Cafe Zola

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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 621 people are saying
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vipSandyR
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing! The small bites (arugula to octopus) to the short rib dinner were awesome!🙏fresh & served perfectly

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Arlie123
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience3

We always come here for the great food and great service, however this time was not that great. Quite disappointed. I took my father and 2 year old out to eat and we decided to sit outside since many were inside. I asked the host if the heater could be turned on that was next to our table. My request was ignored. I then asked our sever and told us it was out of gas. We were cold the whole time. To top it off, our appetizer was very cold and my fathers steak he order was dry and over cooked. Not at all happy with our visit this time. The sever also didn’t bother to check in on us much. I had no silverware to eat my meal and had to wait until she came to check on us. I was really disappointed with our visit at Cafe Zola. Will probably think twice before going again.

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RandalC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. The whole fish was outstanding!! Flat iron steak was very good. Service was good. Overall experience was great!! We will be back.

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cheetawolf
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Eggs were under-cooked, bacon burnt!
Service was s-l-o-w!

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CRPinAA
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Zola is a great spot. Their all-day Brunch menu is outstanding and makes it a most enjoyable dining experience. Our server, Sara, was absolutely fabulous. We will definitely return many more times.

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MiraC
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful gem in the middle of downtown Ann Arbor. The menu has been kept to be intriguing to try. Services are up to par.

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CynthiaD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clair our sever was wonderful!
I had a few questions about an entree choice, she was spot on about describing preparation details. The food was excellent. Healthy portion and amazing tastes. I highly recommend Cafe' Zola for lunch or dinner. Great menu and fabulous atmosphere!

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MikeT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice outdoor seating with heaters made for a very nice night. Our server was really good

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JuliaW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant for Brunch in Ann Arbor!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

$17 for 2 eggs, 1/2 cup potatoes, some untrimmed peppers. I felt ill until 3:00 AM. Ice cold butter that’s somehow supposed to be spread on toast. The only thing that was good was the coffee. Server did not know the menu and couldn’t advise.

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JulieW
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Half of our group’s food was excellent, the other half was fair. Wonderful ambience eating outdoors which was so nice. Service was fair at best. I have been before and had all wonderful food and service, so considering this a fluke. We would go back for sure.

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vipJrBbb
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Very overpriced for breakfast. Prices have increased significantly since my last visit

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Met a friend, had a table inside. Felt very Covid safe. Plenty of distance between tables. Went at off time, late afternoon, and had great service. Shrimp tacos very good, crab cakes not as good. Delish latte with oat milk. Yum

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

For the third time in 18 months, we were warned, when we arrived, that they were short staffed. Indeed, we waited 40 minutes just for drinks to arrive. Waitstaff not really friendly, didn’t acknowledge the long wait, especially troubling since it was outside and freezing cold. I recognize the difficulty of staffing, and paying for waitstaff, during COVID, but this issue predates COVID. Also, having been a server at a busy restaurant in the past, I know how grueling the work can be. But, on the flip side, this was the first time my husband and I went to eat our since COVID started. It was his birthday and meant to be a special and significant event. Our server was unfriendly. It was really a let down.

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GTfromDET
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The "All Day Brunch" menu is a great idea with several great dishes. We chose one from that side of the ledger and one from the main dinner menu. Both were absolutely delicious. What made the visit especially enjoyable was our outstanding server, Sara. She was personable, helpful, and wonderfully efficient. All in all, it was an excellent time at Cafe Zola. I would definitely recommend it (and Sara!) to anyone.

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EmilyL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice drink menu. Food was very tasty and the service was attentive but not overbearing.

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Ktina86
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was good, but the service was awful. It took at least 10-15 minutes for our waitress to even come over and take our drink order, then the same service pattern continued all night. End of the night when she finally brought us our bill, she didn't come back to cash us out. After about 10-15 minutes we just walked in to pay. Then it took about another 5 minutes for anyone to even acknowledge us. Quite disappointing!!

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vipRandazzle
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE were outdoors and had a lovely evening with good food, wine and service. It was a place we will return to.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was wonderful! There bees around but it came in the territory.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I know things are slow due to COVID however it took us close to an hour to get our food and people that were sat after us for their food before us. This is unlike them. Normally the service is fast and correct.

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vipKellyO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Farmhouse omelet was terrible
Service was poor
Crazy expensive for what you get
Way better value at Sava or Jagged Fork

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A2Foodie
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An Ann Arbor standard, Cafe Zola, has an excellent with small and large plates and lots of variety. I really like the atmosphere inside and out.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The usual excellent food. We ate outside in the area Ann Arbor has designated for outside dining. Plenty of room. Great weather. Great conversations with the owners. A fine way to celebrate an anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

After reading prior reviews, I was very surprised by my negative experience. Overpriced for the amount, presentation, and quality of food. Slow service. Orders were not brought out complete. No coffee refill, despite delayed food service and cooler ambient temperature outdoors. Probably will not return.

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carme
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Cafe Zola is always an excellent brunch place. They have a nice variety of egg, salad, and baked dishes. They have an excellent variety of specialty cocktails. The service is a little hit or miss though depending on the crowds.

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JamesS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service. Had breakfast and dinner during our visit to Ann Arbor.

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CindyH
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, delicious food and great service! Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dinner after move in day

MJ
vipMommaJEats
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely evening outside at Cafe Zola! Food was fabulous server sweet and wine well priced! A great last night with my daughter a student at UM TY!

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RebeccaL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service is really slow. We got seated immediately because we came early for lunch and had a reservation. It took 2.5 hours for the entire lunch. The server forgot about us a few times. It took 1 hour for our ice cream to come out. We wished we hadn't asked for desert. They don't enforce mask-wearing while walking around the outdoor seating area.

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Dianefw07
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Had our table ready, food and service great. !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent foods and service as always! Thank you

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vipRyanH
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite breakfast spot in Ann Arbor-

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ShariG
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. I wish the city would close the streets everyday and not just the weekend for dining. Eating outside is really nice.

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LisaC
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS food.. great quality ingredients - exceptional service! It's a Sunday favorite

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HILARYS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was nice portions. It was nice to sit outside

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Wait for food was too long

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Reviewer4
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the physical distancing solution of downtown Ann Arbor. Tables in the street—brilliant!

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Traveler3847595
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Pretty expensive compared to the value and quality of food. Also service was incredibly slow and and took almost 2 hours for a small table

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vippickyme
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe, delicious, relaxing what more could we ask?! Sitting outside, with little street traffic, attentively served great food and mixed drinks my grown daughters and I had the most special evening. We shared small plates and main courses that were inventive and flavorful. Neither of my daughters had ever had dinner at Cafe Zola and were pleasantly surprised at the diverse gourmet menu based on fresh ingredients. Best new dish were the fried eggs with shishido peppers and potatoes! Best standard dish was the mussels with chorizo.

FAQs

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

Cafe Zola is rated 4.4 stars by 621 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.