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About Permanently Closed - Lolita - A Michael Symon Restaurant
This restaurant is permanently closed.
Lolita is one of seven restaurants owned by acclaimed chef and host of television's "The Chew," Michael Symon. Located in the Tremont Street neighborhood, this is the second restaurant Symon has opened in his Native Cleveland. Since it opened in 2005, the cozy eatery has been a popular spot for locals to enjoy a night out. The exposed brick, warm lighting and comfortable leather seating at Lolita provide a hip, relaxed atmosphere.
The menu at Lolita is full of cuisine inspired by Greek and Sicilian dishes. Appetizers include ceviche, charred eggplant dip or a platter of cured meats to share with the table. For dinner enjoy dishes such as a delicious bone in pork chop, scallops, a pasta dish or one of the four types of pizzas.
Cleveland, OH 44113
American, Italian, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Dinner:Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On street parking where available, otherwise Valet in front of the restaurant on Literary Rd.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The restaurant had a fire on Sunday, January 10. They did not call me to cancel my reservation until the day of the reservation (Friday, January 15), giving me only 5 hours of notice and making it virtually impossible to find other accommodations. This is not the kind of service I have come to anticipate from what used to be a reputable establishment.
The dinner atmosphere is quiet and relaxed, the servers are friendly and helpful, and the food is great. The lamb with fetuccini and gnocchi with smoked brisket were delicious, though the brisket was definitely the better dish. The cream cheese polenta is delicious, though usually better for splitting with a friend as it's a large side. The mixed drinks are mostly gin or bourbon, so a couple of my companions were disappointed that there wasn't a large variety in the drinks. Can't wait to go back and try more delicious dishes!
My wife and I visited this restaurant on a Saturday night. The room (small although there are actually several different dining areas) was packed and loud (but not too loud). We were welcomed cordially by the hostesses and seated quickly. The table are nicely-spaced apart. I ordered a gin and tonic and it was served in a tall glass. Couldn't taste the gin with all the tonic (which was flat and out of the bar gun). When I ordered a beer, the server noticed that I hadn't finished the drink, asked if there was a problem. When I told her, she immediately apologized and said it would be removed from our bill. That was nice of her. The manager then stopped by, introduced himself, apologized and also said that there would be no charge. Very nicely done.
The food was very good. We shared everything and the portions were more than ample. The beet salad, roasted chicken and sirloin -- all flavorful. I love the feel and look of this restaurant. Open kitchen is nice too.
Had dinner on New Year's Eve and we were a party of 8 people. Lolita's gave us a great table to accommodate a group this size. The food was outstanding and the wait staff were excellent. Our party had everything from scallops, steak, veal, and chicken and the sides of crispy potatoes and brussel sprouts were awesome. We would highly recommend Lolita's in Tremont.
The staff was so amenable and moved our party of three to a well lit table so my mom who is Deaf could see better for conversation. The service was timely so we could thoroughly enjoy each course. Wait staff was very friendly and turned our simple dessert request into a memorable birthday service without even asking! Mom loved our gourmet dining experience and spread her gourmand wings! We all enjoy watching Michael Symon on television and this menu reflected his personality and taste! Thanks to all for a great evening- she still raves about the pork belly and the bone marrow dishes!
Fans of Michael Symon, living in MA. My wife was dying to try one of his restaurants. So for Christmas we made a reservation for a night in Cleveland. The food was nothing short of awesome! The atmosphere was very cool, dimly lit for a romantic evening. They had a great drink list, as well as wines and beers. We tried pizza, Italian style, thin, crisp, excellent. We loved the roasted marrow app perfectly delicious. I got scrumptious scallops, very good being 700 miles from the ocean, I'm used to really fresh seafood and these were good. My wife had the gnocchi and it was delicious meaty and creamy.
We ended with a great cuppa coffee, the flourless chocolate cake, and the panna cotta, and all were outstanding. Someday we'll be back!
My husband and I have been coming here the past 2 years for our wedding anniversary. We loved the food and the ambiance. However, this year was different. First, the greeters were not very friendly. I don't even think she smiled once, even on the way out. Second, the menu was lacking. There was nothing on it! The beloved roasted eggplant dip that I loved so much was clearly not roasted and had fennel added to it. Frankly, it tasted as it came from a jar. The steak was way over priced for the amount you got and there were not very many dinner options to select from. Lastly, I am just disappointed because Michael Symon is a great chef that makes great food. I think he would be disappointed as to what this restaurant has become. Personally, I miss Bar Symon. I wish he would bring that back.
This was our third time but this time was with a group of 12 from Toronto on a sports weekend and old to young loved the ambiance and food. The staff went to great lengths to accommodate our party. Food was as always very very special. Pasta dishes and pizza among best ever if not best.
We chose Lolita for a special day-after-Christmas dinner with our adult children who live out of town. They were both excited to dine here and consider this menu an adventure. They had prepared by reading reviews and urged us to try the crispy chicken liver appetizer, which I ordinarily would have avoided. It was outstanding! Our entrees (strip steak and scallops) were equally excellent. Excellent service throughout our visit as well. Great little place for a memorable dinner with a casual atmosphere.
The concept of an open kitchen restaurant loses a bit of its luster when you experience a line chef removing his baseball cap, brushing his hand back through his hair, replacing said cap and going back about his business without washing his hands. I point this out because we are all quick to laugh at videos posted of fast food employees caught doing disgusting things. It happens at fine dining establishments, too, folks. This incident negated what was otherwise a positive dining experience.
