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“great food but sub par service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lolita

Lolita
900 Literary Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-4441
216-771-5652
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Ranked #30 of 1,669 restaurants in Cleveland
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Professor Ave
simoniSimoni
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“great food but sub par service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was our first time to Lolita and we had heard many good things about it. The walleye special was delish as was the pork chop. They were both perfectly cooked and had unique flavors that you would expect from a M. Symon restaurant. However the waiter was not happy to be at work that day and his attitude really took away from the whole experience. It just goes to show you the impact the staff has on a dining experience. He was attentive but just not friendly or welcoming, we felt unwanted and left immediately after the meal, skipping dessert and coffee. Atmosphere is also a little out dated especially considering all of the new places going into Tremont lately.
We made our reservation weeks ago as this was a special occasion. Someone called the day before to confirm and left a message to call back if I still wanted the table. That was a little off putting. I understand them wanting to confirm but to make me call back to keep the table is redundant and extra work for me. Actually the restaurant didn't seem completely booked on a Saturday night anyhow.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ohio
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“Very Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We had dinner on a fairly busy night but still the restaurant had open tables. We waited one hour and ten minutes after ordering. When the quail arrived it was raw on the inside. First meal I have had to return in years. First poor meal I have had in a Tremont area restaurant.

Visited May 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Pigs' Ears Anyone?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

At first take you may not be inclined to order the pigs' ears and tails appetizer, but think again! When the waiter assured us it was delicious, we dove in and savored it with some interesting ginger-based cocktails. The mushroom pizza and carbonara pasta were also pretty amazing. Like its name this place is loud, lively and sexy.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Awesome Happy Hour (Food and Drink)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Go between 4-630 during the week and you can get $2 beers, $5 food, and $4-5 cocktails. The burger is awesome. Mac and cheese is phenomenal. He people are great. Sit at the bar and hang out with SinGin or get a table and ask for DJ. No matter what, you know the food and service will be way above par!!!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cleveland, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great food, cozy atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We went for a glass of wine and some pasta and were not disappointed. The duck liver on bruschetta was AMAZING (and I usually am not a fan of any sort of pate), and the octopus and bone marrow risotto was out of this world. The marrow melted in my mouth and the octopus was cooked just right. Highly recommended. When we were there, the sorbet was strawberry and rhubarb--just the thing to top off the meal. The only downside was that the other customers were a bit loud, but as the crowd thinned out the ambiance was definitely enhanced.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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