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ZINO, Berkeley, CA

ZINO

4.0
4
284 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
A Modern Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar located in the heart of Downtown Berkeley.

ZINO features a rotating menu of cuisines, complemented by a modern cocktail program infused with Mediterranean flavors and spices. ZINO is a gathering place for people of the community to socialize, celebrate, and share in the unique flavors of one of the most diverse regions of the world.

Vegetarian menu available.

For Parties of 9 or more, please contact the restaurant directly.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–1:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 649-9466

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Christian Luxton

  • Catering

    ZINO is located within the majestic Hotel Shattuck Plaza. When it comes to social and business events in Berkeley, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza has a rich history of bringing people together. Reinvented and renovated, our boutique hotel offers 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space with audio-visual support and an experienced catering team that transforms imagination into success. Contact us at 510-225-6026.

  • Private party facilities

    Planning an event? ZINO is available for group dining, offering partial and full buyouts of the restaurant, as well as, private rooms located inside the Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    Shattuck Avenue

  • Parking details

    Public Parking lots available at Allston Garage (on Allston Way) or Kittredge Parking Lot (on Kittredge Avenue). Street parking also available.

  • Public transit

    1 Block from Downtown Berkeley BART

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 284 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Bay

    Notable Wine List

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  1. AL

    AmyL

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the live music on Friday! Food was delicious and ambiance was lovely.
  2. TR

    ThomasR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious meal. Great vegetarian and vegan options!
  3. N

    Nunya

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We arrived right at opening time, with a reservation, and were seated right away. Two other parties were seated at the same time, but otherwise the restaurant was empty. Our cocktails did not arrive until we were half way done with our entree, and were not the drinks we had ordered. Our server had disappeared so we couldn't even ask for them to be remade. The food did arrive very quickly. The falafel were excellent, but the pasta was not cooked through. I don't mean it was al dente, I mean it was raw and floury in the middle, and some of it was stuck together in a big clump. Again, no server, so no way to fix it. I will not go back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    It was super slow We left mid way
  5. AN

    ArthurN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Marlon the bartender is outstanding. Really great ambiance and nice selections of different foods.
  6. AN

    ANJE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our food and wine. Ambience was fun. Slightly slow on bringing out wine but food came out quickly and was enjoyable.
  7. JL

    JoanneL

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Terrible experience. Food was okay, but the restaurant was crowded and the service was abominable. The waitress was evidently untrained --- did not bring us our wine until SOME TIME after she brought our main course. Told us that the problem was "the bar was too busy." Also told us that we could only get coffee from the bar. Told us that we could not use our credit cards to divide the checks, which we have always done at ZINO and other restaurants. We arrived at 6 pm and said that we needed to get to Aurora Theater by 7:30, but we did not manage to leave UNTIL 7:30. We wonder whether the management has changed. We've been there many times but we will never go there again.
  8. BH

    BonnieH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious. When we told the waitress that we were going to the theater after dinner, she brought the salad immediately. The entrees came soon thereafter. We were able to have a relaxed delicious meal without feeling rushed.
  9. R

    Rhta

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Attracted to Zino for the Flavors of Greece special menu. I wish I could give it better marks. Overall, it did not live up to my expectations and was overpriced.
  10. g

    geoff

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Perfect location for imaginative food and wine and walk to The Greek Theater. Indoor only, but good spacing and very high ceilings. Attentive service.
  11. P

    Peter

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Fast. Spacious. I'm definitely coming back!
  12. MJ

    MartinoJAB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Very uninspired and poorly cooked food combined with astronomic prices. Restaurant is located in a hotel. We will not be returning.
  13. CS

    ChristineS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. Well done to surprise my daughter’s birthday. Nice candle on the plate. Food excellent and be cautious about gluten free. Thank you.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Very poor service and mediocre food.
  15. YM

    YvonneM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great food. Good wine seletion. Too bad some of the menu wasn't available, but overall a five star experience. Thank-you.
  16. DB

    DavidsonB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The menu was creative and delicious. The environment is welcoming, elegant and quiet - perfect for conversation. The service was, for the most part, prompt and attentive. It's a great place to eat before attending Berkeley Rep!
  17. D

    Dawnie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, everything. Our hostess was so welcoming, she was also our server because it was early, 5 pm, very knowledgeable with the food and wine. Really beautiful ambience, teal velvet, chandeliers, gorgeous. The Greek food was lovely. Hotel Shattuck is awesome.
  18. DC

    DouglasC

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice menu including Branzino Souvlaki and roasted half chicken. Caesar salad with locally sourced lettuce and avocado was delicious as was the roasted chicken with olives and artichokes on lemon sauce Strawberry pana cotta made a great dessert Outstanding service and reasonable prices
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great breakfast
  20. FD

