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You may still wait 10-30 minutes.
We may use more than one table for large groups.
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One-half pound of American kobe beef served on an onion roll with lettuce, tomato and grilled onion. accompanied by a side of pommes frites and our house made ketchup, spicy mayonnaise and citrus chutney.
Filled with the finest durhams tracklements salmon, sour cream and fresh dill.
Two eggs, oven-baked sunny-side up with sauted organic spinach and a slice of French feta cheese. served with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and Mediterranean olives. as beautiful as it is delicious.
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.
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.
Very nice drink menu. Food was very tasty and the service was attentive but not overbearing.
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!!
WE were outdoors and had a lovely evening with good food, wine and service. It was a place we will return to.
My experience was wonderful! There bees around but it came in the territory.
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.
Farmhouse omelet was terrible
Service was poor
Crazy expensive for what you get
Way better value at Sava or Jagged Fork
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.
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.
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.
Great food and friendly service. Had breakfast and dinner during our visit to Ann Arbor.
Excellent, delicious food and great service! Love this place!
It was a great dinner after move in day
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!
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.
Everything was perfect. Had our table ready, food and service great. !
Excellent foods and service as always! Thank you
Our favorite breakfast spot in Ann Arbor-
Everything was great. I wish the city would close the streets everyday and not just the weekend for dining. Eating outside is really nice.
FABULOUS food.. great quality ingredients - exceptional service! It's a Sunday favorite
Food was nice portions. It was nice to sit outside
Wait for food was too long
Love the physical distancing solution of downtown Ann Arbor. Tables in the street—brilliant!
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
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.
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.
It was great. Best eggs I have ever had
Very slow service outdoor seating is very uncomfortable the food was good
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.
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).
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.
Loved our outdoor dinner at Cafe Zola. The lamb chops were delicious and cocktails so refreshing!
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.
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!
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
A great time, as always - even under these bizarre circumstances.
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.