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About Cafe Zola

Café Zola is an independently owned and operated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in downtown Ann Arbor. Our menus are inspired by flavors and recipes borrowed from European and Mediterranean cultures and cuisine, including some Turkish recipes. We are committed to sourcing the freshest and highest quality ingredients available and supporting local businesses, farms, and suppliers. Café Zola’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features artisanal cocktails, happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world. We accept reservations for parties of six or more for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. We accept reservations for groups of two or more for dinner and weekday brunch. We are also glad to accommodate large groups and special occasions. If you need a reservation for a large group or special event, please contact us directly.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Daily 7:00 am–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 769-2020

Website:
http://www.cafezola.com/

Parking Details:
There are many locations to park nearby. Metered parking is available on the streets surrounding Cafe Zola. Parking is free on Sundays. The closest public lots are on West Washington between 4th Street and Main Street and on the corner of Ashley and West Washington.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Zola Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.1

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Special Occasion (14)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Brunch (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Neighbourhood Gem (10)
Romance (10)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Authentic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Lunch (7)
Pre/post-theatre (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Group Bookings (4)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Organic (3)
Late-Night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten-Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

Cafe Zola has wonderful food although it can be slightly overpriced. Our waitress Claire was fantastic but the place was a little too crowded (it was restaurant week).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Went for restaurant week. Good was great...good value...enjoyed the evening and would go back

Food5
Ambience5
Service1
Value1

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

We went for Ann Arbor Restaurant Week. Once there, the Restaurant Week menu was completely different than what was posted online. The restaurant refused to honor restaurant week pricing for the online menu, even though they did carry those menu items.

Food5
Ambience2
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

Food and service were great, but we only had 6" separating us from tables on both sides and it was really distracting to have servers and customers try to squeeze through.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our first dining experience at Cafe Zola. The food was excellent, the servers were attentive and knowledgeable, and the ambiance was a pleasant mix of old and new. The restaurant is housed in an older building on the western fringe of downtown Ann Arbor. The original brick is visible throughout both rooms. The dining area is comfortable and cozy. My swordfish was moist and grilled to perfection while my salad was a savory combination of arugula, grilled pear and Stilton cheese. They make a tasty Moscow Mule there as well. We'll dine at Cafe Zola again!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 13, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Ann Arbor! High quality, delicious meals in a warm, friendly environment! The tuna dish is amazing!!!!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We dined on New Year's Eve and overall it was very good. We were seated right next to the door and steps leading into the dining area so we were very cramped and freezing! The service, though, was great and timely. Never had anything other than really great food here!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Key West)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went pre NYE and had a wonderful time. The staff did a great job on a very busy night!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Early New Year’s Eve menu was great. Busy and a bit chaotic as one might expect. One guest’s entree was delayed 20 min relative to others due to an order input glitch with no service recovery. Quality of entrees was excellent, some veg accompaniments were lukewarm.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Mobile)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We took the family for a birthday brunch. The food was WONDERFUL! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Zola's Cafe is a cozy restaurant, and it was full at the holiday time of year (as expected), so it was fairly noisy (as expected). That's OK. We had a table for 7, which had more seclusion than the Zola's on Washtenaw. Nice. The food was creative and delicious. Great. We didn't wait too long for the drinks and food. Nice. Overall: The restaurant is a nice place to take out-of-town visitors to eat at a trendy place in downtown Ann Arbor. By-the-way: The weather was +7 degrees F. So, we did not go looking for fairy doors after lunch. haha. We parked on the convenient flat lot across from Grizzly Peak.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our waitress was admittedly training but the service was slow and disjointed. A far inferior wine was brought to the table in an attempt to substitute for what we ordered bc what we ordered was not available.
As for the food, the bread was great but the calamari was a tiny serving and a little bland. The mussels verde were great and the broth was so tasty i wish there was enough bread to sop up the entire bowl.
Lamb chops were perfectly cooked but a little one note. The harissa red snapper dish was a delicious showstopper.
Overall, the food was very good but the service was eh and it marred the overall experience.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A birthday brunch with out of town family, everyone enjoyed their meals

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food every time. Service can be slow but food is so worth the wait

