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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
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.
We had a reservation for three and showed up on time. Our reservation was found and we were told the table would be 'ready in just a minute'. 50 minutes later we left hungry... We were never seated. What is the point of a reservation if it is not honored???
My wife and I each ordered the steak special. Mine was extremely tough and flavorless, I should have sent it back but I've never done that before, so didn't. My wife said hers was very good. When we were seated right next to the bar, we asked for a table further in and were given one, but told we'd have to be done by 8:00 if we sat there. We were done before then, but it set a poor tone for the evening, particularly when it was clear as it got close to 8:00 that there were plenty of open tables. Café Zola has been one of our favorite places, but I'll think twice about it next time because of this experience.
I have had brunch here before and loved it. This was my first time dining there for dinner. I was disappointed in the amount of food for the price. I know it is locally sourced but a salad for $12 that is only enough lettuce to be considered a side salad and 3 nuts is a little high in my opinion. Great food but a little too pricey.
Very loud and very, very crowded. I reserved a table for five which they gave us a table for four with a chair on the end. Luckily, the fifth person was a baby and just needed the highchair. Otherwise, it would have been very cramped with five adults. Service was ok. Tables that were sat after us got served and greeted first. I had to ask another waitress over to send our waitress to the table. We really like Cafe Zola and intend to come back, but not during restaurant week.
The service was fantastic and prompt, and the ambiance was just right. The food was a bit of a let-down, though--blood orange salad was delicious, but dates had too much balsamic vinegar and not enough fontina, and the duck was tough, and didn't have enough sauce.
Overall the food was delicious and well worth the Restaurant Week price! My only concern was that the starters came out for our table at completely different times, and one even came with the main course. Understandable though due to the craziness of Restaurant Week. The mussels, shrimp, and calamari starters were absolutely wonderful along with the lobster tail main dish!
The food was delicious, the only 2 issues we had while dining at Cafe Zola, is that there was a long break between our appetizers and our entrees. The server kept coming out and saying that it would be out in a a few minutes but it took a long time. They apologized and offered something for free, but she misunderstood what we asked for and just brought us tomatoes...The other issue was that we were seated by the door and it was VERY cold every time someone came in. I would still highly recommend this restaurant for a date night, it was just what my husband and I needed.
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. The restaurant was full and busy but not overly crowded. My husband and I both ordered off he specials menu. I had the blackberry duck which was delicious. Where did they find the pea shoots at this time of year? My husband had the short ribs and was very happy. Always a good meal at Zola's.
Although I've lived in Ann Arbor since way before Cafe Zola opened, I'd never been. Went there to celebrate my birthday with my husband. Cold night but very cozy ambiance. Great big band music not played too loud. Interesting and delicious craft cocktails. Lots of amazing small plates we shared. Wish we could have ordered more and will be going back to sample other options. Our wait person was perfect, sweet, efficient, not intrusive, helpful, etc. A new favorite.
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