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About Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

Zula Bistro and Wine Bar in historic Over The Rhine is a tapas style restaurant and wine bar. The menu features variety of mussel dishes, cold and hot tapas, and seasonal entrees. The flavor profile concentrates on the countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea. Zula specializes in craft beers and an extensive wine list with large offering of wines by the glass.

1400 Race St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean, Global, International

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm-12:00am
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:30am

Cross Street:
14th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 744-9852

Website:
http://www.zulabistro.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is available on the street as well as in the Washington Park public garage across the street from Zula.

Public Transit:
Street car stops half a block away.

Executive Chef:
Tsvika " Vik " Silberberg

Private Party Facilities:
We offer cocktail party menus.
Tapas style flight menus.
Classic three course menus.
Customized menus.
On Sundays and/or Mondays, we offer private events up to 150 guests.
Tue-Sat we offer private parties up to 75 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Vik Silberberg: (513) 744-9852

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We've extended our hours this Valentine's Day! Enjoy our full menu and features until 11 PM and exceptional Flat Breads & Desserts until Midnight. Reservations recommended - Walk-Ins welcome.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for a Date (45)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
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Fun (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Hot Spot (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Bar Seating (22)
Authentic (21)
Casual (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Cozy (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Healthy (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
People Watching (11)
Romantic (11)
Business Meals (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Quick Bite (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 2 days ago

One of my favorite places to dine with friends. The mussels are not to be missed!! Excellent fresh baked bread to lop up the mussel broth!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

We love to sit at the pizza bar in the back by the brick fire oven, especially on a cold winter day. Service is always excellent with good suggestions. Great wine list. Flatbread pizzas are very yummy and unique.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious, great location , and atmosphere, quality ingredients with a menu that is well thought out and approachable but sure to have a twist to traditional. Our only challenge was the Table was too small ( 2 top) for the dishes we ordered ! The mussels (French application) were plump and delicious , the sauce on the menu indicates more white wine than the actual dish tasted- but was a cream - can’t go wrong with that! Salmon crudo actually had flavor and seared to perfection.

Tags: Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was the first time I have eaten here and I can’t wait to come back! Portion sizes are big enough to share. We had the beet salad which was delicious! Two different kinds of mussels and the goat cheese flatbread, all of which were very flavorful. The service was also very good!

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was fantastic. It’s a great stop! Everything was goodf

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great service, we had limited time before a performance and they were able to time everything perfectly and without rushing.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was great, service was too. Only complaint was the tables are so close together you lose all privacy and that's once you squeeze through the tables to get to your seat

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Delicious offerings--from beef tartare, yellowfin tuna, mussels, bread and my favorite --salted carmel creme brulee

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent unique food, great atmosphere, attention to details make this place very special! One of my favorite places to eat and have a winderful glass of wine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I love it there. Good variety in the menu without too many options to confuse!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent dinner. Mussels and Flat bread were excellent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

great place to go after a show for a late-night snack. very fast service

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great New Years Eve dinner with a group of eight. Service was attentive and offered great suggestions. They have no problem plating a cake I brought in for a birthday, and split our bills for the couples at our request. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a wonderful time on New Year's Eve. The restaurant was full but our service and food we're impeccable. Highly recommend.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The beet salad is fabulous!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

So glad we tried Zula. Amazing food and service. Can't wait to go back.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service and food were wonderful! We had two extra people for our reservation and they made an exception for us kindly. I highly recommend this place! Fabulous!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great, and atmosphere was nice. Will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Just the best mussel options. Beet salad and flat breads always great. Server was exceptional this time as she offered me 3 wines to taste and paced the meal beautifully.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Had a fantastic time. Wine selections were excellent. Staff was very knowledgeable about wine and provided great recommendations. The staff were also very accommodating with food allergy issues. I am eagerly looking forward to my next visit!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service was great and the ambiance was nice. We been to Zula for wine a few times and had heard great things about the food. Unfortunately, the food was not very good during our visit. All three of us felt that our dishes were over salted. The rest of the flavors did not come through. Not sure if we would give the food another try but still Zula is one of our favorite wine bars.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent. Mussels Funghi and Goat cheese pizza. What a great meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Valet, while not an employee, was rather clueless and asked for us to pay up front and for a tip as we were parking our own car. No greeting by hostess - she just stared at us. No substitutions on orders, not even a small one like fries instead of polenta. Goat cheese flatbread needed to be dressed up a bit- too bland. Convenient for attending an event at Music Hall.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Front seating was a little tight, but everything else was great

