Zola Bistro
Zola Bistro
  • Address:
    3030 Washtenaw Ave.
    Suite 301
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    Neighborhood:
    Ann Arbor
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $30 and under

Zola Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrozola.com/
  • Phone: 7344778088x
  • 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

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Contemporary French / American, International
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Platt Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the building.
A word from 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Zola Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)great for brunch (51)great for lunch (38)neighborhood gem (33)good for groups (28)special occasion (23)great for outdoor dining (22)kid-friendly (19)hot spot (15)notable wine list (11)romantic (10)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • ratings due to long drive & closed
    Leslie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Luckily, one of our party suggested we call Zola's Cafe to see if they might be able to accommodate us. We did and they were able to honor our reservation and we were seated as soon as we arrived from across town!! Food at Zola's Cafe was, as usual, wonderful. We will have to try the Bistro again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant decor
    Gpf0121
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place is a fun place to take a small group or have a date. The pace is relaxed and the food is good. It's not cheap, but it's good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The noise level was made worse by the ceiling and use of a sound system. The latter needs to go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    DinningforFunVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Real liked my crab cake Bennedict Great food but a little too loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    simon
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food quality is quite good, but on the heavy side in terms of flavor. Small plates are great, except that they are pricy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious menu!
    LocalFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Read previous reviews which convinced us this would be a great place for our first meal as empty nesters! Delicious small plates especially grilled octopus and shrimp with watermelon- wanted to have them all! Very pleasant and attentive service. Liked opportunity to sit outside on a late summer evening and it was't noisy compared to inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Menu
    Lori
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Loved the decor, but had to take stars away for the noise level and screaming kids. The food was fabulous. Kale salad was possibly the best I've ever eaten. The kale was crispy, dark green, and the combo of the grilled artichoke hearts, grapes and pine nuts, with the right amount of dijon dressing was perfect. Also loved the penne (balanced combo of sausage, cream, and chianti), steak special (I tasted my wife's med. well…I enjoy rare, but this steak was awesome even tho it was med. well), pomme frites with parmesan, and salmon burger. Crab cakes tasted good, but the consistency was mush. Love the smaller plate options, making it easy and fun to try several dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zola's Bistro rocks!
    Ndwff
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and service never disappoints at the Bistro! Creative cocktails, nice wines and a creative seasonal and fresh menu. We have dined here several times and will return. A great alternative to downtown dining when AA is busy with football or student move-in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ann Arbor eater of good food
    ChuckieB
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Waiter was terrific and as always the food was outstanding. Will be back SOON.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    DinningforFunVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    we thought some of the elements of the dinner were truly outstanding Kale salad very good - needs little more umph crab cakes outstanding shrimp tacos - outstanding tuna dinner - too salty and did not care for the coating on it lamb chops - great steak great (NY Strip) In all service was very strong - and I am sure we will return
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    JFK1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Starters and Mains were excellent. Tommy was an excellent waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The noise level seemed pretty high even before the room filled up. The food was very good (crepe champignon and Turkish eggs), the waitress efficient and helpful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but
    ShannonVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I've always enjoyed Zolas downtown and understood that they didn't have a childrens menu. This location is no different, which is unfortunate as I would think this would appeal to the parent who didn't want to wait for brunch downtown with their children. My husband explained that perhaps they can make more money by not having children's meals. But I disagree. As a parent, I'm less inclined to buy a $10 waffle for my picky child. So, I offer him bits and pieces of our meals. If Zola offers a $5 or $6 children's (brunch) meal, I will be more inclined to buy that in addition to our meals. I enjoyed our brunch selections and coffee, I like that there is ample parking, and the fact that they are on Open Table is a definite plus.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Try the small plates
    A2local
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Go with a group and make a meal of the small plates you won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service was exceptional as was the food. Not as noisy as people told us it would be, and our experience was very satisfying in every way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow...Great food!
    JimLevVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Heard about this place and was NOT disappointed! Food was great and our server was very good. i would come back any time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pesto without Garlic
    A21501
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had a great experience my first time at Zola Bistro with the selection of small plates we ordered. However, this time I ordered the Cavolo Nero and it tasted like raw kale and wet noodles. Clearly it was missing an essential ingredient or two such as garlic and spices. I remarked to my waitress this was the case and she tried to doctor it with parmesan cheese, brought me more kale that again was missing essential pesto ingredients and then when I told her it was still missing flavor said the reason was a new prep cook.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended for brunch NOT dinner
    DjhjVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Entrees delivered at different times and kids were served last. I have been to Zola many times and have not been to the downtown location for dinner in years. I can say it was the worst meal I have ever had there. I hope it was a one off experience but I will not return anytime soon to find out. Stick to this place as a solid brunch choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bummer!
