800 F Street North West, Washington, DC | Directions 2000438.897563 -77.022645
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Downtown, Northwest Washington
Swanky, Modern, and Hip – Zola has a super swanky, ultra modern atmosphere and decor that really impresses. It's lunch and dinner menu is pretty large, and offers primarily American cuisine like quail, chicken, and lamb.
What I really like about this place, other than the cool decor, is it's pre-event menu. Zola is located in Chinatown which has a lot of sporting events and shows to attend, so if you're heading in this area but need dinner at an odd time, Zola is perfect. Also, Zola has a pre-fix menu option all year around, not just during restaurant week, that's 3 courses for $30.
Contemporary and Upscale – This upscale venue next to the Spy Museum is a great place to meet just for drinks at the bar or to meet for dinner and enjoy a fine dining experience. The wine list is great and the food is out of this world. The menu is comprised of straightforward American favorites but the modern presentation and dedication to flavor set it apart as a sophisticated dinner spot. Oh! And the bathrooms are worth the visit alone because of the secret flip-doorway.
Sleek yet inviting décor, stations piled high with ice and bottles of champagne and liquor scattered around the dining room. We started with cocktails - non-alcoholic blueberry stinger is lime and blueberries and cranberry juice. We had the pre-fixe, watermelon salad refreshing, short-ribs a bit tough, The black cod was delicious, crispy skin and tender flesh. For dessert, we split "milk and honey" which tastes like heaven - nougatine topped with meringue and scattered with flowers. Also shared the lobster mac and cheese and fries sprinkled with gouda with the table
Citysearch Editorial Review – This upscale Penn Quarter restaurant borrows design inspiration from the Spy Museum next door--the many mirrored surfaces, windows and portals are reminiscent of a James Bond movie set. Giant Champagne-filled ice buckets in the middle of each dining room add to the air of sophistication and drama. The menu features contemporary American cuisine with entrees such as butternut squash risotto, fish and chips and local Virginian veal loin and is complimented by a list of specialty cocktails and signature non-alcoholic drinks. Get lucky enough to snag one of the big booths next the kitchen and use the two-way mirrors to spy on the chef while meals are prepared--just don't get caught lest the espionage cover be blown.
Nice wine list – this is the kind of place where you dont mind spending $50-$75 per person. I will be coming back.
LOVE THIS PLACE – Going back this week - love the food and the scene and the drinks! Check out Zola for a date or just dinner with friends - TRUST ME - GREAT PLACE!!!
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