Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar

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$30 and under
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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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LP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. Great food and great service. My only complaint is the main dining area: very noisy, and kind of spoil the nice atmosphere. Stay at the bar or outdoor instead.

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C
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I visited San Antonio from Chicago, for our wedding anniversary weekend. We worked during our actual anniversary so this was our first chance to celebrate it. We found Zinc and decided on it after talking to a friend (who’s local) about places to try. We arrived pretty late... about 10 mins before the kitchen closed. As a result we felt a little rushed and ordered far more food than we normally would have, but in the end it was all worth it! The food was fantastic! We had the steak, which was cooked perfectly (super juicy and tender), and also enjoyed the calamari and the hummus and the Caesar salad. I got the burger, which was fantastic, and the sweet potato fries (which I normally hate) were amazing! Best I’ve ever had! We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine with dinner and our server gave us champagne to celebrate our occasion! A perfect meal!!! Can’t wait to visit again!!!

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TW
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Calamari was rubbery and not much flavor. Caesar salad was good tho small. Cocktails were tasty but not much alcohol. Fish and chips were average as were crab cakes. All in all, wish we had gone elsewhere. It was fine but for a rare date night, wasn’t that special

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OT
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful birthday dinner on the patio. Great wine selection and food was cooked to perfection. Zinc is always a great choice.

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VD
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our server left us high and dry after our appetizer. It was a little degrading as my fiancé and I were celebrating our 3 year anniversary. We were so excited to create our 1st date, but the service really made our experience a negative one.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was very good. However our server was not. The other servers however appeared to be very good..... jus not ours.

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W
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Courtyard was perfect for casual and relaxing dining

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J
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Respectable wine list. Great food. You must have the bread pudding. A wonderful nite of dining.

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GP
San Antonio
49 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent! Hostess tried to seat us outside when I had booked a high top table. This was corrected after I mentioned it to the hostess seating us. Service was pretty good. Odd being right by the door which did lower the ambiance score. Overall great and I will go back but will request a regular table and still inside when the temp is 100 outside.

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! I would definitely eat there again. The molten chocolate cake left something to be desired, but everything else from the artichoke dip, salad, and salmon (the night’s special) were delectable. It can get a little noisy sitting at the high boy tables because the staff congregates and busses dishes by the bar/high boys. But it wasn’t annoying. Just something to keep in mind depending on what kind of party you are dining with.

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S
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I had one of their pizzas and it was pretty tasty. I also had the molten lava cake that was pretty good too. I went in the afternoon so it was empty and quiet. Overall, an okay place to check out if you’re in the area. Thank you.

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the delicious tableside guacamole the Lamb burger and a pasta plate was all delicious. They had great service with a bistro atmosphere my only complaint was the place was a bit loud but it was no problem as it was a Saturday night .

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W
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zinc is a great bistro/wine bar. Our server, Daniel, was the best server we have had anywhere in recent memory. His wine knowledge was extremely high. He should be paid as a sommelier!!

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great wine list and food. Very nice server. Whenever in San Antonio, we'll be back.

And we'll definitely recommend to our friends.

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HG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Great service. Teresa was amazing and very attentive; however, the food was very lame and tasteless. Great venue but food needs a lot of work.

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SS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

I would have given much higher scores, however, the hard rock/head banging music played at a very high level kind of ruined the experience. When we mentioned it to the waitress her response was "that's funny." Otherwise, Zinc was outstanding and I would highly recommend it.

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the waiter was incredible. It truly helps when they know the menu well and what wine to pair it with. The food is so delicious. looking forward to next time there.

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I have been to Zinc serveral times and in the past have really enjoyed myself. During these previous visits we were in the courtyard. We normally have sharable plates and drinks. Our recent visit was to celebrate my daughter's 26th birthday. We dined inside. The food was very good, but the service was subpar. Our waitress did not check on us and we felt ignored. It was as if we were being rushed. She cleared my plate while my wife was still eatting. We ordered a second drink for my daughter which she never served as she "forgot" to place the bar order. My son-in-law had to get up and go find someone to find our waitress. Tables around us were being served and thier wait staff was attentive, while we ignored. We planned to stay an spend much twice our meal bill on drinks. Due to the poor service we went to another establishment and spent that amount celebrating my daughter's birthday.

