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“Why doesn't Trip Advisor have "good" between average and very good?” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lola Bistro & Wine Bar

Lola Bistro & Wine Bar
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Ranked #5 of 1,831 Restaurants in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Prospect Avenue
Vienna, Virginia
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334 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Why doesn't Trip Advisor have "good" between average and very good?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

A detour to Cleveland just for Lola was worth it but having dined at other celeb chef locales and Michelin Stars, there are things we could pick at. Restaurant had a great vibe and a menu that left you saying hmmm, I want to try it all. Absolutely unique and delicious apps, followed by above average entrees at a good pace. The hanger steak was good but could have been physically hotter- salmon, haddock and pasta entrees were very good. Have to ding them on service a bit, our server warmed up but did not start strong, seemed miffed at the two young teenagers at the table and the fact that only one of four was drinking alcohol. Promised more bread that never came and left the one drinker with only water between apps and entrees. Shared three desserts, very unique and very good. Love the risky, eclectic and bold menu, would definitely come back- highly recommended, better than Flay's Mesa Grill, not to the level of the three Ramsey locations we recently sampled. Finally, to the lady seated next to us, thanks for staring disapprovingly, guess you didn't know that both the 13 and 15 year old have visited over 20 foreign countries and have three Michelin Star properties under their belts

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sombra, Canada
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lunch, Patio, Fresh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Lola's suffers from lots of publicity. However, on a sunny August afternoon, lunch was a true healthy, fresh experience.

Warm reception, courteous service and a waitress that guided choices to a light, chilled pea soup. The Lola Banh Mi sandwich was the perfect compliment to the creame fraiche infused soup. The Bib salad was fresh and the dill and feta combo made the dressing optional.

Pro tip: ask for sparkling water it is complimentary.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bhazzard
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New York City
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Much Ado About Nothing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Perhaps it's the proprietor's presence on "The Chew" or just that fact that many people call this city "The Mistake on the Lake," but not only does Cleveland deserve better restaurants, it has them. In New York, Lola would be a parking lot within three months. There is almost nothing right about this place that, while it does serve serviceable food, does so with more annoyance than we would have thought possible. A wine list on an iPad? Puhlease! Spare us! It's awkward, slow and totally useless. We all have iPads. Grow up. It's nothing special. What is special is a ridiculous choice of cutlery, which features round, pencil-thin shafts on the knives, forks and spoons. What's the problem with that? It rotates in your hand when you eat, making the meal a carnival ride of food. The only people who can use such silverware are those who eat like chimps, with their forks and knives held not by fingers, but by fists. The service is concerned, but clueless. Dishes arrive cold, hot and everything in between. Though this is billed as a meat-friendly restaurant, it has a severe problem with the time-honored definitions, like "well," "medium-well" and medium. The theory? Bring it out rarer than ordered and if the patron has a problem, we'll just take it back and put it on the bar-b for another minute or so. Who cares that this takes time and destroys the pace of the meal as others are waiting for dessert while the offending patron is starting on the mis-done entree. In the final analysis, unless you're intent on saying you've eaten here (and spending a pretty penny to do so,) you'd be better served by a dozen Cleveland restaurants. Better still? Save your money and head for one of Cleveland's signature dishes, pierogi. By the way, the flatware they use to eat pierogi are, well, flat. Eureka!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Avon Lake
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Disappointed.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stopped after an Indian's game to wash the bad taste of a very bad food experience out of our mouths and found that that stopped serving food at 10. The IPad menu was a fun blew feature toe look at cocktails and wine. chose a wonderful glass of Rosé. Yum! No food boo hoo. Would have enjoyed something light at Lola like a small cheese board or so e lite app. That could have been prepared prior . Maybe a thought for them.... Bartender's personality was very flat .... Like a pancake. Get someone young and fresh at that late hour of 10:00 p.m.. Overheard his comments to other customers and thought this guys in the wrong business. If you want suburbanites to come and enjoy. .. Lose the N.Y. Attitude.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sharon O
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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103 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Exceeds Expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great location on the funky Fourth Street. Sit outside or get a table by the window to checkout all of the action outside. A large and well diversified menu as well as wine and beer list. The fries were out of this world.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Harvey C
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