Zola + BarZola

4.5
799 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
BarZola offers an elevated cocktail experience complemented by a dinner menu from the Zola kitchen. We feature an array of French and California wines, as well as the best and closest sourced meat and produce of the season.

Experiences

  • Valentines Day Dinner at Zola + BarZola

    $115.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    We welcome you to celebrate Valentines day with us. A four course prix fixe menu will be exclusively available throughout the evening to impress that special someone. Kampachi Crudo blood orange - fresno chilies - cilantro - lime or Beef Carpaccio farm radishes - crispy shallots - black garlic .............. Lobster Bisque tarragon .............. Ribeye purple potato - brassicas - pink peppercorn jus or Roasted Halibut fennel - citrus - beet beurre blanc or Wild mushrooms risotto spring garlic - 18 month parmigiano reggiano .............. Blueberry Tart almonds - huckleberry coulis - vanilla ice cream - brown butter crumble or Chocolate tart pine nuts - caramel - whipped white chocolate $115 per person - $55 wine pairing per person

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 799 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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vipHiltonH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Zola is a gem perfect for special occasions and everyday dining.

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afoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zola holds a very special place in our lives. My boyfriend and I go to Zola for one of our birthdays every year. We love their food, the comfortable services, and their attention to details for being able to accommodate customers' requests.

We will keep going back to Zola for years to come!

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DonR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and great, creative drinks. A real "neighborhood" place. Glad it is there!

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vipRayB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Guess my expectations were higher than they should of been.
Ordered the beef bourguignon, tasty but very fatty (50%).
The endive & apple salad was the highlight of my meal.
Good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience4

One waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. The rest of the service was 👎🏼.

Also, the check in location was really confusing. There were at least 5 parties after us who were all really confused about where to go.

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VictoriaA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only does Zola have amazing food and an amazing wine list, but they are extra helpful and accommodating! Great atmosphere! It was the perfect place to celebrate our son's 21st!!

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vipValeryK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place is not the Zola that was before COVID break. Disappointing

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aimeew
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zola‘s is one of the classiest places in Palo Alto. Delicious cocktails and a great wine list makes sitting in the gorgeous bar or in the patio a pleasure. The French bistro menu is delicious and I always feel welcome and taken care of. One of my absolute favorites in this town.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Really cute place. I think that it’s overpriced though. For new eve they had fixed menu, our bill ended up at $400+ for 2 people for just ok food. Some of the dishes were great while other would better to not serve.
Overall we still enjoyed.

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ABGA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very overpriced for the quality and amount of food served. Never again

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vipBrian
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

For Michelin recommended restaurant that charges $45 per entree, service was subpar. Throughout the night, not even once did the server come and asked if we needed anything. We had to flag them down every time. Food was really good, even though not a lot of choices. Cost was $300 for one appetizer, two bread appetizers (not free), one small salad, three entrees, one orange juice, large sparkling, and one chardonnay. Probably won't come back considering price paid for value. At least food was good.

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KLovesGoodFood
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guillaume has created a truly special place. We are outside and we’re well protected from the elements. The inside was packed. The food was delicious as always and the bar tender is a magician. I highly recommend the Brussels sprouts, the gnocchi and the beef bourguignon. Enjoy!!

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HeatherS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary and due to covid times had to bring our kids along for our date. The team at Zola made the kids feel welcome and were able to make a special version of the gnocchi for them. All the flavors were delicious, the cocktails were fantastic and overall had a great night out. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, personable service. We sat outside and it was cold and raining, but we were warm and dry under the constructed dining area. My bf and I had the xmas eve prefixed options and would definitely come back to try the regular menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Enjoyable Christmas Eve

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food as always was amazing. Service was not up to their usual 5 star standard. The door was open the entire time, so required jacket indoors

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NinaP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service and ambiance. The host, Duncan, is a gem!

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vipBrian
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zola + BarZola is such a gem in Palo Alto. Great food, innovative cocktails, impressive wine list, great atmosphere, and attentive service.

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vipEdieG
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So happy to see a vibrant restaurant! The food and service at Zola were great, and the vibe was very upbeat and energetic. Don’t miss their outstanding cocktails, but it is the chef that really works the magic here. Kudos to the whole team!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A positive first visit. Friendly, attentive staff and delicious well prepared food. We will certainly return!