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve Dinner

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It has been 20+ years since we'd been to Cafe Zola - it had fallen off our radar. We had a very nice dinner with a lovely bottle of wine. It's back on our short list!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Delicious food! A nice variety of options to accommodate both food enthusiasts and less adventurous eaters.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We are lucky to have so many excellent restaurants in Ann Arbor and Zolas is definitely one of them. Although not inexpensive, the food is fantastic. My go to is to split an omelette (adore the Southwestern) which the kitchen will do! It cost $2.00 but you each get potatoes and toast so absolutely worth it. And we share a brandied cherry blintz...perfect savory sweet combo.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Cafe Zola is well known for their brunch, but we found their dinner menu and the experience top notch. Great standards on the regular menu, nice chef selections as specials. High quality ingredients and service. Highly personable staff with great recommendations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We hadn’t been here for several years—don’t know why. We had a terrific evening! The Cafe is comfortable and casual with attentive waitstaff. Most importantly, our food was wonderful (swordfish, kale pasta, sausage pasta and crab cakes) with especially creative accompaniments. This is a great place!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
Food2
Ambience3
Service5
Value2

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I was very disappointed in my recent dinner here with friends. We ordered 5 dishes in total and only one was excellent. All of the others were average or mediocre. The kale pesto pasta was practically floating in olive oil. The service was excellent and the ambience very pleasant. However, the place is extremely noisy, making conversation just in a small group almost impossible. I recommend sticking with Cafe Zola for breakfast or lunch. Dinner is very expensive and sub par.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good meal before going to the Jeff Daniels concert. Some of us had large plates and some small.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 10, 2017

My wife and I went here for dinner prior to an event at The Ark. We had reservations and were seated immediately. Our server was great, also attentive and helpful since this was our first visit. Food was very good and we enjoyed our meal. We would dine here agian.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Ambiance and food were fabulous!!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love Cafe Zola and every time we eat their the staff is warm and inviting and the food is wonderful!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very pricey for what you get. The ambience was great but we spent a lot more than we wanted to with kids.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This place is second to none...great food, attentive-but-respectful service, nice decor and atmosphere. We love Cafe Zola!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
Food2
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We ordered the mussels as an appetizer, and they were both undercooked and lacked flavor. They were incredibly bland, and the broth broke due to what appeared to be excess water coming from the shells.

Additionally, the apple galette had an applesauce consistency and was over baked.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

yummy and romantic

Food4
Ambience2
Service1
Value2

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Cafe Zola is one of my go-to places in Ann Arbor, and I usually love it there. However, my most recent evening was ruined by a completely inept and disinterested server. It was a joke. She spoke in a whisper, did not know the menu, and ignored us after our entree' was served, on a Wed. night when the restaurant was practically empty. I know that many restaurants in downtown A2 intensively train their servers and they are professional. Cafe Zola needs to step it up in this regard. I am not a needy customer but this was ridiculous.

Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Hard to put into words how bad the service was. I made a reservation for 8 people on a Sunday at 7pm for my mother’s 73rd birthday party. We arrived at the restaurant on time and were told the table was not ready and to please wait outside on the sidewalk. After 30 minutes of waiting, I went inside to check on the status of our table and was informed it would be another 45-60 minutes before they could get a table for us. When I expressed my frustration that they would take my reservation for a large group but not honor it, the manager replied “some times it works out, some times it doesn’t.”

They essentially ruined my mother’s birthday dinner party.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Short staffed but understand why and they explained this before so we were prepared would go back in a heartbeat though! Halibut was out of this world!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing fresh food with excellent spice:!best lamb I and my friends have had. Been here several times! Had the brunch and dinners, have always been impressed and never disappointed! Get a reservation early as I am not the only one that knows this place has great food, energy!

Food3
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Seated 45 minutes late. Crowded and loud dining area. Touching shoulders with the guy at the table next to me.

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 6, 2017

Took my 18 y/o son there while on a college visit. Shared a few starters and smalls. Excellent food, excellent waiter.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fish good but boring

Food3
Ambience4
Service2
Value2

 
 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very noisy and crowded, service was a bit slow and food was marginal

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 30, 2017

might not be the best date night as the tables are very close. great atmosphere

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Enjoyed the excellent food and cocktails. And especially enjoyed the promptness of the kitchen in delivering our food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was great! Lively restaurant. One of our favorite restaurants in Ann Arbor.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries

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