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Zin American Bistro

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French, American, Bar, Bistro
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198 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Arenas)
+1 760-322-6300
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Zin American Bistro is an attempt to modernize and Americanize the...
Zin American Bistro is an attempt to modernize and Americanize the traditional French Bistro concept. With Zin recently receiving 3 ½ stars and a review of “quite possibly the best food for the money in the Coachella Valley” from author Peter Osbaldeston’s Palm Springs Dining Bible, Chef Nicolas Klontz and wine director Mindy Reed have indeed raised the bar of casual fine dining in Palm Springs. Zin has over 200 wines on their list and has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 5 years. With choices from the Kobe Style Beef Burger ($16) and Mussels & Frites($18) to the Rabbit ($25) or a Prime Hanger Steak ($26) there is something for everyone. Be sure to save room for some house made desserts and a glass of port for a perfect finish. Attentive, friendly yet unobtrusive service with Wine Director Reed available to guide you thru her carefully selected wine list and Chef Klontz greeting diners personally between courses make dining at Zin a night to remember.
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  • 132
    Very good
  • 41
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  • 26
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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We had dinner and a nice bottle of wine and it was very good. The staff was very attentive and really knew their stuff. The dinner was slightly above average. I had the rack of lamb that was excellent. My wife had the stew and it was just ok. We are outside which was a little warm & sunny. 5:00... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Coleman C
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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We had dinner and a nice bottle of wine and it was very good. The staff was very attentive and really knew their stuff. The dinner was slightly above average. I had the rack of lamb that was excellent. My wife had the stew and it was just ok. We are outside which was a little warm & sunny. 5:00... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very busy at weekends and waiters had difficulty coping. Generally very good atmosphere and food was very good for a reasonable price.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Nice location to sit on the terrace and people watch down town Palm Springs. Lunch menu was assorted, staff were extremely helpful, food was o.k.

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Mesa AZ
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117 reviews 117 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My husband and I went to Zin's American Bistro in Palm Springs for a light dinner. The service and food were excellent, and there was a great patio for people watching. The ambiance is more sedate than a lot of the other restaurants, and the noise level was more subdued, so you can hear each other. Would recommend

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wausau, wisconsin
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We were here for a light dinner. We enjoyed the beet salad. They have a nice wine list. The oysters were fresh. The nicoise salad was good but the potatoes were a little undercooked but very edible and the rest of the salad was very good.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Zin was the perfect meeting place for me and my group of 10 friends for our reunion in downtown Palm Springs after 12 yrs. The food was delicious, the drinks were fabulous, the outdoor patio was wonderful, comfortable and fun for people watching right on the strip! Our waiter was very friendly, patient and incredibly knowledgable. He made our evening... More 

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North East, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

3/16/2014 Nice place. Located on the main street of Palm Drive, with restaurants and shopping. We sat at the open air bar. Great bartender Joshua, who was super pleasant, even though he was super busy. We got the Wild Mushroom Truffle Soup, which was very "earthy" tasting. Not for me, but my hubby loved it. Then we had the Zin... More 

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Palm Springs, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great Wine List, Great Ambiance, the food was fantastic and the outside patio seating is wonderful. It's very cozy and a great place to take friends or a date!

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Canon City, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My wife and I love to people watch during a meal. That's part of the fun of dining out. This is especially so in Palm Springs because of the ethnic, racial and just, plain character mix of the people who dine at the same facility or pass by on the street. If you object to dining with gays, transgenders or... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had lunch, the food was great! The truffle mushroom soup was amazing. There is a variety of salads and sandwiches. The fried blue cheese stuffed olives were great. They have a great wine list and fun drinks!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 198 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
    (Arenas)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 760-322-6300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, American, Bar, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Zin American Bistro is an attempt to modernize and Americanize the traditional French Bistro concept. With Zin recently receiving 3 ½ stars and a review of “quite possibly the best food for the money in the Coachella Valley” from author Peter Osbaldeston’s Palm Springs Dining Bible, Chef Nicolas Klontz and wine director Mindy Reed have indeed raised the bar of casual fine dining in Palm Springs. Zin has over 200 wines on their list and has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 5 years. With choices from the Kobe Style Beef Burger ($16) and Mussels & Frites($18) to the Rabbit ($25) or a Prime Hanger Steak ($26) there is something for everyone. Be sure to save room for some house made desserts and a glass of port for a perfect finish. Attentive, friendly yet unobtrusive service with Wine Director Reed available to guide you thru her carefully selected wine list and Chef Klontz greeting diners personally between courses make dining at Zin a night to remember.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?