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
Zula Bistro & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
181 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (143)neighborhood gem (100)notable wine list (72)good for groups (71)hot spot (68)special occasion (48)vibrant bar scene (41)romantic (30)late-night find (28)scenic view (12)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Zula dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The dinner at Zula was perfect. I had been once before and sat at the bar with wine and flat breads, but this time around we sat down and tried everything we could. The wine suggestions were helpful - the list had great options to choose from. Everything we ate was fantastic - we have the seared tuna, mussels, a few entrees, a flat bread and dessert (shared everything). The restaurant was a bit loud, but that added to the charm of the experience on a busy Saturday night. I would recommend visiting Zula for a special occasion or a long night of sipping wine and eating slowly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • repeat offender
    stakextrordinair
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Yet again another wonderful experience at Zula's. Can't say enough positive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great dinner at Zula
    MhcinciVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love this place! Food was awesome tonight and got a great seat at the flatbread bar. Keeping this place on heavy rotation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My boyfriend and I absolutely loved Zula! The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the food is fresh and delicious! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The restaurant was appealing, a place for a drink. The meal experience was fair. Service was slow and the server brusque. Not a place for dinner before a performance at Music Hall. Food quality was inconsistant. Two persons at our table ordered the same fish, "large plate", but "small portions" special. The bad, was perhaps a 4 oz. filet from the tail, lined with tendon so that the meat was encased in round fiberous tubes, visibly not fit for consumption, should not have been served. The" good one" was about a 6 oz. fillet of the same fish. It looked fine and our friend liked it. Each diner was served with a scoop of rice. Both the good and bad meals cost $25 each. Small plates were fair -good, but some too small to share.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great variety, amazing mussels
    LisaGJ
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service was fantastic, not just our server, but the other support servers getting food out fresh and removing dishes, refreshing drinks. Everything we had was spectacular. The Curry Mussels are incredible. Suggest asking the server for recommendations. Did not steer us wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Binnydinner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Pleasant evening at ZULA, quite a noisy venue, but food was good. Very attentive waitress who took good care of us, without being intrusive, and made sure we got to our event in good time. Much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Filled Up By Small Plates
    jam1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I often am not thrilled with small plate restaurants because you spend a good amount of money and leave hungry. This was not the case at Zula. My boyfriend and I ordered 3 of the small plates on special, a pot of mussels and order of bread. You should order bread if you get mussels because you will want to soak up the yummy broth. The pork and duck rillettes were fantastic - very rich and satisfying. The gnocchi with vegetables was also very good. This would be great place to come with a group and order lots of plates to share. There are also large plate specials offered, if you want an entire meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    foods great, service is really good but tables are way to close, impossible to have a conversation at a normal volumn. needs some way to keep the vibe but reduce the sound. it's a deal breaker for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun for groups and just good food
    deb1
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our dishes were delicious. Recommend the salmon serviche, beet salad, mussels, flat bread. Haven't had a bad dish there. Lovely spot across from Washington Park. Small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent food. I always enjoy this place in OTR because you can make reservations, but still get a neat experience. Wine prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Generally Good But
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    WE like Zula and go there fairlly often. The food is always a cut above avaerage and sometimes excellent. However, we had mussels and I am a seafood snob. THe preparation was great but I didn't think they tasted very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was ok, mussels & steak, did not try the flatbreads but they looked good; service was really slow; did not enjoy communal seating in front of oven; but liked the location & the ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Newbies love it
    EatoutfunVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Hosted three friends who were first timers and they loved it. Place was very enegetic on a Thursday night and the food continues to be great. Love the New Orleans mussels and the tuna crudo. Others loved the chicken, beef and flatbread. Wine list is perfect with reasonably priced wine values by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Wine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife and I went to Zula's for a "Date Night" out and had a wonderful time. Our waiter was wonderful and made great suggestion for both food and wine. We will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Passable but not great
