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$21 - $30
European, International
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Reviewed June 15, 2020

This is a quaint, charming, cozy and comfortable chef-owned restaurant with a Bohemian vibe to the interior and sidewalk seating with a neighborhood vibe outside. It's BYOB. There's no bar, wine list or adult beverages served, so bring your own. Also note that they don't...accept credit cards. There's an ATM on premises. They accept cash and personal checks. The food is spectacular. The Californian Gazpacho with shrimp & crab meat; the goat cheese & apple baked in puff pastry with almond Asian pear sauce; Mediterranean platter off roaster tomatoes, peppers, olives and hummus; Portuguese sardines with tomato, cucumber & roasted peppers; roasted beet and goat cheese timbale with orange vinaigrette; roasted duck with Grand Marnier sauce, fish specials are all wonderful. The service was friendly and efficient enough, though in a bit too much of a rush to get us to order -- asking several times within around a five minute period.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

Stopped in without a reservation in early December after a day of medical tests. My friend had never dined there so I suggested we go. The food was just as sumptuous as it had always been. We didn’t have time to stop for wine but...enjoyed everything with good old-fashioned water. The eclectic atmosphere combined with an efficient staff made me glad to have visited and I will return soon.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 12, 2019

This is a small, Mediterranean restaurant tucked into a quiet neighborhood and what a gem it is! We were greeted warmly with our BYOB wine and the ambiance was lively and colorful. Our hostess/waitstaff person was warm and had a wonderful smile. Ok, now the...food: cornmeal dusted bread was crazy good, I had the salmon on beet sauce and it was incredible. Highly recommend. They only take cash and checks are there is an ATM in the restaurant. You Need to call to make a booking.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant and thought we'd give it a try - and we weren't disappointed! Excellent food! I had the striped bass, which was perfectly prepared and delicious. My beau got the pumpkin ravioli, which he enjoyed. Staff and server were lovely and...attentive. It was a little difficult to find, but well worth it!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 7, 2019

Cute and cozy restaurant, in a nice walkable neighborhood. The service was excellent, and food was tasty. We brought a bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner. I had salmon, my husband had trout - both meals were filling and tasty. We talked with 2...couples at other tables as the atmosphere was very friendly. Even the owner/chef came around to say hello. Highly recommend! The restaurant said Portuguese, I'd say it has a European feel.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 4, 2019 via mobile

Hadn’t been to CZ in a few years and the recent visit told us we shouldn’t have stayed away so long! Tony Pais’ Cuisine has some Portuguese specialties and features a very eurocentrique cuisine. Everything is cooked with love using the best ingredients. Service is...the warm and friendly. The atmosphere is on the retro side, shabby chic and easy going. It’s BYO which is great as well. No cards, cash is good and checks fine, too.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 29, 2019

We stumbled upon this little cafe/restaurant on a side street in the Liberty neighborhood in Pittsburgh last weekend. It was hard to get a table, but once we did - it was worth the wait! The food was amazing, but the atmosphere in here -...cozy, intimate and frankly just homey and welcoming - was what made the meal even better. It's BYOB - which I thought was terrific. We stopped at a wine shop across the street and picked up a bottle of Portuguese red wine (wish we had two bottles) to go with our dinner. The table next to us was having some sort of celebration (8 people) and they brought an entire bar with them, i.e. - vodka, gin, limes and lemons, white wine, champagne and all the mixers and that was kindly set up at the end of their table. I mean crazy service here - just so nice! The service was excellent. It was like eating in someone's home. The chicken dish I had was cooked perfectly and had amazing flavor. My husband had the diver scallops that were huge and delicious. I can't say enough about the Portuguese Corn Bread that they also turn into a bread pudding. It was a tiny bit sweet, and then I added their orange marmalade and it was heaven. I ate so much of that because I couldn't stop myself, that I was full before my chicken came, but believe me, I managed! All-in-all, a far cry better than the "strip" of restaurants and traffic one street over and worth going if you can manage a table. I wish we had something like this in DC.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed March 8, 2019

I live in the neighborhood and eat here often. Tony is making traditional delicious Portuguese cuisine. The soups are delicious. we usually eat the specials which are always authentic and tasty. it is BYOB and cash only, so keep that in mind.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed February 17, 2019

Cafe Zinho is a marvelous restaurant. It’s tiny, it’s charming, it’s welcoming, and the Portuguese cuisine is innovative, creative and delicious. Service is attentive but not hovering, and diners are welcome to sit and talk after their meal. BYOB with no corkage fee is a...plus. Tony Pais is a fabulous chef and making a reservation at this lovely little neighborhood restaurant will reward you, for sure.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed January 8, 2019

A local favorite that does not get the attention it deserves. Chef/Owner Tony Pai has been putting out the great Portuguese cuisine in this converted garage for decades (while other local restaurants have come and gone). We decided to celebrate New Years Eve at Cafe...Zinho and we were thrilled with our choice! Even before we got out the door, we planned to repeat next year! Every item was delicious, matched by the cornbread! Crab cake in vanilla; the goat cheese/beet appetizer, the Roasted Garlic and Tomato Bisque, the pork medallions and the Shellfish stew. One guest was vegetarian and had a special meal prepared to her requests. Decadent but very affordable. Remember BYOB and cash and checks only!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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