Bar Lola - Boston
Bar Lola - Boston

Bar Lola - Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barlola.com/
  • Phone: (617) 266-1122
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of Dartmouth St. and Comm Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bar Lola - Boston
It is the philosophy of BarLola, where one can simultaneously drink, enjoy Spanish music, mingle, and eat ones way round a wonderful gastronomic spectrum. It is our goal to make sure that we only serve authentic dishes that are as close to the original presentation and taste as those you would find in different regions of Spain. We have a fantastic selection of wines, cavas, beers, and other signature cocktails to accompany your meal. We make every effort to ensure that the majority of our key ingredients are imported from Spain. Our kitchen team members come from Spain, descendants of Spain or of Latin ancestry to ensure authenticity and standards. ***NOTE: Every Sunday evening we have live Flamenco shows Sunday Night at 8pm. Please note that there is a $20 minimum per person (toward food and drink) for the show. It will be assumed that all reservations made 7pm and 8pm are for the show. If you will not be joining us for the show, please let us know*
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Bar Lola - Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (20)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (9)romantic (8)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good tapas
    MichDonVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We've eaten here a few times but not lately. The food was still good and our server was very nice. It is very loud inside as we have normally eaten outside (which is great). The wine is good and great priced for a bottle. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mduffy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Excellent atmosphere and delicious food. Service was wonderful - very attentive and helpful with menu. Too many choices but we managed to have 3 plates. Will be back, if only to have an entirely different meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun NIGHT FOR 4
    Rshanley1974
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Taking advantage of one of Boston's last Summery Nights we decide to find some fun outside dinning. The spot is very cool and food and service are top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great flamenco!
    JoJo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is good though some items are not as fresh as others. The flamenco is fun and energetic - a great show!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bar Lola - A Strong Tapas Menu
    MunchyCouple
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were very pleased to find great diversity on the menu - classics mixed with less common/more innovative dishes. And the food taste and quality were outstanding. Price was upper-moderate, not crazy but not a great deal either. The service was somewhere between relaxed and slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great range of tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Bar Lola has a variety of tapas. The outdoor seating is great for a warm night. Sunday night is Flamenco night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 291 reviews are from the Bar Lola - Boston reviews archive.
  • Great place
    Dvalego
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great place that locals know about no or not too many tourist. Food is excellent and great value for price in the back bay. Highly recommend! Neat cool atmosphere great outdoor patio for nice weather too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas and drinks
    mdiddyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service there is always great and the outdoor seating is nice. Would recommend to anyone, particularly as a date spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    BostonFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've never waited 40 minutes for a bill after my table was cleared... until I came here. Our waitress was SO unpersonable and frankly rude. No eye contact, rushed us to order, and began walking away as we finished up ordering hardly getting it all let alone asking if that was all we would like. Food was mediocre at best and sugary sangria light on the alcohol content was $28 for a tiny pitcher. I was so embarrassed to have surprised my date with this restaurant as we both wanted nothing more than to leave, and get great food and service elsewhere, which is exactly what we did.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great date spot
    Justin
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We finally tried this place after walking by it several times. We were able to sit outside on a perfect summer night, and the restaurant did not disappoint! The food was excellent, and our waitress made some great suggestions. The drink menu has some great options as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Update your online menu!!!! I went based upon items on the online menu - big disappointment. The place was dead - only a few parties total 6 people in the dining room - but you heard every conversation in detail. With other tapas places - especially Tapeo - I wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing.
    BTAT
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Disinterested wait staff. Americanized tapas. Poorly executed food prep. Does not hold up as a metropolitan tapas restaurant. Would not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Night Flamenco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful Spanish wine and tapas during our visit -- the 8pm Flamenco performance was outstanding. The room is small, but the noise level was moderate and we loved the guitarist. Not sure what the negative reviewers experienced in terms of service -- we were greeted warmly and our server (Selso) was attentive and friendly. This is a must-do for Sunday Night entertainment. I am so happy we found this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas and Flamenco - great fun!
    Anaya
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Every Sunday evening Bar Lola has Flamenco performances at 6 and 8 pm that I highly recommend. Intimate space, inexpensive Spanish wines by the glass, and delicious tapas of all kinds. I felt as if I had spent the evening in southern Spain! Nice outdoor patio below street level is an added plus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere!
    JoJo
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The flamenco student show was fabulous! Food was very good - wide variety of tapas. Service was not good - long waits to have our order taken and receive food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was not wthat I expected
    feb29
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    food wasnt not spanish authentic food and not even good at all. Service is poor. Too few servers for the amount of people at the restaurant. Will not come back again. Not worth a second visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant!
    anonymous
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Food was excellent! Great date spot! The crab cakes and spinach and artichoke dip were amazing! Also had the banana and chocolate bread pudding dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal!
    JojoVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Lovely meal. Great service. Superb drinks. Loved the small Paella as an option for a tapas. Will definitelt want to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar Lola Lolita
    foodaholic
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Vibrant atmosphere with great drinks and very good food! Good place to just hang out around the bar and nosh on some good eats.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as last time
    DBMA
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was our 4th or 5th visit to Bar Lola, and we visited on a relatively quiet Saturday because the restaurant only appeared to be about 2/3 full. Service was good, but not great. Considering that the restaurant was not full, and considering that we had experienced better on previous visits, the fact that we had to ask for something rather than being asked if needed something was unusual. Food was mostly very good. We ordered tortilla española off of the Tapas Frías selection and it was served warm. Not a huge deal, but not what was expected. gambas al ajillo was good, but tasted overly salty to us. Again, we've dined here before and had better. Red sangria was as good as always, and a pitcher of the stuff goes down quickly and enjoyably.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect evening with family/friends
    lighthouse
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were a large group of 8. All the dishes we ordered were delicious and served at the perfect temperature. Our waiter was helpful in navigating the menu, making suggestions which were great. Will be back for another dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Flamenco Music On Sundays
    WestCoastVisitor
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went to Bar Lola to check out the Sunday night flamenco guitar and dancing as we are both flamenco fans and I have studied flamenco guitar. The music and dancing were very good. We went for the music, not the food but it turned out the food was truly excellent - we would come back for the food alone. We are in Boston another month and plan to go back at least one more Sunday before we leave. We don't get many opportunities to enjoy flamenco here in the US so this is a great find.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Huge portions for tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Good food. Friendly waitstaff. Very enjoyable. Seemed like the bar was going to be very loud but we were seated in the dining area and it was perfect. So something for everybody.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Sunday night flamenco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Wonderful Sunday night flamenco in an intimate setting. A great find in Boston!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flamenco was nice, but too long.
    Kintdes
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Spanish guitar was more appreciated, as the space is very small. Food was good, just not noteworthy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute place, okay food
    Aboy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was fine--not bad but not great. The space is very cute and fun. I would go back for a drink and something small at the bar.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simultaneously hip and comfortable
    Allyourbase
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    BarLola has a great vibe that backs up the look with some great tasting food. The menu is lengthy and will make it tough on even the picky diners to narrow their choices. Don't worry, the small plates have enough food for sharing. Not to be missed in Back Bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was great about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Everything was great about this restaurant. My only complaint is our waitress had an attitude like she wanted to be somewhere else and wasn't very attentive. However I would definitely come back as the food, drinks and ambience are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas, not a bad dish
    steveVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Great Tapas, not a bad dish so far. Sangria was great. The bar seems to be a good scene after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a very good value
    JoeInBostonVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    While there were no standout aspects to this restaurant (other than the outdoor seating, which we could not avail ourselves of in January), there was also nothing to complain about. The food was good, the prices reasonable, the server friendly, and the ambiance pleasant. There were 5 of us and no one was disappointed with their meal. And the final bill was extremely reasonable. I would give this BarLola 5 stars for value. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Evening, Good Food
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    It was cold, and I was looking for a relaxed place, informal, with good food and lots of selections. Bull's eye! No complaints ... will head back in the spring!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    On Sunday nights they have a live flamenco band with dancers. They were awesome and very entertaining. I tried several small plates and every single one tasted delicious. I really enjoyed the fried scallops, the duck dish, and the crepe desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum
    FergieVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Tapas = Small, right? Not here, still small, but listen to the waitstaff when they advise you on the amount of plates you order, they are larger here than typical tapas. Sangria was good, not the best I've ever had, but right on par with the expectation. If you are looking for quiet place and quick food turn-around, go there before 8pm. If you want busy, vibrant and slower service, go after 8pm. Our waitress was great. Food was great. Time was great. Price was appropriate (though the pitcher of sangria was not worth the $$ it costs, but again, how can you have a date at a tapas place without sangria? Overall, I would go back and recommend others go there as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They could use sound absorbers.
    DynahVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    They could use sound absorbers. The walls are painted brick, ceilings copper tile and the floor tiled so it becomes very loud very quickly. Add music and a few drinks and it echoes. Food is good. Service unattentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Night
    Anightout
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We took my friend out for her birthday at Bar Lola and we all had a great time! The tapas were delicious and the wait staff was very accommodating. They even brought us a dessert with a candle in it and turned all the lights off for her to blow it out! It was also fairly reasonable. We ordered 14 tapas, a dessert, and 4 pitchers of sangria for the group and it came out to only $40 a person, tip included (there were 7 of us). The only minor complaint I have is the sangria we ordered (white sangria) wasn't very strong, but it still tasted great! I would definitely recommend this spot for a fun night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The flamenco show was incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    The flamenco show was incredible and very intimate. The ambience was amazing. I am allergic to gluten and the server was very helpful in assuring that I had plenty of options to choose from. The food was great and not your typical tapas. I highly recommend this restaurant. It was also my birthday, and the restaurant made it a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    AGV0279
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    This restaurant was very disappointing. From the poor service to even worse food, we will not be back. Apparently things have changed and not for the best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas for Everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    If you like a variety of tapas and have at least 3 people, this place is a great option. First time there, but we ordered about 8 different things, all under $10. Tortilla wasnt the best I've had, and I love them, so I was a little disappointed. After that, it was great. Loved the lamb chops and the rabitt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious tapas and Martinis
    SmartPakerLissa
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I found Bar Lola when looking for a tapas restaraunt for a friend and I to go to. Bar Lola was perfect! We had some delicious Martinis followed by fantastic food. The blueberry cheese ravioli were a yummy surprise. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar Lola Just So-So-La
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Food was just OK. Some bright spots, some not so bright...but that is somewhat the nature of tapas. Service was great/attentive. Atmosphere is funky, and would be good for a large group. Outdoor patio looks like it'd be fun in nice weather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic