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Lola's, New Orleans, LA

Lola's

4.6
4.6
475 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Breakfast Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 488-6946

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tal Jones

  • Catering

    Please Email lolasneworleans@gmail.com

  • Neighborhood

    Mid-City / City Park

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 475 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Great for outdoor dining

  • New Orleans

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. C

    Charlene

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always good and our waitress, Noel, was the absolute best! How lucky are we that we get to sit outside in December.
  2. CH

    CathrineH

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Servers were awesome, food was delicious! We really enjoyed the mixed paella and the garlic mushrooms and garlic shrimp!
  3. o

    outoftowners

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It's obvious the owners have never been to Spain. The food is decent for New Orleans Creole, but nothing amazing. I know they have been around for 30+ years, so they must be surviving on reputation. There are much better restaurants to spend your money in.
  4. n

    nolatab

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food are always great here. Restaurant is a neighborhood gem. Wine was excellent. We were seated promptly upon arrival.
  5. d

    dmsesq

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the staff very friendly and accommodating. Always a great experience.
  6. J

    John

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff was super nice and attentive. Inside is very intimate.
  7. HA

    HAMDINER

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We had high expectations for this restaurant especially since my wife is named Lola. We were to say the least disappointed. The hole in the wall bodega atmosphere was good and the service was also good. The food not so much. The main seasoning was garlic. The butter served with rolls was inedible being essentially ground garlic. The crabmeat tropicale shredded crabmeat over avocado slice was ruined by garlic laced aeiolle sauce. Even the Caesar salad dressing was over laced with garlic much more than expected of a usual component of the dressing. The seafood paeilla was loaded with seafood which was unfortunately over cooked and burned and stuck to the pan. The bright spots of the cuisine included the tomato basil salad, slices of tomato interposed with thick slices of mozzarella covered with thin slices of red onion and basil, smothered in balsamic vinegar and oil. The red sangria was sweet and served with finely chopped fruit floating on top of the wine glass. Overall, our experience was not positive. For those that enjoy eating garlic straight up, this may be your spot.
  8. e

    elleceleste

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and prices are on point for both food and wine. Music was a little louder than I would have chosen, but we could still have a conversation even with a party of six.
  9. D

    Duke

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Server was very polite and engaging but not very attentive. Could be a Covid thing or busy night but had to request a server twice before they to our drink order.
  10. LL

    LouLou

    Boise

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so good that we went back two nights later!
  11. K

    Kara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit to Lola's and I highly recommend. The signature paella dish is worth the wait. The Pisto is also excellent. Fresh and delicious. I also recommend sharing some sangria and a tomato and mozzarella salad while waiting for your paella. Lovely, peaceful, and comfortable.
  12. RB

    RuthB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The paella was delicious, the service was both efficient and friendly. This was not my first trip to Lola’s, and it never disappoints!
  13. SM

    SMHV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have to give kudos to Monique the host who was able to seat us an hour before our reservation as I made a mistake. She was delightful accommodating and made it look easy to change it for us.We really appreciated her service. She’s also cute as a button. Casey our waiter was also a joy! We had the seafood paella and the antipasto.Both were fabulous choices. I highly recommend Lola’s!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, i first dined at Lola’s 25 years ago and the intense memories withstood the test of time. The food and service are top notch!
  15. JH

    JasmineH

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lola's was FANTASTIC!! The food was AMAZING and the service was impeccable!! Natalie is a Superstar!!
  16. BN

    BranNOLA

    New Orleans

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Lola’s! It’s awesome and out front is nice.
  17. F

    Foodie

    New Orleans

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lola’s is what you call a neighborhood gem. Small and wonderful. We ate outside on a beautiful New Orleans fall night. I had the Caesar salad with a side of the lentil soup. Yummy. It always tastes fresh and nicely seasoned. Great little restaurant.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great paella!
  19. BB

    BernieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Ordered food with no veggies; plate arrived with veggies. They said it'd take another 45 min to get it right, but we didn't have that kind of time to wait again. Didn't even off to adjust the bill through this inconvenience
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can never go wrong here. For the last 20 years the food is always amazing every time we eat here.
  21. KS

    KristeferS

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Loved the paella and got nice and crunchy at the bottom. The almond soup was super yummy too and I have never tasted that before. It was nice to try new things.
  22. P

    Pete

    New Orleans

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food. Waitress and host gave us some great tips. Will be back.
  23. MG

    MartyG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good experience. Good food and ambience. The servers are always super kind and helpful.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, savory food. Lots of garlic! Great find.
  25. h

    happydiner

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chamelle (spelling?) was our server. He was very helpful with menu selection, gave us a lot of attention, and made the dinner memorable. Food was delicious and so were the cocktails and sangria. It was a nice night and the outdoor dining was perfect.
  26. LL

