We came on a Monday night
We came on a Monday night for our Anniversary (and got engaged later that evening). The service was above par and we really appreciated our waiters education and attention to detail. We will continue to go back for special occasions. This was our third time going, and you haven't failed us yet!
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful dining in State College!
We dined at Zola's during a recent parent's weekend at Penn State. Wanted special occasion dining and Zola's certainly fit the bill. Service was prompt and friendly. The dining room and particularly the enclosed patio room are elegant and sufficiently roomy. Each dish we tried was outstanding, the only exception being the prosciutto wrapped shrimp appetizer that came with an strong tangy sauce that overwhelmed the dish a bit. We were too full for dessert so I can't comment. Perhaps a little overpriced but overall a fine choice among the somewhat limited State College high end dining options Would definitely return and would highly recommend Zola's to others if they are looking for a great meal in a lovely setting in Stats College!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ever since our daughter became
Ever since our daughter became a student at Penn State we have had dinner here at least twice a year. The food is delicious and the service is fine. The service tends to become less focused on you towards the end of your meal. But I recommend Zolas to everyone I know looking for a great restaurant in State College, we have never had anything but an acceptional meal!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The tasting menu is delicious
We got the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. It was very delicious. The beef wellington (6th) might have been a little overcooked. But everything else was quite good and the lamb chops (3rd) and asparagus with a fried egg and asparagus soup (5th) were outstanding.
Each of the wine pairings were interesting went quite well with their meals and a delicious ice wine came with dessert.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great experience every time!
I do not know of anyone who has not enjoyed eating at Zola! The food is fabulous, the ambiance great, but it is a bit pricey, unless you go for lunch during the week, during which it is very reasonable. I highly recommend this restaurant.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best downtown.
The best in the downtown State College area. Very good food well presented by skilled servers. Extensive wine list fairly priced. Energetic noise level. The best tables are in the window area. RGinTally
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the food in this restaurant.
Love the food in this restaurant. If you want something different and fantastic, this is the place to go!!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Zola's is a wonderful place
Zola's is a wonderful place for couples or small groups of friends. Always appreciate their friendly service and great food offerings.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and wine
I would have like to have the food a little warmer - the sauce was essentially cold after a couple of minutes. However, it was my first time eating goat and it tasted nice. I thought the preparation was great, the food look nice on the plate, and the entree sides were well thought out.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Zola's in June
The food, as it has been in the past, in nothing short of spectacular. Have never had a problem here eveything is excellent.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Portions were exceptionally small this time around. Hoping for more.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zola New World Bistro is a great place when you want to treat yourself. The food is a bit pricey, but for very good reason -- it's AMAZING! They have a good selection that changes with the seasons, and they do a great job of incorporating local food. Our waitress was wonderful.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed an excellent dinner
We enjoyed an excellent dinner birthday celebration with our daughter.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
great experience overall
the service was almost perfect. the food was excellent and the time between courses was just right for enjoying each one. no need to rush here. will definitely go back for other special occasions
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The front room facing the
The front room facing the street is very nice and creates nice ambiance. Many people were dining outside which was more casual but would also be a nice change of experience. Food presentation was very appealing. My salmon was outstanding - best I've ever had with the sauce and accompaniments. My husband got jambalaya which he felt was not filling portion wise but tasty. We go there for special occasions. Waitress was pleasant and attentive. It was my 60th birthday - a very nice evening.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not as impressive as before
