Permanently Closed - Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant

4.7
7974 Reviews
$50 and over
American

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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weideworld
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Head waiter/captain service was ok. Table service was quite good. Time from order to meal served very long. No reason for such a long time. Food was as expected - quite good. When leaving, no one at desk nor did anyone ask how meal was and if service was good. The waiter did ask and was very conscientious. Dinner was to celebrate 40th wedding anniversary. Waiter did great job presenting anniversary desert plate. Overall, other staff could use a little more professional training.

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vipRick
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Impeccable service! A Cleveland treasure!

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nslauterbeck
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and environment, great service. 5/5 restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gotta love Lola. Even during these crazy times, they can pull off a top notch experience.

Don’t be afraid of the Whole Trout. It’s great.

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vipluv2dine3
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We have been to Lola many.. many times starting at the original Tremont location.

I was surprised at the quality of our food. It was lackluster in every way. Not worth the price. We were accustomed to a much higher quality product from years past and were extremely disappointed.

Our waiter seemed annoyed with each request we made. He was simply trying to get us in and out. Not a smile or a pleasantry from him. Simply awful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times. The food is always excellent! We love sitting at the bar, the bartenders are top notch. If you want a delicious meal, great cocktails, and excellent service this is the place.

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GINAC
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lola's was outstanding. We wish there were a few more choices in both salads and entree's. Food was unbelievable. Desserts were amazing. Sorry it took me so many years to get there!

It was out 20th anniversary and as there are limited options as to what we can do at this time in our world, I wanted to make it special. I had always wanted to go to Lola's so we planned the entire thing around it. We got a hotel room at the historical Arcade across the street, had a romantic dinner at Lola's, walked a block away and gambled at The Jack for a bit!

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SethT
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lola never disappoints ... service and food are impeccable. Very good wine selection. Just a bummer to eat in a quiet restaurant ... can't wait for the food scene to rebound next year!

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TonyH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The ambience was great. Nice quiet and classy.

Very let down by the food. I ordered a $55 ribeye, and it was way too chewy. The mash potatoes were plain.

Our waiter was inpatient with us for our lack or wine knowledge. Gave us an attitude when we asked for sour cream, because our potatoes had no flavor.

The dessert was great though.

Dont think ill go back again. I'm sure I would have been more satisfied eating at the pub next door.

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MarkK
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Stuffed Peper appetizer had 1 pepper that was so hot, it was not edible! My wife's scallops were not done, she did not eat them. Potato side dish was flavorless and some potatoes were under cooked. I was disappointed as im a big fan of MS. I would not go back to Lola's for another meal. Perhaps MS should check in on his kitchen!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening could not have gone better. The food was excellent, the staff attentive, and the atmosphere was elegant. All in all, we were very pleased to have dined there and definitely will again.

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PatrickO
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was absolutely beautiful inside. My wife and I enjoyed a fantastic meal with great service and unbelievable food. I will definitely be back and I can’t wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lolas is one of my all time favorites and it never disappoints. Always let the mixologist chose you vodka or gin for martinis or bourbon for your old fashion.

My beautiful wife and I split a roasted Romain salad the calamari and the whole pan fried lake trout. Absolutely delicious

Thank you Michael Simon. !

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Noody
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good place for special occasion. Our waiter was very nice and helping for wine selection, he brought me a very good one for my taste. Everything was great!

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ChristinaR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Been to Lola several times and has always been excellent, this was first time since Covid and I was disappointed. I am a huge Micheal Sympn lover/supporter, our server was great but food was mediocre,

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vipmiked
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal as usual! A cleveland Gem!!!

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vipChris
Columbus
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to get away from Columbus for the evening and hit up Lola in Cleveland. Well worth the trip for us. Excellent service. Always there when we needed him and he kept his distance otherwise in between, without forgetting about us. Great relaxed atmosphere. Nothing felt fussy or over done. Food was delicious and well prepared. Great wine list. Cocktails were delicious.

Staff also made sure that guests were wearing masks when not seated as well which was nice!

