About Cafe Zola
Café Zola is an independently owned and operated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in downtown Ann Arbor. Our menus are inspired by flavors and recipes borrowed from European and Mediterranean cultures and cuisine, including some Turkish recipes. We are committed to sourcing the freshest and highest quality ingredients available and supporting local businesses, farms, and suppliers. Café Zola’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features artisanal cocktails, happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world. We accept reservations for parties of six or more for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. We accept reservations for groups of two or more for dinner and weekday brunch. We are also glad to accommodate large groups and special occasions. If you need a reservation for a large group or special event, please contact us directly.
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Daily: 7:00am-4:00pm, egg service ends at 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm-6:30pm, bar area only
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There are many locations to park nearby. Metered parking is available on the streets surrounding Cafe Zola. Parking is free on Sundays. The closest public lots are on West Washington between 4th Street and Main Street and on the corner of Ashley and West Washington.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Zola Ratings and Reviews
We had a solidly fun and delicious eveni ...
We had a solidly fun and delicious evening at Cafe Zola so I recommend it as a great dining options. That said, this was our first time eating there after two failed game-day attempts. They don't seem to manage the reservations/expectations very accurately so we abandoned our prior reservations because the wait was too long IN SPITE of us arriving at our appropriate reservation time. Again, the menu was great, food was delicious and the host/waitress made for a great evening.
The owner/manager is on her game. She's ...
The owner/manager is on her game. She's warm and friendly and makes sure her wait staff gets it done. But they are not up to the task. Food comes out wrong and hot dishes were cold. Manager re-ordered them but couldn't make up for the ridiculous amount of time wasted waiting for new dishes. Overall experience was disappointing.
Our dinner selections were beautifully p ...
Our dinner selections were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I seldom order beef but had the flat iron steak with chimichurri and it was outstanding. I was slightly disappointed with the seafood options - I wish they included a shellfish and a local fish, e.g. whitefish. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive.
Really terrific meal. We were in Ann Ar ...
Really terrific meal. We were in Ann Arbor to visit the University, had arrived in the afternoon after the art fair ended, and were looking for a bite to eat. I thought restaurants might be crowded from the art fair and so checked through Open Table. Cafe Zola sounded good, so we booked it. The place was almost empty, so the reservation didn't seem to be needed. Also, the noise in the restaurant might be very different under more normal circumstances.
The food was fantastic. We loved everything we tried -- sweet potato fries, the ahi tuna main dish (though I'd get the Wasabi cream sauce on the side), the shrimp tacos, the tuna tartare, even the bread that comes with the meal. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Café Zola is a wonderful little place th ...
Café Zola is a wonderful little place that provides a consistent level of food and service. Nothing over the top, but really solid food at a relatively reasonable price. Service is always very good, friendly, and courteous.
Delicious well prepared octopus and crab ...
Delicious well prepared octopus and crab cakes followed our fresh oysters. Liked the Chardonnay as well. Lovely summer light meal on a very hot evening. Friendly good service. Only disappointment was they were out of tuna tartare, my first choice, but didn't mention it until I tried to order it. Managed to console myself with the lovely items they did have. One of our favorite downtown venues.
Moscow mule was good. Server got mis ord ...
Moscow mule was good. Server got mis order. She didnt know she got wrong order. And charged me the wrong order price. Ordered medium-rare but medium came out and when I sent it back, the same dish came out and cook said it is medium-rare. (I know the difference of two as cook lover) Server made me waiting such a long time for everything.
My husband and I very much enjoyed our f ...
My husband and I very much enjoyed our first visit to Cafe Zola for dinner. We shared one of the pear-arugula salads, which was nicely plated, simple, and delicious, then he had the Kobe burger and I had the salmon burger. Both fantastic. Wait service was friendly and attentive. Enjoyed the ambience/decor of the space, my sole complaint is that as we sat there the music seemed to get turned up several times, and conversations in the room got increasingly louder as people spoke over the music. It was unnecessarily loud and detracted from the otherwise lovely ambience!
We started our meal with cocktails - I always like a place that serves the shaker with the drink. Our first courses were tasty (salads). We both really enjoyed our entrees (lamb and steak, both cooked properly) and came back after the concert to have dessert at the bar. Seems like a really reliable place - lots of "regulars". I'll definitely want to go back.
First timers during lunch. Food was exce ...
First timers during lunch. Food was excellent and our waitresses were pleasant. I give this a 4 star only because I had left my daughters baby bottle on the table and realized after I left. When I called 4 times so that I could pick it up nobody really knew where it was until the hostesses that was working the day I went hid it for me. Would have been efficient for them to leave it at the lost and found instead of getting the runaround a few times. Nonetheless, I will return to the restaurant and I'll try not to forget anything!
Normally a very good experience at Cafe ...
Normally a very good experience at Cafe Zola, but this Sat night was very busy and chaotic, likely understaffed that night so waitress was often delayed, and hostess seemed confused and overwhelmed. Food still very good. Chalk this up to a rough night but still one of our favorite places.
Great food! Great service!
I was celebrating my birthday with friends and had a splendid time. Not only was the food impeccable, the service was outstanding. I requested my favorite waitress and she of course treated us like royalty. If you want consistently great food and great service, I highly recommend Cafe Zola!
Overall food was very good for entrees. ...
Overall food was very good for entrees. Appetizers were small, sword fish and tuna were excellent. Only drawback was not having anyone even give us water for almost 30 minutes. After 20 minutes we finally got the staff's attention but it still took another 10 minutes for anyone to actually take a drink order and bring us water. We seemed to be lost in the mix as others who were seated after us were given much faster service.
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