    JustMe
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went to Zola Bistro at 3:30 (made a reservation for a family birthday gathering) on a Sunday and was told there were not serving any egg dishes. Being told of menu issues when I made my reservation would have prompted a differenct decision. I have enjoyed dinners there in the past but this Sunday afternoon experience was just so-so
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limpva
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food was good and service was excellent. Our group really enjoyed our brunch but was disappointed that our table was right by the enter/exit door. This made it difficult to converse with people going in and out the door constantly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect date brunch
    PhoenixRaine42
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was a perfect place to go for a date, just a casual meal, or bring a group. The food was delicious. My girlfriend even made a comment that it the orange juice and caprese salad were amazing. It was a perfect way to start our date.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times
    Emmin
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I went with my family, and we tend to have a good time wherever we go, so even if the service had been bad we probably still would have a good time. Either way, the service was good, our server was patient, which I think is necessary for a fam of 8 and the food was really good. I'm under 21 so I can't day much for the alcoholic beverages. The ambience of the place was pretty nice, not too stuffy, but still classy. I would come back with friends.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice New Option
    GR8Food
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It was nice to try out this relatively new spot that's not right downtown. Because of the free and relatively easy to find parking, would come back with another group. Waitstaff was great....very organized. Liked the range of food and everyone in our six-person group said their food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MyraAOVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I had a great meal here, eating only small plates. There were a lot more I wanted to try. I was in Ann Arbor for the weekend, and found this place on OpenTable. I was not disappointed. Even a changing glitch on my credit card was handled well after my return home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch
    betsVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Love that you could choose "lunch" and "Brunch' items. wonderful and fresh food choices. great service as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grad Lunch
    veggie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Made reservations for lunch after my daughter's high school graduation. Although we were about 10 minutes early and the place was packed, we were seated fairly quickly. We were also approached by our waitperson very quickly. The orders were taken and we did not have to wait too long for our food. Food was very good. We will definitely be back! Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OrganicMomma
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Zola Bistro is AMAZING! The restaurant is always impressive on all counts. The food is so delicious being mostly organic and local. Prepared from scratch is everything on the menu. There are wonderful healthy choices and not so healthy choices but they are all great. Fabulous drinks also made from scratch. No bottled or canned mixes are used. The servers are tested on everything and definitely know their stuff. Try it! You will not be sorry...it is wonderful and a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious healthy brunch w/ babies
    FoodieFamily
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had the most incredible brunch here with our 3yo and 8mo. Our 3yo ate waffles, my spouse had crepes, and I had an omelette, but we shared tastes with each other. All were prepared to perfection. The waffles were the best we've ever had. The staff was accommodating of children, and the ambiance was loud enough for us to feel comfortable with happy child sounds but not so loud that we couldn't talk to each other. Thanks for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good meal at Zola Bistro
    MCollinsVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My daughter and I dined at Zola Bistro my last night in Ann Arbor. We had a great waitress who was personable, knew the menu, and was attentive. My daughter had the oysters and the fish taco while I had the Branzini special. The fish was excellent as was the asparagus salad. I did not care for the side of rice but the grilled vegetables were a nice addition. I would return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful brunch
    Kudz
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I was so excited to find a second location - I had wanted to take my parents to the downtown location for a belated Mothers Day brunch, but they were full. Our experience at Zola Bistro was all I could have asked for. The food was delicious, the coffee and breakfast cocktails were awesome, the staff was lovely, and it was quiet enough to talk easily. I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Zola Bistro reviews archive.
  • Overrated, overpriced, too noisy
    Samanthavon
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Zolas is very loud and it's difficult carry on a conversation and hear even at a table for two, the table next to us was so close that I'm sure they were in on our conversation. My food at brunch was terrible, I had a raisin bagel that was like rubber...it had the texture a frozen bagel gets from being defrosted and heated in the microwave. I couldn't eat it. I didnt order tea because of the price...come on get real, just get some tea bags! Everything on the brunch menu was rediculously overpriced...after all eggs are $1.09 a dozen, so how can an average omlet be $13.95? The chairs aren't that comfortable and I can't even hang my purse on the back of the chair. My friend ordered the crepes which were undercooked
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, but i needed more.
    Thehungryhubby
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We went for brunch on a sunday. The restaurant was full which was expected but the noise level was unexpected high, verging on loud, probably due to all the hard surface decor. The food was very good, probably one of the best monte cristo sandwiches i've had and the suggestion of bacon was the perfect addition to the sandwich. They were out of all baked goods which was not told to us until after we had ordered. Service overall was just okay, she was nice, but not overly attentive and there was a little to much pressure to upgrade on most aspects of our meal, which i would expect more from a restaurant like this. The restaurant itself was comfortable, modern and clean. So overall great food and a great menu but i needed more to bring me back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • crowded, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I love this restaurant and enjoy taking new people there. However, I'll avoid it in the future when they are busy. The restaurant was jammed, the hostess was overwhelmed and short with us, the waitress was overwhelmed and the substitution they made on my meal due to running out of turkey was horrible. We had a reservation through open table, but we still waited with the crowd for our table. Not a great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    kbeans
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Wonderful brunch for a family event! The service was prompt, the food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very very slow!! And very loud. Food was good but very expensive for what you get...not much.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • noise
    turnitdown
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Noise level unacceptable: not possible to hear guests at our own table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bustling Bistro
    ChandlerFind
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    While the decor and the staff look "trendy," Zola is nothing special. The tables are packed together and the noise level is way too high to have a decent conversation. The menu is a short, typical bistro menu. With so many other options in Ann Arbor, I'm not planning on coming back here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent lunch
    opg1492
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    8 of us went for lunch the other day. We had a very good time. Service was excellent. The food was very good. It was extremely appealing to the eye. The taste matched its eye appeal. Everything was very fresh tasting. We have enjoyed dining at Zola's several times before and this time was as successful as the previous ones.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place, kinda chaotic.
    oreomau
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I like Cafe Zola, so I knew I would like Zola Bistro. Food is great. However, last two times I have been there, even with reservations, we still had to wait up to 25 minutes to get seated. So I am not sure how the front of the house is being run. Also, the tables are so close together that you will probably hear as much of their conversation as you do yours. It's loud in there. So it's a fun place, but takes a lot of patience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very disappointed
    scottVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We admittedly went during a busy time which may have affected our experience but should by no means be an excuse. The food was very good but came out cold. There was no wait and we were seated right on time per our reservation. But we were 5 put at a table for 4 and right by the hostess stand. It took forever to get our food - over an hour..basically eggs which came out cold. The waiter was very nice but seemed a bit overwhelmed as did everyone in the restaurant. We had to ask 3 people to get regular milk for our coffee. The restaurant itself is very inviting, but we'd probably go somewhere else next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate