Lolita Back Bay

4.7
1074 reviews
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Mexican
Rebellious Revelry.

Tacos.

Tequila.

Lolita is a bustling neighborhood cantina serving playfully authentic interpretations of traditional Mexican cuisine. The dramatic space is dark and rustic, loud with laughter and intimately lit by Murano glass chandeliers, custom stained glass and flickering candles. Bold colors, luxurious leather, graffiti art and a ceiling adorned with skulls are set against an elegant venetian backdrop. House-made flour tortillas wrap flavorful tacos and hand-crafted margaritas grace an elegant, Mexican-crafted bar. The vibrant and youthful ambiance is sexy, seductive and tailored for a night of rebellion and all out revelry.
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New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Very trendy!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Everything was exceptionally perfect. Taylor is definitely our favorite person there however the whole team is friendly and attentive. I wish I could share photos but we were too busy enjoying ourselves.

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1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time and we loved it & we can’t wait to go back

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LC
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

brought out the wrong food not once but twice... very frustrating experience

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BR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Drinks!!! Good place to hang out with friends!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good atmosphere for a date

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KW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It was my second time here. Small plates. Enough for all to share. I can’t wait to go back.

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Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. A little gem in Back Bay.

As a Texan I was a bit leery of a Mexican restaurant in Boston. Let's face it, Mexican and Boston are not synonymous. Austin maybe, but not Boston. Surprise, surprise, and the good kind. Although I'd say the food menu is more Mexican inspired than Mexican (which is fine, it's too cold for Mexican), the drinks menu is authentic, and this is at least as good a place to drink as eat.

I'll be back...

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MF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful restaurant. One of the highlights of my day trip to Boston. It was very unique, without compromising quality. The complementary tequila pallet cleanser before the meal and the cotton candy afterward were also a nice touch. The street corn appetizer was outstanding too. I’m so happy we gave it a try!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

amazing amazing amazing. obsessed. will definitely come back!! from the food to the ambiance. 10/10.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Yummy all you can eat Monday special!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the best Mexican food I’ve had in a while! Each dish was so amazing. Try the chicken quesadilla... nothing compares! Service was exceptional and the server was great at checking in with us and making sure our waters were filled. And the surprise cotton candy at the end was a great treat. Must try when in back bay.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants, went there to celebrate my bfs birthday and it was exactly what we wanted. Food is amazingg and the service is great too. Love the cotton candy finish!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

So a few friends and I celebrated my 25th birthday here at Lolita’s. The aesthetic was mesmerizing, the food was delicious, and the staff were so sweet. I really enjoyed myself and I know my friends felt the same way. I’ll def be going back in the future not just for special occasions but also for evening dining. Thanks again!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was absolutely phenomenal. Food was okay. Margaritas were phenomenal.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and ambiance, but the portions were very small for the steep price.

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1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food. Fun atmosphere

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It’s an overrated restaurant and the staff that I interacted with were very elitist!!! Also, food is okay but way overpriced and they have in small print ok the bottom a monetary fee that you have to pay to the kitchen... aka kitchen appreciation fee. Really now I am supplementing the kitchen employee wages. One and done too many great restaurants in Boston

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BF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love dining here

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous wait staff

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H
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Honestly, my only real complaint is how loud the restaurant is. I understand it's a bar, but it was 5:45 on a Monday when I went. My party was there for the food as well as the drinks, and it was difficult to have a conversation during our meal. The food and drinks were delicious as usual, though I did feel like the drinks were particularly stingy (mostly ice). For $15 a drink, you should probably give people a standard portion and not skimp by using way too much ice. All that being said, I really enjoy this restaurant, so I would love to see some minor improvements to make it even better!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best meal I have ever had! Food was outstanding!

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CD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Waitress was decent but then spilled all three FULL trays of salsa into my friends designer purse and barely apologized, didn’t offer to come anything and left us feeling like it was no big deal, as she continued to talk about it with both tables beside us like we couldn’t hear it. Neighbors were offering their own napkins because she just stood there and had to request she bring more. Very disappointing!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect and food was amazing!

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LD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Avocado toast is a must!!!

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SI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, helpful staff who were genuinely invested in our experience; excellent food and drink; just a really cool, different kind of spot in Boston.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Funky, hip,very loud vibe. So don’t go if you want to have quiet. But it’s super fun. Fantastic drinks, chips, cornbread and entrees. Paige was great! Awesome time.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best!!!

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool spot that is a must when visiting the area! The special touches like being greeted with the tequila spiked frozen ice (not sure what the official name is) and the cotton candy when your done your meal are awesome! Those are the type of details that matter and make a difference. Cool place with a funky vibe. Will be back when visiting Boston again!

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lolita provides a good and lively time in an interesting take on gothic-hosted tex-mex tapas. The portions are a little too small given the prices, but the quality of the food was very well ctafted. Service was also top-notch. Compared to other tapas in Boston, this is probably one of the best values while also being a vibrant atmosphere

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1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both chicken habanero and mahi mahi tacos are outstanding!! But the drinks were somewhat letdown. Both Tequila ice and pineapple coconut with rum were so-so. Quite loud even from a lounge standpoint!

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J
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lolita is always an interesting place to visit for a date, bar night, or casual night out. While I'm not as big a fan of the Back Bay location as I am of the Fort Point one, this spot is definitely a great place for a more intimate outing. The food was wonderful (it's clear dishes are Mexican-inspired and not authentic Mexican, but I liked it all the same), and I found there were plenty of options for me as a vegetarian/pescatarian. Chips/guac/queso are a given, but the real victory is their margaritas (I highly recommend their frolitas!). Service was wonderful.

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BF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the fun, open minded, metropolitan atmosphere.
I like the dark nooks, fun but not intrusive music, and fun waitresses.

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KL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

food and drinks are amazing. the food runners and waitresses are very nice, but the waitresses are very slow. the service is not the best. and the hostesses are standoffish and almost seem like youre bugging them when you check in

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We were in Boston for the weekend to see my daughter in a show at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. My sister, brother-in-law and I had definite plans to dine at Lolita, and my daughter was going to join us if she had time between rehearsal and her show. She did join us, but it was not nearly as relaxing as it could have been because our server was not at all attentive. I mentioned as soon as I saw him that we would need to keep things moving for my daughter’s sake. He said alright and he understood because people often have tickets for shows and events after dinner, but then he hardly came back to our table. Our hostess was delightful, and the food was exceptional. But our service was regrettably poor.
The only other time I have visited Lolita Back Bay was when we visited BOCO two years earlier. We had an amazing experience that evening, and we couldn’t wait to return. I will definitely visit again, but I will be wary of that server should we be seated in his section.

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1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great experience! My sons birthday outing and it was a lot of fun. Service was excellent, food was very good. Great experience.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable... this is a must if you’re visiting or live in Boston.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great atmosphere. Love LOVED the food. Especially the queso! Would definitely come back ❤️

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TS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lolita’s is terrific. It has a cool “underground” vibe, an outstanding bar with fun drink choices (for example, the Oaxacan Old Fashioned with mescal), and pitch perfect small plates that make it easy to try a number of dishes—including taco pairs—without any awkwardness. Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed by the crowd, but she was very nice, so it was not really an issue. All in all, a great place for a night out with friends or even business entertainment.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Food was good, but expensive for the quantity/quality. My food came out 10 minutes before my date’s food. Overall priced too high for what it is. Go for drinks, skip the food.

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