Cafe Zola
Cafe Zola

Cafe Zola

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafezola.com/
  • Phone: 7347692020x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Daily: 7:00am-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: 5:00pm-6:30pm, bar area only
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, International, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are many locations to park nearby. Metered parking is available on the streets surrounding Cafe Zola. Parking is free on Sundays. The closest public lots are on West Washington between 4th Street and Main Street and on the corner of Ashley and West Washington.
A word from Cafe Zola
Café Zola is an independently owned and operated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in downtown Ann Arbor. 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. Café Zola’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features artisanal cocktails, happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world. We accept reservations for parties of six or more for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. We accept reservations for groups of two or more for dinner and weekday brunch. We are also glad to accommodate large groups and special occasions. If you need a reservation for a large group or special event, please contact us directly.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Cafe Zola reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (44)great for brunch (38)special occasion (25)neighborhood gem (23)hot spot (22)good for groups (20)great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (15)romantic (13)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Reservation?
    OnTheClock
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Cafe Zola has been a brunch favorite for many years! However, this visit was the first time we made a reservation for a party of 8. However, it seemed that the reservation time was meaningless and seemed smaller groups & one large group was seated before our reservation time was honored. I would suggest that the restaurant and/or Open Table not offer reservation service if the time is not going to be reasonably honored.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long waits...
    MonteRosa
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We arrived 5 minutes before our brunch reservation, were told it will be a 10 minutes wait. We were seated 35 minutes later, it was crowded. Wait staff was friendly and breakfast items were good. I had mentioned we were celebrating a birthday on the reservations. The management didn't do anything with that information. Overall not bad, though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden treasure for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everyone knows about CZ for brunch but no one thinks of it for dinner. Excellent food choices. Great drinks. Good portions for everyone....not too much for me and my husband never leaves hungry. In the past, my only complaint has been the super slow service. The other night our server (wish I knew her name) was outstanding. Fingers crossed they have improved their service across the board because the whole experience was phenomenal on Friday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, as usual
    Phoodiepan
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This among our favorite place to dine, especially for brunch. The quality is consistently very good - it is an easy decision to go to Zola because of this. The price is reasonable. For brunch I always pick an omelette dish, this time I had the Southwestern Omelette. It came with some fried rosemary potatoes on the side. I like the omelette with a little spice from the chillies and the chorizo. Overall a very satisfying taste, nothing overwhelming or underwhelming, just a good Labor Day brunch. No doubt we will be going back there more times especially since our daughter goes to school in Ann Arbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    GoBlue87VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always great food, always great coffee, always great service, always very noisy, but always a favorite. Brunch at Zola is always a treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best mimosas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for a girls brunch. The service for the 10 of us was perfect. The food came out fast and our mimosa and coffee glasses were never empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative Menu/Lame Execution
    GenuinePerspective
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Maybe our expectations were way too high coming in, but our food was terrible. Way, way too salty, dish after dish, overcooked or undercooked. The one exception, my eggs came out sunny and drippy when I ordered over-hard. Our disappointment was not just with our dishes ordered. While we love and encourage creativity, we really had to work our way through the menu to find a dish that did not add that extra ingredient that ruined the idea. Maybe they are trying to hard. We would have been better off with the free waffles and powdered eggs at the hotel.
