Lola - Great Neck

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Lola comfortably integrates modern elegance with fresh and innovative cuisine that is perfectly prepared and impeccably served. Strong Mediterranean influences inspire the contemporary and eclectic culinary style of Chef Owner Michael Ginor and Executive Chef Lenny Messina and make for a unique dining experience. A full bar, comprehensive wine list and fine selection of mouth-watering desserts will complete your meal, all while the atmosphere and décor transport you to the heart of New York City without leaving the Island.
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved everything

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony was absolutely amazing! Very knowledgeable server with great recommendations for starters and entrees. Personable and friendly as well! Food was top notch! We will go back again and again. Highly recommended.

r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here for a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner with my wife. The food was amazing and delicious, and the drinks JA were good. The only complaints I have are the tables for two. The table was very flimsy and almost toppled over twice if you put any pressure on it. It’s a physics thing as the legs of the table were not adequate for the weight of the table. Second, it was around 10:20 and the waiters really tried hard to go home, hinting to my wife and I, and other guests, that the place was closing soon. I would have liked to sit and eat in peace and talk to my wife. Other than that, the place is perfect.

LS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and service. The decor was also nice. The noise level was a bit elevated but it was a full house

R
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a favorite of ours, Lola didn't disappoint! The service, presentation, and tastes of the food are always great. Chef Lenny checks on the tables to make sure everyone is happy! Best restaurant for miles around.

OT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here a lot and every single time it just gets better and better. Chef Lenny Messina and his crew are amazing. Shelby and Marissa and all the staff are friendly and greet us warmly each time. The whole experience is just excellent every time. The food is FANTASTIC!

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to make your mouth happy go to Lola. The food is fresh and delicious with a combination of flavors that are not found in ordinary cooking. That makes this place extraordinary. The service is also extraordinary. The servers are well informed about the menu and make you feel glad you’ve come.

MM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered the tasting menu and every dish was delicious. I tasted grilled octopus for the first time and loved it. There was a terrific variety in the different dishes. The only problem was that by the time we got to the duck, we were too full! It was all wonderful. The only negative was one waitressłs rudeness which was made up for by the sweetness of the other waitress. The restaurant was crowded but that didn’t excuse the waitress forgetting to bring silverware or acceding to our request to bring out the dishes a bit more slowly. The food was delicious, though, and that excused a lot!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was less than expected. Main courses were not served together, but several minutes apart, leaving the early mains to turn cold waiting for the other mains to be served...poorly managed. Very noisy evening. The restaurant was full (good for you), but the eating experience suffered... We've had better meals at Lola, and I hope to have better meals in the future. I hope last night is not an omen for things to come. Please learn from this critique.

LZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lola is just on point with their food! The Chef is top notch and always coming up with amazing new dishes. My favorites were the truffle mushroom flatbread and duck rigatoni from restaurant week. Slam dunks for sure!
Keep up the good work 👍.

M
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight we did restaurant week, the spicy eggplant appetizer was a winner, as was the humas roasted chickpeas, beet yogurt. The cauliflower appetizer was yummy. For the mains, the pasta with duck was really good but the star was the lamb, so freakin good. I went to my staple for desert, the halava parfait, all I can say is wow. My wife had something new, the date pound cake. It was excellent. Can't wait for when we go back for Valentines Day.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great and yummy experience! Always delicious

RM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group was 8 for restaurant week. The service and food were outstanding. We’ve gone back several times and have never been disappointed. The mushroom pizza, humous with roasted chick peas and cauliflower appetizers were all delicious. The Halavah parfait is the most amazing dessert!!!
Randi M, Great Neck

KD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Have gone to restaurant week the last few years and have loved it. Last year the food was outstanding. The food this time not so much. The lamb dish were too well done patties, which were dry and tasteless. The duck Bolognese was a plate of pasta with some crumbled meat mixed in. Desserts were unforgettable. I felt like the restaurant was cutting corners to save money. I won’t be back..

Lola - Great Neck
Responded on February 2, 2020

We are disappointed to hear of your less than stellar experience here at LOLA. We assure you that our offering of Organic Duck, & Chicken, Free Range Lamb, and House Made pasta have no intention of cost cutting. Paired with out variety of six different appetizer assortments for each table and house made desserts we aim to maximize the value of the $28.95 Price. I have made a few attempts to reach out to you on your phone, please give me a call at your earliest conventicle to discuss further.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and nice service.

