My favorite restaurant! Excellent food and service!
Been to Lola for brunch - excellent, high quality, good value for money - but first time for dinner. Not very friendly for families with young kids i.e. no kids menu. Service and ambience very good. We had several dishes - salmon and duck were good and other dishes ok. The food did not meet my ( high ) expectations given the positive experience from brunch.The Riesling was good and the wines are reasonably priced.
Small plates are tasty and creative. Tried a cocktail on base of fig infused vodka - love it, really delicious. Best foie gras!
While everything was great...the food was exceptional. The apps and small plates exceeded my expectations. Fresh, innovative and delicious.
Food was outstanding. All four of us shared Brussel sprout appetizer. Each persons main was delishous
Stupendous meal! Lasagna special was melt in your mouth delicious. We started with Shwarma hummus that was awesome, beet salad yummy and fatoush salad soooo good
Lenny, Dan and Shelby are amazing and our meal was memorable. Love Lola!!!!
Great food and service. We had to leave st a certain time and they accommodated our needs perfectly.
We enjoyed Lola very much, the cuisine is creative and has a wonderful selection to make everyone happy!!
Our reservation was at 830. They closed at 930.
We go to Lola all the time. But, this was my first brunch there. 2 out of 3 of us loved the brunch menu. Very interesting options plus all of the great sides. The shakshouka was really good!
My go to for great Mediterranean/ Middle East
This is the first review I've submitted for a restaurant, and I'm happy that I waited to write one for Lola. My family and I were looking for a good, local eaterie some years ago, and based on online reviews, we decided to check out Lola. The soft lighting, urban decor and tapas-style menu makes it a great choice for date nights, while booths and flexible seating makes it amenable for groups as well. However, it was the menu selection that had our eyes popping out of our heads! The menu has changed but, at the time, kobe beef sliders, tuna tartare, polenta with truffles and foie gras were just a sampling of the extraordinarily luxurious selection that was available. In fact, you could add foie gras to practically anything on the menu for a nominal fee. What made it even more palatable was that the prices were very reasonable. We felt as though we were eating at a high-end restaurant in the City, but paying Queens prices. Since then, we've made it a point to visit Lola every few months. The most recent menu has more of a Mediterranean vibe... we can't get enough of their velvety smooth hummus and pillowy warm pita bits, charred octopus cooked perfectly, the flavorful lamb "pizza" (Malawach)...and of course it wouldn't be Lola without seared foie gras! There is also a Chef's tasting menu which requires advance reservations. Speaking of chef, the owner, Chef Michael Ginor, is very accommodating and clearly passionate about cooking. Sometimes when we catch him in town, we'll request that he whip up a special dish for us and he does so on the fly. We've grown to love Lola so much that we even rented out the whole restaurant on a Sunday night to celebrate our mother's milestone birthday. Lola is a beautiful culinary gem and we can't wait to taste what Chef Michael has in store for us next.
excellent place ,, great food , worth the drive ,,,,
They always cater to my food allergies.
We met the chef for the first time.
Have good wine and love the humus (made with mushrooms and dairy free).
Fabulous dining experience. Delicious, creative cuisine. Friendly, competent service. Always a delight.
We loved everything about our evening. Our greeting byShelby, our conversation with Chef Lenny , drinks and of course the amazing food. Our favorite restaurant. Love, love, love!!!
We celebrated my birthday and everything was wonderful. Great duck tacos, salads and tapas. Very interesting drink choices as well.
Dinner with a friend on Thursday evening at Lola, on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck – her first time there, my second. I’m looking forward to my third, and fourth, and….
When we arrived for our 6:30 p.m. reservation on a Thursday evening, the room was mostly empty, with only two other tables and only two bar seats taken. That changed toward 8 p.m., when I noticed that the place had mostly filled up. Note to self: There’s nothing wrong with an early-ish dinner on a weekday (if I start touting the manifold benefits of blue-plate specials, however, you are invited to reprimand me).
We ordered a bottle of Lecea Tempranillo Crianza 2014 Rioja from the very short list (only 6 red wines offered by the glass or bottle – see attached drinks menu photo). It was OK, inexpensive, and paled in comparison to the quality of the food to come.
Service was knowledgeable and attentive throughout – our waitress knew her stuff, and the busboy cleared plates and filled water glasses timely. It’s very nice when things run like a well-oiled machine.
