Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
1469 reviews
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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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HO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The mussel and the flatbread is one of my favorites, with a great wine selection. The location is also very great since it's right between Vine st and the Washington park and the music hall. It's a great place to get dinner and drinks before a show at the music hall.

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LE
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at this restaurant far more than I should. But when the food is incredible, the staff is hospitable and warming, and the ambiance is beautiful, balanced and somehow perfectly similar to the vibe of NYC, why not??

I notice something new to love every time I come here. Upon my most recent visit, I was nestled by the front window which allowed me to realized how perfectly stationed the restaurant actually is on the corner of Race Street. The view from my table reminded me of my days in New York City, dining with a good friend whilst enjoying the view of the park, people walking by and of course, the city itself.

At this point, I've tried every single crud on the menu. It's safe to say each and every one is executed to perfection with perfectly balance flavors. Each one melts in your mouth and the burst of flavor is so refreshing. The ingredients are clearly quality. For me, that's when you know a good dish. When the ingredients can speak for themselves and commingle in a way that creates a dish with a unique flavor profile without compromising the ingredients themselves.

The wine list is superb. This time around, however, I went with one of my new favorite sparkling wines as well as a cocktail! I'm a Bourbon gal and I often prefer my bourbon straight, no ice with a splash of lime. But this cocktail was perfect. The bourbon sang without being overpowered by too much sweetness and of course, lemon and bourbon is always a good mix.

Lastly, the mussels! Again, being a rather frequent diner I am working my way through the entire menu. The mussels are incredible of course. So far, I've indulged in the Thai Mussels, the New Orleans Mussels, the French Classic Mussels. While I've still got quite a while to go before I finish them all, I must say that I can't even choose a favorite. The broths are packed with so much flavor and each unique flavor profile sings its own tune exceptionally.

I really can't rave about this place enough.

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NC
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food great service.

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c
Cincinnati
286 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the flat bread oven bar and had a great show from the chefs. We were going to a show and they had our food out promptly and delightful.

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m
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place to spend an evening with a friend or group of people.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fourth visit to Zula but the first time I've invited guests from out of town. We opted to order appetizers, mussels and flatbreads to share. Everything was outstanding! I had the curry mussels for the first time and they rivaled the fungi mussels... my all time favorites! My husband and I are already making plans for our next visit so that we can try some of the other mussels.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife and I travel a LOT, so date night is extremely important to us. Zula checked all the boxes, Food was phenomenal, Server (Emily) was one of the best we've had in the city and would definitely recommend. Can't control who sits next to you and she certainly didn't know how to "maintain low tones", nevertheless the company next to us would never deter us from visiting or recommending Zula.

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PD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

When I made a days in advance, 6.00pm reservation (early-ish for a Sat. night), I assumed I was reserving a table. Instead, my boyfriend and I were seated in two cramped corner seats at the long table next to where the sous chef works. They have way too many people crammed at those tables, with a relentless stream of host, server, and patron traffic one inch from the bodies of guests trying to enjoy their dinner. Very uncomfortable. We asked the server if we could be reseated in one of the three open tables for two, but were told, no, those are for people with reservations! The food was excellent, as always, but we won't be back anytime soon.

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W
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again an excellant experiance!

Been here a number of times and I plan on many more!

Great food! Dang good wine list... and staff is always awesome!!

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PJ
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Zula - wonderful place to eat pre-post Washington Park area events!

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r
Cincinnati
50 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Usual good mussels and flatbread, service OK, always an interesting crowd

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OT
Cincinnati
74 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Don’t sit at the community table if you want room to move your arms. It is way to cramped. And when I made reservations I definitely would have said no to sitting there. The waitresses are always trying to squeeze your food and drink over your shoulders. The dropped a salad plate and got beer juice on one customers pale pink sweater. Need to have two less seats there.

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DA
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emily welcomed us back and provided excellent and friendly service

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VT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal again at Zula. We always enjoy dinner at Zula!

