Zola Bistro

4.3
474 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 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 be made by phone during our normal business hours or by email. Please contact us for special events or large groups.

Reservations move you to the top of the list.
You may still wait 10-30 minutes.
We may use more than one table for large groups.
What 474 People Are Saying
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p
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Here is the deal - it is just TOO loud there. And being seated next to busy computer area was crazy we were shouting at each other. Food was excellent and server tried very hard. better for smaller groups.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great. It took it awhile for them to get all meals out. 1/2 the table was almost done by the time the last plate came out.

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MD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch here is amazing! Everyone in my family had something that they loved.

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C
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with my mom and daughter, who love seafood. Restaurant staff made an exception and made something off of the brunch menu (a chocolate smoothie) during the dinner hour that my daughter had her heart set on. Service was excellent, food was delicious, including the oysters and mussels!

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

We ordered the lamb flatbread. It arrived and the dough was still raw. The server did not come back to check on us for a very long time. At that point we had eaten some of the toppings off as the lamb was very flavorful. I informed the server of the issue re: undercooked dough, and she said she would tell the manager.

No one ever came to do service recovery, and the dish was still on the bill. We needed to leave and overall had a nice evening so didn’t make it an issue, but it was one of the lesser experiences I’ve had at the restaurant.

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TG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Mother’s Day brunch.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day with my family, loved the spring rhubarb Bellini and strawberry/rhubarb French toast. Delicious!

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EL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great restaurant for a weekend brunch. It took us a very long time to decide what to get since everything sounded fantastic. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered and we will all be back to try something else on the menu next time! Good service & nice atmosphere as well. A little pricey especially for specialty coffee drinks but it is expected for Ann Arbor.

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M
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

All in our party of 7 were enthusiastic about the food and contemporary vibe. There on a week night. Not crowded so noise was not a problem. Extensive menu with well executed dishes.

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OT
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually I love the bistro. However this time I thought the food and service were poor. The Turkish tuna was two scoops of tuna on a lettuce leaf. It wasn’t that tasty and was poorly presented. My cappachino did not come with a spoon. The service was a bit rushed even though the restaurant was not busy. It was my friend’s 60th birthday and I mentioned that to the server. (May have put it in the reservation too.) She didn’t offer anything. In fact she brought the check before asking whether we wanted anything else. She seemed like she just wanted to finish her shift. Not someone you wanted to wait on you.

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KD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Res for Grad weekend, never been there before.
Service was slow and waitress seemed rushed

Very dissapointed with food. Party of 4, no one really liked their dish.
The "Complete" crepe was a disaster. whole grain thick crepe with 1/8 inch of ham, cheese, and other? in big clunky square presentation. Dry and unappetizing.
Good coffee selection.

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B
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The hostess person who was wearing purple shirt was not friendly at all. Didnt know who came in first, talk to guy who came later than me even though I was standing right at the desk. Said she doesn't know what table she is going to give me because she needs tables for graduation party. Well, I made a reservation and dining in that day I should be equally important.
FOOD WAS FANTASTIC!!!
Server charged someone else's bill on my card and came back saying it is not a big deal because he void it. I guess they need more service training.
FOOD WAS FANTASTIC!!!

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VA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Maybe this is an OK place for a French toast and no more! I always go for quality over quantity and size but serving Farro salad with a few arugula leaves and had to search the plate to find the Farro seeds … Also Shakshuka is below average, doesn’t event have tomato in it. Basically egg over onion!

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

Food was delicious as always, even for grad weekend it was not a long wait for food, or table service

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a
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Surly, almost hostile staff. Good food but extremely poor value for what you get. Extremely loud. Almost impossible to have a conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This is a fairly big restaurant, and there were probably only about 6 or 7 tables filled while we were there and it nonetheless took an hour and a half to get our food.

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

Arrived on time with a group of 14. They were totally disorganized. We were given three different menus while they tried to figure out whether it was brunch, dinner, or their special graduation menu. Two different servers due to shift change. Different, but both were indifferent. Over 90 minutes before food came out. 30 minutes for drink orders. Simply awful service over three hours, and average food. I could not be more disappointed for the horrible experience for our special event.

