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Bar Lola - Boston

3.8
391 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

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*
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(617) 266-1122
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Corner of Dartmouth St. and Comm Ave
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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.7
service
3.8
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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emv22 (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Hosts were rude and did not greet us, waitress was very quick and dismissive and not friendly (it was not busy in the restaurant either). Food (garlic shrimp especially) was subpar for tapas. I expected better and was disappointed. Will be going to other tapas places from now on.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

the seats we had were perfect for talking. sangria was great. it is a good date spot. one of my favs

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Agnis (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2016

I love the music, food, decoration and romantic Spanish ambiance!

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vipag1027 (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

I've only ever eaten on the patio and BarLola, and if you get a table there, you're in for a real treat. You feel far away from the hub bub of Comm. Ave. The food is quite good - a mixture of Spanish and American tapas. I recommend the mushroom ravioli, even though it's not an authentic Spanish dish. The red sangria is also good.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Spent the day in Back Bay with a most lovely woman. Wanted to do something different for dinner, tapas was the idea and a very good one. We shared three tapas plates, all quite tasty and of good size. Attentive service, we ate on the early side so a small crowd, not too much noise. By the time we left, the crowds started to arrive, still a nice scene! Will be back, with a bigger appetite next time!

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TaniaB (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

Nice service, extremely noisy to the point where I couldnt hear my husband

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2016

There was a vibrant bar scene when we came in for our dinner reservations but our waitress seated us in the adjoining room, which had a cozy and romantic feel to it. My boyfriend and I ordered a host of tapas to share including the empanadas, duck and paella which were our three favorites. We would definitely come back on our next visit to Boston

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2016

This is one of the authentic Spanish Tapa restaurants in Boston. Having lived in Spain for 8 years, I can say the food is truly Spanish. All of the tapas are tasty and we'll described on the menu. The only item I had an issue with was the size of the Paella. It would be great if they had it as a non-tapa sized dish. Rather, a full sized paella would be great! However, the dish, while tapa size, was great! Our server was awesome and worked hard to get our orders and drinks to us!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on August 9, 2016

Everything was lovely, and the food was excellent.

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MoVi (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

Hostess was no where to be found for first 5 mins or so. But after that initial bit of slowness, service turned out to be good. Lamb chops were amazing. BarLola's house red sangria went very well with the food.

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vipPaolatina (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

So happy with the food and the service this time. The Flamenco Show was simply amazing. I can't wait to get some friends together to visit this place again.

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vipmalyce1104 (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

Came here after a full day of theater and walking around Boston. We had been here before and we're so excited to try items on the menu that we hadn't tried. We started out with a crostini, which paired well with the tequila drinks. We then had chicken skewers, meatballs, and the dates, which are always a must. Great service - very attentive. Restaurant was quiet for a Saturday, but lots of customers chose to sit outside on the patio - I thought is was too hot and muggy for that. Food was prompt and tasty.

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vipFrankK (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

We are very partial to tapas style dining. Customarily, tapas servings are small, one expects that. However Bar Lola had the largest portions I've ever been served in a tapas restaurant. The Spanish Cava was excellent and well priced. Overall it was a bargain for a Boston restaurant.

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KaraB (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

It was my first time at Bar Lola and was very impressed. The drink menu was creative and delicious, also loved that they added sangria to a lot of their martinis. The tapas food menu was great and there was a lot of variety. The only downfall was that they seemed to close early for a Saturday night. We were told that last call was at 12:30am but they were basically forcing us out of the door before then. With that being said, I will most likely return to Bar Lola due to their food menu and delicious drinks.

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MannyF (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

A wonderful selection of tapas, seafood, meat, vegetarian -- a small-plate lover's paradise, with a nice cocktail list and a good variety of Spanish wines. The room was comfortable and the service friendly and helpful. The sangria was popular although we didn't have it. I was disappointed there was no sherry list. I would, however, return. The calamares rellenos (stuffed squid) was memorable, as was the simple manchego and serrano ham and the albondigas.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Montreal)
2.0  Dined on July 4, 2016

probably the worst tapas I ever had, but great outdoor patio and reasonable prices.

