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Zola Bistro, Ann Arbor, MI
Zola Bistro, Ann Arbor, MI
Zola Bistro, Ann Arbor, MI
Zola Bistro, Ann Arbor, MI
Zola Bistro, Ann Arbor, MI

Zola Bistro

4.2
4.2
784 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Zola Bistro is a modern, independently owned and operated bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Ann Arbor’s East Side.
Our menus are inspired by flavors and recipes borrowed from European and Mediterranean cultures and cuisine, including some Turkish recipes. We are committed to sourcing the most fresh and the highest quality ingredients available and supporting local businesses, farms and suppliers.
Zola Bistro’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood.
Our full service bar features artisanal cocktails, local craft on draft and a rotating wine selection that has been selected from various small production vineyards throughout the world.
Please contact us by phone or email for more information about special events, reservations for large groups and any special requests.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, International, European
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (734) 477-8088
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Custom menus All inclusive packages Space rental Any size event
  • Neighborhood
    Ypsilanti
  • Cross street
    Platt Rd. <br />Located in the Arbor Hills Shopping Plaza
  • Parking details
    Ample free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the building.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 784 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for business meals

  • Ann Arbor

    Healthy

  • Ann Arbor

    Neighborhood gem

784 Reviews
  1. ThomasM

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    You have to expect everything on the menu to be not-ordinary. The menu options defy the traditional palate. A cuisine cannot be defined. So if you like menu creativity you will be treated to variety. The two meals that were served were well prepared and enjoyable.

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  2. BobT

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food here has been consistently creative and excellent. Healthy options and wide variety.

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  3. ljs1313

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Zola never disappoints! Food is great, service is fabulous. The downtown Zola Cafe has a bit better ambiance, but both are good options. The noise level is high though, which makes conversation a challenge. The cost of being a great place!

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  4. sama1

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance is clean and nice, lots of beautiful windows and high ceilings. location is within a pretty and higher end outdoor shopping area. Waitress was lovely. Service was fast and timely. Food was very mediocre considering the price. $22 for an omelet (dry and rubbery) + Yukon potatoes. Not much flavor at all. My friend enjoyed her oatmeal for $8.

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  5. Lamont

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    ZB is one of my favorite local restaurants, an upscale bistro with an interesting and varied menu. It’s a big, mostly open, room with a bar along one wall, so when filled with diners, it can be noisy. The service was great, & the food was perfect. I’ve enjoyed meeting friends here for lunch over many years. I’m sure dinner is just as good.

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  6. LindaK

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique food and drink, beautifully crafted and presented. Menu changes regularly so a place you will want to frequent and enjoy seasonal colors and flavors.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zola is always fantastic! The food presentation is great, Service is just right and ambience is fantastic.

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  8. RobertS

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere, service good - food really missed the mark. Ordered their Kobe Burger medium and it came out rare. Really flavorless. Mentioned to the waitress and showed her but no adjustment to the bill even though I left half the burger on my plate. Really disappointed. I really didn’t want to battle or make a scene so I left bill as is. Tried my daughter’s cinnamon roll on her Turkish Brunch and it was stale. So disappointed because I really wanted to like it more.

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  9. PatriciaD

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time to Zola Bistro but Cafe Zola is my all-time favorite Ann Arbor restaurant. Great food, service and atmosphere -- will definitely be back!!

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  10. A2diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place especially for breakfasts and brunches. Comes at a bit higher end of the cost

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful except for the portions of the appetizers and the steak. The calamari was such a small portion , I didn’t even realize it was there, the steak dinner was OK. The service between the host and waiter was excellent!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! The charcuterie board was amazing. As was the pasta

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  13. MaryG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Service was wonderful, ambience terrific

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall very average experience. Service was indifferent at best and the food presentation and quality didn’t match the prices. Will not return.

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  15. ROBERTN

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The sever was new but good at her job, but brought the 2nd course out before the first course. Very nice, conscientious, diligent. I was disappointed with the food. We were on Friday night at 8:15 right at the end of restaurant week. They might have be tired after serving the same thing all week, but they did not put there best foot forward. They ran out of the soup we ordered and made a substitute. The food did not have any flavor. Adding salt to everything and butter to the cod did not help.

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  16. zachsdad1

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious with attentive service and lively ambiance.

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  17. michiganreviewer

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined during restaurant week. The restaurant offered a broad range of choices. The food and service was very good.

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  18. AlisonB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their brunch and their dinner options are both great. The non alcoholic drink menus is also pretty extensive.

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  19. theneeZ

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The Bistro was very busy and seemed a bit understaffed; but our sever was great. Food was good, I would try/order something different next time around...

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  20. DLHC

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Don't go during restaurant week. Service was extremely slow (It took 20 minutes for the waiter to even come to our table and after that it took a long time for the food to come out), and they were out of two of the six offered/featured entrees. The food was good decent but underwhelming. Overall, a disappointing hour and a half for dinner.

