Cafe Zola

4.5
660 Reviews
$30 and under
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 660 people are saying
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vipBigFan2meat
Grand Rapids
27 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

It was very loud. There weren’t that many tables and yet we sat for 10 minutes before anyone came up to us. And even then our service still remained very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Easter brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Our first time eating at a restaurant in a year and it was a wonderful experience all around. Thank you!

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MikeS
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice cafe restaurant in the middle of Ann Arbor. Interesting menu with many tapas like items, some hit the mark others, not so much.

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vipBethE
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrating my daughter’s upcoming graduation!

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LauraC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our waiter forgot to put in our order. When he came back to let us know about 45 minutes later, he asked us what we had ordered. The crab cake was mostly filler and very little crab. The waiter never offered to comp us on anything even though we waited another 45 minutes for our food.

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livvyfaye
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I love Cafe Zola! I go here often for brunch with the girls. Sometimes the wait periods are longer than usual and there are times I've waited over an hour for my food but I am always happy with my meal!

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MikeT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite brunch place by far. Amazing food, amazing service. Make a reservation! Getting in without one isn’t easy.

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DOROTHYB
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

fun food, good atmosphere, friendly service. imaginative ingredients with lots of variety.

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RyanC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server was fantastic in spite of the fact that there were only 2 services serving the entire restaurant.

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Lauralew
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

we ate outside. Not enuf servers, so slow service, but it always is but its worth the wait.

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PaulK
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As to be expected, the food. Service and chai tea were all excellent. The atmosphere is cozy and everyone followed safe practices.

I could have easily have given five stars based on the above criteria. Only reason for giving 4 stars is the value component. Prices are definitely on the high end

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AlexandraM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant Excellent food Excellent service

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TonyH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was poor. Service was good. Had the chicken and it was a mess. My date had the fish tacos and they were subpar. Staff very nice.

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vipDowntownResident
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites in downtown Ann Arbor, for breakfast lunch and dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was a little chilly but still nice.

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RRich
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch. I appreciated that we were able to get a booster seat for our 2 year old.

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StevenZ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside patio, food was delicious and service attentive

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mauraclare
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going here since I was a kid, and can appreciate it that much more now!

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Authentic
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My favorite place for brunch !
Their crepes are outstanding !

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ShanB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a pretty and sunny day in Ann Arbor. We sat outside, it was fantastic, a little cook but the sun was nice. The tables were spread out nicely. We ordered brunch and as always it was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique and delicious, enjoyed lamb kafta, fish taco, Kobe burger and salad.

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MargieS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really good food, gluten free options & generous portions

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Cute spot with a massive menu and fresh, local ingredients but $22 for a BLT with egg and avocado is obnoxiously steep. That was the sandwich only. $12 for a screwdriver which I don't drink often and wasn't even buzzed after three...

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GregoryS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe Zola is a guaranteed good experience. Love the cocktails, short ribs and wine!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great variety of small plates!

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vipSK1020
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a lovely lunch! Food was very good, spectacular blood orange martini! Service was wonderful...Amanda was very friendly and made great recommendations. Will definitely be back!

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Alex
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Dinner was very nice but the portion sizes were a little too small. The shrimp casserole was way to small and gave my girlfriend 6 pieces of shrimp as the entire entree. There’s no reason you should have to go to McDonald’s after spending $70 for dinner!!

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JoeyM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cafe Zola seemed to be understaffed when we were there. The food was great, and our waiter did a nice job for working so many tables. It did take about 10 minutes or so to get seated, with no one ahead of us, as the host was also clearing tables. The food was great and took a reasonable time to get to the table. Over all a good experience.

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TammyF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great service, great atmosphere. loved it.

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SuzF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even through a pandemic, Cafe Zola manages to meet high expectations for dining experiences. So grateful some things don't have to change.

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cafe Zola never disappoints! Charming atmosphere - excellent food! Great selection, good service.. Had lunch and took carry outs for dinner..

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peterr
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

what beats eating great food outside when it is snowing?

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LesleyN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As we sat outside on winter December afternoon for brunch. It had an ambiance as we sat with a heater at our table as the light snow came down... It was fun. I was dressed warmly and brought a blanket for my lap. The drinks were fabulous and the brunch items that we ordered were outstanding. I definitely will be going back again to try the other food items and hopefully one day get to sit inside and enjoy.

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JanieneG
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Friendly staff. I had the braised short ribs which were delicious. We ate outside in January due to the state restrictions on indoor dining and sat next to 2 heat lamps to mitigate the cold.

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vipStephani
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

We love Cafe Zola. But eating outside when it’s 35 degrees is just not enjoyable. We know it’s obviously not their fault but we just wish there was a barrier or tent or something to block the wind or at least left us know ahead of time so we could make the decision to go or not. Food was very good. Loved the fish tacos and Sweet Potato Squash soup.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience2

The food and service were outstanding as usual. Unfortunately it was very cold night and the number of outdoor heaters were not enough. I will be back but may wait until they decide to get outdoor tents/ greenhouses or hopefully the Governor starts to open the state similar to Ohio very soon.

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GregT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place and awesome staff! Local gem.

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vipJFriedkin
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most lovely time doing a little December outdoor dining. We felt safe with all of the covid measures put into place. Definitely recommend the fish tacos! Pro tip: bring a blanket because you may not get a table near a heat lamp!

FAQs

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

Cafe Zola is rated 4.5 stars by 660 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.