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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
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.
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...,
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