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About Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant

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.

2058 East 4th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Prospect Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(216) 621-5652

Website:
http://www.lolabistro.com/

Parking Details:
Valet, and parking lots also available near the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Michael Symon

Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining - Maximum Capacity 30 guests seated dinner/50 guests stand-up reception

Private Party Contact:
lola.pdr@symonlive.com: (216) 621-5652

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lola - A Michael Symon Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (133)
Good for a Date (119)
Fit for Foodies (115)
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Good for Anniversaries (107)
Romantic (101)
Creative Cuisine (98)
Worth the Drive (83)
Notable Wine List (67)
Good for Birthdays (61)
Hot Spot (57)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Business Meals (46)
Pre/post Theatre (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (45)
Authentic (42)
Local Ingredients (42)
Fun (37)
Cozy (35)
People Watching (31)
Bar Seating (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Good for Groups (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Casual (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Seasonal (14)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Healthy (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Scenic View (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Hostess very warm and welcoming. Waiter ver knowledgeable.
We eat frequently at fine dining restaurants.
Expecting more.
Food was good but our dinners arrived at room temperature.
Our waiter was very kind and warmed up my dinner.
He must have informed the manager who came by to check on us. Manager was exceptionally gracious! Sent us an additional desert and had comped our second glasses of wine which we didn't expect. Very nice! We would return if visiting Cleveland again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Even better than you think it is.
We chose Lola for a dinner on our recent trip to Cleveland
as my wife was familiar with Chef Michael Symon from the
TV show The Chew.

The ambiance and service were superlative and only surpassed by the
AMAZING food. Our group of four ordered a variety of items and all were
staggeringly good. When the bill came I was impressed with how reasonable
it was given the quality of the food & the entire experience.

If you are in Cleveland and want a sublime dining experience, look no further.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic server and the lamb shank was incredible.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great burrata appetizer! Very good and friendly service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. The crab appetizer was absolute perfection in both taste and size. I ordered the sea scallops and my boyfriend ordered the lamb shank. Let me say that most places give you about 3 scallops for $25+ dollars...here, I had FIVE SCALLOPS. Amazing. My boyfriend devoured his meal as well. The whole atmosphere was wonderfully quiet and intimate. Our servers were extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and the restaurant.

Oh! I mentioned on my OpenTable reservation that this dinner was for a birthday. At the end of our dinner the servers brought out a small (espresso chocolate) cupcake with a candle, and a "Happy Birthday!" written on a plate in raspberry gel. I had no idea they'd do this but it was such a sweet surprise.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined 5 days ago

I loved not having to talk over blaring music. The ambience was wonderful, the wait staff very attentive. We had a really good time.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

We had an appetizer, a salad, and scallops. The crab appetizer was fairly good, the cabbage and pig ear salad and was not at all impressive, and the scallops were too salty. The manager replaced the scallops and did not charge us for any of them which was impressive. Somehow the scallops were still slightly over salted but edible.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was impeccable! Jerrell is a very knowledgeable server who recommended incredible menu choices. He was truly wonderful!!!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Myself and my business partner who is my best friend had the best time. We had less than 24 hours to do dinner at Lola's and lunch at Mabels and it didn't disappoint. The ribeye steak was awesome. The staff treated us like we were the only two people in the building and it was genuine. Our server was excellent!!!
We appreciate the good service. It meant a lot!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

This was our second meal at Lola - one year after our first time there. We live in Cincinnati, but have been going to Cleveland for a weekend in November to enjoy that city. Lola might be our favorite place in both cities combined. Every dish we have tried there has been a treat - carefully planned and prepared. The marrow with toasted bread and various accompaniments is so much fun we can't resist getting it. The date paste and blue cheese spread are both amazing, as is the marrow itself. The s'mores dessert is not novel, but is perfectly executed. And the menu generally has so many appealing options that we usually feel like we are going to be happy, no matter what we order.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing meal and service. Loved Lulu, the house pinot noir bottled for Michael.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and service. We have been to Lola's on many occasions for lunch. One of our favorite restaurants in Cleveland. We have all of Michael Symon's cookbooks.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

An absolutely superlative dining experience. Great service.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 7 days ago

Always great! Go for the meats! Love the Hanger Steak!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Consistently delicious and always an enjoyable night out. Having lived in OH for 2 years, we were happy to grab reservations while in town for a conference. Likely our favorite restaurant for the food, service, and romantic character. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

My wife and I visited Cleveland on a quick vacation. There was nothing on the menu that appealed to me. I ordered two sides, the polenta and mushrooms. My wife lives lobster. She was disappointed. The crab appetizer was terrible. The couple of pieces of crab were salty. The bulk of the dish was potato balls. The great lakes golden lager was great. All in all, we paid over $140-150 for two beers, potato balls, polenta and mushrooms.

I should have ordered the beef cheek perogies, but knew we had a trip planned to University Inn.

I'm a Cleveland fan, Iron Chef fan, and Michael Symon fan. But this experience was disappointing.

Sorry.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The service was outstanding as was the food. I had the sea scallops and Lola fries and they were to die for! The vanilla bean cremé brûlée was also a decliciously sweet dessert to end the evening. Thank you for such an amazing experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The noise level was over the top. Very hard to hold a conversation with all the noise. I couldn’t have been more disappointed with the lobster Thermidor. Super small entrée With only about 2 tablespoons of sauce And a small side of shaved celery and mushrooms salad. The lobster was not very flavorful but it was fresh. kale Caesar salad was excellent as was the hanger steak that my friend ordered

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

An amazing dinner to say the least. Who knew such a gem could be found in Cleveland. All 3 of us at the table were extremely impressed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was great. Great drink selection. Prices are spot on with what you get.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always amazing. Great food drinks service and atmosphere! MS does not disappoint !

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our waiter was terrific- full of enthusiasm beyond just explains the cocktails the beer and food choices. We are rarely impressed with restaurants in the US but this was a gen.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent restaurant! We would definitely drive from Pittsburgh again.
Service was impeccable and food was even better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The absolute best experience I ever had at a restaurant. The food and wine were exquisite! The service is top notch. My wife and I celebrated our Anniversary and had an amazing experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had high expectations for Lola and it did not disappoint! The service was great, the ambiance was perfect and the food was all I hoped it would be. The 6am dessert was the best I have had in a very long time. The scallops were sweet and perfectly cooked. Can't wait to come back!!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were there for my sons 16th Birthday. The staff and restaurant were first class. Went out of the way to enhance to Birthday experience.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went to Lola's to celebrate my brother turning 50. The staff was just as amazing as the food. We had such a fantastic meal. Some celebrity chef's restaurants don't live up to my expectations but Lola sure did! I sent Michael Symon a tweet of a picture my brother while at dinner & he answered! What a memorable evening!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was fantastic! This is probably the best restaurant in town. So far it's my favorite, anyway. :)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was great, but didn’t find the food impressive. Probably a great restaurant for some, just not me.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very disappointed. We did not appreciate the tables seating arrangements. When having dinner I like to enjoy my company, not the company of four people on either side of me. Impossible to have a conversation. Service very disappointing, our waiter not attentive. The hanger steak was delicious, the strip steak was very ordinary. We would not recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Absolutely amazing pierogies, fig salad and lobster along with decadent dessert. I am a food snob and the meal was wonderful. The staff was excellent!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This was our 2nd visit in the last few months. Again it didn't disappoint. Great restaurant.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great meal, great atmosphere. The wait staff from top to bottom made the evening. The mature d came right over after we voiced concerns with the kale Dali’s and immediately resolved the issue. The staff silently gave one the feeling that they cared about you and wanted you to enjoy the evening. Thanks

Tags: Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everything was exceptional except noise level. Great wait staff, food atmosphere(except noise).

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a great dinner at Lola. My husband and I love seafood but Michael Symon is known for meat. I ordered the scallops which were delicious and he ordered the hangar steak, a specialty which was exquisite. The dessert of a decomposed s'more including whiskey glazed homemade marshmallows was to die for.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Visiting college son with Grandparents. A vibrant scene with beautiful bar area. Menu is a bit limiting but offers a good mix. Not the place for a picky eater as menu ingredients are different. Perfect place for foodies! Area surrounding restaurant is fun and great to visit.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

All of our dinners were excellent . What a lovely restaurant....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of the top 5 meals I've had. If I lived in Cleveland, I'd be a regular...no question.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Highly recommend the Smash drink, hanger steak and the ribeye. Everything was very good.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Delicious meal! We've been wanting to try Lola for a long time and finally made it. Well worth it - the food was great. Amazing flavor and great service. Will be back soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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