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Zola

3.9
3.9
1684 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Zola's Menu is comprised of bold yet refined dishes served in the picturesque bar and dining areas of Zola restaurant. The menu is innovative yet accessible and features locally sourced meats, fish, and vegetables. Zola’s menus are designed to pair perfectly with the extensive international 500 bottle wine list and 30 wines by the glass. We also offer excellent cocktails and craft beers. This affords the guests the opportunity to mix and match and create their own unique gustatory experience. Sommeliers are available on a daily basis for guided personalized pairings.

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3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.0Food
  • 4.0Service
  • 4.1Ambience

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  1. IK

    IraK

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Whenever we visit DC, we always make a point to dine at Zola at least once. The food, service and ambience are hard to get.

  2. P

    Paradise

    Naples

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Our 2nd time dining here and enjoyed it again, but found out they were closing as of last night which was quite a surprise.

  3. R

    Rizbell

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    what a wonderful experience....too bad the owners are closing Zola's on Saturday forever.

  4. a

    amyl

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2012

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Very nice waiters;attentive but not overly so.

  5. P

    Patricia

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2012

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    I gave this "great for lunch" because of how good the business lunch was. It was perfect for me--smoked trout, wild rice, sauted bok choy and delicious bread and a cookie for $20. That said, service was very lacking--my friend was running late and so I went ahead and ordered and my food arrived before my friend did. When she arrived, I flagged down my waiter but he just stared at us and turned and walked away even though it was clear that she wanted to order! Around 5 minutes later we managed to snag a hostess from across the room for my friend to give her order to. Zola has very good food but they need to train their wait staff better--especially when marketing to a business crowd for lunch.

  6. MM

    MissMel

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Great ambiance and location near the Verizon Center. Love the valet parking option, although be prepared for a wait to get your car again. Delicious food and swanky surroundings. Little busy before a concert/event at Verizon, but will definitely recommend.

  7. BM

    BethesdaM1ke

    Washington DC

    167 reviews

    4.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Our first visit. We thoroughly enjoyed dinner. The desserts were also special.

  8. TD

    TracyD

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our meals were delicious. The dressing on the salad with blackberries was out of this world.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Service was a bit unpolished but food excellent

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2012

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    There early so practically no one was in there. Sat for 5 mins and had to flag down a waiter to get attended to. Portions were small and expensive. They're trying too hard to be hip, not enough attention to the basics.

  11. RD

    RobertD

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The menu is varied enough to please anyone. My guest noted that many menu items are interesting takes on familiar foods -- we really enjoyed our lunch.

  12. B

    B4theater

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Penn Quarter has a lot of good restaurants and Zola is one of them. We had a delicious meal before the theater from the regular menu. The soup of the day was delicious, although almost enough for a meal in itself. The Korean ribs were also very good. The Hawaiian prawns were good, but the mascarpone polenta was the star of that dish. The pineapple cake with coconut ice cream was to die for. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. I didn't want to have any wine, so my companion pordered wine by the glass. Although the Sauvignon Blanc was satisfactory, the limited menu of wines by the glass was a bit disappointing. The dining area is well separated from the bar, so the noise level was completely tolerable. We'll go there again.

  13. MN

    MainiN

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    superb! i had the bouillabaisse and my friend had the saffron pasta ... both dishes were excellent ... now my friend and i have added zola to our list of favorite restaurants ...

  14. JD

    JohnnyDee

    Philadelphia

    211 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    211 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had three starters in lieu of an entree. Clams and mussels in saffron sauce with noodles, English peas. Mizuna salad with candied walnuts. Braised pork belly was terrific as was my wife's smoked trout entree. Excellent.

  15. A

    Alain

    Washington DC

    94 reviews

    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delicious food, as usual. The gazpacho was a bit too spicy, but we enjoyed all the rest.

  16. r

    rwl08540

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant. Food is wonderful, service terrific. Ideal location. Hard to beat.

  17. T

    Theatergoer

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been a Zola's customer for many years. The service and ambiance have always been fantastic. The food was less consistent. For the past year Zola's menu and food quality has been consistently outstanding. Now I am can confidently recommend Zola's to anyone.

  18. h

    henjames

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Had great food here, although my wife's gnocchi was average the rest was excellent Was very quiet, Thursday at 6.30 but the happy hour bar was busy

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2012

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    I didn't like the menu this time around. Not as many yummy choices. Still a great place and I would go back again.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    excellent customer service. great lunch option for those on the go.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hostess, Rachel Ehrman-Dupre, was wonderful!!!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2012

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Disappointed! Our group of four could was very bummed when our dinners were bad. Both the guys ordered NY Strip and left some on their plates, which is unheard of. My salad was fresh but one slice of strawberry and one crumble of blue cheese did not contribute to make anything I could not have had at home. My cauliflower was cold, but I was hungry so sent it back and ate the next one.

