Lola

★★★★☆
  • 2058 E 4th St

    Cleveland, OH 44115

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  • 216-621-5652

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what more can i say wish i could eat there everyday

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★★★★★

what more can i say wish i could eat there everyday

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A great selection of food with a variety of unique preparations. The location draws a crowd on Thursday through Saturday night so make a reservation in advance.

You won't find standard fare on this menu but what you will find are some

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★★★★★

A great selection of food with a variety of unique preparations. The location draws a crowd on Thursday through Saturday night so make a reservation in advance.

You won't find standard fare on this menu but what you will find are some

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I was very excited to check out Lola and ended up being extremely disappointed by it. Given the portion size, and lack of flavor, it was extremely expensive and as someone who doesn't eat meat (although I do eat fish) I could eat only 2 entrees. It was very disappointing.

The restaurant was a bit too dark and the service was very unimpressive. Our waitress was wearing jeans, which I found a bit peculiar for an establishment of that level, and she was not very attentive or friendly. The hostess was downright rude.

I would not recommend going to Lola. My friend and I ordered 2 entrees, 2 desserts and 1 martini and dropped over $100 and left hungry. Do yourself a favor and go next door to The Greenhouse Tavern instead for a real dining experience!

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★★☆☆☆

I was very excited to check out Lola and ended up being extremely disappointed by it. Given the portion size, and lack of flavor, it was extremely expensive and as someone who doesn't eat meat (although I do eat fish) I could eat only 2 entrees. It was very disappointing.

The restaurant was a bit too dark and the service was very unimpressive. Our waitress was wearing jeans, which I found a bit peculiar for an establishment of that level, and she was not very attentive or friendly. The hostess was downright rude.

I would not recommend going to Lola. My friend and I ordered 2 entrees, 2 desserts and 1 martini and dropped over $100 and left hungry. Do yourself a favor and go next door to The Greenhouse Tavern instead for a real dining experience!

Pros: Very good quality food

Cons: Very expensive, not vegetarian friendly, small portions

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We love eating at Lola. Even though pricey, we went for our anniversary. The food was fabulous. My husband isn't the most food adventurous type and he loved his food. The meat and scallops were cooked perfect. Everything really did make the occasion even more special.

We went back a second time for Cleveland restaurant week. $50/person and it was a three course meal with large portions. We still rave about the maple bacon ice cream. Thanks Michael for a great place in Downtown Cleveland. It's definitely worth a visit.

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★★★★★

We love eating at Lola. Even though pricey, we went for our anniversary. The food was fabulous. My husband isn't the most food adventurous type and he loved his food. The meat and scallops were cooked perfect. Everything really did make the occasion even more special.

We went back a second time for Cleveland restaurant week. $50/person and it was a three course meal with large portions. We still rave about the maple bacon ice cream. Thanks Michael for a great place in Downtown Cleveland. It's definitely worth a visit.

Pros: great food

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Worth a stop if downtown. Innovative food, servers very good with recommendations. I would take out of towners to Lolita if they want a taste of Michael Symons cooking though...

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★★★★☆

Worth a stop if downtown. Innovative food, servers very good with recommendations. I would take out of towners to Lolita if they want a taste of Michael Symons cooking though...

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Definitely above the ordinary, this placed has the ambiance and menu of a New York place! And they're not afraid to offer unusual items for a nice restaurant - fried bologna sandwich isn't what your mom used to make - it's better!

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★★★★☆

Definitely above the ordinary, this placed has the ambiance and menu of a New York place! And they're not afraid to offer unusual items for a nice restaurant - fried bologna sandwich isn't what your mom used to make - it's better!

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I've had the opportunity to eat at many well known places on the East and West Coast through work (Le Bernardin, Nobu, etc) and for the first time in I can't remember how long, sitting in Lola about two weeks ago,This place was ridiculously good. The flavors and textures Chef Symon and cohorts combined together worked perfectly for me. My wife commented that the pomegranate & fig martini was the best mixed drink she's ever had (she is from pittspuke, so compliments to cleveland come sparingly) and the garlic artichoke soup was a perfect marriage of broth and a salty/sweet base of raisins, almonds and bacon. The main courses were perfectly seasoned (I had scallops, she had pork tenderloin) and cooked and her dessert with bacon ice cream was just incredible. The salty taste and texture of the bacon went perfectly with the sweet ice cream.

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★★★★☆

I've had the opportunity to eat at many well known places on the East and West Coast through work (Le Bernardin, Nobu, etc) and for the first time in I can't remember how long, sitting in Lola about two weeks ago,This place was ridiculously good. The flavors and textures Chef Symon and cohorts combined together worked perfectly for me. My wife commented that the pomegranate & fig martini was the best mixed drink she's ever had (she is from pittspuke, so compliments to cleveland come sparingly) and the garlic artichoke soup was a perfect marriage of broth and a salty/sweet base of raisins, almonds and bacon. The main courses were perfectly seasoned (I had scallops, she had pork tenderloin) and cooked and her dessert with bacon ice cream was just incredible. The salty taste and texture of the bacon went perfectly with the sweet ice cream.

