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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
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.
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 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 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.
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