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
82 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)great for brunch (38)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (24)special occasion (23)good for groups (18)great for lunch (15)romantic (14)great for outdoor dining (11)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Good but easily could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went on the recommendation of a friend.. I can see how it could be a great spot, but so many misses. First, I like small places, but not where they choose to cram more people than they should into the space. I felt like I couldn't budge. Service - requisite young ladies (only one guy) dressed in black, of course. Our server (the guy) was great for the first part, but service waned at the end. I saw few smiles (even just polite ones) which is sad. The food was fine and the wine list was pretty good. Portions are smallish, so get appetizers. We went on a Saturday night, I might be inclined to try it out on a less busy weeknight to see if it improves.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Place is going downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This place used to be a favorite for us especially for breakfast/brunch. We went for dinner on a Saturday night with an early 6:30pm reservation. We ordered our appetizers and food at the same time as we were kind of pressed for time. It took over an hour for our entrees to come out. Our waitress when she did bother to come around never had an update for us. Finally, she come by and let us know our entrees are up next. 10 minutes later 3 of the 4 entrees come out and the fourth finally comes out 5 minutes after that. The table next to us was also have the same issue. It just seems that since they opened the second location they seemed to be stretched thin. Sad because this was one of our favorite places to go.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Generous portions
    Nicki
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overall the food was good and the service was sound. The portions seemed more generous than I expected which is always a nice surprise. Great fries and mussels. A little disappointed with the crab cakes (too much filler). The antipasto plate looked good, but did not try it. A nice place to share small plates.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, worst service ever
    Andrew
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've been to Zola a few times now, and the great food has kept me coming back and giving it a second and third and fourth chance, but this was my last time there. Servers are great, food is delicious, but we were seated almost an hour after our reservation time, sat there for another 20 minutes before someone took our orders, and didn't get our food for another 90 minutes after that. We were even there for a special occasion, something they knew and assured us would be no problem. Nope. They overbook the restaurant and the customers are left hungry. Ridiculous.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Slow Service
    Irvinegary
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We made a reservation for Friday night knowing downtown Ann Arbor Arbor can be quite crowded when there is a UM home football game. We arrived right on time for our 7:30 PM reservation and were told it would be "just a few minutes." We were finally seated at 8:10 PM. We ordered a bottle of wine but decided to skip appetizers and go straight to entrees. The wine list has extensive selections from several notable wine regions around the world, although it is a bit expensive. The wait for our food stretched to an hour and a half. Our waitress was friendly and apologetic but not being served until nearly 1 PM was disappointing to say the least. The food, however, was outstanding. Recommend the steak frites and Brick Oven chicken
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awful experience
    dissatisfied
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I booked a reservation for 7:30 for 4 and by 9:00 I had still not sat down. The hostess was nowhere to be found and when she was at the desk, she would not indicate how long the wait was. it is not ok that I made a reservation and was not seated. it shouldn't matter how busy a night is, if you have a reservation, a table should be reserved.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Near perfect
    retfernlib
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Other than waiting almost 30 minutes for our appetizer (the delicious eggplant spread) due to some staff issue in the kitchen, the meal was near perfect. Best meatball I ever had, hands down. I did mention to the waitress that the salted caramel drizzle on our apple galette was too salty (couldn't taste the sweet) and only described as caramel (not salted) on the menu (not a big fan of salted caramel myself). Service was excellent and, as we were seated at 5:30, noise level not too high. And the Montepulciano wine was scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but AWFUL service
    aadiner
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was excellent, but the service made it an awful experience! We had a reservation for 11:15 and were not seated until 12:00. Go only if you can waste your day waiting
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    service was so bad. sat down for dinner at 9:15 got served appetizer 10:00, served dinner 10:30, brought french fries out first, then waited 10 minutes for 2 entrees then waited for the 3rd…So disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prepare for a crowd
    LCHP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We arrived at 10:15 on a Sunday morning with a reservation for 8 people. We had downsized to 6 but still had to wait for a solid half hour for a table. We were lucky. There were patrons lined down the block for entry. Despite the crowd and the noise level--very loud--the service and the food were excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meal; I particularly enjoyed the Turkish eggs. We enjoyed a civilized brunch; no attempt was made to speed us through our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not respect reservation
    Eatlanta
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    While it was a busy game day in Ann Arbor, we made our 9pm reservation weeks in advance but were essentially turned away by the mob at the door. Cafe Zola was running at least 45 minutes behind, highly likely because they gave our table to large numbers of walk-ins earlier. Unfortunately the host/reception was cold and defensive so we'll never go back. There are plenty of alternative restaurants who will want our future business. Speaking of which, LOGAN restaurant, directly across the street, was AMAZING! Modern menu and delightful service. They scrambled to accommodate our group of 8 when Zola didn't care. We'll be regulars at Logan for more amazing tempura, ceviche, housemade pasta and scallops -- and smiles from the staff.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    AstronginVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had made a reservation far in advance for dinner over University of Michigan's parent weekend. We got caught in horrible traffic trying to get to the restaurant & called to tell them we would be late. They not only honored our reservation but did not make us wait when we finally got there a half hour late. In addition to the exceptional food & service they are truly outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You're gonna like this place
    MaplewoodNJ
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Cafe Zola is one of our favorites whenever we are in Ann Arbor. They do things right, whether its breakfast or dinner. Had the Turkish Eggs in the morning and the Branzino at night this past time . . . both were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor planning - horrible management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was Parent's Weekend. Yes, it was going to be crowded- we were prepared for that. I made reservations, we were seated within 30 minutes of our reservation. Not so bad yet. Service started off good, she took our order promptly. Our wine was brought right away. Apps took a little longer than normal and 90 min later the entrees never arrived, the server disappeared, the apps were never cleared, we were never offered more bread, another drink order, nothing! Clearly a major break down in the kitchen - but just communicate! After the hour and a half, we asked a manager if our food was coming out soon (as we couldn't find our sever anywhere), there was no apology and no explanation. Really? Finally after a two hours we left. Hungry.
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  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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!
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    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
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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
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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
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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!
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    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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • 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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    • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • 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
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  • Great food with amazing service.
    Guill
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Place was packed (restaurant week). Food was great and service top notch.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    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
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    • 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.
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    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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    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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 15 reviews are from the Cafe Zola reviews archive.