Zolo Grill
Zolo Grill

Zolo Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zologrill.com/
  • Phone: 3034490444x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour Daily 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Justin Goerich
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Zolo Grill offers off site catering services to fit any budget. We will work with you to create your perfect event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Folsom Avenue (25th St.) & 28th Street
  • Public Transit: The Boulder bus system operates the "Jump" bus every day of the year. Zolo Grill is located on Arapahoe Avenue between Folsome Avenue (25th Street) and 28th Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Zolo Grill is surrounded by ample parking. For easiest access, please park right in front!
A word from Zolo Grill
Declared by 5280 as "Absolutely the hottest restaurant in Boulder," Zolo Southwestern Grill has delivered award-winning southwestern cuisine with superior service since 1994! In the kitchen Chef Justin Goerich skillfully defines modern southwestern cuisine while bringing the best local, seasonal and organic ingredients to the table.

Behind the bar delicious margaritas are handcrafted and over 150 varieties of tequila are available. Zolo is the perfect place to enjoy a margarita or bloody maria pre-CU game or post movie. Awaken your senses in the warm and inviting atmosphere of Boulder's one and only, Zolo Southwestern Grill.


Online reservations for any size party. Walk-ins always welcome!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Zolo Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (28)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (15)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (9)special occasion (8)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)romantic (2)Show More
  • Dinner for two
    Bearnbeyner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Zolo Grill is located in a shopping center off of Arapahoe. It is a casual & friendly. Good service. Not too loud. Focus is southwestern. We had the chips and salsa and the coho salmon apps. The salsa was more sweet than spicy, but hit the spot. The salmon was presented smoked salmon style, with dabs of mustard sauce, sprouts and red peppers. An almost perfect appetizer. We had the tamales and the tilapia tacos for dinner. The tamales couldn't have been better, well-seasoned/spiced. The tilapia tacos rated very high on my list of all time best fish tacos. Both entrees were filling. The red jaw breakers at the reception desk are very spicy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very attractive venue
    rchapman
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Four gorgeous hostesses…a very hot bartender…several hot waitresses…I highly recommend Zolo Grill, especially Table 51, Seats 3-4. Oh…they have food too! That was also quite good: slightly unusual Southwestern fare, a few interesting cocktails, a large selection of tequilas. I would definitely return if I were nearby in Boulder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably delicious
    Montrachet
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is always wonderful here--from perfect guacamole through chicken enchiladas to sell your soul for to delicate Colorado bass. It is a great place to take out-of-towners and portions don't leave diners feeling hungry but just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, okay service
    EricaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The kitchen did a great job providing a custom and tasteful meal for me accommodating a number of food allergies. Our waiter however had zero personality and list a dessert order because way too long passed before he came back around to check on us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    bizmeet9
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The restaurant didn't look overly busy while we were there, but our waitress was slow to respond to our table. She had to be asked several times for straws, menus, etc. The bench we were seated at was small and uncomfortable. The food was good and service poor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good food, served in a timely fashion (important for lunch).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food and service.
    Shanchin
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Zolo's never fails to disappoint and we had great food and the service was great. Glad you can finally make reservations at Zolo's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I lived in southern Arizona for over 20 years, and my wife most of her life. We loved the food!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen was great; bar, meh
    EmptyNestDiners
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was very good -- appys were solid though some complaints about the Sopa "cups" being mealy. Entrees were excellent, tilapia and pork were flavorful and cooked perfectly -- the duck tacos were especially good. Drinks were another story, large complex drink menu when we just wanted a good margarita. Tried one on the recommendation of the server and it tasted like gasoline -- no lime flavor at all. Ordered a different one and it was better but my wife's didn't show up until we were finished eating -- they did apologize and took it off the bill. Nice décor and ambiance, didn't feel noisy or crowded despite being packed. Service was friendly and attentive. Come for the food, not the drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went with a group of six, and every one of us ordered something different. Everyone's meal was fabulous, not one was unhappy. Great guacamole and salsa for fresh chips to start. Everyone cleaned their plates, with liberal sampling of each other's dishes along the way. We had a few desserts for the table, and they were all so good, despite our best intentions to only have a bite we basically ate all of them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always love Zolo
    FoodiefanVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I return to Zolo time and time again, and it never disappoints. The chef does amazing food combinations. The Monday night Duck Taco special was tasty. Service prompt. Enjoyed their Red Sangria, and only $5 during Happy Hour until 6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great experience
    Elizabeth28
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Came in on a Monday night - half of their listed beers were out of stock, they ran out of the sea bass at 7:30pm (when we ordered)....had to ask for all drinks to be refilled rather than the server being on top of it....I'd check out a different spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and good service
    Anne123VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Service was on The slow side, but we had time. The salad was a bit soggy, but all the rest perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Go Zo
    snowqueen
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Terrific wait staff, mediocre food. Lovely to sit outside, music needs to be muted. Decent fish taco and salsa tray. But flavorless ribs and awful salmon appetizer. Pair the staff with a talented chef and Zolo's will be a winner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice menu
    Amudhen
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were pleased with the variety of choices on the menu, service was good, food was excellent. Wish there was more choices on the wine menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually enjoy, but poor service
    jbzrascal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food here is generally great, and we love the outdoor patio. On this particular visit, we experienced extremely slow service. It took 45 minutes for our drinks to be delivered, and everything was very slow after that. It was disappointing and no apology was made.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at zolos
    Sturg
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've eaten numerous times at Zolos over the years. I have always been pleased with all aspects of the experience. My first brunch there was no exception. Full menu is available in addition to the brunch menu. All six dishes ordered were first rate . Can't miss .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    Boulder1
