Denver >Food & Dining > Lola
1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO | Directions 8021139.759243 -105.010976
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Northwest Denver, Highland
Fun people, nice staff, good drinks, bad food – Two stars for the friendly and fun staff and the bar crew...like 5280 says, this is a great place for drinks. But if you're thinking of actually eating here, thing again. The starters are OK, but the rest of the menu is dog food. I'd rather eat mud.
Not great food or service – I have been to Lola's several times. My friends all love to go there for happy hour. The patio and the guacamole is really the only thing that I could recommend. I think the food is expensive and very mediocre, ordinary at best. Every time I have been there it's been very crowded so of course the servers are very busy, but still no excuse for snotty, bad service. I love the patio and the location and I really wish they would do something to improve this situation.
Best Restaurant in Denver....no contest – Fantastic Atmosphere & decor
Happy attentive staff
Creative menu with fantastic food and wine list
This place is at the top of my list....you've got to check it out!
Very poor service, mediocre at best food!! – At brunch, our service was terrible!! We asked numerous times for silverware, cream, etc. When the food arrived, we did not get steak knives, napkins, many items that we needed with our meal. We asked several people including our server to no avail. What up?? How can a server be walking by so frequently and not care period? Ridiculous!!!
The sweet potatoes on our dish were literally raw and inedible. We asked to some to be prepared properly, but instead received little fried nuggets? Who knows? The bacon was deep fried! Again, no care from this restaurant's kitchen. Someone needs to really rethink what they are going after. If it's just selling booze then let it be know, but to keep hyping it up about the food, forget it.
Anyhow, this is the last time we are going to LOLA. In the past we have put up with too much mediocre accross the board from them, but this is the last straw. Other brunch places, Lucille's, Devil's food, Cafe Bisque, Snooze, oh just too many to name that truly care.
Great food – The service was great and the food was excellent. I got Salmon with a sort of olive saute beneath. My wife got albondigas, I think from lamb. The ceviche was good and the dessert was good too, although strange- it used something that seemed like pop rocks. I have been to La Riviera Maya in Mexico, and this is the closest to that style of food I have found in Denver. Good coastal Mexican!
Awful food – I went to Lola's after a friend recommended it to me. I usually eat at Il Posto or Potoger so I figured a new place wouldn't hurt. Boy, was I wrong. I ordered the table side guacamole and although it looked great, the guy added about a tbsp of salt before I dug into it - ruining the whole dish. I then ordered the "garlic" shrimp, which wasn't garlicky and certainly lived up to its name - shrimp. The tiny shrimps were skewered and half cooked over the grill. The worst part was that the sides it came with - beans, rice, and a salad - were so awful, I had to order corn tortillas just to swallow it down (the beans were way too salty, the rice undercooked and without salt oddly enough, and the salad was obviously left in the cooler overnight pre-dressed and soggy). To add insult to injury, the waiter brought me FRIED tortillas - yes, that's right - the 2 little tortillas came drenched in hot grease. I asked him to please get me two heated tortillas. The manager came to the table at last where I was able to communicate how incredulous I was at this $20 dish passing for "food" - her response was strange - the chef didn't taste the beans today, and the tortillas come fried because they are so tough, they are difficult to heat and serve. Well, if your chef can't bother to taste the 2 main side dishes - staples of simple Mexican cuisine - before plating them, perhaps he or she should rethink what they do for a living. And the tortillas? Give me a break - if they are too tough to warm on the griddle and serve to a patron, then don't serve them at all - call Candy's and cancel the order. The only saving grace of the evening was the margarita - it washed the sin of that awful food right down the hatch. In a nutshell, the place is over-priced inedible food. You get better beans and rice at a Chipotle.
Great food, fun atmosphere – We dined there last night with friends who love to try new places. They had seen this one in 5280 and thought it sounded good. From reviews of others about the wait time, se decided to dine early. We called at 6pm (on a Saturday) and were told we needed to get there within 20 minutes because after that the computer deletes you name? We got there (10 -15 minutes later), approached the hostess desk and were sat immediately. Our waiter ? Ben was great. He walked us thru the margarita menu, patiently described all the food currently waiting in the open kitchen, and gave his suggestions on dinner. We went with the table side guac and were happy with the results. Chips were replenished in a timely manner! The menu was short but lots of delicious items to choose from. My husband went with the smoked pork and shrimp albondigas asada ? he was very pleased! I got a taste and thought it was very good as well. I and my friend?s husband went with the pan roasted cobia ? wow! Such different flavors and so moist! My friend went with the tequila glazed char and she really enjoyed that. For desert we chose the mud cake and a caraf of decaf French press coffee! Mmmmmm! We had a great time, really enjoyed the food and drinks and our waiter was great.
great margaritas, great food, great service – After reading many of the less than stellar reviews, I was pleasantly surprised. We expereinced great service. We ate dinner at the bar, the bartender was very knowledgable about both the tequila and the food. She was friendly and poured us three tequilas to taste before we decided what we wanted. The atmosphere was great, we ordered the avocado fondue, the tomato soup, the scallops, and the pork and shrimp albondigas (spicy!). Can't wait to go back!
nice ambiance, but the poor service has soured me. Waiting over 3 1/2 hours to NOT get a table is absurd. – While I like the type and style of Lolas, I am very upset with the overall service. We waited for over 3 and a half hours for a table, checked every 15 to 20 minutes with the hostesses and still left without ever being seated. While they may have quite an exhaustive collection of tequilas, making a serviceable margarita should be the only goal. With the international feel they are striving for, I would have thought they'd know how to correctly make both mojitos and caipirinhas, but I was very disappointed.
Interesting Menu – Creative, interesting menu. Lots of authentic Mexican ingredients used in a ways not experienced before (at least in the northeast). Dinner began with a roasted orange seafood appetizer, which was a whole orange with the flesh scooped out bursting with shrimp, calamari, mussel, clams and jalapenos. Entrees were pork and shrimp which significant latent heat and too much salt. The pork was very smoky. All in all, it was a good dish. The other entree was corvina (sea bass) with enchiladas. Sitting outside on the deck with the downtown skylight view was delightful. The only disappoint were the margaritas.
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