3001 W End Ave, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.143732 -86.813568
Menu as Unique as its Chef – My husband and I LOVE restaurants that are not chain restaurants. (i.e. we tend to eat in alot!) On special occasions, we venture out of our cozy kitchen and into someone else's kitchen. Our experience at Zola makes us want to belly up to her counter, bathe in her rich aromas, and watch the wonders that Zola is known for. With the seasonally changing menu, the adventurous combination of spices, and the warmth and no fuss atmosphere, makes Zola a Nashville gem. Thank you for giving us some uniqueness in a commercially saturated world.
Wish I had found it sooner! – Dinner at Zola was my last meal in Nashville -- I chose it for my graduation dinner and was so sad to never have have tried it before! The service was wonderful, the entrees inventive and tasty, the atmosphere fabulous. We had a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a delicious, creative, fun meal.
Politically Overcorrect – My husband and I were looking for a romantic fine dining restaurant and Zola's was highly recommended. We found the atmosphere very nice, although slightly loud for our dining experience. Our dinners were outstanding and the suggested wine, complimented the meal perfectly. We felt the chef did a tremendous job. The problem we experienced, was that our waitress referred to the chef as "she" at least 2-3 times per sentence throughout the entire meal. Never did the waitress refer to her as "chef" or "the chef" (ie "the chef has prepared... she accompanies..." ) This we could deal with, as we have always had the waitstaff refer to the chef as "chef" then followed by he or she. At first we did not understand why this was happening, until we read the menu and noticed that the owner/chef is a female. This is wonderful, however, we really don't understand why this needed to be continually stressed to us to the point of spoiling the meal. We have enjoyed many fine dining restaurants throughout the US and Canada and been lucky to have wonderful meals prepared by both male and female chefs. The important thing is the food and the experience. I would hope that any chef would want their customers to enjoy and remember the food and the restaurant, not the gender of the person who prepared it. It is through hard work and perseverance that any chef can open a successful restaurant. Unfortunately, as the meal continued, as wonderful as it was, both my husband and I became extremely uncomfortable. In our opinion. a romantic dinner is not the place for a political statement regarding the gender of the chef. Instead of remembering the outstanding meal and wine we experienced at Zola's, we remember the extreme discomfort of having a waitperson who could not let the food speak for the chef's ability, but rather wanted the gender of the chef to alter our views.
Repeatedly amazing, better for couples than groups – I've been to Zola twice, once during my six-year vegetarian stint, and once after I became a meat-eater again. I disagree with the person below who said there were no vegetarian options- I had plenty to choose from as a veggie. However, the non-vegetarian options are far superior, as they are at most fine restaurants. I also noticed that most of the negative reviews come from people who came in groups larger than a couple or two - it is a small place, and it is definitely best suited to groups of two or four - it's not really a group dining type of place. But for one or two couples, it's just amazing - the drinks, the food, the service, everything. I I highly recommend the crab and fried green tomato stacks, which were melt-in-your-mouth, and the brisket mole, which was one of the most delicious things I've ever tried. Bon appetit - you won't be disappointed!
Amazing food, Wonderful romantic atomsphere - perfect for special nights out. – We've been to Zola's twice now and it's just superb. Husband always gets the paella - huge amount!!! Servings are large, so we have learned to order salads, and then maybe share an entree, especially if you want dessert. Menu changes with the seasons, so I'm looking forward to another visit and to try something new. They made our anniversary VERY special - attentive wait staff and welcoming host/hostess. Great cocktails as well, my first one wasn't quite right, so they brought me another one - just right that time! Recommend this restaurant not only for the menu, but also for the atmosphere if you want a little romance. Probably would be nice to share the experience with another couple, but wouldn't want to do a big group thing here.
Very Elegant – I have been three times with my daughter and we have had a great experience every time. One time the service was a little slow, but the food made up for it. We did not have a reservation, although I would recommend it. It is a quiet place and a nice place to converse with a great dinner. I will definately recommend to friends and be back soon.
delicious, intimate, friendly - a perfect dining experience – as foodies from new orleans, we're a tough crowd when it comes to restaurants, but Zola was amazing. each dish we ordered was inventive, flavorful, balanced, and just perfect. great service, with a comfy, cozy ambiance. the owner Ernie couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful - even hooking us up with a great little guide to the best original independent nashville restaurants. the folks at Zola love food and they love what they do, and they're true professionals in every sense. highly recommended.
Small Margarita's, Dry Waitress – I'm sure this place is great for two people wanting to try something different, but don't go with another couple. Especially, if the evening goal is FUN. I thought the place was great for two, but only two. We were out with another couple and felt a little too loud, as I am sure the other people at the restaurant will testify, even though we were not in most terms. I still think it's a great restaurant, just too low key for my taste. Sort of like a library with good food, but again, if that's what you are after---it's perfect.
Wonderful ZOLA! – Another great ZOLA experience to report --- their new Summer Menu was introduced this week, and my wife and I brought another couple (their first time). EVERYTHING was very very good. We had a terrific time and tried several dishes ---- Perfect Paella (every time!), the best filet mignon ever, a simple but delicious chicken breast and the best venison my friend has ever had. AND THOSE DESSERTS! Go to ZOLA for great food and subtle, low-key service. A WINNER EVERY TIME WE'VE BEEN! THANKS ZOLA!
Bad server – Last week I accompanied my wife to her offices dinner party. There were about 12 of us at a table that was at the entrance of the establishment. The first round of drinks were being served, our waitress somehow poured an entire glass of red wine down the back of my white dress shirt. My entire back was soaked. The waitress was obviously stunned, and the manager came over and asked the gentlemen to my right if he wanted to hang his jacket. That was it. During the remaining two hours I kept waiting for a manager to approach me and either offer to pay for the shirt (which was obviously ruined), comp something, or at least apologize. This never happened. Finally, at the end of the dinner our waitress asked if I wanted a free dessert. The restaurants reaction to this situation was simply absurd.
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