Seattle >Food & Dining > Teatro ZinZanni
222 Mercer St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.624572 -122.352492
Neighborhoods: Lower Queen Anne, Magnolia - Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne
An aggressively awful evening. It was like being forced to watch all the other children at a piano recital. I took my fiancee for our anniversary and hope she will marry me anyway. Was presented as 2.5 hours but actually took four and felt like twelve. I spent half the night blinded by a giant spotlight shining in my face. Humor segments were spot-on if your favorite movie is Meet the Spartans. Food was high school cafeteria-grade.
Excellent show, great food, terrible seating. – First of all, I must mention that we went to an evening three hour dinner presentation of the "Radio Free Starlight" production in February 2011. I know that the menu and show changes from season to season and varies based on whether or not it's the full dinner presentation.
The Show: This was an extremely professional production with an amazingly talented cast. It was part theater and part circus. The aerialists were incredible and the hula hoop act was impressive. Top notch cast. Amazing.
The Food: The soup and the steak were fantastic. The steak was very tender and delicious. Everything seemed to be of a high quality.
Service: Our waiter was attentive and on top of refills. I was impressed by his professionalism.
Atmosphere: Once you get past the seating issues and obstructed views, the building itself has been decorated impeccably. The antique circus tent is an excellent touch and the theme is seamless throughout.
Parking: As far as Seattle parking goes, this was pretty ideal. There is a parking garage across the street, but I would probably avoid going on a night when there is a big event at the Seattle Center.
SEATING! The seating is just unfortunate. You have little to no control over where you sit unless you buy the expensive seats. They make the seating arrangement. If your party doesn't fill a full table, you will be sitting with strangers. Also, a number of the seats (like the one I had) have an obstructed view. Every time they moved to the front stage, I was blocked by a post. We made the mistake of hanging back instead of joining the mosh pit of a line when the doors opened. When we did get in, seating was limited. The booth we were in was a tight fit. Who wants to cozy up in an overcrowded booth with strangers? This is where Teatro Zinzanni loses a star in its rating for me.
The Appetizer: It was microscopic and just did not include anything I really wanted to eat. It was a bad first impression for the food. I was a little worried about what was to come. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised by the other courses. Shellfish is such a polarizing food. There are so many people who are allergic to it or just don't like it. Starting off with a mussel on the plate just didn't seem like a good idea.
Extra Charges: The tickets are exceptionally expensive. That said, the production is incredible and the food is tasty. However, I did not appreciate the extra charge for non-alcoholic beverages. Even pop and coffee came at an extra charge. They also add a $10 per person "dining room service charge." Overall, the show and dinner are worth the price and, according to their website, they are a non-profit. It is just annoying to pay so much for a ticket and then get nickle and dimed at the end of the night.
Conclusion: I would definitely go back. The production quality and the excellent food made the experience worth the high ticket price. I will definitely be on the lookout for specials, but the full price ticket is worth it. The cast and food made up for the foul cruise ship seating arrangements. However, I do think they should somehow compensate guests seated in areas with an obstructed view of the stage. I missed a lot because of where I was seated. Free soft drinks, maybe? :)
Side Note: There is a dress code. It is mostly common sense and not particularly restrictive (no t-shirts, shorts or sneakers), but you need to be aware of it just in case you slip in on a hot summer day. :)
Teatro Zinzanni "Maestro’s Menagerie" – I've been dying to see Teatro Zinzanni for years and finally had the opportunity to step into the tent for their latest production, "Maestro's Menagerie." For those who aren’t familiar, Teatro ZinZanni is an original show that combines European cirque, cabaret, illusions, live music and dinner to create a veritable Moulin Rouge it's like Cirque du Soileil light - with dinner.
When I first stepped into the tent, I was swept up into a another world surrounded by red velvet, Venetians masks, boas and sparkly accoutrements...so far so good. Then we were ushered into the "spiegeltent" and it all started to make sense. We were in a cozy little circus tent surrounded by the cast of Cirque du Soleil slash out wait staff. We sat down with our glasses of bubbly (I had heard through the grapevine that this was interactive dinner theater in that they pluck random people in the audience to join in the fun.) If that was the case, I was going to need a cocktail.
“Maestro’s Menagerie” was in a word – spectacular. I loved it, while I thought the show was just a bit too long (3 hours total), the story is of a 19th century circus troupe that comes to collect a puppet. The Maestro, a magician unravels a menagerie of characters including a ringmaster, a flying monkey, a phoenix princess, a strong man, a juggler and a Blue Fairy.
Teatro Zinzanni's tagline is Love, Chaos and Dinner so let’s talk about the food. The menu was designed by local celebrated chef Tom Douglas – not a bad start. I have to say, for mass produced food it was pretty good. The menu consisted of cream of asparagus soup, spinach salad with hazelnut encrusted goat cheese, and a choice of filet mignon, halibut with coriander, cucumber yogurt or mushroom strata. I tried each dish and found them all to be delicious albeit slightly over salted. The meal – and show ended on a sweet note with a light but sweet fresh fruit tart. A perfect ending to a perfect night.
