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Zola + BarZola, Palo Alto, CA

Zola + BarZola

4.7
4.7
862 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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What 862 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. L

    Lollie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

  2. L

    Lizlovesgoodfood

    Palm Springs

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  3. s

    sarah

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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!

  4. S

    Sylvain

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  5. 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 6 days ago

    Hi 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

  6. 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.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Fabulous service and food!

  8. 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.

  9. 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 5 days ago

    You're awesome.

  10. PA

    PaloAlto

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  11. 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

  12. GB

    GeorgeB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fantastic food and wine and excellent value

  13. E

    Enjoyingthefood

    San Francisco

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 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.

  14. 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.

  15. JC

    JimC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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 .

  18. EB

    ElleB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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 :)

  19. 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!

  20. b

    bigfella

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 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.

  21. 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.

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    rkblbi

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Mediocre beef bourguignon. Overall experience fair.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and delicious food!

  27. SJ

    StJohnHalfpenny

    London

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 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.

  28. 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

  29. VW

    VirginiaW

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 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!

  30. 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

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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

  35. MV

    MVDancer

    Central Coast

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 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.

  36. 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!!

  37. L

    Lovemyfood

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Relaxed setting with tasty dishes and friendly service

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

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 862 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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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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