Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant
Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant

Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lolabistro.com/
  • Phone: 2166215652
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Symon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining - Maximum Capacity 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Katelyn Zemba 2166215652

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet, and parking lots also available near the restaurant.
A word from Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant
Celebrity Chef Michael Symon, along with Executive Chef Joe Swan, lead the culinary team at Lola. Michael's talents in the kitchen eventually led to several Food Network shows including the popular Iron Chef America. Symon is a two time nominee for "Best Chef Great Lakes", by the James Beard Foundation, winning that honor in 2009. Symom has also been recognized in Food & Wine Magazine's feature "Ten Best Chefs in America."




In the heart of Cleveland's E. 4th St. neighborhood, this "local jewel" features stunning decor and sustainable American cuisine. Highlights include, beef cheek pierogies, impeccably prepared meats and seafood, inventive desserts and an extensive wine list featuring over 400 selections.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
492 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (364)special occasion (346)hot spot (226)romantic (207)notable wine list (201)neighborhood gem (171)vibrant bar scene (102)good for groups (96)great for outdoor dining (92)great for lunch (67)late-night find (47)scenic view (28)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We travel every year from Toronto, Canada to Cleveland to spend a few days there to celebrate my birthday. Love the city and all it has to offer culturally and not to mention a great selection of bars and restaurants. The West Side Market area is a culinary delight for a foodie like me with so many choices in restaurants, shops and of course the market itself. We always visit Lola for a great dining experience. It has everything you would want for a special celebration or just a nice dinner. Can't wait for next year's visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lola Remains a Great Restaurant
    johnt
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went back to Lola this time with out-of-town friends, and had a wonderful experience. Everything was prepared perfectly, from my sturgeon, to my wife's halibut, to his duck breast and her scallops. One caution - the portions are getting a bit small, as I'm guessing Michael is trying to hold his price points on the entrees at or below $30, so if you're hungry, consider adding a side dish along with your entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place has great attention to detail and the food was fantastic. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first expérience with beef cheek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our 3 meals were outstanding. We started withe the beef cheek pierogies thinking this would be the place to try for the first time. Yumm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service, ambiance OK
    Paolo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Brought my parents from out of town. They were not disappointed. We had all fish courses (oysters, shrimp w/curry, both excellent; then halibut and sturgeon). Service was attentive and prompt, nothing spectacular. Not sure about having the wine list on an iPad makes the wine list any justice. It would be great if pairing recommendations could be included in the electronic version as well. Two things missed the note, though: We had a reservation for 20:45 and the table was not ready until 21:00. We also got what I think is the worst table, around the corner. Bright halogen bulbs shine in the face of people looking to the kitchen, I had to switch places. These two issues could be easily corrected with a little more attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great place, great food, great people, always love to come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Met expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Except for a high noise level everything was terrific
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Bucket List ... CHECK!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I went into the dinner with a high level of expectation that was exceeded at all levels! If you're in Cleveland with your wife or clients, you have to experience Lola Bistro. All dishes look great, but the Pork Chop and Hanger Steak are long term staples for a reason. The atmosphere was elegant-chic with a cool vibe, but not pretentious. Book a reservation and enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lola
    grjo
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had a nice table overlooking the open kitchen. It was crowded and noisy with the kitchen audible over it all. The service was prompt and attentive and drinks were very good. Waiter recommended the specialities of the house saying they had been on the menu from the beginning. We had the pierogi appetizer. The meat was delicious the covering though was not cooked well. The hanger steak was fine as was the pork chop. Problem was it felt like they were coasting on their reputation. Other dishes we saw looked good but again as if they had been in the menu for too Long. Having said that we enjoyed our visit and will tell People to try it with our reservations about it
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Perfect Place to Dine
    Steve
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Lola's is excellent. Our trips to Cleveland always include dinner or lunch at Lola's. Michael Symon does it right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary trip
    Drivere3
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We made it to Lola's last year for our anniversary and decided to come again this year. The food is great and the staff is super nice. I'm thinking we will be back next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience!