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P
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good like always but they had an off night. My steak wasn't prepared right and by the time it arrived at the table everyone else had finished their meal. Then one dessert was forgotten so everyone was done with dessert by the time it arrived. I realize these things happen so we will be back.

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F
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second trip to SAT in the last year and as usual we return to Zinc Bistro and Wine Bar for our evening meals. The staff is very helpful in wine selections and even allow you to taste the open bottles to ensure one likes it. The food always prepared as requested and hot. Crab cakes are out of this world as are the hamburgers and steak entrees. All good. Try it - you'll like it.

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PO
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great local spot in the heart of the Riverwalk but just off the beaten path from all the tourists. A must visit, especially if you’re a frequent visitor in search something new.

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RS
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. One of the most professional staffs I’ve seen in a restaurant. Dus provided great service. Very good at his job.

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NH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thank you for a good business dinner. I hope to return.

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RD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful find downtown off the touristy river walk. The kitchen definitely turns out quality food at the correct portion size. The wine by the glass selection was extensive and great value. We came on Monday and immediately made a reservation to come back on Wednesday!

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GR
San Antonio
133 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Great service from Layla and we really liked the relaxed atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant. The food was variable. We shared the crabcakes as a starter. They were very thin and had a fishy odor and I think the portion would have been a bit small for an entree choice (much more suitable as an appetizer). My in-laws enjoyed their entrees (shrimp churrascos and fish & chips). My husband had the famed Zinc burger and it was unevenly cooked (medium rare as requested in some spots and overcooked/charred in others). I ordered the portobello mushroom melt and everything on the plate (the mushroom, spinach and asparagus) lacked seasoning and flavor and the sweet potato fries were room temparature. The biggest disappointment were the desserts. The molten chocolate caked lacked any oozing "lava" when cut into (it had hardened on the inside), the apple souffle bread pudding was dry and there were only a scant amount of apples at the very bottome of the ramekin but the accompanying ice cream was very good. The pumpkin creme brulee was the biggest let down. It was not at all "set", rather, literally a liquid cream (more like a creme anglaise but even too runny for that title...sweet pumpkin soup, perhaps?) and really inedible. The manager was kind enough to remove this from our bill. I'm not sure if we'll return but we have heard really good feedback about other menu items so perhaps we just dined on an off day for the kitchen. The prices and atmosphere make Zinc a good choice for a respite from the other touristy Riverwalk restaurants, especially for their weekday Happy Hour.

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RM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, drinks and experience. First time to San Antonio and to Zinc and will return soon!

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A
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was GREAT! I would highly recommend someone looking to eat somewhere near the Riverwalk but with a more low-key intimate vibe. Also, order the BURGER! It's delicious!

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MB
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The lamb burger was excellent and prices were reasonable.

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L
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Well, so sorry to say but this restaurant isn’t any where near what it used to be:(
The gentleman that waited on us was very good... unfortunately the kitchen wasn’t...
Disappointing.

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RD
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to eat in dining room instead outdoor, with all tables filled the room was very noisy with aid from hard floors and walls, initially four of us were yelling our conversation but when two tables left after about 5-10 minutes noise level abated. Great restaurant, food, great waiter - but note to self sit outside or in bar area when dining here again.

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OT
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a surprisingly wonderful experience. Went there on Mother's Day and it was fantastic. Zinc, as far as dining, was always an after though. The wonderful meal we had last week has put them at the top of the list for downtown dining. Well done!

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SO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Zinc’s Bistro, the service is attentive, the food is incredible, and sitting outback on a lovely spring day is the most perfect!!! Would and have recommended Zinc’s to everyone!! Thank you for always making our experience here so wonderful.

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HJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very accommodating on busy mother’s day.

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HT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got lucky and scored a reservation for courtyard seating on Mother’s Day. Everything was perfect including the weather! Our pizza was great, loved the crab cakes, prickly pear margaritas, table-side guacamole. Sit outside in the courtyard if possible and enjoy a lovely quiet meal just far enough away from the Riverwalk.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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RS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cakes I've ever tasted!!
Great value. Wonderful wines

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c
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My daughter’s chicken pasta dish was a bit too spicy and she wasn’t aware there would be any pepper flakes in it when ordered. Could have left that ingredient off if she had known. Service was on the slow side...

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the entire evening. Will return.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was excellent. They accommodated our large party when weather was an issue. Great drink and wine selection. Very neat outside space.

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DP
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot - food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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