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ED
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love Zula's - my new favorite in OTR.....Especially like their Classic French Mussels (make sure to get the bread to dip in the sauce!) - Thai mussels are good as well....Their salted caramel creme brulee is so silky and amazing.....I've been there several times and have liked everything so far.....Like the way their wine menu is set up - easier to choose with a good amount of price choices.....Our table was in the main dining room and was a bit noisy with some difficulty hearing across the table.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marseille Mussels and great wine and cava made a great date night. This is one of the top tier restaurants in Cincinnati with such an engaging vibe. My fave!

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Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Muscles ...fresh, hot, silky and flavorful...superb! Beet salad...treat for the eyes and big flavor...superb! Bread... tender and chewy inside to absorb the lovely broth and crusty enough to hold up to the broth...superb! Service by Jamey... friendly, accommodating, efficient...superb!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as alwsys

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RS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Every dish we try is amazing in flavor and appearance! The mussels are all great too!

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time Visiting Zula (on a Wednesday-5:30) and it was a wonderful experience! Food Was Prepared to Perfection, Wait Staff-FABULOUS! I have told at least 15 friends about this wonderful restaurant in OTR since my visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitress was friendly and food was delicious.

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service was great . For the last 2 times we sat in the back and both times we were seated next to a very noisy tables . They were very loud that we could not hear each other talking . We asked the server to ask them to be respectful of others but nothing changed. We left as soon as we finished dinner . I feel that it is management responsibility to keep things under control. After all it’s a dining area not a club.
Thanks

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have enjoyed Zula a number of times and I am never disappointed. The food is always excellent and the surroundings pleasant. It's the perfect start to a night at the Symphony.

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VS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful dining experience. The charred calamari and Thai mussels were superb! Our server Elise was amazing. She helped us with all of our many, many questions. I’ll definitely be back again. I love everything about Zula!

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience like always! Great service, fantastic food and drinks. My favorite restaurant downtown!

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SL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service at Zula, and their wine list is really one of the best in the city. You can get a $7 glass of wine that tastes so much better than that. They do a great job.

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another outstanding dinner at Zula. Mussels and flat bread shared with wife. Mussels were good size and sauce superb. The flat bread was tomato, no meat and excellent. Great service exemplified by their running down the street to provide us take home we left at table. They remain on our list as one of teh best in area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Zula. Specially sitting in the front room.

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K
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party size kept growing throughout our reservation process. Courtney and the manager kept working with me. Such a pleasant experience.

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CK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food with a great ambience. It is rather noisy around the bar area but you can request seating away from the bar. They have a great mussel bar and flat bread selection. Service was excellent.

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CN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My husband and I love Zula, especially before an event at Music Hall. We had reservations and were seated at the communal table in the middle, which was not the best. It was very tight and difficult to eat. Our server was very kind, but hard to get back when we needed her. I will definitely come back and completely understand a rush before an event.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and food and cocktails were were outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zula is one of our favorite places in OTR to visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time for my fiancé’s birthday

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MR
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wine selection is great, and the roasted beet salad was delicious. Our entrees were cooked to perfection, and the service was good. The pistachio gelato was excellent; it really did taste like pistachios since it was the "real thing".

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PN
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was very enjoyable. The food and service were excellent.

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K
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an awesome experience here. Efficient service with great personalities and wonderful flavorful food.

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SK
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Zula - the food and service is always very good. Tried the New French 75 and it’s now a new favorite cocktail. The grilled calamari as a starter was delicious. The mussel pots were perfectly prepared (as usual). We also ordered bread and fries for dipping. One of the best meals in the city. Thanks again Zula for a great night!

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LR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is unbelievable!!!!! The French mussels is the best around.

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PD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very friendly and helpful. We were in the pre-show dinner rush and she still managed to make us feel taken care of. We will definitely be back to try the mussels.

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