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  21. ChasJ

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for restaurant week. They must’ve been understaffed. Service and delivery of food was very slow. Third course came out before salads. Staff were polite and apologetic, but it was unorganized. Food itself was adequate. My daughter’s chicken marsala noodles were hard and dried out in areas. Overall disappointing. But I do have sympathy for the staff that night. 

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  22. LindaK

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gourmet menu with selections to please every palate. Attentive service, classic bistro atmosphere. Hip yet cozy.

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  23. JeanC

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambiance. Excellent food. A great experience.

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  24. dales

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Extremely overpriced. Kobe burger was small, and tough. Had iceberg lettuce over carmelized onions and no cheese, not a good combo. Brad board was plain and had two pcs of butter, what a joke!1

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  25. DiningDiva

    Detroit

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Perhaps it was the bitter cold, or maybe management forgot about MLK day and delayed deliveries, but sadly, Zola was out of half of the items we wanted to order. On a bitter cold day, there was no macaroni and cheese available after 4 pm! And, the Caesar salad was available, but there was no Caesar dressing! Our waitress Jade was very good, apologetic and helpful with suggestions.

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  26. Jimhenry

    Indiana

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great local restaurant. excellent service. chef modified dish as request.

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  27. MichaelM

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    An informal restaurant, good for lunch or a light dinner. The fish tacos and chicken satay are, in my opinion, the best in the town. The acoustics aren't wonderful, so it can get a little noisy when the restaurant is close to full.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great

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  29. WilliamT

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch spot. Impeccable service and greetings!

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  30. outnabout

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a selection of small plates and desert. Everything was excellent. Only blip was they tried to seat us at a crappy two-top when the restaurant was half empty. They didn't argue about moving us, but it was amusing watching them try to seat every couple who came in at that same table only to be rebuffed every time.

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  31. JulieP

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great !

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fast friendly service, food was delicious.

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  33. John

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fine, but not great and expensive for what you get.

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  34. JohnE

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    In the dining room, midsummer western sunshine at 4:30 p.m. was fierce and there are no blinds to lower. We started baking. Waitstaff kindly allowed one of our party to retreat to a neighboring table, that was still in the shade. Outside, again on the west side, there are tables we've dined at previously, near the parking lot. They have a few table umbrellas but the direct sunshine is pretty intolerable this time of year. Assuming it is not crowded, as was the case in the late afternoon on a weekday, I would know to ask for a table nearer the bar. About $50 a piece, so maybe not excellent value for every kind of diner or every day. We were celebrating a birthday so not economizing. Food was imaginative and delicious. Service, attentive and accurately took order. Seems par for the course everywhere we've been lately, that often other staff serves the entree and has to ask who ordered what. Staff seemed well-trained albeit quite young. Labor market still is like that. All good. Really, except for the greenhouse effect, five stars!

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  35. Angie

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous and very interesting dinner, composed of Parmesan Fries, goat cheese Adriatica, Mussels Fado, the roasted vegetable salad, the bread plate, raspberry cheesecake, and the crème brulée. All excellent, as was the service.

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  36. KL123

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My friend and I had Salad for lunch here. She the Ice burg wedge and me the Cowboy Cobb. Both were very good! It was a bit noisy and the temp too warm but aside from that I would go back.

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  37. DanaC

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately our table of five only received 4 orders. The manager and wait staff blamed the kitchen staff. For this price point more accommodations should have been made. This was a go to place for a business meal but we won’t be back soon.

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  38. Jeff

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to Zola for an anniversary brunch and enjoyed ever minute of it! Great service and food, would definitely go again.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Zola’s food service and quality is not the same that used to and they are overpriced. $140 for 3 breakfast 😳

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This was at least our tenth (or 15th? 20th?) time here, so we pretty much know the menu and what to expect—and the overall experience was far less satisfactory than we anticipated. The cocktail was disappointing—missing the customary garnish and too heavy on the bitters. The shrimp taco had big shrimp, but they were over cooked and the tortillas stale and burnt. The bread was fresh but boring and an awfully small portion for the price. The mussels and fado were cold and just weren’t as visually appealing as in the past. The birds nest flatbread was good. The waiter was nice but either serving too many tables or too inexperienced: broke the cork in the bottle; predicted it would have sentiment but didn’t decant it (or even offer a decanter for me to do it, if he was too busy) spilled a fair amount of the drink when shaking it.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Zola Bistro using the Order Online button. Zola Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (734) 477-8088.

Zola Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 784 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Zola Bistro

3030 Washtenaw Ave., Suite 101, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Platt Rd. <br />Located in the Arbor Hills Shopping Plaza
  • Neighborhood
    Ypsilanti
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, International, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Ample free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the building.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (734) 477-8088
  • Catering
    Custom menus All inclusive packages Space rental Any size event
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