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GeorgeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu was fantastic (we got most items and shared)! Cocktails were top-notch as well. Highly recommend!

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vipGeeGee
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We had a nice waiter who apologized for our long wait. He did the best he could but even getting a free dessert did not make the wait worth while. It was a bit too noisy but we knew it would be like that and elected to take it. The food was fine the wait and atmosphere was lousy.

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Ab909
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Cocktails were super good. Dinner was fine. My special was delicious but steak frites were mediocre especially for being so expensive. The waiter really pushed us to order quickly but then we were sitting done eating for so long before anyone checked on us or gave us the check.

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SuzanneS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Restaurant did not honor reservation - were seated 20 mins after reservation time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little place. Food was very good and will go back

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BigD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great steak and herb butter. My not complaint is the dessert choices were a little likited

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dfwfoodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal outdoors and it was very comfortable. The food was very good quality and tasted great.

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ValerieA
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food. They have done a good job of outdoor eating space. The real draw here is the fabulous French food. Had the sole - fantastic. Wines by the glass limited. Fun cocktails. The new BAR area is great

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EileenS
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little slice of Paris bistro with a hip, happening vibe and creative cocktails. Will return.

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vipRobo
Hawaii
46 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aloha, night out with friends in Palo Alto. Great spot downtown PA. Great ambiance. Chef/owner comes out to say hello. Nice. We enjoyed chopped endive salad and olives fir starters. Moved into beef cheeks, risotto and pork. Very good flavors. 2 bottles of wine and whew. Fun night. Mahalo Melissa for turning us on to your hometown haunt.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outdoor dining is a bit noisy and cold on winter weekends but the food, while not great is enjoyable and the service is superb.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very lively ambiance, stylish interior and friendly/helpful staff. Strong cocktails and delicious food. We celebrated our anniversary and they brought two of their desserts out for us. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing evening with great service, food and wines. The meat carpaccio was my favorite. Ordered it twice actually 😂

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vipsarah
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Came for a get together. Was very excited to have the gnocchi at Zola after 2 years. Chewy and not as soft and dreamy as it used to be. Ordered a steak as well, which was not tender at all. The mousse for dessert was gritty and didn’t have a smooth texture.
Our server was attentive, and helpful.
The tuna tartare was good and the drinks were really good.
I don’t think we will be coming back in a hurry. Which makes us sad, because Zola used to be our go-to for a good time. Hope the slump in quality is just temporary!

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EricW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was told to stick to selecting the meat dishes. Duck starter and sea bass finisher. Sidecars got me there.

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JohnG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food selection was few. Enjoyed 3/6 of the food we ordered. The salad was great. Charcuterie was tasty and the Beef Cheeks Bourguignon was the best thing. The duck meatball special was 2/5 taste wise. Beef and Pork Meatballs was okay. Chocolate mouse was actually great. Drinks were top notch! Hive Mind drink and Eagle Rare 10YO was amazing.

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PatzyB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal! The brussels sprouts were amazing, beef cheeks oh so tender, excellent cocktails, we loved everything - will be back!

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vipJudy
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good delicious but service a little rocky.

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vipManila2015
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Service was very spotty - waitress had too many tables to cover and we struggled to get her attention. Once we got it - she was attentive.
Was never offered wine list by the bottle and waitress seemed confused with our wine order by the glass - brought out different wines than ordered.
Pork chops were v good.
Charcuterie board nice but we had to ask 4x for extra bread.

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vipbigfella
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zola has just four entrees on the menu, so you can count on each one being a work of art. They were. Order a cocktail and marvel at the perfectly clear, perfectly square ice cube that comes with it.

Only complaint would be the noise level, which Open Table would euphemistically call "energetic". Why do restaurants continue to play their overly loud music after the restaurant fills up and people are trying to talk to each other, but can barely hear each other because there are no sound-absorbing surfaces in the place? It's as if they are saying, "You may try to talk to each other, but we are going to make that as difficult as we can."

FAQs

Zola + BarZola is rated 4.5 stars by 799 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.