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Lolo

4.3
381 reviews
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$50 and over
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Mexican
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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About

Lolo is located in San Francisco, California and specializes in Jaliscan-Californian cuisine in an elegant and colorful setting for all to enjoy. Guests at Lolo enjoy the Mexican-inspired dishes made using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The menu consists of organic items such as fried Brussels sprouts, shrimp ceviche, pork belly salad, octopus gorditas, carne asada, veggie omelet, chile verde pork butt, grilled beef tacos and carnitas.

During your meal, visit the agave bar at Lolo. Spirits offered at the agave bar are blended and mixed using mezcal and agave-based selections for sweet and healthy tastes. Try the homemade sangria or a sweet margarita to pair with any dish.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Regional Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(415) 643-5656
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jorge Martinez
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Private party facilities
Loló is available for private parties on Sundays. Please call us to book.

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Private party contact
Merdol Erkal: (415) 643-5656
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Catering
Ranging from bites for your party to a full service wedding.

Please call us.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th St
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Parking details
Mission & Bartlett Garage

90 Bartlett Street

(between 21st St & 22nd St)
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
5.0
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 1, 2014

Overall, the food was good but forgettable. Avocado tacos and drinks were amazing.

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jubilada (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2014

This restaurant is a complete delight, visually, gastronomically, everything! The ambiance is eclectic and tremendous fun! The service is superb! The food is fabulous. I came here with 5 of my lady friends (we're all over 60), and we were enchanted and blown away ... and all of us would go back in a heartbeat! In fact, I am, with a new group of people ... this time with youngsters and my husband!

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viphans (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 24, 2014

Food was good. Ecclectic decor. But you should really open on time (5:30 PM and not have your customer wait until 6 PM). Also, calling restaurant back to confirm my reservation - no live person who answers phone nor was there any voicemail options.

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gando (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2014

Went here for a girl's night with some coworkers and we all loved the drinks, food, and service! The food options were perfect for sharing and the drinks were fun and delicious! Will definitely be returning

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JPynnSF (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2014

Atmosphere - very fun. Food - the three times I've gone, I've enjoyed 10 small plates. Best asparagus I've ever had. Great carnitas - enough for 2 people. I crave the Windshield cocktail which they generally only serve at dinner but they'll make it for you for lunch, if you request it. The last time I was there, I was a bit disappointed in the service & drinks, especially because I brought two friends for their first visit. The wait person ignored after she took our order & at the end of our meal, she clearly wanted us gone. I didn't see anyone standing in line, so I couldn't understand the bum's rush. The lemonaid drinks were very weak (it's not on the online menu so I can't give a name). But generally, I've loved the food & service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 3, 2014

I love the old location of Loló but something got lost along the way when they opened the new space. Prices have risen and quality has suffered. Bland guacamole, overly dressed brussel sprouts, nice homemade chips and avocado tacos.

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MaraInRiverdale (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2014

This was an outstanding meal from every angle. Fun decor made us laugh a lot, great drinks menu - highly creative. Outstanding service and food was unbeatable. SO unique!

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Natalie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2014

Great Mexican-inspired cuisine. The meat (steak and chicken) were especially awesome. Go for the sopes and/or the tacos, and the kale salad was great as well!

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OLASA (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 30, 2014

It was like having Mexican tapas. Really different take on your typical mexican dishes. You know it's good when an 8 year old will try something and then say it's delicious!

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goodbutnotgreat (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 27, 2014

Good food, ok service and a bit too loud for normal conversation.

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KS123 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2014

This is now one of my three favorite restaurants! Everything was fabulous: food, decor, and service!

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sirfrancisrex (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2014

Super friendly Hostess and servers. Got every dish that was recommended to us and they were all excellent, The decor is fun and super cute too!

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vipJMinSF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2014

...and in their new location on Valencia St., there's more space, more light, more air ... with the same superb staff and over-the-top delicious food. A place this good generally goes downhill in quality (it's so good, there's really no place to go but downhill) ... but in the 5-6 or so years I have been off-and-on eating at Lolo's, this has not happened. Kudos to the management and staff for holding the line. I'll be back again and again.

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SFJazzer (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2014

On a Tuesday, Lolo was popping like Saturday night, and despite having to wait 30 minutes for our reserved table, we liked it a lot. The folks finishing up at "our" table took that half hour for conversation after paying their check. Lolo let us know they would clear that table immediately when the earlier guests finally departed, and they brought us complimentary champagne (very nice champagne) to ease our wait. The menu is interesting and the food we ordered demanded a return visit to try the attractive choices that we left behind. Only complaint: as lifetime SFers, we are not afraid of spicy and at least one of the red sauces was surprisingly bland. Our servers were very good, well informed, and we expect to visit them again.

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papaeco (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 14, 2014

Very nice ambience, Very nice menu options, Not so good food.

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vipLuvtoeatout (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 14, 2014

I had heard good things about lolo, but was really disappointed. First of all, it must have been 105 degrees at our booth. No sign of air conditioning or fans. I had asked the server about the shrimp tacos. She told me there were 2 on the plate. However she failed to tell me they were bite size. I was done with my lunch in 2 minuets, and still hungry. My partner ordered chilaquiles with a fried egg on top. They were dry, boring, and tasteless. My margarita was excellent, and I would have had another, had I been asked by our server. We both left saying the same thing "I'd never go back"

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Katie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 13, 2014

This is the second time we went to Lolo's and it was just as good as the first. The food has so much flavor, and all the dishes have a unique aspect to them. The place is relatively small and bustling, with crazy colorful and weird design. A great spot for groups or a date night. Highly recommend.

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vip4sustainability (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 11, 2014

Started on high note with wdfl beet/delicate cheese/fruity olive oil dish; downhill from there. Huge serving of browned, v. flavorful but a bit too oily Brussels sprouts, which took forever to arrive, was also tasty. Both grass-fed beef taco and carnitas sort of dry, bland--maybe because of late hour. Handmade corn tortillas had a slightly unfamiliar flavor that I didn't find an improvement over the standard.

V. friendly, accommodating staff.

I found my margarita kind of flavorless and the pina colada w. horchata just plain weird.
Music loud; w. a full house I imagine the place would be deafening.

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oMilo (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 9, 2014

was good not great but just right for an affordable lively /fun setting for good modern mexican

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2014

I would definitely return to try other dishes! The Shrimp Tacos were good, loved the beets and also the brussle sprouts! Service was fantastic!

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vipRncmc (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2014

Great restaurant, one of my favorites in the neighborhood.
Always have a great time

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andyland (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 6, 2014

Nice. Cute. Great friendly staff. They had really good recommendations on food. Yum!

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Katie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2014

This is a lively, fun an energetic spot with fantastic food. It's cozy and colorful, and you definitely need a reservation if you don't want to wait hours. But whether you make extra reservation efforts or decide to wait, it's definitely worth it. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable about the food, but not overbearing. The food was all delicious and unique -- cool takes on traditional tapas with really great flavors. The wine was also excellent. And finally, for as much hype as this place has and as busy as it always is, the prices are still very reasonable. I highly recommend this place for any occasion.

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VicBee (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 30, 2014

I was very fond of the old Lolo with its funky setting, its excellent tapas and hot staff. So I decided to try the new place. It's spacious like many trendy eateries in the City. The decor tries to replicate the cool Latin bohemian old LoLo but with so much space to fill the same decor feels a bit cheap. The food is still excellent, with maybe fewer choices but truly nothing to complain about. From small LoLo to big LoLo intimacy with the staff is gone. Service is good and I recognize a few faces so I'll just deal with my nostalgia. But big space means big groups, likely from the suburbs, and the noise level can be a little overwhelming. So if you're hip and young, LoLo is probably the place to see and be seen.

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vipDaFickleFoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2014

Is there such a thing as Mexican fusion? Is so, its Lolo's! I love this place, tapas style dinning so go family still and savor at least 5 items. Like most of my reviews, this place is always packed.

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viptunaslurpee (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 17, 2014

Food was great and perfectly timed, decor was fun, and service was very friendly and timely. A good time, for sure.

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Tishie (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 16, 2014

The service and the decor are terrific-really darling. The food was bland and not creative.

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marrei (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2014

even if the old location had more character, it's still my favorite restaurant in San Francisco and I would recommend it over and over again, always a great dining experience!

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vipluv2eat (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2014

Saw this place on Check Please and decided to try them. They have great tapas especially the tuna tacos and wonderful drinks too. Loved the domesticated wolf cocktail will definately be back.

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skdine (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2014

Lolo is very, very loud. Don't let that discourage you though. Lolo is perfect for dates or small parties. The atmosphere is fun but can also be very romantic. Come hungry enough to try multiple dishes. Some of the portions can be on the small side but that just means you have more room to try more dishes! If you like mezcal, they have lots of fun drinks to choose from.

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