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Lolita Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1461 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Lolita is a Modern Mexican Restaurant located in Philadelphia in Midtown Village. Originally opened in 2004 by restaurateurs Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, it underwent a major renovation in 2014 and reopened with a fresh look, a new Mexican street food-inspired menu and a full liquor license.

The extensive full-scale renovation highlights the addition of a 16-seat bar and chef's counter looking into the open kitchen. Lolita seats 45 guests with additional outdoor sidewalk seating in the warmer months. Reservations are accepted every day for lunch and dinner, while seating at the bar and chef’s counter is on a first come, first served basis. We have a full liquor license and accept all major credit cards.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 546-7100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Marcie Turney

  • Private party facilities

    Email lolitaphilly@yahoo.com for details on group dining and private parties. Subject to availability, we are able to accommodate small groups in the restaurant with a prix fixe menu and have private dining space available for larger groups.

  • Private party contact

    lolitaphilly@yahoo.com: (215) 546-7100

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    Drury

  • Parking details

    Limited metered street parking available. Garage parking on Sansom Street between 12th & 13th as well as between 13th & Juniper. No parking validation offered.

  • Public transit

    Broad Street Line - Walnut-Locust or City Hall stop<br />Market Frankford Line - 13th Street stop<br />Buses 21, 42, 12 at 13th St stops

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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What 1,461 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. EE

    EatEatEat

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They were very attentive to our needs. The staff remained in masks at all times and our waitress was great.
  2. AH

    AlexH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour drinks, loved the blood orange margarita! Also stayed for dinner, we really enjoyed the chicken enchiladas and fish tacos. Will def be coming back!
  3. SS

    StephenS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The drinks are a tad pricey, but it’s great Mexican food with a gluten-free focus.
  4. PP

    PhillyPhilip

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food is not the same, quality has gone down, and the menu is limited.
  5. E

    Ehhh

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Had a 4pm reservation for nearly a week. Showed up and waited 35 mins to be seated. Only had 2 in our party. A walk-up got a table for 2. Another reservation for a table for 2 at 4:15pm. Was not offered an explanation. Was not offered seating inside. Was not checked on once. Usually I would chalk this up as one bad incident but that was the last time I was at Lolita. So after the second time with horrible service, I had to write this. Not sure what’s going on there but the service has dipped to unacceptable levels and I can’t go back again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! The food was so good and came out so fast!
  7. TB

    TiaB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great for a chill date. delicious food and drinks
  8. DM

    DavidM

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Solo late evening dinner on business trip. Some COVID restrictions in effect. Had the 3 for $33 special: chips & guac, chicken roja enchiladas and substituted tres leches for tiramisu for $2 upcharge. Drink was a very tasty blood orange margarita on the rocks. Dessert was a little dry, otherwise meal was very good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat!
  10. KA

    KeaA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    My actual waitress was wonderful, but the hostess was trash. She was snarky and acted like she didn’t want to accommodate us. Maybe she was having a bad day, but my guest and I didn’t do anything to her. The booths are better than the side tables, they don’t make sense to have someone directly on the sidewalk when folks are walking by and poses a safety risk. Food was delicious. I would go back as long as that hostess isn’t there.
  11. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time, good and service is always amazing.
  12. AS

    AnneS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Service was great!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intimate setting with great service and even better food.
  14. EK

    EricK

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Chicken sandwich was eh, but those fresh cut shoestring fries were amazing! Great drinks as always and the outdoor seating was semi enclosed and heated. Me and my fiance love it here and will always come back🖤🖤🖤
  15. JB

    JoyceB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Margaritas were excellent and we really enjoyed our fish tacos. Alcohol offerings a bit limited at brunch (no brunch drinks, mimosas, etc.) Service was attentive and polite, but a bit cold.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Too cold outside They wouldn’t give us one of the covered areas outside, said they were reserved. At least two of them went unfilled the entire time we were there.
  17. TM

    TejaswiM

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious food, great service staff, and lovely location. I highly recommend their guac with plantain and taro chips. Their enchiladas are to die for. Love this place!!!
  18. A

