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Sun, 6/17
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Zin American Bistro

4.3
1525 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • People Watching
  • Casual
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 and a 2 course prix fixe menu for 18.99 add endless champagne or mimosas for addtional
3 Course Prix Fixe $29 / $39 (seatings after 5:45) not available on holidays
Happy Hour until 6:30 at the bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily 11:00 - 3pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(760) 322-6300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Salomon Salgado
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arenas
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Parking details
Three public lots and parking garage within walking distance (1 block)Valet parking directly behind restaurant on Arenas.
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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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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
What 1525 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.3
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Great food, excellent service, great location. I go back time and again and have always had a great experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was exceptional! Dined furing Desert Dine out Week. Prices were affordable. Food was very good. Filet was most likely not Prime but it was overall a good steak for the value. Cheese Cake is worth the dining evening alone! I must comment again that we had experienced and professional service start to finish!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We were the only guests dining during the time we were there. Good people watching from the outside tables. No vibe as the place was completely empty. While some dishes were OK, many missed the mark by far:

--The calamari was tender, but the breading was way too salty. Luckily it immediately flaked off the calamaria when one picked it up.

--The texture on the filet mignon was off -- it was not tender at all despite being cooked to the appropriate level in the center. One side very chewy and either overcooked or freezer burnt. The mac and cheese served with it appeared to have been prepared ahead of time given how it clumped oddly and was dried out through the top half.

--Burrata salad was good.

--Salmon was passable, barely, saved by drenching it in sauce.

--Bread pudding was passable but was probably prepped a few days before.

Hope they can turn things around, I am sure it is hard to keep food fresh when the place is near empty certain times.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Good variety and prices are very fair. Good for gluten free too

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Went for Restaurant Week, not as good as prior years. We told the server we were not in a hurry but the minute they took our appetizer plate away, here came the entree. As there were only 3 occupied tables, the kitchen should not have been rushed! Our server should have paced the meal, she only had one table of the 3 in the entire restaurant, ours! Disappointed in this meal.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We attended for dinner due to the restaurant week special. All of the food was excellent. We plan to take my sister here next time she visits. Pricey without the specials, but worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Was wonderful. Never had a bad meal everything is fabulous

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I had been here before but just at the bar. The food people kept ordering looked amazing, so I vowed to come for dinner next time I was in town. This was a first-rate dining experience: perfect service, delicious food, good value. I highly recommend and will be back.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I always have a great time at Zin and the food, service and atmosphere is always excellent. Normally I always give them a 5 for everything but the Salmon was a bit fishy tasting this time around. I highly recommend Zin and think the Salmon was a rare occurrence as I haven't experienced that before.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I'm a fan of this restaurant in Downtown Palm Springs. We went there on Saturday for lunch. The food and the service were both excellent. I had the Grilled Mary Chicken Breakfast in Mushroom sauce with brussel sprouts and potato croquette. It was delicious. My husband had mushroom soup and a caesar salad with chicken and he said they were both great. The reason I gave the restaurant only 3 stars is because they advertised a Restaurant Week Lunch for $20. I even called them during the week to ask what was on the Restaurant Week Lunch Menu and was told they were still creating it. What they should have said is "We are NOT going to do a Restaurant Week Lunch". Don't advertise something that you're not going to deliver. I checked just before I posted this review and the restaurant is still advertise this. That's deliberately fraudulent. Hence the awarding of only three stars.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My husband and I wanted to go out for a good salad and we both had The wedge salad with salmon. It was very very good.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Was a nice experience

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We have passed this restaurant many times without going in and this time, we decided to make a reservation and try it out. It wasn't busy so we had a choice of seating on the patio. Good menu, excellent service and great wine. I had a really good pear arugala salad with the shrimp addition. My partner had the Mediterranean sea bass. We will definitely come here again on our next trip to Palm Springs.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Food was great and the service was very good. Not too busy the day we were in for lunch.
It was a great place to meet with friends and family.

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The server forgot our appetizer, champagne splits were warm, food was very average. Won’t go back.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I always make sure I eat here at least once every time I go to Palm Springs. The food and service is always fantastic.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Greeted warmly upon walking in, seated quickly, and commencedpeople watching. The ZIN is known for that.