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you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. you dined at lolita in tremont based on your menu selections. does lolita sound like a "french bistro"? it specializes in mediterranean/italian cuisine. maybe you should go back to the olive garden for your "all you can eat" salad and breadsticks. leave the more sophisticated dining to people who get it.

peace.

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★★★★☆

you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. you dined at lolita in tremont based on your menu selections. does lolita sound like a "french bistro"? it specializes in mediterranean/italian cuisine. maybe you should go back to the olive garden for your "all you can eat" salad and breadsticks. leave the more sophisticated dining to people who get it.

peace.

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Wow. Went in with some expectation of service due to the prices. Lunch. Reservationist was clear saying we MUST be out by 2:00. Server had an attitude right off the bat pushing us for our order (this was at 12:00).
Ordered drinks then perused the appetizers. Ordered four including the charcuterie plate. All arrived and when a guest inquired what was on the charcuterie plate she lazily replied without being specific of what was what. When pressed for more specific detail she said she didn't know and would ask the kitchen. She proceded to be vague again and we went about enjoying mystery selections. Soup course arrived and we were all stunned by its heavy saltiness. It was brought back to the kitchen with the server pointing us out to the cook and manager. No mention was made to us about our returning it. Pressed again for our lunch orders and reminded we needed to be out by 2:00. A guest inquired about the cut of meat and again she didn't know. I assume she is very clear on what 20% means!
Michael and team should never send something out of the kitchen without the server knowing what is on the plate. Good luck getting water refills. Would not go back unless I was dining with Mr. Symon himself. Cleveland restaurant owners should handle their customers better since there are plenty of places to spend our dwindling dollars.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow. Went in with some expectation of service due to the prices. Lunch. Reservationist was clear saying we MUST be out by 2:00. Server had an attitude right off the bat pushing us for our order (this was at 12:00).
Ordered drinks then perused the appetizers. Ordered four including the charcuterie plate. All arrived and when a guest inquired what was on the charcuterie plate she lazily replied without being specific of what was what. When pressed for more specific detail she said she didn't know and would ask the kitchen. She proceded to be vague again and we went about enjoying mystery selections. Soup course arrived and we were all stunned by its heavy saltiness. It was brought back to the kitchen with the server pointing us out to the cook and manager. No mention was made to us about our returning it. Pressed again for our lunch orders and reminded we needed to be out by 2:00. A guest inquired about the cut of meat and again she didn't know. I assume she is very clear on what 20% means!
Michael and team should never send something out of the kitchen without the server knowing what is on the plate. Good luck getting water refills. Would not go back unless I was dining with Mr. Symon himself. Cleveland restaurant owners should handle their customers better since there are plenty of places to spend our dwindling dollars.

Pros: Creative comfort food

Cons: Service and sloppy uniforms

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went for a birthday dinner. food was really up and down. First disappointment was the breadsticks. First, this is supposed to be a french bistro and we are getting clearly non-homemade HARD breadsticks? My family made jokes about using them if we felt threatened when we drove downtown. Our appetizers took a long time to make, enough to even get up to eat the breadsticks! Zucchini fritters were very good as an appetizer, but really small portion. Ricotta dip tasted like... ricotta and nothing else. No one was really thrilled with their entrees. I ordered the macaroni with goat cheese and rosemary and chicken [without the chicken]. The dish was really just macaroni with an alfredo sauce. I didn't eat it and instead ordered a side vegetable so I could have something to eat. Other people at the table ordered the linguine with clams, which they liked, the meatballs which were just fine [but a little bizarre- three HUGE meatballs just sitting in sauce, nothing else]. Also ran out of the wine we were drinking after we had one bottle. Overall, just not what I was expecting for an upscale restaurant. I could suggest much better versions of this concept in each city I have lived in. Another example of good concept, bad follow through.

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★★★☆☆

went for a birthday dinner. food was really up and down. First disappointment was the breadsticks. First, this is supposed to be a french bistro and we are getting clearly non-homemade HARD breadsticks? My family made jokes about using them if we felt threatened when we drove downtown. Our appetizers took a long time to make, enough to even get up to eat the breadsticks! Zucchini fritters were very good as an appetizer, but really small portion. Ricotta dip tasted like... ricotta and nothing else. No one was really thrilled with their entrees. I ordered the macaroni with goat cheese and rosemary and chicken [without the chicken]. The dish was really just macaroni with an alfredo sauce. I didn't eat it and instead ordered a side vegetable so I could have something to eat. Other people at the table ordered the linguine with clams, which they liked, the meatballs which were just fine [but a little bizarre- three HUGE meatballs just sitting in sauce, nothing else]. Also ran out of the wine we were drinking after we had one bottle. Overall, just not what I was expecting for an upscale restaurant. I could suggest much better versions of this concept in each city I have lived in. Another example of good concept, bad follow through.

Pros: Funky cute restaurant, some good dishs

Cons: just OK food, bad bread, overall underwhelming

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We went to Lola's with our son and daughter-in-law to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. Our son recommended it. It was wonderful. The waiter was great and knew everything about the menu and the food. The whole staff was very attentive and we had wonderful service. Our food was delicious and we were full when we left. The price was about right for a great restaurant. We had a wonderful evening and I feel that Lola's made our 34th a special one. The Charcouterie is to die for.

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★★★★★

We went to Lola's with our son and daughter-in-law to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. Our son recommended it. It was wonderful. The waiter was great and knew everything about the menu and the food. The whole staff was very attentive and we had wonderful service. Our food was delicious and we were full when we left. The price was about right for a great restaurant. We had a wonderful evening and I feel that Lola's made our 34th a special one. The Charcouterie is to die for.

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I would only recommend this joint if you are my enemy or if you enjoy bad food and bad service. This was the worst dining experience... I have never had such an incompetent server. She threw our drinks and dinner on the table! She did not listen to our order. I do not care that the owner of the restaurant has a tatoo from a Betty Crocker cut-of-meat picture. The bread was something out of a third world prison. DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE.

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★☆☆☆☆

I would only recommend this joint if you are my enemy or if you enjoy bad food and bad service. This was the worst dining experience... I have never had such an incompetent server. She threw our drinks and dinner on the table! She did not listen to our order. I do not care that the owner of the restaurant has a tatoo from a Betty Crocker cut-of-meat picture. The bread was something out of a third world prison. DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE.

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Owner/chef Michael Symon has made a name and a fantastic career for himself, but seems to have, perhaps, lost his way in all the hype - you can't go a day in the local media without hearing/reading his name. Unfortunately, the great food that made the classic Lola (now Lolita, its sister restaurant) SO great, seems to have been put on a "back burner": meals are tasty enough yet uninspired, recipes are relatively standard (see: pasta dishes), for such prices. It seems he's actually a very nice and is clearly a charming man, plus it's always nice to have national attention focus on Cleveland (he's the reigning Iron Chef, in case you live in a cave), but there are HUNDREDS of as-good-as-or-way-better eateries in town, and I wish that the local media would stop kissing his bu*t long enough to acknowledge them.

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★★★☆☆

Owner/chef Michael Symon has made a name and a fantastic career for himself, but seems to have, perhaps, lost his way in all the hype - you can't go a day in the local media without hearing/reading his name. Unfortunately, the great food that made the classic Lola (now Lolita, its sister restaurant) SO great, seems to have been put on a "back burner": meals are tasty enough yet uninspired, recipes are relatively standard (see: pasta dishes), for such prices. It seems he's actually a very nice and is clearly a charming man, plus it's always nice to have national attention focus on Cleveland (he's the reigning Iron Chef, in case you live in a cave), but there are HUNDREDS of as-good-as-or-way-better eateries in town, and I wish that the local media would stop kissing his bu*t long enough to acknowledge them.

Pros: a place to go for a crowd, or to be seen, or before a concert, or to hob-nob with its famous Iron Chef

Cons: food is average, can be noisy, prices are high if you're budgeting

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We've been excited to visit Lola ever since Michael's rise to fame on Food TV. We had reservations for 3/8, the blizzard day, but canceled because we didn't think the weather was condusive to a great meal at an upscale place. As we wondered the E. 4th area at about 7pm, we found all other restaurants closed (Corner Alley), not seating anyone else (Flannary's, HOB) or just having the bar open (Zocalo). What goes around comes around and we were graciously welcomed at Lola as a walk-in. Attire was not an issue this night. Like us, others went to the Cavs game earlier and had t-shirts on.

Sure, it's not an inexpensive dining experience. The menu is also limited as you'd expect at an upscale place. The protions were decent sized but not overwhelming as I'd heard before. The drinks were good and strong although the wife's two cosmo's each looked and tasted completely different. My Grey Goose Martini's (w/blue cheese olives) rocked. I forgot what we had for desert (I told you the drinks rocked) but it was chocolate and it was very good. So if that's where it all ended, I'd say it was a very good dining experience. I would go again.