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Zolo is one of the only restaurants where I would literally order anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 421 reviews are from the Zolo Grill reviews archive.
  • Overrated and overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I came in b/c I read that it was kid-friendly. $26 steak was awful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    Mocktopus
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Don't go here if you want a nice quiet sit down to catch up with long lost friends. That being said the food is delicious and you can really focus on the food since you can't hear others. Drinks are quite strong but delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks
    Zeroyears
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This was my 70th birthday party, and it was wonderful, except there was so much noise, it was hard to hear each other speak, but again it was friday night, prime time. Food was great, everyone happy, and Zolo brought a birthday desert that was yummy and shared by all of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    pkri
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My kids took me to Zolo Grill for Mother's Day Brunch and the food was excellent. The Empanadas were great. Liked pretty much everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The waffles with ham and poblano chiles were awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Southwester/Mexican food
    NYCfeinschmecker
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Good food and good drinks (great tequila menu), liked the guac
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fish toco dull
    Pattydute
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Although filled with lots of fish the fish toco's were pretty dull. Side of potatoes were way too salty. Mixed veggies delicious and the drinks were terrific!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing customer service!
    DebiVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Came for the first time to a Sunday brunch. Not to be missed! Of course, the best part is the great servers. We keep coming back even though Zolos is half hour away! THANKS! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely will return!
    Carlita
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Fresh, unique, delicious! We will come back here for another meal. Had a great view of the Flatirons on a very pleasant spring evening. It was a little noisey for the older gentleman in our group however.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice patio, but that's it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The appetizers were forgetable and our waiter, even though it wasn't busy initially, left us waiting for long periods of time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    tequila
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Have always had great experiences at Zolo - food and staff are the best! over 150 different tequilas to try!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great dinner here
    swoop
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    we love going to Zolo's. The food is always great, and the menu is wonderful. The service is very attentive without being over bearing. We were here for their monthly donation. This month they chose to give to an organization that we support - Voices For Children. 20% of all their proceeds for the day go to their chosen charity. What a wonderful community gesture and involvement. We will continue to support Zolos, and continue to dine here. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Good selection of brunch items and OZO coffee! Great service and fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zolo is reliable
    Sturg
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I am always pleased when we go to Zolo. Moderately priced , good food, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud but AMAZING FOOD
    emilyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Good job Zolo! We came here on a celebratory dinner. The food was outstanding, our waitress was engaging and helpful, the drinks were subtly excellent. Only downsides were the strange fast-food spot ambience (we almost left but were glad we didnt) and the slow first round of drinks (we were already done with appetizers). Excellent overall though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fading interest
    SteveR
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Third time eating here. First experience was as part of 'first bite' a few years ago, and really liked it. Two visits since have both been underwhelming. Last visit had us at a breezy seat adjacent to the patio (in winter) next to a family with noisy kids (not what you hope for on date night away from your own). Food was fine, but not exceptional. Guac was bland. A good 10 minute wait for drinks from the bar. The place is fine, and clearly popular (hard to get seats here), so I must be missing something others find in this place. I'll be looking for other options. Finally, the reservation through open table was messed up by the restaurant staff (apparently making a new reservation when I called back to confirm time).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We have had consistently good dinners at Zolo. The wait staff is very friendly and courteous. The food arrives in a timely manner and is delicious. Great place to meet up with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    Catherine
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Sometimes there is a wait but it is worth it. Food is always delicious, not a large menu but if you like it hot and spicy its there and if you don't there is always something for you. Last time I was there the Ahi was delicious. Keep up the good friendly service, makes it all a fun dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and can heartily recommend the queso fundido.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ran out of food
    Kyle
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We visited on Valentine's for the prix fixe menu. It was great, except they had already run out of one of the entrees and one of the desserts by the time we sat down to order. They ran the special from 6-10pm....we sat down at 7:45. You shouldn't run out that early. Our waiter was exceedingly gracious about this and offered suitable replacements. However, we were not offered any discounts or comps, despite our very apparent disappointment. Poor planning makes us question a future return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    sarascan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went out for Valentine's day without breaking the bank, so we went to Zolo's for happy hour. We love the ambiance, and the wait staff are always well timed and courteous. For our meal, the margs were delicious - get the coin margarita! Great eats included: sopas (chorizo & goat cheese!); dry herb pork ribs; and the best blue corn meal fried oysters on a bed of refreshing light slaw! They had a Valentine's Day menu that included dishes not on their usual menu, and it looked delicious and for a great price: $45 per person for 3 courses with 2 small plates/appetizers & 1 desert. We had the option to order individually from the V-day menu, but found ourselves full & satisfied with our happy hour picks. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smoked cheese Chicken Enchilada's!
    FoodiefanVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Zolo's is a favorite, we return again and again. Yummy coin style Margarita's a house speciality and the Red Sangria. Chicken Enchilada's are our favorite with a delicious smoky cheese taste. A large portion, accompanied with average rice and beans--we ate one enchilada and took the other home. The Queso Fundido with chorizo appetizer is awesome, very rich, we split it among two and it still was too much to finish. Two (one a chef, the other a foodie) tried the Squash & Poblano Tamales and ate up every bite. The outdoor patio is enjoyable in the summer, and closed and heated in the winter for additional space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.