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

Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lolabistro.com
  • Phone: (216) 621-5652
  • 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: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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: Rebecca Yody (216) 802-0003

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 WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was good. Service was excellent. It was a nice space and an interesting menu."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We tried the fish menu and it was excellent. Both the halibut and the sturgeon were perfectly cooked and delicious. The special soup: corn bisque was also an unexpected find."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "My friend and I were on a road trip from New York City to Chicago. Upon learning we were stopping in Cleveland, I immediately booked reservations at Lola. This restaurant was the perfect treat - the food was amazing. We split a few appetizers (crispy pork ears, bone marrow, beef cheek pierogies, beet salad), the pork loin entree, and a dessert. The bone marrow and beet salad (particularly the burrata) were heavenly. My friend found the crispy pork ears to be too fried for her taste. I loved the deconstructed s'mores and thought this was much improved compared to other s'mores dishes I've had at other fine dining establishments (ie, Per Se). Anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion (or merely splurge) should visit Lola!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food is very good, although, portion sizes were small. Service was slow, at times I thought we were forgotten."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The best scallops I have ever eaten! The waitress was knowledgable and very professional. The service was wonderful. We never had an empty glass of water on our table. A great selection & variety on the menu. The only con was that it was a little noisy."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Love coming here: it's always a great foodie experience. Good service, good drinks, good food. Simply put: there is nothing better"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This by far is one of the best places in cleveland. The service was good. But the food AMAZING!!!!!!!!!. From the very inovative apps to the main course it was exceptional . Ps try the crispy pig ears . And the mushrooms for the side ."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our first experience at Lola's definitely won't be our last! We were celebrating our anniversary and it could not have been nicer. I had scallops which were delicious and my husband had the halibut which he said was the same. Servers were wonderful and so hardworking! We appreciated the attention to our celebration which we did not expect but was very welcome. A very memorable evening!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Lola's was a wonderful experience! WE started with the beef cheeks pirogis , and bone arrow cntinued with sharing entre of moulard duck. Not sold on the marrow ,fatty and too rich for us. We ended our meal with the chocolate peanut butter mousse, wow! Awsome finale! More interesting ,the portions were perfect, the wine list was extensive and can accommodate all budgets from the extravagant to the budget conscious dinner. The location was interesting, nestled in the 4th street closed off to pedestrian traffic with the bustling evening crowd promenading while we enjoyed our meal. Valet parking was conveniently next to the restaurant . The service was impeccable as well. We highly recommend Lola's!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Came from out of town with some friends for a weekend and went to Lola for dinner before a ball game. Staff was very friendly and accomodating and made sure we managed to make it through our meal both without feeling rushed and with ample time to make it to the field for the first pitch. In addition to a great menu (everything was expertly prepared, with layers of intricate and unique flavors across each of of our dishes), the wine list was very well done, with orders able to be entered on a tablet (so you can search by region / grape, look at tasting notes, etc.) and with good bottles available across multiple price points. All in all a fantastic meal; would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Have not been on vacation in ten years since our son has gone through twelve years of cancer related problems. Dinner in our home town was all we would do for fun. This brought back the flavor of one of the finest dinners we have had. I should have tipped the chef and staff for a job well done!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We dined outside, our waitress without any fuss arranged the umbrella perfectly for us so that we were all comfortable. I started with the bib lettuce salad and the others had the vegetable soup. The salad was so subtle in seasoning and just the right amount of goat cheese. The main courses and desserts followed in this dreamy absolutely perfect dining experience. Pleasantly surprised at how affordable this was, we will be returning soon."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We were in Ohio on vacation, and I knew that Lola was a Michael Symon restaurant. I've watched him on tv for many years, so I was so excited to check this restaurant out! I was not disappointed. Everything there was fantastic. The only negative thing I have to say is that it was very noisy in there and hard to hear my dinner date. Other than that, everything was great!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We where in Cleveland for vacation and had a First Rate experience in every way during our dinner!!