The waiter came over immediately ready to take our orders—we had looked because no beverages we yet offered. Waiter was miffed that we only wanted regular water. And when we ordered cocktails only, not wine in addition to, we were then treated as “less than”. I genuinely dislike snippy waiters, judging what you drink as if that somehow conveys to what kink of person you are. We were drinking overpriced cocktails in addition to tap water, I suppose.

Food: ok, nothing truly inspirational.
Once served, service was RUSHED. Plate started to be taken away why
I’ll i was eating. I turned to the waiter and sai “what was your first clue that you could take my plate? The fact I had my fork halfway to my mouth?”

Hey ZIN, a restaurant should be a place of joy and gastric delights, not about how fast you can get us out of there, FYI - we ut the evening short and I still have a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended) long after leaving the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The service was excellent. All very nice people. But the food was not memorable.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Had a great time. Food and service was great.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I have been coming here for years and they never fail to impress me with their attentive service and excellent food.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I have been to Zin many times and like it very much. This time service was a bit slow and I had mussels special. White wine leek sauce so I was expecting European Belgian Dutch style and it was except for one ingredient, red pepper flakes. It was ok but completely lost the sweetness of the leeks that I was hoping for. I would suggest they go back to the more traditional preparation. The red pepper was a distraction and covered the flavors. Sometimes innovation is just the not worth the surprise.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

It's a fantastic place to eat because the food is wonderful, the service is great
sitting outside on the patio you can watch the whole world go by which is quite interesting especially on Thursday nights when we have the street fair here in Palm Springs

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great place for a small group outdoor seating during the Thursday Village Fest

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had a great brunch with the family. The staff well accommodated our party of 11. The service was prompt and helpful. The food was rather delicious. I’m sure we will be back.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Always good food and service

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A gem in the desert. Excellent food and service. Terrific wine list. The hostess, Natalie is exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Introducing friends To one of our favorite restaurants. We had a great bottle of Gruet New Mexican sparkling rosè (which Dionysian’s will remember) with Ahi rare, excellent & mushroom soup which was overly salty and rare hamburger that was way over cooked. They redid the burger and second try was excellent. First time I had so many problems but staff made it right for us. Except both soups were way too salty. Next time i’m sure the problems will be corrected.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Good kitchen with interesting dishes. Quiet.and great for conversations. Good service.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We had a fantastic dining experience and a front-row yet non-intrusive view of the Palm Springs Thursday night street fair! We were running a tad late for our reso while we were looking for parking so called ahead. The hostess couldn’t have been lovelier. Took our servers recommendation on the chicken parm salad and didn’t regret it - that is one brilliant dish! My wife had the pre-fix 3-course dinner and selected the fried chicken entree. Just like mom used to make! The whole meal was delicious and the staff was attentive and helpful. We just moved to area and went to Zin’s on a recommendation from friends. We will be back, and often!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always like to come during street fair. Great people watching great food and service.
The host, Nicole is always the most helpful and friendly

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food and service was excellent, however, we experienced a bate and switch when it came to the pre-fix menu. We picked up a menu the previous week with and it included the pre-fix options. The same menu was displayed at the front of the restaurant when we arrived for our reservation. When we were seated the options were different. When we asked our waiter why, he said it probably was an old menu and offered no solution. Obviously not the answer we wanted since the menu in front of the restaurant was the same as the previous week.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Had my anniversary brunch there. The food was Great! The service was outstanding they paid attention to details. My champagne glass was never empty! Highly recommend it.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was okay, but not great. The restaurant was participating in a fund raiser event (for which I applaud them), and they were very busy. For this reason, I assume, the service was only okay as well. We had a nice outdoor table, but the noise level made conversation at our table difficult. Overall, I thought it a little pricey for the quality of the food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Wonderful meal, so nice to find such a great steak tartare in the desert. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

I selected Zin American Bistro for lunch because of their generous support of Dine Out For Life Day. Great service, very attentive and upbeat. The soup of the day was anusual cantaloupe and pepper gazpacho. Marvelous blend of different flavors. My entree of hanger steak was cooked exactly the way I like it, so Chapeau to the chef!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Loved the Adult Mac & Cheese

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We brought our fur baby and ate on the patio it was excellent

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Nicole, the very stylish hostess, is so helpful and attentive. She always makes my dinner guests feel special.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Hanger steak was excellent, service prompt, nice setting outside

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great brunch spot. Delicious food, bottomless mimosas and great service. Dominick is a gem!

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