Great place. But cramped and loud
Always fun and upbeat. The food has a mediteranian twist that keeps the entrees fresh and different.
We celebrated my Birthday here and had a wonderful meal. It was my first choice of where to go.
We have always had excellent, creative food and service at Cafe Zola. It is one of our "go to" places when we want to go out or bring friends when they come into town. The owners are wonderful and often there. We have never had a bad experience.
Cafe Zola has a diverse menu so there is something for just about everyone. While popular for brunch it also makes a good evening venue. The food is consistently good as are the cocktails. Beer is bottled only but the wine list is good. It's close to the Ashley parking lot which is convenient.
Cafe Zola is always a sure thing for good food and drinks. My only caution can be the noise level and seating on busy holidays can be way to tight.
Fabulous! Great server and food
The service is always excellent and the food never disappoints. The seafood is very good and the lamb chops are excellent.
Zola's was my pic for my birthday dinner and the food was delicious, the server was pleasant and tuned in, and it was quiet enough to talk.
The food was great but the server seemed to be over scheduled because we ran out of water several times and I ordered a glass of wine before my main arrived but I didn’t get it until I was almost finished eating. And the place was pretty empty because it was early on a Tuesday night so I expected service to be better. But overall Zola’s is always good and one of our main go-to restaurants.
Cafe Zola in downtown Ann Arbor is one of my favorite restaurants. The staff is lovely, the environment beautiful, and they are happy to make any of their pasta dishes with gluten free pasta. I especially like the spicy chianti sauce. I admit the menu is somewhat limited and the price tag can be high, but this is high quality, tasty dining in Ann Arbor, and so, worth it.
Food and drink are always fantastic here; we weren't able to make it in for Sunday Brunch (if you haven't been, you must go!), so we had a great dinner instead. I'm not really a Vegetarian, but can eat that way, so I had one of their dinner specials of tofu, chile sauce, etc. It was great. Briana was our server, whom we've had before--she's an awesome person! She takes great care of you--friendly, attentive, and great menu advice! Will return again, soon!
I loved the expanded menu and the fact that this place is now on Open Table, as they did not used to accept reservations except for large parties.
Can’t say enough good things about this Ann Arbor gem. We had not been here in a couple years and it is better than ever. Start to finish the food and service was awesome. We had 4 people and it’s not often that we all agree!
Great place, cozy yet vibrant atmosphere, great food. Make sure to get there early as it’s always packed, even with a res. Also great for a Sunday brunch
Unfortunately, I have a mixed review about Cafe Zola. In our party of 4, one diner was unable to eat her pasta because of the overbearing and off-putting lemon taste. I mentioned this to the waitress who then brought it to the attention of the chef. His response was curious, he said it is intended to be that way. So my response is that I will not eat there again nor will I recommend the restaurant. I love Ann Arbor and it’s eclectic restaurants. I also love trying new food. However, when a chef refuses to put his customers first, he loses my business.
I went with my five best friends at school for Easter brunch. It was a great experience everybody enjoyed their meals.
Loved this restaurant. Our server was amazing. We all had a great dinner and drinks.
Best in town
Our waiter was fantastic and the food was great but even with a reservation we had to wait 30 minutes and the hostess was rude and unhelpful.
The mixed drinks were horrible. Very watered down.
Amazing food! It delivers every time!
The menu at Café Zola is a delight. Unfortunately, we were there during the March Madness basketball tournament which resulted in a very crowded, noisy restaurant with slower than usual service.
Seats too close together
We have dined here many times over the years. The food is always tasty. The service has improved. One risk is that things can be more done than you asked for. You really need to be explicit about what rare, medium etc means to the kitchen. That goes for eggs at breakfast & lunch as well as meat and fish.
We had a wonderful meal. The service was mediocre. We will definitely be dining there again in the near future.
Very quiet for a Friday night. They didn't have the scotch or the wine my husband ordered which seemed a bit odd. The food was good, waitstaff very attentive without being overbearing.
Not a great idea to go for Sunday Brunch. Even though we had a table booked people were filling the sidewalk outside and it was impossible to get inside the door. Eventually we did and after 20mins of waiting we decided to leave. So we never did get to have brunch. Its great that its popular but if you have a booking you expect to be able to get a table. Not watch other people take table after table.
I do like this place but this experience was poor. It was also noticeable that the tables seem far more packed together than they used to be. Also the hostess was anything but urgent or reassuring that there was some kind of system to manage the popularity.
I will go back for lunch and dinner as I have done before. Probably not Sunday brunch though.
I have eaten here many times, but tonight was crazy! I waited 40 minutes for a table WITH a reservation. There were tons of open tables, but only one hostess who was working her tail off to bus tables, reset them and seat people all while managing the phones and the waiting list. This poor girl was doing her very best, but still a disappointing start to our meal. The tables were smashed together way too tightly which made it less comfortable than I would have liked. I’m not sure why it was so crazy tonight. I like the food and I would probably try it again but I must admit I feel skeptical after tonight. One last comment - give that hostess a raise - she worked harder than anyone could have expected!
Though we made a reservation, we got seated more than 30 mins after our reservation time.
The food was absolutely delicious, though portions were small. The ambience/set-up was VERY disappointing. In order to make money off on Valentine's day, Cafe Zola set up tables so close to each other that the wait staff had to tip toe and walk on their side in order to get through. If two people sat tables back-to-back, there was no space for the staff to get through. Couples hardly had privacy, as they were seated so close to other couples. It would have been nicer (not to mention thoughtful) if the customer experience was prioritized over a quick buck on Valentine's Day. The wait staff did say that this was a special seating set up for Valentine's Day. I would go back for the food and see what it's like without the terrible seating arrangement.
All meals were great except the steak salad, which was small, and consisted of a few ingredients on a plate without any integration.
We've been to Cafe Zola many times and we've always had a good experience. We are senior diners (60-70 range) and the restaurant was always occupied by a mix of clientele with a reasonable noise level. We haven't been there for about a year and things have changed.
The restaurant was occupied primarily with college students and young professionals (20-30 range). They have added tables leaving limited space between tables and dining parties. The noise in the place was deafening. It was not possible to have a conversation without shouting to be heard by others at our table.
The service was poor. It took took an extraordinary amount of time for our main course to arrive. I asked for a glass of wine when our main courses were brought to our table. The waitress never came back until we had finished our meal and told me that there were no clean wine glasses and that's why I never received my wine. She asked me if I wanted to re-use my existing wine glass or wait. I told her to cancel the order for the wine because we were done with our meal.
Regarding the food.... it was good. It would have been better if it had been warm. The french fries that came with the burger were cold. The callimari, although tasty, was barely warm. One of our party ordered lamb chops. The lamb chops were measly little ones and they too were cold.
Cafe Zola is not inexpensive. The prices have increased substantially and the cost/value of the entire dining experience was very low. We will not be returning to Cafe Zola and will
no longer recommend it to anyone we know.
Staff was very attentive and food was delicious!
Great food, great service. Thank you.
The salads were disappointing. The wine list was expensive and the service was very slow. The entrees were too much meat and not many vegetarian or vegetable options. Desserts were good. It was okay, not outstanding.
We have eaten several times at both Zola restaurants and have always come away pleased with service and food. This time we were extremely disappointed. We watched several table that arrived after us, receive their food while we waited for ours and were never given any indication of the problem. When the food came is was edible but not worth the wait. Very disappointed and reconsidering our commitment to this restaurant.