Lopez Southwest Kitchen
Lopez Southwest Kitchen

Lopez Southwest Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lopezonlee.com/
  • Phone: 2169329000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Michael Herschman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Seve 2169329000

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Lopez Southwest Kitchen
Lopez is the preeminent Southwest/Mexican Restaurant in Ohio. Originating chef, Rick Bayless inspired the menu, and the tradition of bold & exciting regional Mexican & Southwest flavors continues to dominate the nightly menu, as the kitchen is led by Chef Michael Herschman. An incredible line of 100% agave tequilas, signature margaritas, spicy & vibrant creative tacos, fajitas, fresh fish & uncompromising vegetarian fare flows out of the all scratch kitchen. Surely, Lopez Southwest is a tremendous Cleveland imitation of a Chicago interpretation of a Santa Fe presentation! Please call us whenever you wish to discuss details for any reservation, or for parties greater than 6. The Lopez Patio is like no other and the destination for wonderful al fresco dining in Cleveland
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Lopez Southwest Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)great for outdoor dining (42)fit for foodies (40)hot spot (25)good for groups (24)vibrant bar scene (19)special occasion (11)romantic (7)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Redfan12
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    first time visitor - really impressed. Food was far better than average - in fact it was excellent! Great magaritas- lots of choice and price ranges. Competes with Momocho in Tremont but Lopez has MUCH nicer a more tasteful dining room and bar and the staff is not suffering rom attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Spot
    Brian
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Lopez is one of my favorite restaurants in Cleveland. Great food, great specials, great margaritas, and incredibly consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    katieh
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We always have great service and great food. Love the grits and tacos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • redheadVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love this restaurant! Great food, service and always enjoyable. The staff is fabulous. Can't say enough good things. If you have not been there...do so. You will not be sorry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poutine?
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had not expected a poutine appetiizer special, but the sauce was special. If you're expecting Tex-Mex or even authentic Mexican, you moght be disappointed. The menu is inventive; brisket or sashimi grade tuna tacos, great quesadillas and the flan - oh the flan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favs
    toomucheating
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Quality of food is excellent, pleasant atmosphere, great happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grateful4food
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We went to Lopez to celebrate our daughters 16th birthday because if her love for southwestern and Mexican food. It was a great choice! Our waitress and the manager did a fantastic job of honoring this special occasion! The food was delicious, service was fantastic and the personal touch was much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lopez
    KateVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great service and food was cooled perfectly. Great neighborhood spot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had not been to Lopez for quite awhile and found ourselves joining another couple for dinner. Everything was great. We were seated promptly and were served our beverages and chips right away. The menu had changed since our last visit and there were some very good things on it. Two of us ordered from the nightly specials and both were excellent. The other two meals were equally as good. The restaurant was very busy and the noise level, while loud, was manageable. Everything was great. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome again and again...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    this is was my third time here and each time its great the food the service the drinks all very good, love the chips and salsa, and the chip's and guacamole , perfect each time, although a little pricey for the amount you receive all the rest of the portions are a very good size your not leaving hungry that's for sure. They have one of the best selections of tequila of any restaurant I've been to north of mexico and Cleveland for sure. They also make great margaritas, We will be going back again for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed- :-(
    endofanera
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    * We have been coming to Lopez for 12 years. Visit at least monthly * Went this past Saturday hostess & valet were rude as heck * Wait staff was OK. * Food was good-- Not great * Disappointed because it was wife's birthday. * Will attempt to persuade wife to try other Mexican places in Cle that have opened over last 2 years that we avoid to be loyal to LOPEZ.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food especially the fish tacos! Our server was exceptional. She gave a great explanation about the margaritas and all the types of tequila as we were not experts. The patio was perfect for dinner before going to Cain Park. Will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best taco ever
    jzsimmons
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We grabbed dinner here before a concert at Cain Park and really enjoyed our visit. It was beautiful outside, so we sat next to the patio but inside with a great breeze. Very nice atmosphere. The 1/2 priced blood orange margarita was tasty, but a little weak. Decent beer selection with a large margarita menu. The menu is expensive for Mexican, but the party if 4 I was with all loved their meals. I had the best taco ever, lobster with guacamole. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Mjgswg
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Lopez has the BEST margaritas in town!!!! :). The staff is friendly and helpful---and the food is phenomenal!!! Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great mexican food for years!!
    JonesyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Lopez has been providing outstanding Mexican food for decades and they just keep on rolling. Tons of options and all are really good. Plus they keep changing up the menu with great new dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster Tacos
    hedgestdi
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    So I will admit, my return trip to Lopez was with the intent of getting Lobster Tacos. They are delicious. Lopez serves other Mexican food. I however prefer the taco list. Good restaurant, with good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner but not consistent
    JJD2001VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I used to not care for this restaurant due to the over priced drinks and over priced food. The food has gotten better and I think it is worth the money. The drinks.... not so much. Our last visit was this past weekend and there were some highs and lows. The calamari was pleasantly awesome (and I will definitely order it again in the future). We ordered two burritos - one with skirt steak and blue cheese and the other was the pork special. The steak one was a lot better the last time we ordered it a few months back so that left us disappointed. However, the other was excellent and will keep us coming back. I wish that the food and service would be consistently good every time so I can stop doubting whether or not to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • experience
    lopez
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was good but the service was average.This is my second time coming in and I had to wait a long time for our server to greet us, then even longer to get our drinks. It was not many people in the restaurant the first time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Foodie" Tacos are the BEST
    Docjavadude
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Lopez has become one of our favorite spots in the Cedar-Lee area. This occasion was for dinner before a concert at nearby Cain Park. Blood Orange Margarita with spicy rim was a standout among the four we tried. Best tacos of the night: Barbacoa (OMG it is so AMAZINGLY good!), Lobster, and Mole-crusted seared tuna. The jalapeno cheese grits simply cannot be missed. My only gripe is the minimum order of tacos (2) -- it would be great to be able to order one taco (they are massively stuffed) with multiple sides. It is a LOT of food to have 2 tacos, grits, and guacamole sampler. But it is all SO GOOD it's worth the indulgent belly-stuffing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bfromcran
    bfromcran
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Been going there for years, however since Michael Hershman to over as Executive Chef it's become even better. This is not your typical Mexican restaurant. It's far exceeds any Mexican restaurant around.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great local Tex/Mex
    JayMink
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    From the tequila options to signature food options, Lopez did not disappoint. Been quite awhile since visiting this locally owned watering hole and enjoyed two different enchiladas: eggplant and the amazing lobster. Highly recommend you pair this eatery along with a movie at the Cedar Lee Theatre.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOOOOVE LOPEZ!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We LOVED our dinner (as usual)! Our steak fajitas were cooked to perfection. Our server Kristi was the best!! Great night...will be back soon. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lopez
    MrWonderfulVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    An excellent restaurant with diverse selections. Sitting outside was glorious
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 493 reviews are from the Lopez Southwest Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Sunflower
    Sunflower
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This place is one of my favorites. It is consistently excellent in all aspects.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    RobbVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food is always excellent and the service outstanding. Hugh, the manager, runs an exemplary establishment. This place has its regulars, in addition to the occasional visitor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Madcow
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We ate outside on a Monday summer night and it was lovely. I always appreciate the wait staff at Lopez and wasn't disappointed. The waiter was very helpful and non-intrusive. The food was great. I do wish that there were more vegetarian options on the menu, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad to have found my way back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I had been to Lopez many, many years ago and was so happy to find my way back again with my husband. We had a wonderful table on the patio and were greeted with enthusiasm and kindness by the valet and the General Manager. The food was fantastic (beware of the hot sauce on the table!) and we loved our server, although we were disappointed that he went M.I.A. when it came time to clear the table and pay. There were also plenty of gluten-free options on the menu. My only constructive criticisms would be the excessively salty tortilla chips and the disappearing act from our server. We will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always good
    mycuzinviny
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    designer Mexican. very tasty and consistent. Lobster tacos are always great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was very good. The jalapeño polenta was excellent as was the lobster ravioli. The service was ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lopez is a winner!
    Caliente
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great experience at Lopez; nice atmosphere, good service and fantastic food. The veggie fajitas were served with more than the usual onion/pepper mix. Would go again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jsjuliaVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is one of my favorite restauarants in Cleveland, I have never had a bad meal! You must order their guacamole and shrimp and grits. Their margaritas and mojitos aren't too bad either!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, expensive drinks
    JJD2001VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We hadn't been to Lopez in a couple years so we thought we'd give it another try and bring some out-of-town guests. Our table was not ready until 15 minutes after our reservation time which started the night off on a bad note. However, the fresh salsa and chips were excellent. Our burritos/tacos were phenomenal (duck confit burrito, skirt steak burrity and lamb puffy taco were so good that I would go back next week just to get those again). However, the service was a bit slow and our server seemed to be a tad forgetful. I think the margaritas are over priced especially for now strong (or not strong) they are. I will definitely go back but will try to go when there is some sort of happy hour. Keep up the good work on the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining at Lopez
    Maryt
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We recently dined at Lopez and the experience was just as we expected: excellent! We've been there before and so this time we took some friends who couldn't say enough about it! Everything from the vibrant decor to our very friendly waitress...and the restaurant mananger, who checked on our table, were as we expected: excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good spot!
    Lokes10
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Every time we go to Lopez, we always have a great time, eat a great meal and have excellent service. I highly reco the lobster tacos and their guac is incredible.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lopez Does Not Disappoint
    DrJenny
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Every time I visit Cleveland Hts, I request to go to Lopez. Their by the glass wine list is good, the salsa is really fresh, the atmosphere is fun, and I just tried the eggplant enchiladas and thought they were to die for. I'm sorry I only get to come once a year.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • home run
    Foodrx
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Took my out of town family to enjoy a meal. Good service great food and drinks. Sat outdoors on the beautiful patio. Everyone was very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is usually more energetic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    It is usually more energetic, but we arrived early because we were seeing a show. The food was very good, but I miss some of the old entree items ( mezcal chicken)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine for pre or post movie
    MoofVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Have been frequenting Lopez for years. The quality of the food is not as good as in the past. Skimpy on sauces and dressings and the Charred Caesar was covered in shredded cheese but the flavor was uninteresting. Guacamole had an old avocado look and taste. The chicken enchilada was dry and uninviting to eat. Margaritas were good. Steak fajitas fine. The service was excellent, and the staff are very friendly! We would go back, but only to pair it with a movie across the street; but we will be very careful what we order. Will stick with the fajitas.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice change of pace
    HarleyraddocVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have always enjoyed dining at Lopez. We have had experiences that ranged from good to fantastic, depending on a mix of food, crowd, and service. This night, very crowded, slow service, but good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cleveland's finest SouthWest dining
    ShakaVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    There are other restaurants in the area, some new, some old. But all of them pale in comparison to the consistent dining experience we get from Lopez. We typically dine here a half dozen times a year, and love to try the various new/special items offered by the chef. As always, I suggest the puffy taco special, it never fails to amaze. The BMF burritos are always a good bet, as is the taco bar. Beyond that, what more can I say that I haven't already said in prior reviews for Lopez? Best SW/mex style dining in Cleveland. I could name off a few close competitors, but Lopez remains our #1 ... go check it out ASAP!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.