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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,
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 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, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zola Bistro Ratings and Reviews
We had booked a reservation on Open Table several weeks in advance, but when I checked with them in person the day before, they told me they didn't have a record of it. So, thankfully I was able to make a new reservation for Easter Sunday for 12:15. We were finally seated at 12:45, so although I certainly understand that it was an especially busy time, I was not convinced that prior reservations was a priority. Our server was awesome and the food was quite good. We will be back!
My reservation for 14 people for Easter Brunch was promptly honored when we arrived even though not everybody showed up at the exact time. Service was excellent and food arrived fairly quickly after we all ordered. We even asked for separate checks and we were accommodated no questions asked.
Had the crepe Zola which was extremely dry and empty on the inside, very little mozzarella, tomatoes and basil! The filling was all in the center and probably had three small slices of mozzarella. My boyfriend had the open-face fried egg which was basically child size. We're big foodies and very much okay with small plates but his meal was beyond not worth it.
2 stars cuz the Nutella banana crepe is worth going back for. But this is my second time here and the dessert crepe was the only good thing I've had here.
I expected a little more I guess. The service was lack luster. The calamari app not enough for even two people...at least not for the price. The kobe burger was the highlight and it was truly very good, but nothing else stood out. The olives tasted like they were soaked in alcohol...for someone who doesn't drink it was an unwanted surprise. The 2x4 "piece"wall was super cool, but overall 3-stars because I don't know that I would make it a point to go back.
Ok if a restaurant cannot reserve seats for people, then don't list yourself on OpenTable, please. I reserved for 8 people on a 10:30am occasion 4/8/2017 (Sat.) Two of us arrived at ~10:20am and was told it will be 5-10 min to have our table. The rest of the group arrived at 10:30am sharp. But at 10:43 there were still no table for us and when we asked, they said "I am afraid there will not be anything very soon." Come on, really? Can't you just give the reserved people a call to ensure they are coming, put a sign on the reserved table, or anything that can actually make it work? At the same time we saw a group saying they reserved 11:00am seats and got a table. This is insane. They don't take reservation seriously at all. I highly recommend OpenTable to remove the reservation system for Zola Bistro since it is no use to reserve beforehand. We end up going cross the street to Bigalora. At least that way we could sit down instead of making reservation days ago and then had to stand in the narrow entrance at Zola Bistro for 23 mins for nothing.
The drinks and coffee were excellent. I wish I liked the food more. My friend's breakfast was soupy and my omelette was tough and tasteless. Too bad! The menu makes everything sound so delicious but the reality at least as far as the food goes is something different.
Our international group of 16 women met for lunch on March 1st. Everyone was very pleased with their food and the service. The restaurant gave us separate checks, which we very much appreciated, although it was a lot of work for them. There is ample free parking near the restaurant.
Perfect Late Lunch in ending our 3 day Valentine's Mini Vacay! Everything on the menu from their French press coffee to their Steak Burger is top notch! local ingredients and a true gem in Ann Arbor. I highly recommend you try anything that includes their Steak, BLT paired with their tasty French fries with their to die for Flourless Choc Desert!
Great quality food, prepared perfectly, every time. I've dined here several times and the food never disappoints. From the sweet and savory crepes, the market salad with Chicken, sandwiches and omelettes, can make it hard to decide what to order. Ambience is light, airy and I always look forward to dine here. Great to meet up with friends and enjoy a wonderfully, tasty meal.
We are regulars at Zola Bistro.... for a reason. I love the modern and open decor, the laid back and easy feel, and of course the great food. Easy parking is a huge plus.
Overall, yesterday the food did not disappoint. The Turkish eggs did not live up to our expectations, but the Moroccan salmon is one of the BEST dishes I have eaten! We will back to visit this neighborhood gem soon
Zola Bistros attention to quality of food and how it's prepared in the kitchen is clearly a lower quality than Zola Cafe. We frequent both restaurants enough to definitely say there is a difference. Additionally the seating that backs right up to the servers stand is not good at all.
We were disappointed that the short ribs on was no longer on the menu (it was still showing it online). Our waiter was a not as attentive as we would have liked (ie., I think we are out of knives. We said, can you go look for some?) I thought the blood orange martini lacked flavor (not enough of the blood orange flavor came thru). We ordered mostly small plates and shared. I would say that they were pretty good. We all ordered the desserts. One of the crepe desserts wasn't stellar - the crepe tasted and looked like it wasn't cooked enough. The creme brûlée didn't have enough sweetness to it. Also, the restaurant is quite expensive so I would only recommend this place as a special occasion place for dinner.
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