Lopez Southwest Kitchen
2196 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118Neighborhood:
Mexican / SouthwesternPrice: $30 and under
Lopez Southwest Kitchen
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.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 2169329000
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 ClevelandContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
- Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
- Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
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Lopez Southwest Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (41)great for outdoor dining (34)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (22)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (16)special occasion (8)kid-friendly (4)romantic (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Movin UpstubabeVIPDined on 11/25/2014We have been going to Lopez since before they dropped the Gonzales. It has morphed from a good Mexican place to a mediocre one. It is now a fine restaurant with a very creative menu. Try the lobster tacos or the seared tuna tacos OR one of the bmf tacos- any one! good job LopezSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great neighborhood placeOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/25/2014Just moved to the area and tried Lopez for the first time. The area has limited parking, but they offer $3 valet service. We were seated immediately & service was prompt. Everything from the very fresh salsa to our appetizer to dinner was tasty and served at the right temperatures. I will say that many of the dishes we tried had moderate heat, but if you're super-sensitive to spice then you should ask when ordering. Kids had quesadillas and adults ordered the garlic & spinach stuffed trout and the jardin quesadilla. The goat cheese fundido appetizer was excellent but a little spicy for our youngest (age 7). The restaurant filled up and eventually got pretty loud. A little pricey, but we will look forward to returning.Special Features:
- Redfan12Dined on 10/18/2014first 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:
- Awesome SpotBrianDined on 10/17/2014Lopez is one of my favorite restaurants in Cleveland. Great food, great specials, great margaritas, and incredibly consistent.Special Features:
- Always greatkatiehDined on 10/14/2014We always have great service and great food. Love the grits and tacos!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- redheadVIPDined on 10/11/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Poutine?RobertVIPDined on 10/10/2014Had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of my favstoomucheatingDined on 10/7/2014Quality of food is excellent, pleasant atmosphere, great happy hour.Special Features:
- Grateful4foodDined on 9/18/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LopezKateVIPDined on 9/13/2014Great service and food was cooled perfectly. Great neighborhood spot!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExcellentJeffVIPDined on 9/13/2014My 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- awesome again and again...OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 9/13/2014this 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:
- Disappointed- :-(endofaneraDined 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.
- Buttered Lobster TacosStephanieCLEDined on 8/19/2014I could live off of Lopez's food for the rest of my life and I'd never get tired of it.Special Features:
- Dinner outsideOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/9/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best taco everjzsimmonsDined on 8/7/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great!MjgswgDined on 8/2/2014Lopez has the BEST margaritas in town!!!! :). The staff is friendly and helpful---and the food is phenomenal!!! Love it!Special Features:
- great mexican food for years!!JonesyVIPDined on 8/2/2014Lopez 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:
- Lobster TacoshedgestdiDined on 8/1/2014So 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good dinner but not consistentJJD2001VIPDined on 8/1/2014I 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:
- The following 499 reviews are from the Lopez Southwest Kitchen reviews archive.
- experiencelopezDined on 7/18/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- "Foodie" Tacos are the BESTDocjavadudeDined on 7/18/2014Lopez 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:
- bfromcranbfromcranDined on 7/15/2014Been 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great local Tex/MexJayMinkDined on 7/12/2014From 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LOOOOVE LOPEZ!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 7/11/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LopezMrWonderfulVIPDined on 7/10/2014An excellent restaurant with diverse selections. Sitting outside was gloriousSpecial Features:
- SunflowerSunflowerDined on 6/21/2014This place is one of my favorites. It is consistently excellent in all aspects.Special Features:
- Consistently excellentRobbVIPDined on 6/21/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely eveningMadcowDined on 6/16/2014We 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:
- Glad to have found my way backOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/7/2014I 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:
- always goodmycuzinvinyDined on 6/7/2014designer Mexican. very tasty and consistent. Lobster tacos are always great.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/7/2014The food was very good. The jalapeño polenta was excellent as was the lobster ravioli. The service was ok.Special Features:
- Lopez is a winner!CalienteDined on 5/24/2014Great 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:
- jsjuliaVIPDined on 5/23/2014This 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:
- Great food, expensive drinksJJD2001VIPDined on 5/17/2014We 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:
- Dining at LopezMarytDined on 5/10/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a good spot!Lokes10Dined on 5/3/2014Every 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lopez Does Not DisappointDrJennyDined on 4/19/2014Every 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:
- home runFoodrxDined on 4/12/2014Took 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It is usually more energetic,OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 3/26/2014It 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:I would recommend this to a friend.