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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.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1325
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 enjoyed our dinner at Cafe Zola, which we selected tonight specifically to support the management's principled stance in refusing to allow ICE to search the premises without a warrant. Thank you for being a welcoming and courageous presence in our community.
After having many excellent meals here, we wound up with a real clunker. Two of us ordered the special Moroccan short ribs. They were all things short ribs shouldn't be: dry, tough, cold and tasteless. Kindly, they took them off the bill. On the other hand, the swordfish and smoked salmon were quite good. The espresso was terrible. And they have added a table that's way too close to the door which must violate the fire code. Hopefully management will pay more attention next time.
I brought 7 people with me who have not been to Café Zola and they all were impressed and enjoyed the food. The waiter was very good, brought olives and bread to the table to hold us over until our food came. a little slow getting our entree's but were able to make theatre in time!
The restaurant week menu was outstanding for this foursome. 2 appetizers (so eight total) and main dishes were gourmet tasty with a variety to pick from for both those in our group who prefer meat and those who prefer vegetables/items from the sea. In particular the lamb kofte and chops were perfect. The goat cheese with figs and spread and shakshukka (spelling?) were highlights. Very good service for this crowded busy night, too.
The food was good however the server was perhaps new. The second we sat down she asked us already what we wanted to eat, however we hadn't even received our waters or picked up our menus. After bringing us the water she asked us right away again. We told her we needed more time, I felt rushed. When we did decide and ordered, even though we were two people and the restaurant was empty, we were there over an hour. Our meals were easy, 20 min for goat cheese starter albeit tasty, is a long time when they're dead quiet. Would go back again for food, perhaps not for service.
While the food was good, as always...service was slower than usual. But what surprised me the most was I made a point of mentioning the fact we were celebrating my daughter's 13th birthday when I made the reservation. She picked the restaurant. No one, not the hostess or the server, took the time to wish her a happy birthday. I didn't need anyone to make a big deal about it, but a kind comment would have gone a long way.
Not really any positives. With a reservation still a 20 minute wait for a table. Then after
seating the staff rushed the meal. Food was all spicey, indicative of cooks who don't know
how to cook except to throw hot spices on everything. Worst was the din; the noise just
reverberates around the room such that conversation is very difficult. Best part was
leaving, putting a bad experience behind us, never to return.
Our reservation was half an hour late to start. Then we were sat through a back door because too many people crowded around the front. Once sat it took over 20 minutes to get the attention of someone, which ended up being going to the hostess stand and stating that we had been seated for over 15 minutes and no one had come to take our drink order or bring us water. My friend broke her martini glass, while still full, and no one came to help clean up the glass or the liquid that was about to pour on her dress. We had to flag the manager down for help and still, all they did was replace the martini, not clean up the wet mess or glass that was spreading on our table.
Busy Saturday night during the Film Festival but we had reservations and managed to get seated in a mostly timely manner. The cocktails are excellent (did the special berry martini and last time in had their special persimmon martini that was amazing!). Everyone loved the oysters and calamari. The wedge salad was delicious and so creamy!! Pasta is always an excellent choice (spaghetti and meatballs for my kiddo and penne with sausage for me) but they do a great job with the seafood too (Think a type of whole Bass cooked in parchment, which takes longer to cook (as we were warned) looked lovely). Husband had the special Korean beef which was wonderful as well. Wish we had room for dessert! Will definitely be back again
Had a reservation and were seated immediately, although in the bar area, which turned out to be quieter than in the main dining room, which quickly filled up by 6:30. Food was really good with good-sized portions. One thing I've always loved about Zola--both Cafe and Bistro--is that when you order a cocktail, the shaker is left on the table. It's like having 2 drinks for the price of one.
I took friends who enjoy sharing small plates and that is how we ordered. One of my pet peeves with restaurants that do small plates (or if we tell the wait staff that we are sharing) is when they do not bring utensils for the dishes that we are sharing. Also, we specifically mentioned we wanted our items to come out staggered but instead everything arrived at once and the table was crowded and some items that should have been hot were cold. Everything tasted great but it lessons the dining experience when you get rushed through a meal or have to keep asking for things.
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