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About Zola Bistro
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 freshest and highest quality ingredients available and supporting local businesses, farms, and suppliers. Bistro’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features craft beers, artisanal cocktails, weekly happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection that has been chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world.
Reservations can also be made by phone during our normal business hours or by email. Not all of our large tables are displayed online, so feel free to contact us for more information on special events, reservations for large groups, or for any special requests.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Contemporary French / American, International, European
Hours of Operation:
Daily 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the building.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zola Bistro Ratings and Reviews
I am glad I made a reservation as it was a very busy Sunday lunch time but we were seated promptly with our reservation ahead of the walk-in patrons. The food was excellent and the moderate noise subsided as the lunch crowds faded. A very pleasant experience.
Zola’s is a favorite of mine. Parking is easy and the space is beautiful. Food and drink — delicious and artfully presented. Service is always great. It’s a great place for lunch
with a wide variety of dishes Their shakshusha is the best I’ve ever had and their roast vegetable salad is a winner. Their sandwiches are great and lunchtime is very lively.
Zola is a beautiful space with a fun ambience and good food. I like it for breakfast, brunch and lunch. My only criticism, and this applies to the downtown Cafe Zola as well (menus are the same) is that table service is poor. It was busy this Sunday, but certainly there were empty tables, and it was well over 5 minutes before our waitress showed up with water and took orders for coffee. She also seemed a million miles away in the way she communicated. I’ve eaten at both locations countless times and maybe I’m unlucky, but I worry the best you will get is adequate service. They do not seem to be trained to be focused and welcoming - sometimes appear “above it all”, sometimes abrupt, sometimes foggy, but never particularly glad to see you. Maybe they are not well- treated as staff and it comes through. Hope your experience is better.
Zola Bistro is one of my favorites, so when my brother and his family came to town, I booked a reservation. We all enjoyed our food, and they were impressed by the decor. I had a filet mignonette with a red wine sauce and subbed agree. Salad for potatoes and was extremely happy. Other meals ranged across all the salad specials to the spicy tofu dish. Everybody was very satisfied.
We used to come here because we loved their food and the downtown location had gotten so pretentious with awful service. We loved coming to the bistro because they had better service. More recently we've noticed the downtown location has improved their service and processes and the bistro location has taken a nose dive in all categories. We have started avoiding this place as it is so disappointing every time we come in. They need to step it up in the service, food and overall systems categories. It's such a mess every time we go in there now we won't be back. I understand it's a big restaurant but there's just no excuse for how slow they are.
The thing that I found odd about the service was that we ordered a menu item for an exact price (listed on the menu) but were charged significantly more for this item. When I asked my waitstaff person to adjust the bill to conform to the amount listed on the menu, I was told that this business charges for items whatever they see fit, without listing the item as subject to price changes. I have never run into this before.
My friend and I wanted to treat ourselves to a wonderful breakfast before our holiday shopping day, we have come to love the fresh quality of the food, and the selection of drinks, coffee, mimosas , seasonal coffe drinks, and the service, we love sitting at the bar it's has its own obeisance at the restaurant, and the service is always outstanding, our server for the day was Katie she was very attentive , but respected our space to enjoy our meal , made sure we got everything in a timely manner, food was outstanding , fresh , hot, not your everyday food you get a chain restaurant the prices meet its value with the quality of the food . You may pay more than a chain restaurant but it's worth every penny. People need to enjoy the experience of a good quality restaurant with the amazing food and everything that comes with going to an establishement such as this restaurant, service and food will make me a regular visitor.
We decided to give the Zola Bistro a 2nd chance after writing a scathing review about a year ago, when the restaurant was crowded and service was the worst we've experienced in years.
Last night the large restaurant was quite empty. Our waitress was friendly and checked in on us during the meal. We ordered simple, but the red lentil soup was unique and good, the lamb "cigars" in phyllo dough were excellent and both our salads were fresh and crispy.
What will probably make us think twice about returning is the price. Really quite expensive for each item and I didn't see a glass of wine on the menu for less than$12/glass.
So, for us, they are now batting .500, but I'm concerned about value in a town with lots of competition.
The salmon hash was incredible, the horseradish dill sauce was phenomenal and the hot mocha was fantastic! BUT, here are a few negatives about the visit:
-Reservations - we made a reservation on opentable for noon (as recommended for Sunday brunch) but we still had to wait a half hour for a table to be ready. The waiting area is TINY and so your awkwardly standing around the hostess area staring at people while they eat or standing at the end of someone's table. The bar was packed so we had no where else to go.
-Service - Service was literally atrocious. Took 15 minutes to get our coffee and over an hour for mostly cold food! Refills for pop took forever. Also, it seemed like they brought things when they were ready or had time, our waitress brought coffee, then 10 minutes later the mocha, then a few minutes later came the pop. Same for the food. Would've been nice to get everything at once......
-Price - the menu is definitely pricey for the portions. BUT - the 15$ for the Salmon Hash is well worth it! Thank god that was warm when it was brought to the table, since the other two orders came cold. The Mocha was exceptional (but exceptionally overpriced) since it was almost 5$ for a large mug.
-Cold Food - Yes, two out of three plates were cold. Thank god the Salmon Hash was warm, but the Quince Pancakes were pretty cold when set on the table, and the BLT was ice cold. And it sucks when you order a nice drink to go with your meal but by the time the meal comes, you've either drank it or its ice cold. And there was no way we were going to let our food get cold(er) while we waited another 20 minutes for another drink!
I loved the food but it was very crowded. I had to move my chair a lot to make room for people walking by. I think you need less tables. I was also too close to the table next to me and could hear their conversation. Someone next to me even interrupted my conversation with my date because they could hear us!
Very nice meal with excellent service. Very busy for Sunday Brunch and I was disappointed that with my open table reservation I still had to wait 30 minutes. It seemed that they seated people in the order they arrived, regardless of reservation. Food was worth the wait, however.
Arrived over 5 min early for Sunday Brunch and waited 30 mins to get to a table. Then waited for order to be taken, and when food arrived, eggs were warm, not hot. We sat at table waiting for credit card pick up over 10 mins. Waitress said they had over 100 late/ same day reservations. Staff were working hard, just too many customers for kitchen and wait staff, and too many jamming in front of restaurant for those eating right there.
Not the first time this happened, but will be the last...food really good, they just need to fix how many they can handle!
The restaurant was empty as we went in the middle of the day on a Tuesday and the service was so fast. We had salads and they were brought to us within two minutes. No kidding! The waitress was attentive and accommodating and we sat for quite awhile and talked. No one bothered us. I prefer this location rather than downtown because it is more open and I feel it is lighter and cleaner.
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