Lola's

4.6
207 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Lola's is truly authentic Spanish food, with a twist, in New Orleans. We are a local restaurant in the Mid-City area serving traditional Spanish dishes that have influenced the local Creole cuisine for decades.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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

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BDWelb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

So disappointed— while I can think of reasons of why it was such a poor experience, this isn’t a review of what could have been rather than what was. We arrived for our 8:30 reservations at 8:26. We were promptly seated and sat…and sat. We finally were asked about cocktails and served some water. During this time 2 tables were sat. They both were greeted and had drinks before our server appeared. When he did appear to take drink orders we asked about the tapas— more about the portions and he proceeded to explain the meaning of the word tapas— to a Spanish speaking Colombian. Hmm. He offered bread when we placed our order for tapas. It never came. On the off chance the server or restaurant manager sees this review, here’s a thought…When a customer inquires about the menu, that is the time to note which items are not available. No ceviche? No problem, but when you tell us about the menu, then we proceed to order say, the ceviche, maybe it’s a bit too late to indicate that we indeed can’t have the ceviche. Our tapas all arrived at the same time. Generally that’s not how small plates are served.

All in all the food was ok. Garlic shrimp. Boring. Nothing special. The grilled calamari was over cooked and lacked flavor (we didn’t go beyond our initial bites on this one— he did remove this from our bill). The crabmeat tropical—a great name for a dish that was anything but tropical and another disappointment.

We were only asked about drinks in the beginning. Well not when we arrived, but after sitting there for 15 minutes, then waiting for another 20 minutes for the cocktails to appear. The drinks were heavy on tart and lacking any resemblance of the promised spiced rum- the first ingredient listed on the Blackberry Basil cocktail.

Certainly not worth the Lyft from the French Quarter. Poor service & uninspired menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lola has changed over the years. The food was disappointing . Tuna did not taste fresh. The wait for the food was very long. We stayed there 1.5 hours longer than we wanted too.

KJ
KristaJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was better than expected. Get the crabmeat tropical!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay. I was expecting better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great !! Food always great !

JZ
JulieZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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BranNOLA
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! Lola’s is outdoor seating for the most part, so, know that you may encounter a mosquito or three. It’s a very authentic, small place as well, so, while service is excellent, things are just gonna run at a slower pace. Order a bttl of wine or sangria, get the garlic mushrooms (omg), enjoy the beautiful oaks and charming neighborhood, but don’t be in a hurry.
We had the garlic chicken and meat paella as entrees and couldn’t have been more delighted. Both were delicious and I brought half the paella home...full, tipsy and planning my next visit! SO Pleasant!!!! Love Lola’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to sit outside. We are so glad we did. This definitely was a mom and pop place, and the service was excellent. The paella was delicious, but the caldereta (lamb stew) was the shining star. Their wine list was a nice selection for very reasonable prices.

GT
vipGus2Tori
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A bit slow, but the food was outstanding.
Garlic shrimp appetizer, followed by gazpacho and then meat paella. We ordered the salmon as well, but too much food: we were forced to bring it home!

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vipNOLARealtor
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service rushed and inexperienced. Took water before I could get a sip. Asked for deser order while still eating entree. Food mediocre.

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Grace
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lol Us is one of the most consistent restaurants in New Orleans. The food delicious, the service friendly, setting is charming when dining alfresco.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good but the kitchen was super backed up on the main course, paella, so we did not order that. We weren’t given silverware or napkins. They seemed super shortstaffed which I understand but seemed like kind of a bust for paying over $100 for a meal..

RG
ReneG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Too much garlic esp. the butter. Also no one checked for vaccination status.

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vipConcierge
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was savory and delicious. The service, outstanding. And the atmosphere was cozy and delightful. I had a blast.

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vipelised
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly waitstaff, quaint building. Definitely will go back

CB
ChristineB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We’ve been wanting to eat at Lolas for awhile now and finally were able to make a reservation. We were very disappointed! I tried to stay open minded even after it took 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive. I tried to be considerate of the fact that it’s hard to find good employees now, but I saw at least 3 waitresses outside which seemed like sufficient for the amount of tables. We sat at 6:45 and our first drinks arrived after 7:15. I was offered bread and butter, as a preapp, but it came as the appetizers arrived. The whipped butter was basically garlic with a touch of butter. Then, the waitress stared at me as I scoffed down the last bite of my appetizer when the Paella came out! We were also very disappointed with our $51 plate of Paella! It was rice with a very small amount of seafood. We will not be going back to Lolas for dinner!

