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Lola's, New Orleans, LA

Lola's

4.4
4.4
381 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 15 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 381 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Neighborhood Gem

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Outdoor Dining

  • New Orleans

    Neighborhood Gem

  • New Orleans

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. CM

    CarlaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Discovered Lola's last time I was in New Orleans, and both trips it proved to be the best meal of the visit
  2. g

    gromagosa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I accidentally booked this reservation for the wrong date, but Andre saved the day and got us a table! Andrew, thank you so much for your kindness and for accommodating our group. The cocktails and food were both fantastic, and we can't wait to come back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Server was great! Getting a cocktail was very slow I guess do to one bartender? My girls love the food , so it was for their birthday! Mine was ok
  4. B

    Bigchief

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    The food was good but the service was terrible. We sat for 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. The appetizers came before we were served our drinks. And this was happening at every table. Also the entire top of our table was sticky. It felt disgusting. Won't be back for awhile.
  5. CH

    CaitlinH

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had to sit outside due to a large party, so it was…warm. But not the restaurant’s fault. Services was awesome, ambience fantastic. The only ‘issue’ would be the cocktails were a little lackluster/seemed rushed/incomplete. I would still come back and recommend.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Cuatomer Service was bad
  7. TS

    TanujaS

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a gem. The flavors are always fresh and service is pleasant and friendly.
  8. R

    Randy

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best paella that I have had, and I have been to Spain a number of times. The homemade white sangria was excellent. Been here a number of times (pre-Katrina) and it never fails to be a wonderful experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    It just wasn’t what it normally is. I like Lola’s but this experience was not the best. The table kept moving about. We had a paper plate under one of our dishes. The paella wasn’t as tasty but lioked presentable. A fly flew into my drink. Our waitress was kind and quick to swap out the drink. Things just felt chaotic on this night.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    I made a reservation through Opentable for INDOOR seating - a necessity in the middle of summer - and even had to wait for a late 8:45 pm reservation to get indoor seating for 6 people. When we arrived, the hostess lied and said it was booked as outdoors. He was incredibly rude when I showed him the Opentable confirmation that specifically said INDOOR seating and refused to simply admit that he messed up by seating another group at the only indoor table of 6. Because our reservation was so late, we had no choice but to stay there and sit outside. It was miserably hot! But our waitress was great, and as always the food was delicious. We were able to move inside once the other party left - but that was after an hour of sitting outside and sweating in the heat. Bottom line - they do not honor indoor vs outdoor reservations. If that matters to you, do not go to Lola’s in the summer!
  11. GC

    GaryC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    When we came in we were told they had no bread but then they got some. Then I was told they had no mozzarella for the salad but then they went bought some. I believe they went out of their way to please us. But I did find that the tables were kind of small.
  12. v

    vanessaj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved hanging on the porch whilst enjoying a myriad of cocktails in the most beautiful colors and flavors, paired with delicious food. Excellent service and beautiful environment
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful service and delicious food!
  14. G

    Gabby

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely loved this restaurant! I just moved to New Orleans and I really wanted to enjoy some Spanish food & I am so glad I found this restaurant! The food is so fresh and tastes amazing! The staff was super friendly and very attentive as well. Our server was so helpful with choosing food and drinks and she had an amazing personality (I think her name was Rhianna). All in all, please eat here! I will definitely be going back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The experience was good, I love the outdoor seating, minus the mosquitoes lol. The food took a little longer than expected to come out. But that was ok, it gave me some time to talk with my date.
  16. RM

    RitaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the wait staff was courteous and friendly.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    We had 9 people there for my 30th birthday party and spent close to $700 and our waitress was downright rude to us the entire time. I was the only person she left without a drink or bread for about 10 minutes after the rest of the party got theirs. She acted exasperated every time someone ordered a drink, asked no one else if they wanted anything and would come back and drop it without looking at anyone and dart off leaving most people drinkless through most of dinner. She told me not to get the paella otherwise “I would be keeping everyone else from eating their dinner” because it took longer to cook. Despite not getting it we waited nearly 2 hours for food and half of us were done eating before the others got their first bites. At the end of the meal she dropped the check without asking anyone if they wanted dessert or another drink and told us 20% grat was added and proceeded to stand over us and watch as we collected money from everyone for the bill. She made us all so incredibly uncomfortable and none of us have any interest in going back and will let everyone know as much. We are all service industry here in New Orleans and it was really a shame to see you have such a rude and inapproprIate person at such a potentially lovely restaurant. Luckily we had a good time because of who we were with, but certainly not because of where we were.
  18. NL

    NancyL

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and atmosphere was wonderful. Our server Sophie did amazingly considering she appeared to be working our entire area solo. The young lady who bussed our table Mason, I think was her name , super attentive and was a great help to Sophie to keep our dining experience on point . Will definitely recommend and looking forward to returning.
  19. A

    Achr

    Caribbean

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Paella I have ever tasted!! Do not miss this place on your visit to New Orleans!!
  20. LA

