Zinna's Bistro

4.5
705 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
WE HAVE MOVED! Visit us at 10 Cedarbrook Drive, Cranbury, NJ!

WE ARE TAKING ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO MAINTAIN THE SAFETY OF OUR GUESTS AND STAFF. BE WELL, CALL US FOR ANY INQUIRIES. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL!

Zinna's Bistro is a family-owned and operated Italian-American bistro that opened in January 2010. It is one of the hidden gems that make up the treasured Cranbury community. At Zinna's, we believe that your fine dining experience starts with quality. We showcase homemade pastas and produce grown on our premises as well as the freshest ingredients the Garden State has to offer. From food to service, we strive to provide a dining experience you will only find here.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 705 people are saying
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Lovetodine
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Service was great and our food was very good also! Try the hot chocolate bomb!!! Delish!!! Tables were nicely spaced for covid precautions!

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DeniseK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous decor in their new location, our server was GREAT and food was deliscious. Never have I had a bad meal at Zinna Bistro ... can't wait to go again!!

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SecertLady
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a great time but the service, not the servers fault, was very slow. The kitchen seems to have been backed up. For a table of 4 we were there from 730-1030.

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vipCalamari
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Busy night. All food was slow to arrive. Dinners were a but cold.

Water Dennis did a great job keeping us informed. Dessert were in the house.

Perhaps just an off night.

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JudyB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For outdoor dining the patio is the place to be especially for brunch/lunch/

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Ordered the steak special medium rare - 2 things went wrong. 1- it took forever 2- it came out raw

The manger is very inexperienced and did not respond in a professional manner

I had to force them to take it off the check

After many years of being a solid patron , I will not be going back

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GiordiniT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Lovely fall evening around 60 degrees, we wanted outside seating, no heaters outside, but tent and inside are heated/better for that night. Steak and carbonara entrees, calamari and Caesar salad appetizers. Carbonara pasta overcooked, sent it back. Steak perfectly cooked. Appetizers excellent. Carrot cake for desert - couldn't finish it it was so good.

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LyndaB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We arrived promptly for our outdoor reservation on a Thursday and we were seated in their large outdoor tent. They had us go inside to check in which was odd considering we wanted to avoid going inside. Our server was initially prompt, but we had to ask 2 times for a kids menu. We ordered a salad to share two orders of the Lobster Ravioli and chicken fingers for the kiddo - Our drinks were brought to us and that's where everything went downhill. I am completely understanding of dining during Covid - but our server forgot us. We were in no rush and the food was delicious. Never refilled our drinks never checked on our food and we had to flag him down for the check. Of course we will return as everyone has a bad night but we don't go out much anymore and hoped for better..

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HelenaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful patio... food is fabulous... great menu...

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CarolG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Service was terrible. Had to ask repeatedly for our drinks, then never got all of what we requested. One gluten free pasta dish was terrible. It was mushy and appeared to be reheated.

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Cyranna
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for fall outdoor dining. Friendly staff, nice ambience.

Went for brunch, had a relaxing time.

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Elfbits
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Beautiful spot, music from speakers was too loud to converse easily. I had short rib eggs benedict and the it wasn't hot, not enough hollandaise but the eggs were cooked perfectly. Pasta in the Bolognese was overcooked. Service was slow but I was so happy to be out and about that it really didn't' matter.

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KellyU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the evening at Ziinas, food atmosphere and they have a great outdoor area.

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PattyG
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt very comfortable dinner was amazing the staff was courteous and food delivered timely

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Vicki795
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian restaurant with exceptional food and service. We opted for outside dining and the only negative was the flies.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on November 14, 2020

We are so pleased that you enjoyed dining with us. We hope you will dine with us again soon!

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JanetV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We ate outside and the tables were nicely spaced. Food was good but not exceptional. Service was excellent. It was a pleasant lunch .

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Good food. Very nice place.

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Nene1019
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Celebrate my birthday along with two other friends

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Vicki795
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you are looking for a exceptional Italian restaurant, Zinna's Bistro is an excellent choice.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you Vicki for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and hope to see you again soon!

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vipBobby
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant, good food.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you for dining with us Bobby! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We hope you will join us for another meal soon!

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AnnieGee8
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The room itself was too loud there's very little sound proofing. The music was extremely loud as well. We ate there before but outside, and music was even louder,we asked our server to turn the volume down, he went inside and put on different music but did not turn it down. We could barely hear each other talk.

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MJBob
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A pricing error on the menu made us feel very uncomfortable to ask for a correction in our favor. When we pointed out the error, the manager sent the waiter back to our table twice to explain instead of immediately honoring their error.
Wondering how many other diners had the same experience.

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vipsueandfriends
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are outside at a comfy table. We each ordered a different and they were all yummy.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you Sue for your 5 star review! We are so glad you hear you have a great meal with us! Please come and see us again!

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Judif
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

My favorite place to eat. I prefer the patio which was closed because of a possibility of rain. The calamari was wonderful, as usual, but the spinach salad was not as good as other salads I have had in the best.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2020

We are happy to hear we are your favorite restaurant! I am sorry to hear that your salad wasn't to your liking. I hope you will come back again soon!

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MariaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Regarding the food, Zinna’s never disappoints- it’s always excellent.
We were disappointed, though, that although we selected the option of eating indoors when we made the reservation, they were not seating indoors. Had I known that, I would have dressed a bit warmer as it was chilly.
Also, our waiter, although he was very nice and attentive, made a remark about my age which was kind of insulting- although I don’t think he meant any disrespect- just needs a reminder about being PC.

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vipDisgusted
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The music in the outside courtyard is so loud you can’t have a conversation with the people at your table. We asked several times to have the music turned down but it didn’t happen. Given that the food is just ok, it’s not worth going there with the loud music blasting at you

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you for dining with us. We apologize the music was too loud for your liking.

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vipgleeNJ
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We used to dine at the old location which was smaller and you get more attention from the server. Definitely not for younger crowds.

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Jerseyrose
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Enjoyed our dinner for 4 Saturday evening, though we were disappointed to see that there were no heaters. This will be a necessity for diners if restaurants want to continue doing business as the weather gets colder. Our server was nice, but not especially sharp. Had to be reminded a number of times for several details. Will continue to dine here, but only if heaters are installed. We are not comfortable with indoor dining.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2020

We are glad you enjoyed your dinner. We have had a heater on order for a while now but due to the demand they are on backorder. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. I am sorry the service was on point. We are constantly working on training and hiring more staff to raise the level of service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Atmosphere is very nice, 2nd time here in a month first time excellent. This time appetizers were excellent , main course lacked flavor

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for dining with us. I am sorry that your entrees were not to your liking. I hope you will visit us again and give us another try.

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vipdinnerout
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

aye outdoors in tent
need heaters. but did their best

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2020

We are working on getting a heater for the tent. Unfortunately they are all on backorder due to the circumstances. We appreciate your patience and understanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very delicious meal. Fresh and tasty, with an excellent wait staff. Plus a real good value for the money.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

The atmosphere was great. It was very busy so I’m assuming that is why the service was spotty...

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2020

We are sorry the service was not on point. We are experiencing growing pains and working to hire more staff to bring the service level back to where it should be. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

New restaurant is beautiful love the new location unfortunately the food wasn’t as good as I remember. I had a chicken dinner that I didn’t even touch, was hoping to have some of the black garlic but there was none on the menu except for the appetizer which was amazing. Service was just OK the waiter kept asking if we wanted to put in our orders for dinner and when we did everything we wanted they were out of. Some thing he could’ve mentioned

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2020

I am so sorry your dinner did not come out to your liking and your server did not guide your accordingly or advise ahead of time what we were out of. There is also black garlic in the Gemelli Nero. We recently had a menu change which lead to being out of several items. We apologize for the inconvenience. It is usually rare for us to run out of items except for possibly steak specials which are in limited supply. We hope you will give us another try.

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Beaglemom
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the patio. Food was delicious. Nicely paced. Our server Connor was sweet, polite, funny, attentive. Another great evening at Zinnas.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us! We will be sure to tell Connor what a great job he did! We hope to see you again soon!

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CarolynB
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

A local favorite for sure .. been there many many times . Since return staff unresponsive.. since reopen have returned 4 times . Takes servers more than 10 minutes to know you’re there .. each time have had to get up and go find someone and ask for water wine glass etc. given the size of crowd they should be on point with all aspects of service .. they are far from it .. unfortunate because the food is always good

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2020

We apologize that service was not up to par on your visit. We are experiencing growing pains and are working on hiring more staff to bring back the level of service back to where it should be. We appreciate your comments and hope you will give us another chance.

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vipJanetE
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined in the outdoor tent which was make very comfortable with the addition of dining room type furniture throughout. Menu has a nice variety of choices different from the typical fare in other restaurants in the area.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 12, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed dining in our Tented Bistro! Our owner has worked very hard on decorating all our beautiful spaces!

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ScottW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was spot on and the weather was cooperative so all in all it was a wonderful evening.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for the kind review Scott, we appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon!

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PatF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The food was OK but 2 selections were only lukewarm instead of hot.
The music was too loud and we heard the same songs over and over.
The service as poor- the waiter encouraged us 3 times to order the Tomahawk steak, no serving spoons were provided for shared appetizers, the dinner was brought to our table when we still had all of our appetizer and salad plates and serving dishes on the table. They could not figure out how to manage it. We were one of 3 other tables with plenty of staff but no instructions on serving etiquette.
We do not need formal service, just competent and friendly service.

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FrankA
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Music under the tent could be a bit lower otherwise everything was excellent!!

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for your comments! We are glad you enjoyed your meal with us and appreciate your business!

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Hankace
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were excellent, but their web site was missing 2 key points.

1. They moved about 9 months ago, so if you had their old address in your GPS, you went to a boarded up closed building.

2. There is no mention that the restaurant is a BYOB establishment.

Zinna's Bistro
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for your suggestions. We will take them under review with our Management. We appreciate your repeat business and hope to see you again soon!

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You can order delivery directly from Zinna's Bistro using the Order Online button. Zinna's Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 860-9600.

Zinna's Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 705 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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