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in to Lola we were treated exceptionally well. The staff were very polite, friendly, and accommodating. The meal was unbeleavable. For appetizers we had the bone marrow and the crispy pig ears, both were delicious. For our entrees we had the scallops and rib eye, both of which were prepared perfectly. If I ever come back to Cleveland I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "First time my girlfriend and I had gone out for an expensive meal and Lola did not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This restaurant may be a hit in Cleveland, but the meal we had would not succeed elsewhere. On the plus side, the service was very good. Friendly and knowledgeable. However, the dishes were heavy and unbalanced (too much meat, not much else). In addition, the restaurant was very loud and the smell of the open kitchen permeated the entire place. We also arrived 20 minutes early but were not seated until out reservation time even though there were many empty tables both then and after we were seated. The wine list was also unexceptional. The location is not befitting a fine restaurant (it's in the middle of a block of flashy casual restaurants). In short, the food we were served was unsophisticated and the ambiance was lacking."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Dinners were fantastic and service was fantastic. Only complaint the bottle of water on the table did not have any ice in it making the water almost warm. Asked our waitress for a glass of ice. She was very attentive as she kept bringing more ice the whole time. It was a fantastic dining experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner - a try treat. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I should preface this by stating I chose the wrong item for my particular tastes. I have never had this particular protein before, but my waiter suggested it was much like filet. I typically enjoy filet medium to mid-well, but took the waiter's suggestion to order the calve's heart as it comes, mid-rare. It was served with a delicious stone ground mustard seed sauce, with whipped potatoes and brussels sprouts -- all amazing -- but I didn't care for the calve's heart. This menu was more than a little daunting; aside from a pork chop, almost every item was way out of my comfort zone. I know this is swanky dining, but a pasta or chicken or steak or salad option would've been very welcome that night. If you're adventurous, you'll love it."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Beautiful venue, wine display was great. I got the hangar steak and it was amazing. My date got the pork and it was good, but nowhere near as good as the steak. Decor was fancy without being pretentious. Wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Just what I expected for my first experience with a Michael Simon restaurant."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten at Lola probably 20 times and we love it. The staff is well-trained and attentive. Our server made several good food and drink suggestions. The food is always terrific - if you like fish, try the sturgeon! I tend to be more of a fish/chicken person, and the fish is always flaky and moist. The dishes are always really nicely plated, too. Their excellent taste is matched by their beauty. The restaurant is an quaint little alley near other restaurants. There is a lot of foot traffic which gives the restaurant nice energy. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Cleveland. PS - Try the "6 am Special" for dessert - it'll bring tears to your eyes!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Please increase portion size. We had to get ice cream after!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The room is beautiful, but a bit dark. The noise level was my main issue, a byproduct of the open kitchen format and crowd. The waiter was fantastic. The food and presentation beyond reproach.Crispy pig ears unusual and decadent and savory. The desserts sinful."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My cousins daughter and I decided to take a summer road trip from Pittsburgh through CA and back to Pgh and the first pick as we were planning-to eat was Lola's and after 6000+ miles it was our last great food find before home. Our "Last Trip Supper" left us with the perfic food memory and taste I'm our mouth. Sooo if we could get to Lola's you really should too! So make your plan and go. Food Fab Foodie"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "One of the five best dinners of my life. Great mixed drink selection. My girlfriend went nuts over her red wine. The beef cheek oierogi was the best thing I ate in cleveland. The sauce with the mushrooms complimented the meat and pastry so well. The hanger steak with lola fries and the lamb loin were also superb. The 6am special dessert was amazing as well. Brioche french toast with maple bacon ice cream! Cleveland may be the mistake by the lake but I'll be coming back just for lola."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • " Michael Symon creations are incredible & yet so much better in person. The Flavors & melt in your mouth all I have to say is Awesome dining experience!!!! You have nailed it Michael....I will most definitely recommend Lola's to everyone. Michael's creations on Top Chef I knew I would probably eat them all and enjoy them immensely & I was Absolutely satisfied in person is so worth the trip to Cleveland. I had the Shrimp appetizer OMG making my mouth water as I am writing this review, the Lamb loins were melt in your mouth awesome, the flavors blended wonderfully...& the desserts out of this world. The ambience incredible...Michael, our waiter was attentive & gracious made our fine dining experience complete. TY Sincerely Beth & Dendal"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Michael Symon's restaurant did not disappoint! The appetizers were great.My husband loved the crudo. The beet salad was also tasty. The steak was perfectly cooked with a unique favorable that was delicious. The service was almost too good. The pace was a little fast. We barely finished a course before the next arrived. They need to slow things down a bit. Next time we will try for an outdoor table on 4th. Would have been fun.There was an Indian's game so our early reservation hurt us and we didn't think to request outside.Very vibrant scene. We came to Cleveland or the Cleveland Clinic. We will be back at future checkups."