About lolita: vinoteca+asador
Lolita is a modern American restaurant that embraces the flavors, traditions and simplicity of Mediterranean cuisine. Enter and be greeted by the warmth of the custom wood-fired grill, traditional hand-operated equipment, and rustic walls adorned with our thoughtfully curated wine collection. Reminiscent of an Old World bodega, neighbors and visitors alike gather throughout the day to share wine, small or large dishes, and a lot of congenial conversation.
Sit at the zinc bar, or cozy banquette, and savor an espresso from our vintage machine; linger over a leisurely lunch, or stay into the evening to sample our extensive menu which showcases the freshest ingredients. You can also enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail or explore our wine selection, with over 75 choices by the bottle and 15 by the glass.
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Brunch & Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Every day: 3:30pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
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On-street parking is readily available in the neighborhood.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
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lolita: vinoteca+asador Ratings and Reviews
Charming neighborhood bistro away from t ...
Charming neighborhood bistro away from the Old Port touristy hustle and bustle. Excellent wood oven roasted clams and most flavorful ever mixed greens salad. You will feel like you escaped to Paris for the night.
Dining at this restaurant was a wonderfu ...
Dining at this restaurant was a wonderful and different culinary experience. The food was fresh and most was from the local region. Our servers were gracious and patient as they explained the various options on the menu and that all of the food is prepared over an open fire. Our meal was delicious and the interior of the restaurant is very unique.
I had Sunday brunch and though the menu ...
I had Sunday brunch and though the menu was limited there were still a number of options that made it hard for me to decide. My server was welcoming, warm, and patient with answering questions and allowing me time to decide. The dish I chose was more of a lunch item, since I was not going to be able to try a dinner. (I am not a resident but was visiting Portland)
I enjoyed the pasta dish and side green salad, the sauce was interesting and had a nice bit of spice to it. I could tell they care about quality of ingredients, flavor and creative cooking. (Local and in season matters to me and I strive for those kinds of places as much as possible.) If I were to return for Brunch again I would try a more "breakfasty" item to see how they do eggs and such. The atmosphere was low key at the beginning of brunch. The environment was fun and I can imagine that on a busy night it could be louder and a very "happening" kind of vibe. Lolita was one of the places recommended by the host of the airbnb I stayed in and when choosing on line for where to actually go, Lolita appealed and I was not disappointed. (They did not have availability for a night visit when I made my reservations, so I opted for trying the Brunch.)
I have heard amazing things about Lolita ...
I have heard amazing things about Lolita for a long time and I was so pleased that it lived up to its hype. I went with a friend and got some of the 3 for $10 toasts, pots, and snacks (I really recommend the tuna , the steak tartare, and the eggplant! So delicious! We also shared a bowl of the gnocci with sage broth and carrots; which was cozy- but in comparison to the other bites we had, it was bland in contrast. The duck confit served in the little cast iron pan with the egg and jalapeno was my favorite of the night! Our servers were absolutely stellar as well. Katie was a sweetheart and Montana was divine.
We cannot stay away from this restaurant ...
We cannot stay away from this restaurant! All of the awesomely wonderful restaurants in Portland that we've tried and this is one of four that we return to frequently. the bresaola was so tender and tasty; the marmitako ( perfectly cooked tuna topped with mussels in a broth) was deliciously different; the asado was lamb that was so tender and delicious with the skordalia and fennel! and always, a great bottle of wine! The waitstaff is always friendly, extremely knowledgeable and just plain awesome. We walk away, happy!
The appetizers were the best part of the ...
The appetizers were the best part of the meal: Chicken Liver Pate was creamy and super tasty. All the entrees were just "meh": and while some were supposed to be served room temperature (brisket), most of them came out room temperature.
They forgot to put in the order for one entree (mine, with an allergy alert), and didn't realize it until all other entrees were up and served. I sat at the table while everyone ate around me, since I couldn't taste many of the other dishes because of allergies (the server did tell me one dish that I could taste from). They offered to get me more bread to tide me over, I declined as I didn't want to fill up and not be able to eat my dinner. At that point, they didn't offer any other compensation (i.e., discount/free desert; glass of wine).
Server was kind; but overall---none of us were wowed by the food enough to come back or recommend to others.
We love Lolita and they even provided gl ...
We love Lolita and they even provided gluten free crackers to go with my meal. Gluten free bread would have been even better so maybe this is something they will consider in the future. Many restaurants are realizing that some of their guests prefer gluten free whether sensitive or not. Lovely wine list and wonderfully prepared dishes.
We were excited to go to Lolitas and had ...
We were excited to go to Lolitas and had heard great things but were extremely disappointed with the overall experience. It's far away from anything going on and in the middle of a neighborhood. Imagine next to a small grocery store and huge trash cans outside (in case you're considering patio seating). We heard they were a tapas restaurant so we planned to stay there a while and order progressively. We initially ordered two drinks and two small plates, (which ended up being over $60). Our server assumed that was all we were planning to order and even asked "that's it?". From that point on she seemed annoyed. Never refilled our waters and did not come over to ask how our food was. We would have ordered more because the food was good, but we had the feeling we were not welcome. We were also one of two tables in the restaurant so service should have been fantastic! Very disappointing and would never go back.