    Fishchick
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I had an early dinner that was absolutely delightful from the moment I walked in the door until I left. I was visiting Cleveland to work a food show. Several people suggested I dine at Lola. It did not disappoint! I had the heirloom tomato soup, smoked pork chop, green veggie mélange (made at my request) and a glass of Lulu. Everything was wonderful. I was especially impressed with their wine list on the iPad. I will never make a trip to Cleveland without dining at one of Michael Symon's restaurants from here forth!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Dining Experience
    byuboy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, wonderful ambiance and outstanding service. A client, a professional chef in New Orleans, insisted that I have dinner here while in Cleveland for an ill-fated Saints game. After viewing the menu online I was fairly well set on my choices. My waiter, Chris R., explained the dishes in further details and made some welcome suggestions. Thank you Chris R. for really attempting and succeeding in making my evening a truly memorable event. My drinks for the evening were the perfectly made Hot and Dirty martinis and a Coochi Barolo with dessert. Sublimely delicious tomato soup. The beef cheek pierogi, crispy pigs ears and the sturgeon were excellent. The brioche french toast with maple bacon ice cream=outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not amazing
    TODiners
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food here was pretty good, but it wasn't so good I would say you HAVE to eat here. The restaurant is really loud, we were sitting across from each other and could hardly hear each other. Decent prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lola experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Menu was so different . Great for foodies. Atmosphere beautiful and romantic! Great location on east 4th
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Checks all the right boxes
    Optiman32
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had dinner at Lola the night before a Browns game. Our reserved table was waiting when we arrived and we were quickly greeted and seated near the open kitchen which was great to watch all the action. The menu is fantastic and our dinners were both great. The rib eye was perfectly cooked, and you would be surprised just how many places cannot pull off a rare steak, the pork chop was juicy and delicious also. We each had very yummy meal ending desserts and left the restaurant very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, atmosphere lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our food was high quality. However, the atmosphere left us wanting more. As a party of 2, we were seated at 5:30 PM for dinner, before the rush, yet were seated basically on top of a table of 6 in a corner. With at least 6 two tops visibly free at the same time we were puzzled. Within 20 minutes another couple was seated next to us. The tables are roughly a foot apart. What was supposed to be a romantic and fun dinner turned into a game of Twister with the servers and unavoidable eavesdropping on others. In my seat I had to actually get up once and lean into the table next to me twice so servers could deliver food to the 6 top. Don't place so much emphasis on the allure of Michael's food over the comfort and ambiance of your guests.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • incredible food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My son and I dined for his 18th birthday. We decided to have appetizers at the bar and our server (AJ) was awesome. She made recommendations and our food was quickly brought to us. We enjoyed the atmosphere, service and especially the food. The perogies was by far the best I've ever eaten. Kudos to the staff. Attention to detail is hard to find- but not for this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected delight!
    spacedyemeerkat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were visiting from England, taking a favourable comment on a Cleveland Browns forum about the restaurant on faith. And we were glad we did. The starters (smoky tomato soup and beef pierogis) were delicious. For me, the main course, calves' heart, was even better than the starter with the heart cooked to perfection. Certainly could have been more mashed potato - it was barely a smear - and there wasn't enough salsa verde (delightful: exploded off the tongue). My partner had pork chop , the portion size for which, and this will be anathema to Americans, I am sure!, was simply too big. Puddings were tasty but not at the level promised. Service was a little spotty but generally good. Atmosphere wonderful. Ohio red wine rather good, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    Cblake99
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Amazing appetizer shrimp and had salmon for entree and it was all fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First try of old restaruant
    Georgio
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Have lone heard of Lola. Chose to go there for the first time to celebrate my wife's birthday, looking for great food and a romantic but vibrant setting. We were not disappointed. Lola's chef and our waiter lived up to all of our expectations. Particularly enjoyed the duck in a sesame reduction. Very knowledgeable, friendly, energetic. Nicely paced and attentive. Great food. Nice touch of a small spontaneous mini-cake with forever candle with "Happy Birthday" spelled out in a Raspberry glaze on a long plate. We will be back, and not only for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lola's Bistro
    CathyC
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    In a word -divine. We chose Lola's to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I had requested a special table and they were placed is in the perfect spot. From the time we walked out the door until we left the service was delightful. The wine list in particular is spectacular, 32 pages all displayed on and iPad for easy viewing. All in all a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    PghHLT
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    You pay for it but it's very good. I'd go back. Only complaint was that it was extremely noisy. It was difficult to talk to my wife across the table. There is no sound absorption material in use.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I've never been to this restaurant. Was a very nice experience. Great atmosphere. Great service. Great food/wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent exoerience
    cambspringsVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My wife and I dine out frequently in Cleveland, but this was our first visit to Lola's. We tend to be wary of places we perceive center on celebrity and are always crowded with once-a-year, special event diners. After a tough start (the multi-panel glass entranceway can be disorienting at dusk), management and staff could not have been more attententive or better at making sure we had a great evening. Truly first-rate. Our meals - salmon and haddock - were excellent in every way, and our final impression was very good. Deserves the accolades. Can see how weekend noise levels could be high, but the mid-week level was just fine. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as we had hoped for
    jojo
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We ordered the oyster appetizer. Two of the six oysters were so small you hardly knew that you had put anything in your mouth. The rest of the meal was good with the exception of the very small portion of grits that was served with the very generous portion of pork. All tasty for sure, just not as good as we were expecting. We felt a little rushed. The overall feeling was that they wanted to turn the table over. Too pricey for that!! Been there, done that, is the way we feel about this restaurant. Probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GGAnnCdn
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We went to Lola's for the first time for our Anniversary. Our table was nestled near a back corner and quite romantic. The server, and all of his assistants did an excellent job and were very professional. Our meals were top notch! We didn't have room for dessert, yet our waiter brought us a few special treats anyhow, with Happy Anniversary written on the plate! A nice touch. We will definitely recommend Lola's to our friends and frequent it again when we are back in Cleveland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Symon Says
    ghost23VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Symon says prepared delicious dishes, Symon says make sure they look appealing, Symon says wait staff do your job. All followed Symon says!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night
    Happynight
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The night at Lola's was just excellent. Our server was very pleasant and helpful with the wine list. A second server who told us the specials answered all our questions and steered us in the right direction for our appetizer and entrees. I had the roasted tomato soup and my husband had the beet salad - both were excellent. We chose the skirt steak which has been on the menu since Lola opened and we know why. It was cooked perfectly and the taste - yum. It was our anniversary and we were surprised with mini-chocolate cupcakes with a hazelnut buttercream frosting with sparkly candles. So sweet. All in all a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    montanagirl
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Lunch recently at Lola's was a treat. They put a creative spin on classics such as the smoked tomato and basil soup. The smoky flavor was quite pronounced and added so much to a simple dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional
    CWandMrsCWVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Cleveland is so lucky to have Lola. Really friendly service with a stunning wine list and beautifully created food. Never had sturgeon before, so tried it and loved the taste. I preceded this with bone marrow - what a treat! Very reasonably priced!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bkinsfin
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My ribeye was melt in your mouth delicious. Wife's scallops were best she ever had. Two thumbs up on overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    DebT
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We all know that anything Michael Symon does, he does it well. Lola is amazing. The staff is extremely attentive without being overbearing. The food is off the charts amazing. I love sitting outside on E. 4th street, it makes for a beautiful break in a busy day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food
    butterflylady
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food choices of halibut and scallops were excellent. It was a bit pricy if you ordered sides and appetizers. We had a magical night nonetheless
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    BubbaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Unique dishes and classic Michael Symon versions. Always a good bet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splurge meal
    resomerville
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I was in the Cleveland area for a few days and came to Lola for fun because I enjoy Michael Symons. This was definitely a meal I will always remember. I got the beet salad and scallops which was fantastic. I did find the scallop dish a little salty but a friend who had been to another "celebrity chef" restaurant told me that they tend to "over season" . I consider the experience a fun splurge but be warned you really pay for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lolafan68
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was very well prepared and the menu had many interesting and varied choices. The wait staff was excellent and brought out each course at the exact right time and were always available to keep the meal moving along at a smooth and comfortable pace. All in all a great experience and will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic evening!
    lovingclevelandfood
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We dined at Lola to celebrate family birthdays and loved it! We are new to Cleveland and wanted to try a Michael Symon restaurant, it was beautiful and the staff was attentive and kind. Oh, the food was delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    DanP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My wife and I went here for the first time for her birthday. We are big fans of Michael Symon. The menu and service did not disappoint. Hangar Steak and Scallops were both prepared perfectly, and the staff was excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best Service We Have Had
    2Blazes
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our server Steve was great. He took the time to go over the menu, and stopped by our table every time we needed anything. Without having to flag him down. Our plates were picked up as soon as we were done with each course, our bottle of wine was waiting for us and our glasses were filled without having to ask. The added touch of dessert with our special occasion notated on it was a very nice touch. The food was presented beautifully and cooked great. I could not have picked a better locale for our dinner. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.