The highlight for us though was Michael. First, you can hear his recognizable laugh across the room. You didn't have to look to know he was there. He also came to our table and had a very nice, genuine conversation with us. He's a busy guy so for him to take a few minutes and talk to his patrons went a long way for me. We've been to other Iron Chef's restaurants in NYC and they were nowhere to be found. You could tell Michael wasn't just going through the motions. He was very sincere and very appreciative of us being there. It made for a special dining experience.

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★★★★☆

We've been excited to visit Lola ever since Michael's rise to fame on Food TV. We had reservations for 3/8, the blizzard day, but canceled because we didn't think the weather was condusive to a great meal at an upscale place. As we wondered the E. 4th area at about 7pm, we found all other restaurants closed (Corner Alley), not seating anyone else (Flannary's, HOB) or just having the bar open (Zocalo). What goes around comes around and we were graciously welcomed at Lola as a walk-in. Attire was not an issue this night. Like us, others went to the Cavs game earlier and had t-shirts on.

Sure, it's not an inexpensive dining experience. The menu is also limited as you'd expect at an upscale place. The protions were decent sized but not overwhelming as I'd heard before. The drinks were good and strong although the wife's two cosmo's each looked and tasted completely different. My Grey Goose Martini's (w/blue cheese olives) rocked. I forgot what we had for desert (I told you the drinks rocked) but it was chocolate and it was very good. So if that's where it all ended, I'd say it was a very good dining experience. I would go again.

The highlight for us though was Michael. First, you can hear his recognizable laugh across the room. You didn't have to look to know he was there. He also came to our table and had a very nice, genuine conversation with us. He's a busy guy so for him to take a few minutes and talk to his patrons went a long way for me. We've been to other Iron Chef's restaurants in NYC and they were nowhere to be found. You could tell Michael wasn't just going through the motions. He was very sincere and very appreciative of us being there. It made for a special dining experience.

Pros: Michael's presence, casual feeling ambiance but upscale food

Cons: Prices, portion size

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We ate here on a Friday, it was busy, loud, and dark. The server was fantastic, her recommendations were spot on. We had the charcuterie for an appetizer, which was delicious, then she had the duck and I had the pork chop and I couldn't decide which was better! They were both VERY tasty, and the portion sizes were incredible, I don't understand how people on here are complaining about the portions... For a "gourmet" restaurant the portions were ENORMOUS! Dessert we had the 6AM Special and the Warm Chocolate Cake, the chocolate cake was perfect, rich and gooey with delicious sangria berries and berry sorbet. The 6AM Special was good, definitely different, with the maple-bacon ice cream was surprisingly good, the only problem with it was that the french toast was stuck to the plate like cement, so it was very hard to eat. All I know is that this 2 hour dining experience flew by and my stomach and tastebuds thank the chef for hisefforts.

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★★★★★

We ate here on a Friday, it was busy, loud, and dark. The server was fantastic, her recommendations were spot on. We had the charcuterie for an appetizer, which was delicious, then she had the duck and I had the pork chop and I couldn't decide which was better! They were both VERY tasty, and the portion sizes were incredible, I don't understand how people on here are complaining about the portions... For a "gourmet" restaurant the portions were ENORMOUS! Dessert we had the 6AM Special and the Warm Chocolate Cake, the chocolate cake was perfect, rich and gooey with delicious sangria berries and berry sorbet. The 6AM Special was good, definitely different, with the maple-bacon ice cream was surprisingly good, the only problem with it was that the french toast was stuck to the plate like cement, so it was very hard to eat. All I know is that this 2 hour dining experience flew by and my stomach and tastebuds thank the chef for hisefforts.

Pros: Food Quality, Service, Dining Experience

Cons: Very Dark Restaurant, Loud

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For my Christmas gift, my wife promised me a weekend in Cleveland to dine at the restaurants of the newly named Iron Chef. There's a whole lot I like about both Michael Symon's restaurants, Lola and Lolita.

First off, the staff is overly accommodating. We went into Lolita on a busy Friday night and the hostess managed to squeeze us in for a table. She talked with us and we told her how we had planned to try to dine at both restaurants, but Lola was booked for dinner on Saturday and were not able to get reservations. Minutes later she returned to our table to inform us that if we were still interested in dining at Lola on Saturday, that we had had a 6:30 reservations there! We went to the bar after dinner where she followed up by giving me a signed menu from the Iron Chef and recommended Cleveland hot spots for the rest of our weekend. Her tile should be concierge, not hostess. We also had the chance to talk with the manager, who was also very polite and accommodating as well. Oh, and the food at Lolita was exceptional and moderately priced. I ate pork cheeks for the first time and devoured them!

