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“Great find in Hollywood” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lola's on Harrison

Lola's on Harrison
2032 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020-5020
954-927-9851
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Ranked #27 of 481 Restaurants in Hollywood
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 21st Ave
Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great find in Hollywood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Fantastic little restaurant on Harrison street in downtown Hollywood. Simple menu, lots of great items to choose from, and ambiance to boot. Great choices to try here are the Coca Cola Ribs and the Ricotta Gnocchi. Both dishes are beyond excellent. The service is also just as good. Its nice to see Harrison street developing and with more restaurants like Lola's opening up nearby it make down town Hollywood much more viable.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Disappointing, overpriced - we expected more after reading such good reviews”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

After reading rave reviews and watching Check Please! and seeing the "regular people" rave about it too, we were excited to try Lola's. Unfortunately it was overpriced and unremarkable.

We had made a reservation and when we got there, we asked if we could sit outside. We were pointed to a table right at the perimeter of the restaurant on the sidewalk where it was quite dark. We asked if we could sit at the table close to the front door which was very well lit - and were told no, that was reserved. So we chose to sit inside, rather than sit in the dark outside where we knew it would be hard to read the menu, and it was quite far from the front door of the restaurant - I would have felt I was just sitting on a sidewalk table rather than being part of the restaurant.

The service seemed a little all over the place - our server brought us water and said he'd be right back to take our order - then disappeared to be replaced by someone else. The table to our left had the same experience - a waitress showed up and said she'd be replacing the server as he had gone to wait on a bigger table in the back. No big deal, but just seemed a little disorganized.

Anyhoo, my husband ordered the "famed" BBQ beef ribs and was disappointed - at $29, he thought it was overpriced for five ribs, a splodge of creamed corn and a few onion rings. The onion rings were only average - the batter came off immediately so we were left with a pile of batter and a pile of cooked onions - never the twain shall meet. My husband found the ribs to be only average - the Coca Cola bbq rib sauce was too strong and too sweet, a little overpowering - and for $5 a rib, they were disappointing. I had the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Tacos - they weren't bad - a little different, but nothing that I thought deserved the accolades this place has received.

The service was fine - not good, not bad, it was perfectly acceptable but just not outstanding in any way. The acoustics were bad - the table to our right had about 6 people and they were a good few feet apart from us, but we still could not hear ourselves speak - or put it this way, we had to talk in raised voices constantly and I kept having to repeat myself - and in the end just gave up on conversation, it was just too much effort.

It was overpriced, portions were small, it was difficult to have a conversation, my husband's bbq ribs were only average, and we were disappointed - just hard to understand how this restaurant could have so many people raving about it. I know we certainly won't.

The big question is: would we go back? No.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York, New York
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Fantastic food (atmosphere so-so)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

The food is amazing at what looks like a storefront. Behind these plain plate glass windows and stark interior is an amazing chef turning out the best food in Hollywood. I almost don't want to rave too much as then it will become harder to get a reservation. Recommend the coca-cola braised short ribs and the scallops.

Visited February 2013
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Montreal, Quebec
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent neighborhood spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Lola's is great -- you won't regret a dinner here. They have a very interesting selection of beers and be sure to finish it off with the key lime pie - delish! Also, the ribs are like none other you will find anywhere.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hollywood, Florida
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Maybe the best short ribs ever. Excellent service in an energy filled, busy dining room. Unfortunately, my girlfriend doesn't share my enthusiasm for rich food, which is a good thing, because this place is pricey, and regular visits I could not afford.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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