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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JH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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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 6 days ago

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
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Tasty, authentic southwestern fare! Good desserts.

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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.

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

Very good — excellent service and same yummy food!

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w
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Loved it last time when they made the guacamole fresh at the table...now it tastes like it was ‘pre-made and they threw in a few fresh chucks. Duck wings were over fried and the pork chili was gluey. But I can’t fault the cocktails.
We will not go back. Too many better choices in Boulder.

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a
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zolo's has consistently great food, the service is excellent, and we love being able to make a reservation online.

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M
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and tequila highly recommend wonderful service

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HB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Male server was bad, not attentive, didn't check back, not personable. I think the AWESOME MANAGER did as much as the server, seriously. One should not have to flag someone down after waiting and waiting.
First bad experience so still love it.

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E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this great restaurant!
We had a great 80th birthday party
Celebration!

Zolo Grill
Responded on June 3, 2019

HI, Thanks so much for this wonderful feedback! We really appreciate you choosing Zolo for this celebration! Hope to see you all soon. Cheers! Heather ZoloGM

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DQ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place in Boulder! Easy to find parking, but its good to make reservations.

Zolo Grill
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hi Daniel! Thanks for saying such nice things, we appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your recent visit! Hope to find you again soon, don't forget to check out the Patio in the summer! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good and accommodating!

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thanks for your business! Excited to see you had a great time! We are happy to see you had good food and service. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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OT
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us for met for an in formal business lunch we started with chips and salsa and each ordered an entrée - a shrimp appetizer to share. Our meals were served promptly and all were excellent.3/4 of the way through the meal the waiter apologetically brought the appetizer and told us there would be no charge. We enjoyed the appetizer and then the manager came by with yet another of the same shrimp dish explaining she thought the first one looked a bit too small. Both of these service gestures surprised us and delighted us. Thank you so much Zolo grill for your professionalism and attention to detail.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 26, 2019

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to let us know that you appreciated our gesture! We really strive for the best Quality in our service and food, and if something isn't quite right then we really like to be honest and get better with every opportunity. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I live in Greenwood Village, but this is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is amazing and beautifully prepared and presented. I can't recommend highly enough.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi Mark, This is such a nice compliment and we really appreciate you taking the time to let us know! I will definitely share with the kitchen. We are thrilled to be a favorite and will continue to try and impress. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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A
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We’ve been coming to Zolo for years. Our last visit was sadly disappointing. The guacamole was dull - no flavor. The decision to serve fish tacos on a wooden board was not practical. There was no space to prepare or eat the taco. The fish was drenched in oil. And sadly, our server never took the time to listen to us. Even though we told him we did not eat meat, he proceeded to tell us about the pork special. That was indicative of the whole experience- indifferent food and service. Hopefully, this was a one-time glitch. It happens. We hope things improve.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi, This is very disappointing to hear about the level of service & follow-through here. I would love further details about your server please, so I can address specifics and improve for the future. The reason we decided to serve the Tacos as "build your own" is because it helps maintain the quality better and doesn't make taco shells soggy. It doesn't sound like the fish & guacamole were presented in the best light, which I will address with Chef. Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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LH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good good and great service always add up to an experience worth repeating. We will definitely come back to Zolo in the future.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi Linda Thanks for sharing this with us. Can't wait to show the staff. Very pleased to see you have a reason to come back soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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HL
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Zolo Grill is a perfect place for a relaxed, unhurried lunch. The staff is very pleasant, the food is very good to excellent, the atmosphere and ambiance is pleasant, especially on a nice day when the windows are open and there is a feel of being in the outside elements even when sitting inside. Zolo Grill is definitely one of the best places, if not the best, in Boulder for lunch.

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SR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Making a reservation on this app doesn’t matter to this restaurant. We waiting for 15 mins to be seated. And another couple came in after us and didn’t have a reservation and got sat down before us. After getting our secluded seats in the very back of the restaurant. We sat there for 10 mins and no one greeted us. So we left. And hostess who sat us clearly saw us leave told us to have a good night. Didn’t care to ask why we were leaving or is there something wrong.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 17, 2019

Hi, I know I have already responded to you on Yelp, but I really am sorry for what happened on your visit here last Sunday. I did come out after you in the parking lot, but you didn't see me. Your girlfriend came back, and I tried to apologize and be genuine, but I know we had already lost your trust at this point. I truly would never want to lose any guest, and Sunday was a tough shift for us. I would still love to offer that dinner that I mentioned to your girlfriend.