Saturday at Lola was amazing as well!! I instantly felt like I walked into a swank upscale New York establishment! Again the service was fantastic all around! Our meals were perfectly prepared and were exquisite to the last bite. We were also informed by Lolita staff to indulge in the 6 a.m. special for dessert, which was an amazing and savory water watering treat. I will gladly make another voyage to Cleveland for dining extraordinaire and maple bacon ice cream! My weekend dining experience was UNFORGETTABLE and got even better when Michael Symon himself stopped by the table to say hello to my wife and I. What a way to compete the end of a great excursion to Cleveland.

Looking for a good excuse to come back to indulge again!

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★★★★★

For my Christmas gift, my wife promised me a weekend in Cleveland to dine at the restaurants of the newly named Iron Chef. There's a whole lot I like about both Michael Symon's restaurants, Lola and Lolita.

First off, the staff is overly accommodating. We went into Lolita on a busy Friday night and the hostess managed to squeeze us in for a table. She talked with us and we told her how we had planned to try to dine at both restaurants, but Lola was booked for dinner on Saturday and were not able to get reservations. Minutes later she returned to our table to inform us that if we were still interested in dining at Lola on Saturday, that we had had a 6:30 reservations there! We went to the bar after dinner where she followed up by giving me a signed menu from the Iron Chef and recommended Cleveland hot spots for the rest of our weekend. Her tile should be concierge, not hostess. We also had the chance to talk with the manager, who was also very polite and accommodating as well. Oh, and the food at Lolita was exceptional and moderately priced. I ate pork cheeks for the first time and devoured them!

Saturday at Lola was amazing as well!! I instantly felt like I walked into a swank upscale New York establishment! Again the service was fantastic all around! Our meals were perfectly prepared and were exquisite to the last bite. We were also informed by Lolita staff to indulge in the 6 a.m. special for dessert, which was an amazing and savory water watering treat. I will gladly make another voyage to Cleveland for dining extraordinaire and maple bacon ice cream! My weekend dining experience was UNFORGETTABLE and got even better when Michael Symon himself stopped by the table to say hello to my wife and I. What a way to compete the end of a great excursion to Cleveland.

Looking for a good excuse to come back to indulge again!

Pros: Food to die for and excellent service!

Cons: The six hour drive from Chicago.

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If I could have given 3.5 stars I would have; while definitely an above-average experience, I am only marginally recommending the place. Previous comments about the saltiness are correct; I really don't understand why the food is over-salted. My husband and I came here for our anniversary. He ordered the scallops, which were excellent. I had the halibut which was good, but as previously stated, too salty. For appetizers, my husband ordered the beef cheek pierogoes. Good, but you only get two pierogoes for $12.00. I had the crab gnocchi, which was delicious. Our desserts were excellent, but very small. The portions are indeed small, especially considering the price. Our server was very friendly, but wasn't as knowledgable about the wine as I had hoped. We asked to speak to the chef, so that I could congratulate him on his Cleveland magazine cover. He was very charming and we had a nice conversation with him. The atmosphere is really nice; I love how it is decorated, and the food is beautifully presented.

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★★★★☆

If I could have given 3.5 stars I would have; while definitely an above-average experience, I am only marginally recommending the place. Previous comments about the saltiness are correct; I really don't understand why the food is over-salted. My husband and I came here for our anniversary. He ordered the scallops, which were excellent. I had the halibut which was good, but as previously stated, too salty. For appetizers, my husband ordered the beef cheek pierogoes. Good, but you only get two pierogoes for $12.00. I had the crab gnocchi, which was delicious. Our desserts were excellent, but very small. The portions are indeed small, especially considering the price. Our server was very friendly, but wasn't as knowledgable about the wine as I had hoped. We asked to speak to the chef, so that I could congratulate him on his Cleveland magazine cover. He was very charming and we had a nice conversation with him. The atmosphere is really nice; I love how it is decorated, and the food is beautifully presented.

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I am a big fan of Lolita in Tremont, and heard good things about Lola, so thought I'd give it a try. Although the decor was good, the restaurant was very loud and I could barely here myself speak - and this was a Wednesday night. The appetizer was tiny, literally 2 or 3 bites. The entrees were alright, but extremely over salted and nothing stellar. We thought we'd be too full to finish the dessert, but both deserts could literally be eaten in 1 bite. I have honestly never seen anything smaller. I wanted to try the famed "6am special", but found it very strange tasting and just odd. I'm all for restaurants serving smaller portions, but at Lola the portions were just miniscule. Service was alright, but overall, I was very disappointed and cannot say I will go back in the future. If you are looking for great food and a great atmosphere, check out Lolita instead.

