Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant

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7142 reviews
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Celebrity Chef Michael Symon, along with Executive Jacob Micale, lead the culinary team at Lola. Michael's talents in the kitchen eventually led to several Food Network shows including the popular Iron Chef America. Symon is a two time nominee for "Best Chef Great Lakes", by the James Beard Foundation, winning that honor in 2009. Symon has also been recognized in Food & Wine Magazine's feature "Ten Best Chefs in America."
In the heart of Cleveland's E. 4th St. neighborhood, this "local jewel" features stunning decor and sustainable American cuisine. Highlights include, beef cheek pierogies, impeccably prepared meats and seafood, inventive desserts and an extensive wine list featuring over 400 selections.
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MK
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with top notch waitstaff. Would totally recommend and go there again.

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LM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gathering of friends

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian was amazing as always. I’d give him six stars if I could. The food was above expectations and the overall experience was outstanding.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A bit overrated for what you receive .

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BD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food heavy and a bit sugary...who needs

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am very pleased with my dining experience at Lola. Joe was an amazing waiter. He truly made my day. Food was so good with delicious flavors I haven’t had elsewhere. Highly recommend!

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K
Cleveland
37 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I truly enjoyed our dinner at Lola's. We both try to stay away from meat so sometimes that can be a challenge, but at Lola's it was no problem. I enjoyed the butternut squash soup without the added duck for starters and then the Sea Scallops with white beans without the Italian sausage.
My husband had the "Fish & Chips " appetizer which was a really unique dish using Ahi Tuna and a delicious olive topping. Then for dinner he had the striped sea bass. Everything was beyond delicious and we were so glad that we made a trip downtown that evening! Our server was truly knowledgeable and gave great suggestions. We will definitely be back!

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SR
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Lola! Always creative and delicious. Spot on!

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D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steal was booked perfectly and the desert is worth the calories yum!!

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SK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect. Best fine dining in NEO. Service always goes above and beyond.

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Amazing service

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service both at the door and table. Staff was very helpful and friendly. The food and drinks were excellent!! It's pricier but definitely worth it. So good!

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BP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They recovered service on a potentially undercooked dish wonderfully and without question. They also prepared an off menu item for a friend with many diet restrictions who was fully prepared to just hang out and drink. They insisted they would be happy to make up something she coukd have. The dish they made her blew her away. So impressed.

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dairy Free Options.
Skirt Steak was INCREDIBLE!
Excellent Service

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first cocktails set a high mark (the Pomelo sour? was delicious!) -so it's no wonder the second ones
(Lola cocktail) were a disappointment. The soup (squash over a crab cake with apple slaw) was terrific! The steak was ok. Rarely spend $200 for dinner for two.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was really amazing. Waiter was super nice! Didn’t see Michael, maybe next time😂

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SD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Cleveland just for one night respectively one dinner. The Zola didn’t disappoint us at all but the opposite. Nice and cozy atmosphere. Not a huge menu, but just the right verity of meals -meat, fish or pasta. Very tasty food and last but not least the service. Thank you Gina and all the staff for making our experience extremely pleasant. From splitting the meals in two in the kitchen to giving a good advices about desserts. Thank you! If in Cleveland will definitely visit again!

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CP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

2 hours of pure heaven at the Chef's table... not sure if it was the food or my dinner date, but the coup de gras was the figgy pudding which gave new meaning to the 2nd verse of "We wish you a Merry Christmas."

// figgy pudding + s'mores (photos with Pixel XL 'night-sight" mode, not flash)

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great ambiance, flavorful food! We ordered appetizers and dinners and they were awesome. Service was impeccable!

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. We got the Hanger Steak and the Sea Scallops and both were delicious. The steak was cooked to perfection - exactly how we asked for it - medium rare. The service was very good, everyone from the host to the waiters were very attentive. Recommend this place if you are visiting from out of town, or if you are a Clevelander and haven't tried it.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for New Years Eve and they had a special menu with champagne to accompany.
Service was awesome, the food was out of this world and the overall experience for NYE was outstanding. We will definitely go back!

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner for two. Outstanding as always. Bone marrow was decadent. Pork chop cooked to perfection. Never disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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KK
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable dinner. I had the pork chops and highly recommend them. The beet appetizer and side of carrots were also amazing. The wife really enjoyed her fish and side of brussels sprouts. We topped a amazing dinner off with the chocolate cake. The menu was pricy but fair for the quality and portion of food.

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T
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was incredible! Started off with The Rusty Belt , smooth, smoky and delicious finish . Striped bass was complex and flavor yet light and delicate . Dessert was the star for me though . Figgy pudding was on point with many tasty components .

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CR
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Crowded restaurant with great food - superb preparation.

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LG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to Lola's! The food and service is amazing. Also, they really go above and beyond to make special occasions even more special!

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s
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lola's is the Bomb! The menu is diverse, it is the place to be!

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BS
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything, and I mean everything, was excellent!

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t
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

out standing experience, will most definitely be back!

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Was very disappointed. This restaurant came highly recommended and we were very excited to try it as we were spending a romantic weekend away. We ordered the scallops and the hangar steak. The scallops needed a different sauce and a better sear but the hangar steak was really the issue. It tasted like a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Whatever pickle sauce they put on it made it taste exactly like a $1 burger. Given the price, we were expecting a much higher end experience and were very disappointed. For having such a small menu, I would think that one of their only steak items shouldn’t be a replica of a cheeseburger.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The Lamb was absolutely terrible and I couldn't finish it, it made me sick to my stomach. We mad reservations and still waited over 30mins to be seated. For the price and type of restaurant I figured they be more organized. Should have went somewhere else for our anniversary dinner. Very disappointed, and I am typically easily impressed.

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JG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Lola for my wife’s birthday. It exceeded our expectations in every way. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and the wine when we asked several questions. They surprised my wife with a birthday cupcake with “Happy Birthday” written on the plate. It brought her to tears how thoughtful it was. Everyone, including the hardest working busser we have ever seen, was so nice.

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PS
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG. If you like great food and wonderful dining experiences, just go to Lola’s.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, the service excellent! Great place for a date night, anniversary or special occasion. This is one of my new favorites.

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AE
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service!! The charcuterie plate -with little finger sandwiches and homemade brats & terrines were outstanding. The smoked duck was tender and juicy. The sweet potato gnocchi were fluffy pillows of deliciousness. Best of all was the steak!! Amazing!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Started with the charcuterie and the beef cheek pierogi. Both were outstanding. Scallops we perfectly cooked. Hanger steak was sublime. The lamb shank had the perfect undercurrent of heat, and the pork chop was delectable.

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Somewhat disappointed...while our entrees were very good, the Lola fries were so salty, we could barely eat them. The wine we selected was subpar. The service was very good, however. Just expected more...probably won’t go back. There are much better restaurants at the same price point.

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