Lola - Denver
Lola - Denver

Lola - Denver

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.loladenver.com/
  • Phone: 7205708686x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sat-Sun: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Sun-Thur: 5:00pm-10:00pm; Fri-Sat: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Happy Hour: Mon-Fri: 4:00pm - 6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    COMPLIMENTARY VALET OFFERED DAILY FROM 4:30pm.

    Get the dish on our Chef, Drew Hardin, by reserving the Chef's Table- Available Sunday - Thursday Evenings. $75/person.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Drew Hardin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Entertainment: Live Music
    Sundays 2:30 - 5:00pm

    The bands are here, along with the infamous table side guacamole and crisp margaritas...where are you?

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th & Boulder
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public pay lot on the northwest corner of 16th and Boulder Streets. Street parking available. Valet service are also available daily beginning at 4:30pm.
A word from Lola - Denver
The music is playing, kitchen is set, margaritas are being shaken...all we need is you.

Lola, with food inspired by the coastal regions of Mexico and a bar named one of the Top Five Places to Drink Tequila in North America, it is the spot for serious eats and crafted cocktails. From happy hour, table-side prepared guacamole and the ever changing ceviche bar menu to chef’s tables and private events, Lola offers up much more than just a dinner and brunch menu that has won the hearts of the Denver dining community.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Lola - Denver reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (84)neighborhood gem (82)hot spot (66)great for outdoor dining (62)vibrant bar scene (58)great for brunch (46)good for groups (43)special occasion (41)romantic (19)late-night find (17)scenic view (12)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Lola's New Menu?
    BMoore
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We have eaten here before and this last time the menu seemed very different and not as much to pick from as before. No special for the night besides tacos. Good happy hour! It was a Monday night so maybe that the menu is different. I had Seabass there a couple of times and it was to die for! Not on the menu and not a lot of dishes with a unique flair stood out. Fun place though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific Brunch
    JT21
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Lola's brunch menu is wonderful, with an abundance of interesting dishes and terrific tastes. My new favorite brunch, and I hope to try the dinner menu soon too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Jeffyskauf
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Hadn't been to Lola for some time and it looks like they have not missed a beat. Vibrant, energetic atmosphere, good food, very good service. Fun place with a great bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Chef prepared two creative specials and did a fantastic job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Ultimate Bloody Mary was very good. Chicken and waffles are a must! Wanted to try everything on the menu. Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food/Staff
    lola
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Normally the food is great and staff is great. This time both were not good at all. Couldn't finish what we ordered. The hostess i.e. the girl at the front counter, not the one seating...was rude. She's been rude every time I've gone so I'm kind use to it. Other than that I plan to go back. One bad experience is not a big deal at all. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Octopus
    goodfoodlovers
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    very good meal, the Spanish Octopus was fantastic will be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was not our first trip nor will it be our last. The food is always flavorful and beautiful. the bar is a great place to unwind before dinner. Service in the dining room was great. Don't forget to try the table side guacamole-worth trip on its own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretend foodie restaurant
    debb
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food not impressive at our meal. For instance, Guacamole was prepared at the table by a chief but it wasn't very good. This dish is very dependent on the quality of the fruit. It would be a good idea to source tasty A.'s instead of serving bland, tasteless variety I can get at any Safeway. In general, a lot of foodie descriptions, bells and whistles but then the product was not impressive. Enchiladas arrived cold, etc. etc.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mom's 65th Birthday
    Denverlocal
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fantastic dining experience. My mom flew in from Connecticut and my brother and his wife came in from LA and we had a fabulous dinner at Lola. It's Mexican with a coastal flare. Great ambiance, friendly professional staff, exquisite food. If you order chips and guacamole, they'll make fresh guacamole right in front of you and customize it to your spiciness preference, very cool! They're extensive tequila selection and tequila cocktails is what I really enjoyed about Lola. I had read beforehand that Lola was named "Top 5 places to drink tequila in North America" I believe it! Very nice restaurant right in the heart of Denver's trendy and cute lower highlands "LoHi" neighborhood. Very highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent time, except!
    PBKWINEGUYVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We enjoyed our evening at Lola, the service and food quality were very good. Living a few blocks from the restaurant, we often stop in for brunch, dinner or just a margarita. Happy hour all night Mondays is an added bonus. I ordered the salmon off of the regular menu this week, the dish was very well done and quite tasty, though i thought for the price $27 the portion of fish was very small. We will continue to visit Lola, as it is a cool and interesting restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Foodieforever
