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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

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.7

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4.6

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4.5

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4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 19, 2015

The server was a great help as this was our first visit. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 18, 2015

Dishes were outstanding as usual

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 17, 2015

great place to meet up. great mussles, flat breads, small plates. great wine list very good prices. just a nice night out

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 11, 2015

Food and service was good. Noise level was high. Good location.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 21, 2015

The food is very good and plenty of special dishes.
The staff was very kind but forgot a dish we ordered.
Overall highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 21, 2015

I always have a great experience at Zula whether with a date, friends, or family. It's menu is unique and provides many items to share. I'll continue coming back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 20, 2015

My wife and I have had a favorite restaurant in Cincinnati since we were in 13 years ago. I took her to the Palomino for our first date and we loved the food and the atmosphere and the location so much that it became a regular spot for celebrating special occasions. Last year, however, on a whim, we tried Zula for the first time and we suddenly have another spot vying for our favorite. The mussels here are out of this world! And, while we haven't tried everything on the menu, our server has helped us to find great choices each of the three times we've eaten here. Between the knowledgable staff, the great food and the fun, casual and yet somewhat romantic atmosphere, I have never had a bad experience. We have raved about this restaurant to many of our friends and hope one day to make it a group date night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Service and food delicious...not a lot of food on the small plates which means you order more and spend a lot to feed people - especially men with larger appetites. Typical of a tapas bar. Mussels yummy!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2015

Every single dish was excellent! Don't think you can go wrong ordering anything!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 14, 2015

I have been to Zula many times and always have great food. Not only are they one of the few restaurants in OTR that actually accept reservations but they are great for groups too! I just had a group of about 6 go there for my birthday dinner and the best thing is that most of the plates are shareable. In a large group you can almost try everything on the menu... almost. If it's just two dining, you can share a lot of different things and just tell the server if you want some to come out first or all together and they are great at accommodating!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2015

We came in on a slow Tuesday evening. I've dined here many times and it's always great-- you can never go wrong with mussels and eggplant "fries" sooo yummy. However, their flatbread oven was down so they were unable to make any flat breads. Wish they told us this before we ordered apps. We left and went to A Tavola for pizza after we ate some mussels. No biggie, still a great place.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 2015

Love this place before events at Music Hall. Food is innovative and tasty. Wish the tables weren't so darn close together!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 6, 2015

I had the beet salad and shared a flatbread and both dishes were phenomenal! I'm still thinking about that beet salad! They also have a great wine selection and the service is excellent. I highly recommend this place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 6, 2015

We love this place! Ordered the Thai and Traditional French mussels. Make sure to order the bread to dip in the mussel sauce! Eggplant fries are awesome! Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of the flat breads but it seems like a lot of people like them. Overall, fun place for an energetic dinner with friends or family!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 6, 2015

First time at Zula's and we will be back. Four of us dined before the Cincinnati Pops and the server asked if we were going to the Pops to be sure she took care of us. Service was great-team approach with the staff. Our table tried 4 types of mussels-New Orleans, French, Thai and Mediterranean. The flavors were awesome, the broth is wonderful to dip their delicious home made bread. We had the seared salmon crudo-another winner. Great prices on bottles of wine. New restaurant favorite -we loved it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2015

Try any of the mussels! Love the seared salmon and the carpaccio, too. Service there is always the best -- super great staff. Great wine list, well-organized, with plenty of variety. Good beers (try the Boulevard Radler). Zula is perhaps my favorite restaurant in OTR. Park across the street at the underground garage in Washington Park...

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 31, 2015

This is the second time we have eaten at Zulu and the food has been consistently good. The wood fired pizzas are some of the best I have had. The negative I have is the service both visits has been sub par compared to other good restaurants in the downtown area. The servers act like they don't care about your experience and they are non attentive. I would recommend the restaurant for food not good service.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2015

Some of the best mussels around!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Lovely hip interior - a bit on the noisy side, great menu choices, nice wine list and fantastic service. Food was delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2015

A menu with lots of variety that includes unexpected choices. Everything is prepared perfectly. And, our server was knowledgable and attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on October 20, 2015

