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“Good Food, But Limited Menu and Quite Noisy”

Zola Kitchen and Wine Bar
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Ranked #54 of 250 Restaurants in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar provides ingredient driven, seasonal, new American cuisine, with exceptional service, and an outstanding selection of wine and spirits. Located in downtown State College, Zola has an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere that enhances the fine dining experience. Chef Andrew Hufnagel uses modern culinary techniques, locally sourced foods, and global inspiration to develop a menu that will challenge and delight your mouth. Our wine bar and state of the art wine room provide an extensive selection of wine by the bottle, as well as premium by the glass selections from our Wine Keeper preservation system. Our Sommelier is available to help you make your selection or answer any questions about our wines. The bar will feature live music on Friday and Saturday night as well as an extensive selection of craft beer, brown liquors, and specialty cocktails for relaxed post dining entertainment.
Reviewed May 5, 2008

Zola is a double storefront restaurant whose wide-open area makes it much like a loft. The metal ceiling and wood floors result in it being quite noisy when busy. If you are looking for an intimate dinner with easy conversation, this probably is not your best choice. You might try asking for one of the tables near the window which would be better.

The menu is nice, but limited. There were six or so entrees plus a couple of house favorites. There is not much variety, so picky eaters should check the menu in advance. We had a Duck Breast and a Hanger Steak entree and both were very good, as were the Mozzarella & Tomato Sampler and Gorgonzola with Pear Salad we had as starters.

Desserts were a strong point. The French Toast Croissant was especially good.

So long as you know what to expect, this is probably the best restaurant in State College.

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Reviewed March 27, 2008

Easily the best (and most expensive) restaurant in State College.

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State College, Pennsylvania
Reviewed March 24, 2008

The quality of the dishes justifies the price. Best Mojitos in town.

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Reviewed March 10, 2008

Best restaurant in PA outside of Philadelphia...atleast considering all the ones I have tried(this includes anything of note in Harrisburg).

Exceptional wine list. Great service. Nice ambience. No other place in State College compares.

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Reviewed March 5, 2008

The best restaurant in State College. One of the best I've been to.

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