Lolo's Surf Cantina

4.3
43 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
For those who want to escape life’s daily woes and return to a place where rolling waves meet crystal clear skies, there is Lolo's Surf Cantina.

Experience Lolo's Surf Cantina-- Inspired Mexican cuisine, steps away from the beach!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 6:30am-11:00am
Lunch & Dinner: 11:00am-11:00pm
Bar Hours: 11am-1am
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Phone number
(305) 735-6973
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Ampudia
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Cross street
Ocean Drive and 2nd Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at The Stanton Hotel where we are right next to. $15/3hours with validation from us :)
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 43 People Are Saying
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4.2
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3.9
service
3.6
ambience
3.6
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Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service is very slow. Food is average Drinks are premium priced.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Could not be worse. We made this reservation for a party of 10 and a friend made another for a party of 8 because we were 18 friends excited to watch the final of the WorldCup in the so claimed one of the 20 best spots in Miami to watch the WorldCup. We arrive and they had just one TV facing the tables and just one side of us could see it because the other side was facing the other way with no TV and they were right below the only TV. Then we noticed they didn't have the channel but were streaming from an online site and was continuously loading and the worst thing is that the view was from the fix camera in the top of the stadium so impossible to follow the game. The manager was a disaster and careless. He never ensured we could watch the final but just reacted after each complain and had no idea how the streaming worked and how to select the right camera/view. He went inside the kitchen to "fix" something and never came out. After 10 minutes more waiting we decided to leave but the waitress mentioned we had to pay what we ordered so far which of course we didn't eat because we were standing up complaining. She said it was either that or wait for the manager. So we waited complaining of course another 10 minutes without the manager going out until a waitress came out of the kitchen mentioning the manager was not going to come and we could leave in the last act of cowardice of that manager. That's how a party of 18 friends plus everyone else there who were not in our party missed the final of the WorldCup in a place claiming to be one of the 20 best spots in Miami to watch the WorldCup all due to the worst and most coward manager I've ever seen

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MH
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The host kept saying we didnt had a reservation even though I showed her the confirmation. Waiter services was fine and the Chelada was really good. Food was ok.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Half off tacos on Tuesday which was a nice surprise. Get the crab and mango appetizer so delicious!

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K
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

nice, casual and unspectacular (in a good way) place. awesome food but down to earth. nice change to all the other overpriced restaurants in this neighborhood.

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Def was not what I was thinking! Seems like a great place to get a drink, but the food was a bit over priced for what it was.

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ZS
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

I made a res for Cinco De Mayo. We had friends in town and we thought it would be a good spot for some Margaritas and Mexican fare. When we got there, the music was super-loud and I knew it would not work for my guests. I noticed an out door table looked like they were just having drinks. When I asked the hostess if she would check and explained about the music, she sprang into action, confirmed they almost done, and kindly moved us to that table. It may not seem like a big deal, but in this town it is. So go, drink and eat and enjoy.

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CM
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual Mexican

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, prices and service. Will definitely be back

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Some of the worst service I’ve experienced in a long time. It took forever for our food to get to us, and even longer for us to get the check, and then even longer for the waiter to give us the correct check because he inattentively gave my friend and I two of the same check, even though we ordered very differently priced items. We essentially had to hunt our waiter down time and time again so that we could get out of this restaurant.

The food was hit and miss. My shrimp tacos were good, but surprisingly ungenerous. My friend got what had to be the blandest and greasiest burrito that made her feel so gross that she couldn’t finish it. It’s weird that there’s about a $2 difference between my literally tiny tacos and her massive greasy burrito.

Additionally, and this isn’t unique to this place, but I ordered coconut water and it was $13!!!! Coconuts literally fall from the trees and cost almost nothing. Meanwhile, this place thought their very small coconuts (though delicious) were worth more than an hour of minimum wage.

Overall, this was a negative experience and I would not recommend the service, food, or prices to anyone.

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TC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Main food & drinks were excellent, along with guacamole. But the tortilla chips & “salsas” were the worst I’ve ever had at a Mexican restaurant. Great atmosphere for a hotel restaurant.

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went on a Monday evening and it was pretty empty. The food and drink were good. The service was ok. I would love to go back when there is a bit more energy in the place.seems like a cool spot.

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Miami
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place, overlooking the park...good place for a drink and a quick bite...sit outside at night if there is room

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VI
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were too good! Had a few and was very pleased. The food was delicious. I had a salad and added shrimp which proved to be the right choice. The service was great, and the restaurant/bar was a friendly, vibrant environment.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately We haven't eaten because they didn't inform us about the Nye menu. They have 2 different menus: 1) menu alla carta or 2) menu for Nye.... but the first one was not available

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the pre fixe New Years dinner

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One dish was sent back as it was cold, two dishes did not arrive and one dish half arrived - drinks took for ever and no one seemed bothered

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Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

So, we've eaten here several times. Always love the food and price point. This evening, I took friends along, but oh no... We were all disappointed!
The street corn was small and not very warm, the kale queso dip was lukewarm, the service was non-existent, the tacos were nothing like we've had in the past, especially the fish tacos, which had the tiniest piece of fish imaginable on the taco....
It was just one thing after another. Normally, at a dinner, you would have time to enjoy 2-3 drinks, but since the waitstaff never came to check on us, we had only one drink... And this was even with extremely slow service! Funny thing though, after all our food was gone, we still wanted another drink ( which, btw... are really good), so we made a deal amongst ourselves... if someone came within five minutes, we'd order a drink, if not, we'd leave. Well sure enough, at this point, someone came right away! So, we had another drink. Haha. Ugh. I hate to leave a bad review, but I'm afraid I do not want to go back, other than for drinks. I'm pretty bummed about it. Even more so that it had to happen in front of friends that we had raved about it to.