    FrequentDiner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dining room. Great service and great food. Seating is comfortable, good size tables. Bathroom is immaculate, thank you for that. We’re going back!
  21. DG

    DavidG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The food really was not good. My salmon was not fresh, overdone and incredibly salty. My friend did not like the lamb stew. The salad was ok. Grilled octopus just ok. Didn’t have non alcoholic beer or sparkling water. More than $100 for 2 people for mediocre food without drinks other than club soda.
  22. S

    Skygreene

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome decor and ambiance. I didn’t realize it was in a hotel which was slightly confusing to find but that didn’t matter once we were inside. Service was great. Drinks strong. And food was delicious. I would love to come back sometime.
  23. s

    sonoma

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special menu for Father's Day. Delicious. My wife preferred the charcuterie board (from the bar menu) and it was nicely prepared with two different cheeses, two different meats, and soft pita bread instead of hard-to-chew crostini. Greatly enjoyed and plan to return.
  24. J

    Justthebest

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Malaysia was our server - outstanding attitude and service. Food was tasty (loved the pea sprouts) and the naan was superb! Lamb a bit dry, but overall, a wonderful meal
  25. AL

    AmyL

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and a perfect place to eat before going to a play at the Berkeley Rep.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a brunch on Berkeley general Commencement day. The place was great for the occasion.
  27. AW

    AustinW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was delicious! I've been before. They have a more limited menu right now, but it was still excellent.
  28. FP

    FixedPriceFix

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation for brunch on Mothers Day based on the variety of the menu. When we arrived, it turned out there was a fixed price (expensive) menu with very limited choices. There was no way to know that, from the menu, reservation process or any of the confirmations received. The menu was not appealing so we left without eating. The staff didn't have much to say about it.
  29. JL

    JoanneL

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The atmosphere is outstanding --- my favorite of all of Berkeley's restaurants. The menu offers a good variety of choices. I took half of my main course home because the portion was so large! The service was sometimes slow, but we allowed plenty of time to relax and enjoy ourselves.
  30. HH

    HeidiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy jazz guitar, exquisite food, fantastic service… what a lovely dinner! We will DEFINITELY make this a favorite stop when in Berkeley.
  31. l

    lydab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Layered flavors, delicious chicken, fish stew, and spring soup with fennel, artichokes, and spices.
  32. a

    albertb

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and ambiance was excellent. 1st time visit and will come back.
  33. f

    food4life

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Very nice and quiet before a zellerbach performance and good location. Good service, very nice people. The appetizers were good and the entree was very mediocre. We won’t rush back. It’s ok for a dinner before a performance in Berkeley but there are much better choices
  34. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend checking this place out! It's a bit hidden but has a wonderful vibe, good food, and great service.
  35. S

    Sausalito

    San Francisco

    173 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We were quite disappointed. The menu descriptions sounded great but the food was not well-prepared. The salad was light with good fruit but the fennel was badly chosen and tasteless. The pasta was dry and my companion left half of it. The swordfish was way overcooked with a relatively flavorless caponata. The make everything more problematic, Zino is in a hotel with an adjacent large function space. There is only a curtain separating the function space from the dining room. This we were treated to a loud PA system from the function space.
  36. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks were delicious! We felt like royalty with how great the service was. People were there to help us for any need, but did not smother us so we could chat, the entire reason for the meal. Location was great, and the historical building made it really special. Will definitely return to try other items I could not try this time. Yum!
  37. KC

    KChan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful interior, great service, we ordered the brisket hash, shakshuka and pancake, portions were great, three dishes filled four of us!
  38. SO

    SusanO

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really excellent all around. Hope folks rediscover this lovely dining spot downtown. Perfect for a before theater dinner.
  39. OC

    OakCyn

    San Francisco

    102 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food is fine, but not noteworthy. The space is fun and the cocktails are good. We were there for brunch before a matinee and it worked well.
  40. FF

    FrancoFerrari

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Disappointing food. Overcooked and too thin swordfish. Undercook eggplant in the Pasta a la norma, bland cannoli

FAQs

ZINO is rated 4 stars by 284 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for ZINO

2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Shattuck Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–1:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Parking lots available at Allston Garage (on Allston Way) or Kittredge Parking Lot (on Kittredge Avenue). Street parking also available.

  • Public transit

    1 Block from Downtown Berkeley BART

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christian Luxton

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 649-9466

  • Catering

    ZINO is located within the majestic Hotel Shattuck Plaza. When it comes to social and business events in Berkeley, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza has a rich history of bringing people together. Reinvented and renovated, our boutique hotel offers 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space with audio-visual support and an experienced catering team that transforms imagination into success. Contact us at 510-225-6026.

  • Private party facilities

    Planning an event? ZINO is available for group dining, offering partial and full buyouts of the restaurant, as well as, private rooms located inside the Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

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