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Cafe Zola

4.4
4.4
854 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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.

Reservations move you to the top of the list.
You may still wait 10-30 minutes.
We may use more than one table for large groups.
If you are interested in a reservation for a large group or special event, please contact us directly.

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Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 7:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 7:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 8:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (734) 769-2020

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Ann Arbor

  • Cross Street

    Main Street

  • 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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 854 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Brunch

  • Ann Arbor

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ann Arbor

    Healthy

  • Ann Arbor

    Lunch

  • Ann Arbor

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Ann Arbor

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Over priced for generic food the hamburger tasted like something made off a house stove and the Blood Mary’s where awful and the bill was 100$

  2. AB

    AndreB

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    One of the worst experiences in Ann Arbor. After waiting to being served for 15 minutes, had to ask for service to discover that no one had been assigned to our table. To end the night again had to get up and find someone to ask for the bill. I would not recommend the place at all

  3. c

    ccameron

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Drinks great. Wish the price point matched the food quality.

  4. AC

    AdrianC

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    been there a number of times and this was a huge disappointment! food and service was the worst experience i have had

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    We didn’t know there wasn’t an all day brunch menu like usual. Not impressed with dinner menu or the entrees we ordered. Love brunch but won’t be back for dinner

  6. G

    Greatfood

    Miami

    34 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    This restaurant has the absolute worst service in all of Ann Arbor and an owner manager who is rude and uncaring. The food is OK but the delays to get served and for food to come out is totally unacceptable and is not an isolated incident. It is very common to wait close to an hour for food after ordering and if you ask about it they are rude and tell you if you don’t want to wait you can leave. After a few tries I have given up on this place as there are a number of better places with nice people who know how to look after their customers. Go to Angelo’s or Afternoon Delight

  7. BJ

    BryanJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Great brunch in past (like, amazing!). Very disappointing dinner for special occasion. Took forever (literally an hour) between appetizers and meal, and wine that was ordered was forgotten - not that we could notify the waiter, who disappeared after appetizer delivered to table. Very loud. Hard to have a conversation. Wait staff also forgot to check back after dinner was brought out - until we were essentially done. Lack-luster fillet - have had much more flavorful fillets for less expense - including at Michelin star restaurants. Their version of a Caesar salad (at $14) was not as good as a salad in a bag from Costco that serves 8. Best part of the meal was the antipasto, which was exceptional. Too bad the rest of the dinner was not at this level. Waited forever for a check after everyone was done, and no desert even offered or apology made for not bringing out the wine other than assuring us we wouldn’t be charged. Restaurants are as much about the experience as they are for the food - I’m sorry to say this was not good in either category. Very poor value for money spent, and NO WINE (sorry to whine). Only reason I’m not rating it lower is the phenomenal brunch we’ve had in the past and a great antipasto plate.

  8. JS

    JeanineS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Terrible service. Food mediocre at best. Would never return

  9. CJ

    ChristianaJ

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great place- food is always good and so is the ambiance. Service can be slow but they have been short staffed the past few months.

  10. SF

    SueF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and lattes! Would definitely come back again!

  11. E

    Elle

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Preparation was lacking. If I could do better making myself at home, I have to criticize the cook staff. Portion sizes were ridiculously small for entrees. We had to order more after 3 appetizers for a table of 6 and each of us ordered an entree. There's no competition in this town, so they do not maintain standards.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Options and Portions continue to decrease and prices increase.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They made it special for graduation!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation celebration with my husband

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Love the food.. It’s alway amazing

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Poor service. Short on Staff. Long wait before even water was served. Waitress forgot my wine for dinner

  17. PS

    PamelaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service! Lots of options and love how they allow you to get brunch all day long.

  18. C

    Chris

    Toledo

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Nice restaurant. We liked it. Service was good food was very good. I would recommend.

  19. VS

    VickiS

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    I thought the food was good, very inventive offerings that make me want to return to try other options. The wine list by the glass was good, many choices that you don't see everywhere. My only complaint was the noise level. It was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk. The tables were so close together we could hear everything the people at the next table were saying. It may have been due to the corner in which we were seated, the restaurant seemed claustrophobic, loud, and hot. Be aware that there is no shade and if you select outdoor seating you will be in the full sun.

  20. SL

    StephanieL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Interesting menu with lots of variety. Overall very good food except one person was served a crepe dish which was cold (supposed to be hot) and the egg inside was literally raw. The server addressed it promptly, but it took at least 10 minutes for a new plate to be prepared. Prices $17-20+ for most brunch entrees. Fairly high noise level.

  21. EC

    EmilyC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    We love the atmosphere at Café Zola, but unfortunately we will not be returning. Our server was nice enough, however, the items we ordered (two Cesar salads, and one chicken salad sandwich), took over an hour. We originally were going to order breakfast foods (as they claim they have brunch available all day), but our server told us that because Randy was working in the kitchen (and apparently he hates making eggs), she wouldn't recommend it as it would take forever and he would be spiteful....? I do appreciate the transparency, however, maybe Randy should understand if the menu offers breakfast all day, he should be willing to prepare it. The side of chicken for the Cesar salad was maybe four slices, and an additional $12 dollars. The salmon that was ordered with the Cesar salad was a VERY small filet, and an additional $16 dollars. I completely understand that things are more expensive these days...but honestly that is insane. Neither Cesar salad had dressing on them, and we were charged $2.50 for a side of dressing... Overall, absolutely over priced and not worth it. Ann Arbor has a ton of other restaurants, so I would recommend everyone checking out one of the many other options over Café Zola.

