Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
1943 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
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.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Father’s Day and had and incredible meal. Everything was so fresh and flavorful, and there wasn’t anything we didn’t enjoy. Our family prides ourselves on being “foodies” and enjoying fine food and good wine. This place definitely passed the test!

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SidneyW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way.

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MartyJ
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a wedding anniversary dinner (57 years), but just a quiet celebration. We have been to Zula’s several times over the past few years. Always order mussels & flatbread. Very good wine list. Wonderful desserts. Asked for a quiet table & got one. It’s a bistro atmosphere, but quiet enough for conversation.

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vipScottyp
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Zula is in my top five go-tos for great food, atmosphere and service.
Their variety of mussels, crudo, and flatbreads keep me coming back!

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vipNaplesPrincess
Cincinnati
43 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zula is one of our favorites. Chef Vik and his staff never fail whether it’s mussels, fish or salads. We always have a difficult time choosing our selections as there are so many temptations. We’ll definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We haven’t been back to Zula since the beginning of the pandemic and was so happy to able to go again ! We went down to celebrate a birthday.

Service was good. Our waiter was helpful with suggestions when asked. We started with a couple of the mussels ,some bread and a wonderful French Rose’.

The mussels were excellent. The Mediterranean style weren’t as flavorful as the mushroom flavored - but we loved them both.

We of course had to do a flatbread and ended up ordering two (2). This turned out to be way too much for just three of us but pizza boxes up easily. :).

We ordered a Goat cheese and a Brussels flatbread. The Goat was very rich and creamy but a bit salty and the Brussels didn’t have as much flavor as what we remembered from previous visits. Being partially filled from bread and two buckets of mussels may had an impact on our options- but we just didn’t feel the flatbreads were as good as what they were in the past - but, definitely not bad.

We will gladly return for another try.

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AteLN
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Does not live up to the hype around it. Food has no flavor. Ordered the Aracini, calamari, kale salad, and Spanish Flatbread. Couldn't eat the calamari because it was just not good, the Flatbread had too much crust for me, but was good! Salad was probably the highlight of the meal. It was a lot of disappointment for the price.

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vipKellyM
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third or fourth time coming to Zula. Every time I come I wonder why I don’t come more often. The food and drinks were excellent, especially the mussels and the flat bread. The special Shawarma chicken over hummus was insane. Our server, Grace, was top notch. We sat right by two of the chefs making the food and it was fun to watch.

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LisaW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Try the seared calamari salad. An unexpected favorite.

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DanH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for tapas and mussels. The wine list is unique pairs well with the menu.

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BarbaraB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was outstanding as usual but the service was slow. Our server said there was just one bartender (Saturday night) and it took forever to get a second glass of wine.

I assume the restaurant is having difficulty getting enough servers, etc. - as are other restaurants.

Yes, I will be back.

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Geech
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I think I've found my new weekend spot. Any way you get these mussels prepared, you're going to love them. Sometimes it can get a little noisy, but it's always worth it.

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We were placed next to a coat rack at a able barely big enough for 2. As we were behind a divider (Covid precaution), we were forgotten about & it took us over an hour to even get drinks. Will not be going back.

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vipFredG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is fantastic. The food is delicious. The servers are great. Great value for the quality of the food and wine. Celebrated our anniversary here. Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipDoug
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff! They go above and beyond!

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vipVictoriaR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Good food but too noisy. Tinny and loud.

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vipTastingnotes
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from start to finish

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ryan
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Hostess was very erratic and disorganized when seating guests. Other than that the food was delicious per usual!

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vipCDBanker
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of my two guests, one was celebrating a birthday and one was visiting from San Francisco. We were seated at the flatbread oven, and it turned out one of the young cooks had been my friend’s mentee. She was delightful! The cocktails and food were excellent! Our only negative was that seated along the bar made it more difficult to hear one another

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vipBill
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always, thank you! We always enjoy spending an evening here!

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BeckyU
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Zula knows what it is about and delivers a great dining experience. The PEI Mussels in Thai broth are superb and the Flatbread with Brussels sprout leaves with bacon lardons is well balanced with a crisp crust. The bartending is skillful and confident - well done!

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vipAmaj
Cincinnati
64 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment. We met the owner/chef and his lovely wife. Had no idea the outgoing hostess that we have engaged with for many years was the other owner.
Huge shout out to David the bartender! Great personality with wonderful skills of mixing restocking and all the while being engaging with the bar guest

The mussels were outstanding as were the crudo and tartar

Favorite restaurant in cincinnati

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vipRedtweety
Central Coast
41 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was my daughter’s birthday dinner. We’ve eaten at Zula before and loved it. This visit the food was outstanding, but we were sat in the very back of the restaurant, hidden by a screen , our server tried to do her best, but our drinks took forever and nobody really ever checked on us. The restaurant was very busy.

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Adenike
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful dining experience with attentive staff.

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SharonM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful place. Very friendly and competent staff.

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JimB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food and wine list. Trying to select which Mussels to get is difficult so we just start at the top and work our way down the list. Very enjoyable evening at ZULA’s, again.

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SherryF
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zola is a summertime regular for us because of the quality of food and service. We almost always have the mussels. There were four in our party, the service was great, and the mussels were the largest any of us had ever had! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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SIGGIE
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

BEST MUSSELS IN TOWN, NO QUESTION!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect. Love to introduce friends to Zula!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zula is one of my favorites and once again food was fantastic! The hummus chicken shawarma was amazing! Roasted beets and Thai mussels...perfection!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We love Zula’s - get the mussels every time and they are fantastic. Last night, however, we noticed the mussels were much larger and very fishy tasting. We asked the waiter if they changed where they get the mussels as they seemed different and somewhat fishy. He said they get them from a few different places, but made no comment to us about our comment about them being fishy tasting. We thought going on a Tuesday that maybe they were old?

Unfortunately, we probably will not be back. My stomach hurt most of the night and I have to attribute it to the mussels. Will have to find a new place to get mussels!

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MeganV
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance were absolutely amazing. Definitely a spot I will tell all my friends about.

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KathrynW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Cincinnati - must try the eggplant fries, tuna crude and beef carpaccio.

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Garrett
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful staff. Venue is beautiful and intimate. Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best mussels in the city! And the chicken shawarma and hummus special were out of this world!

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vipmacdonga
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, cleanliness overall atmosphere.

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CaseyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for our 4th Anniversary. The place is a lot bigger than it looks on the outside.

The mussels were perfect and always a must! We got them, two hot plates, a bottle of white wine and two desserts. That was enough for us and I have what I'd consider a big appetite.

Our server, Jordan, was very helpful in helping us decide what to get. He did a great job at explaining what each dish was in simple terms.

We'll definitely be coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Terrible service. Very disappointed

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Zula Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1943 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.