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
The Cafe Zola is a really great place wi ...
The Cafe Zola is a really great place with tasty food but it was expensive according to me. It claims to be french style and I actually could recognize the french touch in several products and general atmosphere, which I really appreciate (I'm from France). The belied that french cuisine is expensive looks to make people spending a lot of money for it in US... If you go you should definitively take the brioche punding as a desert...
Cafe Zola is charming with lit candles a ...
Cafe Zola is charming with lit candles and a relaxed ambience. My friend and I got seated by the window which was perfect for catching the first snow fall in this season. Our server was incredibly patient when we took our time with the menu since it was our first time there for dinner. The salmon burger I ordered was delicious and my friend liked his mussel verde. They have a good selection of tea, although the tea was a bit weak for my taste. Another thing I would point out is that the tables are a bit too close together which can be tricky to maneuver around and for having a private conversation.
This restaurant does not honor its reser ...
This restaurant does not honor its reservations or respect its patrons. Period. The food is delicious and our waitress was lovely, but waiting ONE HOUR after our reservation time is unacceptable. When I found the manager/owner Hediye Batu to raise my concerns, she first left to find out "what was going on" only to veer off into the kitchen with no intention of returning to speak with me. After I tracked her down again and told how long we had been waiting, she was unapologetic and entirely indifferent. She simply shrugged her shoulders and said "that's how it goes." When I responded that keeping customers with reservations waiting -- in a very hot and busy restaurant with no place to wait, much less sit -- was not a good way to run a restaurant, I got an earful about how Mr. So-and-so and Dr. Whoever, who have been dining there for 10 years, disagree. So while the food is absolutely delicious, be forewarned that the owner is abjectly rude and, perhaps aside from her regulars, has no regard for customers. I will certainly neither return to Cafe Zola (or Zola Bistro, which she also owns) nor recommend it to anyone based on this experience. THAT'S how it goes, Hediye.
This was my second time eating at Cafe Z ...
This was my second time eating at Cafe Zola. The food was delicious both times and the service and ambiance is outstanding. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and dine there again in the future.
My dish was very well prepared and tasty ...
My dish was very well prepared and tasty. However, I usually prefer lighter cooking. My associate's dish was good but not outstanding. I would definitely eat here again but would try a lighter dish--not beef, something vegetarian or a salad.
Treated our grandson to dinner in Ann Ar ...
Treated our grandson to dinner in Ann Arbor. Cafe Zola offered a menu attractive to old and young. Our server/student was charming and knowledgable regarding cuisine.
We each ordered wonderful enters and shared Joey's choice of appetizer and dessert.
Easy parking close by .
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.
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