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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
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.
We went after HS graduation for an early dinner. This has been a favorite brunch spot of mine, but dinner did not have as many options for our vegetarian graduate. I asked the server for recommendations for her or what could be adapted and all she did was direct me to a couple appetizers. We instead figured out on our own and asked for a panini sandwich without the chicken, and add a tomato instead. Also disappointed when I asked the server to describe the taste or type of liquor a couple ingredients that were in a cocktail that I didn't recognize, she told me she didn't know, hadn't had the drink, but that no one had ever complained about the drink. Well it turned out to have a very licorice flavor to it, which I don't love, but I drank anyway since it was a $15 cocktail. Food was excellent, great decor in this restaurant, but service a bit disappointing on this occasion.
We are regulars at Zola Bistro. On the whole the food was good, but the new menu is quite lacking in vegetarian options. Having eaten good vegetarian food at Zola Bistro before, this was surprising.
Even though the restaurant was not full, service today was quite slow.
Zola is a solid place to eat. The food is presented nicely and is very fresh. The servings are generous. The energy is great, the waitstaff is friendly and the ambiance is contemporary without being pretentious. I have only visited twice, but I do suspect that I would frequent it quite regularly if I lived in the area. No complaints.
Zola Bistro was the perfect setting for a Mothers' day meal! The new menu is creative, especially the appetizers. You can make a meal out of the appetizers alone! Great mocktails, which was a plus for the kids! A true neighborhood gem. One of our favorite places to dine in Ann Arbor! I just wish the Moroccan salmon was still on the menu...,
I was very unimpressed with Zola Bistro's dinner option. They were way overpriced for the actual food we were served, we ordered salads and one was literally a chunk of mozzarella in a pool of olive oil and was not cheap. Would definitely not eat here again for dinner.
Good food but a little overpriced and terribly, terribly noisy. The servers did bend over backwards to try to make our group as comfortable as possible, but literally were bumping into our chairs as they had to squeeze their way around all the tables crammed in. Not great ambience - just tables in a cavernous room.
Drinks were terrible - food was OK. The drinks we ordered were not complicated - they were just made very poorly and served in water glasses not cocktail glasses. The martini was made badly and the manhattan was so sweet it was almost undrinkable. The dinners were OK - scallops were good, the other dishes were not memorable - that says it all. We loved Zola downtown and were very disappointed with the new bistro.
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.
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