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Zins

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American, Spanish, Contemporary
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227 2nd Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 (Third St.)
319-363-9467
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    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
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Good food, popular spot, close to Paramount Theatre. Check out the delicious warm bread, potato soup, small plates.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
dglass2016
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food, popular spot, close to Paramount Theatre. Check out the delicious warm bread, potato soup, small plates.

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Thank dglass2016
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Survived the flood and came back strong! The small plate items are great options to try several of their delicious and artistic offerings. Lovely setting but not stuffy, professional and friendly service, great place to go before downtown theater and event center activities.

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Thank JoAnn1027
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We stopped here for brunch this past weekend and were very satisfied with every part of our experience at Zins. The brunch is served on small plates for sharing, or you can combine three plates for your own meal. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, and happy to check on gluten free selections for me. It was so enjoyable to... More 

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Thank Valerie L
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

What a treat?! We've eaten here before and we go back because of ambiance, welcoming reception, excellent service, variety of food offerings and full bar. Open brick warehouse look with windows on two streets. Valet parking available. White linen table cloths. Nice wine selection and this night we were able to order a 2nd bottle of same or lesser value... More 

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Thank Terry E
Independence
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Service was great! The intimate setting was nice, but we sat a bit too close to a couple that we didn't know. It was a busy evening, so I understand the need to seat everyone. The food was outstanding as well. My fiancé wanted the walleye, but they were out. He had a chicken breast dinner with very spicy sauce.... More 

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Thank Amy S
Iowa
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

We love dance for its intrument atmosphere, great food and the most attentive service in town. The restaurant management makes you feel like you are a regular. The small plates offer just enough food to satisfy your appetite but leave you room to want to sample other items on the menu. Great wine list. A nice place for date night,... More 

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1 Thank Judy B
Minneapolis
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

When we (my mom and I) arrived we were told they were out of the walleye and the calamari (at 7:00 pm on a Sat night). We order the scallops and kale salad as a started. Scallops were excellent. I ordered the lamp lollipops for a protein (since the other protein choices were sold out), and was informed that they... More 

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1 Thank Kristina S
Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

I'm a salmon lover but I had to settle for the walleye and scallops. The scallops were wonderful! I always wonder why mine never taste like the goods ones. The scallops were on the appetizer menu... Only two but they were very good. The walleye was good but not as inherently flavorful as salmon so expect a very mild experience.... More 

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Thank luvmycat2
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

With white cloth napkins and tablecloths, this restaurant has upscale feel but you can also go casual. I have been there many times with friends and family (for brunch, lunch and dinner) and the food has always been prepared with high quality, fresh ingredients. They utilize locally-produced vegetables, meats and cheeses when feasible. The food is attractively presented and there... More 

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Thank drlorimom
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Excited to try this place based on the reviews and was frustrated by the experience. We went on Sat. Oct 17th. We got there around 815 and waited by the host stand where three staff members passed by without acknowledging us. We went to the bar and sat down where another 3-4 minutes passed until one server approached us. There... More 

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1 Thank harperla
ZinsCedarRapids, Owner at Zins, responded to this review

As the owner who personally disappointed you, I certainly understand your frustration and apologize for my poor service. As the owner personally responsible for Zins, I also apologize. It is not our standard. In fact, it is the opposite of our standards. If the second weekend in October were a fish, I'd throw it back. I just wish I could... 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, Spanish, Contemporary

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?