Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zulabistro.com/
  • Phone: 5137449852
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Mostly private dining available for up to seventy guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Devon Barrett 5137449852

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street as well as in the Washington Park public garage across the street from Zula.
A word from Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Zula Bistro and Wine Bar in historic Over The Rhine is a tapas style restaurant and wine bar. The menu features variety of mussel dishes, cold and hot tapas, and seasonal entrees. The flavor profile concentrates on the countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea. Zula specializes in craft beers and a large offering of wines by the glass.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Zula Bistro & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (164)neighborhood gem (128)notable wine list (86)hot spot (85)good for groups (81)vibrant bar scene (64)special occasion (56)late-night find (36)romantic (32)scenic view (9)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Amazing mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lots of choices to be sure but the yellow curry mussels were fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service trumps good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Got a reservation for my college-aged daughter and a friend for restaurant week. Though the food was good, they were really disappointed in the way that they were treated - like second class citizens. Either they received poor seating and service because they aren't of legal drinking age (which would mean a lower tab), or because they were dining at restaurant week pricing. Either is inexcusable. And for the record, they were well dressed and polite…and could have been part of Zula's future demographic. Waitress was either new or unsuited to the profession. Slow, unhelpful, passive aggressive. At the end of the meal said she didn't think that Zula had the capability to split a check. The girls asked her to try - voila. New skill for her.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • highly satisfied
    chick71VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a fantastic place to enjoy who you are with and great food. Everything I have tried has been wonderful. I encourage you to try this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We visited Zula's during Restaurant Week for the deal of 3 courses for $35 a person. The food exceeded our expectations. The restaurant is beautiful. The servers were efficient. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Check Out
    MUSTCHECKOUT
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Amazing décor, simple and elegant at first blush but interesting upon closer review. The food was great. I appreciate that clean food was on the menu (such as Amish chicken). Ingredients were fresh and salad had a yummy and interesting combination. The deserts are to die for. I would even consider visiting just for desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cincinnati restaurant week
    OlgaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It was our first time at zula's and it was a pretty good experience. we had a fantastic window seat with a view of a corner of Washington Park. The tiger shrimp entree was excellent. For dessert we ordered pana cotta and crime brûlée and we agreed that crime brûlée was fantastic and pana cotta was a little too much. We'll definitely come back and try more cocktails and menu items. happy to add Zula to our list of places to take our friends and family to whe visiting. love OTR!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, really bad service
    IHeartFood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had five of us at 9pm for restaurant week. Online they were taking reservations until 10pm. Our waitress had a seriously bad attitude, and all but rolled her eyes when we had to remind her that we needed a round of drinks and bread we had already asked for. We felt hurried, and I had three people tell me "thanks for coming in" on my way to the bathroom 15 min. after we got there. The food was REALLY good though, and it's a shame that the overall experience was dampened by our bad waitress. I may not go back, even though the food was outstanding. There are plenty of places nearby with great food and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food continues to be excellent
    Travelstoeat
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Zula has a great location, right on the NE corner of Washington Park, and a vibrant atmosphere. The food is great and helps to forget the so-so service. Our waiter was pleasant and seemed attentive but he missed here and there, like switching our reds first time (we knew they were mixed up, he should have and the next round he got them right). And not putting in the bread order so it came with our mussels rather midway through eating them. Still the food was top notch, great flavors and portion sizes, and walking around the park after dinner on a lovely summer evening is a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was delicious.wine and beer selection good. Service slow and not the friendliest. We had to ask for an explanation of the menu and no chiller for white wine. Expected much more input from staff. When leaving restaurant, walked right last hostess and she didn't even smile or say goodbye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Pre-Show Tapas
    randomwalk
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Interesting ingredient combos and flavors, tables are a bit close together and we were seated right on top of another couple even though the restaurant was nearly empty. Great place to go before a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my Favorites!
    Ellie5225
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Without a doubt, I have always recommended this place to anyone in town or someone looking for something new. I always try to gather a group together so selfishly I get a chance to try the majority of the menu. Here are a few of my favorites! Trust me you can not go wrong with any item. COLD PLATES: Yellow Fin Tuna Crudo (sometimes they have salmon crudo too!), Roasted Beet Salad, Haricot Vert Frisèe, Baby Kale Salad MUSSEL BAR: New Orleans style: Smokey Gumbo Sauce, Shrimp, Andouille (You must order their house bread to soak up all the amazing broth) FLAT BREAD: Roasted Seasonal Mushroom, Bulgarian Feta or the goat cheese. I guess one could understand why a group is always better for sharing. Remember "sharing is caring!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and atmosphere
    foodie2VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our group had a very enjoyable evening, the restaurant is much larger than it appears and the food was delicious. We ordered several items to share and tried their various cocktails. We were not lingering over our glasses of water by any means so we were very surprised when we asked to see the dessert menu, our server told us that another reservation was waiting for our table and we would need to move to the bar to order and eat dessert. We were accommodating since it was Lumeocity but disappointed that it was not handled in a more customer friendly way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, disappointing service
    shansan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was very good but the service was flakey and unfocused.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zula's Tries
    BadExperience
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Did not get seated until 5:10 pm. Reservation was for 5:00 pm. Waitress thought there was only 1 in the party. Tried to seat the two of us at a table jammed into the window. Roast beef was served rare, not medium rare. Restaurant was too noisy. Would not return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Taren
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've eaten here several times and enjoy it every time I visit. The food is very good and consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-concert find
    AnniversaryParty
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We got reservations easily before the Luminocity dress rehearsal. Service timing was perfect. Plus our table was next to the appetizer prep bar. Cooking lesson! Bonus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my second time visiting Zula and it was just as good (if not better!) than I remembered it! I highly recommend getting their bread basket with the mussels so that you can soak up the delicious broth. We finished our meal with a tasty muffin like cake that had raspberries studded in it. Delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but too loud on weekends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I love the food, the place and service but it is too loud when full. I would like to be able to talk with all sitting at my table
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels!
