Zin Bistro Americana

4.3
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Contemporary American
Just as the Zinfandel grape is uniquely American, Zin Bistro Americana offers a menu that reflects the nostalgic cuisine and synergistic blending of cultures that makes America unique. Zin Bistro Americana features a scenic fire lit patio, spacious bar, lounge and lakefront dining where you can relax in a plush setting, have a drink, an appetizer or enjoy the whole gastronomique experience. We invite you to savor this experience with us here on the lake in Westlake Village.
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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I've been there for brunch a couple times and was excited about meeting some friends who had never been to Zin. Unfortunately it was a Saturday night and it was too noisy to enjoy any conversation. There was nowhere to escape to except the porch and it was too chilly. The band was pervasive, too loud for a wonderful dining experience. Maybe they should have a separate room for the bar (good crowd there) and the band.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

IT WAS LOVELY TO ENJOY A LEISURELY LUNCH WITH A MAGNIFICENT UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW OF THE LAKE AND SURROUNDING AREA. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND A PLEASURE TO SHARE WITH MY YOUNG GRANDDAUGHTER WHO WAS VISITING ME FROM THE EAST COAST. AS A FORMER RESIDENT OF THE AREA , IT WAS FUN TO REVISIT THE LANDING.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

The server was non-attentive disappeared most of the evening. Food was okay and Martinis were
not cold enough even though I requested ice cold they were luke warm.

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m
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We found the restsurant cold and drafty, even after moving tables. Our soup was too salty, both main entries were dried out( over cooked) and the ice cream for desert frozen. The waiter was efficient but not particularly friendly or interested in us.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Omelet had no taste. Generally my experience at Zin Bistro has been better than todsy

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g
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

It was okay nothing more then that. I will not go back or recommend it to my friends.

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JR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful food. I made an error in ordering a beverage our waitress was brilliant and handled it so professionally. This is a personal favorite of mine. Love Zin's

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprise party

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S
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My crab cakes with eggs was really good. My friends hangover steak was not cook medium rare as she ordered but well done. Very disappointed

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H
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant for Happy Hour in Westlake Village!

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DM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Zin Bistro. My favorite restaurant. Great setting and great food!

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GD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant , food is always very good as is service .

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

Food was amazing, service was great!

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Restaurant really needs some acoustic softening. It was almost impossible to have a conversation with the other 3 people at the table. It was 15 minutes before we were greeted at our table and even longer for a server to ask about cocktails. However, the food service was quick, very good and the meals were served hot! Wine selection is really overpriced though. The Halibut and the Chicken Cordon Bleu were stand out entrees compared to the calamari appetizer which was not good. It tasted tired, rubbery and freezer burned. The Death by Chocolate dessert was outstanding. Overall experience was a 7/10. Probably won't be on my list to return.

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GO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Venue and ambiance is great. The menu needs to be updated, and also, Zin Bistro has only one vegetarian plate, which has not changed in at least a year. They can do better.

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JR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was the end to our non- profits Annual board meeting. My only complaint is I asked to be seated by the window and we were seated in the side room far away from the magnificent view. I had reserved for this party of eight well and it advance. The restaurant was not that crowded there was no reason not to meet the request.

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LB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Although they boast a Happy Hour 3-7.. unless you ask they don't provide you with the HH menu and pricing.

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RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still excellent after recent refurbishment. Gas heaters on patio if it gets chilly. We knew portions were large so the four of us asked to share everything. This was no problem at all with the helpful servers, and also kept the cost down, as the bill can mount up here. There was live music Saturday night and it can get rather noisy if you're too close. The food is high quality, and this a classy venue on the lake.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spending Friday evening with family and a friend was Awrsone!! The ambience was spectacular , food delicious and spirits subperb!! I highly recommend Zins which we have been coming up for years now. I love the nights when they have live music!! Nice way to end the evening. DR

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for new years eve, great food and awesome service despite the whole place being crazy packed. Food came out in a timely manner, entertainment was fun, and midnight drinks and props were great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a reservation for mine & my bf’s anniversary on NYE. Made it for 7 then had to have it pushed back to 7:15 & they accommodated.
When we arrived the hostess tried to seat us outside on the deck overlooking the lake which otherwise would’ve been nice except that it was really cold and windy so we asked for a table inside which we had to wait only a few minutes for.
The waitress was super friendly & was on her game given the amount of tables she was overseeing, I believe her name was Sara.
For drinks the boyfriend had a Tennessee Mule which was really good. I had the Cucumber Crush I believe it was & then the Ruby Red Margarita. Both were refreshing & they all arrived in a timely manner. Our desert of the night ended up being one of their after dinner cocktails, we chose the Zins Latte I think which was my fav.
The food was perfect & arrived in a good amount of time. We had the yellowtail appetizer which was really amazing & fresh, the sauce on that was insane. The boyfriend ordered the well known shrimp scampi & he was pleased, & I ordered per our waitress’ recommendation the wasabi ahi tuna entree which was to die for & will be back for that alone. We wanted to have the table side banana flambé thing they do but they didn’t have it available for NYE, we will be back for that.
The ambiance of the place is really swanky & nice. The entire restaurant is very clean, including the bathrooms. The decor is tasteful & modern.
It was a little loud for us this time but of course it was New Years Eve so they had a party & it was busier than normal.
This place is a little pricier than your average restaurant but is worth it for the quality of food and service, the location- being that it’s right on Westlake Lake, and the overall experience.
They did have a special menu for NYE but the waitress did let me know most of the items on their were house regulars which is nice. They also didn’t charge a ticket or plate fee like a lot of places do on NYE.
Definitely a new fav

