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Lola's

3312 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-3132 (Fairgrounds)
504-488-6946
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Ranked #233 of 1,577 restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $25
Cuisines: Spanish
Neighborhood: Fairgrounds
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Oakton, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

What a find! I would walk many, many miles for the chocolate zuflan. We shared one and had to order a second, it was that good. Kudos too for the bread and aioli, the gazpacho, the paella, the veggie tapas, the wine. Fun atmosphere and reasonable prices. In a town of great food, Lola's is a competitor.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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332 reviews 332 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

If you come here on a weekend night you will definitely be waiting awhile as they don't take reservations. But trust me it is definitely worth the wait! I would highly recommend the garlic shrimp as an appetizer. The paella is just as good as you would find in Spain. Will definitely come here again!

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Panama City, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

When we lived in mid-city, we often frequented this BYOWine eatery across from Whole Foods. We ordered the pork chop medium rare and the fideua. It was always outstanding, and we even had our own regular waitress. Fast forward a few years and we've moved away. BUT, Lola's was top of our list to visit. To our disappointment, we recognized... More

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San Francisco, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Lovely, family-owned and run neighborhood restaurant that is "to live for"! Located about 10-minute cab ride from downtown hotels, was started by Lola, the grandmother of the Juan one of the siblings who run the place now, in 1970s. The food is excellent and service congenial, attentive, helpful. Paella--including vegetarian--is great; garlic mushrooms and grilled calamari delectable! Try the gazpacho... More

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New orleans
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103 reviews 103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This small Spanish restaurant has excellent dishes, e.g. the shrimp appetizer in the iron skillet. The paella, however, exceeded the dish that I had in Seville some time ago--and does so consistently. The staff and customers seem a happy combination, and it is rarely without a good crowd.

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alabama
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

small restaurant with limited staff that may require a wait as no reservations. food was excellent with an eclectic twist on usual spanish cuisine. Lots of seafood in the paella and nice flavoring. would recommend.

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East Lyme, Connecticut
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

This little place is busting at the seams and worth the wait. The paella was very tatsy however the wait can be long since everything is prepared to order. If you aren't in a rush, enjoy an evening with a bottle of wine and friends.

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Niceville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Lola's is unpretentious, small, out of the way and AWESOME! I went with a friend who had been here several times and raved about the place. Normally, I am we don't share the same likes. He goes for Motel 6 while I prefer shall we say something a little more upscale. So to say I was a little skeptical, would... More

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We have just enjoyed a really pleasant meal at Lola's. Having visited a number of US cities on this trip, this is the best meal we have had so far and the best we have had in NOLA. It's a little out of the way but well worth the visit. The seafood paella was excellent (full of prawns, squid, mussels... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

If your here you need to get off French Quarter a few times. This is the place to go. Small place but fills up quickly with people willing to wait! Loved the food and apps and wine selection I would recommend thus to anyone going.

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