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“Lovely” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lola Valentina

Lola Valentina
Ranked #12 of 201 Restaurants in Isla Mujeres
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Central American
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Good for: Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: For food lovers looking for creative Mexican and Caribbean using local and the freshest of ingredients. This restaurant puts out some of the best plates on Isla Mujeres. We also have lots of vegan and gluten free options. Stop by and taste the difference everyday 8am-qpm & 5pm-10:30. Smiling faces await to serve you!
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Lola, the owner greeted, sat, served and waited on us. She was a joy. Best food we had on the island. Went for late dinner, and came back for breakfast because it was so delicious. Very unique margaritas. Some of the best pancakes I have ever had.

  • Visited June 2013
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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31 reviews
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“Awesome food, great drinks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Unique seafood and one-of-a-kind margaritas. Lola's seafood is fresh, never frozen, each dish is better than the last one. Lola herself is extremely warm, engaging, and takes obvious pride in her creativity. Prices are on par with surrounding options.

Visited July 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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8 reviews
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“Fabulous food in a great location!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Located at the top of Hidalgo near Ixchel beach hotel! Food here is amazing, both breakfast and dinner. For breakfast we had tropial plantain hash and eggs benedict with chipotle (hollandaise was amazingly lemony and delicious!). For dinner we shared the shrimp fajitas for two and it was the best fajitas we have ever had. The margaritas can't be found anywhere else, peach/chipotle, watermelon/jalapeno, etc. This is a must stop every time we come to Isla. The people watching is fun too!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Antonio, Texas
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119 reviews
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“Only had one dish but it was fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

We stopped here for dinner on our final night. Thanks to a late lunch, we were not that hungry -but we wanted to try the stuffed snapper. It was possibly THE best dish we ate on the island. Truly fantastic. Watermelon habenero margaritas were also a big hit and surprise. The service is great and despite being on hildago - lovely setting. Right there at the top of our dinning experiences on Isla. We preferred it to Olivia. Owner is very attentive.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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“Food is a treat but watch the exchange rate”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

We liked the food at Lola's a lot! More sophisticated than much you get on the island. Lots of flavor, original & seasoned just right. The service is perfect as is the setting.. even if it is on the busiest street in town. You are able to tune that out in the done atmosphere with a little live guitar & nice lighting, table setting & the high level of attentiveness. I think you could order anything on the menu that appeals & be fine. All seafood with a few non seafood starters. Excellent pineapple ginger margarita. The only kicker is no credit cards & if you are low on pesos & go to pay in dollars, the exchange the restaurant gives is much worse than anywhere else we encountered. I understand the cost for the restaurant, but it was (again) more than we saw anywhere else. That said, I will go back & look forward to trying breakfast sometime.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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LolaValentina, Owner at Lola Valentina, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
We are so happy that you enjoyed the food, ambience and service at Lola"s. We work hard to make it a total dining experience and appreciate you noticing the small details. We set our exchange rate at 11 to 1 right now, which is typically only .7 or .8 below the exchange rate at Electra, where the best rates are had. Many restaurants take a 10 to 1 rate for ease. We feel this is a fair rate and will raise the exchange if the dollar goes beyond 12 to 1. Thank you.
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