Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

4.8
2031 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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Kitchen will be serving full food menu from 5:00PM to 11:00PM. Limited menu will be available until Midnight. Zula will be open until 1:00 AM Alcoholic beverage service hours will be determined based on guidelines given by the governor.

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4.7
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SamanthaD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Well we weren’t told that the kitchen was closing at 10 we arrived at 9:30. The manger not the waitress bothered to tell us to put all our food in at once. But that’s just the first problem, we ordered the salmon toro snd calms, we only got the clams and then were told the kitchen was closed… we still thought the salmon toro was coming, it didn’t. She also got my drink incorrect and took long get get one cocktail, wasn’t asked if I wanted another drink. We paid the tab and left. The waitress couldn’t remember anything and kept saying sorry, she tried bring us someone else’s credit card. The manager came over and told us that we could get dessert, but we hadn’t even had dinner! The calms were alright; and my drink was ok for not being what I ordered. Over all we will not go back.

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JasonM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great anniversary dinner! First time here and definitely will be back again.

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vipDayton
Cincinnati
179 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 2 promptly seated on a busy Saturday night for a pre-show dinner as they were turning away those without reservations. Yellowfin tuna crudo was excellent as were salads & flatbread. Cocktail + wine + food + tip = $100.

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BethanyS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels are a must and we always get the salmon crudo and a flatbread

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, tasty food, good wine list and beverage selection. Always one of my favorites!

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JenniferF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! We’ve already planned our next visit.

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vipEnjoys
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu a bit confusing
Servings a bit small

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JulieD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun and deliciois! Hostess kind of short though.

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dine4fun
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed dinner and drinks prior to FC Cincinnati game and had a very enjoyable dinner. The restaurant was jam packed, so not for the faint of heart that prefer spacing or low-key environment while dining. The charred calamari served on watercress and French classic Mussels Marinière were outstanding! Great wine list by the glass at reasonable prices. Will be back again soon!

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RobinT
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going to Zula. The food and service is always very good. Say hello to our favorite person Brian!

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PhyllisJ
Cincinnati
49 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zula was lovely with the same great food and cocktails as pre pandemic. We have not been eating inside and we were surprised how close the tables still were to each other given current environment and norms. Staff were not wearing masks either - so need to decide your comfort level with that.

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barbarag
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ZULA is one of the very best restaurants in Cincinnati. It’s also very close to Music Hall and the new soccer stadium.
We love sitting at the counter by the oven where they cook the flatbread but Open Table only accepts reservations for tables. When we arrived we we immediately taken to our favorite counter seats! When I asked how they knew we loved sitting there I was told they have a note attached to our name! It’s been a long time we’ve received service anywhere like that!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Don’t seat us at bar with back to restaurant and to our server it’s very awkward especially when we had a dinner reservation and there is plenty of room at actually tables

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eatsoutoften
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Reservations taken and easy. Ended up being seated at a bar area very close to other diners vs. at a table. Food selection fantastic, no disappointments. Service was good, but waiter was in training (trainer was hovering nearby). Have never been disappointed here.

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SandyD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was knowledgeable, helpful, and quick to offer suggestions to make our small plate ordering enjoyable from first plate to dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and wine were delicious. It’s a bit loud, but tolerable.

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KRichter
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is amazing and beautifully presented. We love to go for a date night and share small plates. The only complaint is that the hostess that particular night was not very friendly or welcoming. Other than that the service was outstanding as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wine, and atmosphere! Charlie was our server and he did a fabulous job of navigating us through the menu and took wonderful care of us! Highly recommend!

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AzizaE
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, amazing food and wine! Thank you! Great service as always!

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vipDivaJamila
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a great experience! I kick myself for not knowing about this place until a couple of months ago. Service was just a bit off this last time I went. I was sitting at the bar and the bartender was absolutely amazing and very engaging — but got my order mixed up. And, it was the one thing I made the trip to Zula for. LOL. Nevertheless, it was all reconciled and I was even introduced to a couple of new delicious dishes as a result of the mishap. So, all is good with the world. The bar has an electric vibe for someone who will very often stop in somewhere solo — especially if other patrons are engaging. The staff always makes me feel great and make sure that I’m taken care of even when things don’t go perfectly.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you so very much for your feedback.

