Zola Bistro

4.2
410 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Zola Bistro is a modern independently owned and operated bistro serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Ann Arbor’s East Side. 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. Bistro’s seasonal menus emphasize organic and local produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood. Our full service bar features craft beers, artisanal cocktails, weekly happy hour specials, and a rotating wine selection that has been chosen from various small production vineyards throughout the world.
Reservations can also be made by phone during our normal business hours or by email. Not all of our large tables are displayed online, so feel free to contact us for more information on special events, reservations for large groups, or for any special requests.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had cocktails and appetizers for a large party (14) on a Friday night from 4:30 - 6:45. They were able to accommodate us even though it was restaurant week. Really good cocktails and beer selection, excellent service, good ambiance, and the appetizers were very good. Overall a great send-off for one of our staff.

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DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Zola is visually a very chic restaurant, however while dining there I was highly disappointed. Despite making reservations, we still had to wait. Once seated, it took a long time for our drinks to be served. They serve very small portions, for example I ordered scallops as an appetizer to share and only recieved 1 single scallop. A few bites into my entree and I pulled out a hair.. eww. My friend who accompanied me had to remind the waiter to serve his salad, which we did not receive until after the entrees had been served. Also, seemed understaffed as the waiter was also bartending and seemed completely out of sorts. Would not recommend unless you don’t mind small portions, long wait times, and potential error in orders.

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GF
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Seated 25 minutes late for reservation. Kitchen was slow

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SH
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Tasty food options. Tables are close together so cozy and loud, but very energetic feeling.

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BH
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

While our service was much worse than usual, the staff comped one of our two meals to make up for the bad service. That was a nice gesture and will keep us coming back.

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BF
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent and very unique. The butternut squash ravioli was awesome. There was some confusion about what we ordered because a nearby table had ordered almost the same thing, but the staff was very friendly and took care of it real quickly. I would say that was just a small blip in a great experience.

Note: We were there as part of Ann Arbor Restaurant Week so we had a special menu and pricing.

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MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely space with contemporary decor. Imaginative small plates. Pleasant service.

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i
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arguably the best menu options for restaurant week. Everything was wonderful looking forward to coming back

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great coffee. The Zola crepe (basil, mozzarella and tomato) was soggy on bottom and crispy on top. I ended up eating the tomato and mozzarella without the buckwheat shell. It definitely needed way, way more basil. I’ll come again but will try something else next time!

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SJ
San Francisco
184 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Very disappointed! The drinks were weak and nearly tasteless. The mojito lacked the usual flavors. The Manhattan was quite bland with the only discerning flavor being too sweet. The food did not save the day either. The scallops were over cooked & a very small portion for the money. The service was poor and not attentive given the place was nearly empty. We used to be Zola regulars & will now choose other restaurants after this experience.

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CG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Food was very good. Prepared and presented well. Dining area was very crowded(tables literally only 18 in apart), noisy and too warm to be comfortable.

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R
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Slow service, even the drink order took a while. Food is just ok. The bistro is close to home and the food is not the same-old-thing. Perhaps some-old-thing is not so bad.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic. I had Grilled Ottoman Medley — the food all cooked perfectly, the flavors were great, and the portions were just right. I’ve been to Zola’s cafe and bistro many times. This visit was exceptional because we had the best server that I’ve ever had at Zola’s resturant —- and perhaps one of the best servers that I’ve had anywhere in some considerable time. If you go to Zola’s Bistro ask for Hayley — she is the best!

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C
Detroit
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food They take good care of us

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n
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I would recommend Zola Bistro with the qualification that it is very noisy and so it’s difficult to enjoy the conversation with your companions. The price of a cup of coffee is $4.50! The highest in town.

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were excellent! Try the crab cakes, Sesame Encrusted Thai Chicken Satay (our personal favorite), Market Salad, and Penne in Chianti Sauce with Sweet Italian Sausage.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food was fine, but overpriced. Vegetables weren't cooked especially well.

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SF
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

We never got our table because it was so overbooked that there weren't any tables available. We weren't the only ones...several people had to leave.

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C
Detroit
32 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Waited 30 minutes for our dinner order. Waitress disappeared for a long time. Had to contact two mangers during our visit. I won’t be coming to Social hour again for a long time unless I just want a drink.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Went for brunch. Menu was extensive. Many delicious sounding choices. Food was very tasty. Only bad experience was the service. $7 matcha latte was served luke warm. When I asked for a substitute for fries I was told I could have fruit or a salad and when I got my bill I found out the side salad was a $5 upcharge without being warned. We ordered a dessert crepe with our order. The waitress never checked to see of we wanted anything else after our initial meal was served and did not come back until she presented the bill which did not include our dessert order so we never got to try what we had anticipated. Otherwise we enjoyed the food we did get to try.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Warning! Hostess said “Oh, I’m far too busy to check Open Table”. Beware!! Best to call for a reservation instead of doing it here!! (She did honor the O.T. Reservation)..

