Zinc Brasserie - Sandusky

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603 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American

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About

Locally owned and operated, ZINC brasserie is a French-inspired restaurant that strives to provide fresh, delicious food, attentive service, and a warm atmosphere. The ingredient driven menu changes seasonally, with great features available nightly.
The Hearth Tavern can be found at ZINC, and is a casual tavern setting with an open view to the kitchen and the wood-stone pizza oven. Walk-in seating in the Tavern and on the Patio.
The full menu is available by reservation in the main dining room, and the tavern offers up an abridged version of that menu, with all of the pizzas available.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
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Phone number
(419) 502-9462
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cesare Avallone
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Catering
From smaller dinner parties with a group in your own home, your yard, on a boat, to large scale events such as weddings and other celebrations, ZINC brasserie will customize the event menu for you and your guests.
Please call for information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wayne Street
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Special events & promotions
ZINC brasserie often offers Wine Dinners, tastings, and other special events. To receive information on these events, please join our mailing list, at www.zincbrasserie.net
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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RT
Toledo
4 reviews
Reviewed on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

Zinc owner Caesar is arrogant and has the philosophy that the customer is always wrong. We wanted to substitute risotto with corn (never done by Italians) with butternut risotto. First he said they don't do substitutions!!! Fine dining? Then he said butternut risotto wasn't on the menu. We pointed out that it was. He then said that because it wasn't busy they would do it. What does that matter? I then told him how we always ordered the crab stuffed salmon with saffron sauce but now it was off the menu. He said that they had to change the menu to keep it fresh. We know this is nonsense because at Crush which he owns the menu never changed for years! This caused us to be reluctant to go there. Arrogant with NO idea how to treat customers who are paying premium $$$.

BP
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was nice and warm on a -3 degree evening! Everything was good. The plating of the food was outstandingly creative. The portions were nice size. The taste was good. It is a hidden gem that you can not recognize from the street. You must enter and be surprised.

CA
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner with a quiet atmosphere. We ordered our favorite appetizers of Lobster Bisque and oysters on the half shell. I ordered the handcrafted cocktail, cranberry martini, which was wonderful. The Surf and Turf and the Filet Mignon meal were also fabulous. We were not disappointed with the food or the wonderful staff.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

They over all have great food. The surf in turf is a very tiny portion and the steaks are not flavorful at all.

j
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Didn't really know what to expect, but the food was very good ... and creative. Much better than expected.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing from appetizer, entree and dessert. The restaurant was a little louder than I would have liked this time but that was mainly b/c there was a larger table of people. The wait staff was very attentive to our needs and the food came out quickly and was awesome.

SL
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. The staff was extremely friendly. We went later in the evening for my husband's birthday. When we had desert the waitress even placed a candle in desert and wished him happy birthday.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, excellent service. Out waitress was the best!

OT
Cleveland
74 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were excited to try Zinc for the first time and came away a bit disappointed. The escargot was completely lacking garlic, the entrees were expensive, but not that special and at the end of our dining experience, our server was nowhere to be found. We eventually had to ask another server for assistance and never did see our server again. For a place that markets itself as top level fine dining, we were disappointed.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 2

Food, service and atmosphere is always top notch whether at Hearth or the more formal Zinc. Never been disappointed.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard a friend mention it so decided to try it out. Was very pleased, called friend and thanked him for "name dropping" lol. Very cozy, not a huge crowd atmosphere. Service was great and the food offering were some that are not on every menu in our locale. Chef does a great job, and ingredients are the best. * Will go back !

OT
Toledo
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GOOD EXPERIENCE. mY BOSS WAS IMPRESSED. fOR ME IT COMES TO THE FOOD

JB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal. Consistently good food and a fair price for what you get.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the North Coast! I'm from Dallas and this rivals any high end restaurant here!

OT
Toledo
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for food and atmosphere between Clevand and Toledo. Is quite noisy but this can be overlooked for the other pleasant amenities. Great service .

MP
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed four very good meals that were well served. As is routine for the tourist town of Sandusky, prices are higher that one typically enjoy elsewhere.

V
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I can't find enough good things to say about our experience tonight at Zinc. We came in from Cleveland for our 5 year anniversary with our 3 month old daughter... who did NOT want to celebrate. She's usually great at restaurants but was very cranky after a long day. The staff (and even another very kind patron) went far beyond expectations to help us out trying to soothe our angry little one and give us the chance to eat our dinner while it was still warm. I am so grateful to how they took care of a couple frazzled new parents!
And of course the food was amazing! I had the duck duo and it was so perfectly done. My husband had surf and turf and loved it too.
This is definitely a place we want to return next time we're out this way... just maybe next time we'll get a babysitter!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. I have been to restaurants in Europe and am a hobby chef- food was spot on furst night. Was so good i came back the next day and had the same. Wasn't as good the next day. Slightly undercooked mear and nor as good cut. Otherwise fine.