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Brendan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Lola's was excellent. I highly recommend the fried brussels sprouts - the best in Cleveland in my opinion.

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BryanS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drove all the way from chicago to try this place. I was definitely not disappointed. Service was excellent our server kevin was friendly, attentive took his time to explain the menu. The food was delicious, drink were outstanding as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Excellent service provide by server Tiffany. Seared scallops excellent. Swordfish tasted a little like grease from the grill. Brussels sprouts were also a bit greasy. Lola fries excellent. Pork belly appetizer was excellent.

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vipRH2013
Toledo
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere even during the pandemic! Tasty food and amazing service!

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Ginarena
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed Lola. Very helpful and friendly staff and service. Really good food!

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MitchellL
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my 50th birthday. The ambiance was great. The pork belly appetizer and the beef cheeks were to die for! Seared scallops and their polenta, is a must. We will definitely go again!

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AntonioR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, great service, good drink And wine choices. Would definetly recomend and come back again.

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Steelmom
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The meal was good but I expected more. I will continue to support Symon.

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AZooNY
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a nice job. No rush to get us out either. Appreciated that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Top ten dining experiences of my life.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved every minute of it! Went there for wedding night date for the first time and it was absolutely perfect! Totally beyond expectations!

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Elizabeth
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Wonderful food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special occasion place. Tables were very well spaced so we felt relatively safe. Could have used better air circulation though.

Food was good as always. Service was excellent.

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vipMissEm
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal from Lola. We had planned to eat on the patio, but because of a maintenance issue and pending rain, the patio was closed; we opted to do takeout for our meal instead, as we’re not dining indoors yet, and everyone was extremely gracious and accommodating. (They do have very good COVId restrictions in place - distanced tables, everyone in masks, plexiglass surrounding and dividing the bar area into segments... we are just not comfortable eating inside yet.)

The steamed buns were very good, and the apple salad was delicious. The pork was nice but would undoubtedly have been more flavorful hot (not taken home), so we don’t want to review it based on our takeout. The chicken was absolutely delicious - so tender, terrific garnish. We loved the polenta and the smashed potatoes, and the green beans were very fresh.

All in all, the food was delicious, the staff was lovely, and we’d love the opportunity to actually eat on site another time.

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SuperDave
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We fell in love with the pierogis and French fries. Best ever fries. Pierogis for the very first time and best appetizer ever and we enjoy dining out 2-3 times a week. Top notch service. Hanger steak, smoked pork chop and pierogis have been on the menu since Lola opened and there’s a reason why - all 3 are fabulous! Presentation was first class. Overall a wonderful experience to kick-off our 4-day weekend in Cleveland.

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Gloria
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a special birthday dinner here on October 9. In regards to Covid restrictions, we felt very safe with people masked and distances between tables. Our food was absolutely amazing. Looking forward to a return in the future.

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neko4474
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place had the most delicious food I've ever eaten from the appetizers all the way to the complimentary birthday dessert. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a personal experience and absolutely spectacular food.

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EdwardP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very well prepared food with excellent service. Lola is handing the pandemic very well.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lola was everything we expected. My wife and children are big fans of Chef Symon, and this was her choice. We made the trek from Cincinnati for this experience and it was worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Food and service was great! This was a dinner to celebrate my boyfriend’s 50th. I did add a comment about it being his birthday and they surprised us with a cupcake and plate with happy birthday written in raspberry.. very cute.

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LAURAG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I was super excited to bring my family here. I will admit I wanted to go here because of it being a Michael Symon restaurant. Bad news, we had to wait for an extra 45 minutes to be seated, so therefore we sat down at 945-950. Never did we get an apology from anyone from the management other than one free app for a table of 5. The waiter was the Only bright spot there.
The food was disrespected. Cold,bland and mediocre. Definitely a management issue. Again, our wait staff was the Only bright spot.

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MalloryC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate out on the patio, and it was a very enjoyable evening! We had the pork chop and the scallops, smashed potatoes and brussels. Everything was amazing!

DB
vipDavidB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Just too pricey.

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