“Modern, relaxed, and eclectic”
We are a modern, relaxed restaurant located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. We feature an extensive wine list and a unique and eclectic menu. A great place for both lunch and dinner, our convenient location makes us an ideal spot to visit before or after downtown events. Public parking is located right outside our door in the Washington Park Garage where you will find a safe, well-lit and inviting walkway to our front door. Zula focuses on pairing great wine and craft beer with our food. We offer variety of wines and beer by the bottle or glass. Our wines and beer represent regions, countries and varietals from around the world chosen for their taste and character. We also offer wine and beer flights that allow you to taste and experience different flavors from our constantly changing selections. Liquor and a broad array of cocktails are offered to additionally complement our menu.
What the table ordered: (3 people)
1 glass of white wine, 3 cocktails, half order of bread, yellow curry mussels, beef crudo small plate, pear & prosciutto pizza (special menu)
Cost of entire meal: $88.74
My 2 cents: I've been here a few times now and can't get enough of their menu - the wide variety of mussels is pretty impressive so we typically end up sharing one or two of those with the table. They're sitting in broths from a variety of cuisines...you can have them Thai-style, Mediterranean, New Orleans, you name it. Zula is a pretty swanky spot, so you'll want to dress up a little if you're heading over for dinner. It has a very urban and energetic but chill-at-the-same-time vibe, with some nice low lighting and trendy decor. This last visit we were a little put off at having a helicopter waiter - but we certainly can't complain that he wasn't attentive enough. I'm not sure I'd recommend the pear/prosciutto pizza if you are there when that's still on the menu - it was a little dry and not quite as flavorful as I expected. The mussels, though...did I mention the mussels??
I tried Zula for the first time last night, and it was nice. I like the atmosphere, and the group I was with was a lot of fun. I had never tried mussels before; I wasn't impressed. I mean... they weren't bad but they didn't taste like much. There really isn't much to eat in a mussel. The sauces, however, were delicious. I really enjoyed the Thai sauce. Wonderful for soaking bread.
They have a nice wine list as well, if that's your thing, and an excellent bar. Check it out, if you have the coin.
The food here is great, it's just super super pricey. It's tapas style, so be prepared to spend a lot. That being said, the food is delicious. Everything tastes fresh and has a unique twist to it. They also have a huge space to accommodate big parties!
I didn't used to like this place as I found it expensive and not that good. I've been back a few times recently though and am happy to say that I've been converted to a fan! It's one of the most spacious restaurants in the neighborhood so can more easily accommodate bigger groups. They have some great salads and the mussels and flat breads are all delicious. Some of the small plate app stuff (like the hamachi crudo) are tiny portions and very pricey, but other than that it's good! Good service, a bit overly-attentive, but overall a solid restaurant experience.
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- Tue, Wed: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
- Thu: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
- Fri, Sat: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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