I have enjoyed Lola the handful of times I have been here, but the service is just below good for the type of restaurant. The host was extremely slow to acknowledge me. The server was nice and courteous but I happen to drink a lot of water so I find it very annoying if refilling it is an afterthought for the staff, and it was.
I was also unaware that there would be live music. She was an excellent vocalist, but for people that want to have a conversation over dinner it was a few notches too loud.
The Brussel Sprouts were amazing and I really enjoyed the Spicy tuna tartare. The garlic curry shrimp was nothing special and we both found the spice overwhelming.
Food was exceptional however, the alcohol was overpriced and diluted. Very disappointing.
I went on a Friday night for a birthday dinner and the food was wonderful. We did not realize there was live music that night, however. And although the singers were quite good, the sound was a bit loud no matter where you sat in the restaurant. It was difficult to have a conversation without yelling over it. The place is small also, so there was no need to crank up the volume. The small dishes were wonderful though and the portion sizes were perfect for getting 2-3 per person depending on how hungry you are. The owner owns a farm, so you must try any of the duck (from his farm) or foie gras dishes, as recommended by the waitress. We will definitely go back!
Small plates good for sharing. The dishes were creative and tasty.
The best food buy on Long Island - 5 gourmet courses plus dessert for $40, but I'd rather pay a little more and have competent service.
Thank you to the staff Christopher Moll, Greg, and the wonderful Chef! We always look forward to Lola for great food and wine and wonderful service! Lola's food is one of the best east of Manhattan! Certainly there is nothing else comparable in Nassau County! And you know when you are in a fine restaurant when there is a wine sommelier to help you. Lola's sommelier, Greg, will help you pick out outstanding wine, some from his recent visit to Spain should not be missed. Thank you again for a wonderful evening. And do go on Thursday when Christopher Moll is singing for an evening of great food, great wine and wonderful entertainment! A trifecta!
I picked this restaurant for my husband birthday and unfortunately this was a big disappointment. We all chose tasting menu and I have to admit that we would be better off if we picked our own dishes instead of relying on "chef's picks". The plates are really small. You should not go there if you really hungry. The dishes were nothing special and based on high reviews we expected much more. Also our waiter was in a very "sour" mood so it only added to the disappointment. We did not feel welcome in that place. On the way out (after leaving a nice tip) he would not say good night or even thank you.
We are not coming back or recommending the place to our friends.
They had a terrific wine list, with a wide selection of great wines from different regions.
However, the wine was the only highlight for me..
I thought the food was over rated and over priced.
I really didn't enjoy any of the food..
I know it's cool and chic to make everything different
but sometimes less is more..
over priced as well!!
Do yourself a favor and get over to Lola's of Great Neck! What a great culinary experience! Chef Billy prepared a tasting menu for my husband and me that rivaled anything I've seen on the Foodnetwork! And the presentation was phenomenal! Service was great(ask for Brandon!) and the ambiance very Zen. A gem in Great Neck.
Get to know the cuisine at LOLA -it will be very worthwhile!
The concept is interesting but in practical terms it didn't meet expectations. There are way too many choices and the idea of small portions fails to meet the mark. Some items were good but nothing was outstanding. There are just way too many flavor choices from a menu with food that is just so so.
Mod decor with a pricey small plate tasting menu.One or two tables filled when we arrived at 6:30, (it did fill up later on), but no explanation of menu when presented. Chef was obliging when we asked to have something other than fries with the lobster rolls and prepared a lovely vegetable assortment as an alternative.The food was fair, but the coffee was really bitter and when a fresh replacement was requested it took forever to receive it. We couldn't catch the eye of any of the servers (very young staff) to ask why so long. More pretentious than they could deliver - especially at those prices. Sorry - would not go again.
LOLA's food is always terrific but we went to see Christopher Moll... he is not to be missed. Christopher is not only a wonderful singer but warm and welcoming to his guests. If you go to see Christopher's performance make sure you stop to speak to him afterwards, you will come away with wonderful memories ... a good performer and a wonderful person too. Took my family, we all had a great time!
Seriously good food, best ingredients, thoughtfully presented. We always get the wild mushroom tart and the brussel sprouts. This time I tried the fish "tacos," and they ain't what you get at Chipotle! They were excellent, with large pieces of crunchy, perfectly fresh fish.
Lola is a rare find! Not only is the place pretty, the service attentive and friendly, but the food is delicious---small plates ample for sharing add to the fun! Interesting. & unusual combinations, all presented with picture perfect style & flair.Definitely worth a second and third visit!
Especially enjoyed the singer on Friday evening.
I have dined here twice before- the food is impeccable. Small tapas size plates that may not seem like a lot, but the flavors are so rich- you get full really quickly. Their signature pizzas are a must. Roshida, one of the servers, is awesome and has a bubbly personality. Great place for an intimate date night with your significant other or close friends- when they're open.
Fun food, good drinks and nice wait staff!
Excellent food; service level needs significant imrpovement. For example, drinks were brought after the food arrived. The pacing of the food being delivered was too fast. All of the tapas style dishes were delivered at the same time with only 2 people at the table.
You may have to order a lot to feel full but every morsel is an amazing flavorful experience. You can't go wrong. The place is loud and hard to have a conversation but the food is worth it.
based on internet we expected a conventional dinner menu but were surprised that format for dinner was now tapas, small portions at high prices, elegant food in innovative ways, but bring plenty of money and eat first
We had the tasting menu with 6 courses. Every course was delicious. The chef came to our table several times to make sure everything was fine. The service was very attentive. We will definitely go back for more deliciousness!
The first time I went to Lola I was struck by the quality, preparation, presentation and sheer deliciousness of the food. I mean struck. It was love at first taste. So, I wanted to return as soon as possible and did so the following week with with my husband and an out of town guest. Both times we had the "small plates" as it was a Monday night - giving us the chance to sample many different dishes. Wow, it was fabulous. Our waiter, Chris was extremely helpful, efficient and cordial. He also has a lovely singing voice (we heard his CD) and I understand he sings at Lola on Thursday nights. Lola is really a special place. It becomes rather expensive because you want to taste everything.....but it is well worth it.
By far the best restaurant in Great Neck.
We've only been there twice. Ventured to have the prefixe menus. We were so stuffed we had to bring some back home. If you love duck and/or foie gras, this is the place.
"Tapas" menu of smaller dishes, consistently delicious and not Spanish. Order at least two or three per person. Some come with sides on the plate. Terrific singer on Friday night, too. Nonintrusive, but not shy either. Pricey, but we are definitely going back.
Food very good but very noisy weekends. Only one waiter w assistants. Waiter also served as bartender and host so he was overtaxed and less attentive to tables than necessary.
We had the tapas menu. Every dish we had was excellent. Lola is truly a dining experience. All my sisters, nieces, and daughters are anticipating a time soon when we can all get together and go there.
First dinner at Lola, very pleased with all aspects of the meal. The food was delicious, especially duck sliders and truffle/mushroom pizza tart appetizers. Menu had a good variety of proteins and cuisines. Kit kat dessert was good but a bit overpowering. Service was very good, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly without being too intrusive. Decor is nice but not remarkable; we had an early dinner on a very rainy Friday evening so it was rather quiet, I imagine it would be livelier at other times. As we were leaving it appeared that a singer was setting up, glad we missed that as it's a pretty small space for live music & reasonable dinner conversation.
Foie gras was outstanding. Homemade foccacia superb! I had tuna---yummy!
Best food outside of Manhattan! Chef Michael Ginor's food is fit for foodies but at prices that don't break the bank. Food is artfully presented and delicious. Michael will personally stop by each table to say hello and chat. Outstanding food at reasonable prices, and a personal appearance by the Chef...LOLA is always a winner! Great tapas and singing by Chris Moll on Thursday's too. Not to be missed neighborhood gem.
This is one of the best restaurants on Long Island. Every dish is fantastic. Freshest ingredients used. Presentation perfection on a plate. Staff on point. Will certainly return.
Great place, but could have done without the singer. It's just overbearing. You can't go there for a quiet meal.
The food was good especially the smoked brisket. he brussel sprouts were crunchy and delicious, very different from the ordinary. Itis a bit pricey.
We go to Lola at least 3 times a month. Food is always out standing, and services are always slow and rushed. But this time, we are indirectly asked to leave the restaurant due to someone else was waiting for a table. My husband is a partner in city doing at least 1500 customers a night on a week day. He never trained his waiter/waitress to rush the customers to leave even though the line was out the door. Think twice if you want have dinner there.
This was one of the unexpected pleasant dining surprises I have had. Every dish was unique and flavorful. I never I thought I would like brussels sprouts but they proved me wrong. A great evening with great service.
We always enjoy this restaurant. Great wine list, and a wide variety of food. Michael Ginor takes great care with the food, and has a hands-on approach. He comes around to talk to all his customers, and takes personal interest in how they're enjoying their meals. Wonderful, inventive desserts too. Can't go wrong.
Went for resturant week but we will be back
This was a very good deal for Restaurant Week. Three courses only $27.95. We had foi gras and fish tacos for appetizers. The fish was a very large portion and very good. The foi gras is like eating a pate of butter but I guess people like it. I had duck breast for the main course and it was very nicely cooked but very salty. My husband had braised short ribs and it was very good and beautifully presented. The ice cream sundae for dessert was not at all sweet and the bread pudding was fair. The service was excellent.
We ordered, shared and devoured the Cod Fish Tacos; Scallops Japanese Izakaya Style, Maine Lobster, Salmon, and Scallops; and Grilled Hanger Steak and had at least 3 refills of hot Foccacia.