Lola's

4.5
231 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.

Safety precautions

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
What 231 people are saying
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RichardE
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food/paella was superb. Service over the top. Ate at an outside table

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding paella and fiduea. Lola’s is a unique experience!!

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penny
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food

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SuzanneS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was delicious! The service was excellent!

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ajgoakland
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved eating outside under the trees and with a heater. Paella was delicious . Mussels were disappointing and we were surprised to be charged extra for the aioli for the bread. But, overall, food was good.

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DRrum
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lola’s never disappoints! Great food and service!

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JoeS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good time was had by all

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WIlliamD
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a paella, a pasta and a stew all were excellent. Nice size portions.

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WillyM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a date night! Fantastic food and wine, will go again!

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AmyW
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to Lolas for 20+ yrs.
still delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood, even better paella. Highly recommended!

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vipnolachar
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dinner here recently. The server was very friendly. The food was absolutely delicious (and generous portions). The atmosphere is always fun.

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eastmeetswest
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in NOLA. Food, service and ambiance -- all good with the added treat of a pleasant night for eating outdoors.

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Sharlala
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As always, Lola’s is a garlic lovers paradise. Great food, friends, wine and ambiance. Yum...

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becktrin
New Orleans
60 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, our waiter was outstanding and so welcoming, and the outdoor dining option was delightful! We loved it and highly, highly recommend!

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LeyO
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has amazing food and excellent service!!!

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MARKF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood paella is literally swimming with seafood. Wish they had a few more non-seafood tapas since my partner is allergic but otherwise all excellent

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Odette
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved eating outside. The food was very good, and I love the location.
Noise is a big issue for me when eating out, and this was perfect to have a conversation with our table.

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Cess
New Orleans
46 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

sitting outside was delightful. Our server was very pleasant and the food was yummy

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DonnaM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lola's is a gem along Esplanade Ave. The quality of the food and service was outstanding. The selection of Spanish foods on the menu is awesome and I will certainly be back to try more of them.

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BDWelb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
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
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at Lola’s.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
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.

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KristaJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay. I was expecting better.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great !! Food always great !

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JulieZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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BranNOLA
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
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
7 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.

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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..

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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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vipCatH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lola's is the perfect neighborhood restaurant. It's cozy inside and now has a spacious outdoor seating area.

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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
vipChristineB
New Orleans
3 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
96 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.

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 4.5 stars by 231 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.