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About Zolo Grill

Declared by 5280 as “Absolutely the hottest restaurant in Boulder,” Zolo Southwestern Grill has delivered
award-winning cuisine with superior service since 1994. Our intention is to treat you to flavorful & soulful food that is served in an unpretentious and relaxed environment. The open dining room, intimate bar, private dining space, and gorgeous patio are all yours for the taking. Open for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch, there’s always an experience to be had. Awaken your senses in the warm and inviting atmosphere of Boulder’s one and only, Zolo Southwestern Grill.

2525 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southwest, Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Between Folsom Avenue (25th St.) & 28th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 449-0444

Website:
http://www.zologrill.com/

Catering:
Zolo Grill offers off site catering services to fit any budget. We will work with you to create your perfect event!

Parking Details:
Zolo Grill is surrounded by ample parking. For easiest access, please park right in front!

Public Transit:
The Boulder bus system operates the "Jump" bus every day of the year. Zolo Grill is located on Arapahoe Avenue between Folsom Avenue (26th Street) and 28th Street.

Executive Chef:
Justin Goerich

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

New Year's Eve - Four Course Dinner for $55
Optional Tequila Pairing Available
Wine Bottles Special

Private Dining

For your next event treat your guests to a customized menu and skillfully crafted cocktails in Zolo Grill's unique space. We can accommodate parties of up to 40 guests seated, cocktail parties of up to 50 guests, or the whole restaurant for up to 100. We have packages to fit every budget.

Zolo Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

Zolo is no longer a go-to restaurant for us. The service is slow and the food is mediocre for the price you pay. Disappointed.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have gone to this restaurant several times before and have never had a problem. This time our waiter approached us about 30 minutes after we had ordered and told us there was a problem with our order and it needed to be redone. He was extremely apologetic. After our food finally arrived, the manager came to our table to apologize and he comped our meal. This was an extremely gracious thing to have done. Obviously, it is better if there is no problem, but the way this was handled was worthy of a lot of respect. I certainly will continue to go to Zolo.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Zolo was my favorite Boulder restaurant and my first stop when I came to town. This time we were disappointed. The food was ok, not outstanding as in the past. Service was poor. Our appts and mains came out together. We waited a long time for the empties to be removed. And while we noted a special occasion in the reservation, there was no special attention given. I believe the waitperson was not informed. Overall, we did not love our experience this time.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our food and service were excellent; the tamales were as good as they looked on the menu.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Had a “buy one entree/get one free” for brunch coupon. The issue we had was the 8 dollar appetizer was ridiculously small. Not at all worth the price and fairly uninspired as far as flavor went. The rest of the food was pretty tasty and the service was very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

The restaurant was SWAMPED on a Tuesday and so service was not good at all. I had made a reservation and the staff was friendly but very unavailable to our table so that was disappointing. The food was delicious and it was a festive atmosphere so it was still ok.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lunch before a close by football game was quite good - as always. Well trained staff.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were a fussy group, and we stayed forever, and we got nothing but love from the staff. The food, as usual, was great! How this place has kept to this level of quality for so many years is beyond me. Love it here!

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Zolo has been in Boulder for 22 years and there is a reason why, its awesome. Service was great and food is always on point.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 8, 2016

I met a colleague for lunch mid-week, and had a reservation. The place was almost empty when we arrived at 11:40 am and I was seated at a table in the highest possible traffic lane. Every member of the wait staff passed by, yet it was ~15 minutes before we were offered a beverage. The food was okay but nothing special. More customers came in around noon, but it was never crowded (and there was never a visible reason for us to be seated in the 2nd worst seat in the restaurant).

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 31, 2016

Excellent service and hospitality!! :) Very delicious food and timely service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2016

I have gone to Zolo for years and have never ONCE been disappointed. The food is outstanding! Summertime on the patio is stellar too! By far one of my top 3 restaurants in Boulder!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Menu always has something "new" or a "twist" on established items. While there are "standbys" the menu has a nice rotation to it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 17, 2016

One of my favorite places and I never miss an opportunity to go. The cheese dip with chorizo is always great and the specials are always great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2016

They were extremely accommodating . Five of the six diners had special requests and our server, Amanda, was fabulous. Fish, both Trout and Salmon, was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Went to Zolo for our anniversary on July 3. Made a reservation, because we figured things would be very busy with the Dead show nearby. And, yes, it was very busy, but the place seem appropriately staffed to handle it. Our food came out before our drinks. Not sure if that was the fault of the bar or our server, but it was pretty lame.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 1, 2016

My only disappointment was that I made the reservation through Open Table. We had to split our group of 4 into two two-tops and hope we'd be able to be near each other. Also, the only opening, even then, wasn't until 9:15 pm. We walked in and found 3/4 of the restaurant had available tables and were told this scenario was because what Open Table has available to them is limited. Really wish we'd thought to call the restaurant directly. Lesson for next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2016

