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“A Wonderful New Addition to Isla” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lola Valentina

Lola Valentina
North Hildago Street | Pedestrian street in centro...beach end, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico
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Ranked #17 of 166 Restaurants in Isla Mujeres
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: For food lovers looking for creative Mexican and Caribbean Seafood using local and the freshest of ingredients. This restaurant puts out some of the best plates on Isla Mujeres. Stop by and taste the difference everyday 8am-qpm & 5pm-10:30. Smiling faces await to serve you!
new york
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86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
“A Wonderful New Addition to Isla”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

Lovely setting with a lovely owner (Lori from Mango Cafe) who will make you feel at home right away. While waiting for our table I started with a jalapeno margarita which is such a unique idea and the jalapeno adds just the right amount of spiciness. Had it been just a little less sweet it would have been perfect, but then I prefer my margaritas pretty tart :) We then had the guacamole with some terrific chips. It was chunky and delicious, and you can order 3 different types: traditional, pineapple chipotle, and green apple. We had the traditional one. The guacamole is 65 pesos, or around 5 dollars.

Seeing the large portions going past our table we opted to share the stuffed grouper which was wonderful. The fish was cooked perfectly and stuffed with seafood, shrimps, and cheese, and it came with a great veggie medley and excellent rice. Cheese with fish is difficult to pull off; usually it ends up heavy and overpowering the delicate flavor of the fish, but here it worked perfectly. It was just the right amount and it complemented the fish instead of overwhelming it. The sauce was a fantastic garlic pumpkin seed pipian, so good you’ll be tempted to lick your plate. The fish was 185 pesos, or around 14 dollars. As you can see in the picture, after my husband and I put some on our plates, there was still plenty left. If you order an appetizer one portion will easily feed two of you. They also have very good house wines, both red and white.

The restaurant serves brunch as well as dinner, with such delicious sounding drinks as a morning grapefruit margarita with basil, watermelon mimosa, and spicy bloody Maria. Next time on Isla I’m definitely stopping by for brunch. But whether you go for brunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed so just go!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Port Huron, Michigan
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“Oh My!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

Lola Valentina provides a unique dinning experience featuring exquisite dishes that will delight your taste-buds! The atmosphere is lovely, relaxed, and welcoming. The prices are very fair and the wait staff is stellar. The coconut shrimp is crazy delicious and you won't find a better margarita on the island! In short Lola Valentina is a must!!!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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lola v, Manager at Lola Valentina, responded to this review, December 10, 2011
Gracias! We look forward to having you again with even more great dishes! Happy Holidays!
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massachusetts
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“Best on island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

I have always loved isle mujeres but thought food lacking. We went to lola valentina twice on a 4 night stay. We were staying at an all inclusive but still thought it was worth the trip. The owner used to be affiliated with Mango Cafe (#3 on trip advisor) but left to start this. We went first night and returned 2nd night and owner not only remembered us but gave us a big hug. She has great selection of different but fun margaritas such as jalepeno and watermelon

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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lola v, Manager at Lola Valentina, responded to this review, December 10, 2011
Thank you for your wonderful comments...we hope to have you again in our cocina in the near future! Happy holidays!
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