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“Disappointing, overpriced - we expected more after reading such good reviews”
Review of Lola's on Harrison

Lola's on Harrison
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Ranked #41 of 596 Restaurants in Hollywood
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 21st Ave
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Disappointing, overpriced - we expected more after reading such good reviews”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

After reading rave reviews and watching Check Please! and seeing the "regular people" rave about it too, we were excited to try Lola's. Unfortunately it was overpriced and unremarkable.

We had made a reservation and when we got there, we asked if we could sit outside. We were pointed to a table right at the perimeter of the restaurant on the sidewalk where it was quite dark. We asked if we could sit at the table close to the front door which was very well lit - and were told no, that was reserved. So we chose to sit inside, rather than sit in the dark outside where we knew it would be hard to read the menu, and it was quite far from the front door of the restaurant - I would have felt I was just sitting on a sidewalk table rather than being part of the restaurant.

The service seemed a little all over the place - our server brought us water and said he'd be right back to take our order - then disappeared to be replaced by someone else. The table to our left had the same experience - a waitress showed up and said she'd be replacing the server as he had gone to wait on a bigger table in the back. No big deal, but just seemed a little disorganized.

Anyhoo, my husband ordered the "famed" BBQ beef ribs and was disappointed - at $29, he thought it was overpriced for five ribs, a splodge of creamed corn and a few onion rings. The onion rings were only average - the batter came off immediately so we were left with a pile of batter and a pile of cooked onions - never the twain shall meet. My husband found the ribs to be only average - the Coca Cola bbq rib sauce was too strong and too sweet, a little overpowering - and for $5 a rib, they were disappointing. I had the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Tacos - they weren't bad - a little different, but nothing that I thought deserved the accolades this place has received.

The service was fine - not good, not bad, it was perfectly acceptable but just not outstanding in any way. The acoustics were bad - the table to our right had about 6 people and they were a good few feet apart from us, but we still could not hear ourselves speak - or put it this way, we had to talk in raised voices constantly and I kept having to repeat myself - and in the end just gave up on conversation, it was just too much effort.

It was overpriced, portions were small, it was difficult to have a conversation, my husband's bbq ribs were only average, and we were disappointed - just hard to understand how this restaurant could have so many people raving about it. I know we certainly won't.

The big question is: would we go back? No.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank chewedpup
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English first
New York, New York
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215 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Fantastic food (atmosphere so-so)”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

The food is amazing at what looks like a storefront. Behind these plain plate glass windows and stark interior is an amazing chef turning out the best food in Hollywood. I almost don't want to rave too much as then it will become harder to get a reservation. Recommend the coca-cola braised short ribs and the scallops.

Visited February 2013
Thank Jaunt
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Montreal, Quebec
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent neighborhood spot”
Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Lola's is great -- you won't regret a dinner here. They have a very interesting selection of beers and be sure to finish it off with the key lime pie - delish! Also, the ribs are like none other you will find anywhere.

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Thank brandito
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Hollywood, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Love this place”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Maybe the best short ribs ever. Excellent service in an energy filled, busy dining room. Unfortunately, my girlfriend doesn't share my enthusiasm for rich food, which is a good thing, because this place is pricey, and regular visits I could not afford.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank KayakDave
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toronto, on
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Should ALWAYS be accommodating!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

We were 4 for Valentine's dinner. There was a set menu that was lovely. Our friend's husband wanted to change the sides offered with his main to other sides offered on other main dishes. He did not like or eat what was part of the filet main but preferred the filet to other dishes on the set menu. Initially our waitress said no but when asked to check in the kitchen she agree to do so,
when returning she again said the kitchen could not change the plating. We asked to see the manager and she set off to find him but returned stating he was too busy. After further discussion the scalloped potatoes and broccoli were changed to onion rings and corn. Now how difficult was that to do to accommodate a customer? The food was excellent but after that experience we will not return or recommend the restaurant. Our reservation had been confirmed the day earlier by the restaurant and on the day we were called not to be late. I accept one call but 2! oh by the way when we left around 8:30 the restaurant was about 3/4 full.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank bmarr
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