About Zola Bistro
Zola Bistro is a modern independently owned and operated bistro serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Ann Arbor’s East Side. 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. Bistro’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features craft beers, artisanal cocktails, weekly happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection that has been chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world.
Reservations can also be made by phone during our normal business hours or by email. Not all of our large tables are displayed online, so feel free to contact us for more information on special events, reservations for large groups, or for any special requests.
Contemporary French / American, International, European
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Daily: 8:00am-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: 4:00pm-6:00pm in the bar
Bar Menu: Daily: 4:00pm-5:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the building.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zola Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Zola Bistro was perfect for my birthday. ...
Zola Bistro was perfect for my birthday. I had a large group and they accommodated us so graciously. My server, Nadia, was really sweet and I'm really thankful that she allowed me to have such a great time. Thank you, Zola Bistro!! I'll be back for sure!!
The food was great so I will return. Ho ...
The food was great so I will return. However, the hostess seated us right next to a large table that was celebrating a birthday. The room itself is very noisy (hard surfaces), and our neighbors were understandably boisterous and loud. As a result, it was almost impossible for us to talk, which was the primary reason for our dinner. There were many empty tables in the room. She should have been thoughtful enough to seat us farther away from the party table.
For some reason I was given a very small ...
For some reason I was given a very small two top table directly next to other diners. The restaurant was 75% empty, and every other group of 2 diners was given a 4 top table with space between them and the next table. This was annoying- I felt disregarded and slighted.
We made our reservations at 11 for 3, we ...
We made our reservations at 11 for 3, we didn't get seated until 11:50. The hostess, who was also behind the bar at some point had a terrible attitude. The manager did take care of the bill but why are they taking reservations if they can't fulfill
them? Time is precious.
This was our second dinner at Zola Bistr ...
This was our second dinner at Zola Bistro, and we had also visited once for lunch. We sat outside, which is probably why it was so quiet. My meal - a vegetarian meal - was filling and delightful. Two of us, however, ordered flat iron steaks. Both were delivered lukewarm and one was too tough to eat. One was returned to be reheated while the other was replaced. It was still very tough. We thought it hadn't been adequately marinated. We will certainly try Zola Bistro again, even though it didn't compare well with our previous visits.
The evening at Zola's Bistro was a gift. ...
The evening at Zola's Bistro was a gift. The food was unique, outstanding and generous portions. There were options to suit all eating preferences, ours being vegetarian. There was a short wait to get drinks, but food came quite promptly. We are definitely returning soon. The fried brussel sprouts were incredible!
Obviously an off night for them. Hostess ...
Obviously an off night for them. Hostess and wait staff overworked. They were bussing and cleaning table.s. Shouts from the kitchen. My grilled asparagus salad arrived ungrillrd without salad dressing MYcocktsil was flat. Was supposed to be made with Prosecco. The sweet Potato fries excellent. Menus dirty and dotted with food smears and drips.
Cute space, but the food is only decent. ...
Cute space, but the food is only decent. The Turkish coffee wasn't worth $5 and the Bloody Mary was very bland. I ordered the Zola frittata, which was tasty/filling, but I could have done without the mountain of blah potatoes + bread that came with it. My boyfriend ordered the patty melt and said it was decent, aside from the soggy bottom bun. Overall, this place wasn't terrible but I would never go out of my way to revisit it.
I thought overall the service and food w ...
I thought overall the service and food was excellent. However, our server told us inaccurately that the pot of tea only serves 2 people, so we bought 2 pots. When we got the tea, it was clear that one pot would have been enough for all 4 of us. This was mildly annoying. Other than that, the servers did a wonderful job and I loved the atmosphere!
The place is the definition of 'ok'. The ...
The place is the definition of 'ok'. The food was a little over priced, but good, as were the drinks.
The server was polite, but definitely not experienced. Once she brought us our food, she didn't make another appearance until she bought the bill.
They made me a special order drink, Bloody Mary 1/2 spicy, 1/2 not with top shelf liquor, but wouldn't special order my food - eggs poached instead of sunny side up.
We were probably the loudest group in there - and we weren't that loud. Just 3 friends laughing and having a good time, but we unfortunately kept getting the evil eye from other diners..
We have been to Zola Bistro many times a ...
We have been to Zola Bistro many times and have always had a wonderful meal! The service has been great and the food delicious. This time was a big disappointment. We were bringing one of our friends for the first time. We had a server who was training someone and you could tell from the beginning they were not getting along. The tension between them was extremely visible and made the meal uncomfortable. You could hear them arguing as they walked away from the table. It was very unprofessional. Two of the individuals in our group ordered the lamb chops and there was little meat on them. This is not what I expected from this restaurant. They both left hungry, we stopped somewhere else for dessert and so they could eat dinner. I had the chicken wings on the seasonal menu and they had very little flavoring. It was an ok dish. Not one I would order again. The watermelon salad was amazing to start! Before this meal I would have have highly recommended people go to Zola Bistro. This meal left me extremely unhappy and I am unsure if I will return.
Our meal was great but our server was ho ...
Our meal was great but our server was horrible. We tried to make allowances for the fact that the restaurant was very busy but after waiting 20 minutes for him to come back and take our order we hunted him down and then he said he would be right there and we had to hunt him down again 5 minutes later. My side salad never arrived despite me mentioning it multiple times. The server finally brought my salad as I was finishing my main course. We had to wait 40 minutes for water and asked for it multiple times.
The design of the restaurant was great, ...
The design of the restaurant was great, the food poor. We ordered 2 steaks at $32 each (part of a group of 6) and they were cold and tough, we sent back the fries as they were cold.
They were very kind and gave us a free banana desert , the waitress was lovely(two birthdays)
This was our second visit. We were staying in town for Easter and decided to eat at Cafe Zola even though there wasn't a specific Eater Menu. We were not disappointed. Our only comment was there did not appear to be enough help as the service was slow at times.
Yum! But service speed inconsistent
I've always loved this place! My friend and I had a delicious meal there the other night, and chose from their creative list of cocktails. My hanger steak sandwich was delicious, cooked and seasoned perfectly. The staff is very friendly and helpful. However, I've noticed that they can be slow sometimes. The other night they were doing fine. I had finished my first drink early in my meal and ordered a second one. It never came over the next 20-30 minutes, and I finally just assumed they forgot it. Then just as we were requesting the check, they brought it. I mentioned that it was dicey as if I had time to drink it, and they were apologetic, but didn't mention anything about taking it back. I had a few minutes until the concert I was leaving for, so I indeed finished it, but it was surprising, as the rest of the meal the speed had been quite reasonable. The restaurant had a reasonable crowd but wasn't full.
I was excited to dine at Zola bistro first time to celebrate my birthday. Overall, it was ok experience except that the restaurant served entrees first then served appetizers later. I would rather go elsewhere at the price point and quality. Service was disorganized and you better expect long wait time. Other tables seated before us were waiting for foods to be served longer than us. We might be luck one but still i don't like salad and other appetizers are served later than entrees.
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