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“Tries Too Hard”
Review of Lola's Lounge

Lola's Lounge
Ranked #9 of 210 Restaurants in Sarnia
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Sarnia, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Tries Too Hard”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

This overly small restaurant tries too hard in many areas. The food is average, the wine list is good, the service is good, some might say rushed. The menu is far too extensive and almost every entree is drowned in some sort of sauce. From the starters to a Thai experiment the quantity is simply too much. There are usually 2 to 3 specials that a diner might be wise to stick to. Steaks are fine as is the fresh Walleye, but the chef's heavy hand with the sauces is once again evident.
This restaurant is very small, noisy, and the decoration is way over the top. The plethora of mirrors, shiny baubles, and coloured lights suggests either no interior designer or one that was on acid. The management has crammed as many tables as possible into a tiny space and navigating to a minuscule washroom (one person at a time) presents quite a challenge.
Tables are jammed against one another and the dining experience suffers. I suppose if you are seeking an average dining experience that is extremely noisy in a tiny restaurant whose interior resembles a space ship, then Lola's is the place for you.
You might get the feeling that if a few tables were removed, the menu shrunk a bit, even at the expense of a greater cost per meal, and the garish decoration toned down, then the food in this restaurant might improve. At least a chef would be freed from the need to turn the room over 3 to 4 times a night.
This could be a very good restaurant but sadly not in it's present iteration.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank DFRM
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  • English first
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English first
Kelowna, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“So good”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Our third time dining here while visiting Sarnia. It's a small place that you might miss if locals hadn't recommended it. Once we found Lola's we now make a special effort to eat here. Well worth it.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank trvl-ing
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Ontario, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“DISAPPOINTED”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

My friend and i had dinner at Lola's before going to the theatre. The restaurant was very busy so many people must enjoy dining here, but my friend and I did not. The food was just okay and very over priced. I am fussy about my food and have travelled all over the world dining at many restaurants and just found this restaurant was not worth the money.

I would not eat here again.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Neys
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best experience in Sarnia”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

For me this was the best place in Sarnia. Well prepared entrees that were more ambitious that the typical fare offered by other 'higher-end' Sarnia restaurants. Long narrow dining room is a bit noisy.

Visited August 2013
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Thank K_and_M_from_SF
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Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unique decor with great food”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Great food and fun atmosphere combined made a great dining experience. Thai Hot Pot was amazing. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. Friendly, attentive service.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Lori D
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