We snagged a last minute reservation on Open Table, surprised to find a reservation available on a Saturday night when this place is always packed. We enjoyed an outstanding meal. Started with the flavorful smoked pork appetizer. For entrees, my husband absolutely loved his steak. I had the scallops and they were outstanding. Flavors really pop in every dish, making you keenly aware this is an extraordinary dining experience. Our only regret was being seated at a somewhat odd table by the entrance. It was chilly and also somewhat uncomfortable.
Our first experience at Lolita's was great.
The food was done superbly.
We had Pork Belly and octopus appetizers, our waiter suggested a white wine that went great with the Scallops my wife and I both had. The brussel sprouts I had with the scallops best I have tasted. My daughter and her fiance had the gnocchi's and both thought they were excellent.
Was on vacation and close enough to take a side trip through Cleveland to eat at Lolita. We were the only couple there for dinner at the time (5:30) so thought, so far so good! The hostess sat us at the end table next to the front window--which ended up right in the path of the cold air which was not too pleasant; we asked the waiter if the air could reduced but no luck.
Had the bone marrow which was just OK; had a couple entrées which too, were good but no spectacular. What did rock was the planeta--that was worth writing home about. Overall the price of the food was too high for the quantity and quality. We can say "been there, done that" but I would not recommend it.
My wife & I felt like it was a little dark in the interior. Our appetizer was fantastic. I really enjoyed my main course but my wife thought her macaroni course was a bit grainy in the cheese department. Our poor waiter did keep knocking his head against a pendant light and could have been slightly more attendant to us.
My now wife and I went here on our first date, a wedding and couple kids later we went back for her birthday. What a great reminder of our first days together. With that said I think my wife was slightly more excited by the Sturgeon than my romantic gestures. She is sentimental so that is saying a lot for the food. A+ in all categories.
Lolita has a great menu and a great vibe. As expected, the food was very good. We came in late after a Cavs game and it was a perfect choice. Our primary server on the hand wasn't so great. He was snarky and impatient. For a Friday night, his attitude appeared to be him wanting to be anywhere else but there. Luckily everyone else was friendly and efficient. We'll be back but we will make sure he isn't our server.
A major client and his wife came in from out of town Friday 11/6, and after some insightful input from my wife, I made reservations for Lolita. The 8 pm reservation was on time and service excellent. We could hear ourselves talk while the bar and restaurant fairly buzzed -- it was a great ambiance. But then the food! We split a hangar steak and it was superb, but what blew me away was the ham plate sampler (wow!) and even more so, something I would never have ordered myself. The chicken liver app -- ordered by the client's wife -- made me wince just thinking about it before I tried it --- was amazing. Truly superb. And suddenly, what was 8 pm became 11 PM about a minute later! So once again, Lolita, you outdid yourselves, and really, the client was still raving two days later! Thanks!
I brought a very special lady to Lolita because I wanted to impress her with the food and the ambience. It is the perfect spot for a first date and we really, really enjoyed ourselves! The drinks were great and the appetizers were good with the exception of the crispy chicken livers being a little under cooked. We both ordered the hanger steak and it was excellent! I will definitely be back and would recommend your restaurant to all my friends...
Worth the trip to Cleveland! Our pork for two dinner was perfection itself - imaginative and tasty - complemented by a lovely parsnip potato purée and sauerkraut melange. The beet side order was flawless - steamed with a hint of lemon. I'd eat there everyday if I could!
This restaurant was recommended for a business dinner. The ambiance and food were well received. However, the couple of questions that we did ask our server, he was pompous about. A person at our table who had dined at Lolita's a few months ago had a meat and cheese tray. We asked the server about it. He let us know that Lolita's was out of cheese and acted like we should have known this tidbit of information. Other questions were asked about the menu with the same sort of responses. Another person asked if there were french fries and his remark "not since 2003." He just came off a little arrogant. There are too many great restaurants in and around Cleveland, service should not be the issue.
Enjoyed the food - which was what we expected. Our waiter was very helpful in telling about the menu items. We went on a Saturday night and were a little early, so had a drink at the bar. Our reservation was right on time. Restaurant was smaller then I expected. The food -- quality and preservation -- was all high quality.
Started with roasted bone marrow and chicken liver appetizers. Main courses were NY strip steak and the scallops and clams. We had extra sides of roasted beets and the fried Brussels sprouts.
As noted it was a Saturday night and -- reservation was on time -- courses were not rushed, we were given plenty of time between courses and when we were done. First class. Recommend using the valet service -- local street parking is difficult.
We started with the grilled octopus and it was excellent, my wife ordered the brussel sprouts as a side and I don't really don't like brussel sprouts at all, but she made me try them and they were delicious. Got our check and I was surprised at how reasonable it was for the quality of our dinner.
Overall, we really enjoyed our experience at Lolita. The food was outstanding and the ambiance charming and upscale. The service, however, did not match the quality of the food. The server was brisk and in a hurry and did not take the time to explain the menu options. She rarely visited the table and seemed to be bothered if we asked questions. I would highly recommend the macaroni - their signature dish.
This is our 2nd time at Lolita's. The first time my mother wanted to eat there so we took her for mothers day. I was worried because my husband is a big manly man, I was afraid he would not get enough to eat. He loved it and when I asked him if we could go for our 23rd anniversary, he said Yes and I am getting that 48 oz pork chop. Every dish we have had has been great. We love it.
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