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vipNola4luv
New Orleans
94 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The interior has been redone and the comfort level is just “ ok” on the benches. The Simon paintings are missing and so is some of the “fun and funky” vibe and the friendliness of the staff is subdued.
The food however, is still FABULOUS! Even with the limited “Ida” menu, the paella was WONDERFUL as was the garlic shrimp. The almond nougat ice cream is also just the same delicious treat as before.

DW
DWill
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent neighborhood dining experience. Great food and prompt, very friendly service.

NC
vipNiColel
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love this restaurant! Sangria is a must .
The food is always delicious. We ordered the seafood paella and it didn’t disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful drinks and food with great staff and an incredible ambiance. This was my second visit and just as good, if not better than the first!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every aspect!!

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MattH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Since it is paella, it does take longer to cook than most foods. However, this makes it a perfect place to converse with friends over a bottle of wine.

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celesteb
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This place surely has gone downhill. Used to be great. Took 20 min for drinks, 30 min for appetizers (cheese plate and ceviche with stale chips), paella was good. Sat outside with mosquitoes biting us....had to ask for bug spray. Drinks were tasty and were the best part. Wont go back anytime soon.

JC
vipJeanneC
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Asked to reseat, and then enjoyed being out front. Most of the dishes were very sauce heavy. Enjoyed the music. Service was very attentive until it was time did the check…felt like hours.

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viplilbanjo
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dependable, with lots of flavor and imagination. Small plates are great! And Ryan is a terrific server.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lola’s was such a great experience. Can’t go wrong with sangria and paella!!!!

TN
TheresaN
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the awesome food and experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Has been a go to of mine for over 20 years. I love this place!

GD
GentillyDawg
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasty fresh food. Amazing ambiance. Will definitely be back. Loved it!

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Chupachups
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

While there was a thunderstorm that first shut down the power/internet upon arrival, the team was very honest and pleasant while waiting. (We arrived all wet from the rain). Once they were able to serve, the food was true to its origins. I loved the ceviche, the paella was great and the sangria was excellent. Service was prompt, attentive and friendly. I was full but got tempted by the Nougat ice cream... not disappointed. A nice place to discover !

DA
DAVIDB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great but too many flies at outdoor seating. Fans would help greatly.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The hostess, Cassidy, is extremely accommodating and tried her best to get us a table despite our last minute changes. The red sangria is excellent, though we didn’t get a chance to try the white. The garlic shrimp and mushrooms are a must try. We also had the seafood and meat paella, which was extremely fresh and flavorful. The only heads up I can give is to outdoor dining. When we received our food, flies swarmed upon us and we had to cover the paellas with napkins. Would definitely recommend indoor dining instead, the experience was excellent overall.

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Mmmmm
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Way too expensive for the amount and quality of food.

JL
JoannL
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people, authentic, reasonable! Loved our waiter. Only recommendation is to change music to perhaps classical Spanish guitar,
. Seemed very Latino instead of Spanish on the music background!

GM
vipGlennM
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Atmosphere is great, especially sitting outside. We had the paella (combination). Flavors were ok but the arborio rice was undercooked, and there was no crusty soccarat. I still will give this restaurant another try as I do like the atmosphere and like supporting the local restaurants.

JE
JacobE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I come to New Orleans , Lola’s is a must. The place is wonderful. Food is amazing .

BL
BridgetL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and had the most beautiful quaint atmosphere and we were looking for this type of experience. Lively but not too loud and beautiful evening. The crabmeat appetizer, shrimp pasta dish and feadeua was so so good! Drinks were excellent and service superior! We will be back when we return again!

DB
DanaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your looking for great Spanish food, this is the place to go. The food is amazing and the service is top notch. I highly recommend the paella and the crabmeat tropical appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Extremely disappointing. There are too many great places to waste time and money on this. We will never be back.

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victor
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It had been quite a long time since my wife and I ate here . The other couple had never been here . We ordered a myriad of appetizers and entrees . Everyone was pleased with their food . We all ate our savory food and could find room for desert . Very pleasing

FAQs

Lola's does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Lola's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 488-6946.

Lola's is rated 4.6 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.