We decided to forego main courses, and instead shared 3 of the Mezze offerings and 3 of the small plates, which was more than enough food (yes, there was a doggie bag). We had: a squash off-menu special with tzatziki, baba ganoush (eggplant), and roasted cauliflower salad – each was delicious, especially the latter two. The baba ganoush in particular was one of the best I’ve ever had, and trust me, I’ve had plenty! We also shared charred octopus, lamb malawach, and mujadara (see attached food menu photo for descriptions). The dishes’ conceptions were creative, the preparations well-executed, and the results very satisfying. We loitered till well past 9 p.m. and were not rushed out. Lola is not only a high quality establishment, but also a great value. And both street parking and the municipal lot around the corner are free after 6 p.m.!
Best restaurant ever!!! We love it
It was an amazing adventure to Great Neck to an amazing restaurant called Lola the food was incredible The Taste the flavors the presentation the ambiance and everybody that work there were fantastic it is a must for anyone in that area you're so lucky to have them and it is where you want to eat! Chef Lenny Messina is incredible his flavors in all his dishes ......amazing!
Another delightful dining experience. Dependable good food. The duck was done perfectly. Our waiter, Jason, could not have been more charming.
Food was awesome! Creamy hummus!
This is been one of my favorite LI restaurants for a very long time. When it changed chefs from Chef Michael to Chef Lenny I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Chef Michael was fantastic tapas. Chef Lenny is incredible Mediterranean. It's a feast. Each item that comes to the table is delicious. The service is fabulous. Everyone that we bring here loves it. Every time I come I look forward to the creations of Chef Lenny and the friendly staff.
We went during LI Winter Restaurant Week and had the best experience. The ambiance was warm and inviting, the food was delicious (try the assortment of mezes as an appetizer, the duck as a main course and the halavah parfait for dessert!) and the service was top-notch (Shelby, the Hostess was delightful and Arthur, our waiter was wonderful!) We would and will go back in a heart-beat!
Lola’s is always delicious
And the service is excellent
We were very satified wih the service and the food.
Restaurant week meal was disappointing, salmon meatballs were inedible, the duck was great as well as the hummus. Was too noisy in a friday night
It was good but. The apps were much better than the entrees for restaurant week. No choice for appetizers they just serve hummus, baba, yogurt, beet spreads and falafel balls with pita. That was all delicious. Entrees very ok. And the place is pretty dirty. Not the tables but the walls and light fixtures, artwork all covered in dust. Not at all appetizing.
Just dined at Lola for LI restaurant week . Amazing food . Great value , left stuffed and still had food for the next day's lunch.
As always the food and service are excellent. They always cater to my food allergies and their wine selection is good.
If you love Mediterranean dishes, then you will LOVE Lola. I am a huge fan of Mediterranean cuisine, so Lola did not disappoint. I loved getting the mezze style, and the drinks and wine weren't too shabby either. We were there as a group of 6 and it was fun. They honored our request for a booth in the corner, which was also very nice. The service is friendly, but not overbearing. The dishes are so fresh and authentic. It was great. The only issue? Street parking in Great Neck - though that night we were fine.
The is the first time I can not leave a great review. I ordered the Salmon meatballs and they were to greasy for my taste. But it was the service that was off. Looks like may be a new staff . My 2nd cocktail came when I was almost done with dinner, took a while for my water glass to be refilled.
Date night for my husbands birthday. Nice ambiance.
Met longtime friends for a catch-up dinner in a neutral location on the Thursday night of Christmas week. I was intrigued by the menu and noted the many positive reviews. I now get to add one of my own. The restaurant has a cozy feel and the waitstaff was excellent. Not rushing us, but being there when we needed them. The menu is eclectic and everything we ordered was delicious. The Charred Spanish Octopus appetizer was amazing as was the Baba Ganoush and the house specialty Malawach. Mains were all chicken dishes and were terrific even for lunch the next day. The tally was a very reasonable $65 per person with a few glasses of wine.
All in all, I am very happy with this find and will definitely be going back to try the rest of the menu.
Could have used another 'waitperson' as the restaurant filled up. Probably to the surprise of the management, nearly every table was filled on this wednesday, bitter cold night.
Great at service
And different Andtasty specials
Everything was delicious! We ordered all apps and shareable plates.
A tasty cozy meal was just right for a cold December night. The hummus with chicken was the best; but the duck breast was a close second.
We love Lola! It's excellent from start to the end! The food is always outstanding with a combination of incredibly
Well orchestrated flavors and attentive and caring service. It's become one of our most favorite spots!