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food overall good, scampi main dish, horrible way too salty, had to ask to remove the dish from Bill, server spilled food on one of us, moving too fast

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k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined here many times, either to meet a friend (who lives in Pasadena and I live in Santa Barbara) for lunch or for lunch or dinner on my way home from LA or further south. Great menu, outstanding food, friendly and attentive service, wonderful view.

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Y
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

I am so sad to say, this place was our favorite place to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, etc..
I love this place for it's ambiance, the food used to be very good.
Unfortunately, The food quality has gone down, every time it seems as if it is getting worst.
We ordered NY steak, had to return the food 2x it was over cooked, well done. It took almost an hour for the food to be served. I have to say they were very nice about it, tried to change the steak, but you can't even eat it.
I promised my kids this will be the last time we will be going there.

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BC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant situated by a man-made lake. The service and food were excellent. We sat outside so noise wasn't an issue and we were able to have a conversation without yelling. A bit pricey but worth it.

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DB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Noise level very high.. Both my husband’s entre and mine were over cooked— cordon bleu and crusted halibut! We have typically enjoyed this restaurant by the lake and were disappointed this time but we will go back and give it another try.

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BK
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a Thursday night and it was very rowdy due the Chargers Football Game . There was live music , and I felt so sorry for the singer that had a great voice, as the rowdy, drunk football fans were so loud , you couldn't hear the music or conversation with our party of 2. If there is live music, for goodness sake , turn the football game off. It was not the Super bowl, nor is Zins a " sports bar. Very disappointed that our quiet dinner was ruined by excessive noise. The food was delicious as always, and the Service was excellent.

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SA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster ravioli is to die for. Drinks and service were top notch

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and music as always

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BF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and love this restaurant! My girlfriends love to come here because we know we will get excellent service and great food. It is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, or a casual lunch. We expect to continue having our romantic evenings and group gatherings for a very long time! It is the perfect setting for anytime of the year.
BethF

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NG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent (roasted seafood, scallops, lobster mac can't compare them as to inside dining.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, service was good, food was good not exceptional. We were a group of 3 women so we appreciated not being rushed on a Saturday afternoon.

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I have been to Zin Bistro before and found it to be good. My mistake was going to Zin Bistro for Thanksgiving. Rather than their regular menu, they provided a buffet.

The variety was limited and the quality was poor on nearly everything. The turkey was good, but everything else we tried was poor. They charged $65 per person. I feel the value for the price was very poor. I feel taken advantage of. The selection was so limited and the quality so poor, that my daughter ended up having a small piece of salmon and 1 chicken tender for $65. My other daughter had 1/2 a serving of salad (she didnt finish because it was poor) and 1/4 bowl of tomato soup (she didnt finish because it was also poor).

Further, we had a 5:45pm reservation. To my surprise, they started cleaning up the buffet before we were finished. Had I wanted to go back for additional turkey, I would not have been able to.

All around a poor choice by us. We were very disappointed. We spent $260 plus tax and tip for a limited and mediocre dinner. This is not consistent with prior experiences at Zin Bistro. A very expensive and disappointing Thanksgiving meal.

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UK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Usually a good place but the halibut I had this time was dry and the crust was burnt. Disappointing experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zin is always a great spot for dinner and a view. Consistently good food.

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DM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love dining at Zin Bistro Americana. The food is delicious. I especially love the wasabi pea ahi tuna. It's delicious. You also can't beat the view of Westlake.

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D
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic views of the lake. Great menu options. Service is always attentive

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L
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, our waitress was fabulous-the bartender was a bit slow and my cocktail didn't come out until after our appetizer was served. I asked for more dressing from the busboy when salad arrived, and never received it. Few little things could have been better, but ultimately had a lovely dinner and great view!

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D
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

poor service, had to ask about things several times, waiter seemed totally uninterested and unattentive to our table

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r
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Very nice place on a beautiful lake and great views. Food was ok and tasty, not great. Nice choices, just average+ in preparation. Location is great and makes it worth it.

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