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Zola + BarZola, Palo Alto, CA

Zola + BarZola

4.6
4.6
845 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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Booked 25 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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Menu

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What 845 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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 .

  2. V

    Vicky

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!

  3. b

    bigfella

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 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.

  4. 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.

  5. r

    rkblbi

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Mediocre beef bourguignon. Overall experience fair.

  6. J

    Judy

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and exceptional staff. Everyone treats you like you are a guest in their own home. It is a pleasure to dine at Zola’s in every way!

  7. J

    Julie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The host was amazing. We were seated later than our reservation time due to the table before us taking their time, however the host was very extremely kind and tended to us as we waited. The food was very good, especially the cocktails.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3

    So, to sum up a bad experience with one example, the Maitre d came up to us as soon as our main course was taken away and asked if he could bring the bill as there were other people waiting for our table. We had ordered expensive wine and over $50 entrees and appetizer so we were pretty shocked. We were not there more than 1 and 1 /2 hour when this happened and we had arrived early for our reservation. We left promptly, and will not go back.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded on May 9, 2022

    You didn't get the facts straight before going to the internet to respond. Your hosts were well aware of the 1 hour time limit. Your group was late and was given an additional 30 minutes to enjoy their cocktails. Since we were told you would only be there for drinks, we were surprised when you decided to order entrees and not honor your said time at the table. Unfortunately those that truly suffered were the tables that had made reservations at 6:30 and were seated late due to your poor showing.

  9. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and delicious food!

  10. SJ

    StJohnHalfpenny

    London

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our drinks, appetizers, main courses, and desserts were delicious and expertly prepared. The waitstaff was friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and professional. It was a fantastic all around evening, and we’ll be back soon.

  11. j

    jeff

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    An outstanding meal. Consistently great and beautiful ambiance

  12. VW

    VirginiaW

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love Zola...newly added on bar so that there is a dining room and a separate livelier bar and dining and also outside dining. Food is always good! It has the feel of a neighborhood favorite!

  13. MJ

    MadhaviJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    We used to go to Zola before the pandemic. Went back now and the food was way below standard - we ordered vegetarian. Fries - soggy and super salty/ Gnocchi - oily and cold/ Bretzels - nothing much to them and could have been replaced with a warm slice of freshly baked bread. Not worth the money spent at all.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded on April 20, 2022

    Hi MadhaviJ. We really appreciate you coming back after the pandemic. We apologize for the food not being up to your standards and thank you for the constructive criticism. Hope to see you again soon. - Guillaume

  14. SF

    ShayaF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, amazing cocktails, amazing service, as always!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and welcoming environment. It was a really busy evening in Palo Alto and they did such a great job at seating us quickly and serving us with no rush, highly recommend!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We keep coming back here because it’s always so great! The cocktails are amazing and the food is always cooked perfectly. So delicious!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Good cocktails in a pleasant setting in Palo Alto A solid choice for a nice French food experience

  18. MV

    MVDancer

    Central Coast

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delightful dinner at Zola. Servers were friendly and drinks were well made. All the food tasted freshly made and perfectly cooked. The restaurant itself is a cute space too.

  19. k

    kristie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful evening. Everyone was so nice and it felt very festive and the food is delicious. I think zola is my new favorite restaurant!!

  20. L

    Lovemyfood

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Relaxed setting with tasty dishes and friendly service

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The food and ambiance was great. Our sever was super nice and attentive. However, the kitchen was running very slow. It took forever to get our entrees. Although everything tasted delicious, I wish they had more appetizer choices. Especially since the appetizer portions are small, it would’ve been nice to have more options to order.

  22. SC

    SabrinaC

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Not the best meal we have had not the worst! Great wine list and cocktail menu. Food a bit rich and heavy handed. Great attentive service.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It’s a nice restaurant for dating as well.

  24. HB

    HappyBulldog

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and cocktails were top-notch. The overall environment was very nice and fitting for a high-end restaurant like this. The decor is up-to-date/cool, not pretentious or old school... great vibe overall. The noise level in the main dining room is quite high... which isn't a problem per se unless someone in your group has hearing challenges or you are looking for a quiet spot.

  25. JC

    JesseC

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a magical evening! The food was delicious and the care from everyone thoughtful and kind. So won’t dine at Zola

  26. B

    jeffB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food, great ambiance, excellent service. This place kills it every time.

  27. RM

    RaphaelM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  28. P

    Pmychang

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    It's a small restaurant that seems both disorganized and understaffed. It has indoor and outdoor seating which makes the small indoor seem a bit like a subway station with staff going back and forth and yet everything took longer than it should have and we had 4 different staff dealing with us at various points. The seating is also uncomfortable for someone with a bad back who needs to sit upright.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded on March 22, 2022

    Hi Pmychang, Thank you so much for dining with us. You are right, we are currently dealing with a staffing situation and are understaffed. We apologize for not meeting your expectations and hope to see you again soon! Guillaume

  29. i

    iluv2dine

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brought my friends for the first time and they LOVED it and said they would want to come back.

  30. IP

    InnaP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our dinner as always! It’s like coming home

  31. J

    Judy

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely evening with very good food

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was very tasty!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Weird there was no coffee service !

  34. M

    Mfaz1550

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was amazing! Staff was good but over-stretched.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The folks at Zola are always welcoming! Food and drinks are always impeccable

  36. EF

    EricaF

    Portland

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    We found this restaurant on the Michelin website along with two others that we visited. I would say amongst the three Michelin restaurants we went to this week, this was our least favorite. The majority of the food didn’t have any flavor although the beef cheek was delicious. The olives were spicy and the brussels sprouts were good. There was a bachelorette party going on so it may have been louder than usual but overall this will be a good location for an average night out with your friends for happy hour, not a special occasion with a loved one

  37. JS

    JoyS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed the quality of the food. I ordered braised beef cheeks which were amazing!!

  38. AS

    AnitaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    V day The soup is not warm enough. Also with the wine pairing, because the bar was busy, the wine did not come on time to pair up with the food. Having dined at Zola , I think that I have a higher expectations. Understandablely, on a busy Valentine’s Day dining, the kitchen must be overwhelmed. I would like to try it again.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded on February 16, 2022

    Hi Anita. We really appreciate your review. You are right, we did not meet our standards and are learning the limits of our new space. We apologize for not doing better. Let us know next time you're in, would love to buy you a glass of wine!

  39. OO

    OrenO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Got the 4-course experience menu for Valentines Day. Food was good but service was really poor, we almost left after first 20 min. Long wait outside in the cold whereas we had a reservation. When you take additional wine pairing for 2 people and you have to remind the waitress to get the wine wine each course (they forgot wine paring multiple times and wine was brought AFTER we finished 2 first courses. Overall really disappointing service. Food ok.

    Zola + BarZolaResponded on February 16, 2022

    Hi Oren. Thank you for your review and your private message. You are absolutely right, we failed to meet your expectations. If you can send us an email info@zolapa. c o m, we would love to make it up to you. Thanks again. Guillaume

  40. MC

    MCoh

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Food is amazing, but was ghosted after our meal was served. No butter came with the bread and no server to bring us anything else we wanted.

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 4.6 stars by 845 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 25 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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