Zolo Grill

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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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Denver
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The sweet potato tacos minus the cheese are great for vegans. They come three to a serving and have great flavor. We ordered the guacamole and chips, but wanting something other than chips we also got sliced carrots and jicama. We were celebrating a birthday and the complimentary chocolate cake was a nice touch to end the meal.

Zolo Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Wendy, Thanks so much for coming to visit us at Zolo! I am excited to hear that you love the Sweet tater tacos! Thanks for letting us know. Happy we could make your bday celebration special. Come see us again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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AP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Your food was good, that's about it for positive. Friday night, crowded, service very spotty as a result. Noise level totally way way too loud, we were seated at a booth along the north side of the room, and by the time we left about 7:00, the noise was so great we literally had to scream across the table and still couldn't understand one another. It was actually painful.
'Lively'? Right, like setting next to a jet engine would be 'lively'

VS
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They are often out of the beer on draft that I like. I guess 50% of my visits they apologize for just having run out of the beer I choose. The mixed drinks are very variable in quality, I think they focus on the margaritas, which have always been good, and don’t take the time or have the training on the other cocktails.
Food is great as always.

Zolo Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Hi, Yes, I am so sorry, we have been dealing with some inconsistency with our tap lines. We just installed a brand new beer tower to eliminate these on-going beer issues that we have had for several months. Thanks for your loyalty to Zolo and hope you will come back soon. I will work with the staff on consistency of our craft cocktails and I really appreciate you taking the time to express your thoughts so we can get better. Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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C
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great mean with 11 ladies, wonderful service, very fun - thank you for everything!

Zolo Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for joining us at Zolo Grill. Thrilled that you had a five star visit! See you again soon and thanks for your business! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed that the ahi tuna preparation has changed. The green harissa was runny, bland. and not as interesting as the pesto. The Chipotle beurre blanc was barely a sauce as it was watery. The old preparation was so much better with additional wasabi in addition to the pesto and traditional beurre blanc. Bring it back!

Zolo Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Hi. I will address this with Chef today as Wed is our OG Ahi Tuna day! We will taste and determine if there has been a recipe change or decide if someone new has missed what makes this dish so special. Thanks very much for your feedback. I really appreciate you taking the time to help us get better. Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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r
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and great fun. Brunch was excellent

Zolo Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Glad to hear you love our Brunch! Tell your friends and come back soon please! Cheers Heather Zolo GM

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B
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Prompt service with friendly wait staff. 4 people, all with different selections. Food was good, some a bit too spicy for one diner.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was great. Food was stellar, especially the sweet potato tacos. The tamales were more corn than veggie but still tasty.

Zolo Grill
Responded on August 26, 2019

Wow, happy to see you had great service! Those sweet potato tacos are a must! Glad you loved them. Thanks for the feedback on the Tamales, they are a new item for us. Come see us again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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PG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff took good care of us and the food and margs as delicious as ever.

Zolo Grill
Responded on August 26, 2019

Yay, we still got it! Appreciate you letting us know you had a great time! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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SH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really like the food at Zolo. Service was just ok.

Zolo Grill
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hi Suzanne, Thrilled to hear you love the food at Zolo. Not so thrilled to hear your service was ok? We strive to deliver over-the top service and I would love any further details you would provide concerning your server so we can address immediately. Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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KE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food & service. Have eaten here over many years, whenever we’re in Boulder.

Zolo Grill
Responded on August 21, 2019

Wow, it looks like we really delivered on your recent visit. Thanks for taking the time to review us! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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L
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good drink....great food!

Zolo Grill
Responded on August 11, 2019

Thanks for your recent visit to Zolo Grill, we really appreciate your business! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 11 with a baby and the service was great!

Zolo Grill
Responded on August 11, 2019

Thanks for your choosing Zologrill! We hope to see you again soon. So excited we took care of your group with ease. We have amazing Happy Hour every day from 3-6pm. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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FS
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, a little over priced for Tex-mex, but would eat there again.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sean and the team at Zolo really do fantastic work. We were promptly greeted, sat, and introduced to our server. All instructions left in the reservation notes were followed to their entirety. Carla was very attentive to our needs.

The Colorado inspired Southwestern pallet the restaurant is known for does not disappoint. Cocktails were amazing (Natural Marg, Campfire Marg, Añejo Manhattan, A Touch if Gray) and the food was top notch (Salsa and Guacamole, Chicken Enchiladas, Smoked Chicken Salad, Chile Rellano Platter, Banana Cream Pie).

Bottom line, if you haven’t been here, go here. Zolo has been open in Boulder for over 25 years. Some consider it a mainstay. I will most likely be back for more expectational food, drink, and service.

LR
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always and consistently very good!

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hi, Thanks for the nice feedback. How can we make it great? We are always working on being the best. Hope to see you again soon, thanks for your business. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Nice, breezy patio. Very satisfying. Plan to return.

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hey Thanks! This is a really nice compliment! Thanks for sharing. See you again soon! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went during happy hour and ordered 4 appetizers. We received three appetizers. We finally received the fourth appetizer after we were finished with everything else. They did take it off the bill though.

DV
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the sweet potato tacos! Thanks for having a vegan or vegetarian option, as it's why we come to Zolo's.

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 25, 2019

Hi, Great to hear that you love the sweet potato tacos! I will share this feedback with our executive chef so we can continue to offer options like this! Thanks for taking the time to let us know! See you soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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B
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was very accommodating, friendly and responsive. My wife is in a wheel chair and the staff were very helpful in situating us at a good table and reducing the too loud background music.

