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About Bar Lola - Boston

It is the philosophy of BarLola, where one can simultaneously drink, enjoy Spanish music, mingle, and eat ones way round a wonderful gastronomic spectrum. It is our goal to make sure that we only serve authentic dishes that are as close to the original presentation and taste as those you would find in different regions of Spain. We have a fantastic selection of wines, cavas, beers, and other signature cocktails to accompany your meal. We make every effort to ensure that the majority of our key ingredients are imported from Spain. Our kitchen team members come from Spain, descendants of Spain or of Latin ancestry to ensure authenticity and standards. ***NOTE: Every Sunday evening we have live Flamenco shows Sunday Night at 8pm. Please note that there is a $20 minimum per person (toward food and drink) for the show. It will be assumed that all reservations made 7pm and 8pm are for the show. If you will not be joining us for the show, please let us know*

160 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Corner of Dartmouth St. and Comm Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 266-1122

Website:
http://www.barlola.com/

Bar Lola - Boston Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.8

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3.7

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3.8

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3.9

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2014

Excellent atmosphere and delicious food. Service was wonderful - very attentive and helpful with menu. Too many choices but we managed to have 3 plates. Will be back, if only to have an entirely different meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2014

Taking advantage of one of Boston's last Summery Nights we decide to find some fun outside dinning. The spot is very cool and food and service are top notch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2014

Food is good though some items are not as fresh as others. The flamenco is fun and energetic - a great show!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2014

We were very pleased to find great diversity on the menu - classics mixed with less common/more innovative dishes. And the food taste and quality were outstanding. Price was upper-moderate, not crazy but not a great deal either. The service was somewhere between relaxed and slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2014

Bar Lola has a variety of tapas. The outdoor seating is great for a warm night. Sunday night is Flamenco night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2014

Great place that locals know about no or not too many tourist. Food is excellent and great value for price in the back bay. Highly recommend! Neat cool atmosphere great outdoor patio for nice weather too.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2014

The food and service there is always great and the outdoor seating is nice. Would recommend to anyone, particularly as a date spot.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2014

I've never waited 40 minutes for a bill after my table was cleared... until I came here. Our waitress was SO unpersonable and frankly rude. No eye contact, rushed us to order, and began walking away as we finished up ordering hardly getting it all let alone asking if that was all we would like. Food was mediocre at best and sugary sangria light on the alcohol content was $28 for a tiny pitcher. I was so embarrassed to have surprised my date with this restaurant as we both wanted nothing more than to leave, and get great food and service elsewhere, which is exactly what we did.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2014

We finally tried this place after walking by it several times. We were able to sit outside on a perfect summer night, and the restaurant did not disappoint! The food was excellent, and our waitress made some great suggestions. The drink menu has some great options as well!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2014

Update your online menu!!!! I went based upon items on the online menu - big disappointment. The place was dead - only a few parties total 6 people in the dining room - but you heard every conversation in detail. With other tapas places - especially Tapeo - I wouldn't go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2014

Disinterested wait staff. Americanized tapas. Poorly executed food prep. Does not hold up as a metropolitan tapas restaurant. Would not return.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 15, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful Spanish wine and tapas during our visit -- the 8pm Flamenco performance was outstanding. The room is small, but the noise level was moderate and we loved the guitarist.

Not sure what the negative reviewers experienced in terms of service -- we were greeted warmly and our server (Selso) was attentive and friendly.

This is a must-do for Sunday Night entertainment. I am so happy we found this gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2014

Every Sunday evening Bar Lola has Flamenco performances at 6 and 8 pm that I highly recommend. Intimate space, inexpensive Spanish wines by the glass, and delicious tapas of all kinds. I felt as if I had spent the evening in southern Spain! Nice outdoor patio below street level is an added plus.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2014

The flamenco student show was fabulous! Food was very good - wide variety of tapas. Service was not good - long waits to have our order taken and receive food.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2014

food wasnt not spanish authentic food and not even good at all. Service is poor. Too few servers for the amount of people at the restaurant. Will not come back again. Not worth a second visit.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2014

Food was excellent! Great date spot! The crab cakes and spinach and artichoke dip were amazing! Also had the banana and chocolate bread pudding dessert!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2014

Lovely meal. Great service. Superb drinks. Loved the small Paella as an option for a tapas. Will definitelt want to come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Vibrant atmosphere with great drinks and very good food! Good place to just hang out around the bar and nosh on some good eats.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2014

This was our 4th or 5th visit to Bar Lola, and we visited on a relatively quiet Saturday because the restaurant only appeared to be about 2/3 full. Service was good, but not great. Considering that the restaurant was not full, and considering that we had experienced better on previous visits, the fact that we had to ask for something rather than being asked if needed something was unusual.
Food was mostly very good. We ordered tortilla española off of the Tapas Frías selection and it was served warm. Not a huge deal, but not what was expected. gambas al ajillo was good, but tasted overly salty to us. Again, we've dined here before and had better.
Red sangria was as good as always, and a pitcher of the stuff goes down quickly and enjoyably.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2014

