Lolita Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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.
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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Food wasn’t as good as I remember. Street corn was black from being burnt. Squished into a table. Server was great.

PN
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful vibe. Great servers and hosts. Terrific food and ambiance. Took my friend for her 75th birthday. We loved it and had a margarita too.
The 3 part lunch menu was wonderful and plentiful. I love Lolita.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I decided to try his place after hearing so much about it. Sadly, the food here really did NOT live up to the hype. I had the fish tacos and my friend had the enchiladas. Tacos were mediocre at best with nothing but a dried piece of fish and some shaved cabbage and his food was unfortunately cold. If you’re looking to just grab a drink, they have killer margaritas but the food, I’m afraid, isn’t worth it.

K
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food! Cool place but the tables are SO close together it was like we were dining with strangers. But would still recommend!

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but the pitcher of margaritas had no alcohol in it at all. For $36 we were disappointed. The kids said the nachos were the best they ever had!

j
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks and service were amazing!! I will definitely be back!

DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing. Would highly recommend. Make sure you make reservations

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, 1st time and would recommend

T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing time, great food! I recommend this place if you're looking for great Mexican cuisine.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was all incredibly salty & overpriced (we didn’t do the restaurant week menu). The vegetarian enchiladas with butternut squash had ONE piece of squash that we could see... disappointing.

LC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food that was selected for Restaurant week was excellent and the server we had was outstanding

D
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Would highly recommend

c
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First time visiting Lolita. It was restaurant week but we did not order from the restaurant week menu. Both ordered create your own tacos. Food was good. Seating really accommodates small parties.

AB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow is all I can say. We were wowed by the staff and the food start to finish. It was a bit loud but small price to pay

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! One of the best in Philly.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding, had the blood orange margarita and it was fantastic. Our server was a doll, definitely recommend! One of my favorite spots in the city

OT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The guacamole was great but the chips were not crisp or very tasty. The street corn was excellent. The shrimp enchiladas were very disappointing. Just lots of cheese in a tortilla. The shrimp consisted of a skewer of shrimp on top - not incorporated into the dish. The chopped salad was mostly lettuce, not very flavorful. It was noisy and dark. The waiter was fine and took the shrimp off my bill because they were so salty that I couldn't eat them.

m
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for philadelphia restaurant week - fabulous find - great food - sangria was delicious
Service was top notch

S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I am a Lolita aficionado. I think the food is usually great. The only issue, a small one, was how the bee salad was plated; it was literally thrown together and the pumpkin seed dressing or whatever was at the bottom of the plate. Although I did not want coffee with dessert, I was not offered it, which would have been a courteous gesture.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went on a week eight during restaurant week, but opted to order off the menu. The short rib nachos were delicious and super filling. On our table we got fish, chicken and mushroom tacos as well the shrimp enchiladas. My favorites were the mushroom and fish tacos both of which were very filling and full of flavor. Would definitely go back cause the food was delicious!

T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lolita was an excellent restaurant! Great location, food and ambiance. The only negative thing was the signage for the restaurant. I walked right past it and if I didn't have my GPS on I would have been lost.

FW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for the first time during restaurant week and did the tasting menu. Everything was so delicious I had the carnitas tacos and carne asada, my only complaint was I had asked for my meat to be cooked rare and it came out medium well, it was still really good just not what I had requested. For dessert I chose the tiramisu and it was to die for one of the best I’ve ever had. Love this place and will definitely be back

SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Cool vibe. Seems like a popular after work place.

IR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The empanadas from the chef were delicious. The fish tacos were excellent. The fish was crispy and the toppings were fresh. The bronzino was cooked to perfection with the skin being crispy. The desserts left much to be desired. I'd return again to try the nachos which looked amazing as they passed by on their way to another table.

L
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for restaurant week, so the value was unbeatable. I felt like our server kind of rushed us out a bit, but overall it was great.

EE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Lolita's, and it did not disappoint. From spectacular food to service I will definitely return!

AW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Both starting salads in the restaurant week lunch menu were great! The veggie burrito was flavorful and filling. But the coconut tres leches cake for dessert was dry.

S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, I had a nice time with my friend for restaurant week. Our entrées were fantastic, happy they had a lot of vegetarian options!

LN
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious drinks and food was amazing. Not rushed, enjoyable evening.

OT
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, especial mention for the Carne Assad. Had a table on the pavement great for people watching without being in the way. Service was excellent, good advice combined with a welcoming manner. Definitely recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was exceptional and so was the food.

R
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. I ordered from the tasting menu & was pleased with everything that I had. I highly recommend the fish tacos, my selection from the tasting menu.

J
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was great. Drinks were average and it’s a small place so loud. But the food makes up for any short comings.

ML
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good for casual gathering! Food & drink were very good!
Will go again!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional. Staff was nice and courteous despite how busy the place was.

L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Carne Asada was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great meal with wonderful service. Thank you!

T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I've been dining at Lolita since it opened however I have not been there in quite a while. The noise level was horrendous. Absolutely impossible to have conversation without yelling. I don't remember it ever being so loud.
Chicken enchiladas were very disappointing. Enchiladas were buried beneath whatever was on top and tasted to me like mush.
Service as always was excellent.
Real sorry to give such a mediocre review.

B
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best carne asada ever! Highly recommend it and Lolita!

SO
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The drinks and guac were fantastic but the tacos left much to be desired. I had the mushroom tacos and they were overly salted and greasy. Overall, the experience was lovely, but my entree was very disappointing.

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