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S
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Staff could be more friendly and attentive. It took a while to get our drinks and we didn’t have silverware when our desert was delivered so used our fingers. Music was terribly loud and had to ask a couple times to turn it down.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 17, 2019

Hi Sarah, I am really disappointed to see that your service wasn't what we expect her at Zolo. Do you have any further details about your server so I can have an opportunity to describe great attentive service? This is not acceptable standards at Zolo. I am sorry to hear about the Music, we really try to be cautious with volume because we know this old building doen't help us out at all with noise. I would love any further details you would be willing to provide. Kindly, Heather

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JT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mother’s Day brunch. Food was great, especially enjoyed the churros with whipped chocolate and rhubarb purée. Would definitely go back.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 17, 2019

Hi Janet, Thanks so much for letting us know you had a great time with us. We sincerely appreciate your compliment and hope to see you again at Brunch! WE have the Churros any time of day. See you soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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KM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The waiter trying to up-sell everything got to be a bit much. When I wanted a simple martini I ended up getting a $23.00 cocktail. I was not told the price ahead of time. Then they got the entree orders wrong. Not a great experience.

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, would definitely return. Everyone at the table loved their food and drinks.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 17, 2019

Hi Jim, Thanks for the shout out! We really appreciate your business and I am thrilled to share with the staff your feedback. See you again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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m
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Such a disappointment! The food has seriously gone downhill, and the menu is much less inventive. Avoid!

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 8, 2019

Hi, I am very sorry to see we disappointed you on your recent visit with us. On Sunday, did you ask to speak with a manager to voice your concerns? We are very receptive to feedback and really strive to understand what really brings our guests back for more Zolo comfort food and unique dishes. Is there something specific on the menu that really made you feel like the food and value aren't to the standards they should be? Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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HB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

I had not been to Zolo Grill in over 20 years . My friend & I wanted to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early . Table for 2 at 6:30. Restaurant was very crowded but we were seated quickly. ( with reservations)Service by a friendly waiter was prompt for the first half of meal , then slowly eroded towards the end. I counted his tables & I believe it was upwards of 5-6 , one table having about 15 people. Considering his load he did very well . We had to wait about 20 minutes for our check .
Food was very spicy . Next time I will take more time to read the menu . Definitely woke up the taste buds. I had been wanting to try sweet potato tacos & they were on the menu so that’s what I had. Presentation of 3 tacos was very unique- looked like dried grasses on a plate collected from a field . Taco part - the base- could have been better- kind of cardboardy, not much flavor. Sweet potato & topping was delicious . Friend had Hazel Dell mushroom tamales which were served with sweet potato & kale on the side. She added they were very spicy as well . Appeared to be vegetarian .lovely preservation .
We had chips & salsa as appetizer . She had a margarita .
Bill was about $60.00 more than I usually pay at a Mexican restaurant but food here was definitely farm to table & above the fray.
For a special occasion I would go back & try another entree- maybe rellenos or chicken enchiladas.
Reservations a necessity I think on weekend nights.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 8, 2019

Hi Heather! Yes, we are very busy on the weekends, so reservations are always recommended. Happy to see you found some unique offerings on our menu. We try to be pretty specific in descriptions on the menu listing peppers, and the sauce on the Tamales is a almond Habenero cream so definitely kicks up the spice. We would love to consider ourselves more Southwest than Mexican with a focus on Colorado Cuisine. Come back soon for those Chicken Enchiladas, they are a favorite! Cheers! Heather'

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m
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The menu was unique and varied and big enough, yet it seemed like there was not very many things to choose from. We all enjoyed the food, nobody complained and nobody raved. Some of the portions were huge (pancakes) and some were comparatuvely small (sweet potato tacos and biscuits and gravy). For Boulder, there were surprisingly few options for special diets (gluten/dairy-free...) The service was friendly, but terribly slow even though they weren't very busy. We chose this restaurant because they could seat a large party together, and they did that satisfactorily. They had ample seating for multiple large parties and they take large reservations online through OpenTable, which was a plus. Many places won't take a reservation online for more than 8 or 10. I would recommend if you are looking for a twist on the standard breakfast menu and for large parties.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 8, 2019

Hi Maggie, I really appreciate your detailed response on concerns with the value perception of some of the items you ordered. We don't list Gluten/dairy free on our menus specifically, but we can always alter to satisfy dietary needs easily. Glad you found that we were accommodating to large groups. Would love any additional details regarding your server so I an address immediately? Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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MT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

overall good, my plate was disappointing the enchilada which from what i understand is a popular dish. not sure what happened here, maybe a new cook.

