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Lala's in the Lakes, New Franklin, OH

Lala's in the Lakes

4.6
4.6
313 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Welcome to Lala’s, we are a new casual upscale dining experience located in the Portage Lakes. We pride ourselves on our customer service and strive to make every visit better than the last.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (234) 571-4757

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    For private events inquiries, please contact 330-437-5541

  • Neighborhood

    Akron

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 313 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Contemporary American

  • Akron

    Best Overall

  • Akron

    Best Food

  • Akron

    Best Service

  • Akron

    Best Ambiance

  • Akron

    Best Value

  • Akron

    Innovative

  • Akron

    Neighborhood gem

  • Akron

    Romantic

  • Akron

    Good for special occasions

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  1. K

    Kasey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks! Brussel sprouts were amazing!
  2. LA

    LiAnn

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    outdated décor, uncomfortable booth, food not hot and overpriced, loved our waiter, though and good charcuterie board
  3. b

    benb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My wife and I went on 1/13/23. Made a 7:30pm res. We walked in to the front desk and 2 staff members were there. They looked at us and then back to each other to continue their conversation with each other. They looked annoyed that we walked in looking to be seated. After a few minutes, we were seated. From that point on really good service and food quality and presentation were fantastic. Lala's was very busy so food took a little while, but not to bad given the volume of people there. The live piano player was great to add some ambiance to the night. Our server Rhea was very nice and easy to work with.
  4. KT

    KonnieT

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our neighbors. They had never been there. My requests for seating were above and beyond! A special booth by the window! They loved the food and so did we as usual! Outstanding service and quality of choices and food.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We love going to Lala’s. We were seated in the bar area and we prefer the more quiet dinning room side. Also, I am short so I don’t like hightop tables because my feet dangle. I will request not to be in the bar area next time. The food was fantastic, our server was amazing, even when the bar got super busy and he was doing both!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    First time here and was looking forward to trying after hearing great reviews. Brussel sprouts appetizer was great and then everything else went downhill from there. Salmon and Halibut were dry and lacked flavor, mushroom risotto tasted like lime, potatoes had no flavor and the cheesy grits were completely off and didn’t work well with the salmon. My wife gets salmon almost every time we go out and felt like this was the worst salmon entree she ever had. Server was nice but our service was very slow. Ambiance was nice with the piano player but certain aspects are very outdated. Might try again since we’re close to give them another chance, but just overall a very disappointing meal for the amount being charged.
  7. TH

    TomH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was good; background piano. Service was good even though a little short staffed. While a little expensive, the food was great and well worth the cost.
  8. PG

    PaulaG

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere!!
  9. a

    adamk

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got there a little early and got seated then so we had a glass of wine. Our waitress was very polite and courteous. She was timely with our order and revisited our table numerous times but not annoyingly. Our food was delicious. (The only drawback was the spring vegetable side dish was over cooked and slightly mushy.) I I have had them before and were cooked properly so it might have been just an oversight? The rest of our food was great. I will defiantly return and recommend to friends and family.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Our server was great. Took a very long time to get food and then it was cold. Manager came to our table to see how things were. We told her about the cold food and she didn’t care. Not worth the $200 we spent.
  11. l

    lovfinedinning

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our evening. Our server was nice and attentive. The food was great and so were the drinks.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome atmosphere, great food and our server was fantastic. It was my wife birthday so we finally got a night out without the kids. Our server ( sorry i cant remember her name) was very understanding and just let us order at our leisure. Never pressed us about time so we sat and enjoyed ourselves. She had the salmon and i had the 22oz bone in ribeye. Both were cooked to perfection! By far one of our best experience around the portage lakes area.
  13. DB

    DonnaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was there between Christmas and New Year, it was busy, but beautiful and the food was amazing! We shared the apps and I ordered the 8oz center cut steak. I would go there again!
  14. WB

    WendyB

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Took mother to celebrate her birthday and nothing was done. Nobody told her happy birthday. No acknowledgement at all. To add insult to injury they brought a piece of carrot cake to the table while we were waiting for my husband to get the car. I thought it was for the birthday but then they said it was for another table.
  15. JJ

    JustinJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. WG

    WaterfrontGuy

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great as always. Preston was our server and did a great job!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was great
  18. RK

    RoseK

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We really enjoyed our experience at Lala's yesterday. It was decorated beautifully for Christmas. The food was excellent. The restaurant had a vintage vibe, that made the ambience very cool. We will definitely be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , service, ambience.
  20. MD

    MichaelD

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of our go to visits when in town
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance and presentation is fabulous! Food is extraordinary and the staff is very kind, attentive and helpful! We’ve been there multiple times and have always had a wonderful experience!
  22. L