B
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our dinners were very good, although my crab stuffed salmon would have been better with less sauce. Vegetables were done just right.
I would like to see a more extensive wine list.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Top notch ingredients and preparation with a very good value result

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pizza was good. Steak had no flavor other than the sauce on top. I wouldnt say cold but steak was warm. Not good . My wife had same steak same.

l
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

My review would be much more positive if they had not seated a group of 8 very rowdy men at the table next to us early in our meal! The Tavern side of the restaurant would have been a much more appropriate location for this group. Though the folks at another adjacent table were fortunately finishing their meal, the gentleman at that table felt compelled to cover his ears until they could finish, pay their bill & depart!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Raw steak (ordered medium well), cold calamari appetizer, ordered drink that wasn't served, but was on bill.

OT
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I was very disappointed with the service. We had reservations for 6 people and had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time to be seated and that is only after we chased someone down to help us. several people left mad because there was nobody was manning the front of the restaurant. I had the foi gras for an appetizer and it was extremely over cooked. For my entree I had the soft shell crab. One crab was very good but the other one was very fishy. Two people had the duck duo and said it was good and my wife had the squash ravioli which had a filling that was a bit dry. Overall, it's a great place that maybe was having an off night. I would go back and try it again in hopes that they are on their A game.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for great food
Always fun place to go

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family was in town for the dance nationals at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center and we wanted to find a place with great atmosphere and great food. It exceeded our expectations and was a memorable evening with my mother and my two daughters. I highly recommend the Zinc Brasserie. The food was amazing from the soups to the salads to the entrees and onto the creme brulee!

Z
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Server was great. Service was quite slow, however, because they only had one server taking care of the entire dining room. Pizza dough has gotten thicker over the years, was better when thinner. Salad was to die for. Crab stuffed salmon was excellent. Time to paint the walls in the restaurant because they are getting dirty. Restroom was clean. Creme brûlée was perfect.

Will come back and recommend.

v
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was decent, nothing particularly special.
Our server was not very attentive. Took over an hour to get entrée after order was placed.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef is outstanding..Food is best in northern ohio....Ambience is quiet and romantic,yet not stuffy at all...Highly recommend Zincs for quality fine dining....NEVER disappoints

JC
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with various options. Staff very attentive

C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My best friend was visiting from out of town and we were celebrating my birthday. Went on a Thursday night and made a reservation, tho probably didn't need to. Food was delicious! Duck for me, because I never make it at home, and sea bass for her because she always eats fish when she's near water. Well prepared, interesting side choices, good wine list to accompany. Restaurant a little noisy, tables close, and people brought kids for late dining which seems a poor choice to me ... Would definitely go again though.

DD
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great good, great service. Sharon (sever) always fun and knowledgeable regarding selections. Highly recommend. A Sandusky gem that is well worth any drive. Definitely one of our favorite spots regardless of what we are in the mood for. Having the casual option of the Hearth as well as the option of kicking up a notch at Zinc makes it an even better destination.

CB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were very unimpressed. The champagne I ordered was flat, and had to be sent back. They didn't have another bottle so I had to buy a more expensive split. This should've been reduced to the price of the original split. The escargot while tasty was a bit over cooked, as was the steak I ordered. Over not what we expect and not with the money.

C
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are a serious foodie you are in for a treat because Zinc brasserie is for serious foodies like me. The stuffed salmon was Deelish as was the Pasta Putanesca and the Boulliabase. It's always a treat eating here cuz you know it will be fine dining well served.

M
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It was great! Little slow service but there was a large table of prom kids so we understood. The duck was stellar!!!

b
Toledo
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. My wife and I split an order of truffle fries. The truffle flavoring was enough to taste but not overpowering. I had the bouillabaise. It contained shrimp, scallops, calamari, some type of fish (not local) and finger length potatoes. The calamari was cooked perfectly, tender not chewy.

H
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smaller cozy restaurant and bar with original food, well prepared and pleasantly served. I have a gluten allergy and they were ready to prepare just about anything on the menu to suit. Nice wine list and maybe a bit on the pricey side but a good value. I had a salad of mixed greens, goat cheese, cranberry & walnut , coriander encrusted salmon with fresh veggies. My wife had crab stuffed salmon and we shared a chocolate mousse for desert. I'd recommend it to anyone in the area. It is over 700 miles from home so it is unlikely we'll be back but it was a great experience.

JS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoy dining at Zinc Brasserie every month or so. The menu is nicely varied, the preparation always very good, the waitstaff appropriately attentive. I particularly enjoy the lobster bisque although it is served so hot that I have started asking for a small glass of ice to cool it. The duck duo is also a favorite.

GS
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food . Different items on the menu great presentation

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was great. Lovely dinner

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