Three guys out for dinner in Over-the-Rhine and Zula seemed like the right choice: good kitchen and a good wine list. We weren't disappointed and were particularly grateful that our greeter was willing to change our table when we found ourselves next to a table full of young shrieking women. The table to which we were moved was much better, though still a bit loud. There's no doubt in my mind that Zula is one of the places in the hot O-T-R restaurant scene that's worth repeated visits.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 17, 2015

Zula has a short but great menu with amazing dishes. The night we went it was very busy and they couldn't handle the amount of customers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 17, 2015

I could come here every week! The eggplant fries are unique, flatbreads delicious and who knew there were so many ways to serve mussels. While it's not a huge menu, it's all good, and even with a range of tastes there is no problem finding something you're sure to like.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 16, 2015

As always, these two Zula mainstays were excellent. Love the space and the atmosphere at Zula. Service seemed uneven compared to tables around us this time. Won't keep me from coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 16, 2015

Zula has very nice and lively ambience. Beef carpaccio and scallop are cooked to perfection. Raw fish ceviche type dishes are not their strength. The extensive choices of different mussel dishes and accompanying bread are to-die-for.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 16, 2015

We must be in a rut. We do not get down to OTR much but when we do, we always say we will try a new place. But we always end up at Zula's. We shared a pot of Mussels. We tried the Funghi Mussels for the first time and they were fantastic. The Yellow Fin Crudo was also terrific. We were in a noisy spot with lots of waiter traffic, but we didn't mind.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2015

Food was fast and delicious. Calamari was great, mussels were delicious (we had Marseille and Orleans). Great for a group.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 9, 2015

Well prepared small plates or full entrees (our group had both). Nice wine list.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 9, 2015

Zulu was very good! Hot spot and very good food. Mussels were outstanding !!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 3, 2015

Not a fan of the Seating at all. Felt very uncomfortable sitting with strangers. Probably would discourage us from going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2015

We made a reservation which was good because this place was packed and loud! We decided to chose a few different items to share. Thai mussels, roasted tomato flatbread and the deconstructed moussaka. The mussels were good but I actually thought the broth was too spicy - would probably try a different preparation next time. The flatbread was delicious! The concept was so simple yet it was elevated. The moussaka was great but a little hard to eat with forks since it was in small pieces, maybe also could serve it in a bowl rather than plate so it is easier to eat. Had an extensive wine menu with varying prices which was nice. The service was good and the wait wasn't long. We were full and didn't have dessert but they looked good from what we saw coming out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 2, 2015

Overall the experience was great. The wine and food were both of great quality, taste, and presentation. Our waitress was very kind, helpful with recommendations, and very tentative to our needs.

However, one of the tables in our area had the impression that everyone else wanted to hear their conversations; it was a little frustrating to hear the kackles every other minute. Not only for me, but the other guests around us.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 2, 2015

Pre-Symphony dinner, splitting tapas with a friend. Flatbreads are always great, the tomato salad was really tasty as were the braised pork arancini. Topped off with excellent frites and a great glass of tuscan wine. Perfect amount of food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 26, 2015

There are now so many great restaurants in Cincinnati to choose from, but Zula is always one at the top of our list. They have the best mussels in town, and we are making our way through their menu of mussel options. The bread to dip in the juices is heavenly, and the charred calamari is the perfect starter.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 19, 2015

We had the opportunity to go to Zula last night. We started with the Charred Calamari and it was wonderful! Then my husband and I split the Funghi Mussels and Thyme Roasted Tomato Flat Bread. Both were absolutely amazing! Our server paired our meal with a great wine and we couldn't have been happier. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for an evening out. Delicious!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 19, 2015

Good flatbreads. Seats by flatbread oven very warm. Good vibe. Very nice servers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 18, 2015

We really enjoyed every dish that we shared. I would not recommend the Caesar salad alongside the beet salade as the Caesar is very heavy in anchovy flavoring.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 18, 2015

Excellent food and wine, in a perfect location! We enjoyed a pot of mussels, two kinds of salad, a flatbread, and arancini. We paired dinner with a lovely Soave.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2015

Awesome as always! I took a friend who was SUPER impressed with the mussels--a huge compliment from a Seattle native!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 15, 2015

We had great service from our server but the bar seemed to lose one of our drinks, the easiest one. The food was very good and the drink and wine list is just ZULA !! (wonderful)

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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