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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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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.

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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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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.0
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5.0
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3.0Dined on August 1, 2014

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on June 27, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2014

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on June 14, 2014

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

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on June 7, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2014

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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1.0Dined on May 16, 2014

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on May 14, 2014

This place is hard to describe but it's easy to say that it's exceptional, outstanding, exquisite and fun... Do not miss the occasion to taste their cocktails also!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2014

The menu reads like a dream but the actual dishes were fairly ordinary. We were disappointed. The waitress and staff, however, were very friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

All the recommendations were fantastic. We will be back next time we visit SF.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Happy to have a reservation here for lunch last Saturday, since we got the front table in the sunny window! Service was friendly and helpful in helping us decide how many plates to share. We enjoyed all the dishes we ordered, including the rum/beer/lemonade drink I had.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2014

beautiful food, service, and heartfelt experience.....

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2014

The food was awesome - we were with a group of four and shared a bunch of small plates. The waitress showed up to the table after we had been sitting at our table for literally 20 minutes. We wanted to order more tapas but since our waitress was MIA we decided to go get ice cream instead. I was with some friends who I hadn't seen in a long time so the missing waitress wasn't an annoyance - it more became the running joke of the night.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2014

I enjoy this place every time I come into town. The mezcal margaritas are fantastic. I have everything on this menu and love it all.

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2014

We have gone to Lolo for many years - everytime we had friends/relatives in town, this has been our destination with exceptional food & service. Unfortunately, it seems that moving onto Valencia to hit the big time hasn't worked out so well. Service is poor - the staff seemed overwhelmed and not so friendly, prices have gone up and food has declined - the panko seafood tacos that people come to Lolo specifically for (this was reported by the waiter) were cold, squishy and overwhelmed by pineapple chunks. Sitting towards the back, we got icky wafts of toilet odor. We'll be looking for a new go-to restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2014

I arrived slightly late (10 min) for our reservation and they were really kind about it, even turning people away while my friend waited for me. We started with cocktails and I was really, really impressed by the quality of their bartending. It's worth a visit solely to try their "windshield" cocktail, a smoky, perfectly balanced combination of mezcal, scotch, lemon, and bitters (if I am remembering correctly). We were hungry, so we got 5 plates between 2 people, and we probably could have done 4, but we were excited to try everything. Everything was delicious, but the avocado tacos were really incredible. We couldn't finish dessert, but the creme brulee and ice cream were both rich and satisfying. I definitely recommend checking them out.

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2.0Dined on May 1, 2014

I went to Lolo at its old location and loved the food and the atmosphere, so I was eager to take two out-of-town guests for dinner at Lolo's new location on Valencia St. Unfortunately, I doubt that I will go back. Some dishes were just ok, some were quite good, and all are still very reasonably priced. But in addition to the restaurant being crowded, which was fine, it was filled with extremely loud technopop music, with no Latin flavor and no real character, but with a pounding bass. The high noise level, due to the music, made it difficult to converse without shouting and made the dining experience rather unpleasant. Lolo feels like a bar scene with food now. However, if you don't mind very noisy places, you may enjoy it.

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