Zola Bistro

4.4
383 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, International, European
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Daily 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(734) 477-8088
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Platt Rd.
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Parking Details
Ample free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the building.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 383 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
12 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
10 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
3 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
30 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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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service. Thanks for the nice evening!

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S
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Service was incredibly slow for 2 people. I ordered a crepe that was mediocre at best. Place was packed. Overall not impressed for the cost.

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

I've been to Zola Bistro at least 5 times now. I love their food, specifically the kobe burger, monte cristo, and kale and apple salad. They have great bread and fries (also sweet potato). I haven't had their breakfast but many people I've gone with have and they really like it. They have good and unique cocktails as well as a wide tea and coffee selection. They also have fresh smoothies but I think they are a bit overpriced. The rest of the menu is a good value though. The ambiance is bustling and a little loud but it's fin for gathering with friends. That being said it is always packed for brunch and lunch on the weekends, make a reservation or be prepared to wait. Service is just ok, but it is normally because they are packed and the staff is running around. I would recommend going for sure but not if you are in a rush or want to have a quiet conversation.

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C
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

As good as Zola B’s can be, their prices continue to be much too high. Extra for bread? Sodas about $3? Coffee....other than that and the din of noise, it’s good.

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OT
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for a quick tasty lunch

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OT
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a quick lunch at Arbor Hills. Several omelette and crepes options that all look very good and tasty. I tried the artichoke omelette and it was really good. The menu is also the same as Cafe Zola downtown.

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J
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Zola Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants. We eat there for brunch almost every Saturday, and a current special, smoked salmon Benedict, is spectacular. We like it for dinners, too, for special occasions or just on a whim.

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u
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

service was slow, one couple even walked out because they had not been seen by a waitress in a half hour, paid almost 15$ for a BLT...and it was nothing special

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i
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Just terrible all around
Short staffed so service is always very slow
Hot and muggy inside
They charge extra for things like syrup if you order pancakes
Kitchen standards seem poor because food didnt look clean

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JS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Backed up with walk-ins, our (excellent) table was ready and waiting for us. Noon on Sunday is slam-time for brunch, and service was a bit slow at the start, but friendly and attentive. It didn't matter, as we had lots of catching up to do with friends. Pricey, but worth it for the quality and diversity of the food, the friendly and upscale atmosphere. We'll be back.

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JS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was very good except the French fries—cold and appeared Not to have been cooked for quite a while.

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OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

Not enough servers!!! Front of house was unable to do her job- customers were dictating where they were going to sit. We had an 11am reservation for Sunday brunch and were seated 25 Minutes late. Very chaotic. Was told they had no servers for outside, even though it was nice outside. Ann Arbor Art Fair was going on the other side of town- they should have known it would be busy. Disappointed in their business sense. Servers were working very hard.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Don’t make a reservation, they don’t honor them. We still waited 30 minutes, they seemed understaffed.

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NG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The server was great but the bar and kitchen really fell short. We waited over 20 minutes for a bottle of wine and a very long time for the food. Once the food arrived, it was cold. Not sure what the problem was but not at all what I’ve experienced on other visits.

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J
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, as usual. We took out of town friends for brunch, and they really liked it,.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Really fun place with excellent food. On a nice day would be good to sit outside. The view is just a parking lot, but it can still be pleasant. Inside when it's busy it is very noisy and hard to hear. That was the only downside of an otherwise really fun Sunday brunch experience. (It was too hot and muggy to enjoy being outside.)

Service was completely okay, neither adding to nor subtracting from the experience.

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C
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Server was slow to come to the table. Was MIA for 20 minutes.

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N
Detroit
42 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Zola Bistro is always a good brunch/lunch spot with a friend. I love the variety of choices—something for everyone—and the consistent high quality of the food. My shakshuka was seasoned just right and the eggs were perfect. My friend’s omelet looked amazing and she said it was. The coffee is the best! When full, it’s noisy, but not as bad as some.

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R
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jessyca was amazingly knowledgeable. Everything she recommended we tried even down to the wine pairing. Delicious!!

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YM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed restaurant week. Job well done! Glad to see the new items on menu hi how exceed our expectation.

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, food was good not great but it was expensive. It was a fine place but I'd rather keep exploring others than return here - it's not gonna be a real go-to place... especially given the price.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

The food is always incredible but the last few times the service has been very bad. Today it took over 30 minutes for us to get back our CC after the waitress took it. This would be understandable if it was busy but it was not. We also watched the waitress talk to one table for 20 minutes. Very disappointing.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Robyn provided amazing service to my family and I. She was attentive and was able to answer a myriad of questions we had. She is an asset to Zola Bistro.

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C
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Zola Bistro has become one of my go-to spots for get-togethers when I want to have a special meal or drink with a friend. One thing I love is how different it is depending on what time of day you go: breakfast and brunch feature delicious and unusual coffees and egg dishes, and dinners options include unique small plates as well as larger items. I often get the salmon burger with sweet potato fries—always good!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

This was a very disappointing experience. The menu items all sound good but execution was terrible. My duxelle omelet was overcooked. The sauce with the mushrooms was congealed and nasty looking. Taste was average at best. My wife had one bite of her scrambled eggs but they were overcooked and had a bad (maybe dirty grill or pan) taste. Our guests didnt say much but only one of 4 brunch entrees even looked appealing. This was our 3rd visit and obviously previous experiences were better but it will be tough to get us to go back. Our waitress was very decent in spite of being quite busy and the coffee was good.

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Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

The clearest way I know that I'm getting older is that Zola Bistro seems louder every time I go there. It is hard to have a conversation over breakfast there it is so loud.

The food is always good, the service is always fine, and I'm never sad to have gone, but wow is it loud. :)

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