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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zola Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Loved our waiter Kelly. Food was excelle ...
Loved our waiter Kelly. Food was excellent ! I would come back and bring friends.
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)
The food was delicious and our server wa ...
The food was delicious and our server was prompt.
The chef prepares very imaginative dishes which may, sometimes, seem strange but everything I had was outstanding. I especially liked the lamb.
Great food, service and atmosphere! We e ...
Great food, service and atmosphere! We even brought a newborn and everything went well.
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.
Food is delicious – service excellent – ...
Food is delicious – service excellent – ambience very fun vibe. Highly recommend this restaurant. So many choices – something for everyone.
We had great drinks, a very good dinner ...
We had great drinks, a very good dinner and a wonderful waitress. The whole staff was attentive and professional. Glad that we took our out of town guests there!
Pre basketball dining
We love having Zola bistro in our neighbor. Love happy hour, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Poor service and cold hot food were the weak points in our visit.
Our party of four had a terrific meal during restaurant week -- steak, moroccan salmon, and a pasta dish. A relaxing evening with food that lived up to the original Zola reputation (and perhaps even exceeded it).
I went there for dinner with my friend. I ordered a salad with grilled salmon. The server brought out a salad with chicken. When I said I ordered salmon, it took her five seconds to change plate. Downside is I know they simply removed chicken and put the slab of salmon there. The salmon was a huge piece but too cold and tasteless. Plus I do not eat chicken at all so simply the knowledge that chicken was on that plate ruined the whole experience for me. This was not my first time at Zola but definitely my last.
Great appetizer: roasted cauliflower. Great Italian sausage side plate, excellent salads!
Bistro Zola is a pleasant place to eat
The four of us each enjoyed our meal. We appreciated the good service by the waitstaff and good food from the kitchen. It was not, hwever, a "destination restaurant". If we lived nearby, we would likely return often, bur we live 45 minutes away.
We had eaten at Zola Bistro before while in A2 and honestly it was just OK. We went back primarily because it was the only place we could get in with a party of 20 on a football weekend. Well I have to say the food was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing. Granted the restaurant was half empty, most likely from poor reviews and that it's not in downtown A2. It may wreck my chances to get a large table again, but go here and go back if you had a bad experience. I know ZB had received less than stellar reviews but I think they took things to heart and changed. Hats off!
Group of eight - Nice!
We had a very nice meal with a group of eight people. Service was fine and everyone enjoyed their food. It's the only place where I like the hamburgers (Kobe Beef!). At 6:30 on Wednesday; lots of space that evening.
Great location....amazing food!!the wait ...
Great location....amazing food!!the waitstaff was also very friendly. I came at an odd time - late afternoon. It was great to have a just place to work and enjoy my meal.
Great Food and service!
Great food and service. We love to go here for brunch, but I had a group going to the airport and we had just over an hour to grab a quick bite before a long evening flight. The staff was helpful and prompt. We had gourmet food and a quick turnaround - just what we needed!
Great dinner find!
A friend gave us a gift certificate for Zola Bistro so we decided to use it one night last week. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. Everything we had was excellent, the swordfish, the salmon, the salads, the calamari appetizer. The other really great thing about the restaurant is that it is not downtown so the parking is just great, pull in, park, go inside. I had heard that it was extremely loud, but it was not crowded that evening and so we could have a normal conversation. A little pricey, but a very enjoyable evening.
Great service. Hot cider w bourbon was ...
Great service. Hot cider w bourbon was awesome. Dates appetizer great!
Very good food, perhaps a bit overpriced
I've had brunch here twice, and dinner once. All three times we left satisfied by the food and drinks (the martinis are good and the wine list strong). It seems to be noisier at dinner, but not too bad. Service is generally top notch. A party of three for dinner cost us about $115.
Fun menu great food
We particulsrly enjoy ordering lots of the small plates and sharing. Desserts are incredible too
A long wait for average food led to disappointment. especially considering that Zola's downtown is so much better.
Hour and a half wait
We had made a reservation for 8pm however did not receive our food until 930pm. Our waitress was hardly apologetic and offered no form of compensation. This must have been due to slowness in the kitchen but it was extremely frustrating. The people at the table next to us even left after their appetizers because the wait was so long. This ruined the experience entirely and it was obvious that the plating of our food was rushed.
Our experience at Zola bistro was far from enjoyable. We arrived at 7:15 and were sat immediately, however our order was not taken h too steady 7:45, and our cold appetizers, who her our server forgot about, didn't come until 8:45, and our entrees finally arrived at 9:10, ridiculous! To top it off, one person in our party found a button in her salad, though they comped the entree, the didn't insist on giving her a replacement or any other food to apologize. Lastly, we were celebrating two birthdays, however neither wanted to stay for cake and singing, knowing it would take another hour!
I love both Zola restaurants and not onl ...
