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Zins

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American, Contemporary, Tapas
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227 2nd Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 (Third St.)
319-363-9467
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Today
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Zins design is warm, welcoming, sophisticated. We bring you quality and...
Zins design is warm, welcoming, sophisticated. We bring you quality and creative food, different yet familiar, via the small-plates concept. Our state-of-the-art wine dispensing equipment allows us to offer twenty wines-by-the-glass. Our bottled-wine list is value-laden. Our beer list is compact but clever. Our mixologists enjoy crafting your drink, creative or classic, every bit as much as our culinary staff enjoys preparing your food.
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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious Risotto Cakes

Zins is one of the best restaurants in Cedar Rapids for upscale dining. The food is complex and yes, delicious. But the plates are small so they recommend ordering a few plates. I became addicted to their risotto cakes. Now let me tell you, they were deep fried, crunchy, and smeared with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Lily A
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I was blown away. If this restaurant was in Minneapolis then I'd eat there everyday. Service was incredible. Our waitress was extremely helpful and anticipated every need. The food was perfect. Perfect serving size and filled with flavor. I'd highly recommend the lamb and trout. They also had a curry soup that was like a sweet chicken korma sauce. I... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. the waiter was very friendly, attentive and was open to all the modifications we made. What a great atmosphere and the prices were very reasonable for upscale food

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Kangaroo Island, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

and tasty!!! Every food item was outstanding, the service was not rushed at all, and the server was polite and friendly. We especially enjoyed the steak!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Zins is one of the best restaurants in Cedar Rapids for upscale dining. The food is complex and yes, delicious. But the plates are small so they recommend ordering a few plates. I became addicted to their risotto cakes. Now let me tell you, they were deep fried, crunchy, and smeared with a delicious raspberry jam. Hello yummy. When I... More 

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minneapolis
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154 reviews 154 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I loved many things about this restaurant - inexpensive, beautiful decor, excellent service, no reservations/no problem. I really enjoyed the calamari, the rest of the food we ordered was just fine (beet & house salads, lamb lollipops) but nothing special. I would go back here because of all the things I loved but I would not call it a foodie... More 

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Hands down, the best restaurant and bar in Cedar Rapids. They are so far ahead of any other place around, you don't even need to waste your time eating anywhere else. I prefer to sit at the bar and see the action, but you can sit in the dining room if you want a waiter to serve you. The menu... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I love Zins and make it a point to dine here every time I am in Cedar Rapids. Zins has an excellent selection of wine, with many great choices by the glass. If wine isn't your thing, they serve wonderful cocktails too. Their Cotulla Margarita is the best margarita I've ever had! Seriously! The bar has great snack offerings if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Love tapas! Have been to several tapas type eateries and none have had such small portions for price. Service from bar was very slow with only one bartender on a busy weekend evening!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I have been to Zin's several times in the past year. The food is nice, the servers are friendly. My only complaint is the under-staffing, which leads to very long wait times for orders to be taken, meals served, checks processed. The last two times we went to Zin's for lunch we were definitely not in and out in under... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We loved the food- very fresh, delicious, flavorful, and presented artfully! Our waiter was very friendly, but not very attentive- we ordered steak and had no knives to cut it. Later ordered bread pudding and had no utensils to eat it with. The drinks were tasty, but I felt odd about being given drink ingredients to assemble my own mixed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 227 2nd Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
    (Third St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Cedar Rapids
  • Phone Number: 319-363-9467

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Zins design is warm, welcoming, sophisticated. We bring you quality and creative food, different yet familiar, via the small-plates concept. Our state-of-the-art wine dispensing equipment allows us to offer twenty wines-by-the-glass. Our bottled-wine list is value-laden. Our beer list is compact but clever. Our mixologists enjoy crafting your drink, creative or classic, every bit as much as our culinary staff enjoys preparing your food.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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