Zin Bistro Americana
32131 Lindero Canyon Rd Ste 111, Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: (818) 865-4994
Primary Phone: (818) 865-4994
Phone: (818) 865-4946
Primary Phone: (818) 865-4946
Parking: Self, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Pizza
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
04/28/2012Provided by Citysearch -
We went to dinner at Zin Bistro with 8 family members to celebrate our parents' 63rd anniversary. The food was only so-so and overpriced. Our waitress was okay. The kicker came when at the end of the meal I asked to speak to the manager because I thought the service charge for cutting a cake was excessive ($20) and also thought it was improper to calculate the 18% tip on the total amount that included the service charge and tax. We had already paid; I wasn't asking for a reduction, I just wanted him to know. Rather than accept the comments graciously, the manager (he may possibly have been the owner) was defensive and insulting, and then went absolutely ballistic, yelling and cursing, including shouting ""f--- your mother"" while my octogenarian parents were standing there (remember it was a party for their anniversary), as were a couple of children. It was truly shocking. We eat out frequently in restaurants of all levels and have never witnessed an employee go crazy on his customers (who had just spent nearly $400 at his restaurant and were simply voicing an opinion) in this manner. If anyone values respect and decency from a business owner, I would urge them to avoid this place like the plague.There are plenty of other very nice places in Westlake Village to choose from.
04/18/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I dined here recently after purchasing a Travelzoo voucher for $70. The deal was 2 glasses of wine, 2 starters, 2 salads, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. Thinking this was a great deal, we headed over to Zin Bistro Americana.
The voucher didn't state this, but should have...they had a seperate fixed menu for travelzoo customers.
The 2 glasses of house wine were awful.
Onion Rings, Hummus and Pita bread.
We got one of each of everything, so we could try each other's. The
rings and hummus were terrible. Fried onion rings is not usually how I wish to start a meal.
Next was the salads. My ceasar was DRENCHED in dressing
My husband's ""mixed greens"" was ok.
Then we get to the main course.
My husband had ""short ribs"" in a ""zinfandel sauce"" with ""Cheesy mashed potatoes"" the sauce tasted like salty, bad marinara, and the meat was dry.
The potatoes were NOT cheesy
I ordered farfalle with salmon
the salmon was dry and not seasoned, and the ""cream sauce"" was not creamy. I was wondering if the chef had tasted any of these items himself
I would love to know his (or her) opinion!
It was obvious they knew they wouldn't make much money on us, and it really showed, I really wish I could get my $70 back. I would have had a better meal at Chili's, or Islands.
07/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I ventured out to Zin to enjoy a casual lakefront dinner. When I evaluate a new place, I'm the first to admit that I am overly critical. But, if the establishment is special and memorable, I am forever a loyal patron.
Unfortunately, Zin is neither special nor memorable in taste. The menu offered a wide selection and we decided to start off with mint cilantro pesto lamb ""lollipops"" and tuna tartare (tossed at your table). I was curious to see why they would demo a tartare tableside. When the cart was wheeled out, the waiter asked how spicy we wanted it. He prepared to squirt various sauces from squeeze bottles without any commentary on its contents. The verdict? An unnecessary display on how to make an oily concoction. My suggestion would be to drop the novelty act (this isn't a flambe) and get back to the basics of a simple fresh-tasting tartare. The lamb was nicely salted and cooked properly. Unfortunately, the whole dish was doused by the vinaigrette that accompanied the bed of greens it sat on -- eliminating most of the hints of mint, cilantro, or pesto that were so described.
I was particularly annoyed at my entree, one of two ""specials"" -- a surf and turf. This was described to me as a steak with two prawns. The prawns wound up being the size of two medium-sized shrimp -- if you're only going to serve two prawns, they better be of a nice size to accompany the meat. If it's a $35 special you're trying to push, you better overwhelm me with seafood. The meat was under-seasoned but palatable. My wife's lobster risotto was also a bit under-seasoned, but satisfactory to her.
The dessert was only a confirmation of earlier letdowns. The bread pudding was like a brick without any delicate flavors (it was borderline french toast) and the creme brulee was average at best. More noticeable was the lack of freshly whipped cream.
Perhaps they have a signature dish that I missed, but I would not recommend this place.
Zin's has a great menu from the Chicken fried Lobster to the Monk fish to the Steaks. Ceasar Salad is made table side -Also their signature lemon drop is the best around. Wine list is best in Thousand Oaks and outdoor seating is wonderful. It is a bit pricey but worth it
07/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I moved to Thousand Oaks in September 2006 and, since then, we have been trying out several restaurants and Zin is the best so far. Besides its great location on the lake, the food is excellent. My husband and I had both the Monk Fish with lobster mashed potatoes and were amazed of how delicious it was. I also had a ceasar salad which is very fresh and made in front of your table. Our friends had pasta and steak and were also very pleased with their dishes. The service was very good and the view of the lake is unbeatable. However, I recommend you make reservations ahead of time if you want to get a table outside and, If you get it, you might want to wear a jacket because it gets very windy, including in the Summer. I am already making plans to go back to Zin!!!!