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Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar

4.3
719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar features ingredient-driven, seasonal dishes artfully paired with selections from a world class wine list. Our service goes beyond traditional fine dining details, and our staff is dedicated to creating a memorable dining experience.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30-2:30
Small plates: Monday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(814) 237-8474
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Andrew Hufnagel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Atherton St.
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Parking details
Parking is available directly behind the Zola building, or in the West College Realty parking lot after 5:30pm.
If both lots are full, we recommend the Fraser Street parking garage.
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Entertainment
We offer live entertainment on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The music spans genres such as jazz, folk, and classical guitar and always blends with the ambiance of the dining room.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 719 People Are Saying
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3.6
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DanN (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Galentine’s dinner experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful ambiance and the best crab cake I’ve ever had! Servers were fast and attentive and all the food (filet & cioppino) was excellent!

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vipajn1 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great! only wish they served a little later for post theatre dining etc.

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vipPghFoodie (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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Tess (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyed our dinner immensely. Nice and quiet atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Good food, but disappointing service. Our waiter seemed distracted and in too much of a hurry.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food great music, and great fun!!! A bit Pricey.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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 !

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

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vipSteve (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent wine list. Delicious food with a beautiful presentation!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

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vipDMaldonadoAlegria (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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vipChuck (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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vipPghFoodie (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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ChastoChgo (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

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vipJHHanover (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

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MaBell (Melbourne / VIC)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

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vipMMMMAAAA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

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snego (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

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.

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