  22. MB

    MindyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    I appreciate the efforts of the servers. I know they were understaffed. The noise at lunchtime was very loud, so we moved into the bar area where it was slightly better. Again, our waiter was very helpful and nice.

  23. M

    Mckennaaaa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The food was great and there were a good amount of options for brunch.

  24. ND

    NorthvilleD

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    great food, friendly and attentive service. We were out in plenty of time for our play at Power Center.

  25. DD

    DisappointedDiner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    We have been long time patrons of Cafe Zola and the Bistro, and were hugely disappointed at the Cafe this weekend. I specifically asked the waitress if the egg special could be prepared without mushrooms due to a food allergy, she indicated yes, and offered to substitute the mushrooms with spinach. While finishing my meal, I developed significant itching of my mouth/tongue and noticed a fairly large mushroom under a piece of avocado on my plate. When I asked the waitress about my ingestion concern, she clarified with the kitchen that they did in fact prepare my meal with mushrooms, realized their error, and proceeded to manually remove some (but clearly not all of the food allergen) from my dish before serving it. This is extremely dangerous and inexcusable, as the plate was served with an intact allergen and contact allergen exposure to the rest of the meal. I developed several oral sores/ulcers, a rash, wheezing, and voice change after the ingestion that required medication/close monitoring. The waitress offered a brief apology and some seltzer water, which is clearly not appropriate for an error of this nature and severity. I would insist that the kitchen staff be re-educated about food allergens and appropriate meal preparation procedures in these situations.

  26. O

    Oliver

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The Turkish brunch was fun however 25 dollars for the crab benedict was a steep price for half what one normally gets. Only received one egg (barely solid) on one side of the muffin and a crabcake on the other. Never had that before. Service was okay however they have very small tables for two and the waitperson came out with our breakfasts but had not cleared the table of the plates we already had on the table from something we had first.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Arrived and was told by both ladies at the check in that they could not find my reservation. Questioned me if possibly I was in the right location. Soon realized my party was already seated at our table. It worked out but not a great start.

  28. EE

    EmilyE

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    The kitchen obviously could not keep up, the servers were grouchy, and the front step had a dried out tired Christmas display (it’s April…). The owner was there - I would think should would know better than to seat at capacity when the staff obviously can’t handle it. I like the food , but it is overpriced. I won’t be back for a while. And I have also told friends of the experience. How disappointing.

  29. AG

    AnneG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Nice atmosphere, pleasant server. I found it difficult to find anything I can eat on your menu. Bell peppers (ugh!) and hot peppers in most of the dishes, even the mushroom toast item. The staff was extremely helpful to my sister who uses a walker. Well-located.

  30. B

    Beck

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Nice ambiance. Good food, modest portions for the prices. Everything was ala carte.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Birthday brunch with mimosas, omelettes and crepes for dessert! Delicious!

  32. CS

    ChrisS

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and the food is outstanding. We had a birthday brunch for my daughter and she really enjoyed it !

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious birthday brunch!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Cute cafe in downtown Ann Arbor. Good food. Tight quarters.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    This visit was the worst service I have experienced in years. After delivering a drink (our food was delivered by someone else which I know is not unusual), our server never came back. We had to ask multiple times for someone to ask her to come back and another server kindly got us more water after she could not get our server’s attention. She finally came back after over 30 minutes and barely apologized. I think she may have been new. But I have been a server and this was not merely someone new. It was extremely bad customer service.

  36. NY

    NYCnewbie

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Limited staff caused slow service and limited menu

  37. F

    Foodie

    Fort Lauderdale

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Terrible dining experience. Food was served burnt. Then the manager diminished it by stating that it is normal when they are busy. This is a total insult and disrespect to a patron that comes to spend money at your establishment.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Dodd was okay, not great. Service was adequate, eg, no one asked my dad I’d he wanted a refill on his tea. Burger was undercooked.

  39. DD

    DiningDiva

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Our open table reservation was for 5:15. We arrived 30 minutes early and were told we would have to wait, even though there were at least 20 open tables. We watched several walk in diners be seated, without reservations, for the next 45 minutes! When there was only 1 table left, we told the hostess we were taking it. The waitress was harried, with way too many tables. She apologized, then took 20 minutes to get our drink order. Our appetizers took 45 more minutes to arrive-DO NOT GET THE OYSTERS! $2 each and they were smaller than a quarter. Our entrees (salads and sandwiches!!) took another hour! We were starving and ordered the $5 bread "platter" which consisted of 3 small pieces of bred cut in half! The restaurant needs more cooks and runners, clearly. They also need to improve the value for what you pay. 4 of us spent $250 and left hungry. And we are not large people. NOT a good experience in any way.

  40. CW

    CarolynW

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4

    The waitress was horrible. She made us wait for an hour to deliver the food when all those around us were being served. We ordered bread which should have come before dinner. Instead. It was brought with desert. I asked for tin foil or Saran Wrap to take home desert and after waiting 15 minutes and I asked again, she told me she was busy. Restaurant was at 40% capacity. I had to bring my credit card to her as my entire parry went outside and I waited to pay. She was rude when she spoke to me. I am not the type to complain but she ruined the restaurant for us and we will not be going back. Wish I caught her name….

FAQs

Cafe Zola offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (734) 769-2020.

Cafe Zola is rated 4.4 stars by 854 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Cafe Zola

112 W Washington St Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1325

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Main Street

  • Area

    Ann Arbor

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 7:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 7:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 8:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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