Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
1968 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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vipRonS
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to return to my favorite restaurant after a year and a half!
Everything tasted great!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Zula because we hadn’t been there in a long time and remembered it was good. That being said, it was vastly better than my memory. We shared citrus cured salmon, haricots verts, mushroom flatbread, and charred calamari. It was all delicious, but the the calamari was one of the best things I’ve eaten this year. Our server gently urged us towards dessert, and the raspberry Marsala cake and Kahlua brownie were delectable. Great service, nice ambiance, can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! We selected a wide variety of small plates, large plates and desserts and they were each amazing!!

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vipLakegirl31
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Zula! Consistently delicious food and excellent service. Never disappointed dining here. In fact, quite the opposite! Always impressed.

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vipccurran
Cincinnati
366 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a fun place that puts service, food and wine at the forefront. The owner Vik, has the place running like a top. Well done and the mussels are great!

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SRM58
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jordan our server did a great job - he was very attentive and helpful with suggestions and answering our questions.

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Gabriel
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service, will go back again.

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kenzak
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. Good food and atmosphere. Would recommend this place without hesitation

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere , food and service !

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nancyy
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night at Zula again. Never disappoints! Great ambiance, service, food and drink!

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vipMikeP
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zula was good.

Better service than we’ve had in the past.

But… expensive. They’ve raised their prices significantly. Especially on wine (~20%).

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have long been a big fan of Zula and, after a year and half break during the pandemic, everything was just as wonderful as I remembered. Great food, great service, and lively, happy atmosphere. I love being there and can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Great food, great service, and the perfect evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing mussels!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great service!!

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Colette
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I love Zula, this is my third time dining here. The food was amazing as usual and the wine list is better than most in the area. The only negative we had was the service. We only got appetizers and wine and still were there for 2.5 hours spending most of the time waiting for food or waiting to order or waiting to get our check. But other than that, great food!

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vipSummerdining
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here!
Customer focused staff! Great location and amazing food!

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vipAlesu
Cincinnati
104 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The foods we ordered were excellent, so was our server. Even though the restaurant does not serve tea, she did some how found a tea bag for me. Most commendable for her extra effort. This is the first time we have been to Zula, and for sure we will be returning many more time in the coming months. The Fried Eggplant was really special.

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MitchB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING RESTAURANT. Everything was perfect and they were nice enough to accommodate our seating request. Food is fantastic, we had half the menu and nothing was bad. Love this place, 10/10 would recommend.

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vipRichW
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As always, the food quality is outstanding, the menu imaginative and the service friendly and good. Mussels are a must have and the roasted beet salad is fantastic.

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EricF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome menu choices! Awesome presentation! Awesome food!

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vipArtP
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were hoping for a late Saturday evening meal and some fun. We chose to sit at the bar at Zula's for a 9:30 dinner. Our Bartender/server was fantastic. The food was superb and the atmosphere is truly fun. Overall a great experience. Thank You

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Tables are a bit tight.

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vipjulied
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our second dinner at Zula. It is our favorite Cincinnati restaurant. The presentation, the unique menu, the incredible food... it's all here! We have tried at least 10 dishes and they've all been fantastic! Foodies will love Zula!

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Peanuts
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good and interesting food.
Miss the women who made the salads.
One can eat well and not get too much salt and fat.
We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
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 on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way.

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MartyJ
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
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
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
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
30 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
9 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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Zula Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1968 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.