We were a large group of 8. All the dishes we ordered were delicious and served at the perfect temperature. Our waiter was helpful in navigating the menu, making suggestions which were great. Will be back for another dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2014

We went to Bar Lola to check out the Sunday night flamenco guitar and dancing as we are both flamenco fans and I have studied flamenco guitar. The music and dancing were very good. We went for the music, not the food but it turned out the food was truly excellent - we would come back for the food alone. We are in Boston another month and plan to go back at least one more Sunday before we leave. We don't get many opportunities to enjoy flamenco here in the US so this is a great find.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined on April 5, 2014

Good food. Friendly waitstaff. Very enjoyable. Seemed like the bar was going to be very loud but we were seated in the dining area and it was perfect. So something for everybody.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2014

Wonderful Sunday night flamenco in an intimate setting. A great find in Boston!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2014

Great ambiance, great food. Would recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 16, 2014

Spanish guitar was more appreciated, as the space is very small.
Food was good, just not
noteworthy.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 15, 2014

The food was fine--not bad but not great. The space is very cute and fun. I would go back for a drink and something small at the bar.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 15, 2014

BarLola has a great vibe that backs up the look with some great tasting food. The menu is lengthy and will make it tough on even the picky diners to narrow their choices. Don't worry, the small plates have enough food for sharing. Not to be missed in Back Bay.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2014

Nice little tapas bar, good selection and prices

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 21, 2014

Everything was great about this restaurant. My only complaint is our waitress had an attitude like she wanted to be somewhere else and wasn't very attentive. However I would definitely come back as the food, drinks and ambience are wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 20, 2014

Great Tapas, not a bad dish so far. Sangria was great. The bar seems to be a good scene after dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2014

While there were no standout aspects to this restaurant (other than the outdoor seating, which we could not avail ourselves of in January), there was also nothing to complain about. The food was good, the prices reasonable, the server friendly, and the ambiance pleasant. There were 5 of us and no one was disappointed with their meal. And the final bill was extremely reasonable. I would give this BarLola 5 stars for value. I will go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2014

It was cold, and I was looking for a relaxed place, informal, with good food and lots of selections. Bull's eye!

No complaints ... will head back in the spring!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2014

On Sunday nights they have a live flamenco band with dancers. They were awesome and very entertaining. I tried several small plates and every single one tasted delicious. I really enjoyed the fried scallops, the duck dish, and the crepe desert!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2013

Tapas = Small, right? Not here, still small, but listen to the waitstaff when they advise you on the amount of plates you order, they are larger here than typical tapas. Sangria was good, not the best I've ever had, but right on par with the expectation. If you are looking for quiet place and quick food turn-around, go there before 8pm. If you want busy, vibrant and slower service, go after 8pm.
Our waitress was great. Food was great. Time was great. Price was appropriate (though the pitcher of sangria was not worth the $$ it costs, but again, how can you have a date at a tapas place without sangria?

Overall, I would go back and recommend others go there as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2013

They could use sound absorbers. The walls are painted brick, ceilings copper tile and the floor tiled so it becomes very loud very quickly. Add music and a few drinks and it echoes. Food is good. Service unattentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2013

We took my friend out for her birthday at Bar Lola and we all had a great time! The tapas were delicious and the wait staff was very accommodating. They even brought us a dessert with a candle in it and turned all the lights off for her to blow it out! It was also fairly reasonable. We ordered 14 tapas, a dessert, and 4 pitchers of sangria for the group and it came out to only $40 a person, tip included (there were 7 of us). The only minor complaint I have is the sangria we ordered (white sangria) wasn't very strong, but it still tasted great! I would definitely recommend this spot for a fun night out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2013

The flamenco show was incredible and very intimate. The ambience was amazing. I am allergic to gluten and the server was very helpful in assuring that I had plenty of options to choose from. The food was great and not your typical tapas. I highly recommend this restaurant. It was also my birthday, and the restaurant made it a wonderful experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2013

This restaurant was very disappointing. From the poor service to even worse food, we will not be back. Apparently things have changed and not for the best.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2013

If you like a variety of tapas and have at least 3 people, this place is a great option. First time there, but we ordered about 8 different things, all under $10. Tortilla wasnt the best I've had, and I love them, so I was a little disappointed. After that, it was great. Loved the lamb chops and the rabitt.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2013

I found Bar Lola when looking for a tapas restaraunt for a friend and I to go to. Bar Lola was perfect! We had some delicious Martinis followed by fantastic food. The blueberry cheese ravioli were a yummy surprise. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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