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Cafe Zola, Ann Arbor, MI

Cafe Zola

4.2
4.2
949 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 17 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 949 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Contemporary American

  • Ann Arbor

    Kid-friendly

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for groups

  • Ann Arbor

    Healthy

  • Ann Arbor

    Hot spot

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for fine wines

  • Ann Arbor

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Lively

  • Ann Arbor

    Most Booked

949 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We have dined at Cafe Zola many times in the past; it is one of our favorite restaurants in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately, our experience at Cafe Zola for Mother's Day dinner was not great. We were seated right away, but waited over an hour for our dinner. Our server did not give us any updates during that time to let us know when to expect our food. When the food was served, I was given an entree that I didn't order. When I told our server, she apologized, and said that the item I ordered (steak) would take a long time if she re-entered the order. I told her to not do that, because we had waited an hour already. To the restaurant's credit, the server gave us a dessert crêpe on the house. I can appreciate that perhaps the restaurant was busier than normal for Mother's Day, or that our server may have been new, but in the end we paid over $50 for a small appetizer and a bowl of pasta that my wife and I shared.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food. The service was good despite how busy the restaurant was. And it was bustling but still easy to have a conversation. A+.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Understanding this was Mother’s Day and the restaurant would be busy, I would have not expected the food to take as long as it did to arrive. Our server was very gracious, as it’s no reflection on him. Will make another choice should the food take this along again.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was Mother’s Day, so not the best day to dine. Despite reservations, we waited over an hour for our brunch to be served. There was only one terrific woman hosting, seating, serving, etc. and it was clear they were understaffed and/or had overbooked for the occasion. Food was good, however, given the wait and service, it was expensive and not a great value. We will not return in the future on Mother’s Day.

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  5. JenniferS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Seated right away with our reservation. Service was poor. Waited 15+ minutes for a server , and one showed after we asked hostess. Never was able to get a coffee or water refill. Someone else dropped the food off and only got the bill when we tracked down hostess again. Caprese salad was drenched in all olive oil, unedible. Poured off plate onto table was food was delivered. Meal was not a pleasant experience. Crab cake Benedict was decent. Been going to Zola since they opened, but not interested in going again anytime soon.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ann Arbor’s best brunch. Consistently good, the Turkish eggs are my go-to. Bonus: The artwork on display right now is gorgeous!

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  7. LauraM

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We went very early on Mothers Day. A few members of our large party (10) were running late so the hostess would not seat us, even though the restaurant was almost empty. Once seated, our waitress was lovely and we ordered quickly because some of the party had to catch flights. 6 dishes came out in a reasonable amount of time and then 15 mins later the remaining 4 came out. Luckily those with flights were in the 6. When we all stood up to say goodbye to those flying, the hostess was ready to clear our table even though 4 of us were still eating. I have had several very good experiences at Cafe Zola. This experience and the food were definitely sub-par.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Surprised at the underwhelming service and environment. Prior to this visit it was one of my favorite restaurants. We had family of 7 for early Mother's Day. Table was in a tight spot. Greeter barely looked or talked to us. The waitress just kept rushing us in the way she came back to table. The restaurant was basically empty so we thought maybe they were closing at 4 for break between dinner. Cleaning around us as if we were in the way. The vibe not great & food mediocre

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  9. LauraA

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Law school gradtion dinner. Plus was set for large groups snd great food selection. Loved that they offered a graduation cake from Zingermans that was great and a hood surprise. Kitchen was unbearably slow. We waited an hour for food. Plus it was very hot. Did mar the otherwise nice experience. I think they overbooked.

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  10. WFoodie

    Costa Rica

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, but not extraordinary. It is a bit expensive for what you really get

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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 4.2 stars by 949 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 17 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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