Lolita Restaurant

4.5
1469 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Lolita is a Modern Mexican Restaurant located in Philadelphia in Midtown Village. Originally opened in 2004 by restaurateurs Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, it underwent a major renovation in 2014 and reopened with a fresh look, a new Mexican street food-inspired menu and a full liquor license.

The extensive full-scale renovation highlights the addition of a 16-seat bar and chef's counter looking into the open kitchen. Lolita seats 45 guests with additional outdoor sidewalk seating in the warmer months. Reservations are accepted every day for lunch and dinner, while seating at the bar and chef’s counter is on a first come, first served basis. We have a full liquor license and accept all major credit cards.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1469 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EatEatEat
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were very attentive to our needs. The staff remained in masks at all times and our waitress was great.

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AlexH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour drinks, loved the blood orange margarita! Also stayed for dinner, we really enjoyed the chicken enchiladas and fish tacos. Will def be coming back!

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StephenS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The drinks are a tad pricey, but it’s great Mexican food with a gluten-free focus.

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vipPhillyPhilip
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food is not the same, quality has gone down, and the menu is limited.

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vipEhhh
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Had a 4pm reservation for nearly a week. Showed up and waited 35 mins to be seated. Only had 2 in our party. A walk-up got a table for 2. Another reservation for a table for 2 at 4:15pm. Was not offered an explanation. Was not offered seating inside. Was not checked on once. Usually I would chalk this up as one bad incident but that was the last time I was at Lolita. So after the second time with horrible service, I had to write this. Not sure what’s going on there but the service has dipped to unacceptable levels and I can’t go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The food was so good and came out so fast!

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TiaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great for a chill date. delicious food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Solo late evening dinner on business trip. Some COVID restrictions in effect. Had the 3 for $33 special: chips & guac, chicken roja enchiladas and substituted tres leches for tiramisu for $2 upcharge. Drink was a very tasty blood orange margarita on the rocks. Dessert was a little dry, otherwise meal was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat!

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KeaA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

My actual waitress was wonderful, but the hostess was trash. She was snarky and acted like she didn’t want to accommodate us. Maybe she was having a bad day, but my guest and I didn’t do anything to her.

The booths are better than the side tables, they don’t make sense to have someone directly on the sidewalk when folks are walking by and poses a safety risk.

Food was delicious. I would go back as long as that hostess isn’t there.

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Foodie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time, good and service is always amazing.

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AnneS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate setting with great service and even better food.

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EricK
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chicken sandwich was eh, but those fresh cut shoestring fries were amazing! Great drinks as always and the outdoor seating was semi enclosed and heated. Me and my fiance love it here and will always come back🖤🖤🖤

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JoyceB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Margaritas were excellent and we really enjoyed our fish tacos. Alcohol offerings a bit limited at brunch (no brunch drinks, mimosas, etc.) Service was attentive and polite, but a bit cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Too cold outside
They wouldn’t give us one of the covered areas outside, said they were reserved. At least two of them went unfilled the entire time we were there.

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TejaswiM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, great service staff, and lovely location. I highly recommend their guac with plantain and taro chips. Their enchiladas are to die for.
Love this place!!!

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Anonymous
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Lolita doesn't compare to the quality of El Vez. I was really hoping to like this restaurant, but the food quality and the service were so bad I will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

drinks were yumm and the food was just okay

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Sevvie
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food very reasonable pricing as well. nice outdoor space

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Limited food/drink menu. Not our best experience there.

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AnneM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

food was so delicious!! Drinks were good, but a bit skimpy.

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KathleenV
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service are always outstanding. It is one of my favorite places in the city. Highly recommend.

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vipJackeepoo
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, BEST HEATED CHALET in the city so far. I didn’t need to eat with my winter gear on - it was downright COZY, and the heat made the new wood smell like a sauna. It was divine. Also great margs and food with lovely service. ⭐️

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tacos and margaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Can’t wait to eat in - because Uber makes the experience just okay!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The mango guacamole was fabulous however the entrees, specifically the meals with chicken were not very good. The texture and quality of the chicken tasted odd in the chicken enchiladas and chicken tacos, making it inedible.

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vipMaggieP17
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff made our outdoor dining experience safe and welcoming. The food came out hot and delicious as usual! We had an order of the mango quac that was fresh and flavorful, and then we split the fish tacos and the short rib tacos - both were excellent!

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Maggiecw
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Took my so. For his birthday. Best short rib bat his!

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vipYummy
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Was a little disappointed in our visit. Had to ask (twice) for water. Then cups for the water.
Food is very good although black beans were bland everything else was delicious.
Unfortunately, two tables down (outside) engaged a seemingly homeless gentleman who was enjoying the attention and was quite loud. No one from the establishment asked him to move along.
Love this place so will definitely go back but was not the best experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been wanting Lolita’s, to try the birria tacos, for months! It was well worth the wait!! The spice was just right. We will be back for more!

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vipgarcest
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was cold - Enchiladas are known for being hot there were seating around fir quite a while prior to being served
Rice and beans pre made temperature not acceptable
Service not as usual lacking quality on several areas

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sara was an absolute charm! Definitely will come back just to see her!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did an excellent job for being limited to outside dining due to Covid .. 10 out of 10 would dine again - thanks for a wonderful night :)

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vipJessica
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great outdoor dining visit at Lolita. Our server was great, on top of empty drinks and quick service. The food seemed semi prepared and not as good as on prior trips, but we are eager to continue supporting our local places! We'll be back again.

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JoyD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok, I’ve been to way better Mexican restaurants.

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mf45
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was unexpectedly bad. We got the fish tacos, and the fish literally looked like a fried fish stick that just came out of the freezer. It was a gross block of what seemed like fake fish. The chips and guac were good, but that is not hard to make well. The margaritas tasted good, but they were not strong. We got a pitcher and neither of us left feeling it at all. The ambiance was fine, but I would not recommend Lolita.

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temc
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot outside, heat lamps were up and spicy margaritas made for a pleasant night out.

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Erika
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blood orange margarita was amazing! Pork carnitas nachos were delicious!

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vipUptown63
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food but not consistent. Great Margs!

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Lolita Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1469 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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