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★★★☆☆

I am a big fan of Lolita in Tremont, and heard good things about Lola, so thought I'd give it a try. Although the decor was good, the restaurant was very loud and I could barely here myself speak - and this was a Wednesday night. The appetizer was tiny, literally 2 or 3 bites. The entrees were alright, but extremely over salted and nothing stellar. We thought we'd be too full to finish the dessert, but both deserts could literally be eaten in 1 bite. I have honestly never seen anything smaller. I wanted to try the famed "6am special", but found it very strange tasting and just odd. I'm all for restaurants serving smaller portions, but at Lola the portions were just miniscule. Service was alright, but overall, I was very disappointed and cannot say I will go back in the future. If you are looking for great food and a great atmosphere, check out Lolita instead.

Pros: Interesting decor, good wine selection, friendly service

Cons: Have to make reservations far in advance, food is just average at best, tiny portions, high prices, very loud

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I enjoyed this restaurant very much. It isn't perfect, however. It was too dark in the space to see much. With less than perfect eyesight, the ultra-low lighting made it especially difficult to enjoy the surroundings, let alone see the menu easily. The music playing was enjoyable, but it was a bit too loud, causing people to speak louder and louder to hear each other over it. Service was very good, and not overbearing.
The servings are unusually small, especially compared to the typical American chain restaurant. But we felt they were just right to give us enough of a taste without making us feel bloated and sick. Although it did make the bill seem even higher.
All the dishes we ordered were very intense in flavor. The complementary bread and gnocchi appetizer were very good, as were the venison and squab entrees. The venison was perfect, and it was not gamey. The bright red interior of the squab surprised me, but I trusted that the chef felt it was cooked perfectly. It was very tasty. Although very flavorful with a nice grill mark pattern, I didn?t enjoy the gelatinous fat-like texture of my first taste of foie gras. The flavors were so intense that I think something a bit neutral on both plates, like a starch side to complement and balance the meat, would have been nice to give our palates a rest between bites of meat. I?m definitely not a no-carb fan.
The desserts we ordered, bread pudding and peanut butter banana chiffon, were delicious as well as sculptural. The servings are tiny, so don?t worry about it being too much. Again, intense flavors and a variety of textures all around.
Although I think we prefer the ambiance and food at Baricelli Inn a bit more, Lola is to be admired and respected for creative use of ingredients, some quite unusual and found rarely anywhere else here. If you are adventurous (or not) and have enough in your wallet, try it at least once. Maybe you?ll add it to your list of favorite experiences.

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★★★☆☆

I enjoyed this restaurant very much. It isn't perfect, however. It was too dark in the space to see much. With less than perfect eyesight, the ultra-low lighting made it especially difficult to enjoy the surroundings, let alone see the menu easily. The music playing was enjoyable, but it was a bit too loud, causing people to speak louder and louder to hear each other over it. Service was very good, and not overbearing.
The servings are unusually small, especially compared to the typical American chain restaurant. But we felt they were just right to give us enough of a taste without making us feel bloated and sick. Although it did make the bill seem even higher.
All the dishes we ordered were very intense in flavor. The complementary bread and gnocchi appetizer were very good, as were the venison and squab entrees. The venison was perfect, and it was not gamey. The bright red interior of the squab surprised me, but I trusted that the chef felt it was cooked perfectly. It was very tasty. Although very flavorful with a nice grill mark pattern, I didn?t enjoy the gelatinous fat-like texture of my first taste of foie gras. The flavors were so intense that I think something a bit neutral on both plates, like a starch side to complement and balance the meat, would have been nice to give our palates a rest between bites of meat. I?m definitely not a no-carb fan.
The desserts we ordered, bread pudding and peanut butter banana chiffon, were delicious as well as sculptural. The servings are tiny, so don?t worry about it being too much. Again, intense flavors and a variety of textures all around.
Although I think we prefer the ambiance and food at Baricelli Inn a bit more, Lola is to be admired and respected for creative use of ingredients, some quite unusual and found rarely anywhere else here. If you are adventurous (or not) and have enough in your wallet, try it at least once. Maybe you?ll add it to your list of favorite experiences.

Pros: Adventurous food, delicious desserts, great area, very good service

Cons: Expensive, small portions, dark, a bit noisy

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Chef Michael Symon, of Food Network fame, uses only the freshest, local ingredients in preparing some of the best dishes you've ever tried. Be sure to save room for desert. Pastry chef Corey has some wonderful selections. My favorite is the 6 am Special - miniature french toast with maple-bacon ice cream and carmelized apples.

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★★★☆☆

Chef Michael Symon, of Food Network fame, uses only the freshest, local ingredients in preparing some of the best dishes you've ever tried. Be sure to save room for desert. Pastry chef Corey has some wonderful selections. My favorite is the 6 am Special - miniature french toast with maple-bacon ice cream and carmelized apples.

