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lolita: vinoteca+asador

4.5
4.5
164 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lolita is a modern American restaurant that embraces the flavors, traditions and simplicity of Mediterranean cuisine. Enter and be greeted by the warmth of the custom wood-fired grill, traditional hand-operated equipment, and rustic walls adorned with our thoughtfully curated wine collection. Reminiscent of an Old World bodega, neighbors and visitors alike gather throughout the day to share wine, small or large dishes, and a lot of congenial conversation.



Sit at the zinc bar, or cozy banquette, and savor an espresso from our vintage machine; linger over a leisurely lunch, or stay into the evening to sample our extensive menu which showcases the freshest ingredients. You can also enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail or explore our wine selection, with over 75 choices by the bottle and 15 by the glass.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch & Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:30pm Dinner: Every day: 3:30pm - 10:30pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 775-5652

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Guy Hernandez

  • Private party contact

    Stella Hernandez: (207) 775-5652

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Atlantic Street

  • Parking details

    On-street parking is readily available in the neighborhood.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 164 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On a recent trip to Portland, we were lucky enough to grab a later dinner at Lolita. What a sweet and romantic little place. The staff was wonderful - our waitress was incredibly helpful with wine suggestions and wonderfully fun and light. She was there when we needed something without hovering. The food was incredibly yummy. To start, we got two toasts and a pot. Both the Rapini Toast and the Roast Pork Toast were really balanced and packed a punch. The Smoked Bass Pot was the only item that seemed less flavorful - there was little to no flavor of smoke to it and it was overwhelmed with dill. Next we got the Fire Roasted Marrow Bones (the mushrooms that accompanied the marrow were delectable!) and a special Beef Carpaccio which was beautifully cut and delicious. We finished by splitting it close to perfect Bucatini and the sweet and juicy Wood Roasted Clams. The wines we got were super tasty and the pacing of the different course was spot on. We'll definitely be coming back on our next trip!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We are so lucky to have Lolita as our neighborhood dining spot - easily accessible even in a blizzard!
  3. GH

    GregoryH

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an absolute treat! Went with GF for brunch and the food and ambiance were just great. I would highly recommend!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It's our go-to super-fancy spot in the East End. The service and food are always spot on. It is always worth the splurge. Always.
  5. DS

    DianeS

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, very unique flavors and perfect combinations. Love the small plate dining so you can try more diffent things. Loved it!!
  6. FC

    FlippytheClown

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was ok, nothing special. A little too hipster-chic to be taken seriously.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. Started going here before/after shows at the St Lawrence theater. I've never left hungry or unsatisfied. Highly recommended.
  8. MD

    MDM2

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful dinner. We have been to Lolita many times. It never disappoints. Cozy atmosphere. Unbelievable food. It remains one of our favorites.
  9. N

    Natty

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great cozy spot on Munjoy Hill! Excellent shareable small dishes plus more substantial fare. Good drink menu! Very pleasant and helpful service.
  10. ST

    SusanT

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!!! And our server, Ben, was wonderful! Highly recommend the leek tart with gravlax!
  11. S

    Steph

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Nice vibe, cute place on Munjoy Hill. Food was disappointing though. I expected much more since the menu looked so interesting and tasty. Dare I say everything was a little bland, except dessert (Which was amazing!!!) The waitress was attentive and patient, but wasn't very warm and seemed a little annoyed by our questions.
  12. FM

    FalMarME

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Fun place. Great starters & drinks. Staff is wonderful. Grilled meat & fish are the standouts for mains. Occasionally uneven.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here for dinner...the staff is welcoming and professional and the food is packed with umami--everything here has a punch of flavor. The drinks are always interesting and tasty. Love the experience every time!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2017

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    If the chef who prepared the pastas (mushroom and ink) had tasted either one he/she would not have let them leave kitchen
  15. KA

    KarinA

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lolita never disappoints! My two favorite times to visit are Sunday brunch/lunch and Monday happy hour (the latter especially in the summer when you can sit outside). The food, wine & service are always top notch.
  16. j

    jenniferw

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    casual but hip. Creative, beautifully executed food. Innovative but not trendy. Favorite spot in Portland. Excellent cocktails--again, creative but not at the expense of taste or sense!
  17. p

    peterk

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not what it uses to be... Years ago I gave this place 5 stars. Great food friendly service. Not tonight. First the food. I had rabbit liver with wilted spinach. The liver was tasty and warm but the wilted spinach was clearly wilted in advance and was fresh from the refrigerator. This is just poor food, with a we don't care anymore attitude. One slice of the speck was dried out and was probably sitting there uncovered and I got the first dried piece. The service matched the food, uninspired and very basic. Towards the end I spilled something on the table, it was boldly visible. The waitress came by 4 tines and couldn't miss it. But didn't care to wipe it off. The bottom line. I senesced a "we really don't care" attitude. The warm Pellegrino blended right in. This is sad...
  18. Q

    Quimby

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice for brunch. Interesting new (to us) baked dishes of eggs, meat, pancake combos. Delicious & delightful. Try it for a different taste treat.
  19. W

    Willw

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2016

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We really loved the atmosphere and had very good servers. The food missed the mark for us, the mussels had a good taste but were rather small and very little was given, the flatbread spread was pretty good and the best of what we had. I recommend the Old Cuban for their mixed drinks.
  20. S