  23. JK

    JohnK

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    We thought both strawberry soup and gazpacho were winners. I had the lamb which came in a huge prtion, but was presented mostly as a lump. NY Strip was excellent, but nettle with orzo accompanying it was over-salted. After naming the sorbets of the day, we selected blood organge. What arrived tasted like raspberry. We inquired and were told that they didn't have blood orange and, yes, it was raspberry. Just seemed quite a bit odd. Service was very relaxed. A nice meal, not sure we'd hurry back though.

  24. R

    Rich

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2012

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Menu items were creative and well prepared. Really cool dining space. Service was slightly slow and waiter did not seem to be interested in engaging us. Other waiter/waitresses in restaurant did seem to be very friendly with guests. Guess our guy was just having a bad night.

  25. MG

    MaryG

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really loved the hamachi starter! Our other dishes were good too. Service was attentive, but there was some confusion with our order, so we didn't get one side we ordered.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2012

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    I'm not sure if this was a one time occurrence but we arrived at 740 pm. Got our food at 843pm and my Ny Strip was overcooked to the point where the meat was chewy. My wifes chicken was completely dry. I told the waiter we were 2 seconds away from walking out. What a disappointment because the reviews for this place were good. Too Long of a wait. If the food was good it would have been worth it. But it was not. We didn't finish our food and followed up that tragedy with a pit stop to Mickey D's. Gotta love it.

  27. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    122 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely service - we spilled a drink and they moved us swiftly to another table with no fuss - and the strawberry soup was divine. The goat cheese panna cotta on the menu was not available so missed trying that.

  28. JM

    JonM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My wife and I had a delightful experience at Zola. It was only our second time dining there, with the first one being a couple of years ago. We won't wait so long before going back. Our reservation was for 6:30pm on a Tuesday night, so it was not crowded. We were warmly greeted and seated right away. We each had one of the specialty cocktails, hers a virgin Passion Mojito and mine a smoky pineapple-infused Tequila concoction: excellent. For starters, she had the Virginia Strawberry Soup and I had Saffron pasta with mussels and clams. For main courses, she had the semi-boneless quail with fiddle heads and I had the seared NY steak with stinging nettle & oyster mushroom risotto. ALL WAS FANTASTIC!

  29. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Its a cute restaurant concept, not crazy on weeknights, and with an interesting menu. The bar is very competent. The theme is related to the Spy Museum next door. Oddly the first time I was brought here for lunch, it was by a couple of people spying on me. Delicious irony!

  30. S

    Stempster

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A reliable gem. Creative food, perfect ambiance with small rooms, tables well spaced. Service is always impeccable. And a great bar.

  31. T

    Tangowood

    Washington DC

    151 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent small plates, and in fact the saffron mussels and clams pasta could have served as an entree.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Lunch was wonderful. I ate with 3 girlfriends and we all loved our salmon salad. It was cooked just right with a wonderful flavor. The dressing for the salad was exceptionally good - very light.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Zola is a terrific restaurant.

  34. MC

    MarieC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Excellent choice to bring out of town guests. Accessible and valet was a great help for my guests. Will certainly go there again.

  35. T

    Traveller

    Washington DC

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and service. Our waiter was personable and helpful and attentive without being intrusive. We ate early due to another engagement and it was very quiet, don't know how it would be if full. We'll be back.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Enjoyed dining experience. Food presentation very nice, and portions were good. Restaurant was busy however we were still able to have a conversation, and food was delivered quickly.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2012

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Zola is quiet and romantic (at least on a Tuesday night), which is rare find for DC. The waiter, although entertaining, occupied about 50% of our conversation time, so in retrospect I could have picked a louder venue. The meal, despite the exuberant prices, was rather mediocre. The cantaloupe gazpacho soup my date had was entirely too sweet and should have been served as desert. Her lamb seemed to have more fat than meat on it. My crab soup was okay, but the branzino special was nothing special. Served with semi-undercooked corn and peas, it certainly was not worth $30. The desert menu is rather small, and the apple Charlotte we were served tasted like morning yogurt with granola. Save your money.

  38. DM

    DanaM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Zola's food is solid, but it's not wowing.

  39. C

    Crbel

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2012

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Celebrated my 60th Birthday! Great food, we had the best waiter. Lots of fun and great food.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2012

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Pretentious and overpriced. It's trying way too hard to be hip. And the food was awful--my fish was barely warmed, much less cooked, and I did not order sashimi. Even the desserts were unsatisfying, and we tried 4 out of 5 on the menu. I understand trying new flavor combinations, but this food is not inventive, it is a science experiment. Try Central Michele Richard. It's in the same area of town, and simply fabulous.

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