Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar

4.6
1056 reviews
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Our chefs have painstakingly created a menu of wine-friendly fare consisting of old world hors d'oeuvres and regionally inspired tapas. From baked Texas goat cheese with kalamata olives to fresh chocolate covered strawberries, the menu caters to the diversity of the food enthusiasts.
Charles Court, at the rear of Zinc, is a truly serene gathering place for a rare outdoor experience. The private, spacious courtyard makes for a quiet sanctuary from the clatter of downtown city streets and the Riverwalk.
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BM
Denver
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Quite average versus the other choices in San Antonio.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot. I highly recommend it. The food and ambience are great, and the prices are very affordable.

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ML
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal. Our new favorite date spot! We sat outside. We had the 2017 Vivanco Spanish white at 33/bottle, table side guacamole, steak for me, linguini for my lady, and chocolate covered strawberries and bread pudding souffle (best ever) for dessert. Everything was absolutely fantastic. Wait staff was also a highlight of the evening! Can't recommend enough!

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CR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and environment were great, but our server was a bit unfriendly.

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BR
New England
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

3 of us had dinner, sitting outside. Courtyard is very cozy and a great place to relax and enjoy a very good meal. Had a great martini. Guacamole made table side was outstanding ! We had some pasta dishes and flat bread that we all enjoyed. A great night out

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s
Shreveport
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service! Open late was wonderful!!

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RZ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service food and courtyard ambiance
Highly recommend to all

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B
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding, an oasis amongst the tourist traps around the River Walk. Make sure to try the Sangria!!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place and very good value for money. Had the calamari to start with - absolutely delicious. Then my fiancé had the zinc burger and I had the lamb pappardelle - both again delicious. Ended the meal with the decadent brioche apple bread pudding soufflé with vanilla bean ice cream. Will definitely come back here every time we are in San Antonio.

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VV
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience with both food and service were great. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We ordered two appetizers and entrees and enjoyed every bit of the meal.

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f
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite downtown spots! Always enjoy Zinc.

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CA
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their restaurant was fantastic as usual. And the quality of service was outstanding.

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SH
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, an outstanding meal at Zinc, our favorite neighborhood wine bar/restaurant. Our server, Bradley, was very efficient and friendly. We shared the calamari and escargot appetizers. I had the Texas Chopped Salad, my wife had the Margarita Pizza. All was delicious. We always enjoy our visits to Zinc!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food and service is excellent. Atmosphere is not kid friendly.

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AF
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Funky little bistro near the San Antonio River Walk. Great food - the best interpretation of Spinach Artichoke dip I’ve ever eaten. I enjoyed the crab cakes and my daughter loved the portobello patty melt. The pumpkin creme brûlée and bread pudding were yummy. I just wish we had been able to sit outside. Oh well, next time.

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JR
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zinc never disappoints

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LD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, very nice! In particular, their house lamb burger is truly "Gourmet"!

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s
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our second time to visit Zinc. We particularly enjoyed the patio seating. The dishes were fresh and delicious and the drinks were also well made and delicious. The fish and chips was a little disappointing, but I did not expect it to be a feature of their menu. The Hummus was amazing and the crab cakes were very flavorful. The service attention was just right.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This one of San Antonio’s Down Town hidden GEM!!!
The service, staff and ambiance is stellar. The food and value is exceptional, and the drinks are very well made and very affordable!!!
The table side Guag is a must, from Fish n Chips, Zinc Burger, Steak as well as the Short Rib Sandwich everything on the menu is fantastic.
We go as often as we can, the only down side is “parking” but then again you are “Down Town” so make the best of it and after a Zinc dinner go enjoy the Riverwalk and go dancing!!!

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KD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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I am so excited to write this review. Yesterday, my wife and I had a show at the Majestic Theater we were going to and decided at the last minute to eat downtown. She found this place with good reviews and we could reserve a table outside. When you walk in, you are right at the hostess stand...might be nice to move that back a foot or two so people can at least walk in before immediately being greeted. Our table was prepared for us and we were able to walk back to their nice courtyard area. You pass the bar along the way and a nice indoor seating area that presents a calm and cool vibe to the place. Our server (Daniel - I think) was excellent all night. He told us about the food specials and was very informative about the menu and drink selections. My cocktail was very delicious (if I get a cocktail somewhere, it is typically going to be a Manhattan, I am no cocktail connoisseur but I know a good Manhattan when I taste it) and my wife had got a white wine. Their wine selection is very extensive here and they offer a taste before you commit to the pour. I will also say the glassware was really nice and did not feel cheap to drink out of.... its hard to explain this one, sometimes you go to a place and the glassware is really heavy in case it is dropped, it might survive, that's what I mean by "cheap glassware". Zinc did not have cheap glassware. We ordered the calamari which has a very unique twist of having avocado, thinly sliced jalapenos, and red cabbage. This dish was amazing. Our server gave us more details about his favorite dishes and popular favorites there. I ordered the daily special which was mahi mahi seasoned to perfection and on a bed of couscous with a cup of soup. My wife order the Zinc burger, a popular favorite and has been ranked within the top 50 burgers in texas several times our server told us. Our meals were excellent, the outdoor vibe was amazing, and we really enjoyed the excellent service this place provided

