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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.

3030 Washtenaw Ave.
Suite 301
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, International, European

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Daily 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Cross Street:
Platt Rd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 477-8088

Website:
http://www.bistrozola.com/

Parking Details:
Ample free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the building.

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zola Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (22)
Great for Lunch (17)
Casual (15)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Healthy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Romantic (5)
Vegan (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Organic (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Cozy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

I am a regular because the food is very good, and I am treated well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Ann Arbor Restaurant!! The choices were excellent. The party got different dishes to try the food of Zola Bistro. Great service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The service is very slow and some of the servers appear to not want to be there. Our server was relatively rude and all three times I’ve been there the food has taken an abnormally long time to come out.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I really enjoyed Zola Bistro. There are a wide variety of drink and food options, and all seemed to be really good. I got the Kobe beef burger that was incredible.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food is very yummy, but be aware that wait staff will encourage very expensive add-ons (beware the $9 orange juice). Hip restaurant with interesting interior. Best sweet potato fries in town.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Vegan, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best brunch in town.
Great menu, great service and great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a reservation at 11:30 and had to wait nearly 30 minutes to get seated. We were told by the hostess that was "a normal wait time" with a reservation. What's the point of the reservation then?

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, attentive, knowledgeable but not overbearing staff. Many choices for differing food preferences and diets. Perfect for conversation and meeting with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Wonderful service and great menu. Lots of options for all palates and tastes. I’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Organic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A very innovative menu. My meal however was a bit overly garlic for Sunday brunch. The crepe & monte Cristo entrees were delicious

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

As always our meal was great, our service was fast, friendly and efficient! The menu is eclectic and we’ve never had a bad meal!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Brought a 2015 bottle instead of 2013 on the wine list. Brought two well done steaks that were supposed to be medium. Parmesan fries had no Parmesan. Not up to par.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Our experience was lovely, as always. Margo, our server, was both kind and competent and never missed a beat. The food was delicious and Margo was perfect -- who could ask for more?

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Lots of fun and Zingerman’s bread, what could be better?

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The menu and food was excellent. Took a look at the brunch menu, we differently will be coming back. We just arrived from California and Zola Bistro is like being home.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was pretty terrible across the board. Someone got a chicken panini that was incredibly burnt, basically inedible. My mushroom omelette looked so unappealing and was filled with brown goop.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Incredibly slow, and the huevos rancheros were a joke... canned beans a drop of salsa chips and two eggs for $16?? Come on!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We accidentally booked the Bistro when we meant to book the Café Zola, but it was definitely worth visiting. Like the availability, food & ease of parking/ location.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Server was great despite kitchen being backed up 1.5 HOURS! Completely inappropriate for caliber of restaurant. Food cold.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Service was excellent but took an hour to receive our food

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Too too too noisy. Beyond acceptable level, even for employees (OSHA violation).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Tasty, unique dishes and passable service. But extremely noisy and tables are close together.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I like the food at Zola Bistro everything taste good but it is a little pricey

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The food was great; a lot of variety so there was something for everyone. Our server, Rachel, was terrific. She got the order right, even with modifications, didn't rush us, and timed everything perfectly. We enjoyed the entire experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The person who seated us and handled the reservation and our server both had great customer service. When we added one to our reservation 1.5 hours in advance, they were kind and showed gratitude for our communication.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This restaurant makes for a great second office! Try the lavender honey drink.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Sandwiches with bread sliced an inch thick were impossible to eat. "Turkish tuna salad" was almost tasteless.

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