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve had out in Cincinnati. Have the mussels.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 20, 2017

As always, Zula delivered. We went with our grown children before the Nutcracker. Food was great, especially the mushroom flatbread and bread. Love this place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Zula was awesome as always. They have a good wine selection at a variety of prices. They have smaller plates and larger options. I’m a huge fan of mussels and my friend got the duck. The bread service is necessary with the mussels, I wish it was included. All the food was fantastic. I simply wish there were more room between the tables. I seriously watched at least 4 people hitting things or squeezing out to try to exit their table.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner at Zula. There were six of us and we were seated quickly on a Saturday night and service was also relatively quick! We order 3 different kinds of mussels, 2 flatbreads and the salmon special and it was all delicious. It's a fun venue - just across the street from Washington Park and a block away from Vine St./OTR.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Pros: tuna tartare is outstanding. Very fresh and bright flavor.
French Style Mussels were phenomenal. Order the $4.00 artisanal bread to soak up the pot licker. Bread is delicious on its own. Chocolate Brownie and a cup of Americano is the perfect ending to a meal there.
Cons: tables are way too close together. Not only do the very skinny waitresses have no room to talk to you any place other than over your shoulder but exiting from the wall seat is a nightmare. No matter how slim you are, you rear end is going to end up on the table next to you as you slide past.
Noise level is very, very loud. Not conducive to any sort of conversation.
Calamari is chewy and sauce that it is in is nondescript. Pass on it.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Dinner at Zula was lovely. The ambiance was perfectly cozy & lively! We noticed several groups dining and in holiday spirit. But also many small tbl siners like ourselves. Got seated at a tbl facing the window w view to the park. Our waitress was nice. We started off we a nice dry Rose and Old Fashioned which my husband really liked and got a 2nd later. Then ordered the New Orleans Mussels- delicious broth with shrimp and andouille sausage bits. They have an ample Mussel selection. Also ordered the Arancini which was creamy goodness. More of a baked texture than a fried.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Servers were cheerful but not attentive, and worse they rushed us bringing food before we finished our cocktails and then bringing both the first and second course together. Totally unsatisfactory!
The food —mussels and salmon —as well as presentation excellent. Salty Carmel creme brûlée very good. But as I knew it would be the noise level nearly deafening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Early Christmas dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Zula deliver consistently. Diverse, creative menu. Mussels are the best.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Fun bar, excellent food, upbeat atmosphere.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food great atmosphere. We sat next to the tapas preparation area which was worked by the owner/chef. Mussels are served in a bowl with different spices/seasonings. Artistic tapas plates and flatbreads. Everything tastes great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Jane was our server, she new the menu, very attentive, and able to answer all questions. My only issue was the valet parking, my car never got parked and sat out front with me constantly looking go see if it was getting towed , which pretty much ruined my night , having to watch and see if my car would be stolen or towed .

Tags: Good for Groups, Organic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Tapas, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent service. The food was delicious, Awesome menu for sharing. I would definitely recommend!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dinner with friends before the Cincinanti Pops concert.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Zula is one of my favorite restaurants in town. I've never ordered something that wasn't delicious and I end up ordering something from every section of the menu because it's all so good. This time, we got the eggplant fries, the yellow fin tuna crudo, french classico muscles, and goat cheese flat bread. All delicious as always!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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