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Zins

227 2nd Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-363-9467
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Ranked #8 of 310 restaurants in Cedar Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

On previous trips I really loved Zins. I get back to Iowa each summer and heading to Zins is something I look forward to. On this trip I made it to Zins twice and both experiences were underwhelming. 20 minutes+ for each drink ordered. Food that was ok but not outstanding. Has something happened with the management?

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Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stopped for lunch after having picked up our daughter at the airport. Staff was friendly, service was reasonably prompt and the food good—what more do you want? Used my IPTV member card for a little break on the prices. Unfortunately, they managed to drop it behind the work station, which required major surgery to move. They promised to mail... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

First, we're not new to Zins but it's been awhile since our last visit together. We made reservations for an early dinner (5:30) as we had tickets to the theater nearby and this made it very convenient. Like other reviewers, Zins is a very attractive, low-key restaurant with large windows which provides for a light and airy feeling. There was... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great little restaurant in downtown. Serves wonderful, tasty small plates. Your able to taste a variety of dishes and great wine selections. Also had pineapple upside down cake for desert, best I've ever had. Prices aren't to bad either!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a case of the good, the bad and the ugly (remember that film?). This is a tapas/small plate place. More small plate than anything a Spaniard would recognize as tapas. The good: it’s a very attractive space. I particularly like that there’s a window into the kitchen and you can see all the guys working. The lamb lollipops... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Zins is a small plates restaurant where you can stay for a while in the nice atmosphere and order one course at a time. I recommend a bottle of wine from their nice selection and enjoying it with someone special. The menu has 4 sections and 2 large plates to choose from. Each one that I've tried was very good.... More

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Naples, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I called the DoubleTree from the airport in Chicago when our flight was delayed. It was going to be late when we arrived in Cedar Rapids and my wife and I were going to be hungry after a day of travel. The concierge initially suggested White Star, but the small plates at Zin's and the locally-sourced ingredients were too appealing... More

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Burlington, Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Went for lunch Jeremy(lost the card with his name on it!) We were meeting after my sister flew in with her daughter from Dallas. We both wanted fresh, tasty food and do not eat meat. No problems here. Great presentations of food! Small sizes so you can experience great sauces and FRESH flavor! We had a younger one that could... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We have always had great food, service and the atmosphere is nice as well. When asked by others where to go eat; first thing we say "Zins."

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The first time we went to Zin's we weren't really impressed, but we had ordered they more appetizer like small plates. This time we shared the lamp chops (which were incredible), the steak (great), and duck (nice). All the food had excellent flavor and the wine was great too. Would return!

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