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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
Cafe Zola is one of my go-to places in Ann Arbor, and I usually love it there. However, my most recent evening was ruined by a completely inept and disinterested server. It was a joke. She spoke in a whisper, did not know the menu, and ignored us after our entree' was served, on a Wed. night when the restaurant was practically empty. I know that many restaurants in downtown A2 intensively train their servers and they are professional. Cafe Zola needs to step it up in this regard. I am not a needy customer but this was ridiculous.
Hard to put into words how bad the service was. I made a reservation for 8 people on a Sunday at 7pm for my mother’s 73rd birthday party. We arrived at the restaurant on time and were told the table was not ready and to please wait outside on the sidewalk. After 30 minutes of waiting, I went inside to check on the status of our table and was informed it would be another 45-60 minutes before they could get a table for us. When I expressed my frustration that they would take my reservation for a large group but not honor it, the manager replied “some times it works out, some times it doesn’t.”
They essentially ruined my mother’s birthday dinner party.
Amazing fresh food with excellent spice:!best lamb I and my friends have had. Been here several times! Had the brunch and dinners, have always been impressed and never disappointed! Get a reservation early as I am not the only one that knows this place has great food, energy!
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.
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