    LorraineL

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy neighborhood vibe, light and easy outdoor seating. Delicious lamb abd lovely wines. Perfect autumn dining Iim iconic New Orleans ambience.
  27. LB

    LorettaB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG, the food was amazing. It's a smallish place, so reservations highly recommended, but the paella was to die for. Started with a salad to share and we could NOT believe the serving size. Everyone got a serving (6 of us). HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Lola's. Will definitely return
  28. t

    tominmarigny

    New Orleans

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We visited on Saturday evening. Obviously the restaurant was struggling (? Staff shortage). They were out of angel hair pasta so no Fiduela so we ordered paella which was borderline over cooked or under a heat lamp too long. They were also out of Cesar's dressing and crab salad. Our waitress was very pleasant and kept apologizing about service which was slow. She had to double as bartender. Not sure what or when we will return. So many restaurants in New Orleans that can deliver a full dining experience.
  29. w

    wino

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Flies were bad outside
  30. MC

    MichelleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful- great service and food! Would highly recommend.
  31. CB

    ChristinaB

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Paella was great. Appetizers pretty small for price and nothing special.
  32. S

    Sandbatch

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spanish food is hard to find and even hard to find well executed. This place was a real treat, and it's location on legendary Esplanade is sure to make th experience a pleasure.
  33. CR

    ColleenR

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    I have been wanting crunchy crusty rice stuck to the cast iron seafood piaya like I had in Europe. I finally got into Lola’s and am very disappointed. The piaya was bland and the rice looked as if it was cooked in a separate vessel then put into the hot skillet before serving and they do not clean their shrimp and it was very gritty. So if your expecting real classic piaya with saffron this is not it.
  34. ST

    STEPHENC

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We live in the neighborhood and have tried Lola‘s previously. We weren’t overly impressed the first two times so we thought we’d give it another try. Service was friendly, but just efficient. Server did not go out of his way to make any recommendations. The drinks here were subpar at best. I had a sangria which was basic. My partner had a Sazerac. They didn’t have rye whiskey, so they made it with Jack Daniels. It was very watered down and not made well. My husband decided to order a margarita. This was a mistake. The drink tasted like watered down lime juice—no tequila, no agave, nor any type of orange liquor. The drink sat untouched on the table for throughout the entire dinner; not once did the server ask if something was wrong with the drink. We scooted the drink to the left side of the table and he still didn’t notice. For the entrée, we got a seafood paella. It was OK but nothing compared to the delicious paella. We had straight right across the street. We had half the amount of seafood for two people in our paella as we were used to getting at the restaurant across the street. The outside ambience is incredible, but I that will only get you so far. We asked for a salad to be split; the salad was dropped quickly between the two of us with out any share place north with it being split in the first place. We struggled and used our bread and butter plates after splitting it ourselves, since no share plates were offered. The service I expect, for paying $40 for an entrée, is not someone to just take my order and walk away. I expect to be checked on, brought the correct flatware and appropriate plates. The server should checking to make sure everything is OK at the table. I am asking for the appropriate level of service to match the prices paid. If a server comes back to a table and the entrée or drink has not been touched, there is a problem. anyone can take an order and put it into a computer. If you charge $40 for an entrée, your staff should be more educated.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was delicious the only downside was that when we got there they were out of many things from the menu / stop serving some items I would just add times to their menu for the items the don’t serve after a certain time the running out of food is understandable for some dishes but food and atmosphere was good overall will come back at an earlier time to get the other plates for sure
  36. RD

    RonD

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We have eaten at Lola's for over 20 years. The food and service are as good today as they were doing our first visit!
  37. j

    jenndoug

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    No one came to serve us, servers just walked by ignoring you. The hostess ended up taking tables and working the hostess stand. The food was blah, way over priced. Overall not a great experience. Would not recommend.
  38. b

    bohand

    San Francisco

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have loved this restaurant for years. I started coming when it was routine to go across the street to Whole Foods to choose a bottle of wine before you had your liquor permit. I no longer live in New Orleans, but I try to make this a regular stop when I am in town. The quality of the food and level of service have remained amazing in the last 22 years. You've also kept all of my favorites on the menu like the grilled calamari, pistolettes, and of course the amazing paella. I wish I could remember our servers name as he also gave the most amazing service that I am accustomed to getting at Lola's......oh and I can't forget the homemade almond nougat ice cream .....OMG heaven.
  39. BC

    BrettC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the garlic soup and the pistolettes with garlic aioli are a great way to start off a meal.
  40. B

    Brian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food combined with a very friendly waitstaff and comfortable outdoor outdoor seating made for an excellent dinner night! I will always suggest newcomers to try their seafood paella.

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
    • 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

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 475 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 12 times today
Google Map for Lola's

3312 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-3132

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Mid-City / City Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Breakfast Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tal Jones

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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