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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (45)
Good for a Date (45)
Creative Cuisine (41)
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Tapas (38)
Special Occasion (37)
Fun (34)
Notable Wine List (29)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Hot Spot (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Casual (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Healthy (18)
Local Ingredients (16)
Romantic (13)
Authentic (12)
Cozy (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
People Watching (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Late-night Find (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Business Meals (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great Beer (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food ; menu changes; convent dining before the symphony

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Healthy, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We go to Zula fairly often. We love the servers. Very friendly bunch. We also can never pass up the Funghi mussels. They also have great flatbreads. We are big Zula fans!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Won.Der.Ful! We really enjoyed our evening. The food was great and the staff was phenomenal. We loved the wine list and the desserts were worth coming back after the symphony.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Healthy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Romantic, Tapas, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 26, 2017

friendly and helpful server-attentive and made good suggestions. Small plates provided a good variety of foods.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful fresh creative food! The beet salad was outstanding! Will frequent again and again!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Delicious food with a great beer and wine list. We always enjoy coming to Zula, and have always received great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We were 5 on a Tuesday evening and ordered a variety of entrees and sides to share. Every single dish was excellent. Everything about Zula was first class: the service, the food, and the ambience. I'd call it casual fine dining. I especially loved the Rare Seared Scottish Salmon.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

I had fun. Two drinks in an hour and a half so I was enthusiastic but couldn't help feeling service was for lack of a better word, distant. If I were in their place I would celebrate my guests having a good time far from being an obnoxious drunk. There is a way to inset yourself into the mood of the table get your job done and manage to enjoy yourself.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Hot Spot, Cozy, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Zola. The kale salad was very fresh and large enough to share. The mussels and flatbread were delicious. The wine was good and reasonable. Lela took great care of us. We hope to go back soon!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Healthy, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Zola is a go-to for us. The food is excellent and is intended for sharing at your table. I always try something new every time we go. The environment is fun; the wait staff is knowledgeable. I'm always ready to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Always fabulous! One of my favorites. Everyone enjoyed the evening

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Excellent service, amazing food and wine

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 12, 2017

First time here, seems small at first but there is a big room at the back which is quieter and ideal for a business dinner. Very good service, excellent food will come again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing food. Our high expectations were exceeded !

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great service. Date got the mussels and loved them. I had a seared tuna steak; perfectly prepared. Will go again.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent place to try different dishes. Especilly enjoyed the flatbreads.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Delicious food, generous portions for 'small plates' - really ideal for sharing, and the mussels were fabulous. We had the French Classic and the Thai. The bread was perfect for dipping.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I have only been to Zula one time before with friends. Our family of 4 went this time. The food was awesome but the wait is long. We didn't mind because we rarely get to spend time with everyone together. My complaint is the $$ rating. This is at least a $$$ restaurant. For four adults we spend $190.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Would have rated higher, however our waiter just seemed in it to up the tab and turn the table. Food and decor are both good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our service was fantastic the mussels were good not great

Tags: Tapas, People Watching, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Out of town friend here--her first experience there, I have been before. A great dining experience. Terrific food, attentive but not intrusive service, reasonable price, great environment and location

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Hadn't been to Zula for awhile. Forgot how good the food could be. Shared a large pork chop, sliced on the bone, served with a very good succothash accompaniment.
First dishes were fried eggplant sticks and a beet salad, both terrific.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This was our third visit and it just keeps getting better. Our table of 7 thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Zulässig came through again with a nice selection of dishes for a variety of tastes. Seafood was prepared very well - this is why we usually come in. Our table in the back room was refreshingly quiet.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Lots of options of mussels, large daily menu. Waiter was very helpful in reviewing the menu and offering recommendations. We had the seasonal heriloom tomato salad, traditional mussels, brussel sprout flat bread (wood fired!) and the brownie dessert. A of it was delicious and we will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Tapas, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great experience! Our server was extremely helpful, efficient, and nice. She made excellent suggestions to make our meal perfect.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

This place was wonderful! Great drinks and the flat bread and fries were amazing. Went with friends to celebrate the end of summer. Our server was great! Definitely recommend

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

All the dishes were spot on. The tomato salad, beet salad, tuna tartare...terrific!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 26, 2017

A highlight of our brief anniversary trip to Cinci. Amazing, creative food; enthusiastic, fun services with helpful recommendations; great wine; fun environment.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Celebrated a friend's promotion and this was the perfect place for a group of 5 on a Friday night! Sometimes it can be so hard to find a place to eat in OTR, especially for groups. This was perfect because we could make a reservation and the food was amazing!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Ate at the bar, and had a great meal. Lively as the night goes on

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I have eaten at Zula many times with a group, and it has always been a great experience. For the first time, I went to Zula as a party of two, and the experience was terrible. The first table they sat us at was right next to a large, noisy air vent, and it was dificult to hear each other talk. When we requested a new table, they moved us to one situated right next the kitchen and the area where the servers stood when not serving patorns. When we requested another table, they refused to move us because we were a party of two. There were numerous tables available because it was early in the evening. We decided to make the best of it, but the situation only went downhill. During our meal, many servers hung out next to our table, and two of them were actually playing a patty cake game. Once the food came, our server constantly hurried us along and tried to take our plates before we were finished. While we were eating our entree, she came to the table with the dessert menu and held it up and began going through the desserts. She did not seem pleased when we asked her to wait until we were finished. While we were eating she stood next to our table with her hands behind her back waiting for us to finish. I understand the desire to maximize profits with larger groups, but the extent to which we were made to feel unwelcome has changed the high opinion I had of Zula.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Many of the small plate sharing restaurants in OTR only serve wine and Zula has a great draft beer list for out of town guests. Also really appreciated good jazz music that made conversation easy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Loved Zula Bistro. Food was fantastic and their take on small plates was great for sharing. The steak tartar was a hit along with the Tombo crudo.

The kitchens timing was off but we enjoyed the atmosphere and the food so much we did not care.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a great experience at this restaurant. We started at the bar with a few beer and wine tastings. The bar staff was very knowledgeable about both and offered great suggestions. Sat in the window seat for our meal - noise level was fine for a conversation. We had the calamari that was very tender and had the right amount of citrus to balance the dish. Tuna small plate feature was very tasty with grapefruit and a pea puree. Finished with a flatbread that had a nice crust and mix of toppings. Staff was very friendly and overall it was an excellent experience.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Really unhappy that with everything that went wrong during dinner management did almost nothing to make anything better!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Has become a "go to" for occasions. Great as always.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This was our fist time at Zula, and we will definitely be returning. We enjoyed the community table setting and had fun conversations with our dining neighbors. My wife, 19-year-old daughter and I opted to share three menu items, and that was more than enough food for us. We thought each dish was fantastic: the Vietnamese-style mussels, the brussels sprouts flatbread, and the yellow fin tuna crudo. Our table neighbor was a regular, and she recommended ordering bread rolls to soak up the mussel broth, and we were so glad she did. IMO, the rolls should automatically come with the mussels, or at least be suggested on the menu so you don't leave all the delicious broth in the pot.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Zula exceeded my expectations. Everything was delicious and creative. Flatbread amazing and the mussels truly outstanding- the best mussels and broth I've had outside of Scotland (great fish place in Oban). Get the classic French broth. And MUST get the basket of bread, especially if ordering mussels. Beet salad was also amazing. Between all of us, everything we ordered was unbelievably good, including wine and dessert.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Authentic, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a great meal prior to a show at the Know Theater. Food was excellent - in particular the beet salad, mousakka, and grilled shrimp. We had seats at the bar and the people watching in Washington Square was terrific!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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