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 25, 2019

Hi Bruce, I am thrilled to see you had such nice service on your recent visit to Zolo. Thanks for taking the time to give us this feedback. It is always rewarding to share with the staff. Hope to see you and your wife again soon. Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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JJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regular customers and I ALWAYS order the "world's best" Chicken Enchiladas. When we attend CU BB or FB games, we often entertain our guests before or after at Zolo. This time our Phoenix kids and grandkids joined us, so we were a party of 11 - not easy with young kids in the group. Service and food - as always - were superb. We live in Denver, so if we have a free evening, we often drive from Stapleton to Boulder just to have dinner at Zolo.

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 22, 2019

This seriously made my day! This is the best compliment & I will definitely share with the staff today! Please come see us again when you get the chance! WE are honored that you think of us and drive from Stapleton. You rock! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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TL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great margaritas, fun ambiance, terrific service. Zolo’s has it all!

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hi Terry, Thanks for the shout out! This is a really nice compliment. Really nice to hear when we hit all the marks of service. Come see us again soon. Thanks so much for your business! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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R
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the menu, the service and atmosphere. The menu changes just enough to keep it interesting but you can depend on the old favorites. My favorite overall restaurant in Boulder.

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hi Rose, What a huge compliment! Wow, really happy to hear that you like our menu changes, but yes the Enchiladas must stay for life! I will definitely share this review with the staff. Thanks for letting us know. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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b
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the BEST banana cream pie!

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 17, 2019

Yes!! Save room for the pie! Thanks for the shout out. Thrilled to see you are happy with our service too. Come see us again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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w
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Yummy guac salsa and chips. Lovely patio. Watery mushroom tamales. I think this is an anomaly. Others had redfish or sweet potato tacos and all 4 of us ate everything on our plate (except the pool of watery sauce). Then we shared a fabulous banana cream pie with a delicious crust and smothered in whipped cream!

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hi there, This was very helpful feedback and we always appreciate helping us get better. I will address checking the sauce on the Tamales. However, we just changed them seasonally so please come back to check out the new version soon. I will have the village maintenance team check into the bug situation. Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So delicious!

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 10, 2019

Hi, We are so pleased that you recently had a 5 star visit at Zolo! We look forward to you dining with us again! Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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MJ
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated the 4th with friends. Always a fun time at one of our fave restaurants!

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 7, 2019

Thanks for choosing Zolo to celebrate. WE really appreciate a fun crowd that is loyal. See you again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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NK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and great atmosphere. Loved the patio.

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 5, 2019

Hi Nick! You rock, thanks for the shout out! So glad you joined us on the 4th of July! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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E
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter was spotty with his attention. Everything was delicious except for shrimp appetizer. Duck tacos and chicken enchiladas were particularly delicious.

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 5, 2019

Hi, Happy to see that you enjoyed the Duck tacos and Enchiladas.....they have been long time staples at Zolo! The Shrimp Appetizer is new for us and I will get this info to Chef right away to make sure the seasoning and flavor profile is dialed. Do you remember who your server was? This is not the level of service we are capable of and I would love an opportunity to address the individual server if you have any further details. We take a lot of pride in what we do here! Thanks

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JM
Denver
55 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We eat here often. The creative spin on Southwestern favorites are great.

j
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick attentive service. Mushroom tamales with butternut squash hash was very creatively prepared and presented. Chicken enchiladas were hearty and flavorful. Casual comfy atmosphere, surrounded by
Local artwork.

Zolo Grill
Responded on July 5, 2019

Hi, So pleased to see you had such a great experience with our food and Zolo vibe with the Art by Kevin! Thanks for checking us out, hope to see you again soon! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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JW
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was fabulous! The blackened fish tacos were the best I have ever had, and that is saying a lot. The enchiladas and the fried peppers were astounding as well. We have gone here for years, and it just keep getting better!

AL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Bear?, was great. He Came to our table the perfect amount of time to let our lunch meeting continue without interruption. Will be back.

A
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside for lunch. Lovely with beautiful hanging baskets of flowers. Our group shared the 3 different types of tacos (sweet potato, fish, carnitas). We all loved them all. So much flavor! We also split a piece of the banana cream pie for dessert. Also super yummy, with added drizzles of chocolate and maybe caramel syrups.

JH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The banana cream pie was not of the amazing, crave-creating quality I remembered. We reserved two pieces to share and our adult kids left theirs unfinished, ours was consumed but the crust seemed under-cooked, along with an overall lack of flavor..?

Rest of the food was great. We will return and try other desserts.

S
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Table was ready for us when we arrived, good attentive service, forgot to bring us condiment, but overall good service. Sitting outside was a plus, perfect place to spend Father's Day.

Zolo Grill
Responded on June 19, 2019

Hi Shari, Thrilled to see we were ready for your reservation and you had great service. Always nice to get great feedback. Thanks for coming to visit Zolo! See you soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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B
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day Brunch. This has been a go to place for 25 years!

T
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty, authentic southwestern fare! Good desserts.

K
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grill never disappoints. Each time I travel to boulder I make sure that I have a meal there. Happily introduced it to family in the area. The queso is unparalleled and the churrros are sublime.

b
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good — excellent service and same yummy food!

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