fixe dinner. We look forward to visiting again.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Was there for Thanksgiving Dinner. Portions were small, especially for the price. After paying $225.00 2 glasses of win, 2 drinks and not much food (which included a mandatory 22% gratuity) we went next door for another drink and appetizers. Should not have to spend that much money on an expensive prefixed meal and leave hungry and sober.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a return visit 15 years after we first fell in love with this place. It's still great! Highly recommend it.

S
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter, Chip was very attentive & accommodating. The food was excellent, Ahi Tuna exceptional, Rack of Lamb delicious, however a bit undercooked (not their fault, the guest did not complain). Another issue was the wine by the glass, it was understood at $8 per glass and came on the check at $18 per glass. The person paying was not aware of the issue (he is not a drinker and hadn't looked at the wine list), although he was concerned that any of us would order a glass of wine at that price. Again, no complaint was made at the time. All in all, a lovely dining spot with very good food.

G
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely gem in downtown Palm Springs that never disappoints. Attentive but not overwhelming service, good wine list, delish specials. Covered patio with e cells t heaters for chiller nights and lovely indoor space. We always make time for this spot.

FD
Palm Springs
367 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacularly-managed with a warm and friendly wait staff (and bussers, etc.), Zin American Bistro is in a fun location (be sure to sit outside, if at all possible -- and DO make an Open Table reservation) and a menu filled with everything from comfort food (the hamburgers are great) to more esoteric fare. We love it!

OT
Palm Springs
103 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent flat iron steak and fries

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great spot for people watching.

L
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I have not been there for three years, and there's a complete staff change. Although I love the restaurant, I love the location, it's a great place to go the food just wasn't as good as it used to be. The biggest example was the calamari. It was rubbery it was never like that before. also, the martini I got wasn't full , as if the server splashed it along the way bringing it to the table.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Very nice location in downtown Palms Springs. Enjoyed our dinner and the service was spot on.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you for your 5 stars - we hope to have you in again.

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E
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hostess was so thoughtful and accommodating to my Mobility Team's needs. The server was very professional and courteous, and the food was, well Zin! I loved every bite, although I wish I had skipped breakfast. You'll love the food, the place is bigger than it was the last time I was there, but the food and the service? Just as terrific!

Zin American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

Very happy to hear your visit was wonderful! I'm glad to hear Mima took great care of you. We look forward to your next visit and hope it's soon! Mindy!

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RM
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful cuisine and service. Quiet ambiance.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

Rick - wonderful having you in again and we look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for the review! Mindy

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PR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch and great location for Gay Pride.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thanks Phillip. Great to have you in for brunch during a crazy busy weekend and to have you help us support Palm Springs Pride.

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BB
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 8 thoroughly enjoyed brunch at Zin on Pride Sunday. Food, cocktails, and service were all great. It was a fantastic choice for the day.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

So happy to hear your brunch on this crazy busy day was good! We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for helping us support Palm Springs Pride! Mindy

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both good.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good, busboy was on top of his game always there with water and checking on us. Waiter was ok. Didn’t like the fact they automatically added a 20% gratuity for a party of 5.

Zin American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed your food and your experience. I hope you weren't surprised by the auto gratuity for parties as we try to make it very clear by printing it on the menu as well as your server letting you know when the check is dropped. We trust that if you had any reason to not leave this amount you'd let us know during dinner so we could have fixed it for you. If anything wasn't the way you wanted it please contact me directly at zin1ps@yahoo as I want all my guests to leave happy. Mindy

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HC
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience.

DL
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Fantastic menu and wine list!

Zin American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thanks for the review and 5 stars DebLena!

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FD
Palm Springs
368 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our "go-to" places for really good food, thoughtful service, and "in the thick of things," in terms of all Palm Springs has to offer!

Genuine and authentic (and a mainstay in the desert community).

TL
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We made a reservation for Zin on Open Table. A special offer through Open Table was for 50% off selected wines. This offer excluded Saturdays, but we were there on Sunday. The waiter refused to honor the offer saying that it was not valid on weekends. I showed him the Open Table reservation with the 50% offer on every day but Saturday. He brought this to the manager who begrudgingly said that she would honor the offer. The waiter then came with a list of wines that would be 50% off. We ordered a 30 dollar bottle of wine and when the bill came they charged us 30 dollars for the wine. When we questioned the bill, the manager came over again and told us that the 30 dollar price was already 50% off. When we showed her that the same wine on their regular wine list was 45 dollars she said that the offer was "up to 50% off" which was not the wording on the Open Table offer. Although the food was good, we would never go back to Zin after such a negative experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Loud but tasty, with great service.

EE
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall, our meal was good. However, the "build your own cheese plate" was very disappointing. If ZIN is going to make this a feature of the menu and charge $8 per piece, then the quality and selection have to be first class, quality cheeses. My cheese board was neither (creamy brie was rock hard) and frankly, for the price, they need to be a little more generous with their portion size.

8
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and the waiter was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

BB
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

An off night for Zin. Steak was tough and fries were cold. Glad to see the Caesar salad return to the menu. It was very good. Service was weak.

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Zin. We had dinner at the bar. Gabby was excellent taking care of us

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was street fest night so noisy eating outside

p
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My open table patio table request was available, so seating was great on the quiet patio, people watching as they meandered Palm Canyon Dr. Cocktails, food (we both had Zin Burgers) and service were all excellent. as always, a "go to" place close to the crowds but in the relative tranquility of Zin's patio!

K
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the carpaccio!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve lived in the desert for a little over a year and haven’t ever tried this place out. It was amazing! The food was delicious and the service was great. I’d highly recommend this location.

LB
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I will definitely be back! The prix fixe menu is a good value. Wines are moderately priced. Overall, service was attentive. We were seated outside, which offered great people watching on Palm Canyon, a nice view of the mountains and a low noise level. Food was very well prepared.

OT
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good steak, great tuna, very nice wine for a good price. Excellent service and outdoor seating. Hard to beat.

JT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our evening at Zin. Need to visit more often. The food and wine list are excellent and the staff is top notch-from our hostess who greeted us to Dom our waiter we couldn't have asked for a better evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very friendly staff, it overwhelmingly tasty food, but it hit the spot. Seemed rather quiet for a Sunday morning but it meant getting a table right away.

k
Little Rock
71 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This restaurant has gotten good reviews but my experience was not that memorable. They have a Wine Spectator award and the bottle we had was excellent but things went downhill from there. Of course, the patio is on the street and makes for good people watching. The food was mediocre. I had skirt steak which was flavorless and the wine reduction sauce was not any better. The wedge salad was good. The "fried chicken" was terrible. First, it wasn't fried chicken and it consisted of one thigh and half a small breast. It was about two bites of chicken. The service was poor and we had to fight to keep the wait staff from taking our plates although because of the quality of the food it would have been a blessing if they had. They brought our entre before they had even cleared our table of the soup and salad. Will not return or recommend.

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