Hands down, one of the all time great br ...
Hands down, one of the all time great breakfast plates (brunch plate) served to me. Certainly top five of over 20,000 in my lifetime. Food - delicious. Presentation - equal and served at perfect temp. And the staff was professional, no attitude, attentive, friendly (but not trying to be your best friend for an hour).... Just can't say enough. Except go.
Lolita is one of our favorites, since we ...
Lolita is one of our favorites, since we found Bar Lola! The staff is always knowledgeable and fun, the food is always superb! The gazpacho and heirloom tomato salad were outstanding to start, so different and flavorful that we wanted to order more. If you order the clams, be sure to ask for their wonderful bread to soak up the broth. The Asado with skordalia and black olive vinaigrette was amazing: delicious and tender.
First visit based on open table and othe ...
First visit based on open table and other reviews. An unexpected find in an off the beaten track location in Portland. Although the menu is somewhat limited, all four of us found something to like. The appetizers were great and worthy of sharing. The menu lets you choose among different size plates. I had the wood roasted clams in a delicious broth. Others had pastas and a meatball dish. Everything was very tasty and the service was attentive and excellent. It is a bit of quirkly place and quite small but I would highly recommend.
We have had really enjoyable dinners at ...
We have had really enjoyable dinners at Lolita previously, but this meal was a disaster. We waited a very long time for everything. You know when you are eyeing the water on the table next to you and trying to figure out if you can ask them to share...it was that kind of experience. After an hour and 45 minutes, we had drinks and appetizers, but our entres never came. We asked for our check and left.
I had never been there before and was qu ...
I had never been there before and was quite surprised at how nice of a place it is... Great little neighborhood restaurant... Servers were very friendly and knew the menu very well... Figuring out what you are going to order can be a little confusing at first but, servers walk you through it well.... My girlfriend and I ordered four dishes and split them family style..... Enjoyed it...
My only complaint is with Open Table. Th ...
My only complaint is with Open Table. The system told us we couldn't get a reservation at our preferred time, instead offering less convenient times. But the restaurant wasn't busy at all when we arrived (we were the only table) and hardly more so when we left, shortly after the time we would have liked to arrive. Staff told us they had few reservations for that evening, so it wasn't as if we departed just before the rush. There's something wrong with this system, and I won't be using it again.
This was our second visit to Lolita. Thi ...
This was our second visit to Lolita. This time four of us shared several appetizers, and we also each shared entrees (two orders of lamb, two of monkfish, shared by 4 adults). Each dish was perfect.
The soft-shell crab, with its wood grill flavor, may have been the best I've had.
I also appreciate having Bissell Brothers beer on tap, something I don't get to have often since I live in another state.
Great food in small quantities.
A true taste experience, fresh ingredients prepared with a sense of adventure.
Competent and confident service, certain to steer you in the right direction.
Don't ignore the special menu of the day.
Interesting , albeit pricey , wine list with predominately French wines.
Hopefully, in the future , more local wines will be on that list.
We had a terrific brunch at lolita this past weekend. Do not miss the biscuits! The torrijas (comparable to a French Toast) are very sweet, perhaps more a dessert than a breakfast. The spaghetti with squid ink and bottarga was the best squid-ink pasta I've ever had (perhaps could use a touch more bottarga). The bagel with smoked fish spread and greens was perfectly executed. We are excited to go back and try dinner.
What a wonderful dinner
We really enjoyed our dinner here. We live in Boston but come up to Portland frequently, and the food never disappoints. The service was a tad slow (we had to ask for water refills a few times), and the restaurant got a little loud, but it was truly fantastic.
Well worth the walk
We decided to walk from our Old Port place on a windy but not frigid early spring evening. We were welcomed in and shown to a table immediately, but after that the pacing was ours to control. Highly recommend the featured cocktails (we had the Manhattan and a martini-like mix). The menu is simple - starters, medium plates, large plates, a huge plate for 3 or more. We went with olives (delicious choices) and steak tartare with the cocktails because we had had a late lunch, but will be back for cheeses and other starters soon. We opted for 2 medium plates each. The frisse (curly endive) salad was a perfect 1st course, preparing our taste buds for the heavier risotto and cassoulet that followed. There were fabulous options, including a lamb lasagna being eaten at a neighboring table - it made my mouth water. The cassoulet was less creamy than my husband expected, but the risotto was perfect. Flavors were terrific. We went with a light red recommended by our waitress (never hovered, always there when it was the right time, very friendly), picked from a solid list. Dessert was an amazingly light almond (and lemon?) cake - we took half home. We were at a table for 2, but noticed many other couples at the bar. This is going to be one of our special gems!
You must try this!
I had read about the restaurant and wanted to try it. I liked the way it was out of the way of the bustle of the Old Port. It was hard to decide what to have with so many delicious choices and we appreciated the small plate offerings. I got a chance to meet one of the owners, Stella, who was very gracious. Our server was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the food. We will definitely return!
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