Pros: High quality food, beautiful decor

Cons: Be sure to make reservations

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My wife and I were traveling through town on business when we were told by an associate that Lola is Cleveland's best restaurant. Being a wine and restaurant professional my interest was peaked. We were warmly welcomed at the door and shown to a lovely table for two. Our server, Natalie was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. The wine list was good but erratic. It missed some very key elements. The martinis on the other had were superb, and most importantly, the food was out of this world. The chef's focus on mid-western comfort food prepared with gourmet excellence is spectacular. I had the lamb shank and it was, without exaggeration, the best lamb dish I have ever had. Period. My advice - make your reservations ASAP.

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★★★★★

My wife and I were traveling through town on business when we were told by an associate that Lola is Cleveland's best restaurant. Being a wine and restaurant professional my interest was peaked. We were warmly welcomed at the door and shown to a lovely table for two. Our server, Natalie was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. The wine list was good but erratic. It missed some very key elements. The martinis on the other had were superb, and most importantly, the food was out of this world. The chef's focus on mid-western comfort food prepared with gourmet excellence is spectacular. I had the lamb shank and it was, without exaggeration, the best lamb dish I have ever had. Period. My advice - make your reservations ASAP.

Pros: Service, ambiance, food!!!!!!!

Cons: Wine list needs some tinkering.

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I just want to take a moment and comment on the review "Waste of Time, Waste of Money. The gentleman who wrote the review failed to mention a couple of things regarding his experience. We too were there the evening he and 3 others dined at Lola. It was New Years Eve and everyone was informed when making the reservation there would be a $100 limited menu. Anyone restaurant knowledgable expects this type of package. This man proceded to cause scene after scene complaining and disrupting all other patron's wonderful evening and dinner. In an effort to be "heard", he physically attacked an owner and had to be escorted out. It would only be fitting that he would have a bad taste in his mouth the day after. I think everyone who went to Lola the evening of New Years Eve would agree that the food and service was a wonderful start to 2007. Anyone who loves food should check out Lola and enjoy!!!!

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★★★★★

I just want to take a moment and comment on the review "Waste of Time, Waste of Money. The gentleman who wrote the review failed to mention a couple of things regarding his experience. We too were there the evening he and 3 others dined at Lola. It was New Years Eve and everyone was informed when making the reservation there would be a $100 limited menu. Anyone restaurant knowledgable expects this type of package. This man proceded to cause scene after scene complaining and disrupting all other patron's wonderful evening and dinner. In an effort to be "heard", he physically attacked an owner and had to be escorted out. It would only be fitting that he would have a bad taste in his mouth the day after. I think everyone who went to Lola the evening of New Years Eve would agree that the food and service was a wonderful start to 2007. Anyone who loves food should check out Lola and enjoy!!!!

Pros: educated service

Cons: hard to get in on weekends

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I consider myself well traveled and well versed in fine dining.

This restaurant is a JOKE!!!! Can this restaurant be any worse???? First of all they lure you into the restaurant and do not warn you they are about to steal your money by offering a limited menu ridicously priced. FIRST!!!!! $100 per person is a joke. So after you point out that you were not told about pricing during reservations or confirmation you and the guests are offered a seconday menu.

The first clue to the horrible food is the abundance of SALT on, in and around everything! Apparently the chef has not figured out FLAVOR and chooses to cover the food in SALT for taste.

Back to the secondary menu...$42 for a 1.5 lb lobster that really is only 4 oz is a complete scam, watch out for the Sweet Potato Gnocchi...you would think they would provide $40 worth of Gnocchi since they just gave you $2 worth of lobster...but think again. No sort of Chef explaination can do it justice...Oh and the waitstaff is not even courteous enough to warn you that the meal cannot feed a small child let alone a full grown adult.

We skipped dessert since we were now guessing that Strawberries meant more than ONE but Slim ODDS that there would be more than TWO.

On the plus side, the ONLY item of value were the drinks...if you enjoy PURE alcohol and no flavor...you are gonna need it just to get through the meal and accept the check.

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★☆☆☆☆

I consider myself well traveled and well versed in fine dining.

This restaurant is a JOKE!!!! Can this restaurant be any worse???? First of all they lure you into the restaurant and do not warn you they are about to steal your money by offering a limited menu ridicously priced. FIRST!!!!! $100 per person is a joke. So after you point out that you were not told about pricing during reservations or confirmation you and the guests are offered a seconday menu.

The first clue to the horrible food is the abundance of SALT on, in and around everything! Apparently the chef has not figured out FLAVOR and chooses to cover the food in SALT for taste.

Back to the secondary menu...$42 for a 1.5 lb lobster that really is only 4 oz is a complete scam, watch out for the Sweet Potato Gnocchi...you would think they would provide $40 worth of Gnocchi since they just gave you $2 worth of lobster...but think again. No sort of Chef explaination can do it justice...Oh and the waitstaff is not even courteous enough to warn you that the meal cannot feed a small child let alone a full grown adult.

