The experience is not comparable to restaurants in New York or Philadelphia. The character of the restaurant is quite appealing, with quality decor, and an option for three different dining areas (bar, inside dining room, and glassed-in patio). The ambiance and full house led us to have high expectations.
The Asian calamari salad, which was unique and quite flavorful, was the lone highlight of the meal. The fondue was interesting, but overall will not have me rushing back. And although the presentation was nice, the main course did not quite live up to expectations. A ridiculously difficult to manage whole red snapper (head, fins and all), and overcooked scallops with extremely overcooked asparagus was definitely a fizzle of an ending.
The real low point of the meal was the continually declining appreciation of the service. As we gave feedback on certain aspects of the meal, our server would smile in a smug way and disagree or pushback against our thoughts. The climax of this attitude came when a snifter of Grand Marnier was delivered, as opposed to the Dalwhinnie single malt that was ordered. Apparently our server knew that there was no way I could have received the wrong drink. I must thank the attendant delivering bread to tables for so pleasantly going out of her way, and exchanging the glass of liqueur for my ordered liquor.
The bill was not surprising; a cost of $125 (pre-gratuity) for two people with a bottle of wine, apps, meal, and digestif. The charge was on par for our expectations, but not commensurate with the value of food and service received.
The dining experience we recently had at Zola was lovely. The menu had a nice variety. The quality of the food was excellent and everything tasted very good. The presentation was fun. The service was attentive. The atmosphere was comfortable. It was overall a very good experience and we look forward to returning.
Zola's restaurant is comparable to any great restaurant in New York or Philly. The food is excellently prepared by a chef and the presentation and ambiance matches. This is my choice of restaurant for special occassions to get a baby sitter and have a nice night out.