This visit was disappointing. The chicken enchiladas was bland at best.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Zolo Grill never disappoints. Six of us dined there for a combine Father's Day/Birthday celebration. The smoked chicken enchiladas are amazing. Their signature banana cream pie is big enough to share with the table. The zoloritas are really great house margs. The ambiance and the service are top notch. It's a gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Great serving staff! Excellent food and drink selections.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2016

We were very pleased, especially with the food. It was all delicious. Our new favorite restaurant in Boulder.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Great food - we have only been for lunch but was delicious. A new spin on some classic Mexican dishes.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 18, 2016

Good standard mexicanish in a nasty strip mall. Parking is a nightmare.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 9, 2016

Casual atmosphere with tasty food and great service. Some dishes unexpectedly spicy, so remember to ask if heat is an issue.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 6, 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch from appetizers to desserts. We started with guacamole and churros. The atmosphere is wonderful with many open doors and windows. The artwork is modern and provided a beautiful backdrop for our celebration photos. Alec our server took great care of us too which was the icing on the cake.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 27, 2016

The food was good and so was the service. Nice place to sit and visit over good food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Every time we have dined at Zolo, we have thought the food was very tasty and that the servers were very attentive and careful. My partner has celiac disease and is very sensitive to gluten-contaminated foods -- the chefs and servers are all very knowledgeable about safe gluten-free options on the menu (beverages and food) and each time, they have taken extra care to inform us about cross-contamination issues in fryers and on grill surfaces. The gluten-free options they have are just as delicious as the gluten-full menu options, so we both leave with happy, full stomachs!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 7, 2016

Had the "special" lobster enchiladas. Maybe a teaspoon of lobster for $24. Come on man!
$24 will get you enough food for a family of four at Santiago.
A total rip.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 31, 2016

Favorite Happy hour (until 6) items include the pork ribs, tamales, and blue corn fried oysters. I wish the Ahi Tuna salad was available all the time, not just Wednesdays -- it's a favorite of many-years standing. Margaritas are very good -- you have your choice of sweet or tart, along with the usual salt/no salt.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We come to Zolo on occasion for dinner especially with out of town guests. A great restaurant with awesome food yet not fancy or formal but fun. We tried their brunch for the first time and Wowo, fabulous, we really enjoyed the fresh whole foods prepared with care and expertise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Always enjoy going to Zolo Grill. It's consistently great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We visited Zollo for Easter brunch. Food was great, service was exceptional. Everyone was very attentive and curtious. Drinks came out fast. Can't beat $3 mimosas and bloodys. Food was great as well. Will definitely go back....

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 13, 2016

Great food, we loved our server, but the kitchen was slow!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Zolo's is reliable for perfect drinks, food, boisterous but fun ambiance. Chicken enchiladas meld spice and cheesy goodness into the perfect entree; I keep thinking I'll try something else and seldom do. Drinks and guacamole and other appetizers are always good, as are tamales, salads, fish. The comfort level of home cooking but the fun of going out and having delicious food. Good complexity of flavors and textures.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 9, 2016

Delicious food. A some what small menu, but all the options looked delicious.

We ordered the salsa sampler which was great for sharing. The salsa ranged from sweet, to salty and spicy! Our Entrees were delicious, there we several taco options.

Zolo has and extensive margarita menu and the ability to create your own custom margarita! YUM!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (México)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Always a good place to eat, we were a bit disappointed with a wait staff that was very inattentive. No water refills, always looking around for a waiter. They usually do much better.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 19, 2016

I've been eating hear for years and am never disappointed. I do wish they would put the duck tacos back on the daily menu, but do make a point of getting there on that day so I can have them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Even though we had a reservation for 6:30, we were made to wait almost 25 minutes for our table. Zolo's did apologized and did comp us a lovely appetizer. Great dinner and service. It was a bit noisy, but quieted down after 7:30 or so...

We go there often and will continue to do so.

Pete and Jo

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 15, 2016

Tasty , great service, will go again

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2016

In the past, Zolo has been consistently reliable: Tasty, friendly, and noisy. So we decided to go out for dinner on Valentine's Day: 4 courses for 55. That seemed like a good deal. But not. When the food is sub par, the service spotty and the ambience dreadful. We opted to try each option on the 2 choice courses. Things began badly. I had the salad. It came with a strange sour avocado crema. The salad was literally drowning in the dressing that was literally distasteful. The shrimp tostada was okay, passable. That was as good as things got. 2nd course was pork with a Colombian corn cake. Both were dry and tough. The other option was buffalo meatballs that had no discernible texture. The sauce was generic with some heat that tasted like the spice in every course. The Lobster sausage was another case of food that left a sour after taste and the sirloin steak came with a cream that tasted like the salad dressing. The sauce brought back bad memories. Once again the Colombian cake appeared on the plate, as dry as it was before. The desserts were edible. That's as good as it got. In terms of service, plates sat on our table from one course to the next. We basically had to bus our own table. The music was an assemblage of 70-80's blaring rock- James Brown and a young Michael Jackson for a romantic dinner? Guys, please stick to what you know. This was a memorable meal - in a bad way.

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