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3312 Esplanade Ave New Orleans, LA 70119
3312 Esplanade AvenueUSLouisianaNew Orleans70119
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Spanish tapas, paella & entrees plus housemade sangria in a quaint, lively space.- Google
"However, the paella lacked in flavor, and the rice felt too dry."
"Great atmosphere and delicious food."
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Ted Mader
a month ago
The appetizers were very delicious. However, the paella lacked in flavor, and the rice felt too dry. The seafood was alright. I expected a larger portion from the XL, priced at $53. The presentations of all dishes were excellent. If I come back, I will try a different main dish.
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Bob Murrell
11 months ago
Huge portion for two. A little bit of a wait, but the food is worth it
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Ana Ronnie
4 years ago
Stopped in for my birthday dinner. Dizzy server made us feel so unwelcome. Don't waste your time.
A Google User
5 years ago
very surprising. I loved this place. I didn't want to go but my fiance' was adamant.loved it. we will definitely be going back!
Plamen Arnaudov
11 months ago
We were early for dinner and when the bored-looking-busy-on-cell-phone hostess told us the time they will open, we decided to wait outside. A very rude man then walked by us, glared at the children and BANGED the door shut on out face as if we would sneak in without permission. After a short while he came back to the door and locked the door with a loud click. What a way to make any customer feel welcome! We decide to take our business across the street to Santa Fe and had a lovely evening with excellent hospitality and food. I had never tried Lola's and was very excited to but after this experience my friends and I will never take our business there.
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Farinaz Khan
2 years ago
This was my second experience at Lola's. My first time was wonderful and I was eager to return. I arrived at about 8 pm today with my parents for my birthday dinner. The place was pretty busy but there were two empty tables for two people. We asked the Coordinator, Courtney, if we could be seated at one of the empty tables by either joining the two or by pulling up a chair. She informed us that they don't have a policy that allows that because of concerns about space and that we would have to wait for a bigger table. After sitting outside for about 15 minutes, we were seated inside. About 45 minutes into our meal, as we are about to receive our entree dishes, we see a crowd of six white women come into the restaurant. They were not asked to wait; in fact, two two-people tables were put together and two chairs from other tables pulled to accommodate all members of their party, despite the previous claim by Courtney that they had no such policy. As we were sitting next to this table, we were appalled by the blatant discrimination. We asked to speak to the manager, which was Courtney, and she denied that she had said that it was against their policy. In fact, she was quite hostile and did not offer any apology. Needless to say, I will never eat here again after experiencing such obvious racism, which is quite disappointing because the food here is delicious, and I will be filing a formal complaint.
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Mara Langer
3 years ago
Great atmosphere and staff. I live nearby and love coming here!
A Google User
5 years ago
Lola's is an eclectic latin restaurant located on Esplanade Ave. Their main attraction is the Paella and cozy atmosphere. We went for dinner and had the Ceviche, and Seafood Paella. We also had the house Sangria. The Ceviche was quite decent, but not anything special. It was slightly too acidic, but serviceable. The Paella was a mixed bag. The overall flavor was good. However, the serving size was far too small for the price (about $21 for an appetizer size and we split it). $21 for what amounts to a bowl of rice? Really? Next, the Paella here has the same problem all Paella places in N. America have; they don't burn the rice! Real Paella has a burnt crust on the bottom that can only be achieved via an open flame. Cooking it in the oven will not produce the desired effect. This is an important aspect of the paella experience. It changes the texture of the dish completely. Trust me, once you've had paella this way you won't accept it in "soup form" produced in N. American restaurants. The Sangria was probably the best part of the experience. It was honestly the bet Sangria I've had in NOLA, and they did not cheat you by putting tons of ice in the bottle. It came in a simply sealed jug and was delicious! We ended up having two bottles. The real problem with this place is the horrible service. It took 25 mins to get water and we had to continuously remind the waiter to bring us a wine list. We also had to flag down the waiter for the couple sitting next to us after the repeatedly could not get a spoon. Sadly, the restaurant was not particularly busy during our visit, so I certainly do not understand the poor service. Overall, the food is not bad but overpriced for the portions. We were still hungry after spending $100 at Lola's. Also, the service is so bad that it detracts from the overall dining experience. If you can make Paella yourself, I would suggest staying home. If you can't and want Paella, Lola's is your best bet in NOLA. The Paella here is the best in the city, even if it is served in minature.
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