I must admit I came into the tent being skeptical and quite frankly a bit scared. I left feeling whimsical, an official citizen of Moulin Rouge. If you're looking for a unique night out (first date, birthday, anniversary, etc) this is one show that is not to be missed.
Making fun of heavy audience members is not funny – I went to see Zinzanni with my family for Mother's Day. At one point they pulled a heavy audience member on stage and made a series of jokes about his weight. The stage actor pretended to be a sumo wrestler and bumped the man, grabbed the heavy man's stomach and blamed the heavyset man for breaking a piece of equipment because his weight. I'm paying $100 to watch someone be humilated? I've been to Zinzanni 3 times before and will never go again. Surely, they can come up with better production than that. I STRONGLY encourage you to spend your money elsewhere. Zinzanni has gone down the drain.
My wife and I are proud to have ZinZanni as a business in Seattle. Our favorite Cabaret to go to and dearly love it and the people who work there. Drinks are too costly.
Wonderful Show, Great Food - Watch out for Drink Prices!! – I'm going to start out with the positives. Read below for the negatives. If you drink while you're out - don't skip that over!
My friend and I never go out to shows, so we decided to treat ourselves and try this out. We are so happy that we did! Teatro ZinZanni was a wonderful show! Well worth the money for 3 hours of entertainment & a 5 course meal. I read the reviews before we purchased, checked out the website & thought it would be fun. I read that there would be a $10 per person dining room service charge & was prepared to pay for that. The food was overall wonderful! The appetizer was the Medley of Marjoram & Buttered Smoked Trout on Toast. This was really flavorful and tasted great! We did find a few bones in there though.The 2nd course was Carrot & Ginger soup. I was skeptical about this one, but it was really delicious! The salad looked like I wouldn't like it, but it was pretty good! I just made sure to mix the greens into the dressing really well. We both chose the New York Steak for dinner, it was served with Syrah Jam. I don't like wine & was really worried I wouldn't like it at all, but the jam was really sweet & didn't taste like wine at all. I was so surprised! It was great! For Dessert they served Lemon Meringue, it was almost like lemon tart topped with Meringue. It was really pretty good! I don't really like Lemon Desserts, but it was pretty tasty! ***NEGATIVE: We ordered 4 champagne drinks each (not spendy champagne either). Our bill came out to be $149.00!!!! Keep in mind the show was already paid for!!! We had a picture taken which was $20& the $20 dining service charge, so $109 for 8 drinks....gulp! A little more spendy than we had inticipated. ***So here's your warning! Beware of the drink prices! The show and food was fabulous! The bill for drinks was not! Check these videos out: #1 youtube. com/watch ?v=AjGsEdTQjmc&eurl= and #2 youtube. com/watch ?v=zkiWOZXdrNg (((remove the spaces from the link and add the W W W)))
Spectacular Evening! – Me and my boyfriend attended a showing of A Rosa de Rio for my birthday and had an excellent time! The food was served with flair and tasted delicious. I can't say enough about the performers! I was either laughing or screaming and sometimes singing along. The money was well spent for a night out and for what we got in return--I haven't had such a night of classy entertainment in years. I would say it's a must see.
Best night out in Seattle by far!! – My husband and I went to Teatro with a group of friends at the end of March 2008 and we had a great time!!! The tent, the service, the food and the show were all amazing! The group sales lady - Kristine was really helpful. See you at the new show this summer!
What happened?!?!?! – This used to be a go-to event, not anymore! Show was very "high-school" and the food was horrible. I last went to Zinzani 4 years ago and it was excellent. Now, it's on par with a medieval dinner show in the south. The only thing that was missing was a couple of jousters and some lame Excalibur act.
Boo Zinzani, and BOOOOO Tom Douglas for putting your name on that horrible food.
Would not recommend until they get back to basics.
A spectacular gem in the heart of Seattle that is not to be missed. – Teatro Zinzanni is a rare and vanishing art form unlike any other show I've seen. The mix of song, dance, comedy and cirque will more than entertain you over the three hour show. The combination of the show with a five course meal is more than worth the ticket price. I've spent more on tickets to performances alone where I was ready to walk out. Quite the opposite in this case you'll find yourself not wanting the show to end. Just a note for first time visitors the ten dollar per guest charge after the show covers the dinner portion of the evening. Evidently in the past folks may not have realized the ticket fee does not include gratuity and left the wait staff high and dry. If you order from the bar consider that this ten dollar gratuity does not cover your bar tab as well. The wait staff must make a living as well right? Having been five times I'd say it was worth every penny. It will be a sad day in Seattle when TZ rolls up the antique jewel box tent and moves on to the next location.
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