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Samantha9 (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on June 26, 2016

I came here for the second time after having an amazing first time experience here on my last trip to Boston with a friend. This time I wanted to show my husband how amazing this place was. It was perfect as they had Flamenco Sundays and would add to our romantic date. We ordered five plates between the two of us and I really have to say that the food has gone way way down. The arancinis weren't even crunchy. Some of our plates were overcooked and soggy. It wasn't satisfying at all and for the price... well, it just wasn't worth it. We passed on dessert. What a disappointment after years of talking up this place to my husband. Sorry, but I won't be recommending this place anymore to friends visiting Boston.

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vipscrod (New England)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

We went at 6:30 on a Saturday and the inside was empty. It started to fill out as we were finishing up. The food was good, but the waitress was not too friendly and not helpful when we asked about which tapas were popular.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

I didn't like the service, they care forever to take care of you.
Their paella is no even close to real paella. It's basically yellow rice with some seafood. Disappointing!

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Domi (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

Great food and ambiance. I did not know the place has been there for more than 1 5 years.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2016

Bar Lola offers a wide variety of delicious tapas as well as Paella.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

The place was recommended by a friend and unfortunately it was one of the worst in Boston. The food was average, the service was poor and the service staff is not professional, the patio was supposed to stay open until 11:30, the staff start packing and drag tables and chairs around at 10:45, made the "ambiance" very uncomfortable.

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vipmrstibs (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

This was our first time at Bar Lola. We love eating outside. Enjoy tapas because we like to try different things. We ordered five things for two of us which seems about right. Everything was good but I wish it was delivered one or two at a time so that we'd have time to enjoy it while it was still hot (although the shrimp was really hot and stayed hot the entire time). Particularly enjoyed the sangria and the paella.

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vipComptoir (New England)
3.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

You'd think outdoor dining right on Commonwealth Avenue would be ideal but the patio is subterranean and lacks any finishing character. The tables turned over frequently and the place has a real buzz as a result of its location. There were families as well as young professionals. The saving grace was the food. We had a series of small plates all of which were fresh and good tasting. The ingredients aren't original but you'd eat here happily. The low point was the service which was diffident at best. I'd recommend Bar Lola if you want to get a couple of well-made drinks and an appetizer. It isn't really a dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

I enjoyed my visit to Bar Lola but was a quite bothered by the service rendered by the seating hostess on the evening my friends and I were there. I'd made a reservation through Open Table but when I arrived, she placed my friends and I at a tall table by the bar (the dining room was nearly empty). We did not receive service for 15 minutes and were considering leaving. My friend finally stood up and asked the seating hostess why no one had taken our drink orders and she took them.

We later discovered that the bar area is served only by the bar tender. But he'd looked out direction several times and never offered service. After all of this, we asked another service (who was very gracious and attentive) to move us to the main dining room. We received good service there.

When I asked the seating hostess why she had not explained the bar set-up or even seated us there, she walked away and ignored me.

It was not pleasant, especially considering that it was my birthday dinner. I did not appreciate her dismissive air nor her apparent lack of basic training on how to interact with patrons.

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BeerGirl (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

I love to go on Sunday evenings for the Flamenco show. How can you go wrong with Tapas . aThe food is wonderful and the ambience is vibrant, fun and energetic. The initmate setting is fantastic for the show. I will happily return again and again..................ole

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

Very good. Had many different tapas all of them were good. Attentive server and well proportioned drinks. Been here before and will continue to come back

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lakgd (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

Bar Lola is nicely situated on Commmonwealth Avenue in Back Bay. It would be ideal for outdoor dining. Nicely done tapas dishes and some nice cocktails. Bar Lola also features dancing on most nights and live music. Excellent service on a relatively quiet evening. Worth trying for sure.

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MBreview (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

This was my first time here, and I loved it! I went for my birthday celebration in a group of 6. The servers were so courteous and brought out the tapas in waves, fresh, hot, and still sizzling. The food was to die for. They even brought me a delicious brownie sundae and sang to me for my birthday, all unexpected free of charge! I'm definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on April 7, 2016

Tapas were ok. Not great, but not bad.
Sangria was delicious but very weak.
Got very loud later in the night.

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