Cafe Zola

4.5
484 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Café Zola is an independently owned and operated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in downtown Ann Arbor. 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. Café Zola’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features artisanal cocktails, happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world.

Reservations move you to the top of the list.
You may still wait 10-30 minutes.
We may use more than one table for large groups.
If you are interested in a reservation for a large group or special event, please contact us directly.
What 484 People Are Saying
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TB
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Six of us had several appetizers and a drink each, as well as small or regular entrees, followed by coffee and dessert. All of the food was excellent, and the service was friendly.

B
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We waited a long time for our food. Otherwise it was great

c
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Zola was SO loud. It’s hard to have a conversation or hear the conversations going on at your own table.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday was great, got a free crepe for my birthday. Very nice place! Some of food was cold and it was extremely loud. other then that no complaints

A
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fabulous food. I have never had dinner there before and was impressed by the menu. The lobster and avocado was absolutely perfect for a light meal.

AR
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post wedding brunch. Perfect vibe. Great food and service!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our brunch here. The menu is extensive and some great items. The dish I had was so good. I forget what it was called but it was scrambled eggs on a bagel with mushrooms, cheese, asparagus. Yum.

LR
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great brunch before heading out for kayaking. Food was tasty. Service was average and a little pricey.

JC
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service and nice ambiance. I would recommend. I had the salmon burger and it was delicious! I will say I saw a salad on the menu on the website that I really wanted but it was not on the menu once we got there. There were a few menu differences. I did not ask about it though and there were still great delicious options. Enjoy!!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place, great menu

S
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Dining at Cafe Zola was really a disappointment on a number of levels.
1. We arrived at our reservation time, were seated, were served water, ordered wine, and were then ignored for 45 minutes. We were told that since it was white wine, it had to chill and it would be a while until it would be served. It was approximately one hour until it was served.
2. The wine was a sparkling type, but was not listed as such on the menu. Additionally the bartender who brought us the wine could not uncork the bottle and finally got another waiter to do it.
3. The main course I ordered, chicken, when it did arrive was very underdone, with red and pink spots throughout. By this time we just wanted to get out of there so did not bring it to the attention of the waitstaff.
One or two people did apologize, saying they were understaffed. Yes, it was a holiday, but if they can't get enough decent employees, they should not be open.

DS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as always and our server was attentive without being intrusive.

BA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Outstanding as always service a little poor vs in the past.

h
New England
64 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Returned after an excellent meal last time I was in town. Unfortunately, this experience was less impressive mostly because of terrible service. The menu is interesting with several nice dishes, but we were pretty frustrated with having to work so hard to get the server’s attention sometimes. And getting served the wrong dessert was very irritating

OT
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and service!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 4

Went here for restaurant week but however didn’t find anything to satisfy my taste buds so we left. The noise level was very quiet because no one was in there. Our server took a lightyear to come to our table, she didn’t know if they had Dr Pepper or not. All in all i gave it a three. I came for crepes but my crave unfulfilled due to it being dinner. They had us wait 10-15 minutes at our table because it was not 5pm yet when they were going to serve dinner.

P
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Nothing better than a restaurant where the owners manage and work.

F
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress who served us was friendly, very professional and very attentive. She was excellent.

m
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Have been to Zola a few times however the service was awkward and the food disappointing. Many better choices in AA.

e
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

beautiful nite to be dining outside....great wine
lobster salad in avocado great
husband loved his tuna tartar
bread pudding dessert outstanding
eggplant on toast...just fair
miss scallops!

OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always (we both had fish specials, trout and swordfish, both excellent; and the octopus appetizer was delicious also), but the $16 per glass Sancerre was very undistinguished.

LB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

not sure why we could not have booked an earlier reservation through Open Table, they were not busy with many open tables when we arrived early for a 2:15 pm reservation- wasn't needed, would have liked to eaten earlier

AS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu was great - lots of choices for my pescatarian, gluten-free daughter and for my meat loving husband. The waitress was wonderful in accommodating my son's various food idiosyncrasies. The shrimp tacos were great, the cocktail sauce that came with our oysters was made with a wonderful homemade ketchup, and my salmon was perfectly cooked. Would definitely return.

S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their brunch menu was fantastic. There is definitely room for large parties. The service was great. I definitely recommend this place. I will definitely come back!

DW
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite brunch places in Ann Arbor. Everything I have ordered has been phenomenal. I am a huge fan of the blitz crepes - bourbon cherries on top! I highly recommend for a delicious brunch in a fun trendy atmosphere.

f
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Limited menu for vegetarians.

N
Detroit
37 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding. The service was very, very slow. Our poor waitress seemed to have way too many tables. She was pleasant and sweet...but drink refills were slow and it was a long time between courses.

BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Menu is impressive with great choices of ethnic food but the actual authentic flavor is lacking. Portion sizes decent. The place offers a good environment for a large group to convene and have a good conversation and enjoy.

L
Detroit
107 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Turkish eggs, the waffles, salmon hash...crepes all sooo good!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation celebration

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R
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We had a 7:15 pm reservation Thursday night of graduation weekend. We waited 45 minutes from our reservation time to be seated. We had to wait in a cramped, noisy area by the bar that had wait staff and customers constantly passing through. Once we were seated we were placed in a noisy corner that was difficult for the waitress to access. Consequently, the waitress did not get to our table often to check on us. There was never an apology from management for seating us so long after our reservation. The food was ok, but way over priced; $25 for penne with sausage. This place oversold the restaurant on graduation and cared little about the quality of the experience. Never going back.

C
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super delicious food, and incredibly kind and attentive staff! One of Ann Arbor’s gems

C
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unique and diverse menu. Something for everyone. Very nice wine list. Steaks cooked very well, great frites, halibut special very fresh and vegetables complimented it well. Our server was attentive and excellent. I will go back again.

CR
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Usually enjoy Cafe Zola...In the past, I have always found the ambience modern, cozy and unique. Unfortunately, my most recent experience was impacted by both service and food which surprised me given my past experience. Service was mediocre to poor with an impatient waitress refusing to take orders, forgetting to place orders, whispering to other wait stuff about the table guests, etc. Food was undercooked with raw rice and firm brussell sprouts.

In the past, my experience with Cafe Zola has always been above average to excellent...Unsure if this was an off night or what the problem was. Overall, I was disappointed.

k
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice server and food was delicious and restaurant was not too loud!

EP
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Easter Sunday Brunch at Zola's was wonderful. Nine of us gathered for brunch. We made reservations and walked in right on time as if we owned the place. Other than the noise factor, everthing else was terrific.

EV
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

tight space for bigger parties, but awesome and expansive brunch menu that pleased all levels of the diet preferences in our group.

B
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was friendly and amazingly helpful. It was very busy Easter Sunday, but they helped us with handicapped accommodations and never stopped smiling. :-)

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly waitstaff, generous portions, delicious food.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious!

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