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Zola + BarZola, Palo Alto, CA

Zola + BarZola

4.7
4.7
881 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (650) 521-0651

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Guillaume Bienaime

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Hamilton

  • Parking details

    Public parking lot is located across the street under City Hall. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    Caltrain, Palo Alto Station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 881 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Used to love it here. But service was very very slow. Took almost an hr to get our first drink order. Very young and green waiter. He had to read the specials word for word. Think it’s hard to hire these days. Wanted to love it and put this back in the rotation but unfortunately the service was so slow that it affected the experience.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded 4 days agoHi Anonymous, Appreciate your feedback. I has helped us realize that we need to add a service member to the floor team. Thanks again. Guillaume

  2. J

    Joey

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Food is pretty good but nothing crazy outstanding. When we sat down, they didn't ask for drinks or anything. Then, the appetite came before drinks, which I didn't expect this type of disorder in a higher end restaurant. The fried egg was left out in the main course, and the server came out with just the fried egg itself. Basically, the restaurant is a little all over the place and definitely overpriced for what you get.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded 4 days agoHi Anonymous, Appreciate your feedback. I has helped us realize that we need to add a service member to the floor team to properly serve our guests during busy weekends. Thanks again, Guillaume

  3. ES

    ESPaloAlto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zola was amazing from start to finish. Great service that was fast and attentive, plus some of the best food I have had in Palo Alto. The cocktails were impressive and celebrate French apéritifs, and the dinner and dessert were great as well!
  4. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Guillaume, thanks for a great table outdoors. Our dinner following Music@Menlo was wonderful. Enjoyed the mussels with frites as well as the halibut! Donna is such a positive, helpful server. Carol and Dr. Joel
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was excellent. Service was sub par and did not deserve the 18% tip that I left. We did get a nice corner table in the bar section of the restaurant.
  6. JG

    JulianG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    All three of us had superb dinners. I liked mine the best.
  7. JV

    JamesV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive, seasonal and well executed. Wonderful wine list.
  8. s

    stevenh

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Some memorable dishes. Appetizers creative added to experience.
  9. CR

    ChezR

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We freaking loved this place. The food, drinks and staff were beyond amazing. Definitely going back!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Zola for date night and we were seated outside. Food was great *chef’s kiss*! Especially loved the gnocchi, and the steak was also good.
  11. DR

    DylanR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great happy hour at Zola! The charcuterie board was a nice amount of food, and the cocktail presentation was excellent.
  12. PA

    PaloAltoDiner

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great simple green salad, perfect amount of dressing, crisp, hit the spot on a warm summer evening. Vegetable gnocchi was perfect with seasonal peas and corn.
  13. BJ

    BJNR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience. Great food. Great service. Would go again.
  14. b

    baba99

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The food here was pretty good with fresh ingredients and good quality meats. Portion sizes for entrées are moderate to small. The salad was good size and very flavorful. I had the pork which had a wonderful Panko crust on it. It was served with micro greens on top. I would have expected a little something to go with it given the $46 price tag. My partner had the fish which was cooked very well had a nice flavor but was small for $42. The ambience while pleasant enough was nothing special. The bar looked like it would be more fun and a little more lively to eat in. The wine list has a nice selection but was very expensive. The cheapest white on the list was $66. Our service while fairly efficient was detached and cold. I understand things are expensive these days and usually don’t dwell on the price if I feel I am getting value. I don’t feel like a bill of $260 for two people was warranted given the deficits.
  15. CB

    ChrisB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    The food was very good. The service itself was OK, but our server wasn't very personable and we often had a hard time getting his attention. We were there on Bastille Day because we wanted a French experience. When we told our waiter, he had no idea of the day nor did he seem to care. If you want a French experience, there are plenty of lovely restaurants in the Bay Area. If you want good food served by an indifferent staff, then Zola is fine.
  16. C

    California1944

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guillaume has found his place. Very French, great bartenders and servers, but the food! That is fantastic. Don’t miss an evening at Bar Zola!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great drinks great staff this place knocks it outta the park every time
  18. P

    Port63

    San Francisco

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good is very good , salad 🥗 was fantastic. Meatballs wonderful!
  19. D

    Donna

    San Francisco

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in the area! Service is a 10. Perfect.
  20. L

    Lollie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious! Can’t go wrong! A little loud, but not intolerable.
  21. L