We skipped dessert since we were now guessing that Strawberries meant more than ONE but Slim ODDS that there would be more than TWO.

On the plus side, the ONLY item of value were the drinks...if you enjoy PURE alcohol and no flavor...you are gonna need it just to get through the meal and accept the check.

Pros: Loaded Drinks

Cons: Need the drinks for the dehydration from all the salt

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Went there with a friend from out of town. Little difficult finding parking. Went on a weeknight without reservatuions and were seated right away. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

As an appetizer, I really recommend the Big Board for Two. Fantastic.

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★★★★★

Went there with a friend from out of town. Little difficult finding parking. Went on a weeknight without reservatuions and were seated right away. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

As an appetizer, I really recommend the Big Board for Two. Fantastic.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

Cons: Parking, Little Pricey

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This is the best type of restaurant: fine-dining food and service in a place that's a neighborhood hangout for many. That way, you get a friendly and relaxed feeling when you stop in, even if you're there for a special occasion. I would recommend this place to food snobs from New York and LA and to regular folks alike. Hands-down the best food I've ever had, bar none. Pricey for some, yes, but worth it, without question.

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★★★★★

This is the best type of restaurant: fine-dining food and service in a place that's a neighborhood hangout for many. That way, you get a friendly and relaxed feeling when you stop in, even if you're there for a special occasion. I would recommend this place to food snobs from New York and LA and to regular folks alike. Hands-down the best food I've ever had, bar none. Pricey for some, yes, but worth it, without question.

Pros: Great people-watching, Impossibly good food, Great service

Cons: Parking (use valet!), Reservations a MUST

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The person who said "you can do better Cleveland" must have hit Lola on a rare day because, living in the neighborhood, we stop in frequently for an appetizer or light dinner at the bar and they have really great unique soup, unique menu, the breads are always fabulous with special butters and it has always lived up to its reputation of being a special, exclusive, romantic place to go. You probably do need a reservation if you want to sit at a table but you can walk in, sit and eat at the bar, they have valet parking and if you want to see 'famous people'.......

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★★★★★

The person who said "you can do better Cleveland" must have hit Lola on a rare day because, living in the neighborhood, we stop in frequently for an appetizer or light dinner at the bar and they have really great unique soup, unique menu, the breads are always fabulous with special butters and it has always lived up to its reputation of being a special, exclusive, romantic place to go. You probably do need a reservation if you want to sit at a table but you can walk in, sit and eat at the bar, they have valet parking and if you want to see 'famous people'.......

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HUGE disapponitement with new menu. Stale bread. Wet salad. Very poorly prepared, entre that was cold. Mediocre, college student service. All for a lot of money that I could have spent much better at a competitor downtown. Very unhappy. Will not return.

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★★☆☆☆

HUGE disapponitement with new menu. Stale bread. Wet salad. Very poorly prepared, entre that was cold. Mediocre, college student service. All for a lot of money that I could have spent much better at a competitor downtown. Very unhappy. Will not return.

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You have to try their version of mac-n-cheese. If mom only made our like this years ago. Great food, great martinis, great experience. I recommend this place to all my friends from out of town -- gotta experience Lola!

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★★★★★

You have to try their version of mac-n-cheese. If mom only made our like this years ago. Great food, great martinis, great experience. I recommend this place to all my friends from out of town -- gotta experience Lola!

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best bistro around. My husbands favorite. Everything is perfect, including service. Martini heaven. We are 3 for 3 here.

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★★★★★

best bistro around. My husbands favorite. Everything is perfect, including service. Martini heaven. We are 3 for 3 here.

Pros: modern cuisine, trendy, excellent wine menu

Cons: bad location, need more specials, rotate menu

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Just try their version of Mac-n-Cheese - out of this world! Rich and delicious. Nice wine list and good atmosphere. We went without a reservation (although later in the evening), and were seated promptly in spite of a large crowd. Service was excellent - the right mix of attentive and let-you-eat. A bit on the pricy side, but worth it for a nice night out.

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★★★★★

Just try their version of Mac-n-Cheese - out of this world! Rich and delicious. Nice wine list and good atmosphere. We went without a reservation (although later in the evening), and were seated promptly in spite of a large crowd. Service was excellent - the right mix of attentive and let-you-eat. A bit on the pricy side, but worth it for a nice night out.

Pros: Inventive and tasty, Nice atmosphere, Good wine list

Cons: Parking limited, Can be crowded

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I went to this restaurant for once, and I was amzed becuase of the tasty food and the great service. I don't think it can be better than that. This restaurant is good for couples and also for singles.

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★★★★★

I went to this restaurant for once, and I was amzed becuase of the tasty food and the great service. I don't think it can be better than that. This restaurant is good for couples and also for singles.

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