Lopez Southwest Kitchen

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664 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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Opened back in 1979, Lopez Southwest Kitchen in Cleveland Heights, OH is easily a local institution. Dedicated to serving cutting edge Mexican fare, it has also earned a name for its stunningly hot sauce known as Gorilla Juice.

The menu at Lopez Southwest Kitchen is extensive and blends the foods of a Southwest kitchen with treats found in a classic "tequila saloon". Patrons will be able to choose from an extensive wine and drinks list, including house cocktails. Food courses include classics like guacamole or fajitas, but also more unique choices like a white bean suave as a starter and wild mushroom tacos or the angry hippie BMF burrito for dinner. Whether you are a vegetarian or meat eater, there is something for everyone at Lopez Southwest Kitchen.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - , Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - , Sunday 4:30pm -
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Phone number
(216) 932-9000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Herschman
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is very flavorful. Haven't had a meal I didn't like. The margaritas are delicious. The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd trip to Lopez. Food was great both times. Waiter recommendations were excellent!

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London
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been there in years and years but noticed the menu changed as has our eating habits.
There were lots of choices for vegitariane and for fish. Plenty of options to shares with a small
fee. We ate on the outside patio and it was lovely. A charming neighborhood jewel.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Once again a great dinner at Lopez. Years ago at Lopez y Gonzalez there was a nacho dish that was jalapeno jelly and shrimp. It was our favorite, still remember it some 20 years later. If you could bring it back some time that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Again

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Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our BMF burrito was amazing. However, the traditional guac, at $9.00, was extremely overpriced and definitely not worth it. The guac was maybe the worst I have ever had in a restaurant, and definitely the most expensive. Disappointing.

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Cleveland
51 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food not very memorable. Service was tepid. Don't plan to return.

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Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When the first thing you see on the menu is the list of the staff... not just executive chef, but down to the names of the servers and service assistants and the parking valet... you know this restaurant is committed to customer service. And everyone came through. The guacamole trio appetizer is excellent, with traditional, bacon & blue cheese, and Lobster accompanied with escabeche. We shared four tacos - spicy grilled shrimp, seared tuna, catfish and smoked trout. All had incredible accompaniments like habanero salsa and gaucho crema. We also shared a dish of smoked gouda jalapeno grits. Yummy! Oh... and the nuevo flan was amazing as a finisher. We sat on the patio on a beautiful summer evening sipping pomegranate margaritas and wine. Perfect. This is not your grandfather's Mexican restaurant. I'm a grandfather, and I should know. This is a great one.

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R
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect place to take a friend who was visiting

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AH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding!! .....it was authentic & fresh Mexican food. We will definitely be back.

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Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were thrilled to find a nice place within walking distance of Cain Park. We laughed at some of the other reviews that compared the food to Mexican. Having traveled often to the Southwest, we knew the difference and enjoyed the creativity Lopez added to the traditional fare. We sat at the bar and had great service along with tasty Margaritas. We had grilled veggies , a smoked trout taco and a brisket taco, all of which were presented well and had outstanding flavor. I sure hope this helps bring along the Cleveland Heights neighborhood.

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LG
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious! The only thing that I would recommend to the owners is that they be more informative on their menu as to the "heat" of their dishes. My mother enquired about the suave, and was told that it was like hummus, only made from white beans instead of chickpeas. Sounded harmless enough, but turned out to be extremely spicy, so much so that my mom could not eat any more than that first bite (and she doesn't have that tender of a palate that she can't take a little heat...). The wait staff and kitchen staff very kindly made her another plate, which was delicious. The lesson on both sides is that it would be helpful if the ownership made the heat levels available on the menu, and to the customer, you should probably ask about the heat level of the dishes prior to ordering, if heat matters to you.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food !!! HIGHLY recommend.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in Cleveland heights! The food is always delicious. The only thing that wasn't perfect was the Mexican lava cake, which was actually a soup but the manager admitted it wasn't cooked properly and he didn't charge. The server was friendly and prompt. I'll be back as usual.

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Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend told me that I absolutely had to try Lopez, that I would not be disappointed...and she was absolutely correct! The atmosphere was very beautiful, the service was amazing, and the food was absolutely phenomenal! If you're looking for something different, this twist on Mexican cuisine is for you. We had the calamari, shrimp and grits, rice and beans, lobster enchiladas, and shrimp fajitas, all of which were delicious! The only thing that I had that I was not a fan of was the corn pudding, but hey you can't win them all!

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JW
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great side porch, small place, but one of our favorites in Clev Hts!

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KF
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got seated right away on the patio as requested. Our server welcomed us immediately and we were taken care of all evening. The food and drinks were great. Beautiful setting, great service and great food.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, we had wild mushroom burrito, excellent, our server Danielle gave us excellent attention, had a great time!

