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Cafe Zola

4.1
4.1
894 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • 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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 894 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for Brunch

  • Ann Arbor

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ann Arbor

    Healthy

  • Ann Arbor

    Hot Spot

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for Lunch

  • Ann Arbor

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. w

    whcjr

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time. Will go again.
  2. C

    Christine

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful, drinks so yummy and the setting is cozy.
  3. RA

    RachelA

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a reservation and were offered indoor or outdoor dining. We opted for outdoor and it was great. The food was absolutely delicious. We had some people in our party that are gluten free and dairy free and the server was well versed on what could be modified to accommodate those preferences. Only problem was deciding what to eat. So many items looked good. We will definitely return!
  4. J

    Jenna

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    One of our orders was forgotten about and we had to ask for it 4 times. We were not given any indication of what happened and not apologized to for the inconvenience. The food is good, but not for the price.
  5. J

    Jill

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overpriced for what it is; food quality not great.
  6. A

    Alice

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Slow service, decent food but not worth the price!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. We will be back. Thank you.
  8. OT

    OldTimeItalianAmbiance

    Detroit

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice outdoor dining. They do not reserve outdoor tables but luckily we got one that was not in the way of the setting sun for dinner. Good food and wine, as always. Pretty pricey but went there with out of towners so they could experience Ann Arbor in the summer.
  9. DM

    DanM

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out favorite Ann Arbor restaurant… super rich menu offerings, food quality execution and presentation is top of class, and service never disappoints… never feel rushed, but also never feel like we’re waiting, course after course!
  10. MM

    MMMM

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is very good but overpriced. The cauliflower is very unusual and tasty
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience4
    Met up with friends and our baby for a nice Sunday brunch. The waiter was kind and was willing to help fix some kitchen delays, but did not have the best experience. We watched other tables of similar size who came later by 15 minutes+ get their orders first. When we got 3/4 of our orders (2 apps & a breakfast platter) it was 45 minutes later, and another 20 minutes for the final lunch order (spaghetti) to come. Everyone else was done eating by that time. During this time we were missing silverware and drinks, which we had to go inside and ask for, since we knew it would be another 15ish minutes before we would have someone to bring those out. Ending on a positive note.. the food was excellent, the outside ambiance was great, and the waiter did feel bad the kitchen was running far behind.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would definitely recommend Café Zola. We loved the salmon bruschetta, halibut, wine & blueberry buckle. Our server was polite, informed, and attentive. This part of Washington Street was closed for the Art Fair allowing all restaurants' al fresco diners to enjoy each other, the music, and A2's vibe.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible service. Waited an hour and half for food. Won’t be back here again
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Husbands 65 birthday
  15. D

    Deanna

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was extremely expensive for the portion size. You had to pay extra for everything, even dressing when the salad came without it. Service was very slow. Paid for extra protein on both salads for $12 each, and we received very small portions. Extremely disappointed. For an $89 lunch for two people, will not be coming back to this location again.
  16. N

    Nari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good atmosphere and the food was perfect. Definitely will be visiting again.
  17. FS

    FoodiesinSevenHills

    Cleveland

    90 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We always enjoy the vibe of Zola and we look forward to our visit each year. The mushroom avocado toast was excellent!
  18. KL

    KarenL

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sitting outside was lovely. Waitress was attentive and paid attention to DH's special requests. Bacon was overly salty but overall food was very good. Lots of choices!! Slightly more expensive for a weekday breakfast but what isn't these days?? Will definitely return.
  19. AS

    AlexandraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had an enjoyable brunch outside at Cafe Zola. I received a free nutella/banana crepe for my birthday.
  20. MS

    MarcS

    Grand Rapids

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The ourdoor seating on a nice day was spectacular. The service was good when we interacted, but slow and inconsistent when we did not have her attention. The food was excellent, but crazily overpriced. Paying just shy of $40 for breakfast (1 meal + coffee) is insane.
  21. L

    Lauralew

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for breakfast. We’re able to sit outside. Beautiful setting. Not too crowded. Marissa was exceptional server. Went above and beyond Food delicious.
  22. l

    lindab

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I have always loved eating at Zola's downtown Ann Arbor, but I had not been there in a while and it was such a disappointment. I ordered fish tacos and they were mediorcore. The dirnk I had was not too good either and the service was super slow for a Wednesday afternoon. I get it that perhaps the wait staff is short staffed (? not sure just guessing) For 3 small fish tacos and one drink, lunch was over $40. Yikes. I guess I would not have minded if it had been good. My sister got a crab cake egg bendict dish. She could not cut through the english muffin, I'm not joking, she was trying to saw through it and just gave up. The egg was cooked through, not runny like an egg benedict is supposed to be and there was no sauce on it. It was gross. The crab cake looked like a very brown, almost burnt, ball. Not like a crab cake at all. She did like her drink- thank goodness! Needless to say, won't be going back. I'm sorry that this resturaunt has changed for the worse.
  23. IM