I dined at Zola on a Wednesday evening with a friend and her daughter. We sat outside, which was great for people watching. Zola is one of my favorite restaurants in State College, and the food was excellent, as usual, but the timeliness of the service was lacking, especially towards the end of the visit. We had the mushroom-truffle fondue, which was great, and I had the tempura sushi roll and baby greens salad. All were excellent and I would order all again. My friends had the crabcake and halibut and both really enjoyed theirs as well. One guest had the seasonal creme brulee- white chocolate strawberry, and it was very good. I'll go back, but would appreciate not having such a lengthy wait to get our check and finish.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We splurge once a year and this was it. Tasty .great service and a bit expensive.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the crabcake appetizer, the filet mignon for an entree, and the chocolate pomegranate creme brulee for dessert. They were all excellent. I also appreciate the online reservation system. It was a vast improvement over the previous system.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate here for our anniversary and were not disappointed at all. Perhaps the mussels appetizer could use a bit more refinement (I would have preferred a more delicate sauce), but everything else (asparagus with prosciutto and egg, duck breast with cherries, salmon with cream sauce) was spot on. All the flavors on the plate balanced beautifully with each other, and each bite was a pleasure. Service is attentive but not smothering. And we appreciated the thoughtful anniversary touch of placing lit candles on our desserts. Save room for the traditional creme brulee: it is fantastic.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been to Zola's several times and had wonderful experiences each time. The food is always perfect and the portions are just right as well. The friendly wait staff serves quietly but interacts as much or as little as we need at the time.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of the best in the area
Zola is a great place for fine dining and a special occasion. We've not been disappointed here. The food is great and the service is exceptional.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for lunch. Their 3 course lunch for 18 dollars is a steal for what you get. Great food and lovely ambience
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been coming to Arts
We've been coming to Arts Fest for years and have been wanting to try something new for dinner. As the ex PSU alum, I am tasked with finding the local restaurants. We were thrilled to have found Zola. Such an improvement over anything we had been having. It was delicious. Everyone was raving about their entrees. The service was outstanding and they pay attention to all the little details. It was a very pleasant way to end a long day of wandering the festival. We have found our new favorite in State College!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining in State college
We had a wonderful meal here while visiting PSU during Arts Fest. This is not our 1st time @ the restaurant and the experience was as good as I remember from previous visits. Everyone in our group of six enjoyed their meal immensely and because my husband and his friend were re-uniting with their friend after 40 years, there was a lot of catching up to do: we were not rushed thru the meal or rushed at the end of the meal to give up our table. A very pleasant experience, all around. We would return in a minute.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The mac and cheese appetizer
The mac and cheese appetizer was very good. The salmon main was also very good. We always get the calamari and that has maintained its appeal over the years. They do seem to be hit or miss with some lower priced wines these days and at a 300% mark up they shouldn't run out, but this is the 3rd year in a row we came up dry for a second bottle. Still a gem though.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience at Zola was exceptional. My boyfriend and I went for dinner to celebrate one of our last nights in State College. We ate the clams, calamari salad, duck, snapper, and bananas foster- and all were exceptional. We also enjoyed an excellent bottle of wine as recommended by the bartender, Jason. Overall a phenomenal romantic experience that I would recommend to anyone- especially couples wanting to spend a special night out.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
As good as it gets
Great food, great service. The menu was fantastic and had just the right amount of choices and diversity. The wine list is as good as you'll find. The people behind the scenes who made Zola's a reality have what it takes to create a wonderful dining experience. The service was attentive and found that delicate path of offering great advice without making the recipient feel as though they are being spoken down to. No detail was left unpolished.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant in State College!
Wonderful dinner (spouse's birthday) at Zola's. Nice ambiance. We had reservations, and were treated to a table by the window. Added benefit is that is was a little quieter in front than in the main dining room.
Entire meal was excellent. Both the salmon and the risotto chicken were well prepared. Be warned that the chicken is quite spicy with the red pepper flakes! Blueberry crisp for dessert may have been the meal's highlight -- it was superb!
Service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing or too casual.
While not a cheap dinner, I felt it was good value -- if you want a nice evening out in State College, Zola's is a good place to start.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
State College Restaurants
This is the best restaurant in State College period!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party thoroughly enjoyed our food-- inventive, contemporary, tasty--- lovely place, lovely service, accomodating, super high quality food, and a real find for the Penn State area-- world class...