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CB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

My previous visit to Lopez (about nine months ago) left me eager to return. My friends and I were disappointed with our meals on our recent visit. A chicken dish was dry, and a shrimp dish lacked flavor. Though our server kindly arranged for a dish no longer on the menu, it was nowhere near as delicious as it was on my first visit.
Our server was pleasant and efficient, and the atmosphere was relaxing.

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the perfect place to enjoy mui delicioso Mexican fare before an outdoor concert at another Cleveland Heights jewel, Cain Park. The spicy shrimp tacos and the jalepaeno grits are the perfect combo, along with a cold Pacifico.

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Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great. Drinks great. Service great. Patio great.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always excellent! Hugh is the best! Most cozy patio around!

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Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to meet a friend that I hadn't seen in a few years and we both loved it. The food selection was great; just what we were looking for!

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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Server felt the need not to write down our order and forgot to enter our appetizer order. Our entrees came but did not get appetizer

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Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lopez is always yummy and fun. Love the casual atmosphere and good food. The drinks are great and servers do a nice job.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Lopez!
Hugh runs a great restaurant!!!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time visiting Lopez with my friend, and she specifically requested Lopez for dinner when she came into town. The food was very and service was excellent and the owner even came to our table to ask about how our evening was going. I can appreciate the extra care taken to make sure that the dining experience was to our expectations. And it was. I would recommend Lopez highly and I did.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing.

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Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I've been to Lopez 6-7 times and have never had a "bad" meal, but I finally figure it out what it was missing. I am never Mexican satisfied when I leave! The food quality is good but it is bland and it's like going to PF Chang and thinking you are eating Chinese food.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lopez has been around for a long time and every time I go I am impressed with the service, the quality and originality of the food and the overall experience. Always meets my expectations. This time I went with friends prior to a play at Dobama and the service was efficient but not rushed and the food was impressive.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome menu. Great selection of tacos and unique margarita flavors. Service has been excellent both times we've taken our office for a team dinner and everyone has had a great time. It's just a little pricier than I would expect in the Cleveland suburbs, and the tuna taco was very bland (maybe out of season?) We'll still be back!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lopez Southwest Kitchen was a really nice dining experience. I went with my family to celebrate my confirmation. The reason I wanted to go there was because I love Mexican food. I was not disappointed by the food at all. First, I ordered the traditional guacamole which was good. The salsa that is complimentary is THE BEST SALSA I HAVE EVER HAD. It is fresh and addicting. Next time I go I will probably not get the guacamole because it is expensive and not all that impressive. The prices were reasonable, but a little high. The lobster enchiladas are $24 which was one of the most expensive meals. I would hope to eat at Lopez Southwest Kitchen again.

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Key West
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the casual, up-beat atmosphere upon arrival. The twinkle lights in the trees make the restaurant so inviting! The service was impeccable and the food of very high quality. The jalapeno smoked gouda grits were excellent! Can't wait to go back!

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Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful outdoor patio, delicious food and friendly, attentive service. And then there's the margaritas... One of our favorite spots!

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Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited Lopez on a Friday night in a group of 3 people. Our food was delicious. I chose a vegetarian quesadilla, which had a lot of flavor. The pinapple mojitos were also very good. The service was very good and we had a great time. The noise level was moderate -- not so loud that you had to shout in order to have a group conversation. I'm looking forward to coming here again soon.

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Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was really, really good, even by Lopez' standard. The food took a bit longer than one might expect; it was busy but not unusually so for a Saturday night. Server was a pro and very nice, and the portions were large - all three of us took extras home. The only disappointment was - surprisingly - the margarita. I didn't ask specifically for fresh lime juice and the color and kinda-sickly-sweet of the fake lime flavor was a downer.

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Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lopez, Cleveland Hts. Is a very welcoming busy dining spot. The serviccwas very good and informative. We were not rushed on a Saturday night. Drinks were good, food too. Pricin seems just a tad high, but many menu items are very creative.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fajita steak was overdone. Brisket on taco was dry. Carnitas burrito was our only good entree. Lopez is not as consistently good as it used to be, unfortunately.

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Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner with friends here on Saturday night. Had very good Guac to start, with some nice pickled vegetables on the side. Then I had the Escolar fish special, which was outstanding. Very flavorful. My wife had the Hippie Taco, which also was very good, and that came with a side of cheese grits, which were to die for.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my second time at Lopez and I enjoyed it just as much. The drinks and tacos are amazing. While our waitress was a little slow this time (esp since it wasnt as crowded) a man who I think was the manager made up for it with great, attentive service. Excited to go back when its warm for the patio.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been approximately 8 years since our last visit and I find myself asking why we waited so long. Everything about or meal was excellent, the service, the food and the drinks. We won't wait so long to come back!

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