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Zola New World Bistro
Zola New World Bistro
  • Address:
    324 West College Avenue
    State College, PA 16801
    Neighborhood:
    State College
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Zola New World Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zolabistro.com/
  • Email: dave@zolabistro.com
  • Phone: (814) 237-8474
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Zola New World Bistro
Zola New World Bistro offers contemporary cuisine, an award winning wine list & exceptional service.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We always enjoy dinner at Zola when we are in State College. A really neat vibe, good food and service. It is our go to place when we want to dine out during a visit to town."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Had an excellent meal with exceptional service. Ambience was great had a window table and we all enjoyed. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We reserved a table for 8 at 7.30 pm on a Thursday night. The restaurant was pretty busy when we arrived and most people were already eating their main course. By the time our table got around to ordering none of the 4 or 5 main course fish items on the menu were available, the remaining choices were decidedly limited. We felt let down that the full menu was not available, I guess we should have eaten earlier, but given that most people reserve a table in advance at this place, I feel they should have been more prepared and ensured that the kitchen was adequately stocked for the evening."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I am noticing more reviews that confirm what I've observed over the last few years:The standards of excellence that used to exist at Zola are gone. Prices are higher than 90% of the nicer restaurants in most major cities. The food is hit or miss; portions are smaller, the bread service is limited to tasteless tan/white rolls. They frequently run out of product and serve incomplete dishes. It is with a heavy heart I write this because they are the only game in town for "fine dining". It appears they have become content to run an autopilot operation. They’ll survive because of location, football games, graduations, parents weekends, PSU expense accounts and a transient community that offers an endless supply of new and unknowing customers."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The dinner was very good. My only complaint is that despite the restaurant being 50% empty we were at a table between two occupied tables and was noisy."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This was always the place where we would take our son when we visit him at Penn State. Unfortunately, they have steadily gone downhill for almost the last year. They have NYC prices in State College PA. For that you would truly expect fine dining. We can honestly say that this is the last time we will be eating there. The food has become ordinary at best. We also spoke to numerous people who ate there over the weekend and almost everyone had the same thing to say. I am not sure what happened? This was always THE PLACE. The quality of the food has gone down but the prices have not. Very disappointing because Zolas used to be a very special place."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Everything was good, until the Cod. Wet cardboard wrapped in cardboard served with a side of cardboard. Gawd was it awful. The king mushrooms with barely risotto was excellent. JUST DON'T ORDER the cod!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Staff exceptionally attentive and helpful-take great care to make sure you park in appropriate spaces to avoid the surprise if a tow:) Menu is varied and creative and food was tasty! Jackie O cocktail highly recommended! We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We found the food to be "marginally adequate and overpriced" for the value. The food was nicely presented but did not stimulate our taste buds. The food did not compare well with the large franchise restaurants like an Applebee's. The restaurant was well staffed and we were serviced by four different people. With that said, most staff members seemed more focused on task then delivering a great customer experience. Our conversation was interrupted numerous times by someone reaching across the table to remove a dish or clean the table of crumbs. The servers often were disruptive and stole from what we hoped would be a nice, romantic dinner. The restaurant itself has a nice feel and atmosphere but beyond that was greatly disappointing."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We have been here before and the food never dissapoints. I was very surprised this time however to be greeted by a lady who acted like we were inconviencing her with our presence. She literally drummed her fingers on the podium while I was talking to her like she wanted to just get me out of her face. She was a middle aged lady with shorter hair. It was not a very welcoming experience to say the least. LUCKILY it was not our first time to visit Zolas and we knew the food would be awesome so we stayed. The food did not fail us. I had the beef shortribs and it was the BEST meal I think I've ever eaten. We also had a wonderful server. I can't remember her name (she was a young lady, short, with short brown hair). She was an absolute delight!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We drive from the Washington, DC area to Buffalo to visit family several times a year. We almost always try to stop overnight in State College specifically so that we can eat at Zola. Great food, wonderful service, and an excellent bar!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We really enjoyed ourselves and the meal was excellent. The portions are modest but the quality is worth it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Highly recommend the mac-n-cheese appetizer, dinner salad and the salmon. I made a wrong choice with ordering the potato-crusted cod entrée. Another person in my party ordered the risotto-mushroom entrée, it was good but appeared more as a side than an entrée. The wait staff was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our meal was ruined by the obnoxious loud table of 18 or so people sitting along the wall. They were so loud it was impossible to hold a conversation anywhere in the dining room or to even hear our servers speak to us. Our dinners were of excellent quality and service was excellent but the evening will remain memorable for the wrong reasons. No we will not return quickly. My response above addressing noise level is inaccurate since no option was appropriate!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Best restaurant in State College but also most expensive"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Zola's is an absolute must visit anytime we are in the State College area. The food & service never disappoint !"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I really, really, want to like this place and give a good report. State College needs good, interesting, higher-end options. Unfortunately this was the third time I was underwhelmed by the food and the value proposition for what I paid. The server and the staff were excellent, it is just unfortunate that the total package was very expensive for something pretty mediocre."