About Zinna's Bistro

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 good food is simple food made with the freshest, highest quality ingredients available including a variety of produce that grows in our very own on-premise garden.

1275 South River Road
Cranbury, NJ 08512
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday- Private Parties & Catering Only

Cross Street:
Additional Entrance off of Route 130 North

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 860-9600

Website:
http://www.zinnasbistro.com/

Catering:
Full service on- and off-premise catering options are available for all special occasions all year round.

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Executive Chef:
Jason Dilts

Additional:
BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zinna's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Comfort Food (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Scenic View (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Ma's gravy superb! Homemade pasta excellent, as well as the sauce. Salads very interesting and taste. Nothing blah about this place at all. Very much enjoyed quiet Sunday afternoon dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was excellent, really enjoyed the pork chop. Ambiance is really nice, service however was par/subpar unfortunately. However the delicious food made up for at a good value.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always the best!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We were there for a business dinner, on a Tuesday. Ambient noise was controlled (restaurant was not full) and the food and service were both very good. I have been to Zina's several times and always happy with the experience. It can get noisy on holidays when very full, but other times it's fine. Recommended.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

We enjoyed our meal at Zinnas .The calamari was delicious and a sizeable portion to share. The short rib was yummy and so was the bronzini. We also enjoyed the apple crisp for dessert.Will definitely dine here again. We also had dinner here last summer and the outside dining area was charming and we look forward to sitting out there again.That evening we enjoyed the wings as an appetizer, and our meals were the salmon and the pork chop and both were awesome!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This is not our first trip to Zinna's. Food and service are always great. It's also a BYOB which is a plus. We have had a number of affairs here as well (baby showers, 90th bday party, etc.). Zinna's does an excellent job with accommodating a big group and doing a wonderful job with service and food. I would highly recommend Zinna's. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Healthy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great surprise all around. Outstanding food, service, ambience and Chef Jayson. We will definitely be back next time in the area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very friendly server and owner gave me
Birthday dessert free

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

great food, it was amazing and service was excellent

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was excellent! The chef recommend risotto for a gluten free option over my frutti Di mare and it was delicious! The pork chops, Salmon and short ribs were fantastic ! We all enjoyed the beet carpachio salad and desert! The lemon cheesecake and carrot cake were super delicious!

Overall a great night out!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very nice menu. Excellent food, very tasty, and very good service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Casual and Comfortable. We went for lunch - several good choices from standard to creative - something for everyone. The Mediterranean Salad was perfect - crispy greens and not overly dressed. The chicken panini was wonderful (I asked them to hold the avocado) - crispy focaccia, not greasy - took half home for dinner. The fries were delicious - well-done and nicely seasoned. The only drawback - the noise level - tough to carry on a conversation even though the room wasn't filled. But I'd still recommend and go back. Love to support independent restaurants!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Been going here for years and never had a complaint. Food And service has always been excellent. We really love this place the pasta it amazing but tonight things weren’t as good as usual. Service was so slow and hard to get even though the restaurant wasn’t full as it usually is and the food was good but not great like it always has been. Will go back though, hopefully it was just a bad night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a first visit here and a mid point for meeting up with friends. First, the bread was a poor quality, toasted ciabatta, not a crusty semolina quality bread. Eggplant rollatine was good, the best part of the meal. The Caesar salad was drenched in a bottled dressing and topped with that same ciabatta bread croutons. I did not try the soup special (cream of mushroom) but our friends said it was good. Bronzino entree at $26 was of poor quality, thin filet over some starch. It looked as bad as it tasted. The short rib "square block" of meat, at $26, did not fair any better. It was just dropped on the plate with a brown sauce and sat next to a ring mold of rice. Very unappealing presentation. The chicken Parmesan with spaghetti looked meh and tasted the same. My shellfish over spaghetti at $26 was just pitiful. The pasta was pre-cooked, not al dente, as I requested. You can tell it was sitting for a while, before it was reheated, because the shape of the spaghetti was distorted (with some random penne mixed in) and couldn't hold the non existent sauce. I had to request a side of marinara, that came out in a tiny ramekin. The shellfish (not an adequate ratio of fish to pasta) was also just okay, no flavor. Hot pepper seeds and grated cheese could not save this entree. The dessert and coffees were standard fair. In my opinion, the prices charged were not in line with the sub par quality of the food.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Exceptional food and service Look foward to dinning here again

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

W chose the restaurant because of location to Cranbury. We had never eaten there. We were pleasantly surprised.
It is a bit difficult to see from Rte 130 but is tucked behind the Residence Inn.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Never had a bad meal at Zinnas. Always great and cooked to order. Great local gem spot v