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RA
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal here and they have a great selection of beer, wine, etc. Food was delicious but seemed a bit pricey. The dining room was very noisy. Overall we had a nice evening and would recommend this place to others.

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d
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place for a quiet and quick lunch. Prices very reasonable. Shrimp Po Boy was good and was bread pudding dessert. I would go back.

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IE
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Hidden gem in the middle of downtown San Antonio just steps from the Riverwalk. Happy to say not a touristy spot! Beautiful historic building. Food was good to very good - nice Wine list - Service was excellent. Prices were fair and quite a value!
While I would visit again, I wouldn't say the food itself was out of the world. Certainly a good choice for those who want a very good meal at reasonable prices and I bet they are consistent.

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The escargot was amazing. Definitely try the handcrafted cocktails.

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LW
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, great food. the outdoor patio would be great in warm weather.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Reasonably priced for downtown area. Healthy portions, good service. Would recommend!

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L
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The location of the restaurant is close to everything downtown and the Riverwalk. We had the lamb burger which was excellent and the table side guacamole that was pretty good. The Caesar salad was mediocre. I would go back for the lamb burger but overall we were a little underwhelmed.

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BK
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my first time at this restaurant for and will not be my last. I was there for launch and it was fantastic. Reasonable price! I went back again for dinner with my wife on the same day. We didn’t have dinner but ordered a couple of appetizers and drinks then capped the night with desserts.

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MD
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow to start but once the waiter got to us it improved. Food was tasty, reasonably priced and good portion size. I would return to try other entrees. Outside seating is in a delightful courtyard which means the street noise sometimes is loud. Overall a good experience.

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SB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We arrived early and enjoyed the happy hour drinks and appetizers. Dinner was great, too, especially the crab cakes. We loved sitting in the charming courtyard - the restaurant provided wraps for slightly cooler weather. We are definitely going back!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was at the palm a few nights before and though I had a great time, the service at Zinc was far better and more attentive and the food was phenomenal! Sorry to start it with mentioning the palm but I had to mention how great the service was.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They had run out of entree and desert items by 7:00 PM.

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DC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good casual resturant. Excellent value as it is just off the riverwalk.

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AN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a little annoyed at first couldn't reserve a table online i called to see if i could reserve was told they were booked. The person was kinda was rude not very helpful. Was finally able to reserve online. We arrived was very impressed with atmosphere our waiter Octovio hope i have the name right. He was very attentive and very informative attaining to the menu provided great servive. Our food was delicious i had the lamb burger it was so good.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a busy night on the Riverwalk and we were lucky to get a reservation. The atmosphere outside was very nice. It wasn’t too loud. The best part was that they had ponchos on every seat that you could put on if you were too cold and it was a very chilly night. In addition to the ponchos they had space heaters to help keep us warm. They did what they could to help us feel comfortable on a cold night. Food was good and prices were very fair.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This place had great food and great atmosphere. My husband and I will definitely will be going here again. Need to try the Banana bread putting Excellent. The wait staff was great. If you like refreshing Martini's the Orange Blossom is a must.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Zinc! It’s a quaint little restaurant just off the beaten path of the Riverwalk district. The patio is lovely. I believe this was our 4th time here. This trip our party of 5 was sat at a small table just inside the back doors. We were definitely a bit crowded for the 5 of us with food and drinks. The food in the past has blown me away. This time it was good, but nothing to write home about. The zinc burger was a little over cooked and dry. The truffle fries were cooked well, but we could hardly tell a difference between them and just regular fries. (In the past... they were to die for!) My prickly pear margarita was delicious. All in all it was a good, but with so many new and unique choices popping up in downtown, I hope Zinc ups its game.

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SA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Zinc. Staff is very genuinely caring. Bryan always does a great job suggesting food and drinks.

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OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was fair, the place is wonderful

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E
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect little place to have a little romantic dinner. The blankets on the chairs were a nice touch for the seating outside. Dinner was fantastic and the drinks were great too. Would def come back.

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