Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant

4.7
7077 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(216) 621-5652
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Symon
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Private party facilities
Private Dining - Maximum Capacity 30 guests seated dinner/50 guests stand-up reception
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Private party contact
lola.pdr@symonlive.com: (216) 621-5652
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prospect Avenue
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Parking details
Valet, and parking lots also available near the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 7077 People Are Saying
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Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Get the butternut squash gnocchi amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, atmosphere and service

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EA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a foodie my expectations are high and all were met or exceeded! Definitely will go back!

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MM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at Lola's, will go back soon! Great staff, great food, just great all around.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!!! Amazing food!!!

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RC
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great wine. 10 on the great scale!

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CF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very nice restaurant, in downtown Cleveland. Great views of the kitchen. It is a bit noisy and dark. They have a very good wine list, but if you are a bourbon fan try Mabel's the sister restaurant next door. We had the Beef Cheek Pierogi. smoked duck breast, beef hanger steak and Braised Lamb Shank. All the dishes were good, but not wow! can't wait to come back.

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MD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful very tasty food. Love the vibe, location and service.

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MW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had! Highly recommend this dining experience.

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CW
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lola’s is amazing!! The staff is so attentive!! My son has celiac so is gluten free and the staff were so accommodating !! The food is by far the best and such creative starters!!
Would highly recommend Lola’s!!

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Cleveland
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night showing our friends from Charlotte how wonderful Cleveland dining can be.

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MB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the bartender Dave.

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i
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at Lola. I was greeted and seated promptly, had excellent and attentive waitstaff treatment and a great meal. Decided on meat for appetizer (calf heart) and fish for entree (sea bass) both were well prepared and served promptly, Calve heart was done perfectly, hearts have to be rare to medium rare in my opinion and fish was moist. Both dishes included supporting items that were complementary to the mains item. I ordered Brussels sprouts with the main, wow, walnuts and capers, nice mixture. I had the figgy pudding for dessert. Another nice mixture of sweet treats for a finale.
Since I was eating alone, I was particularly pleased and surprised with the multiple options available on the wine list and the spread of values. I enjoyed a Pauillac for my appetizer and a French Burgundy for my main. Both "old friends" that I was delighted to enjoy.
I have enjoyed Michael Symon's appearances on the many Food Channel shows he has appeared on and found him a great Iron Chef. He has a simple approach to basic food with out a lot of effort that goes unappreciated with many chefs in todays world. The restaurant management and executive chef do a great job of carrying out his excellent chef skills....

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Brian was amazing. My son and I were there celebrating and he made it so special. We will never forget our experience at Lola! Can’t wait to go back.

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CH
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Entrees were really good. Would have liked to have seen a more diverse dessert menu. Nothing really different so we passed on getting any. Would have just put the finishing touches on a great meal. Wonderful waitress!

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TS
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our anniversary dinner. Great wine selection. Thank you to our delightful waitress, Tiffany.

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JJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We finally went to Lola’s as a family! We have been wanting to go for a long time & made our reservation after watching a play at Playhouse Square. The day couldn’t have been more perfect! The service was great & the food was exceptional! I would highly recommend the butternut squash gnocchi. It was amazing! I will be dreaming of it until I get back to Lola’s!!! If you like chocolate go for Cheat Day!

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CR
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Staff was top notch and very helpful.

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SR
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Girl’s weekend

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a great first experience at Lola. Drinks, food, and service were amazing. I had the scallops and my husband had the hangar steak and both were wonderful. We would definitely come back.

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H
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstanding! And the food great as always, including recommendations which were right on. Lola is truly a special venue and worthy of its reputation.

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

We had a great time and the food was fantastic. Best steak I had ever eaten! My fiancee had Lamb and it was fabulous,,,, We live about 45 minutes away but it is worth the drive and will go again some day. They made our moment special. I told them it was our anniversary of dating one year and before we left they brought us out two little cakes with candles with beautiful writing on the dish! If you are looking for a special place for dinner I highly recommend Lola.
Sincerely,
Alan & Juliana

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food took very long to come out but was very good.
Service was ok, nobody acknowledged the long wait for food.
For the prices charged the experience was barely ok.
Ambiance is great.

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T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with exemplary service. Excellent cocktails. Food very good. A few misplaced garnishes and a gritty carrot knocked down my overall rating. But then it was the Sunday after Thanksgiving and all of us were a little food weary.

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j
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very good restaurant but for most people iola would be for special occasions because of upscale nature and pricing

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lola is an experience. Everyone knows what they’re doing. You feel cared for and attended to on every level. It’s pricey, but the food is beautifully prepared and expertly delivered.

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S
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing!! Probably one of the best meals I’ve EVER had!! The only negative was the tight seating.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and the meal was amazing.

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K
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were disappointed only with our serving size. My dad asked me where the other half of his halibut portion was. He did love the little neck clams, though. Personally I felt like some of the waitstaff looked unkempt for such a restaurant. Otherwise, taste, presentation, and ambiance were great.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a nice experience, however, it’s over rated. Definitely overpriced...

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful food and extensive wine list.

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday...best food i have ever tasted!

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was SO good! I got the chicken, it does take about 30 minutes to cook but it is AMAZING, my boyfriend got the lamb shank. Our server brought us complimentary fries to tide out hunger while we waited for our food. He was very attentive, as was everyone there. At the end they brought out a little cupcake with a candle for my boyfriends birthday. I would highly recommend! Thank you for making his 30th special!

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M
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal and service were exquisite. I got the scallops and my date got the pork chop and they were both delectable. The potatoes lyonnaise (?) was like crack cocaine. The wine (Malbec) was excellent and our waiter was very good. We never felt rushed but our servers were attentive. Would definitely go again.

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LS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD! Just amazing and wonderful service. The restaurant is nice and private perfect for anniversaries or birthdays

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MW
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delight to finally get to this Michael Symon restaurant! We came here to celebrate my birthday and the service was so great. They even came with a tiny cupcake and candle with a plate with "happy birthday" written on it at the end of our main meal. I had the lamb shank and it was so tender and full of flavor. Our meal was preceded by two of their cocktails which did not disappoint. The ambiance was low-lit and cozy. Very clean, prompt service (but jot annoyingly so). We will definitely come again!

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a great dining experience - service, cocktails, wine, dinner all 10+!!!

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SO
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food has amazing flavor. Basic meats and fish just come alive with the creations from the kitchen. Drinks were poured well and service was excellent. The price tag is steep as you can imagine for an iron chef restaurant but all in all everything was wonderful.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birth day

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and the food was very authentic and flavorful.

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