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 decided to give the Zola Bistro a 2nd chance after writing a scathing review about a year ago, when the restaurant was crowded and service was the worst we've experienced in years.
Last night the large restaurant was quite empty. Our waitress was friendly and checked in on us during the meal. We ordered simple, but the red lentil soup was unique and good, the lamb "cigars" in phyllo dough were excellent and both our salads were fresh and crispy.
What will probably make us think twice about returning is the price. Really quite expensive for each item and I didn't see a glass of wine on the menu for less than$12/glass.
So, for us, they are now batting .500, but I'm concerned about value in a town with lots of competition.
The salmon hash was incredible, the horseradish dill sauce was phenomenal and the hot mocha was fantastic! BUT, here are a few negatives about the visit:
-Reservations - we made a reservation on opentable for noon (as recommended for Sunday brunch) but we still had to wait a half hour for a table to be ready. The waiting area is TINY and so your awkwardly standing around the hostess area staring at people while they eat or standing at the end of someone's table. The bar was packed so we had no where else to go.
-Service - Service was literally atrocious. Took 15 minutes to get our coffee and over an hour for mostly cold food! Refills for pop took forever. Also, it seemed like they brought things when they were ready or had time, our waitress brought coffee, then 10 minutes later the mocha, then a few minutes later came the pop. Same for the food. Would've been nice to get everything at once......
-Price - the menu is definitely pricey for the portions. BUT - the 15$ for the Salmon Hash is well worth it! Thank god that was warm when it was brought to the table, since the other two orders came cold. The Mocha was exceptional (but exceptionally overpriced) since it was almost 5$ for a large mug.
-Cold Food - Yes, two out of three plates were cold. Thank god the Salmon Hash was warm, but the Quince Pancakes were pretty cold when set on the table, and the BLT was ice cold. And it sucks when you order a nice drink to go with your meal but by the time the meal comes, you've either drank it or its ice cold. And there was no way we were going to let our food get cold(er) while we waited another 20 minutes for another drink!
I loved the food but it was very crowded. I had to move my chair a lot to make room for people walking by. I think you need less tables. I was also too close to the table next to me and could hear their conversation. Someone next to me even interrupted my conversation with my date because they could hear us!
Very nice meal with excellent service. Very busy for Sunday Brunch and I was disappointed that with my open table reservation I still had to wait 30 minutes. It seemed that they seated people in the order they arrived, regardless of reservation. Food was worth the wait, however.
Arrived over 5 min early for Sunday Brunch and waited 30 mins to get to a table. Then waited for order to be taken, and when food arrived, eggs were warm, not hot. We sat at table waiting for credit card pick up over 10 mins. Waitress said they had over 100 late/ same day reservations. Staff were working hard, just too many customers for kitchen and wait staff, and too many jamming in front of restaurant for those eating right there.
Not the first time this happened, but will be the last...food really good, they just need to fix how many they can handle!
The restaurant was empty as we went in the middle of the day on a Tuesday and the service was so fast. We had salads and they were brought to us within two minutes. No kidding! The waitress was attentive and accommodating and we sat for quite awhile and talked. No one bothered us. I prefer this location rather than downtown because it is more open and I feel it is lighter and cleaner.
This restaurant was advertised as Mediterranean. However, I saw few if any Med food options. I ordered a $15 Mediterranean Chicken salad. The greens were bitter and there was nothing more on them than chicken that had no special flavor. I did not take the Turkish vinegarette. I asked for anything else. The waitress said she gave me blue cheese but it tasted like chip dip. The menu looked more French with expensive crepes and waffles. I'm glad we tried it but won't be returning.
We made a second visit to Zola's Bistro during a two week visit from our daughter and 5 year old grandson because we'd had such a good experience the first time. The menu is not extensive but changes sufficiently that we all found delicious choices the second time also. We've now had mussels verde twice (grandson recommended them to his aunt), Kobe burger twice (I recommended them to my husband), and one time each for the porkchop and the pulled pork sandwich. Portions are generous and reasonably priced, seasonings are well done, and the waitstaff are very accommodating. This place must treat them well, because they really seem to enjoy their work.
