A great place for a nice dinner date! Service was excellent. The entrees were very good, though our appetizer ("Fluke") ceviche was mediocre at best. Great cocktails, extensive wine list, and nice ambience. The prices are a little high for what you get. I recommend calling ahead to ensure a table.
We have been here several times and enjoy the food and atmosphere.
The food and service were wonderful. It was a great date night. It's pretty expensive...we had a gift card which is what brought us there for the first time. Loved it but possibly the most expensive restaurant in State College!
Great Galentine’s dinner experience!
Wonderful ambiance and the best crab cake I’ve ever had! Servers were fast and attentive and all the food (filet & cioppino) was excellent!
Great! only wish they served a little later for post theatre dining etc.
Unfortunately, State College does not have very many fine dining restaurants which, is good for Zola but bad for you as a customer. Zola is one of the better restaurants in town but it is one of the most expensive one also. A filet is $45.00 al-la-carte, which beats most top steak house in price but not flavor. An average entre is $32-$45 and dinner salads are $12. Add in drinks and you meal is about $85/person which is ok for a "great meal" but at Zola it good but not great. It should have been a telling sign when I went onto Open Table for a reservation on Feb. 10th, the Saturday before Valentine's Day and Zola was the only restaurant that came up with many open time slots. And the restaurant was about half full at 7:00 pm. I would put Zola on my foodie list but at the bottom for State College.
Enjoyed our dinner immensely. Nice and quiet atmosphere
Good food, but disappointing service. Our waiter seemed distracted and in too much of a hurry.
Very disappointed. I have always loved Zola and go every time I am in st coll. No more. The ceviche was tiny and tasteless, beet salad had one beet and lits of lettuce, pasta was bland and small, sea bass tiny, cocktails and red snapper were the only good thing. An expensive, un satisfying dinner.
I had a terrible experience at Zola. The waitress and manager were incredibly rude, and the food definitely fell short. If you can’t execute ceviche well, you really shouldn’t have it on the menu. I lived in NYC for over ten years, and I’ve never been treated so poorly in a restaurant as I was treated at Zola.
The service could have been improved. My sense is that the wait staff were individually quite attentive but perhaps there were too few of them or perhaps the "team" wasn't playing all together. If it weren't for that, this place would be 4-5 stars across
Great food great music, and great fun!!! A bit Pricey.
Waiter was attentive. Food was inconsistent. We started with champagne, a crab cake and mushroom tacos. The men enjoyed the tacos, but the crab cake lacked flavor, was slightly dry even though it was full of crab. The sauce under the crab cake was cold and bland. My husbands filet was perfect. My son had the crispy redfish and really enjoyed
It. My salmon was served raw. My side dish was cold. I did
Send the salmon back. It retuned medium rare. It was a special occasion and I did not want to send it back again, so I ate the edges. If I find myself back at Penn State for a special occasion I don’t think I would return to Zola, even though overall it was positive.
The service is horrible , the menu is horrible, is over priced ! Food just ok .Everything took forever ! To get a beer,To get bread , one slice of cake was a 30 minute wait ! Will never go back !
If you're looking for a Manhattan style experience, this is the place to go. The food was excellent, the wine was great, and the service was fantastic. It is pricey however for State College.
This was my second visit to Zola’s and each time everything was exceptional. We had raw oysters grow east and west coast. Fresh and tasty
The entrees and appetizers were excellent. Brussels sprout gratin is tasty, especially with the bacon pieces. Our entrees have been scallops, salmon, pork tenderloin. Everything has been cooked perfectly. The only miss may have been the salmon skin. If it was supposed to be crisp, it was not. It was fresh and delicious nonetheless
The food is perfectly paced. Entrees followed appetizers at a perfect time.
Wine list is superb and beer list is very good
Service could be a tad faster but when enjoying a high end dinner, this is a minor issue.
Zola is one of the best restaurants in State College. It’s a little pricey for the area but a good value. The wine list is exceptional. Good for special occasions or important meetings.
We ordered the Oyster special, Crab Cake and cheese platter for appetizer. Oysters were fresh and delicious, crab cake was so good but was cool when it was served. The cheese platter was delicious. My husband had the filet which was cooked to perfection and we had the butternut squash ravioli. Both were very good. We ordered wine that was good as well
Have visited Zola's quite a few times over the years, prior and after new ownership. Sorry, but this place is a dispointment, dinners are average at best, although drinks are great. Too bad as State College really needs a high end restaurant scene, although Zola's tries, it falls quite short in filling the gap.
Excellent wine list. Delicious food with a beautiful presentation!
My daughter and I had a lovely dinner here on Saturday. Our waiter was very attentive and the food and wine was delicious. I do with there had been a few more choices on the menu though or a daily special. I had the scallops which were so delicious and my daughter was raving about how good her salmon was. Of course we did save room for dessert which was wonderful. We will be back.
In the past weeks I've visited Zola Kitchen and every time I have a different experiences.
The food is very inconsistent. I have order the same plate (Filet Mignon) and each time the term of the meat is different, every experience been less enjoyable.
The waiter on our last visit didn't listen at all to our requests (term of meat, side of plates, drinks, etc.) and would bring us our order the way he wanted, not how we ordered them.