    downtowners
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Never disappointed in the mussels! or the salads. or the flatbread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary; they acknowledged that but would have been great if they could have offered something special. If that had happened, they would have had my loyalty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty treat as alway
    BrianCVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Mussels and flatbreads were superb as always, enjoyed trying a few new things, the rotating menu always seems to fresh and seasonal, quite a treat! Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One word
    ifif
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Your restaurant is incredible! The food was absolutely amazing. We had great service when we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Gabby
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food is amazing and the service is wonderful. Great wine list very affordable menu with a great selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Incredible Food
    cincinnatifoodlover
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a wonderful experience dining at Zula. Our server (I wish I remembered her name) was friendly and great at her job.We chose to do tapas and the food experience just kept getting better as they brought the next dish out. I highly recommend the tuna, calamari, and of course the mussels. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Justifiably popular
    nkymikep
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Zula is packed on a Saturday night -- especially when there's something on at Music Hall. But Open Table found us two seats on fairly short notice. It'll take a few visits to work through the wine list, but it's obviously well thought out. We stuck to small plates and salads on this visit, and they were excellent: an imaginative variety, well prepared, nicely priced. We'll bring bigger appetites next time and sample the enticing large plates. A great bistro find for a couple of music-lovers. Not a place for a quiet conversation, though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eatitalian
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our table was generally very impressed with the food, service, and overall experience. Because the kitchen was extremely busy at peak-dinner hour there was a long delay between the ordering and the appearance of the dinners. I personally ordered a cold and a hot small plate, and requested they be served in that order. The hot plate arrived first. This certainly made my enjoyment of the Tuna Crudo much less than it would have been. Overall it was a positive experience and we agreed we would all return on future occasions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for dinner before a concert
    Roberta
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food is quite good and the service is attentive. We usually do the standard order there: pick a style of mussels; pick a flatbread; pick a salad and share them all. It is the perfect place to eat before walking across Washington Park to the opera or a concert at Music Hall. And they take reservations, so you can make sure you will be seated and out on time. Be aware that the noise level is pretty high - so it's not the best place if you want to talk. Some of our favorites are: mushroom flatbread, haricot vert salad, and salmon tartare. Also like the Washington Park cocktail - fresh raspberry and lime, but not too sweet. It's very refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussel Beach
    Hungryfoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Mussels & flatbread = wonderful. And so convenient to Music Hall, too. Doesn't get any better than that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not wowed.
    Andrea
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This place is known for their mussel preparations and the one we tried was very good, I believe it was called the Marseilles, made with saffron. I enjoyed the beet salad and the risotto cake, although the pork cheek was one small stringy piece of pork. The cake itself was creamy and well seasoned. I'm not sure I would return to Zula. I'm glad I tried it but I was not wowed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • still love Zula
    bermudaschwartz
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    hadn't been there in a few months/food is still excellent but way too noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Casual Dining
    cincysly
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Mussels, flatbread, and tapas oh my! This is great OTR casual dining spot. When you are not necessarily looking for a full formal dinner, Zula really is a great spot. While they do have large plates and you could have a more traditional dinner, the ability to order small plates and a variety of mussels & flatbreads is what we love about this place. Two blocks off Vine, so not as crowded and larger than most OTR establishments so easier to get in. Kale salad, yellow curry mussels, and the tomato, basil, and balsamic flatbread were all three great. Great for causal dining with friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gem near Washington Park
    EBNinCVGVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a great dinner with wonderful wines. The tables are close together and the place is loud but very vibrant. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hoppin' scene at Washington Park
    Bizet
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was excellent - gnocchi with lamb Bolognese, eggplant fries with a spicy dipping sauce, the risotto cake, plus excellent cold salmon dish and a lovely beet salad. The place is a bit loud, and the drink service a bit slow, but we had a great meal and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Options in OTR
    DinnerInCincinnati
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I were excited to try Zula as we had heard good things and enjoy eating out in OTR, but were disappointed. We tried 5 different items from the menu and the best was between ok & good. overall our dinner was fine, but with so many good options (Abigail Street, Bakersfield, Senate, etc) in OTR we will not be going back. The beet salad was not well balanced between greens, dressing, blue cheese and beets as the beets were way to overpowering. The gnocci in lamb ragu had too much sauce but was good. The fried rissoto had a great, very flavorful crust but the risotto in the middle was pretty bland. The bread and goat cheese flatbread were both very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious dining
    friendly
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Imaginative, eclectic, menu with an excellent variety of small plates such as mini moussaka, salads and wonderful mussels. Delicious flatbreads that are an excellent dinner with a salad or appetizer. Wideranging selection of wines from across the world. Prices are reasonable for the excellent quality of food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG so good!
    LovingtheCity
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    It was a lovely experience, service and food were top notch! Have been telling my co-workers and cycling class all about the flat-bread and tuna plate. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of OTR
    XU3758
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great spot for a fun evening with friends or on a date. The food has a great variety and everything is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Kate
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Had a great meal with a work colleague from Seattle had a great meal and a fun evening, great wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE this place!
    lovetoeatcincyVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Heard how great Zula was from friends and finally got to experience it myself and WOW! The food is outstanding, service is terrific and the ambience is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummmy mussels
    paint
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    loved the various flatbread and mussel offers. Bread should be included with the mussels. why charge for bread?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.