    LindseyA

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to New Orleans for years and have some how missed this gem. The food was delectable, the service amazing and the outdoor space was perfect for our last night in the city. We will most definitely be back!
  21. e

    efm3

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Food was excellent but outdoor table was unappealing and impacted the experience. Service a little slow.
  22. EB

    EricB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    flies everywhere, food was not as good as it used to be.
  23. TP

    TeresaP

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Been going to Lola’s for nearly 20 years but last night they were having a bad night—or at least I hope that’s all it was. The garlic shrimp seemed to have curry in it (😳), the duck was tough, and the tuna was overcooked even though it was ordered rare-med.
  24. JC

    JohnC

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    What saves Lola's is the ambience. This was my 2nd time . It's just a wonderful place to sit outside on Esplanade in New Orleans and enjoy the vibe. We were a party of 4. All of us had different dishes and we all agreed the main courses were way over salted. We tried, but three of us couldn't finish our meals. The side dish I had (green beans) had no flavor, or maybe my taste buds were shot from the over salty-ness of the main dish. This is the next day and I still can't get the salt taste out of my mouth. The bread and aioli were, of course, very good. I'd give the service a C-. We got our order eventually but the service was disconnected and very slow. I don't think I'd go back.
  25. a

    anonymous

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    2 dishes were inedibly over salted. Our server never apologized and shrugged off the issue, deflecting with “hopefully this dish is better!” Asked for the check, and the server hadn’t taken either inedible dish off our bill. Fortunately the hostesses was kind enough to apologize and fix our bill.
  26. FB

    FoodieBlake

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    We come to Lola's pretty regularly. It is one of our favorite restaurants. This time, however, was horrible. The service was lacking. took us over 20 minutes for anyone to even ask us if we would like water. (Normally, they are faster.) They forgot our actual drink order which we had to tell the waiter multiple times about. Our waiter, we only saw when we placed our order and when he gave us our check. We will definitely come back though because the food is always outstanding. I am hoping this time is just a fluke???
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    staff at Lola’s are incredible people. super welcome & open. really beautiful inside and outside. loved the ambiance + the food was incredible. hands down the best dining experience I had in Nola. get the garlic butter shrimp, you won’t regret it! big thanks to the super sweet hostess & my waiter. ❤️
  28. LV

    LasVegasLenny

    Las Vegas

    104 reviews

    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An great neighborhood restaurant. Started with gazpacho and ajo blanco (almond soup) , followed with seafood paella and duck ended with custard and chocolate cake. All good. Ajo blanco and paella were excellent Staff is friendly, informative and competent.
  29. S

    Steven

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a great experience at Lola's! They were super slammed after Jazz Fest and were short staffed but still managed to provide a good time and delicious meal!
  30. KO

    KarenO

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Make this your first post fest stop : the treeshaded outdoor seating is a great spot to get off your weary feet and have a drink and a bite ( or three ) with bonus peoplewatching .. We had refreshing G and Ts, some ceviche, delicious gazpacho, and a seafood paella Service was attentive but unhurried A great experience we will no doubt want to repeat next time were in town
  31. BW

    BobW

    Kent

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    We were super excited to try this restaurant, but it was a nightmare. We ordered the Sangria which was basically cheap red wine with lemon and honey , that’s not Sangria! As a home owner in Spain for 20 years that was the worst Sangria I ever tasted. We then ordered Ceviche and Shrimp In Garlic and for main a paella. The ceviche was not good, shrimp ok, we then waited an hour for the Paella , we complained to waitress who basically did nothing and then a manager came out and offered us a Paella from the street food seller rather than wait longer (20 minutes) for our freshly cooked Paella. So we told him to cancel our food and we would not pay for our starter ( Sangria paid for before) and walked out. That was our worst experience ever in Nola in 5 years of coming to Jazzfest. Avoid this Restaurant!!!
  32. GG

    GabrielleG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great servervice from syd!!
  33. VC

    ValerieC

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere in the side garden. Great service and excellent ceviche!
  34. J

    Johnv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Longtime favorite, been through some changes, and emerged just fine. Outdoor seating has added a new dimension. Service (thanks, Casey!) and food were outstanding, as always. The rack of lamb, though pricey, was worth every penny - best ever!
  35. AR

    AllenR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, appetizers were great. Paella was a little too dry. Had reservation for 7:15 but was not seated until nearly 8. Not restaurants fault, other guests were lingering for a long time at tables
  36. RM

    RobertM

    New England

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Food was mediocre. Sangria was more like lemonade. Paella was mostly rice, not a scallop or oyster in sight. Four mussels in total for four people.
  37. K

    Keng

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Not like it used to be Over salted over garliced (didn’t know that was possible)
  38. NG

    NestorG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Best Paella ever!!!!!! This place is a 9 out of 10. Only thing I did not like was the dessert. The flan was not to my liking but it was ok. Everything else I have tried in the menu it has been amazing. Their Ceviche is a bit different than I am used to but its ok. Again amazing place and food. Staff is great. Would visit again.
  39. EP

    ErikaP

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Outdoor seating was excellent.
  40. KG

    KellyG

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    You can’t beat the setting. Sit outdoors! The food isn’t outstanding overall but the garlic shrimp was very good.

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 4.4 stars by 381 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
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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