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Zins

227 2nd Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-363-9467
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Ranked #16 of 303 restaurants in Cedar Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, Tapas, Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Third St.
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.
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English first
Cedar Rapids, IA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Unique dining experience in a lovely older building in downtown Cedar Rapids. Food is delicious and the presentation is marvelous. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable. A chef's table can be reserved for a group, where the diners can look thru a plate glass window into the kitchen. The bar is well stocked and the drinks are well made-- the... More

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Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Excellent restaurant for and in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Different, sophisticated and delicious. One of its kind in Iowa. If you are looking for a taste of fine food equivalent to what you find in major world-class cities, try it out. Rave reviews to us from New Yorkers, Los Angeles visitors and Chicagoans as well. If you have traveled, you know... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Fine dining with tapas (small plate) variety! Actually, very filling and bistro quality. Very nice ambiance with restored brick interior. You know you are in for something special with crisp white tablecloths and napkins. Excellent service and full bar with excellent wine selections. Great choice for any occasion!

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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166 reviews 166 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Recommended by a travel companion, we enjoyed a half price bottle of wine and shared several plates. All were very tasty and I left feeling satisfied but not stuffed. The restaurant is very nice with great ambience. The Malbec we drank was very tasty. The dishes we shared included seared scallops, sliced beef medallions, shrimp salad, mushroom soup, mac &... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

When ever we want to have a relaxing evening we will go to Zins it might be a little pricey but the experience is worth it to us.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Food was "ok". Wait was horrible. Service and atmosphere were both "snooty". I have no desire to return. I appreciate fine dining and have no problem paying the appropriate price for a quality dining experience. Zin's didn't live up to the standard I would have expected for the price and reputation that it has garnered.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Zins keeps changing and keeping up with the times. I love the bar area and the small plate offers. I feel like I am in downtown Chicago instead of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Love it!

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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The first time I went to Zins with some friends we had a bad experience and I had left a pretty nasty review which you can find in the previous comments here. The manager had reached out to me to apologize and offered for my friends and I to come back and visit for a meal paid on the house.... More

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Marion, Iowa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

It's a decent quality tapas restaurant. When we arrived at the restaurant we saw valet parking signs which we thought was a nice amenity to offer since this place was downtown and parking is not always easy to find. We sat in our car waiting for a valet and nobody came. We ended up going inside and asking about the... More

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Corning, New York, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We ate at Zins for Sunday brunch. Everyone ordered the 3 small plates for $16. Great value! I ordered the calamari, the crab cakes, and the shrimp and grits. The calamari was good, but nothing special. The crab cakes were made with wild rice and were served over a wonderful remoulade. The grits were the most disappointing. The shrimp were... More

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