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The table side guaq was delicious and so fresh. I had the special which was paella. Amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Cute place! The reservation worked out perfectly and the table was ready when we arrived in a cute little corner. Food was yummy, definitely try the house guacomole!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Ilovemargs
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Amazing food and great drinks. Love getting a marg that's NOT overly sugary and sweet
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for quiet conversation.
    Bee1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This LoHi hotspot has a great bar scene and good (not outstanding) food, but was definitely not the place to go with an old friend for a catch-up conversation. Service was very good. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. With lots of other choices in the neighborhood, we probably won't be back for a while.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    alexbwood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was wonderful and we had a great time. Not a bad dish among the bunch. I was pleasantly surprised to see the menu more fish focused than in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love Lola
    Chuy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    service and dishes were amazing. tableside guacomole was the best ive ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always look forward to coing back!
    happilydiningVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I love this place. The food is wonderful and the staff is friendly and attentive. We always get the table-side guacomole; you can't get any more fresh than that and we are addicted. A new appetizer, the grilled octopus, was awesome! We also had the wild mushroom tostada's which were good, but not my favorite of all their dishes; I think it could have used some melted cheese and sour cream to step it up a notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for my group gathering
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I made a reservation for 10, they called to confirm and upped it to 12 a few hours before no problem! The waitress was patient with us while everyone arrived and selected their order and the food was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!!
    MissBlikes2eat
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've been dying to go back to Lola for dinner since I came for a happy hour once and was blown away. I wanted to order the whole fish but was told they were out. That's why I only rated the restaurant 4 stars. The drinks and food were outstanding. I'm hoping to return and they have the whole fish next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - start to finish
    CBdiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Believe the reviews - this is a wonderful restaurant. In addition to the outstanding food the staff is friendly, informative and efficient. The Nose to Tail dinner should not be missed. We ate here 7/18/14 and will definitely return the next time we visit Denver.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Notgoingback
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have been here several times and had a great time but on Sunday it was a terrible experience. It was so hot, we were seated by the kitchen and it was so loud. We watched one of the cooks prep plates with his bare hands. I brought my two friends from out of town and excited to have a fun brunch and the waitress was not attentive, it took 6-7 minutes just to get water and our meal was extremely bland tasting. Only thing positive was the doughnuts for an appetizer. Will think twice before I go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We brought our friends from Chicago for his birthday. We were delighted by the entire experience! We definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good Highlands choice
    rob2325
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Fresh well-prepared seafood. The halibut was excellent. Somewhat lacking in traditional TexMex fare. My dining companion really wanted chicken quesadillas; no idea why. They were on the kids menu. "No problem" for the server, good for him. Great margaritas if you prefer less sweet ones.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still One of the Best!
    Stephen5280VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Lola's team has been doing it well for years now, and even with changes in the kitchen and behind the bar, the place still knocks it out of the park. Service is spot on from the Host stand right on through dessert. This last visit, server Trevor was perfect: attentive without being intrusive. He asked about our likes/dislikes while recommending items off of the new menu. Chef Kevin Grossi has returned to the fold with a bang. His take on octopus is sublime! The revised salsa sampler has "mango with a kick," and the Carne Asada is as tender as can be. And the overall vibe of the place remains fun, friendly, and inviting (no doubt a requirement of team leaders Jamey, Jen, and Patrick).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way overpriced
    denverdinerette
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    While the ambiance was great, the prices were way to high for the quality and quantity of food received. I paid around $30 for a drink, 1/3 of guacamole and a plate of meat samples. I left hungry and a little bitter that I paid that much and did not have a good experience. The margarita I got was way too strong to drink, I couldn't even drink it, which I did not think was possible.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Cuisine!
    Kelly
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I absolutely love the diversity of this menu. There is something for everyone! The tequila selection is also to die for. I really enjoy the ambience of this place. I would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lola continues to deliver