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  • Fun Saturday night
    NanDavidVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had another fantastic dinner - this time with out of town guests. We did ask the admin who seats diners for a different table and she said it was for someone with a reservation. After I told her that we also had a reservation, she gave us the table that wasn't right in the main traffic area and we were happy. That other table sat empty for nearly an hour -- so our 'better' table must have had a reservation for 8:00 compared to our 7:00. I don't know why restaurants do this. Anyway, we were really happy with our meal and proud to show off Ann Arbor once again! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food great, service average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was super, the server was extremely polite but not very attentive. The restaurant was not very busy on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mreater
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Pleasant place to have brunch and dinner. Have been there a couple times for brunch. I wouldn't rate the food as great, but good. I have been there for dinner too, and as I recall (it's been a while) the food was a bit better then. Nevertheless, a very pleasant place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Helpful staff, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had a reservation for 12 people and when our party grew at the last minute, the staff were willing to find a way to squeeze two more people into our table. I've always enjoyed the food here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    NanDavidVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a terrific dinner at Cafe Zola last week with our niece and her boyfriend. The food was so delicious that we were able to get our cautious eater to try lots of new things -- even a raw oyster. We had a blast. It was a really fun night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing night, usually good
    AAENT
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I absolutely love Zola's for brunch, and I generally have had good dinner experiences. This time, service was very slow and curt. I don't know if our waitress was serving too many tables or what was going on. It was disappointing, particularly because we were there for a birthday dinner, and it was just stressful. The food was also generally dry and wrongly seasoned. I got the special, and the fish was very overdone, dry, and overseasoned. On the other end, my husband's chicken was bland. We decided to go elsewhere for dessert because the whole experience was just disappointing. I don't know which was worse- the service or the food. I'll be back for brunch, but I'm done with dinners.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A32167
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Cafe Zola is one of the few places to go in Ann Arbor, when you want a good dining experience. The food is interesting, the place is not overly expensive - it is the right place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Satisfied Overall
    golflady123
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was my first time at Café Zola along with 3 other people. We all enjoyed our menus and the food was appealing and very tasteful. I thought the menu had a lot to offer; food and drinks. The service was good for being in a very busy atmosphere. Everyone was on their toes to make sure your meal was on time and warm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accommodation
    dining4fun
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We appreciated Cafe Zola's attention detail. The food was great and our waitress (Hannah) lived up to every aspect of great customer service. We weren't sure if they would seat us near a window like I asked on the Open Table website. They did and the table was nestled, warm and comfortable. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Zola is a gem
    Peter
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Continental experience and extraordinary for the Michigan
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Third time in love
    Hauberk
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I have been to this restaurant thrice. Once for breakfast and once for dinner and this was my third time in which I brought two friends with me and raved about the Salmon Burgers. They were not disappointed. Our service from Jessica was on spot and the tea was delicious. I have nothing bad to say and I will come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just outstanding
    LAN62
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I went to Cafe Zola with a group of colleagues. We had a wonderful dining experience. Every dish was wonderful including the salads. The restaurant staff was very accommodating for an extra person who would be joining us late. They immediately sat him, took his order, and his food came with the rest of our meals. Overall, this is a terrific dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet dinner
    JtrooVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had a nice quiet dinner with friends. It was actually pretty empty on a Saturday at 8:30. The food was great though. We had the octupus, crab cakes, and goat cheese apps. We each had salads, the caprese, lyonnaise, and arugala. We also tried the trout special, cavolo nero pasta, and tuna entrees. They were all delicious. The drinks were also delicious and the service was right on.
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  • Great food
    Adam
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great food! Its a good value for the price, try the specials or go for brunch. They generally have good service too. Their drinks are good prices compared to other places in town
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food with amazing service.
    Guill
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Place was packed (restaurant week). Food was great and service top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restuarant week
    YummyTiramsu
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Sunday was a great night to go to Zola's for Restuarant week. Portions were large and the food, service and all were outstanding. We were so happy with it all we went back on Tuesday and were dissappointed. Portions of some of the same foods were much smaller, and while the service was still outstanding, it just wasn't the same. My friend got the trout this time and the green leafy things in it were NOT good. The Goat Cheese with Fig and Hazelnut was amazing, the Brick Chicken dish Amazing, Kale pesto with Gluten Free pasta amazing. Caprese was good, but salt crystals were a surprise - making me wonder at first why the mozzarella was crunchy! If they made GF crepes we would have stayed for dessert but alas journeyed to what crepe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Hit
    Bruno
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Zolas is always good for dinner. Too many people think of it for breakfast only. But the restaurant week offerings were particularly attractive. Highly recommend for those planning ahead to January.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new salad in town - Lyonaise
    Peter
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    There is a dearth of interesting and delicious salads in Ann Arbor Example - no salad nicoise
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chem4life
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food was all good but it wasn't spectacular and perhaps a little over priced. The service however was pretty horrible. Our server left finished plates on the table after bringing the next course. He only came to take our order and deliver food with no check ins to see how we were doing in between. It took almost twenty minutes after we finished eating for him to come with the bill. For the price, while the food was pretty good, I would have expected better service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • STARSMORE
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    For the prices they want to charge, they have to serve much better food than they do... Breakfast sounded so good on paper..Rosemary potatoes..They seemed to be rewarmed in the micro , and were rubbery and lukewarm at that.. not crispy at all.. Bacon, not the thick slices the menu wanted you to believe..Over easy eggs, meant runny almost raw to them, and no taste. Coffee is a very personal taste, so comment on that...But NO ONE should charge 3:50 for a cup..that is nuts... just wrong. It is not special in any way.. I will not spend that kind of money for un inspired food. Sorry...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EaturfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I used to enjoy Café Zola, but the last three attempts there have been disappointing. On the last occasion, I had a reservation for 12 people. When we arrived on time, we were told that our table was not ready, and it was uncertain how long our wait would be. We were told, at least, 15 minutes. There is nowhere for a party of 12 to wait, especially in the summer when there are tables outside. We went down the street to another restaurant. The staff acted incredulous that we did not want to wait. On two other recent occasions, the service was slow and very inattentive. The food was unremarkable. It is almost always noisy. I won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was just ok, a little boring and did not justify the price paid. Excellent service would have made up for some of this but that was not to be- the service was inattentive even though the restaurant was almost empty at the time we had dinner.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 12 reviews are from the Cafe Zola reviews archive.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Wonderful, fresh food! We all cleaned our plates!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Festive enough, but unpretentious. Menu and food were fine. Cocktails were very good. Server was great--attentive but not hovering. All in all, a good pick for a small group—family or friends—dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mother's Day dinner 2014
    Katiedid
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My appreciation for this gem never seems to diminish. Flavorful, fresh, local food. Oft times crowded, but worth the wait for the quality of the food. If in Ann Arbor, this is what I prefer. Service sometimes not great, but, hey, it is a college town, and the servers are wonderful to deal with. I suspect the kitchen is too small for the volume.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    JtrooVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Hadn't eaten dinner here in a while. It was actually not that busy when we went on a Saturday night at 8:30 but that made the service better. We had great cocktails with a midnight manhattan and zola Pimm's cup. For apps we had the peppadew peppers with lamb and tuna tartare which were tasty. We had the special for our entree which was a proscuitto wrapped trout and it came with pea shoots which I love. Everything was yummy including dessert, the bread pudding. Glad we came back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicely suprised
    Meggie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have eaten here for breakfast and enjoyed the new york feel of it with its extensive coffe and tea preperations. But dinner we had not tried. So this was a nice experience. The menu is varried and accomodating to every taste from steaks and burgers to procuto wrapped trout which we had and it was lick your plate wonderful. The pasta made for me Gluten free was rich and flavorful. Everything was great and well will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debs
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Restaurant was packed with hordes of people waiting outside. Once in the restaurant, we were also packed in like sardines. BUT the service was fabulous with a super friendly waitress and the food was first class. Their special lavender honey latte was incredible. Well worth the wait!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner. I had the whole fresh fish served in parchment-oustanding!! It was seasoned just right and cooked to perfection. Tuna Tartare-do die for! The mussels were good-fresh but lacked a little flavor. No worries though everything else was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Yummy!
    sdaaVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is one of my go to places in Ann Arbor--great service, interesting & tasty food, always yummy!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timers
    NFHU
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    although our location in the back of the restaurant was not appealing the service and the comestibles were. The drinks and seafood entries were nicely done but the pasta not so much. service did not neglect us in spite of the poor location. On the whole, the four of us enjoyed our dining experience and will repeat it in the future.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, convenient part of town
    KEO1958
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We booked online which was easy. The seating was extremely cramped. The waiter was great. My food (shortribs with bruseel sprouts and garlic mashed potatoes) was terrific as was the eggplant crustini and the bread. A friend ordered antipasto and said it was fantastic. Another friend ordered halibut but it was not cooked well-lukewarm and not a good texture. My husband had a Kobe burger which he said was good but not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The menu and food were great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The menu and food were great. The tables are small and crowded! As long as you know what you're getting into, it's great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall