Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

4.8
1854 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.
What 1854 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
R
Raynet
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and efficient
Food was delicious. What’s not to like?

RK
vipRuthieK
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great. And Kristen was lovely and very good.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

SB
vipSandyB
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Love Love Love LOVE ZULA!!!!!!
FABULOUS EVERY TIME!!!!!!!
One of our ALL TIME FAVS!!!!!!!
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

AC
vipAnaC
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried three different dishes. The taste was incredible and the presentation a perfect balance of color, arrangement, and texture. Wow!

CK
CovKyGirl
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambience and great prices considering how much food you get!

GL
GregL
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good service, good ambiance. Very good kale salad. Some other dishes are just okay. Mussels is the way to go here. Nice drink selections too.

LW
LindaW
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zula is hands down the best restaurant in Cincinnati! Always something different you can choose if you go frequently. We do! But my favorites are the tuna crudo and the beef carpaccio for appetizers. Mushroom flatbread is sooo good. Owner is also the chef and that makes all the difference. Vic is a culinary genius. You will never have a bad meal there.

JM
JenniferM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really appreciate the fresh and delicious food. You're restaurant provides an upscale experience without all the pretence. My dining partner and I had a conversation about how a lot of fancy restaurants including steakhouses, provide subpar sides. I've never had a bad meal at Zula!

DH
vipDouglasH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service is top notch. Had a few mistakes, but the chef tasted remade apologized and still was an amazing meal. More importantly, great experience

S
Stepco
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Hostess was quite rude and the spaces are cramped in some areas. Very loud. But the food was excellent!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience. The place is a little cramped. Food was fabulous and drinks were awesome.

MB
ManuelB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We wanted to have dinner Tuesday night made a reservationwe showed up and the where closed what a disappointment whe where staying in cinci and it ruined our night.

E
Eric
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Amazing. We had reservations and our table wasn't ready yet so we decided to go to the bar. We had great service and really enjoyed our experience there as much as we have before at a table.

P
Peter
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place, great food. the best restaurant in the city

LM
LeonardoM
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine list. Presentation, flavor, service was all very good. Social distancing and safety was also great. I hope to go back again soon.

AT
vipAshleyT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great selection of fish and vegetarian options. Super impressed w execution and the wine menu is a gem. Excited to go back!!! The tuna tartar and beet salad are a must try. If they are featuring schwarma with chicken or cauliflower I highly suggest! Great addition to the downtown scene in Cincinnati.

m
vipmacdonga
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Wonderful atmosphere! We have been here before and always enjoyed our time but the meal this time was easily in my top 10 of all time, anywhere!

BC
BryanC
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine was great

RS
vipRickS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always excellent at ZULA. Never had a bad meal there. Vik knows how to run a great restaurant. It is a Cincinnati treasure.

SJ
StephanieJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great food! Everything was delicious and we were seated in a very safe, spacious, COVID friendly area. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

B
vipBob123
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Accommodations for COVID were excellent and comfortable. Mussels and flatbreads were great.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience and impeccable service!!

SR
SarahR
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a little tight for the seating. I know it was due to the Covid safety, but not the greatest. We felt like we were too tight

AN
AmyN
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! We ordered the charred calamari, Spanish mussels and the Spanish flatbread; all were delicious!

G
Gumby
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about Zulas! - the food, wine, ambiance, service, location....

W
vipWhewell37
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No better place in OTR to have dinner and drinks. My wife and I have been coming here for years, and can't imagine a better place to go. It is, by far, our favorite. We highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wine tasting before dinner, and it ran long, so we had to push our reservation back 45 minutes. Zula accommodated is beautifully.
We just shared some small plates, and ate quickly before the 10:00pm curfew on a Thursday night.
The atmosphere was buzzing. Our waitress. Jamie, was top-not h. Vic, the owner was jovial as usual, visiting at a table with guests.
I thoroughly enjoy Zula, and it never disappoints.

T
Todd
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

j
vipjohnk
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time at ZULA. Great food /great service.

Love this place.

CG
CristinaG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding doesn't begin to cover it! Zula has quickly become our favorite restaurant in Cincinnati...by a mile! We are very much foodies and have a hard time finding restaurants that give us the dining experience we are looking for. We usually end up making excuses for why the food isn't what it could or should be. I was impressed from the first time I read the menu. I knew this chef knew what he was doing. But his execution is truly impressive! From the many amazing mussel preparations (the Spanish is our favorite!), to the tuna crudo which is heavenly, to the beef carpaccio which is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, to the light, crispy flatbread that we were told takes three days to prepare, every element was more enjoyable than the last! We love the ambiance and the fact that Vik's family works together makes it feel like home. Spread the word, Zula is a gem!!

NC
vipNewtoCincy
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Another good experience.
We shared the beet salad, the roasted mushroom flatbread and of course mussels.

SB
vipSandyB
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorite places in town. You can’t go wrong with the Louisiana style muscles and your choice of favorite flatbread. There is something about the ambience and consistency in quality of this restaurant that keeps drawing me back for more.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food and a great evening with friends!

FD
vipFreqDiner
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! This is a family run restaurant with everyone being extremely professional while paying close attention to keeping everyone socially distanced! We met the father (owner), the mother, two sons and a daughter - all working on Christmas Eve! We can't wait to come back - perfect!!!

LH
LeonH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on Christmas eve and were pleasantly surprised by the meals. The food was well made and delicious, and the service staff was amazing. We will be coming here again.

PS
vipPaulS
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of choices and ll are pretty darn good

GR
GloriaR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks with exceptional service!

TM
TomM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Like most restaurants, the dishes were over-seasoned (e.g., charred calamari salty and had double the sauce needed. Food should be dressed, not saturated).

FAQs

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1854 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.