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MD
Denver
237 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Not too spicy this time. Free tequila samples. Chips and guacamole to start. Right consistency and flavor. I had the crispy relleno deluxe. Excellent. Pepper was battered and deep-fried. Surrounded by salsa, meat and beans. Wife had fish tacos. Excellent too. Build your own. Good selection of tequilas and beer.

Zolo Grill
Responded on May 5, 2019

Hi Mike, Glad to hear you had such a nice visit with us this past Tuesday. Thrilled to see you loved your Entree choices. If you are interested in more Tequila Tuesday happenings, we have another Event coming up next Tuesday the 7th at 6:30 pm tasting Dulce Vida tequila and tequila inspired education. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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CM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bridal shower

Zolo Grill
Responded on April 21, 2019

Thanks for joining us! Really appreciate your business. Glad you had a nice time. See you next time. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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CB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

i was so disappointed in the chicken enchiladas. this dish has been my go to for years. the chicken was dry. too much cheese & sides were bland.

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BC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty and interesting dishes. I know it’s Boulder, but prices seemed higher than I would expect for this cuisine.

Zolo Grill
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hi! Really appreciate you coming to visit us this weekend. If you have specific items that you thought didn't quite fit the value, let us know! Appreciate the feedback. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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F
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is pretty pricey for what you get. Our party of four rang up a bill of $160 (with tip) during happy hour. Food was good (not great), service was good, value was poor. This used to be a better choice. Probably our last time at Zolo's.

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JH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. It was our first visit and we are certain we will be back again:)

Zolo Grill
Responded on April 14, 2019

Hi Janet! Glad we made a great impression, thanks for letting us know. See you again soon! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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W
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in a fun setting. Great variety on the menu. Margarita was excellent.

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Responded on April 14, 2019

Hi Woody! Getting a good margarita is what it's all about! Thanks for sharing your feedback with us! Join us again soon, we will do another seasonal menu change in a month. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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SR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Arrived early for our reservation not expecting to be seated right away, but was told that we could be. We must have got lost in the shuffle as we weren't actually seated until after our reservation time had come and gone. It was extremely noisy due to four large parties of 12 or more. It was difficult to have a conversation over the noise from the large parties and the music that was being played over their sound system. We ordered guacamole as an appetizer but was brought chips and salsa. Couldn't flag down our waitress so just when we started eating the chips and salsa our salad came out. Then literally two bites into the salad our burrito and tortilla soup came out. Very poor timing, not sure if it was a waitress or kitchen issue. The food overall was good, just the service and atmosphere were not up to par. With so many other restaurant options in Boulder we would not necessarily give them another try.

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CV
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service (friendliness, timing, etc.) was spot on. My meal was superb and my husband had jsut reported his ribs were shorter, bonier and "more work" than he had expected given the description. Our drinks were divine and the blue cornbread alone is worth coming back for.

Zolo Grill
Responded on March 27, 2019

Hi! Thanks for coming to see us this past weekend. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. Thrilled to hear the service was so great! Love hearing that. Also really excited you loved the blue cornbread. I will mention your husband's thoughts on the ribs to Chef and see what we can do to really get it perfect every time. Kindly, Heather Zolo GM

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j
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Interesting food that is consistent and always tastes great. The service is excellent.

Zolo Grill
Responded on March 25, 2019

Hi, Thanks for your recent visit to Zolo! Really appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we did. I will definitely share this with the staff. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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SO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet Potato tacos are awesome especially with a margarita.

Zolo Grill
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi SteveO, Now that sounds like my kind of Lunch! Thanks for letting us know! See you again soon. Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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t
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Excellent list of Mezcal and Tequila. Good Guac, indifferent service (had to track them down to pay, when the place was well under half full and plenty of staff, for example). Better than average Mex food but not outstanding. Pleasant enough decor, central location.

Zolo Grill
Responded on March 15, 2019

Hi! So glad you were impressed with the Mezcal & tequila list we have. We also have specific specials that we promote on Mondays and Tuesdays! Sounds like we really missed the mark with service at the end of your meal. This is a great opportunity for us to share with staff a prompt expectation here. We are really striving for more Southwest feel than Mexican, but obviously we have some cross-over. Either way please message me personally at heather at zologrill We love feedback!

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BC
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local southwestern food in Boulder! Good Tequila list.

Zolo Grill
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thanks for the shout out! Come back on Tequila Tuesdays! We love to run specials, Casamigos is our Feature this month. See you again soon! Cheers! Heather Zolo GM

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