About Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
Our chefs have painstakingly created a menu of wine-friendly fare consisting of old world hors d'oeuvres and regionally inspired tapas. From baked Texas goat cheese with kalamata olives to fresh chocolate covered strawberries, the menu caters to the diversity of the food enthusiasts. Charles Court, at the rear of Zinc, is a truly serene gathering place for a rare outdoor experience. The private, spacious courtyard makes for a quiet sanctuary from the clatter of downtown city streets and the Riverwalk.
American, Tapas / Small Plates, French American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Zinc offers private dining in our wine cellar. A staircase from the street-level semi-private reception room leads to the wine cellar. Wine crates and barrels, wine tasting tables, ceiling-to-floor wine racks housing over 7,000 bottles of wine, and a beamed-ceiling with grapevine and twinkle lighting accent this room. From VIP board of director's dinners to rehearsal dinners to vintner-style dinners, this one-of-a-kind venue is the perfect setting for a memorable dining experience.
Private Party Contact:
Chris Boone: 210-224-1313
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Requesting a table in a certain area is ...
Requesting a table in a certain area is given no acknowledgement or consideration.
Waitress dropped our check then disappeared , we waited 30 minutes and then went to find her to pay . She was chatting w other employees behind the bar.
Very nice intimate place to dine ! Being ...
Very nice intimate place to dine !
Being a historical place drew me to dine here and I was rewarded with an excellent meal. Amy was my server and was excellent. I ordered the mussels and a salad and was pleased. Their prices were so reasonable !
Don't miss out on a wonderful meal !
Great Date Night Spot
This place is very nice to go share a few dishes with significant other or friends. The food is well prepared and fresh! Service is just ok and I would stick to the wine list if your drinking cause the cocktails are just ok for the price.
We ate here three times on our spring br ...
We ate here three times on our spring break trip to San Antonio. The food and drinks were exceptional. Service was friendly and attentive. Both pasta dishes were flavorful and the ingredients were fresh. Don't miss desert! Bread pudding and chocolate lava cake.
Tasty little spot
The food and service were on the spot. Great value along with quality dishes. Very direct food menu, but does have something for everyone. Drink and wine list was lengthy, no complaints there. Lastly the bread pudding soufflé was a party in your mouth. My girlfriend and I fought over every bite, best to just a get your own.
A business associate mentioned at breakfast that he had eaten the night before at Zinc Bistro. We saw the restaurant while out strolling that afternoon, and decided to make a reservation and check it out. A friend dined with us, and we had a delightful visit. The guacamole, made tableside, is delicious. There is an outdoor area in the back that I would love to visit when weather was warmer.
Good Food, Good Service!
We made a reservation for 6:30 and arrived on time. We were seated right away and our server immediately came over and offered to get us drinks while we looked over the menu. We ordered the escargot for an appetizer. They were good. The bread provided for dipping could be better. For our meal we ordered the shrimp kabobs with basmati rice and crab cakes. Both entrees were very good. The crab cakes came with some greens with dices pears, delicious. There was a small mishap during our meal and to make up for it the manager sent over two glasses of their delicious frozen margarita with sangria (I think). We would not have ordered these because I thought they would be too sweet but they were perfect and I will definitely order one next time. For desert we couldn't decide between the molten lava cake and the pumpkin creme brûlée so we got one of each. The molten cake was very good as was the brûlée but I could not taste any of the pumpkin flavor.
We found the service to be excellent. We will definitely return to Zinc in the future!
SO glad to have found this place
In search of a place that would be good but not overly expensive and with some fun choices. We hit it perfectly with Zinc - the tableside guacamole was a huge draw and DELICIOUS. We both chose wines we were very happy with (and we are picky!), and even ended with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Nothing but good things to say!
My wife and I were in town for pleasure ...
My wife and I were in town for pleasure attending a marriage retreat and found this spot on open table as my wife is a creme' brulee fanatic. The staff were polite and took very good care of us. The food had a pleasant presentation and tasted just as good as it looked. The sangria hit the spot. Definitely worth your time to and won't disappoint.
We had a nice pre-theatre meal.
Due to traffic we were 30 minutes late for our reservation. They were gracious enough to seat us even though their policy is to only hold reserved tables for 15 minutes. The wine list is quite extensive, we followed our waitress' recommendation and were quite pleased. We had Zinc salads (they had to replace the ceasar salads they they brought to the table) which were quite good. We shared 3 "small plates". It was really too much food for 2 of us as the small plates are actually quite large. The calamari was probably my favorite.
Liked the atmo...stylish, and good menu ...
Liked the atmo...stylish, and good menu and wine list. We told the server that we would share the steak but it came out on a plate and we had to cut it ourselves.that was a first for us. Asked for medium pink but it was rare and TOUGH. Also came out lukewarm. Waited for awhile for check and to get it processed.my husband had to get up and find someone. Salads were delicious and super fresh do I'd say food quality was uneven.