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal and fantastic service at a very fair price. I would highly recommend having dinner at this very fine restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The place was very noisy, loud and the lights were bright. This is not the atmosphere you are expecting on Valentine's day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We walked in on a freezing cold night and Cafe Zola felt warm and welcoming right away! We were seated immediately and the service continued to be wonderful. My husband and I both ordered the whole red snapper which was outstanding! I have ordered this before and usually there is not much fish but there was plenty to eat this time and every bite was yummy. We thought the dessert selection was not special and we were full from the fish so none for us."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Even with the space heaters provided, most of the guests were eating with their coats on. Way too cold to sit and leisurely enjoy your dinner. Thought this was supposed to be a fine dining establishment. Turn up the heat!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I was a little disappointed with Zola. The appetizer was delicious (Truffle mac and cheese) but my main course was bland and over-done (Clam linguine). The atmosphere, while formal and very beautiful, was almost too stuffy. I was tending to feel uncomfortable- which is never a good way to enjoy a meal. The staff seemed strained and fake. There are a few great restaurants in State College and I'm glad to have Zola as an option. I wouldn't make a regular trip, or even go on many special occasions, however, because of the not-very-welcoming atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Always a consistently great time, great food and great service, Zola Bistro is without peer in State College. Located centrally to the campus with adequate on street parking as well as reserved covered garage space, getting there is not a difficulty. Once inside, even a foodie will be please with the menu and the course selections. Friendly and attentive wait staff are a given. Dessert and wine to complement the meal are also nonpareil. I highly recommend Zola as the sole choice for a great evening repast in State College."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Zola is our favorite restaraunt in State College and really one of our faves anywhere. The food is always beyond good and just a little different. The staff if friendly and professional. Really nice wine list and good cocktails. Our recent Friday night dinner included a nice jazz group in the bar. Sooooo pleasant!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Zola has been a favorite of mine since it opened and while there have been recently a few somewhat disappointing visits over the past year this last one has convinced me not to return. Of the two entree's one was mushy and bland (the risotto) and the other was virtually inedible (the tuna). Service was non-existant. While some latitude might be given for the fact that it was New Years Eve we have patronized this restaurant on numerous prior occassions where business was just as "active" (Homecoming, Arts Fest, etc) and the staff was able to handle the demands. Not this night. The quality of the entree's did not even come close to aproximating their cost."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We eat at Zola's every month or so. This was a particularly quiet Monday which was nice. Great dinner, ambiance and service. One of the few truly nice spots in State College."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "This was not our first time as Zola, but the experience was even better than I remembered (which was already good). The service was very good (pleasant, quick, courteous) and the food was excellent. The carrot-ginger soup was perfect, the fish, pork belly, chicken, pot au feu - all excellent. In my opinion the tuna tartar was slightly lacking flavor. Not enough to ask for mustard or salt, but enough to not order it again should I return (it certainly wasn't bad, there are just better options). We selected Zola to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary, and accommodating our party of six was no problem for the restaurant. Certainly not the cheapest place in town, but worth the expense for any occasion where quality matters."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Nice eclectic international menu, but plenty of stand-by items on menu as well. While not remarkable dining experience, it seems to be a step up from other restaurants in town. Seasonal menu has some unusual entrees and they have a very nice wine selection. If you are looking for something in State College, other than a rib eye or pub food, this is a good choice."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "It has been 3 months since I dined at Zola's and I can clearly remember the exciting and creative food. I went home and bought a case of the wine! The attention to service sets the standard for other restaurants and the chef's imagination shines through with food that dances in your mouth. The meal excited both my vegetarian dining companion and I believe I ate 5 different proteins? Dining there is a MUST if you are in State College!"
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "My father-in-law came to visit and he is a wine enthusiast. he absolutely loved the restaurant. the food and service was exceptional."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The best of State College. The ONLY place for gourmet food . There is nothing that compares or even comes close. We've dined there since their opening in 2001 (?) and have never been disappointed. The m'aitre d's always anticipate our needs, our requests. Superb food, excellent service and the best martinis in town!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This is a gem at State College. My husband had the wild game tasting menu. It was delicious. They also have a wonderful wine list! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Original menu, outstanding food quality and very attentive service. Value to cost ratio is very good. This was an opportunity to impress a business associate and my objective was achieved."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "When I made this reservation, the only available time was 10:00 P.M. When we arrived at 9:30, the restaurant was half empty. When we ordered, my girlfriend and I were told that all of the seafood entrees were sold out(we do not eat red meat) because they had a lot of walk-ins. The manager was totally unaccommodating. I have eaten at this restaurant several times, however, I will never return. At 10:00 P.M. it was impossible to find a full service restaurant, therefore, the four of us had to settle for fast food."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "20 minutes after being seated, my guest and I were informed that the kitchen was out of the Snapper, the Swordfish & the Salmon among other things. That was every fish item on the menu! I'm not sure how often that happens, but we considered walking out right then due to the sever lack of food choices. I think we should have been notified about the limited menu before we were seated."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "I usually visit Zola about once a month, but haven't been in a few months. Unfortunately, they changed how they prepare the crab cakes. Now, they have a lot of filling. In the past, there was a lot of crab...mind you they were smaller, but I didn't feel the need to eat around the filling. I wish they went back to their old preparation of the crab cakes. I only really went there for the crab cakes for dinner and blackened chicken sandwich for lunch. It's a nice place to eat at for a special night out."
    Dined on 11/9/2013