Zinc Restaurant

4.6
923 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary European
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  • Quiet Conversation
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Canada"s Best New Restaurants of 2010; Zinc has been named one of Canada's Best New Restaurants of 2010

Located in the Art Gallery of Alberta in downtown Edmonton, Zinc offers a relaxed fine dining experience inspired by simple elegance and served in stunning surroundings. Zinc menu focuses on fresh Alberta ingredients fused with local artisan food products.

Intimate dinners, group celebrations, casual lunches or the simple enjoyment of a glass of wine become inspired at Zinc.

Zinc is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. Our menus change seasonally and include dishes inspired by featured art exhibitions.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, International, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Monday Closed

Tuesday & Wednesday Lunch 11 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner seatings between 5 pm and 9 pm

Thursday & Friday Lunch 11 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner seatings between 5 pm and 10 pm

Saturday Brunch 11 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner seatings between 5 pm and 10 pm

Sunday Brunch 11 am to 2 pm
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Phone number
(780) 392-2501
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Omar
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Catering
Experiencing inspired works of art takes on a whole new meaning with Zinc Catering at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Whether you choose from one of our restaurant-inspired menus, request a themed menu based on a current exhibition or create your own customized selection, you and your guests will enjoy an incredible culinary experience! For more information on hosting an event at Zinc or in one of the magnificent rentable spaces at the Art Gallery, please visit: http://www.zincrestaurant.ca/events-catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
99 Street and 102A Avenue
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Parking details
There is ample meter parking around the Gallery. There is also a large Imperial Parking lot adjacent to the main doors as well as the Library and City Hall Parkades. The Art Gallery of Alberta is connected to the Library Parkade via the downtown pedway system. Zinc restaurant is walking distance from Edmonton City Centre, the Citadel Theatre and the Winspear Centre. The Edmonton LRT system is also accessible right from the building.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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J
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff was pleasant and the food was good, but there was nothing that really made the experience stand out.

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CB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Dave made sure we were looked after and was very creative with the courses. Faddy and Liane made some very good cocktails, I recommend the authentic whiskey sour.

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SA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn't know what to expect given it is located in the Art Gallery. The room was very interesting and the servers were very warm and helpful. The food was spectacular. We would certainly like to try dinner given how wonderful brunch was. Excellent service, wonderful food...you people have a hit on your hands.

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BS
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely meal -we had lots of small dishes that were absolutely delectable. And really lovely that the wait staff did not hover and continually ask questions. Recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner.

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food expertly prepared by Chef David who also made a personal appearance at our table . Also Fadi the manager made our evening extra special... he made a spectacular coffee martini :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful spot and my server was very sweet and attentive to our table. That being said we were the only table in the whole restaurant on a Thursday night. They had a large party next door that didn’t affect us. Surprised it’s not busier as the food was fast delicious (however a little more vegetarian than I’d like ) and the service was good. Overall. Good food and fair pricing for being more upscale.

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M
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sunday brunch which was delicious, good value for money and well served

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EN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. I can't wait to go back next we will do the tasting menu, I am excited to see what the chef will come up with.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came for dinner prior to the Eagles show as Zinc is a very short walk to Rogers Place. Much more preferable than the options inside the casino! We were a bit early for our reservation and had to wait briefly for the host to arrive and take us to our table. The table we were seated at had crumbs strewn about the bench, despite the restaurant being nearly empty. It just seemed to take a long time for everything., from getting the food to finally flagging somebody down for the bill. I honestly thought we had been forgotten. The food was wonderful though. We shared the artichoke hearts with crab- absolutely divine! Order the bread to sop up the extra sauce. The chicken option on pasta was delicious and very filling. Will be back but hopefully they will have more staff on hand.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day Brunch was amazing! Food was delicious. Saskatoon mimosas were to die for!
Service was above and beyond

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch complete with incredible service.

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AR
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious as always. :) I tried one of the vegan/vegetarian options on the menu. Surprisingly filling! Topped off the meal with the creme brulee, which was perfectly done! Not too sweet, and that crispy layer on top was the right amount of crunch.

The hubs ordered 5 items of the Tapas menu, he walked away satisfied and not overly-full.

We'll be coming back again. :)

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SN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time. The service was excellent. Our server was attentive and very helpful. We ordered tapas and thoroughly enjoyed every bite.
The food was incredibly delicious. I would recommend ordering a couple tapas at a time or having them come out staggered so you can eat them fresh and hot.
I was also really impressed with the cocktail I had. I'd head back for drinks and snacks some evening.

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LM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place for an old friend and I to relax, chat and eat good food. We indulged in the three course brunch and were never rushed and loved it all. All dishes were good and service was attentive but not overpowering. The restaurant was not busy so we stretched our meal out over three hours. It seemed the other patrons did as well so if you want a long, lazy meal, I'd recommend the brunch!

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LV
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service, and it cannot be on the shoulders of the server, but rather the kitchen, was very slow. We waited 45 minutes for 2 grilled cheese sandwiches and a club house. The restaurant was not at all busy, 2 or 3 other tables in addition to ours and no large parties. The waitress had to ask if there was any Chardonnay. There was but how the heck does a bar potentially run out of Chardonnay? There was no one at the front desk to immediately seat us when we arrived, there appeared to be only two staff on, the host and one waitress. The waitress took our drink order and the host took our food order. This was on a Friday which the expectation would have been to be a busy lunch day. Luckily it was not yet the service, getting our food, was very slow. I recommended the restaurant based on my other times there, I have been there for lunch and drinks at the bar many, many times and this was very unexpected and surprising. Hopefully just an off day. The food was ok but not nearly as good as other experiences.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, but it was a quite confusing menu.

My wife order what she thought was chicken with a side of pasta (being described on the menu as "smoked chicken"), but it turned out to be effectively a Fettucine Alfredo with a small amount of chicken. She was disappointed, which was unfortunate, as we were there to celebrate her getting a new job.

The food itself was good, but it was frustrating that we didn't get what we thought we ordered.

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S
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very satisfying prelude to going to the Art Gallery. My friend and I could easily hear each other, so the conversation time was relaxing. We loved the presentation of the food - almost afraid to destroy the art work, by eating it! What a great way to spend a Saturday early afternoon: nourishing the body, calming the mind, and then taking in the Art Gallery displays!

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit. The food and service was amazing. I will go back , and hopefully soon.

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K
Edmonton
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Knowing that my husband, daughter, and I were going to be visiting the Art Gallery of Alberta to see the Peter von Tiesenhausin, Undaunted, and Townsend displays shortly after 4 pm, we decided to keep things simple and have dinner at Zinc which, of course, is located in the AGA. I made reservations for 6 pm. We were done viewing early, so showed up at Zinc at 5:30. The place wasn't busy and we were seated as soon as the server saw us. The service was excellent - attentive but not obtrusive and the food was delicious. My husband had the salmon, I had the chicken with pasta, and our daughter - being a vegetarian - had the vegan ( fried tofu, red curry, coconut cream, spiced lentil & sweet potato, organic red quinoa tabbouleh with a spicy tomato sauce). My husband & I were pleased with our meals (I had planned on bringing half of mine home, but it was so good I ate the whole thing!), but unfortunately our daughter didn't care for hers. She said it was well prepared, but just a matter of personal taste that she didn't really like hers - so, no reflection on the restaurant. Overall, we enjoyed our meal at Zinc and would recommend it to anyone looking for a delicious, reasonably priced, and convenient end to wandering around the AGA.

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m
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best and quietest brunch I have had in a long time....our server was EXCELLENT...

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and lovely service on a quiet Saturday morning.

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BM
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service was acceptional! Zinc is becoming our favorite downtown dining location. The venue is great for so many occasions.