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Wait to get to the hostess stand to claim our reservation took over 15 minutes and we were not given priority over others who didn’t have a reservation.

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RL
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Zola has the best huevos rancheros in town. That it is always busy attests to the quality of their food and service. I have been going here since they opened and have never been disappointed. Also they have great bacon and toast.

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DB
Denver
66 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The appetizers were fine but neither of our main courses were good at all. The pasta special was a disaster and we sent it back. The home made pasta was all stuck together and dreadfully undercooked.
I would not return.

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SS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Breakfast as always! Love this place. When it’s just the 2 of us we like to sit at they bar.

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R
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The brunch menu has plenty of choices. We had no problem finding something for everyone. The food and service were excellent. Definitely a great place for brunch.

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LM
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We invited our Guest Presenter to lunch and selected this restaurant. It is always one of the top places I recommend for out of town folks.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Took a very long time to get food and bill. Was a Wednesday and seemed busy for lunch so possibly wasn’t enough staff on hand

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Only complaint was that the hostess was busing tables, which meant a long wait just because tables weren’t cleared yet.

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AD
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We used to love Zola’s! We had a reservation for 5 for a birthday for brunch. We had very poor service. We were seated and not given silverware. We were served our coffee and tea, still no silverware. We requested silverware, still no silverware! By time we received it our coffee was cold. Our food was lukewarm. Our server was not attentive - no drink refills, no ketchup, no syrup! Everything was cold before we received what we needed. It was incredibly crowded and noisy and staff seemed overwhelmed. We spent over $100 and got lukewarm food and poor service! I was very disappointed!

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LO
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

I like Cafe Zola and Zola Bistro also used to be good. But unfortunately the service is slow. It took the hostess 10 minutes just to come back to talk to me. They seem to be regular understaffed and the staff is occasionally not very kind.

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DM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yummy breakfast as usual. Great service, and with a 9 AM arrival we just beat the Sunday breakfast crowds.

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MJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Booked through OpenTable specifying food allergies. Hostess was aware of and attentive to reported food allergies. We told our server of those food allergies and placed an order for an appetizer. She assured us that what we ordered would be OK based on the food allergies we reported, but when the food arrived, it failed on two very obvious points. Frustrated, we went through the exercise again, repeating the review of food allergies and ordered another appetizer so everyone in our group would be able to have something to eat. As the appetizer arrived, it failed on one obvious point. While the cocktails were absolutely delicious, we had ZERO CONFIDENCE in our server and did not trust her or the kitchen staff to accurately process our allergy concerns. So we left without ever getting dinner. Extremely disappointing!!! Food allergies are nothing to mess with, people. If you can't get it straight, you have no business being in this business!!!!!

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d
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great pre game breakfast .. a little pricey but the quality and intresting menu is a big hit !!!!

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WP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All 3 of us loved our meals. Service was perfect! Restaurant was clean and modern.

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MB
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious! Grilled vegetable plate was amazing! My wife loved her salmon as I loved my swordfish! Our waitress Jessica was fantastic! She was super nice and personable! Can’t wait to go back!

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A
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

enjoyed a nice night on the patio with a good draft beer and delicious thin crust pizza

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Eggs overdone

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J
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We eat brunch at the Bistro almost every Saturday. My latest favorite dish is smoked salon Benedict, which have spinach with the smoked salmon, Enlish muffin, poached eggs, and sauce. yum! The smoked salmon omelet is great, too, as is he Southwest omelet. The lunch menu, with sandwiches and salads is very good, and the dinners are, too. My favorite place to Eaton Ann Arbor.

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PR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place was recommended by a work colleague who used to live in Ann Arbor. We were looking for a great breakfast place to meet some friends, and it did not disappoint. We all ended up sharing bites of one another's food, and they were all delicious.

I had the Farmhouse Omelette, and the onions and peppers on it were grilled perfectly. My wife had the Nutella Banana Crepe, which is usually her go to option when we go anywhere that serves it and she loved it. Our friends had the Strawberry Banana Waffle and the Southwestern Omelette and they both really enjoyed it.

Good-sized portions and everything was made very well. We'd definitely go back if we are ever in Ann Arbor again.

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