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Miami
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Well not too much to say. We walked in and there was no host so we just sat ourselves. We waited for 10 minutes and watched as servers just walked by us and then we left. Not exactly sure how we even got these open table points because no one was there to check us in like I said earlier. Anyways, thanks.

Typical Miami Beach restaurant. Probably will be closed in a month or 2. Let’s see.

In the meantime, if you are looking for free opentable points just make a reservation here because there is zero accountability.

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Orlando
110 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Food was good but portions very small. Music very loud. Service was just awful. Server was very hard to find. Had to wait until we were almost finished to get a drink refill. When the food finally arrived, I got the wrong meal and had had to wait 10 minutes for my meal. We had to get up and find our server to get our bill.

To top it off, since it took so long, we were late for an appointment so we didn’t thoroughly check our bill and we were charged 18 percent service charge for two people. Very tricky. No wonder service was so bad...they get their tip even if they provide terrible service. Never again.

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DO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

We used to love this place - great neighborhood joint - not sure what happened during the last 8 month - the service was bad
Drinks very poor - watered down - just bad !!!!

Food was still ok - asked for fresh pepper though - got pepper and salt shaker which looked like they were borrowed from room service from the Marriot

The guacamole- very basic! No kick - no love
All in all - very disappointing ! Was half empty on a Saturday night ! So sad that nothing lasts in South Beach !!😪

Originally we were told that the chef used to work for La Esquina in NYC ( which is the best ) I wonder what happened here !!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointed for a Marriott property restaurant.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Probably the worst Mexican food we ever had.
Ordered enchiladas. You get 2 that look like perogies and are hrs crusted
Mexican hotdog. The wiener is a small one that looks like it came out of a package. You can get a bigger one for $2 at Costco.
Tortilla soup had no thickness. The margarita was watered down. Haven’t had worse. The noise level inside was off the charts so we went outside where they had 1 table for 4. Our total bill for 4 was more expensive than joes crab house. I will never ever go here again or recommend it to anyone. We still laugh about how we got ripped off here. Live and learn. Do yourself a favour and go elsewhere.
By the way, I NEVER comment on restaurants. This is my first, but I had to warn others.

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CB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I was expecting excellent food based on many of the reviews I'd read. The food was underwhelming. My wife's fish tacos had little flavor. My rib eye tacos were ok, but didn't taste remotely Mexican. The tacos were soggy and barely warm. The rice and beans were ok, but weren't hot.

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BR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Matt the manager is a true professional. Wow, warm welcome , wonderful wait staff and the ribeye taco was the best I have every had. We will be back

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Ate there at night and love it so much went back the next day for a new offering they had... breakfast. Had the Corn app, rib eye tacos and my wife had the chimichangas. Tender and just awesome. The corn cake desert was the best. Very unique but amazing. Breakfast was awesome too. I had the butterscotch pancakes which reminded me a bit of bananas foster and my wife had the breakfast burrito. It was so big I had to help her finish it and it was insanely good. This place is a must visit.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Efficient and friendly service.
Great and tasty food.
Will definitely return.

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MP
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Miami Spice Week Dinner @LoLo's!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I stopped by with my family for a lunch a hot day. Everyone loved it so much, even the kids insisted that we go back 2 nights later for Supper. We loved it!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love love the mahi mahi fish tacos and grilled corn on the cob! Fabulous!!

The manager was so kind and engaging. Fun experience :-)

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Some of the most creative Mexican offerings we have ever encountered. Make sure you try the Street Tacos and Corn on the Cob app. Great authentic ambience and right on the beach.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food! Definitely returning.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Delicious food! Very friendly service and attentive host!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic Mexican food, even better service, and incredible vibe! Found my go to spot in South Beach.

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k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome guacamole. Delicious fish tacos. Really good.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tortilla soup was exceptional , Pacifico on tap is another winner

Everything was great

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Lolo's! Awesome Fish tacos and Rib-eye tacos. For a healthy option the Kale Salad is amazing. It's a perfect stop after the beach and we just discovered that you can order from a stand on the beach and we'll be taking advantage of that next time!

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MG
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

While I realize it was Cinco d Mayo, the busiest day of the year for most Mexican restaurant, this restaurant was totally unprepared for a full house. We were seated fairly close to our reserved time, however it took about 20 minutes to place our order, which we did for both our drinks and food at the same time. We would have preferred our drinks and guac & chips first then the rest of our food. This did not occur. After about another 20 minutes, all of our food arrived, except for one person's, and still no drinks. I then spotted a manager who promised to get our drinks. Shortly after our drinks did arrive and the waitress said there would be no charge for the drinks. We dared not order anything else, paid our bill in cash since we were not sure how long it might take if we used a credit card. I had to search for the waitress to then give her the cash. The food that we did have was tasty and I would consider a return, but this time the manager should not only offer drinks but also to comp our food. We live in the neighborhood and would like to return. Let's see if management can entice us.

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SC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grashopper Guac and organic chicken tortillas with vegtables and homebrew beer

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