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Was very excited to finally try this place I asked if shrimp could be replaced with salmon otherwise keep as is. Chef said No. ok. Then I’ll have branzino. Please leave off scampi sauce. I can’t have the sauce due to allergies I’ll eat plain. Chef again said no we are too busy. What? ?? In today’s day and age that is ridiculous. Coffee was burnt and no bread was served. Completely disappointed

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Friendly service that's not overbearing, and yummy pasta dishes. Good good, fair prices ... worth adding to my list of dependable places when I'm in the area!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

To start, the waiter was excellent. He was attentive but gave us the time we needed. Our party of six shared two appetizers, risotto balls and meatballs, that were very flavorful but we’re not hot. All of the entrees were excellent, and hot! The menu was creative and reasonably priced. I would definitely go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Jason keeps the menu up to date. Daily specials are always great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

My husband and I went to lunch yesterday. I love going here and our waitress Shannon is super nice and very good with getting you order out very promptly. Everyone here is so nice and Zinna is a true gem.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Healthy, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Didn’t really feel they even had our reservation. Probably didn’t even need it. Big party going on. Very noisy and bright. Would have been nicer if the lights were dimmed and they had tablecloths to deaden the noise. Noticed other seats had cushions, our didn’t. A little uncomfortable. Had mentioned it was my husbands 70th birthday when reservation was made. Nothing special done with this. Husband asked if his dish could be made with penne instead of spaghetti. Waiter checked and said yes but dish came with the spaghetti. Dinners were ok. Harvest salad was very very good as was the bread and dipping oil.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our spinach salad had an amazing warm dressing but could have used more spinach. Shrimp scampi was over seasoned with garlic however the shrimp were cooked perfectly.
Pasta carbonara was over seasoned as well.
The atmosphere was very inviting and our waiter Jake was very good. Will return and hope the seasoning is more restrained. Almost 4 stars.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Meals were pricey but large portions, you will have leftovers

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Best place ever. We go twice a week and the food and staff are the best.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Scenic View, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

server forgot the second app -
steak came our extremely rare when ordered medium
both steaks had a lot of pepper - too much and i can take the heat
deserts were good - one offered for free because of earlier issues
antipasti size was very generous and good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a group of 14 with 3 young children to celebrate our moms birthday. The servers were excellent. The food was great. Would definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was my first time at this restaurant. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was very nice. All of the wait staff was very attentive to your needs.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love zinna's. The food is great! It's a bit noisy indoors..we prefer eating outside in the warm weather, but worth it inside also

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was good food but a little on the loud side , so if you go with vibrant people , it’s good !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great Place for a date. Impressive decor, great food and BYOB. Service is great, there was no rush as you can get at other restaurants. Not my first time here, and I always return when I want a nice, comfortable restaurant

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Appetizers and salads were amazing. Main courses were ok. Staff was very friendly and courteous but the service was so slow and the place wasn't filled.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We’re very hopeful for this attractive restaurant but the meal disappointed. The roast chicken was very good, but the short ribs were dry and flavorless, the seafood pasta was over cooked, and the fried calamari in a honey sauce was inedible. The place is very loud so u can barely converse.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Best food and service is really good I go there at least twice a week and love it

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

So our first visit was great, food and service were excellent. This time it was mediocre at best. I had bronzini with shrimp. The bronzini was flavorless and the shrimp were cold and most likely were frozen. My husband had the special gnocchi which was little nuggets of something that was not very good. The calamari appetizer was really great and so was our salads. Entrees are another story , not that good. Even dessert, peanut butter cheese cake was bad. It was so hard almost inedible. It was way too dense and taste was bland. Lastly it took forever to get our bill and pay so I would say this was not a good second visit, at all.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service was Top notch! Will definitely be going back for more

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wanted to try this place. To chilly for the outdoor dining when we went but inside was well appointed. Although quite noisy with conversation & loud overhead music, a corner table did well. The food was average. Limited menu. BYOB. Waiter staff was excellent. Worth a trip.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Casual, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food at Zinna's is very good. The antipasto is huge. It can feed more than 2 people with a variety of meats and cheeses. The fruiti di mare was good but needed a little more flavor. I had asked for it to be made spicy. The waitress said she would ask the chef if he could do it. I've never had a problem with a restaurant making this kind of dish spicy. In fact, I had it spicy there before. The dish had no spice and I needed some pepper flakes to give it zip. The chicken parm was very good. My wife asked the waitress if she could substitute penne for spaghetti. The waitress again said she would ask. Is this a problem? Never had a waitress not know. We do like Zinna's , but it may not be worth the half hour drive if we can't get what we want.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The staff, especially the manager and our waiter Robert, were terrific. We were there to celebrate a 94th birthday and they did a great job for us.

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