    IMHO

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Zola has always been one of our favorite places to eat in Ann Arbor. It has consistently great service and food.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks, food and service were terrific. The tuna entree is fantastic and so are both types of mussels. Best place to eat in AA that is not a steakhouse.
  25. HD

    HD29

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service was very slow. We sat at the bar which is usually a faster route. We received our food before we even got our cocktails, which was shocking. I think staffing has certainly been hard on this location, as I don't remember having any of these issues in the past.
  26. AS

    AvivaS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food…service was the best I have had there…
  27. b

    bunky

    Nashville

    47 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Made reservations at Cafe Zola for noon for brunch. We were seated immediately but it took a few minutes for our server to get to the table. I ordered a mimosa and my son a diet coke. Diet coke came and I was told that the bar was behind and the mimosa was coming. He took our food order. Food came out and still no mimosa. This is one of my pet peaves!! Halfway thru our meal, the mimosa was delivered and I could tell that it was all OJ. I sent it back and they "topped it off". For $12, it should have been a pretty darn good mimosa and it was not. My farmhouse omelette was OK. I only ate half and I did not care for the potatoes. My son did enjoy his waffles, but when I got the bill, I was charged $4.50 for his diet coke (plus one refill). Crazy. With so many restaurants in Ann Arbor to choose from, we won't be back to Cafe Zola any time soon.
  28. DB

    DontBother

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    A pleasant but inexperienced server who was just not ready for prime time coupled with a kitchen that apparently needs 20 minutes to make a crepe (a signature item they've made for years) while not comping anything on our bill for the ridiculous experience says management at this once vibrant and great restaurant has lost its way.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We made reservations two months in advance for a group of 12 to celebrate a baby shower. I confirmed with the restaurant by calling three days before the scheduled reservation. When we arrived Monday morning at 10:00am (not a busy time of service!) they were completely confused and not anywhere ready to host our group. We had to crowd around and wait near the host stand. What a disappointment!
  30. CC

    ChrishaunC

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Slow service but other tables were served timely by other wait staff. We were seated first in the back area, all other tables were empty. As other customers were being seated in this same area after us, they were receiving food before us. There was another person who said she would take over but then the first waitress came back bringing the food and just dropping it off, not remembering each person’s order. It seems she was overwhelmed and began being rude. Not sure why she still served us when the other waitress was supposed to take over. The cost was too much for the bad experience. Will never go there again.
  31. DM

    DanM

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was very enjoyable! So many choices! And service is always dependable and high quality. Thank you!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant in the area. We love coming for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. It’s one of the few restaurants that reminds us of Chicago (we used to live there). This time, we came for Father’s Day. Food and ambiance is always amazing. Sometimes service is slow, but that’s everywhere right now and doesn’t bother us because we know. Always 10/10 recommend this place. *we were running 10 mins late this time too and they were so accommodating
  33. MI

    MIchaelB

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Sitting outside on a nice summer evening was delightful. The food was fine, but nothing special. The service was willing but not very expert with no knowledge of wine nor the ability to get help with it.
  34. JD

    JamesD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our reservation was for 6 people outside. It was pouring rain, but they were able to switch us inside
  35. DG

    DeniseG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    It’s a place to have drinks and appetizers. My husband ordered a crepe and it was horrible. I had pasta and it was ok. The calamari appetizer were frozen and tough. Not going back there for dinner.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVe Zola!!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We’ve been to Cafe Zola many times. Tonight was very disappointing. The service was inattentive, the wrong size wine was brought, the mussels were a bit fishy and the overall organization was poor. From the moment we walked in, with staff walking past us and not making eye contact, to not asking if we had reservations so they could make sure we’d actually kept up our end of the bargain, to the very inattentive service, it was a disappointing experience.
  38. GJ

    GregoryJ

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Had a reservation, so 2 of us immediately seated, 3rd person who came a touch later was advised we weren't there and to wait. No biggie, but . . . Server came by immediately when we were seated, but we hadn't had a chance to read the menu to decide on what to eat or what drinks would go with what we'd eat. Server then disappeared for 20 minutes or more, so from eager service, to . . . Food came fairly timely after order, although the octopus appetizer ran well behind the other appetizers. All appetizers were VERY GOOD (tuna tartare, octopus, caprese salad and kofta). I ordered an Old Fashioned, which was good, but you didn't get too many sips for $14, so . . . Wife had the salmon dinner entree and liked it, but portions were not too big for the $, so . . . All in all, a good place to go, service a touch spotty and prices a touch high for what you got.
  39. TH

    TheHoffmans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our most favorite restaurants in Ann Arbor, whether you want to dine outside or inside. Great menu, excellent kitchen, great service and above all, a superb location in the center of Ann Arbor with a great ambience providing a comfortable atmosphere for couples and small to midsize group dining
  40. L

    Lucille

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an outside table with superb food and excellent service from Savannah. I would highly recommend going to Zolas on a nice summer evening.

FAQs

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

Cafe Zola is rated 4.1 stars by 894 OpenTable diners.

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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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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