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
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..
We have been to Zola Bistro many times a ...
We have been to Zola Bistro many times and have always had a wonderful meal! The service has been great and the food delicious. This time was a big disappointment. We were bringing one of our friends for the first time. We had a server who was training someone and you could tell from the beginning they were not getting along. The tension between them was extremely visible and made the meal uncomfortable. You could hear them arguing as they walked away from the table. It was very unprofessional. Two of the individuals in our group ordered the lamb chops and there was little meat on them. This is not what I expected from this restaurant. They both left hungry, we stopped somewhere else for dessert and so they could eat dinner. I had the chicken wings on the seasonal menu and they had very little flavoring. It was an ok dish. Not one I would order again. The watermelon salad was amazing to start! Before this meal I would have have highly recommended people go to Zola Bistro. This meal left me extremely unhappy and I am unsure if I will return.
Our meal was great but our server was ho ...
Our meal was great but our server was horrible. We tried to make allowances for the fact that the restaurant was very busy but after waiting 20 minutes for him to come back and take our order we hunted him down and then he said he would be right there and we had to hunt him down again 5 minutes later. My side salad never arrived despite me mentioning it multiple times. The server finally brought my salad as I was finishing my main course. We had to wait 40 minutes for water and asked for it multiple times.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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