I tried to change my reservation online ...
I tried to change my reservation online and thought I had but the restaurant didn't get the revised reservation. So we arrived and had no reservation. Not great for a Friday night. The hostess was extremely nice and squeezed us in to a lovely patio table. The food was great- the table side guacamole has enough chile heat to be interesting but enough citrus to balance it. We had the crab cakes (panko- crumbed with a good butter sauce), the lamb burger is messy to eat but delicious ( the only bitterness was the Brie cheese), and the lamb ragu with pappardelle was hearty but not heavy. Molten chocolate cake was the dessert winner. Pleasant service -not rushed. Will be back.
This was our first time here; it was on the list of "Restaurant Week" places. The food was wonderful. But, the service was awful.
Fortunately for the table adjacent to us, the service was great! They had drinks and appetizers before we were given our first drink. We were there long before they were. We were a table of two, they were a table of four.
Our first drink arrived 30-40 minutes after we were seated. But, we had water! With ice!
We may go back, but it will be a very long time.
Worst service I have had in 20 years.
Do not go here. It was BEYOND frustrating and nearly ruined a nice night out. Servers were plentiful, but were all talking with each other. We asked three times for our server and waited 40 minutes to make a drink order. We were finding a new place to go when they came to take our order otherwise we would have left. This place should get new management AND new servers and could become a neat location with a good menu. BUT service is everything and it is Zinc's downfall.
Good food at central location
We loved our dinner there. The food was very creative, fresh and yummy, the location excellent as it is right in the middle of the "river loop" without being at the river itself. By that time we had had somewhat enough of the river and all the restaurants along it...
They also have a nice selection of local and craft beers. Sadly our waitress was absolutely clueless about what is what so instead of the "lager" beer I was promised I got a stout. It was an excellent stout that I would have loved to drink with dessert but not what I would have liked to begin the meal.
Still I recommend the place for a fun and delicious dinner. Just if you're into beers make your waitress go and ask what is what (or make her bring the bottles) if she doesn't know it.
Friend and I had our pre-marathon dinner ...
Friend and I had our pre-marathon dinner here and were pleasantly surprised. The pesto pasta and crab cakes surpassed expectations for the reasonable price. The wine list also let me carefully chose my singular glass for the evening. The chocolate covered strawberries with port was a perfect ending.
Unfortunately food was only good, servic ...
Unfortunately food was only good, service adequate. Had grizzle on the entire side of steak, told the waitress, who said she told the manager... Only saw waitress when I was done with meal... Do not understand how restaurant has a 4 start rating...
We always come back here....
We make sure that Zinc Bistro is on our list of places to eat whenever we get to San Antonio. Atmosphere is fun; options for outdoor seating on the patio with candle light, or inside at the bar or dining room. Great music playlists.
Pretty food with lots of textures. Always fresh and a nice variety. Most recently we had the Gulf Blue Crabcakes that my husband loved; he thought they were the best he's ever had. I chose the Texas Chop Salad with the Tequila cured salmon. Fabulous! We both cleaned our plates. My daughter really enjoyed her Linguini with pesto and chicken, but thought the dish was a bit heavy on the olive oil.
Great wine list. Certainly something to accompany your meal perfectly!
Molten Lava Cake for dessert...my teenager ate every last bite!
Great food at a reasonable price
Happy hour is a must. Apps and signature cocktails are 1/2 off. If you love garlic, the escargot is a must. Guacamole is made tableside and is more than enough for 2. The Zinc Burger was cooked perfectly and the parmesean crisp and aioli were perfect accompaniments. Port and cigars on the patio post dinner made our evening. We went twice while in San Antonio and will definitely be going back next trip. Highly recommend.
Really good...but really bad
This was our first visit to San Antonio. Zinc was near the top of our list of places to try based on glowing recommendations from a colleague. We visited the first night we arrived, sat at the bar, and enjoyed a great meal (despite their not being able to find the bottle of wine we ordered). Made a reservation to return for a late dinner on Sunday after the Formula 1 race in Austin, with high hopes of an equally enjoyable meal. It started out great, with wine, antipasto plate, and entrees ordered. The wine arrived and we started to enjoy a glass. Time passed. And passed. And passed. And passed. No antipasto plate. No visit from a server. More time passed and the wine bottle was nearing empty. We're ordinarily patient and understanding people, but the restaurant was far from full and a lot of employees were milling around, so it was hard not to feel completely ignored. I finally waved at a passing server to find out the status; I've never done that...it was pretty embarrassing (and the server looked totally put-out). The plate then showed up, and the entrees very shortly after. The food was outstanding, but hardly enjoyed since the mood had turned sour. The server was somewhat apologetic, and the appetizer was comped, but the experience was ruined. It was so disappointing to experience such really good food, but really bad service.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.