Zolo Grill

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762 reviews
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Declared by 5280 as “Absolutely the hottest restaurant in Boulder,” Zolo Southwestern Grill has delivered award-winning cuisine with superior service since 1994. Our intention is to treat you to flavorful & soulful food that is served in an unpretentious and relaxed environment. The open dining room, intimate bar, private dining space, and gorgeous patio are all yours for the taking. Open for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch, there’s always an experience to be had. Awaken your senses in the warm and inviting atmosphere of Boulder’s one and only, Zolo Southwestern Grill.
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CS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I went to Zolo during "non-busy" hours and I was pleasantly surprised. We had the Green Chili and Chicken Tortilla soups for our mains, and the kids meals are large, healthy, and affordable ($7 a kid). The Happy Hour Coin margarita was perfect (their campfire marg is fabulous too but make sure you have a DD if you order one). I think overall their meal prices are a bit high, but the soups and HH menu is reasonable and delicious. We ate about 5:30, before the crowds, so if you don't want a hip & loud scene, go before the evening rush (otherwise the noise factor would be higher on my review).

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R
Denver
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Was disappointed on this visit to Zolo. Ordered the Green Chili Burger but they "were out of it." Campfire margs were about 2 swallows each, and the service was marginal, at best. Prices have gone up too. 2 people, 3 drinks, good food, marginal service, $100. Hmmm...

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j
Denver
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Zolo Grill is always our “go to” spot for a good meal and easy parking, thanks!

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m
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise level was WAY too loud. The ambient noise from the diners was loud, but the background music blasting put it over the top. Otherwise, a very enjoyable meal.

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DL
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Zolo for Valentine’s Day and had a great time. The food was superb and the service even better. Our daughter left her hat and when we called it was already at the front desk waiting for her.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My lobster posole was excellent. Loved that you could actually taste the lobster. Would definitely order that again.
My wife wanted the fish tacos which were not on the menu but were available. She ordered them and they were also great.
I had the Cava which I enjoyed. Love the individual bottles.

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TK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great staff. We love to meet there before CU games. Tom

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OT
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Had not visited Zolo in a while and now probably won't be back. Smelled like commercial cleaners from the moment we stepped in. First table we were offered (with a reservation) was very noisy. Second table much better. Wait staff was mixed - guy who made our guacamole was delightful - as was the guacamole. Waiter seemed very distracted and unclean. Food was truly mediocre other than the delicious guacamole. Sorry. Wish I could be more favorable to an old Boulder standard but it just was not a very enjoyable meal.

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S
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was extremely slow we waited 25mins to order appetizers and drinks. Perhaps it was 1 server for large number of tables.
Food was good as always.

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LP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Service by waiter and food was good - hostess was clueless ... forgot about us and we had the open table reservation.

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Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality of the food was fantastic and the happy hour margaritas were tasty especially the coin margarita

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LJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Table side guacamole was great! Vegan options.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from start to finish. The banana cream pie is amazing!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was very low quality. We barely touched our entrees. Presentation was poor and flavor was poor. The quesadilla from the kids menu was so bad my child wouldn’t eat it. Margaritas were the only decent thing we ordered.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our group of 9 people all agreed that Zolo Grill did a great job taking great care of us! It was a very busy Friday night at prime time, and our servers were exceptional with getting out drinks, appetizers and taking our order. Food all arrived at the same time, delicious and generous portions. It was a little noisy at first, but not so much that it was distracting from our dining experience. We loved the freshly made guacamole so much (made fresh at your table!) that we had 2 DOUBLE orders.

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TR
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful find. Very creative dishes full of flavor. Service was top notch.

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CT
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. This in my favorite Mexican restaurant in Boulder

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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J
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty food and incredibly friendly staff.

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LS
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was very good, however, this time the kitchen was not careful preparing my son's dish. We informed the waiter about his food allergies (eggs and peanuts) but apparently they were not careful enough and had to take him to Boulder Hospital due to an anaphylactic reaction.

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DB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had New Years Day Brunch. It was really wonderful. Yummy food and drinks in a cozy, comfy environment. We've been going to Zolo for years, and we have primarily enjoyed our meals, but honestly, over the last couple of years, the food has felt only average, so we hadn't been in about 6 months. But..this time...Everything was exceptional. Deliciously spiced and flavored. Abundantly plated. Beautifully presented. Thanks for helping us celebrate the and bring in 2019! Dawn and Gerard

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Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Boulder staple. Never disappointed.

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R
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the menu because they keep the favorites but update other menu items frequently. You can always count on quality food and service.

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s
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We went on a Thursday night. It wasn't that busy. It took 20 minutes for our waiter to even acknowledge us. He ten stated that he had a large group that took up his time. Probably won't return anytime soon. We enjoyed the food.

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PH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must enjoy Zolo if you like Mexican cuisine, a great happy hour, and excellent service! The service style makes it a team atmosphere to get you your food and drinks the second they’re ready. Very impressive food & service! Adam rocked as my server and I’ll be back whenever I get back to Boulder! Well done Zolo!!!!

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CS
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed taking my staff here for lunch very much. The menu is not terribly large, but I think everyone found something to enjoy, and there were some novel menu items to try. I would go back for sure.

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j
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered stuffed trout. Usually love Zolo’s food so was surprised that trout was very dry. Won’t order that again

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive server and the food was excellent!

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y
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Little noisy. Sunday night seems to have quite a few small children. Food was great and service very good.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Tortilla soup was too spicy, should be advertised as such. Otherwise very nice.

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H
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I like the Zolos for lunch particularly the chicken enchiladas. Have not tried for dinner.

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f
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A local favorite for 25 years, Zolo never disappoints! Pro tip: the short rib quesadilla was outstanding!

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PF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Decent food, but the problem was that the two drunk women at the next table spilled hot sauce and it splattered all over our table. Coats, sweaters, etc., all in need of cleaning. Most of us got it in our hair and faces. No acknowledgement from the staff that anything was wrong, although it appeared they saw the whole thing and spent time cleaning up the mess in the next booth.

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M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, food was just ok. The meals were supposed to come with beans and there were maybe a dozen beans on each plate - very minimal

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W
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the new menu! Zolo’s updates their menu often enough to keep it interesting! The new squad tacos were spectacular!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible service, and the new menu is unremarkable. The food is no longer unique or interesting.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined here for our anniversary, and we loved every moment! The food was presented beautifully, and tasted delicious. The manager seated us, and thanked us on our way out. What a lovely experience, sending our gratitude from Texas!

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MD
Denver
233 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We stopped going here several years ago because the food was too spicy for us. Decided to try again. Glad we did. Shared guacamole and chips. I had pork steak and green chili. Chili was a little spicier than I like but OK. Steak was great. Wife had salad, empanada and tamale. Great choices. Many tequila and mezcal selections. We’ll be back regularly.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a good friend of ours to visit Zolo, one of our top Boulder restaurants and it did not disappoint. Immediately we were met with a loud energetic Sat evening crowd (don’t go here if you need a quiet intimate setting). As we were seated in a booth, our guest sat in a bit of water from the staffs cleaning and quickly sat up. One of their runners/waiters was walking the other direction, caught her in the eye and quickly reappeared with a dry towel to fix the wetness! Great attention to detail!
Food was wonderful. Great margaritas. Def recommend!

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