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My son & his wife were in Cleveland from New York. We have had excellent dining experiences on my trips to NY, and they had yet to eat at Lola. The only reservation I could get was 9:45p, but it was worth the wait. My son had a succulent pork chop, his wife had fresh oysters & a beet salad, & I had the sturgeon, with a nice bacon wrap. The beef cheek perogies & Lola fries were good as usual. Although my first choice for dinner was sold out at this time, our late night dining at Lola's was comparable to many dinners we have had in NYC."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Lola was a place my husband had been dying to try as he's a huge Michael Symon fan and major foodie. He loved being able to watch what was going on in the kitchen! The atmosphere was so intimate and romantic-- Which I loved. :) The staff were nice and very knowledgeable on everything on the menu. Our server made an excellent recommendation for my dinner as I was torn between salmon or scallops. Though I've no doubt either would have been delectable. We went to Lola for our second wedding anniversary and we will definitely return as often as we can when we visit Cleveland."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I am a huge fan of Michael Simon and Iron Chef America, and so I had very high expectations for his restaurant. It did not disappoint!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had a great time at Lola's. The staff was tremendously friendly and helpful. THe food was good but portions very tiny and very expensive. Have been here before and had a great table in the middle of the action but this time we were kind of tucked around a corner and so there was no ambience. The biggest total aggrevation was getting to the restaurant due to the unbelievable construction and idiot highway control. It is like they really don't want anyone to go downtown, however that is NOT the restaurant's fault. Just want it known if you make the trek to get there to add an hour to your travel time."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had the scallops and rib eye. The rib eye was the winner. The scallops were not seared on the outside and a little mushy ( they were still delicious! The service and atmosphere were wonderful! We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "enjoyed our dinner very much. the food was amazing and the staff were excellent."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great time! Very accommodating staff. Best steak I ever had! Special mixed drink with cherry vodka made just for me was mesmeralizing!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fine dining at it's best, Lola does Iron Chef Michael Symon proud! Food was amazing, presentation exquisite, and service beyond compare! Make your reservation today and come prepared to be wowed!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "After a long day touring around with out-of-town friends, I confess that though this is special occasion dining for me, I wore sneakers -- and it was fine. Lola is both special and comfortable. Friends had the scallops, which looked beautiful and tasted great. Another had the duck. On the server's recommendation, I ordered the lamb loin and three days later, I am still thinking about it. It was exquisite. We also shared beet salads and desserts, the s'mores and peach panna cotta. Both were gorgeous and yummy. I wish I had more disposable income that I could eat here every week, but alas. That said, it turned out to be much less costly than I anticipated even with drinks and coffee. Michael Symon and East 4th are fantastic for CLE."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I loved the decor in the restaurant. I had the fried bologna sandwich with an egg. The egg was cooked perfect. I was remembering a fried bologna sandwich like my mom made me as a kid. This was "Taylor Pork Roll" to me. Not a fan of the rosemary French fries either Next time would order without rosemary. The wine was excellent. Service so-so but the server did speak to us at the end of our meal and was very nice and spoke highly of Michael Symon and the restaurant overall. Next time would order something different"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My husband and I were relocating to the east coast so when I realized our route would take us through Cleveland, I had to plan a lunch at Michael Symon's Lola. (I have been a huge fan of his for years!). After 3 days of driving, were we so glad we did. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon when we arrived. Convenient valet parking is right next to the place. The brick lined street is blocked off from traffic and is lined with pots of bright cascading flowers, vibrant young urban professionals, bars, coffee shops and even a House of Blues. We chose to eat outside and started with the beef cheek pierogi, which can only be described as delicious pillows from Heaven. Amazing! I would go on but running out of characters...Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for lunch. We got a nice table, but we were too far away from each other and could not here each other well. Just to note, we are in are mid 30's and can here just fine otherwise. We started off with the beef cheek pierogi and the pork belly appetizer, both were excellent. He had the scallops for his main course, said they were good. I had tried one of the scallops and it was very salty. For my main course I had the lola burger, it was ok but I expected more from it. We ended with the kitchen sink brownie, it was very good."
    Dined on 8/1/2014