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in State College
A NYC quality restaurant in State College. Took my son and his friends there. At least I know the ate well for 1 night. :)
I will go there every time I come back to State College.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sophisticated Dining Alternative
Bustling, noisy and eclectic, Zola reminds me of a Cafe in Greenwich Village, including the prices! This is a refreshing alternative to the typical State College fast/bar food eatery, and it accepts reservations even on football weekends.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu is interesting and it is revised every few months.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even though the food was a little pricey, was extremely delicious and worth the money. However, the portions of some of the entree's could be a little bigger especially because of the prices.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big city quality in Central PA
We just relocated from one of the largest cities in the country to central Pennsylvania, and decided to give Zola a try. It was absolutely outstanding in every way.
We had an appetizer of scallops topped with foie gras. The scallops were extremely high quality and cooked to perfection, and the foie gras (of which we generally aren't the biggest fans) had amazing flavor and texture and added to the dish without detracting from the flavor of the scallops. Our entrees (grass fed filet mignon and gnocchi carbonara) and dessert (chocolate fondant) were also excellent.
Overall: The food was impeccable, the plating was artistic, and the service was great. We will definitely return!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, wonderful atmosphere, attentive wait staff. The best place in State College by far!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem at PSU
This restaurant has all of the qualities of fine dining and is right on the campus of Penn State University. The décor, food and staff were wonderful. The price was perfect and the fondue extraordinary.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, Zola after a Penn State football game was great. Service is always impeccable and menu creative.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant evening
We were able to park conveniently in the rear of the restaurant, were promptly seated, and asked for drink preference. My dining mate had oysters with a martini, both fine. I enjoyed the crabcake with a white wine, nice. For main courses we enjoyed an excellent steak and a pasta dish. Our server was friendly and efficient. Overall a pleasant evening.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special family night out
Had a great time a Zola once again. This time it was special for the whole family, not just the two of us, as is our routine. Food was good and the service was great.
Love the wine!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
State College Gem
We have been going to State College an average of 4 or 5 times a year for the past 30 plus years for the football games, and this is the best restaurant in State College bar none that we have experienced. If you want something different than bar food and just want to relax and have a fine meal without leaving State College, this is the place for you. The Snapper is one of their signature dishes and was absolutely fantastic as was the filet. The appetizers are also very good as is their wine list. We have a wonderful time at the restaurant and were not rushed. This was our second visit to Zola this year. I highly recommend Zola for anyone interested in a relaxing fine dining experience to accompany their usual hectic visit to State College.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my second visit to
This is my second visit to Zola's - excellent food! Love it!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Zolo never disappoints!
Fine dining in State College! Wonderful menu, fabulous food, outstanding service, great wine list, lively atmosphere - we love this place! Plus, they take Open Table reservations - a definite plus for a football weekend.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A real find in STATE COLLEGE!
A real find in STATE COLLEGE! Great steak -
need more vegan choices- tofu was so so.
Crab cake and mac and cheese - yum!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my second time dining at Zola and it is absolutely fantastic. The service is great, makes you feel relaxed, and the food is to die for. It's probably one of the nicest restaurants in downtown State College, if not the nicest. You will not regret spending an evening here!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another fantastic evening at Zola's. The food was outstanding. Salmon was cooked to perfection. Portions were just right, and the waitresses were super attentive. All in all a five star night.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We started off with the pumpkin
We started off with the pumpkin ravioli which was very good. Then we had a nice salad. My girlfriend had the goat which was very tender and not gamey at all. It was a generous portion. I had the salmon over risotto which was very good. For dessert we shared a pistachio crème brulee. This was a new flavor that I have never seen on a menu. We enjoyed our meal and would recommend the restaurant. They have a nice cocktail menu with some interesting drinks.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and presentation was
Food and presentation was great. Service at the table was very good. We went to the bar before dinner and the service there was poor. At the table the wait time to have a second drink was so long we canceled the order.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite place in State College
Always try to have dinner there are least one night while in State College for sports events or for the Central PA Arts Festival. Never disappointed.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best of State College!
There is only one place in State College to dine and that is Zola Bistro. We have been dining here since they opened and have never been disappointed. Food is exceptional, service attentive, and requests always honored. This place deserves more than five stars!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM