Lolita Restaurant

4.5
1441 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 1441 people are saying
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vipYummy
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
7 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
16 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
2 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
73 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
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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mf45
Philadelphia
3 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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Uptown63
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food but not consistent. Great Margs!

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vipEhhh
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birria tacos were outrageous. Margaritas were excellent. The restaurant did an amazing job trying to make the experience wonderful even with the restrictions.

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Dpka
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not a good experience at all. Their service was bad

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining, a lot of great energy and fun! Great service. Hostess was a flake, but service was awesome, other guests awesome and food was great.

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Ackee
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Tasty Tacos, but not the best Mexican food in Philly. Chips/Salsa and Margaritas were just ok.

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vipPhillyFoodFan
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love the service and food at Lolita. The pitchers are a little too full of juice for me but they’re okay.

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Chloe
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas. Make it a Cadillac. Tacos are amazing. They have heaters for the outdoor tables.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Made us wait 10 minutes for a table even though we had reservations

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ReSc
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was a lot of fun. It was outdoor dining during the pandemic, and I had a great time with my date. The food was good, although not amazing; however, it is the pandemic, so some slack will always be given.

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Donna
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful outoor set-up during Covid. Felt safe eating here, and appreciate the efforts of the staff to make everyone feel comfortable. I really hope they keep the outside seating all winter. Adda few heaters, and I'll be there even in the snow!

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vipRick
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Everything was okay, but nothing special or worth mentioning. Also, most dishes that we ordered seemed very salty.
Service was not much. Didn't really seem to care whether we were there or not.
Again, nothing terrible, just indifferent.

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vipJoshhorow
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

As someone who has been heavily immersed in the Philly restaurant scene for over 10 years, it hurts me to say that the food at Lolita was mediocre at best and the service was down right absent. Even adjusting for the fact that we are in the midst of a raging pandemic, being served on paper plates was a bit amusing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s was a pretty good experience all around. Not super great, but will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy reservation process; dog-friendly; friendly staff (understanding that a few members of our party were late); great outdoor setup

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Went here with my sister pretty noisy there was a man singing for like an hour I think because of the pandemic outdoor dining is just a bit different now but My waitress disappeared it was really hard to get her attention the food was good I got the nachos he didn’t really give me that much meat on my nachos but all in all it was good I recommend getting the corn the rice was bland all in all I would say go there when the restaurant is able to except indoor dining again

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ThomasV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Horrible service ... waitress only came back once and then told us we had to leave because of the time limit shortly after

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food quality were excellent. Margaritas were great addition to outdoor dining.

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JudiL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, it's a great place. I saw them clean the table really well before we were seated. We were early for a reservation, and they were very nice and accommodating. The fish tacos were disappointing, but the rest of the food was great.

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Arla
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for outdoors seating, heat lamp by us didn't work but other than that was good to go!

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cincity
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious! blood orange margaritas did not disappoint. I will be returning!

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vipKarenM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun atmosphere! We love the outdoor dining on a nice cool night!

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Very mediocre and uninspired entrees. Very. Too expensive Margaritas decent. Didn’t come with salt. Had to ask. Would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour, fast and friendly service.

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vipDelicious
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Took 10 min for the hostess to find reservation. She finally found it when she connected to WiFi and refreshed iPad. Food wasn’t great and portions were sparse.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing and the service was great

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shanea
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So when i first walked in i was greeted and even given option to seat outside
but recommend to seat inside because of the rain which was great! seated as soon as i given my name and served a drink. food was great service was quick and pleasant. really happy i chose this place

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience2

My mom and i just went there to get something different, did not hold up to our standards . Would only recommend for the street corn

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vipAndrea
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience3

First time date night during Restaurant Week. Amazing empanada! Husband loved carne asada! Best fish tacos ever! Skip quacamole-just average and small portion. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It did not appear that the operation was running smoothly. The entrees took quite a bit to come out. We when then ushered to hurry uo and clear our table even though we had just received our dessert. We've had much better experiences but I may be able to give them another chance in the future.

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Morowa
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Mexican food! Our host was super friendly. Would definitely recommend!

FAQs

Lolita Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Lolita Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1441 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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