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“Just OK”
Review of Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar - CLOSED

Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: At Zin, our menu offers a mix of familiar favorites from classic American fare and original creations inspired by regional specialties. Our menu changes often and reflects our commitment to seasonal food. Our food is prepared from local ingredients showcasing the best of what our region has to offer.
New York City, NY
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368 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed February 1, 2010

After reading the many reviews about Zin, I was left a little disappointed by the experience. The dining room is very large but totally impersonal and feels more like a giant chain restaurant (think Ground Round or Applebee's) than a higher end food lover's establishment. While the wine list offers a great sampling of regional reds and whites, the menu is eclectic to the point of being weird. The Mexican Cobb is just plain gross and the burgers look a bit puny. The service is rushed and a little brusque. Not a cozy place nor is it a comfy place to take a break from visiting the wineries. Looks like Healdsburg, a delightful town, has a lot more to offer around the corner on its main square than over at Zin. I won't be going back. Don't be fooled by the crowds.

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Newport News, Virginia
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510 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
“Best Meal of our 15 Day Vacation”
Reviewed January 4, 2010

Without a doubt, Zin served the best meal of our 15 day west coast vacation. Reservations are a must. We made ours two weeks in advance. It is a busy place in downtown Healdsburg (on street parking), but so worth the hustle and bustle. We were promptly greeted by the hostess and shown to our table. The place was packed the entire time we dined and there were even people waiting outside and some folks turned away. Sourdough bread (delicious and warm) with butter arrived quickly at the table, along with water. Our server explained the nightly specials and gave us a few minutes to ponder the menu. I selected a tomato salad (fried green tomatoes with horseradish sauce, yellow and red tomatoes with basil and cherry tomatoes) to start. My hubby had a field greens salad with Point Reyes blue cheese dressing (he says the most incredible blue cheese he has ever had). For my entree, I had the zin and molassas braised beef short ribs (falling off the bone, incredibly yummy) accompanied by sweet corn relish (corn, onions, pickles & peppers). My hubby had the lemon, thyme chicken with greens and polenta. We were too full for dessert. All of the food was just so fresh and the ingredients couldn't have been better combined. The wine list at Zin is also spectacular. I had a flight of 3 local zins, my hubby had the Arneis Ziansa by the glass. Our meal (including tip) was around $105. You will not find a better option in Healdsburg. The food, wine and service all combine to make this dining experience exceptional. We highly recommend trying Zin!

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Boston
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64 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Best meal of the trip”
Reviewed November 10, 2009

Had the ribeye steak with stuffed baked potato and creamed spinach on a Saturday night in October. Everything was to die for. Great service, nice place, dark, not too loud. Make reservations.

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Thank plasma40
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Oak Ridge,TN
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Just Zinful!”
Reviewed October 21, 2009

Great Food made with locally grown ingredients and a wine list from local wineries makes this restaurant an excellent place to eat! Our waiter was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the wine and the food. The atmosphere was warm, friendly and comfortable. We had a memorable meal!

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North Carolina
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97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“So good, we went there twice!”
Reviewed October 19, 2009

Our first and last nights in Healdsburg, we went to this amazing restaurant. Great service, very fresh tasting food and a fun atmosphere. Excellent and well-priced wine menu as well. Over two nights we ate the bleu cheese stuffed figs, fried green beans, hangar steak, pasta with butternut squash and goat cheese/pesto, spaghetti and meatballs (the blue plate special) and the lamb. Everything was amazing! Can't wait to go back!

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