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.
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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
1 review
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
14 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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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.

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Angela
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food and cocktails tasted good per usual but definitely would only go there for brunch as the price for dinner menu was a little overpriced even for salad and the add-on for protein was over $10.

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MLB1
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Best eggs I have ever had

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very slow service outdoor seating is very uncomfortable the food was good

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vipLuv2eatout
Detroit
110 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was super slow this time. Seated outside despite asking for indoor tables during reservation, but weather was nice, so it worked out. Felt safely distanced and masks observed and worn by customers.

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DanielR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying the chorizo mussels, a lunch special. Fantastic. Also had a smoothie, which was not bad. Staff is great and the outdoor seating during COVID is very convenient and atmospheric (Washington St. is partially closed off).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I went to Cafe Zola for a long overdue girl’s night and we had so much fun!! The food was delicious and the service was great:). We will be going back soon.

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SarahA
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our outdoor dinner at Cafe Zola. The lamb chops were delicious and cocktails so refreshing!

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LaurenA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Zola impresses us every time we go! We had a very enjoyable brunch on Saturday morning and were comfortably more than 6 feet away from the next table outside. Phenomenal cappuccinos! Staff were all wearing masks and were very courteous and accomodating.

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MichiganSkier
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to restaurant in Ann Arbor. They have food for everytime of day - it’s always excellent and there is a huge variety. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and just drinks are all perfect here!

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Weta2
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great to “eat out” during covid and felt quite safe as they did everything right. Only troublesome noise was a dog continuously barking behind us across the street at another restaurant.

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Jannehall
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Yummy food! Prices seemed a bit high for brunch food. Service was as good as it can be in this covid world. Overall, a great experience! Props to them for making a special grilled cheese for the little ones that were with us! :)

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vipCitychic
Detroit
153 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Started with the goat cheese appetizer. A lovely bite. I had the lamb chops and my husband had the curried fish. Both were excellent. We ate outside. Staff used appropriate COVID precautions.

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Ariel
Detroit
35 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cafe Zola is a gem in downtown Ann Arbor. The service is great, and they are very respectful and diligent during these COVID-19 times there is a good amount of outdoor seating spaced apart. They are known for their breakfast/brunch items. They food is always made we'll, however they carry a "dinner" price tag. That's my only reason for deducting a star.

SM
vipSteveM
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great time, as always - even under these bizarre circumstances.
Loved it!

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 608 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.