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“Some dishes were outstanding, a few were not”

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
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Ranked #30 of 1,769 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Cross street: Girard
Description: Zinc is a lively three level bistro in Historic Nob Hill. Featuring an open, urban ambiance, Zinc offers casual fine dining on the main level and the loft mezzanine. For those looking for an exciting show, the exhibition bar offers seats right along the open kitchen. The menu focuses on high quality - yet affordable - American bistro fare and utilizes seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from local farmers. The Cellar Bar offers the same extensive wine list and premium cocktails as the upstairs, but in a more intimate lounge atmosphere with a lighter menu. The Cellar also showcases live music on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, and a DJ every Friday. Visit www.zincabq.com for menus, pictures, and upcoming events!
North Carolina
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“Some dishes were outstanding, a few were not”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Three of us had dinner at Zinc. The smoked trout and duck egg roll appetizers were outstanding - novel and very tasty with a beautiful presentation. The salmon main course and beef tenderloin were likewise exceptional. The beef with blue cheese mashed potatoes won the blue ribbon. The lamb was way off the mark, however, Large slabs of lamb were tough and undercooked. The accompanying pasta and vegetables were not very tasty or well seasoned. The waiter gladly took the lamb back for more cooking - which helped make in more chewable - but didn't really fix the problems with this dish. The trio of small cremes brulee was a wonderful desert. Every detail was perfect. By contrast, the featured peach shortcake was most like a couple pieces of lightly cooked peach between the two halves of a Bisquick biscuit. That would be fine for a quick desert at home, but I couldn't believe it came from the same kitchen as the creme brulee.

The other weakness at Zinc was that the wines available by the glass were limited and of modest quality for the price. Also, It was quite noisy, due largely to the acoustics of the room. It was tolerable, but not ideal for conversation.

Service was excellent in all respects.

  • Visited August 2013
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Centereach, New York
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“Like watching Iron Chef”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is a wonderful wine bar that offers numerous wines with either flights or several size pours, which I recommend stopping at for a drink before dinner. But the thing that I loved was if you dine on the second floor, you can sit right above the open kitchen. We were able to watch all the action of each and every meal being prepared. This was an unusual experience, and just added to the expertly prepared and delicious food. Another great thing is that many menu items are offered "lite" or regular size. This enabled me to have the fabulous ahi tuna potstickers appetizer and still enjoy a smaller version of a fresh salad. Don't miss the tortilla crusted pork tenderloin either. It had just the right amount of spice. After we saw the chef prepare a trio of crème brulee dessert for someone, we ordered one too! A perfect ending to a terrific dining experience.

  • Visited August 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Great choice: very good food in a relaxing and cool athmosphere”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We enjoyed the food, which was tasty, well cooked and very typical of new mexico cuisine.
The choise is not so wide but dishes are very well prepared.

Service was also nice and warm. A nice treat for a dinner in Albuquerque.

  • Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Always good food, but a decline in service”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

One can count on Zinc for much good food and a fine wine list. But eat upstairs and even with a helpful waiter, service declines. Our three course meal took two hours. And there were some order mistakes. Pork and beef were tasty. Potstickers, alas, we so drowned in sauce that it was impossible to taste their contents.

Good conversation between very long waits between courses. The espresso never came.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Great late eve find in Nob Hill area”
Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful meal with great service. Had a one night layover in Albuquerque and was looking for a nice dining spot that was open past 9. Diverse menu and particularly liked the option of smaller portions, given the hour

  • Visited August 2013
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