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b
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Long wait time for a table even though we had a reservation. It was very loud and rude hostess. The server was great! Food was mediocre at best, main courses took awhile to come out of the kitchen, my fish was over cooked, dry and full of bones. Would not return.

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

It was perfect for our graduation celebration for my daughter. Lots of delicious options for everyone to choose from. They gave us a special "graduation menu." I would like to return and try their regular menu. The service was wonderful. I really don't have any negative comments other than it seemed a bit expensive for the meals (ie, $28 for a chicken thigh (one) on rice).

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CB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Brussels sprout starter not as on the menu. Took a long time to get 2 glasses of wine. Steak entre overcooked. Same with chicken entre. Not the best experience. Wait person was fine & helpful. Kitchen & bar issues.

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C
Detroit
40 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour:) Love Robyn and Table 10!

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KA
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was busy as it was Easter Sunday. However the hostess was rather unfriendly and the server was unable to manage more than one table at a time

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C
Detroit
40 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was glad we finally got a OpenTable points and I didn’t have to save my receipt and send it to you.

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CF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Sadly, we left because the wait was too long (even with a reservation!) and the owner was rude

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RA
Detroit
57 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Zola’s current reservation policy is a 10-30 minute wait with reservations. We waited 70 minutes while being told “just a few more minutes” by the hostess. The hostess was clearly overwhelmed with the poor planning and taking more reservations than they can clearly accommodate.
What started out poorly didn’t get any better with slow service, mediocre food preparation, and cold food when we eventually got our food.
I do not recommend this restaurant on Sundays even with reservations, unless you don’t mind waiting 60+ minutes and don’t mind slow service.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service abysmal; guests around you venting frustration the entire time; soggy undercooked fries; stale burger bun; just to name a few. We keep trying to give a chance since it opened years ago and are mystified that they can’t improve with a lot of potential.

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Was there for lunch at 12N. They were very understaffed and it took 45 minutes for wait staff to get our order. Had to be reminded about the coffee order, took about 30 min to arrive. Too noisy as usual, have to shout to hear each other. Food is always good.

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a
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Took a bit to sort the check as there was a mix-up with the us receiving someone else's check. The wait staff quickly sorted it out and was very easy to work with!

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R
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a fun place. It took a while to get seated, and a while to get the food.

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KG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was inedible and absolutely horrible service. Unfriendly in general staff. I will never return.

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ET
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food at Zola is always delicious, however my group and I were slightly disappointed by the speed and thoroughness of service that we received. While it was a busy Saturday morning, we were surprised that our simple breakfast orders took over an hour to reach our table, after our cups of coffees had also taken far longer than to be expected. I love Zola and all that it has to offer so I hope the service is better the next time I'm in!

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PL
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended this place to couple friends. I did warn them that it is a little expensive, but it is worth.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and good service. I wish it were a bit quieter. Quite expensive.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was a nice brunch with my girls. Service was slow, they are very busy. Food was very good. Go there with lots of time on your hands.

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EF
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I enjoy the restaurant space, and the menu, while not perfect, has some wonderful brunch items. The service, as has been my experience in the past, is slow and forgetful. A cup of coffee is forgotten, when it arrives it is often cold, and it is not refilled. You get the wrong bill. The quality of the food is such--and the light filled room is such--that one returns. But it would be dazzling if they could (a) figure out the coffee (b) improve the service, and (c) be a little less noisy.

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CA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Relaxed, upscale environment. Was not thrilled with the food this visit - the eggs were very oily. I do feel that it is overpriced but it is AA...

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A
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I enjoy Zola most of the time, but it was a little too crowded on St. Patrick's day, and we were sat more than 20 minutes after our reservation time.

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OT
Detroit
131 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were very glad to have a reservation, even at 930am! our server was patient and attentive despite being totally slammed.
thanks zola!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

ZB is very under rated in my opinion. Creative, very good food. Beautiful room with good service.

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PA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was the SLOWEST service ever! Food was great, waitress very nice but took SO long to get our food and our bills and change. One person had to leave before she got her change. Was not a busy time.

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