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Cafe Zola, Ann Arbor, MI
Cafe Zola, Ann Arbor, MI
Cafe Zola, Ann Arbor, MI
Cafe Zola, Ann Arbor, MI
Cafe Zola, Ann Arbor, MI

Cafe Zola

4.3
4.3
937 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (734) 769-2020
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Middle Eastern, Women
  • Neighborhood
    Ann Arbor
  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Parking details
    There are many locations to park nearby. Metered parking is available on the streets surrounding Cafe Zola. Parking is free on Sundays. The closest public lots are on West Washington between 4th Street and Main Street and on the corner of Ashley and West Washington.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 937 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Ann Arbor

    Hot spot

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for fine wines

  • Ann Arbor

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Most Booked

937 Reviews
  1. Tryitonce

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Sadly, the portion sizes at our favorite restaurant have seriously dwindled while the prices have sky rocketed. Most disappointing dinner we have ever had there.

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  2. HannahM

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good overall. We had a birthday and they offered a free crepe at the end but we had already ordered many crepes for the main so the timing felt awkward.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very good but it took forever to get our drinks, then apps, then food and we were a party of 2. Another party was seated beside us and they received their food a good 20 minutes before us. We were there way too long very frustrating.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Has the wild mushroom avocado toast with a poached egg - no regrets!! The penne pasta was to die for as well.

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  5. JudyJ

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly wonderful and unique restaurant. Authentic French food. Each dish was fabulous

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had Easter dinner with our son who attends University of Michigan. My first impression was that is was crowded (tables very close together) and very noisy. We had a hard time hearing each other. However, the service and the food was outstanding. We had a very good time, especially once my son reminded me that we were in a college town with a lot of energy. We left feeling full and energized! I would definitely go to Zola’s again. Note it cost over $200 for an appetizer, four dinners, two coffees and two desserts.

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  7. DianneB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place! Food is fantastic & would highly recommend.

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  8. RobertC

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I believe my server's name was Sophie or Sophia. She was very attentive filling my water when it was diminished and doing the same for my coffee. My coffee was especially good! When I first got there I waited quite awhile watching other tables get service who arrived after me. I think someone forgot to notify someone that I had arrived! But the food was good. I had the Omelette Duxelles. The side of potatoes that were just slightly salted and a little fresh rosemary sprinkled around were my favorite. It was a good place for an Easter brunch.

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  9. Ashley

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great dinner with friends at Cafe Zola. We used to frequently visit for brunch, but we rarely go for dinner. Food and drinks were delicious!

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  10. Litwild

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Glad we went. Tried some different stuff. All was good.

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  11. peaches

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience all around. They accommodated a time change and number in my party and gave us fantastic service and wonderful food.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bar staff, drinks, and Bloody Marys! Highly recommend for brunch

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  13. Annarborgirl15

    Detroit

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal with superb service! Great wine selection!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and service was much-improved! I haven’t been to Zola in a few years due to poor past experiences with the customer service of the staff. However, we gave it another shot recently and it was such a great dining experience. Would definitely recommend :)

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  15. JonD

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cafe Zola was not up to its normal stellar standards last night - service was a bit slow and my steak was not well prepared. I will come back because I know how great they are normally.

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  16. jfrazure

    Dallas

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little spot. Food and drinks are plentiful and good. Would recommend.

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  17. BrendaD

    Northern MI

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and great drinks. The cucumber lime gimlet is a hit, soooooo delicious. Food is great. Lovely place

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  18. MarieS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took a couple of high profile clients to dinner at Cafe Zola (total of 8 in our party). We all had a wonderful experience - our table was ready early, the staff was exceptional, menu was great & food was delicious. I would highly recommend Cafe Zola and will be dining there again!

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  19. NicoleC

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to celebrate with families. The service is friendly and the restaurant has a relaxed artsy vibe.

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  20. A2Townie

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waiting a long time for food, and a long time for the check. Kitchen unable to make omelette without onions. Eggs and potatoes very undercooked. French press coffee very weak, consistency of tea. Espresso martini made with hot coffee, and was served warm, and not chilled at all. Server did not check up on us. Booked reservation as a birthday celebration that was never acknowledged.