    Anonymous

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Lolita doesn't compare to the quality of El Vez. I was really hoping to like this restaurant, but the food quality and the service were so bad I will not be going back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    drinks were yumm and the food was just okay
  20. S

    Sevvie

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food very reasonable pricing as well. nice outdoor space
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Limited food/drink menu. Not our best experience there.
  22. AM

    AnneM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    food was so delicious!! Drinks were good, but a bit skimpy.
  23. KV

    KathleenV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks and service are always outstanding. It is one of my favorite places in the city. Highly recommend.
  24. J

    Jackeepoo

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down, BEST HEATED CHALET in the city so far. I didn’t need to eat with my winter gear on - it was downright COZY, and the heat made the new wood smell like a sauna. It was divine. Also great margs and food with lovely service. ⭐️
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tacos and margaritas!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Can’t wait to eat in - because Uber makes the experience just okay!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The mango guacamole was fabulous however the entrees, specifically the meals with chicken were not very good. The texture and quality of the chicken tasted odd in the chicken enchiladas and chicken tacos, making it inedible.
  28. MP

    MaggieP17

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff made our outdoor dining experience safe and welcoming. The food came out hot and delicious as usual! We had an order of the mango quac that was fresh and flavorful, and then we split the fish tacos and the short rib tacos - both were excellent!
  29. M

    Maggiecw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Took my so. For his birthday. Best short rib bat his!
  30. Y

    Yummy

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Was a little disappointed in our visit. Had to ask (twice) for water. Then cups for the water. Food is very good although black beans were bland everything else was delicious. Unfortunately, two tables down (outside) engaged a seemingly homeless gentleman who was enjoying the attention and was quite loud. No one from the establishment asked him to move along. Love this place so will definitely go back but was not the best experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’ve been wanting Lolita’s, to try the birria tacos, for months! It was well worth the wait!! The spice was just right. We will be back for more!
  32. g

    garcest

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was cold - Enchiladas are known for being hot there were seating around fir quite a while prior to being served Rice and beans pre made temperature not acceptable Service not as usual lacking quality on several areas
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sara was an absolute charm! Definitely will come back just to see her!
  34. PK

    PatrickK

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did an excellent job for being limited to outside dining due to Covid .. 10 out of 10 would dine again - thanks for a wonderful night :)
  35. J

    Jessica

    Philadelphia

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great outdoor dining visit at Lolita. Our server was great, on top of empty drinks and quick service. The food seemed semi prepared and not as good as on prior trips, but we are eager to continue supporting our local places! We'll be back again.
  36. JD

    JoyD

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was ok, I’ve been to way better Mexican restaurants.
  37. m

    mf45

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The food was unexpectedly bad. We got the fish tacos, and the fish literally looked like a fried fish stick that just came out of the freezer. It was a gross block of what seemed like fake fish. The chips and guac were good, but that is not hard to make well. The margaritas tasted good, but they were not strong. We got a pitcher and neither of us left feeling it at all. The ambiance was fine, but I would not recommend Lolita.
  38. t

    temc

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot outside, heat lamps were up and spicy margaritas made for a pleasant night out.
  39. E

    Erika

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blood orange margarita was amazing! Pork carnitas nachos were delicious!
  40. U

    Uptown63

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food but not consistent. Great Margs!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Lolita Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1461 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Drury

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Limited metered street parking available. Garage parking on Sansom Street between 12th & 13th as well as between 13th & Juniper. No parking validation offered.

  • Public transit

    Broad Street Line - Walnut-Locust or City Hall stopMarket Frankford Line - 13th Street stopBuses 21, 42, 12 at 13th St stops

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Marcie Turney

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 546-7100

  • Private party facilities

    Email lolitaphilly@yahoo.com for details on group dining and private parties. Subject to availability, we are able to accommodate small groups in the restaurant with a prix fixe menu and have private dining space available for larger groups.

  • Private party contact

    lolitaphilly@yahoo.com: (215) 546-7100

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