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Lopez Southwest Kitchen
Lopez Southwest Kitchen
  • Address:
    2196 Lee Road
    Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
    Cleveland Heights
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

Lopez Southwest Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lopezonlee.com
  • Email: craig@lopezonlee.com
  • Phone: (216) 932-9000
  • 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 (216) 932-9000

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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)"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious! Very generous portions too. Great service!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "As usual, the food was excellent, service terrific and portions plentiful."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "First time at Lopez. Remember it from when it was Lopez and Gonzalez many years ago. Always received great reviews, though I was never able to visit. Diverse crowd. Lot of families, though I wouldn't necessarily consider it a family-friendly restaurant (they do have children's menu). Menu had lot of options. Several smaller plates (appetizers, etc) if not interested in big meal. Watch out for the chips and salsa. Quite addicting, and server just kept bringing. Guac trio was fantastic. Will be back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Usually end up at Lopez about 1/month, but have been there for some reason 3 times in the past 4 weeks. Had a great time each visit - ranging from hanging out at the bar with some work colleagues to bringing the family to dinner. Food is usually very good, some choices I think better than the others. I personally like the tacos and the fajitas or order off the specials (the current smoked trout puffy taco is really good). The guac trio is also a favorite. Servers are very nice and attentive. The drinks are really great, I am a classic margarita kind of person - usually get it with the spicy rub and never disappointed. The tequila list looks pretty good, but admit I am no expert. Overall a very good place to go."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Really great tacos. Nice combination of flavors. Only negative, don't think there is much booze in the margaritas. Need to have Rick Bayless come back and show them how to make a great margarita."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "East or west these margaritas are the best. Get a flight of four and try 4 different flavors. Been to the trendy one on the west side and this is 10 times better. Great food, great service, great drinks."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "What a great restaurant! From the hostess greeting us to our waiter being attentive but giving us space to take our time and dine! Love this place. The best margarita in town!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The menu has lots of delicious choices. The food a service were excellent. Will definitely be back when in Cleveland."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love Lopez, but this was not a great experience. No one came to our table for 15 minutes, and then the server just said, "I'll be back in a minute." My husband's chicken was very dry, and not flavorful. The wrong dinner was brought for one of us, and then the wrong dessert was brought."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Good and interesting food but amazing margaritas! Try the pear or cactus! Highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "The waiter was great and the chef even came to our table to discuss the flights of hot sauce that one member of our party ordered. Very nice people, delicious meal."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Excellent once again. We will be returning again for sure. I would go more often if it were a little closer.. I highly recommend the iron chef guacamole and the corn pudding."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I am not sure why I didn't receive points sincr I did check in for myvreservation. Can someone fix this?"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "On weekends, Lopez SW Kitchen is not a place for a quiet dinner. (smile) We visited Saturday night after catching a film at the Cedar Lee and the place was hopping. As usual, the food was excellent, the servers busy, and the restaurant loud. We shared the Lobster Guacamole which was very good. albeit very meager on the lobster. Next time I will just order the traditional Guacamole. We love their salsa so after too many chips, neither of us could finish our dinners. I really enjoyed my Pulled Pork ‘Wet Burrito Style’ Enchilada and my companion enjoyed her seasonal vegetable fajitas. All and all we enjoyed the energy of the place and the food and we will return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Everything from the chips and salsa and margaritas to the entrees and desserts were delicious! Large portions were enough for a 2nd meal the next day. Awesome service too!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This has become our New Year's Eve tradition. I think it gets better every year."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Well, the Margaritas are definitely the best in town, I always want another one. They go down so easily. Really interesting menu with loads to choose from. Great selection of Tequilas. Loved our meals - Shrimp Fajita and really different Burrito with Spinach and Blue Cheese. Service is friendly and competent. You can't go wrong - they know what they are doing."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The meal was excellent and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend Lopez if you enjoy innovative Southwestern cuisine."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I've never had a bad meal at Lopez, going back to when they were Lopez y Gonzales; tonight was no different. The brisket taco was to die for. Service was excellent. And thanks for being open on Christmas Eve."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Everything was great from the start. Quick seating, prompt server, and great food. Drinks were good and the server up sold us the tequila of the month, and it was the best margarita ever!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Wish there was a 4 and a half rating available. In short a very peasant experience in all respects: pleasant, efficient service; nice selection of food that were all (4) tasty; a great margarita; and an ambiance that makes you want to stay a little longer."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Lopez has an upsacle Mexican flair. Definetly not your normal Mexican dishes. The burrito I ordered was stuffed full of rich blue cheese, slinach and skirt steak. My companion selected an egg burrito which was eaqually brimming with good food. Although it wasn't what I expected, we did enjoy."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Our margaritas were so good, but my food was not. I had a chicken burito and the chicken was so tough it was crunchy. The atmosphere was nice."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "As always, Lopez delivers with unique , flavorful Mexican cuisine. We are from southeast Texas and had a difficult time finding good Mexican food when we moved to Cleveland. Then we found Lopez. This is not your traditional Tex-Mex by any means, however the chef has the seasoning and flavors down perfect. Inventive, quality ingredients, choices for vegetarians, and the bartender makes a main margarita! You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "First, we had 2 glasses of wine, 1 sangria, 2 meals and one side. It was $80, which we thought was high for Mexican food My side of corn pudding was dry, my tacos were just ok. Nothing great. Then the server gave my husband the wrong take home leftover box"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I have never had a bad meal at Lopez. Interesting flavors and the food is always cooked perfectly. It was nice to have the trout with spinach as a relatively light meal, since it's sometimes hard to eat here when you're watching calories."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Lopez has been around for 20+ yrs and still going strong with good food & margaritas. Sad that they changed the set-up of happy hr for margaritas, but I've been fortunate that I've liked all the top shelf tequilas! Looking forward to visiting again especially when the patio is open"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Lopez has an energetic atmosphere with an interesting, eclectic crowd of all ages. Come as you are or dress up. You wont feel out of place. Their unique selection food is sure to please a wide variety of tastes; from the great guacamole to the awesome tacos and enchiladas. If you like Mexican there is sure to be something you like. The drink selection can start the evening or finish it equally as well. Last but not least there is a nice selection for someone who wants to finish their meal with something sweet. This is not the place to go if you want a quiet meal with a small group of friends, but if you want out of the ordinary Mexican cuisine, Go to Lopez"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food is consistsly good and friendly service! The lobster enchilada are fabulous. My husband had steak fahitas and stated they were a good portion and well prepared."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food is fabulous and service is wonderful. Kind of loud, but nice to see a neighborhood restaurant that is so popular."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I've loved Lopez since the first time we went there about 7 years ago. The atmosphere is great, the food is always dependable and the drinks go down almost a little too easy :). Their blood orange margarita is so good and their guac's are really tasty. I highly reco this restaurant if you want a fun, lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Food was excellent as always. Service also was great! Had a Lopez coffee and thanks to the bartender because it was excellent!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Always have leftovers to take home, but not this time! Food so good we ate it all and enjoyed every morsel. First time at Lopez and can't wait to get back there and try more items."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Consistently great food. Always appreciate more vegan options. Bartender Mark makes the best margaritas in town!!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Impressive new menu. One doesn't think of a Mexican restaurant as a place for people eating light to go but Lopez was great a lot of fish, vegetarian and traditional dishes that one could enjoy without breaking your diet."
    Dined on 10/18/2013