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About Zin American Bistro
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, Duck Breast, Fresh Foie Gras, Braised Dijon Mustard Rabbit or the newest favorite twist – 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 with endless champagne and a 2 course prix fixe menu for 16.99
2 Course Early Dining Menu for $21.99 and 3 Course Prix Fixe all night every day for $29 / $39 (weekends)
Happy Hour All Day at the bar
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Contemporary American, French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily 11:00 - 3pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Three public lots and parking garage within walking distance (1 block)Valet parking directly behind restaurant on Arenas.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We are available for reception dinners and will reserve our restaurant for your special party. Seating available for up to 150.
Contact Mindy Reed via email for special menus and buy out pricing.
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Zin American Bistro Ratings and Reviews
I was there this time on a Monday night expecting in Palm Springs for this be a
very quiet night in town. Although it turned it there was a large party on one
side of the new patio which added a little life to the atmosphere. It howerver did not deter the service for other diners on the other side, the service was prompt and the food was served in a timely manner from the delicious asparagus soup to the short ribs and chicken schnitzel and Pinot Noir.
Had braised short ribs that tasted as if they had been braised the night before then again the night they were served to me in a very spicey sauce. Not a good dining experience. The other 3 people in my party said their meal was only okay however they to felt it was too spicey.
Always exellent food! The remodel is beautiful and has lots of outdoor space that was never there before. Congrats Zin! Support staff was incredible. I was dissappointed with our server this visit. He seemd too busy to answer questions without being hurried. He never checked back on our meal and tried to upsell wine to pad his check instead of meeting our needs. If not for the service, this would be 5 stars.
We all really liked most everything we had. The biggest negative was the Roasted Beet Salad that supposedly had goat cheese. I don't think that an ingredient should make the list if there is 1/4 tsp of it on the plate. I'm not kidding!!! I almost didn't see it, it was such a small amount. Also, they have joined the ranks of restaurants that have the waiter/waitress take the order and other people bring it out and stand there announcing what dish it is and who does it go to? This drives me crazy!!! I'm not at a fast food joint, so get a system in place to identify which dinner belongs to which person. When I'm spending $50 pp for dinner, I don't want to do this!!!!
I was expecting something more, new patio was very inviting. The food was just so so. I had the pumpkin salad which was bitter and not much flavor. The dressing on the Trio Salad was bland. It was very busy and waiter took a long time before he appeared, long wait for the check. No prices on the sides, It appeared you had a choice with your entree, not so.
My friend and I had a nice dinner at Zin Bistro. The waitress was friendly and attentive, offering to clarify questions we had about the menu without hesitation. The food we ordered was tasty, albeit prepared in an atypical way. I got the fish special - macadamia nut crusted seabass...it tasted good just it was not the regular flakey, nutty crust I have had at other places in the past. It was more like wrapped in a smooth crust and then fried. It still tasted yummy and the mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus were delicious. The only issue was that their air conditioning turned off completely at times since it was set on Auto, and I was genuinely getting sweaty throughout our dinner. The air conditioning was our only complaint.
The server was very nice, although I felt she might have had one or two too many tables assigned to her. The food runner was very helpful and friendly. I thought my gazpacho was sweeter than I remember it tasting. The bill was very reasonable. But why on earth do you not have an espresso machine?
We ate here twice in June. The food is good but the menu is very limited and it seemed hadn't changed in the two years since we were last there. On our second visit the restaurant had no bottled water. I find that sort of thing incredibly annoying. The place was fairly empty, and the owner or manager was sitting in the corner working on her lap top. It would have taken her or someone from the hardly over-stretched staff 10 minutes at most to go out and stock up with a few bottles from the nearest shop or supermarket. There is a new bistro, Lulu (or Lolo?), sister to the successful Aqua Piazza at the River, about to open next door and if Zin continues to show such indifference I can't see it surviving the competition for long.
From the cheap, peeling room and rickety chairs to the horrible food, Zin gets it wrong on every level. The salad was so overdressed and vinegary that it was inedible. The Mac and cheese noodles were severely overcooked and drowned in a velveeta cheese sauce. The dish was baked and tge cheese was burned and plastic like. The halibut was overcooked and coated in pepper. Also the room smells which could be forgiven if everything else was not so terrible.
This is the second time we've eaten at Zin while in Palm Springs; came back because of stellar meal last year. Again, the food was inventive, fresh, seasonal and delicious. When we arrived we were seated near the back of restaurant but had requested a front table by the windows. Other diners were talking and not getting up from the table(s) we preferred. No problem: the hostess told us if anyone got up they would just move us -- which they did within 5 min. of us being seated. We were impressed they were so willing to make us happy with the table we desired. It was a Thursday night and we enjoyed "people watching" during the street fair while we dined.
Zin is a wonderful place to dine. The food is fresh, original and properly prepared. I had a tough time choosing each course because the choices are so amazing. But better yet is the wine list. It is one of the finest collections of wines in the Palm Springs area and Zin should be recognized for having such a fine variety of choices in every price range. Finally, the service was perfect. There when you need them and not intrusive.
We went at an odd hour, so we were originally the only ones there. Saw it was later more full, but either way, the food was outstanding. We shared different items: Fried Oysters, Fried Olives with Bleu Cheese, Caesar Salad, two types of sliders (I had the vegetarian and my husband the bleu) All exceptionally good.
i usually love the food at Zin but it was off that night for sure. The fried oysters which I have enjoyed a few times during the lunch hour were sadly over cooked. The Coq u Vin featured on the special restaurant week menu offered sadly a chicken wing with a small piece of breast attached -literally two small bites- and a thigh. It was delectable but would have been better had it been a breast with a small piece of wing attached. The beet salad was great as was the desert. I left feeling sad and bored after a lack luster experience. I had the same experience with the featured fried chicken at lunch one day - it was way over extra crispy. All three of us southerners ordered it. The Cornell is better. LuLu's going in next door, better stepup.
We had an enjoyable dinner. I especially liked the "Ginger Rogers", a refreshing vodka and ginger beer cocktail that is less sweet than my favorite, Cape Cod. The prixe fixe menu for $35 is a good deal-- appetizer, entree, and dessert. We both started with the wedge salad, which is almost a meal in itself. My partner had the mussels and the portion was so large that he couldn't finish his entree. I had the rabbit, which was good, but there was too much of the accompanying sauce. Next time, I would ask for a little lighter touch. The service is very gracious, and you are treated well.
Our meal was absolutely delicious from start to finish! They have hit the sweet spot of a tasty meal at a reasonable price and great service. We dined early for dinner so it was quiet, but I expect the atmosphere would be vibrant yet cozy since the restaurant is not huge. Thank you Zin for a wonderful birthday dinner!
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