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, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zinna's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (18)
Great for Lunch (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
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Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Romantic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Business Meals (4)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Authentic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined 7 days ago

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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·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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·Dined on November 19, 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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·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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·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 5, 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 4, 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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·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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·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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vip
 (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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·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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food and service

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service and Food were outstanding! Love that it is a BYOB.

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Very comfortable warm environment & decor. Food quality is very good too.
Been there 3 times in 4 weeks. And all friends and guests have loved it.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Second visit to Zinnas and overall was an excellent experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I met a friend for lunch in Cranberry. Neither of us knew the area but another friend lives in the area and suggested Zinna's. We should have checked their website before our arrival. Who knew that they grow a lot of their own produce. Do try the spinach salad with fresh roasted beets, candied walnuts and goat cheese. My friend's Mediterranean salad was just as good. We both like to eat organic and healthy. This was perfect but there are also very hearty items on the menu, all of which looked wonderful as they passed the table.

Best of all, we hadn't seen each other in a while and they didn't rush us.

Thank you from the girls from Puerto Rico!

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Reservation was for 8, was running late and was accommodated to 9 pm without fuss. We were seated promptly. Service was prompt and waitress was receptive to our questions as this was 1st time at Zinna's. Food was excellent; prepared well and served hot. Clams with linguine was very good. Will return

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have eaten here often. Excellent kitchen! A great place to go with family and friends.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

second time I have been to Zinna's Bistro and never disappointed. My husband favorite is the antipasto. They have fresh from their own garden. And amazing desserts.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

I wanted to love Zinna's. I've been there before for dinner; this was my first time there for lunch. I was a bit disappointed. No bread was brought to the table. I asked the waitress about it and she said their bread delivery doesn't come in until after 2:00 pm. She said she would ask the chef. I waited a while and still no bread. I asked again, she apologized, and came back with 1 small basket of very bland bread for a table of 7. I don't think I should have had to ask for bread. It should be a given with a entre', especially when the meal didn't come with a salad. What is Italian food without some good bread?

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was phenomenal. Complements to the chef. Outdoor seating is the best in the area. Service outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

all of our dinners were good except for my daughters pasta that was bland

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This restaurants is amazing. Lisa our served attended to our ever need. Six of dined for my birthday Saturday night. Everyone enjoyed their meal. You must try the warm bread pudding for dessert. I would highly recommend Zinna's for dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

New chef - exceptional dining experience

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Zinna's is my "go to" place for special occasions. I s hosted two retirement parties, a bridal shower and most recently a business type luncheon. I also go there for lunch/dinner with friends. The food is exceptional, the staff is friendly & accomodating and I enjoy that it is a BYOB!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Zinna's has a new chef and menu. Great new choices. Entrees were excellent.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Our group works right down the street and we only get 45 minutes for lunch. We were ALWAYS able to call in our order ahead of time so we had time to enjoy our food. This time when I called we were told no call ahead order allowed. That was a little disappointing. We did order as soon as we got there and food came out quickly but we were all late due to the extra 15 minutes spent taking our orders and waiting.
1 order was Goat Cheese salad= no spinach and the beets were not your usual roasted beats.
1 order Italian Chicken sandwich=chicken was over done and dry.

Overall, the dining experience was good and we will definitely return.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We have dined at this location a few times. The food is always fantastic and the wait staff very attentive. The weather allowed us to enjoy the outdoor seating which was lovely. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Zinna's was a pleasant surprise. The food was excellent with many creative dishes. Much if the vegetables are from their garden outside of the restaurant. A nice cozy environment with to eat with both indoor and outdoor options. Plus it's BYO and they offered me a nice frosty glass for my beer.

Highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

As always, excellent food and service. Seems even better with new chef. Will be back (and back again and again)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Four of us for dinner, including 2 out-of-state friends. We each had different dishes and all enjoyed their choices and the excellent service. Freshly made pasta, especially the buccatini is a highlight of several entrees. Will be back again, and again!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food and service was exceptional. Our group of 3 were seated next to a large party celebrating an engagement or wedding when there were open tables in the center of the room or by the windows. Once everyone in the large party arrived it made conversation difficult.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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