    Ruthy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was OK, but not excellent; menu descriptions promised more than was delivered. We ordered bread, which was spongy ad horrible. Microwaved, I suspect! Groan. Beet salad was mostly good but several beet cubes were tough and undercooked. Tuna was skimpy and hardly seared; I was served little, unrecognizable bits of tuna (I hope), which hardly deserves the description offered. Also, I'm not a fan of so much heat (Serrano peppers) in a delicate dish. Sorry. It was a disappointment. Our server, however, was lovely.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    an excellent dinner experience----very attentive waitress, but not too much so, and wonderful food. Great desserts! I'll be back and will tell friends about our very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    DianVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Second time here - love the food! Can be very noisy. Service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dined on Saturday evening, 9/6 as a party of 7. It was the first time for everyone. We had incredible service. Our waitress did a great job of recommending items to share and big plates. She was extremely friendly, quick and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    stakextrordinair
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Like the CSO, Zula is a repeat performace that was wonderful. Everytime we go we can' wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Food
    Downtownfun
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Even though it was a bit loud, the food and service were excellent. Great place with lots going on at the park.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Evening
    jackie1124
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a table of 13 women for a bachelorette party. Service was amazing and the food was great. Only complaint is that when booking the reservation the hostess did not notify us about only being able to split the check 10 ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    abloomerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Zula is one of the best in Cincinnati. Have the mussels and bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent for visitors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had out of town people who saw it in Yelp and we and they loved it. Never would have found it otherwise. A gem for food but noisy . Great location next to a beautiful park and Music Hall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely Going Back
    Daphne
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    If you are a fan of mussels you are going to love this place! It is our intention to eat our way through the entire mussel menu. The salads are great and yummy bread as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salads Phenomenal
    Barb
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had the beet and the hericot vert salads---- both were complex and incredibly tasty. We could have stopped right there but were glad we didn't. We also had the tuna crudo which I cannot NOT get when I go there. We finished the meal with mussels and bread. An excellent food experience once again. We both had the featured wine and the pour seemed a bit on the lighter side, although it was delicious. We would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Love
    theonlycza
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great experience. Been wanting to try this place for a while now and exceeded my expectations. Great service, great food and good atmosphere. One of my new favorite restaurants in Over-the-Rhine. Tapas menu, but portions are huge! Great flatbreads and can't wait to try the other styles of mussels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Food Just OK
    LynnG
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to Zula on Saturday evening. Even though we arrived late, they seated us right away and our waitress was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and fast! The mussels were small and didn't have much flavor. The flatbread was OK. The calamari was not fried, but it was pretty much tasteless, like the mussels. The atmosphere was frenetic with wait staff rushing around, people coming and going. With the metal ceiling, one glass wall and concrete floors, it and very loud. This is fine for a bar scene, but not good for a small group trying to have a relaxed meal and conversation. If I am with a group in the future and everyone wants to go there, I will go again. But, if I get to choose the place, it wouldn't be my first choice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    famfour
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was great but restaurant was so loud you couldn't converse without yelling. Our server was just ok. Was not very attentive especially when we first arrived. Drinks took a very long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    BabyBen2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Wonderful restaurant for a relaxing and informal dinner with an excellent selection of food and specialty cocktails. Convenient for dinner before concerts and events at Music Hall and in Washington Park
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing mussels
    ebet
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service trumps good food
    OTRFanVIP
    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
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    • 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.
  • kathy
    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
  • Restaurant Week
    AlliG
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband & I went for Restaurant Week 2014 ($35/person) because I thought Zula had the most creative menu. It was pretty loud & they sit you quite close to your fellow diners but the wine is delicious & the food was phenomenal! I had a great time, our waitress was very helpful (unlike most reviews to the contrary), the bill was a little heartstopping but all in all, worth it! They make their own gelato which was SO GOOD & their bar is well stocked. I definitely recommend it & finish it off with a stroll around Washington Park!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Nice new spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Happy to add Zula to my list of fave restuarants in Cincinnati!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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