    AspenJetter
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Lola's seems to never disappoint. Had their signature guacamole made perfectly tableside, with a Silver Coin margarita. You choose the exact ingredients in the guac so it is seasoned to your own taste. Dinner consisted of Lobster Enchiladas. The enchiladas could be improved slightly by reducing the rice and increasing the lobster... I'd be willing to pay more. Both of us who dined had the same feedback. Ambiance was great, not too noisy, but energetic. We sat on the patio 7:00-8:30pm while a thunderstorm passed by. It's an energetic, revived part of Denver that's lots of fun. Walk a half-block up the hill for an ice cream afterwards, but be prepared for a long queue. It's worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The Ceviche and Guacamole were good but Mussels only so-so. None of the Entrees were that outstanding. Overall I felt that the quality of the food was not worth the price. Perhaps the cost is for the ambiance but even with a reservation we got stuck in the basement and the service was certainly not commensurate with the price. We might go back for the Tequila bar but not for the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun & Unique
    MMixers
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Definitely a modern twist in Mexican. Atmosphere is vibrant, upbeat and fun. Not a place if you're looking for a quiet evening. Went as a couple, but would have been even better with a large group. Ceviches were dynamite and are a must, they're made to order in front of the dining area. Whole fish was also memorable and was perfectly cooked. Service was mediocre and somewhat absentee, but at least it was efficient and our order was correct. The hospitality piece was lacking a bit though. Overall would definitely recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    Nate
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The meal and service was great. I'm on the Paleo diet and the server helped me pick a friendly dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish house
    JennyColorado
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had been to Lola a lot in the past and had loved it however, we didn't remember it being known as a Mexican fish house. The food was decent however it's a pretty tough menu especially if you are expecting Mexican food like we were. The margaritas are great and we loved that they aren't made with a mix! Fun patio and bar as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can not miss dining
    katemcd1
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This place was amazing. Great service. Amazing food. And a deal. Monday night all happy hour prices. Great find. And Save room for dessert
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite Perfection
    spacemanVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was my third visit to Lola and I'll be back a dozen more times, at least. Hands down, the most consistently awesome restaurant in Denver. Every dish, exceptional. Standouts are too numerous and specials abound. Your best bet is to ask your server to recommend the best dishes of the day. Assistant GM Kristin Eagan is a master of service and warmth, floating around the room like the host of a convivial dinner party. The bartenders bring their A-game and the servers are knowledgable and friendly. This is my favorite restaurant West of the Mississippi.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We sat inside in June for a friends birthday. Note: They do not have fans or air conditioning and as we were sitting right next to the thermostat, it read 86 Degrees F. This made the meal very unpleasant as we were all hot and uncomfortable. The food was terrific as was the staff, I would likely go back in the winter or if they get fans.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice brunch options
    nycgal
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    popular spot..lots of ladies brunching. We made a reservation but still waited..and no one greeted us upon arrival. Donuts were outstanding
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My girlfriend and I dined here for my birthday. There wasn't room on the patio, so we ate in the dining room. The ceviche sampler looked fresh, but didn't have much taste (theme for the night). Same with the table-prepared guacamole. The guy added lots of ingredients, but tasted mostly of mashed avocados. For our entree, we split the lobster enchiladas. The tortillas weren't cooked much. It was almost as if they just wrapped them around the lobster and poured sauce over them. I expected more out of the salsa given that they charge $3 for it. We washed it all down with watery margaritas. The best part of the dinner was the (small) scoop of salted caramel ice cream. We won't be returning with so many better places to choose from.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre food/Great deck
    DULawProfVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I went to LoLa on a Tuesday evening with an out-of-town friend. I would have preferred to eat at Linger, but Linger was full. The interior of LoLa is dark and uninteresting. The service and food were mediocre. Having guacamole made tableside was intrusive more than anything, and the guy who made the guac could not speak loudly enough for us to hear him. Sitting out of the deck on a beautiful night would have made this fun; sitting inside made me feel trapped.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Selection of Items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    What made this place really great were the unique choices you had on your menu for typical Mexican items. For instance, I had enchiladas with lobster in them. I certainly have never seen that before, and they were quite good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    katieM
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've been a Lola's fan for years! We'd be there every weekend if it wasn't so far to drive. Love the food choices and the Fuego Verde cocktail is my favorite! I'm trying to recreate at home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic