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“Lola's Peruvian dishes lull you to saltado heaven” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lola's Peruvian Restaurant

Lola's Peruvian Restaurant
Ranked #42 of 448 Restaurants in Glendale
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Los Angeles, California, USA
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lola's Peruvian dishes lull you to saltado heaven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

For years Mario's on Melrose in West Hollywood was THE place to go for outstanding Peruvian food. Recently though, it's been more of a hassle to find parking and stand outside in the cold for the long wait in this small joint at a strip mall that has seen adjacent businesses come and go. A Groupon deal changed all that. Lola's Peruvian Restaurant on Brand St. in Glendale is my new destination for lomo saltado, shrimp saltado and ceviche. In contrast to the no-frills charm of Mario's, Lola's is a quieter, more upscale version with the look and feel of a tapas bar. A basket of freshly baked bread and green aji amarillo dip started us off on a high note. This was followed by ceviche served in individual spoons, the better to savor its tangy, spicy mix of seafood, cilantro, lime and habanero chili. As we do when we try new restaurants, my friend and I ordered the signature dishes: shrimp saltado and lomo (steak) saltado. The first bite set the tone for the entire meal. Drenched in the traditional Peruvian marinade of soy sauce, cumin and chilis, the shrimp and steak - mixed with the requisite french fries, tomatoes and onions - were sublime. And unlike Mario's versions, whose meat-to-fries ratio has gotten disappointingly small, Lola's dishes had enough meat to last through another serving (actually lunch the next day). The rice was equally delectable. The service during our first visit was excellent, but on 2 subsequent trips, one being lunch, the service was just OK. Still, it was better than the cold, assembly-line type of service one sometimes gets at Mario's. While it might never boast of the down-home, hole-in-the-wall appeal of Mario's, Lola's is a good contender for best Peruvian food in LA County.

Visited January 2012
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English first
Glendale, California
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30 reviews
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“Try Peruvian Food ... It's Delicious!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

Lola's has excellent Peruvian food and has delicious spices they cook with. Food that everyone should try once in their lifetime. Different and not spicy at all. Restaurant has nice background Peruvian instrumental music, full bar, dine inside or outside seating. Service is good and friendly. Large portions of food served. Also they offfer delicious fresh baked bread with all meals. Love this place! S.D. Glendale, CA

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Laguna Niguel, California
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“Better of two Peruvian restaurants in Glendale”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

I've dined at both Peruvian restaurants in Glendale. This is more upscale, cleaner, and has better service (although still average at best). Parking is pay on the street. It's quite dark (too dark for my liking), purportedly to enhance a romantic ambiance. Food is of average quality and largely a la carte. I've used a discount certificate in the past. The restaurant has increased the amount of minimum purchase for users of similar certificates. Curiously, there's some connection between this restaurant and El Pollo Loco (reflected on the credit card billing statement).

  • Visited September 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Los angeles
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“Great Little Find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

This place is a real gem!. I spent three weeks in Peru and never had as food as good as I have had here. Its authentic, even down to the large corn kernels. They make suggestions on wine pairings. Portions are large and service is great.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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