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BMitchell
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at Zula was wonderful! Charlie was our server and he was phenomenal! You can really tell the staff care and they work well together. Loved everything we had to eat! We’ll definitely be back.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall an amazing dining experience! Service was phenomenal and waiter guided us through the menu in a straightforward way. The roasted cauliflower seasonal appetizer was delightful and the mussels were out of this world! We also had the feta flatbread, and it was flavorful as well! Leftovers were fantastic even the next day! Appreciate the focus on quality ingredients and recipes executed flawlessly. We will definitely be back to try out the other mussel flavors!

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you much. Love it that you had a good time at Zula

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Will definitely dine here again.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Just love it. TY

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vipFredG
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. Got to bring our 13yo with us. She absolutely loved it.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you. Glad to hear you had a good time.

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Peanuts
Cincinnati
50 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and good service. Nice going to a place that has been able to keep up it's standards We'll be back.
Joe Hirschhorn

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you Joe and Marilyn. Always great to see you.

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KellyW
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in the city at any price point. A must, and your place of choice to take newcomers.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you so much Kelly. Your feedback is the reason we keep doing what we do.

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vipjmhorne
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Pre-FCC match dinner. The food and service were great. The wine always shines and don’t skip the dessert!

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

TY, TY, TY.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal at Zula! We can’t wait to come back again!

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you so much.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toledo
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mussels! Wonderful small plates. Wine selection fantastic and reasonable. Mixed drink Sazerac per wife was very good and mine OK. Only complaint is had to pay for bread with mussels and my experience is usually included. Still would go back again to sample all the mussel varieties.

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DeanM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu and cocktails. Staff was exceptional.

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KrissyR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Zula consistently has great food. Unfortunately the atmosphere doesn’t match the greatness of the food. It was loud, the table small and therefore crowded with dishes, and we were so close to the people next to us we could hear all their conversation (which was obnoxious in itself). We continue to go because of the food, but this trip was a bit of a disappointment

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JanetM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zula's mussels are the reason I keep coming back.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you Janet!

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vipLucid
Detroit
57 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was busy with great energy. It didn't feel like we were in Cincinnati. Food was good, but a little overpriced. We would go back, but please let the guest know that there is a cost so something when it is offered to us. We ordered the mussels as an entrée. The server asked us if we wanted bread for the broth so of course we said sure. When we received the bill, there was a surprise charge of $5.00 on the bill for the bread. For $17.00 we thought it should have included bread or as least be told it was extra.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific staff and food. Beet salad is to die for.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you very much.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you very much.

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vipFredG
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Same as always.

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you very much.

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HeatherL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For my Birthday dinner I wanted something unique but also seasonal, fresh with an artisan flare. Zula did not disappoint! My boyfriend and I split a juicy bottle of Red ( props to the wine list here!) and 2 buckets of muscles, and cheese and mushroom flat bread which we both basically drank inhaled! We definitely plan on returning to Zula in the near future!

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you you so very much.

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ReenaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We have eaten at Zula many times, and each time the food is predictably good but not excellent. Most importantly, the ambience is consistently frustrating. We always get seated in the worst spot (back of the side room near the hangers and back door) and each time I forget to call to ask for a better table. Last night, our family of four (two teens) were seated next to a table of about 20 screaming twenty year old women--unbearably loud. The servers were understanding and pulled the curtains next to our table which made it barely tolerable. Our food was slow to come out and finally we canceled the last order so we could leave. I have no problem with the servers--they were very kind but overall the management of this place is not customer-friendly. We also have a close friend we happened to bump into while at the restaurant with their 3 month baby and they were told that they should have had a reservation to account for her car seat! Other friends have had unpleasant experiences with aggressive management. This is the last time we will frequent Zula.

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vipJerry
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Went on a Saturday evening and the atmosphere was dynamic. The crowd was full and the staff was very attentive. I observed some service experiences that differentiate this staff from other restaurants. The food portions were appropriate and the taste & quality was excellent. The shift manager (Jordan) was working tables to help out at peak time and was very professional and efficient as he combined our table with working behind the bar. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great: the food, the ambiance, the service. Our server, Emily, was amazing! Will definitely go back!

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you very much for your positive feedback.

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Zula Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 2031 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.