    Lizlovesgoodfood

    Palm Springs

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second time at Zola. First time we had drinks and dinner in Zola Bar. Last night we were in the dining room. Cocktails are great and the food is really delicious. To start I highly recommend the Bretzels with cheese mustard dip to have with your drinks. The trout is fantastic and the gnocchi is even better. Service is very professional and atmosphere is hopping without being too loud or crazy.
  22. s

    sarah

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Usually one of my favorites. Service was attentive. Food sadly was just average. Used to be spectacular. I didn’t order my usual go to items on the menu, but that shouldn’t mean that it should be less than stellar. Perhaps they’re at the receiving end of labor issues and this is their best for the moment. I’ve loved Zola since they opened.. I really hope that this was just an off day for them. Wishing you well!
  23. S

    Sylvain

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Less is definitely more! The art of mastering every plate on the menu. If you are a foodie, Zola is a must visit…
  24. AM

    AMBellini

    Atlanta

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    The waiter was efficient and attentive, but offered no personality or recommendations. The atmosphere was also impersonal and dull. But the food was outstanding! We enjoyed every dish that we ordered. The wine list was sub-par for the quality of food....it would benefit Zola to offer some better wines and not mark the prices up so high.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded on June 20, 2022Hi AM, Really appreciate your feedback, very helpful, but have to defend your comments about our wine list. There isn't a better wine list in Palo Alto (okay, maybe Protégé) and our markups are in line with industry standards. It sounds like the bar area is where you would be more comfortable, please request that for you next visit. Thank you. Guillaume

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. The food was delicious and the environment was awesome.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous service and food!
  27. S

    Starswheat

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mocktails are excellent. I like the fries with the steak, and the steak itself is also superb. Moreover, the chocolate mousse at the end is also a plus.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was kind and funny, and had great recommendations. Zola is a must-try in Pal Alto, and I can’t wait to return. The food is delicious, and the ambiance is kind of magical.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded on June 22, 2022You're awesome.

  29. PA

    PaloAlto

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding evening. Sexy bar, great service, excellent kitchen, inspired wine list. Can't wait to go again!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant and the food is incredibly
  31. G

    George

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic food and wine and excellent value
  32. E

    Enjoyingthefood

    San Francisco

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A bustling place with a lot of interesting dishes that are more Americanized French than French. Still food (e.g., beef cheeks bourguignon) was really good and presented very attractively. Wines are really pricey. Great service and a fun place for people watching.
  33. k

    kristi

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is amazing, in particular the charcuterie, beef cheek bourguignon, and moules appetizer. Service is great, waitress was attentive and gave good recommendations. Drinks are excellent, we got an espresso martini and one of the low proof drinks. Tables are a bit close to each other but it wasn’t that big of a deal. Dessert menu looked really good but we were too full, so will definitely come back for it.
  34. JC

    JimC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visitors to Zola and we loved it! The ambiance (low lights and music) gave it a relaxing but fun vibe. Loved the pomme frites and steamed clams appetizers with a nice glass of wine, and then we had the pork chop (big) and the fish entrees. Everything was delicious, well paced, and served up professionally. We’ll be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s the best and only place I go for a night out or business meal. Excellent team, beautiful food drink and vibe.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was a little too loud to be able to talk to each other. The food was good not great. The portions were a little small- we are athletes who may eat more than most. Overall a good experience .
  37. EB

    ElleB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and wonderful. My only only pet peeve is that the old fashioned does not come with a cherry :)
  38. V

    Vicky

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a pleasure dining at Zola. We love that they rotate their menu based on seasons/chef's creations. Please, NEVER take off your famous Ricotta Gnocchi dish. We love it and each time it's presented with seasonal ingredients! We also got the Beef Cheeks (classic french dish, very tender, dressed with a rich demi-glaze), the "smashed" potatoes that came with is also delicious, not too soggy while retaining a slight crisp on the skin. The pomme frites was a bit too skinny to our preference but it is done well!
  39. b

    bigfella

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food at Zola is remarkable in it creativity and preparation. Our waitress was delightfully engaging but seemed to disappear for long stretches of time. The drinks are excellent, with unique ingredients, but they come with a huge ice cube that reduces the amount of alcohol in the drink to several thimblefuls.
  40. P

    Philspillsthebeans

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our steak frites and trout were prepared perfectly, beautifully flavored yet not over sauced or seasoned. Wine by the glass selections were excellent -- a sparkling white cremant and a french red blend were delicious. Panna cotta dessert was superb. Service was friendly, attentive and not pushy. Conversation with adjoining table and our host made our evening most enjoyable. Highly recommend Zola's for a special occasion or just a fun night out.

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

FAQs

Zola + BarZola is rated 4.7 stars by 881 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Zola + BarZola

565 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hamilton

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    French, Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public parking lot is located across the street under City Hall. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    Caltrain, Palo Alto Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Guillaume Bienaime

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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