My history at Zola Bistro has been mixed. Been there several times for brunch as Zola's downtown omelets are fabulous. At Zola Bistro, they have been mediocre at best--over cooked even when asked for softly cooked.
This week we went for a birthday dinner. My husband is on crutches; the host was great as was our server. She handled many requests with cheer and good humor as well as competence. Dinner which varied from crab cakes (good) the special trout (mediocre and somewhat flavorless) to salmon (also mediocre) and an angus burger (the same which is extraordinary given how easy it is to make angus burgers very good). I was very disappointed as our usual dining experiences have been positive at the Bistro. I hope it was a bad night
This is one of my fav restaurants in AnnArbor for breakfast/brunch. Not only do they take reservations but they also have a varied menu and excellent coffee. The wait staff is always personable, friendly and accommodating. All four of us were happy with our entrees - Mediterranean chicken salad, artichoke omelette, waffles with ice cream and the Kobe burger. Zola keep doing what you're doing!
The menu selection is good. The portions can be a little on the small size for some dishes and way too big for other dishes. The lack of consistency is a little confusing since it can be hard to order the correct food for your hunger level. Also, for a place with this good of food, I wish the crepes were a little more of the Parisian style. The coffee and teas are amazing. They have the best Chai Lattes around.
Went to the Bistro for the 2nd time and for the 2nd time, the food was terrible. I love Zola Café downtown, but this 'extension' leaves a lot to be desired. I ordered the BLT and the bacon came out burned to a frazzle. There were fries that had to be sent back once, but came out of the kitchen as though they just microwaved them to make them warmer. Terrible Terrible Terrible. I cannot recommend this to anyone who wants a good meal.
Although I have eaten at their sister restaurant Zola, I had never considered the Bistro. Picking up our very tired daughter and five year old grandson from a long travel day, this was a convenient spot. At 6 pm it was fairly quiet. The menu was very interesting, and we each found something unusual. We shared a roasted vegetable salad (very tasty) and tried each other's main courses. They included mussels for our grandson, a Kobe beef burger for me, a salad for our daughter and a perfectly seasoned a cooked pork chop. Bread, supplied by Zingerman's, was great, as were the olives that accompanied it. Our server, Megan, was very accommodating and patient and made good suggestions.
I loved the food the last time I visited this place - Sunday brunch with pancakes. The next time, I visited for Dinner, and was slightly disappointed with the menu. I ended up ordering one app- Shrimp Taco and a salad.
The salad was basic and nothing worthy of discussion (mesclun, other leaves) but the dressing they'd provided paired fantastically with the bread! However, the shrimp taco, while d-e-licious, was just that - a taco (ONE taco), which I think is unfair if you're charging me $8 for the dish. It had slices of mango and a few shrimp pieces in it, but just seemed too pricey - or they should have given a pair of tacos.
We dined on Father's Day, but were there to celebrate my mom's birthday. The place was packed and we waited 15 minutes past our reservation time for a table, but the staff was on top of things, efficient and friendly. Once seated, we received stellar service and the food was fantastic. Notable dishes were the watermelon gazpacho, which was spicy and complex and the apricot French toast.
Even with reservation, we had to wait around 15 min. It's really uncomfortable to wait inside. The waiting area is very reduced and if it's raining you have to wait inside no matter what. Food was great, kids menu no offered at the entrance, no available in the main menu.
Our reservation was for 11:00 but we weren't seated until close to noon. They kept saying they were getting our table ready, but really they were just stringing us along. The music was too loud to hear the person next to me and they didn't turn it down when I requested. The food was mediocre--definitely not worth the wait. They never offered an explanation or any sort of compensation for the poor service. We will never go back.
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