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.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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
Went for Restaurant Week when values are ...
Went for Restaurant Week when values are better, although wine bottle prices remained toward the high side relative to other restaurants (3-4 times store prices). Surprised that no plates seemed "miniaturized", including 2 appetizer choices per person (chose awesome kaafta patties with 2 sauces, plus a good size salad) and a full-sized flat iron steak with plenty of delicious chimichurri (and another side salad on the plate!). Very attentive and helpful service despite having 3 teens in tow. Only complaint is the 5 of us were crammed into a rectangular table meant for 4, but I suppose that's what happens during the Restaurant Week rush. I did notice that they don't have tables for 5--all deuce tables that can be combined or split up as needed, so beware if you're going with an odd numbered party.
Our waitperson was knowledeable and frie ...
Our waitperson was knowledeable and friendly. She recommended the Blood Orange Martini to the get the evening started. The menu had all kinds of interesting options. I tried the Salmon burger. My meal was excellent and so was the martini!
The food is good and unique. They have a ...
The food is good and unique. They have a lot of Turkish options - which is fun and delicious.
Expect to pay at least $15 for a drink and food/person - if not more during brunch.
I've been here twice now with very high expectations because of the ambiance, closeness to my home, and unique food options. However, each time I've been disappointed. I'm not sure if both were just a coincidence or not, but I don't plan on going back there.
The first time, we waited almost 50 minutes for our breakfast. It was crowded so I tried to understand. Once our food arrived, I was so hungry I was about to shovel into my mouth when I saw that there was a black curly hair in my eggs (which can happen any where and I understand). I pointed it out to my husband and was almost just going to put it aside and eat it anyway, but I was reminded that we were paying a lot of money for this breakfast and should get what we pay for. When we pointed it out to our waitress, she seemed annoyed at me for pointing it out and not apologetic at all. She took my plate and I waited another 20 minutes for my new plate of food - by this time my family had all finished eating and were ready for the check. They should have at least taken my meal off of the bill for the huge inconvenience. It was a very frustrating experience.
The most recent time I went there I met up with a friend for lunch and I brought my 9 month old with me. As a new mom, getting out of the house is a huge deal and I don't need any judgement. From the moment I stepped through the door with a baby, I got glaring stares by the staff. My baby was extremely well behaved and hardly made a noise the entire time we were there. Our waitress seemed so annoyed with the baby. She never smiled or checked to see how we were doing. Our waters were never refilled. She came once to drop the food off and that's it. I had to wave her down for a check and box for the food. She was just so rude with her interactions with us.
Zola Bistro is our go-to place for takin ...
Zola Bistro is our go-to place for taking out-of-town guests someplace special. It is not inexpensive - it's about $20/per person per meal - but the food is really exceptional and the offerings unique. You can taste the quality of the ingredients. The service is also very good and, this past weekend, we had some of the best service ever (attentive but not smothering, really responsive to needs, constantly filled coffee and water, personable, accommodated modifications to the order, etc.) If you go, try the waffles or the omelettes. You cannot go wrong. The teas, coffee and smoothies are also wonderful.
Food is decent, but overpriced for what ...
Food is decent, but overpriced for what it is. Noise level is high if you're there when it's busy. Nice furniture/fixtures - modern look. I wouldn't go back for the food, but the bar is pretty neat so I might visit again for a drink.
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..
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