I love both Zola restaurants and not only because the martini shaker is left on the table, which means you can fill your glass at least twice. The menu is very interesting with lots of choices, and the service is friendly and helpful. The decor is not what you'd call cozy or intimate and the noise level can be high when the restaurant is crowded, but on this night there were few diners and it was quiet. We'll be back.
Dinner with girlfriends
Our group of five dined on a Friday night. There was a great deal of table talk before we settled down to order. Our waitress was wonderful - very patient and understanding. We asked for separate checks and the restaurant was very accommodating. We started with the chickpea appetizer. I didn't think much of it when we ordered but wow it was good. I will definitely order it again. Everyone tried a different entree and no one was disappointed. I loved the small plates that they have introduced to the menu. Two of us had the fish tacos, one ordered the salmon burger, one blackened chicken panni and one order of the mussels. A roasted cauliflower dished was shared and delicious. Everyone was pleased and talking about a return visit.
A good fit for the younger crowd
The food overall was good. The fried chick peas looked yummy and I liked the crunchiness but lacked flavor and could've been more salty and spicy. The salmon, mixed green salad, Parmesan frites and blue crab cakes with the sauces were all tasty. My companion loved her hibiscus inspired cocktail. Being an older person I did not like the background techno music as it's assaulting on my nerves and not a good choice for dining. The acoustics of the space really carried the screeching noises of two babies sitting away from us. Some good, some bad but overall this would be a good fit for gen-x'ers and millennials.
Table was not ready until 30 minutes aft ...
Table was not ready until 30 minutes after our reservation. We ordered small nibble starters which were received one hour and five minutes later. Noise level was deafening: we couldn't carry on conversation during our very long wait. Some of the food was quite good but most rather ordinary. Not worth the wait.
Great gatherine with old friends
We reconnected with a group of old friends and Zola Bistro -- they were all driving to the AA area from the east side. This is a great location out of the hustle & bustle of downtown AA. Though it was a comfortable summer evening, we opted to sit inside as we loved the open airy vibe and décor. We had a couple of very picky eaters in our party but the menu offered something for everyone. Entire group was raving about their individual choices -- amazing meld of flavors, solid presentation, ideal portion sizes (be them entrees or small plates). Our server was fun and attentive to our whole group -- we lingered for a long time after our meal and never felt rushed out the door.
Always worth a visit
Meals are well prepared and ample. The wait staff is both personable and knowledgeable.
My wife found Zola's when searching for an all Organic restaurant. All items on the menu are either all organic, GMO free and hormone free. We have found our new spot for date night. Great service, great food, a little tough to find the first time going there but well worth the search.
Almost Always Excellent
We go to Zola Bistro quite often. We probably have eaten there four times in the past two months. Since we live in a town that has many excellent dining selections, our frequent return to Zola Bistro is because of its excellence. The one weakness of this particular evening was that our waitperson was inattentive and forgetful. This, too, is very untypical. I do not want to make an issue of it for that reason. When you go to Zola Bistro, you will find the food to be excellent. Whether you order their vegetarian selections, their salads, their seafood, their meat and poultry dishes, or whether you just go for a dessert (among other desserts, they make wonderful crepes), you will be pleased. The ambiance and the space are also excellent. So if you just want to relax over a cocktail, Bistro Zola is a great place to go.
overpriced, seriously small plates
I was unsatisfied with my overall experience at Zola Bistro. The oysters were not seperated from their shells, the mussels lacked flavor depth, the special small plate of avocado topped with lobster left much to be desired at $14 for a 1/2 of an avocado accompanied by mayo doused lobster salad, and the lamb small plate was fair to be kind. The vegetable small plate of spinach and edamame and the spring salad were fair. Four of us paid nearly $200 with only 2 alcoholic drinks on our bill, and left hungry so we headed to Frita Batidos downtown for a late snack. The service was diligent and attentive but the stress from an overly swamped kitchen spilled onto the guest floor within the waitress' and hostess' demeanor as our dishes arrived to the table in poor order, delivered with a message that our server " just wanted to start bringing us something" Good thing for the complimentary bread basket- we asked for a second!
Very hopeful, but experience missed the mark!
I have great memories from Cafe Zola in Downtown Ann Arbor and was very excited to try their new, sheik suburban spot on Washtenaw Ave with an exciting menu and great design! Unfortunately, the food really fell flat, with overpriced, undersized, cold, and undervalued entrees. We love the owner, concept, and overall approach - but wish Zola would take a page from their Zingerman's neighbor to offer better quality and value in all their offerings. Still very hopeful, but won't be going back for a while...
The food is hit or miss but it is a good restaurant overall.
Had a great experience at Zola Bistro. ...
Had a great experience at Zola Bistro. Our meals were excellent and our server was great--friendly and helpful in a very professional way.
quartinos and fries
Wine in quartino size allows sharing and sampling of more great choices. The fries (both sweet potato and parmesan) are to die for...no I am serious, they are very, very good and the dipping sauces very tasty. Have eaten here before and the food is very good, but this time it was just for appetizers and drinks. We were very pleased with the quality and service. We'll be back!
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