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  21. JaneH

    Northern MI

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I'd go to Cafe Zola whenever I could or can! I just asked a long time friend to meet me there in 3 days for brunch. I LOVE the market, and also the food, music, ambiance, wait staff. One cannot go wrong! JH

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  22. Grayfox

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoy the meal and service. Thank you for preparing meal not shown on the menu.

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  23. George

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was great! We were visiting with our niece and nephew from Chicago. They had college friends join us, who unexpectedly showed up with their baby. Our wait person accommodated us SO WONDERFULLY! Food was superb as usual. Loved being there on a basketball Sunday with parties from both teams well represented. We were wondering why it had been so long since we had dined with you! We’ll be back soon.

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  24. SamanthaR

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Every disappointed, service was incredibly slow, took 30 mins to get a coffee and a drink, was told they were too busy to make a Carmel cappuccino but could make a regular cappuccino ???? How hard is it to add Carmel sauce, in the time you took to come back to tell us it was too busy??? Food was just ok, way over priced for what it was, an omelette for $22??? With ham and veggies. Took about 10 mins to get check back with our card after we paid. Will not be back.

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  25. EdSt

    Detroit

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve been a longtime fan of Zola but our last meal was disappointing. Oysters at $4 each were tiny. Mussels were cold. When I mentioned this to our waitress she said “sorry” but offered nothing more. I would have appreciated “I’ll bring you some hot ones”. Sigh.

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  26. Naperville

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice food, service and ambiance. Thanks. Our first time there.

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  27. MindyM

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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  28. MoBReviewsRestaraunts

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sophia was a fantastic hostess! We had a wonderful time.

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  29. AllenL

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good. The service was slow. It was very loud. Nice place but be prepared to have to yell across the table.

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  30. ClaireD

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is delicious! It is kind of loud, and fairly expensive, but overall a lovely place to go for brunch if you’re willing to splurge!

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  31. PM69

    Detroit

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was terrible, although no fault of the server, kitchen was slow as molasses. The server kept apologizing but he could only serve what the kitchen put out. Got the appetizer after the entree had been served. Have had better experiences on previous visits.

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  32. SabrinaS

    Atlantic City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience! Food excellent, service great!

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  33. msliz

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for Restaurant Week. A great way to try the menu. The food was very good..the octopus a bit overdone. The staff did a great job with a full restaurant and the kitchen did their best to keep up. We'll be back on a regular night.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An outstanding Restaurant week value…food quality, quantity and cost! Our waiter Darrell was exceptional.

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  35. JohnD

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting menu items — not the standard beef, pork, chicken, salmon, etc. all the items we got were well prepared and seasoned.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed restaurant week special. I like the atmosphere and our waiter did a very nice job. The food was pretty good. Loved the octopus appetizer! The calamari was average. My wife enjoyed her cod (I enjoyed the taste I got). My cacio e pepe was more like macaroni and cheese than I expected, not bad, just not what I expected for the price. Maybe they weren’t able to shine because of doing all the meals for restaurant week. I will try there again. I’ve eaten breakfast there before and it was wonderful.

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  37. FarahEats

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cafe Zola has a nice ambiance, great service, and some delicious menu options in my experience. I think portion sizes for the price can be disappointing however, which is why I don't go back often. Once in a while it is a nice treat but I wish portions were bigger. People highly recommended the Shakshuka which was decent but I wouldn't order it again.

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  38. BethanyC

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The server had no personality. 1 of 4 meals was delayed by 10 minutes, with no apologies.

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  39. BarbaraN

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First we had calamari -- yummy with the spicy sauce. Then we enjoyed the warm radiccio-kale salad with citrus sections. The steak frittes main was great: tender flavorful steak and seasoned fries with 2 tasty sauces. My partner loved the duck leg special with mashed potatoes. Compliments to the chef on all of it!

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  40. Marc

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waitstaff blew it completely! Forgot our order!!

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FAQs

Cafe Zola offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (734) 769-2020.

Cafe Zola is rated 4.3 stars by 937 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Zola

112 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1325

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Neighborhood
    Ann Arbor
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are many locations to park nearby. Metered parking is available on the streets surrounding Cafe Zola. Parking is free on Sundays. The closest public lots are on West Washington between 4th Street and Main Street and on the corner of Ashley and West Washington.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Middle Eastern, Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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