    Scottparker

    New England

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality and creative dishes are amazing.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful, modern, upscale dining! Plenty to like here, from the extensive wine list, great food, terrific and knowledgeable service, to a decor that is gleaming, clean and gorgeous. There are plenty of small bites and larger fare to suit all. Highly recommended!
  22. GH

    GHST

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Tasty and innovative food - we especially liked the 3 for $10 appetizer options. also ihe medium-sized entrees were very good and different. But with one cocktail and one glass of wine, the total quickly hit $100 for two - which seems rather pricey for not enormous portions.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Limited selections and very average food/dining experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Munich

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2016

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Excellent. Went for a Monday tapas night, wine pairing with a small bite of food.
  25. 8

    8vicki

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    intimate dining area, very creative meals. we enjoyed the small "pots" as appetizers. cooking done in the open in an open wood fired oven. great wine list, wait staff, very knowledgeable and friendly. a bit out of the downtown area, in a residential neighborhood. Unfortunately, there was sand in the bottom of the clam cassoulet.
  26. GG

    GinnyGail

    New England

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We cannot stay away from this restaurant! see my review on 9/10/16!
  27. DB

    DomB

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this was just a great night out - very much enjoyed the food and atmosphere - many different dishes just made the night out even more pleasant
  28. G

    Gdgirl

    New England

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best steak in Portland! Served Italian biftecca style... this porterhouse for 3 is delicious and a great value.
  29. AA

    AAU1

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved lolita! Our server was amazing, and gave us lots of tips about what to do on our Maine vacation. Thanks, Emma and Lolita. Highly recommend giving it a try!
  30. M

    indieMarley

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Charming neighborhood bistro away from the Old Port touristy hustle and bustle. Excellent wood oven roasted clams and most flavorful ever mixed greens salad. You will feel like you escaped to Paris for the night.
  31. G

    Gracieednagus

    New England

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at this restaurant was a wonderful and different culinary experience. The food was fresh and most was from the local region. Our servers were gracious and patient as they explained the various options on the menu and that all of the food is prepared over an open fire. Our meal was delicious and the interior of the restaurant is very unique.
  32. CS

    CherylS

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I had Sunday brunch and though the menu was limited there were still a number of options that made it hard for me to decide. My server was welcoming, warm, and patient with answering questions and allowing me time to decide. The dish I chose was more of a lunch item, since I was not going to be able to try a dinner. (I am not a resident but was visiting Portland) I enjoyed the pasta dish and side green salad, the sauce was interesting and had a nice bit of spice to it. I could tell they care about quality of ingredients, flavor and creative cooking. (Local and in season matters to me and I strive for those kinds of places as much as possible.) If I were to return for Brunch again I would try a more "breakfasty" item to see how they do eggs and such. The atmosphere was low key at the beginning of brunch. The environment was fun and I can imagine that on a busy night it could be louder and a very "happening" kind of vibe. Lolita was one of the places recommended by the host of the airbnb I stayed in and when choosing on line for where to actually go, Lolita appealed and I was not disappointed. (They did not have availability for a night visit when I made my reservations, so I opted for trying the Brunch.)
  33. RA

    RAndB

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have heard amazing things about Lolita for a long time and I was so pleased that it lived up to its hype. I went with a friend and got some of the 3 for $10 toasts, pots, and snacks (I really recommend the tuna , the steak tartare, and the eggplant! So delicious! We also shared a bowl of the gnocci with sage broth and carrots; which was cozy- but in comparison to the other bites we had, it was bland in contrast. The duck confit served in the little cast iron pan with the egg and jalapeno was my favorite of the night! Our servers were absolutely stellar as well. Katie was a sweetheart and Montana was divine.
  34. C

    Carync

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waitress, amazing food and wine. This was our second time there. Can't wait to go back to Maine!
  35. GG

    GinnyGail

    New England

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We cannot stay away from this restaurant! All of the awesomely wonderful restaurants in Portland that we've tried and this is one of four that we return to frequently. the bresaola was so tender and tasty; the marmitako ( perfectly cooked tuna topped with mussels in a broth) was deliciously different; the asado was lamb that was so tender and delicious with the skordalia and fennel! and always, a great bottle of wine! The waitstaff is always friendly, extremely knowledgeable and just plain awesome. We walk away, happy!
  36. l

    livbysea

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lolita never disappoints - food, wine, staff always great!
  37. M

    Myles

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service.
  38. KS

    KarenS

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2016

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The appetizers were the best part of the meal: Chicken Liver Pate was creamy and super tasty. All the entrees were just "meh": and while some were supposed to be served room temperature (brisket), most of them came out room temperature. They forgot to put in the order for one entree (mine, with an allergy alert), and didn't realize it until all other entrees were up and served. I sat at the table while everyone ate around me, since I couldn't taste many of the other dishes because of allergies (the server did tell me one dish that I could taste from). They offered to get me more bread to tide me over, I declined as I didn't want to fill up and not be able to eat my dinner. At that point, they didn't offer any other compensation (i.e., discount/free desert; glass of wine). Server was kind; but overall---none of us were wowed by the food enough to come back or recommend to others.
  39. JR

    JimR

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good food, very eclectic and somewhat limited if you are a very fussy eater. We really liked the neighborhood feel
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, as always!

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lolita: vinoteca+asador is rated 4.5 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Atlantic Street

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch & Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:30pm Dinner: Every day: 3:30pm - 10:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    On-street parking is readily available in the neighborhood.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Guy Hernandez

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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