Food was great, service was a major “opportunity”. Also, details such as bathroom cleanliness, clutter in the walkways, and tables that are unstable are low-hanging fruit for a restaurant of such potential. I’d go back but won’t go out of my way to do so.
Food very good but somewhat overpriced. Whole fried fish was overcooked. Overall very good. Over $500 for eight people with one bottle of wine ($43). Service was excellent and attentive without being overbearing.
We have eaten at Zola several times and the food is good but not worth the prices they charge. It's an a-la-carte menu where a dinner salad is $12.00, the salmon entrée was $38.00, cocktails start at $11.00 and with wine, the sky is the limit. Expect about $80.00/person average. I live in Pittsburgh but travel all over the country for my job and I get to try many of the new "farm-to-table" type restaurants with some very talented chefs. On a scale of 1-10, I'll give Zola a 7 but the service was only a 5. Not only was the service slow, they were slightly incompetent. They cleared the table after the salad (I guess they thought we were done with dinner) and forgot to give us forks with our entrée. We has to wait for extended times when we asked for bread, or salt, or water. The drinks took forever to show up yet the place was only 70% full as it was not a football weekend. There are only a few "up-scale" restaurants in State College since it is a college town and Zola is one of them but I would consider other options before selecting Zola. Unfortunately, Zola doesn't need to change since it is one of the few restaurants downtown that doesn't cater to the college crowd. The atmosphere is very bright and very loud since the bar is part of the restaurant with a simple, six foot room divider, separating the two areas. If there is entertainment in the bar, be prepared to scream during dinner.
Really Loved the food. I do feel that the service could be a bit better. We had people bringing plates to our table and not pre- busing the tables , which was a bit annoying. It took until the Wine Sommelier came around for him to notice the dishes on our table and Said" I will get someone to clear these.
Otherwise Very good.
Excellent, enjoyable evening. Oysters salads entrees and dessert were appetizing and delicious. Dining staff are courteous and very professional. It was a delightful experience. Thank you.
Nice to have a dining choice with online reservations on game weekends. Restaurant was full, but reservation was right on time. Great food and impressive wine list.
This is probably the best restaurant in State College. But State College doesn't really have a large selection of high end restaurants. Our server was very friendly and professional. The food was good. I would skip the cesaer salad next time. The wine list by the glass was pretty good as well. We will go back here again due to limited choices in town.
As usual the service was outstanding and friendly. The food was also outstanding. My wife said her salad was one of the best she has ever had. I had Lobster Pot Pie, interesting and good.
A lot went wrong with our dinner. Let's start with the lobster pot pie. The puff pastry was clearly factory made rather than made in house, and it was seriously undercooked. It was pale, with barely a hint of brown, it hadn't risen really at all, and it was soggy in the sauce. Not a bit of crispiness to be found, and not much butter taste--I suspect the manufacturer used shortening instead. What was underneath was just OK--lobster, but not very much of it, in a cream sauce with vegetables. Couldn't taste the alleged cognac. For $39, I expect to see real puff pastry made in house rather than in a factory, and a generous amount of lobster. And with the $45 filet mignon, we got a side of ... carrots. Just plain carrots. The menu says that they're glazed, but no sort of glaze was detectable. At least they were cooked.
For dessert we had a caramel hazelnut tart. The menu claimed that there would be frangelico anglaise, but creme anglaise was thin on the ground, if it was there at all. The thing was filled with nothing but whole (not chopped) hazelnuts and caramel. As for the crust, the less said the better, honestly--suffice to say that it was reminiscent of cardboard.
Service? The kids working tables were friendly and nice but seriously overburdened, as was the kitchen--probably not their fault, as I'm sure they were shorthanded, but it did detract from the meal. Food was late, we never got bread, etc.
Overall: The New York prices signal that Zola has haute pretensions; too bad it doesn't live up to them.
Poor service. Bread after appetizer? Rushed service and some other weird stuff. Twice fried calamari. I think my risotto was oatmeal. On the other hand my teenagers enjoyed their small steaks and our drinks were okay.
My experience here was so-so. Service was excellent as advertised, but other than that I didn't find anything special about the food. I had the filet, and it wasn't any better than what is available at any of the chain steakhouse restaurants.
The food and service was terrible. My calamari was soggy and the bread crumbs fell off it. My fish entree was over cooked. The whole experience was horrendous.
Had a fantastic meal and the service was great. The restaurant has a very cool ambiance.
Tasty food. Wonderful service. Good location. Parking lot. Heavy vibe. Extremely noisy. Would avoid for business meal but great for social dining. Surprisingly good for a college town. Will return next year.
Service was attentive, friendly, and fun, food was outstanding, and ambience was perfect as we ducked inside from the windy, rainy weather. Highly recommend!
I enjoy Zola's. This time, they had run out of the main course I went for, which was a disappointment. The food is good, well-prepared, and presented beautifully. The restaurant is lovely, the service good. The prices are a bit steep, too steep for my taste. Still, I like Zola's, I enjoy Zola's for special occasions.
Probably the best food in the State College area. Excellent service. Our "go-to" place for special occasions. Only weakness is that it is loud, making conversation difficult. Not sure, but it may have gotten a bit rowdy in the bar area: there was some very loud (over and above the normal high-volume of the dining area) off-key singing from that area during our most recent visit.