D
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants, this visit was better than ever. Made reservations a good deal in advance of our dining date.

Excellent waiter...Kyle, friendly, approachable, on top of every facet of serving and communicating.

Our cocktails were perfect...a Bourbon and a martini.

Appetizers included a variety of Hummus, warm cauliflower salad, mushroom malawach, delicious concoctions with warm pita that was fresh in aroma, each unique and layered with taste. When asked, Kyle shared components.

Our mains were Branzino filet and Lamb Kofta, again layered with flavor. Always the highlight at LOLA...Foie Gras...unbelievably delicious mousse like inside with hot crispness outside. Owner chef Michael Ginor produces such on his Hudson Valley Farm.

Executive chef Michael Messina has stopped by each of the tables and all of our visits.So gracious and welcoming.

For dessert, we both always choose a Halavah parfait, extraordinary. And this time, we had a candle for our anniversary!

FJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we tried the chef tasting menu and it was amazing!! a lot of food make sure you go with an empty stomach!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb duck and foie gras!

M
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great food, chef Lenny is one of the most creative Chefs I’ve ever have known. Pair that with a very nice wine list and Shelby taking care of the service and you have one of the top five restaurants on Long Island.

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

As always, the food was outstanding! However, the plan for new years eve was posted as a chefs tasting menu--to me, this means several courses picked by the chef. Instead, the menu was a prix fixe--just a disappointment from what we hoped to have on new years eve. The problem was really the ambiance--there was a TV screen on at the back of the restaurant, which I could not get out of my view, and the stories televised were about the "Hanukkah stabbings" that occurred the day before---important--YES! but not what I want to see when I am supposed to be celebrating the end of the year. Also, there was music playing which was pop/dance/ something unpleasant--not at all classy as we had expected. We left the restaurant feeling disappointed...but the food was great!!

RP
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service. Best Israeli/Middle Eastern restaurant on Long Island if not all of New York. Have been many times. Always consistent. Love the Chicken bastilla cigars, several different hummus, fattoush salad, duck frites and the hangar steak with truffle potato purée.

M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service, have never had a bad meal.
Would like to see a few specials once in awhile.

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered only appetizers
They were delicious

RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at Lola and we had the tasting menu - it was GREAT. Especially so for the Cod taco and the duck and the dessert. Couldn't have asked for better. It was a good value and the staff was helpful and attentive. Looking forward to going again and trying more of the menu.

J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lola is consistently amazingly delicious, with warm and courteous service. Ever item we ordered was outstanding and our server staggered them perfectly. Can’t wait to return to Lola!

BI
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Maybe good for a lunch or brunch but extremely noisy on Saturday Night. Limited menu and too "gourmetish" ( if that's a word".

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs special was out of this World!!! Michael our chef and his team treated us and gave us the most amazing experience...
thank you so much 🙏 Will definitely come back again!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and all was excellent

B
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best restaurant on Long Island. Need I say more?

ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

A
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the chef's tasting....fantastic! And Marissa was a fabulous tour guide through this wonderful tasting excursion!

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Excellent imaginative cuisine

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Great food, service and ambiance!

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. I would recommend the chef's tasting, it is a dining experience.

p
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks Lola for an amazing meal. Chefs tasting! Left in a wheel barrel. So much food. Service was on point!

EZ
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super great service. Delicious food. Beer and wine selections were excellent. I have been here for small dinner with a friend and for a big family gathering — excellent for both!

R
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Long Island restaurant week. Always great to come during this week. They don’t skimp on the amount of food and you get to try something new. They now have written which foods are gluten and dairy free and vegan. Shelby as hostess is amazing. She remembered my food allergies and always has a kind word.

FA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was delicious. Large appetizer portions to share. 5 different entrees and 3 desserts to choose from on their restaurant week menu. Will definitely dine here again.

RM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night during Long Island restaurant week. Lola hits all the high points with a sampling of appetizers that leaves little room to eat dinner, so delicious and plentiful. Dinner of duck lasagna and lamb shoulder was great. The halvah parfait remains one of my all time favorites. The service is great and attentive as well. Randi M