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DM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

This was our most horrible food experience in any restaurant in Edmonton... I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to my worst enemy... We had a special beef wellington special which was absolutely disgusting, if we wanted tasteless food we know where to go... we will never eat here again!!

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F
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We went on dated night to Zinc during the Dine Around Town event. This is one of those close - but not quite experiences. There were flashes of bold creativeness and other things that should just not have been served.

The starter lentil soup was exceptional, rich and spicy. A very promising start in a beautiful location. The deconstructed shrimp cocktail was playful and fun. Not adventurous but definitely a hit.

The Beef Wellington came next and dinner went off the rails badly. This should not have been served in a college dorm kitchen. Cold mushrooms, a piece of grey something (might have been beef or pork) wrapped in a soggy pastry with a light brown soup. Dine Around Time taxes every chef so don't offer this thing if it can not be done properly. The chef is afterall in charge of the expierence. We felt sorry for the exceptional servers who had to present this dish.

We will come back and try Zinc again because of the first two courses - but will avoid Beef Wellington. Expected more from Zinc given its pedigree.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was a great place to be!

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S
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing the beef wellington was over cooked and in what seemed like a pie crust instead of a puff pastry. The prawns were actually medium sized shrimp and the salad was warm and wilted. Service was unfriendly and the servers seemed uninterested at best. We had to request a coffee after dinner as we were not offered.
I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant!

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p
Edmonton
61 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed Downtown Dining week here today at lunch.
Meal was very good and service was prompt.
Really enjoyed the meal today.

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Z
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Funky and good, just the way we like it

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OT
Edmonton
19 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time here downtown dining week seemed to have them a little busy our server was a bit elusive didn’t see another server and hosts were delivering our food ... wine needed to be poured and nobody ever asked about our meal ..little things that would bring us back for sure ... food was very good ...

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YE
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good and nicely presented. Unfortunately the beef Wellington was undercooked (the pastry) and was the special for the evening.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice setting with a good view of the city streets and passers by. Great service and good food.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We ate at Zinc during the Downtown Dining week. To be honest, it was fairly disappointing. We were only allowed to order from a set menu (although the server then told us she would let us just order part of the set meals, since we felt it was too much food). The regular menu was not available. I need to have a gluten free meal, but was very limited in what was available. I had asked if I could have a salad and a cup of soup, but was told I could only have full meal size for both the salad and the soup, so just had the soup. Even when it came to paying, we were told that they don't have a mobile device so we had to go to the counter.

The food was fine, the restaurant itself is a great location and setting, and the waitress was polite. It was all a bit precious though. I won't be in a rush to go back, and neither will my dinner guest.

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VW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I chose Zinc because it is close to the Winspear Concert Hall, and we were going on to the symphony. The staff did an excellent job of making sure we would have a great dining experience and getting us to the concert on time. The food was delicious!

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Soup was delicious, salad presentation was very creative, but main dish was underwhelming - beef was a bit tough. Server wasn’t overly friendly, but service itself was good.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner before theatre.

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EC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit and it lived up to the first... such nice food and humane portion-sizes and gentle, competent hospitality. We may become regulars!

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CF
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Zinc and the food was amazing - delicious! The server was super pleasant as well! We’ll definitely come again to try yet more food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing brunch! Liane was amazing and attentive. The food was exceptional too for the price we paid! It has a nice ambience but it didn't make our wallet go bankrupt! Hahaha would definitely go back to bring bae!

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was well timed and very friendly. For appetizers: duck confit spring rolls were good, but the white wine marinated crab & caramelized onion stuffed artichoke hearts were amazing. For dinner: the smoked chicken and homemade pasta, as well as the Coho salmon with truffled potato croquettes topped with wild boar were super tasty. The best thing to end the night was the best Spanish coffee I’ve ever had paired with their banana bread pudding, it was stupendous!! We will definitely go back for another special occasion.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location, facility, ambience, service, food. Love the varied options and choice of choosing item by item. Our servers were attentive, professional and friendly. The food I chose was absolutely amazing and the combination of flavors was delightful.

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