    Littlekings

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We try to go at least once a month. Staff is classy, drinks are well made, food has always been great.
  23. a

    adamk

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a group of four for the evening. We all had very good meals. The service was very good as well. The place was moderate to capacity for a Saturday night. We would all recommend this place to our families and friends. We only live several miles from the restaurant and over the years have watched this place change hands several times. Finally, I think they got it right! In passing the only thing that I do miss on the menu is the bean salad/sour dough rolls and the fried chicken livers they used to serve. They were always among my favorites.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining and the food and service were great! I’ll definitely be back.
  25. M

    Marc

    Cleveland

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came across under neighborhood gem….it truly was.
  26. MG

    MaxG

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks, and service were great as usual!
  27. JO

    JOEV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lala's on the lakes was a fantastic experience for my girl fried and I. We went there for a date night and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was fantastic, the food and drinks were great and came out very timely. Will be going back in the near future!!
  28. DA

    DebA

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty Halibut! Enjoyed the ambiance & waitress was very personable- thank you!
  29. O

    O2bamy25

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We went for my dads birthday but they actually put “happy birthday Amy” on the table. (Which is me) I wanted the bar, was told it was all reserved but most tables were open and we didn’t see where I could specifically ask for the bar when reserving. (I’d like to note dinner was at 545 so it wasn’t super late) The dining room has pretty fancy decor- it isn’t needed. The chargers are, quite frankly, useless. It doesn’t need to pretend to but Uber fancy, it’s a nice place. No excess decor needed. The good is always delicious. You can’t go wrong with anything. We were disappointed to find out the fried chicken wasn’t available on the weekends. (Weird) All in all we really do enjoy this place. Parts of it makes me think they’re trying too hard (chargers) and the rest makes me hope it stays longer than the previous places.
  30. M

    Mercedes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. First time there and it did not disappoint! Will definitely be going back.
  31. MF

    MarkF

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the bar area and live music. Great duck wings when they have them
  32. D

    Dissatisfied

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Lala's hit the trifecta -- it was overpriced, the food substandard and the service was poor. Despite this, we gave our server a 25% tip (because we are saps). But we will not go back. We definitely did not get our money's worth.
  33. MK

    MicheleK

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy this restaurant and are never disappointed with the entire experience
  34. JJ

    JohnJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad we chose LA La's to celebrate a family member's birthday. First had the complementary bread with seasoned dipping oil and Buffalo deviled eggs along with jerked shrimp. Deviled eggs were amazing. Myself and another party member got the chicken over tomato risotto and were very happy. Portions were generous so that we had leftovers to take home. Wife got the filet mignon and it was delicious as well. Decor was very nice. Enjoyed the ambiance with music selections as well. For an older building, the place was spotless and updated very tastefully. Had a bottle of wine and a couple desserts which all shared. Service was great as well. Not cheap, but if you want a special occasion or intimate experience I highly recommend LA La's. There is nothing like it in the area ( that I know). Kudos to the entire staff!
  35. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I tried the restaurant on a whim and it is now in our top three all time. She had the glazed salmon and I had the Korean BBQ pork shanks and both dishes were outstanding. Our server was very helpful in helping us decide our meals as my wife and I were torn between a couple choices on the menu. We will be returning in the future to try more.
  36. MF

    MaryF

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is the best resteraunt experience we have had in YEARS ! The food was FANTASTIC! ( My chicken dish needed reheated) The prices are very reasonable! Bar is excellent and our service was incredible!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration. Perfect night , service, food . Staff , bar , kitchen were all on their game . Everyone seemed happy to be there . Just fantastic!!
  38. M

    Mack

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We waited 45 minutes to get a drink when we arrived. The food was excellent, but the steaks were overpriced. Seafood and chicken dishes were very good. The service was not impressive. We had to get up and get salt and pepper from an adjacent table. A hostess took over from the waitress to bag up our leftovers and was extremely helpful. I do not like the policy of adding 2.5% for using a credit card. To add insult to injury they then taxed the total including the credit card amount.
  39. FM

    FaithM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend of mine suggested I check this place out for my husband’s birthday because I was looking for somewhere new and nice. She was spot on. The atmosphere was beautiful! Our waiter Richard was amazing. We love our wine and asked Richard what would he suggest and he was spot on. My husband had the ribeye and I the pork chop and they were both delicious. My husband’s favorite was the goat cheese appetizer. It was to die for! Definitely will be going back on our next special occasion. A little more on the pricey side but well worth it!!
  40. MD

    MichaelD

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely evening. Jenny was fantastic

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Lala's in the Lakes using the Order Online button. Lala's in the Lakes also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (234) 571-4757.

Lala's in the Lakes is rated 4.6 stars by 313 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Lala's in the Lakes

4315 Manchester Rd, New Franklin, OH 44319-2653

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Akron

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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