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“Overpriced and overrated!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Lola's on the Lake

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Lola's on the Lake
101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020-1976
920-876-5840
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Ranked #3 of 17 Restaurants in Elkhart Lake
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Spring Grove, IL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Overpriced and overrated!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

My husband and I had lunch at Lola's this afternoon. The setting was nice, across a quiet street from the lake, and there were only four tables...all two tops. Our first choice was the Carmalized Scallops. We got the three bears! One was a large juicy scallop, the second was a medium sized scallop, a bit overcooked, and the third was the baby scallop, and it was NOT just right! The presentation was beautiful, but $4 per scallop was pricey. We then shared the 5 onion soup. The bowl was more than half filled with bread that was too sweet for the rich soup. The Gruyere emulsion lacked cheese taste and was nothing special. We shared the Lobster BLT. As far as we could see, they just ruined a tiny bit of lobster. There was no lobster flavor, but lots of dry toast. The lobster salad was sparse and the slices of tomatoes were about as thin as they could have been. We ordered the grilled melon salad for dessert and it was awful. The melon lacked flavor, and the mint dressing was overwhelming. There was more lettuce than anything, and we did send this one back. Instead we had an amazing chocolate hazelnut dessert. That was the absolute highlight, but we would not go out of our way to visit again, even for the bit of chocolate heaven.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Chicago, IL
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“creative and wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My family is not easy to please when it comes to eating out. One daughter hates cheese, another is a vegetarian, and the third is from Los Angeles and wants to eat fresh organic fare when possible. Lola's has it all. Not only is the food great, the service is superb. They took all of the special requests and questions with a graciousness that made everyone relax and enjoy dinner. Since we are used to a high standard when we eat out, it was delightful to find this gem in this Wisconsin venue. The drinks and wine list were of the same high standard.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Huntley, IL
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Outdoor seating is especially nice at Lola's.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Good food -- both my husband and I had fish -- my husband had king salmon and I had skate -- very good quality. Our server was friendly and accomodating. Nice choices of wines were available. The lounge was pleasant for having after dinner coffee. We even met the chef who seemed like he really cared about preparing the food and keeping customers happy and well fed.

Visited August 2012
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North Barrington, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Eat outside overlooking the lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Great food in a nice setting. Nice relaxing area for quiet drinks with friends. Friendly service. Good menu suggestions from staff.

Visited August 2012
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Sheboygan WI
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Something for those Special Occasions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We visted w/a friend who was home for a few weeks from Naples, Italy and wanted something special....Lola's was it!
Wonderful wine list, attentive wait staff, and excellent food! Perfect atmosphere to catch up on the previous year as we said our "good byes" for yet another school year....she teaches overseas.

Visited July 2012
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