Lolita

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • James R.
    "BYO Tequila and a great atmosphere (inside and outside)."(3 Tips)
    Lindsey K.
    "BYOT: bring your own tequila and enjoy their famous mixers!"(2 Tips)
    Aroundphilly
    "The margaritas are deliciously tart."(11 Tips)
    Valerie B.
    "Lolita has the best carne esada I have ever had in my life!!"(2 Tips)
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  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GahaganJanuary 7, 2015
    Fantastic service. Drinks were delivered within 2 minutes of placing the order and the dishes were timed perfectly. Attentive without being overbearing. And the food? Delicious! Try the carnitas tacos
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 6, 2012
    You bring the tequila, and the staff at Lolita will mix up a delicious margarita. We recommend naranja de sangria, which includes freshly squeezed margarita mix, blood orange puree and wild mint.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KaneJuly 31, 2013
    BYOT: bring your own tequila and enjoy their famous mixers! Definitely go for Taco Tuesday: choose fish, beef, chicken, or veg and pile the works on their fresh tortillas for just $20 :)
  • James R.
    James RussellJune 8, 2012
    BYO Tequila and a great atmosphere (inside and outside). Start out with the Guacamole, and try the Carne Esada. Traditional and Blood Orange margarita mix are both fantastic.
  • Ricky
    RickyJune 21, 2011
    The beef tenderloin is true perfection, as with any good beef entree don't go over medium and it will melt in your mouth. Spectacular guac, some of the best I've had
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyApril 3, 2012
    It’s all about Mexican cuisine and top-notch tequila mixers at this bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot, another eatery by partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran.
  • Gautam C.
    Gautam ChowdhryJanuary 29, 2012
    BYOT is Awesome. Good food, great quality - but pretty salty. Try and ask for a little less sodium. It robs the food of its natural flavor.
  • Eric S.
    Eric ScottAugust 26, 2012
    Where do I start...Order a few dishes and share across the table that way you won't have to be dedicated to something you don't like.
  • Tara H.
    Tara H.October 17, 2010
    beware the $18/person food minimum. i doubt i'll be back, even though the blood orange margarita was pretty good. oh, and it's cash only.
  • Aroundphilly
    AroundphillyAugust 22, 2011
    The margaritas are deliciously tart. Nab a table outside to avoid the loud atmosphere (unless you like that kind of thing).
  • Katrina C.
    Katrina CroswellAugust 29, 2014
    Amazing everything! Drinks, tacos, guacamole, and don't forget the mexican corn!
  • Merve K.
    Merve KJanuary 31
    Went for lunch and happy hour. Really nice atmosphere and gotta love the food!
  • Erin A.
    Erin AveryJune 9, 2014
    I miss it being a BYOT (bring your own tequila) place :(. Now there is nothing that special about it. Used to be my favorite place too.
  • Allison
    AllisonJuly 14, 2012
    BYO tequila and they'll mix a big pitcher of margaritas for you; go for the blood orange if it's available!
  • Margaret S.
    Really good short rib burrito, different but delicious. Cool space. Highly recommend for Mexican
  • Charles B.
    Charles BApril 15, 2010
    Blood orange margs when available and the bread pudding desert is unreal. A bit overpriced but a good time
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Carol B.
    Carol BlackburnJuly 26, 2011
    I you get the guac make sure to get it with the chipotle & mango! And the margaritas are a must!
  • Greg D.
    Greg DahlingJanuary 28, 2013
    Restaurant week menu was terrible. It was my first time here and I've heard amazing things. Super disappointed.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WardAugust 3, 2015
    Awesome. Get the guacamole with bacon and peas. Everything on the menu is gluten free
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2011
    Continental meets Mexican in an ever more buzz-worthy way. Lolita made our 2011 list of best restaurants in Philly! Read more
  • David
    DavidMay 15, 2010
    Save room for the bread pudding. And bring cash; it's cash only. Good food, but this place is overpriced.
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PAugust 24, 2013
    BYO Tequila and throw it in with one of their fresh juices. It's a small spot so a reservation is highly recommended.
  • Krissy N.
    Krissy NApril 28, 2012
    Over priced Mexican food.....18$ minimum per person and cash only are the three reasons why I won't go back!!
  • Landis H.
    Landis HughesJuly 3, 2010
    Mahi mahi is pretty good. The lamb is fun but the accessories are like eating Thanksgiving stuffing.
  • Joanna
    JoannaSeptember 21, 2010
    Bring a date or friend, share 2 apps and 1 entree and you'll more than cover that minimum for drinking. Try the short ribs!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MontoyaOctober 15, 2009
    Be careful when you go with a big group, somehow the bill is always twice what you expect.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MichelleJune 24, 2010
    This place sucks they won't let you drink without spending $20 a person on food and your so full from there expensive appetizers
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillySeptember 19, 2012
    The Best Thing I Ever Ate homed in on Chef Marcie Turney's Mexican-style tiramisu. We suggest saving room for dessert.
  • halalbite
    halalbiteMay 1, 2015
    Excellent fish and shrimp tacos with tres leches cake. Enchilada is okay
  • Iris M.
    Iris McCarthyApril 29, 2013
    Skip the oily queso fundido but don't miss the enchiladas verdes.
  • Jimmy C.
    Jimmy ChrabiehDecember 29, 2014
    Good food , try the chilaquiles, large portion though, but delicious!
  • Amber R.
    Amber RoseAugust 10, 2014
    I loved the food and drinks. The mango guacamole is the best!!
  • Julie L.
    Julie LoJuly 6, 2013
    Brought a birthday cake with us...it was $4 per person if we ate it there...smh
  • Vincent R.
    Vincent R.November 10, 2011
    The best steak in Philadelphia ... Carne Asada always rare... Always perfect. 
  • Miranda
    MirandaJune 13, 2011
    The duck is fabulous! Very tender and juicy
  • Brian
    BrianNovember 29, 2014
    Awesome tacos and chips. Great service, too.
  • Samantha W.
    Samantha WalshDecember 29, 2014
    The food is excellent but the atmosphere isn't as good
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LeonardMarch 28, 2010
    Good flavors. Slightly overpriced. Trendy.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BlasseyJanuary 5, 2011
    Lolita has the best carne esada I have ever had in my life!!
  • Suzette
    SuzetteFebruary 27, 2010
    You MUST have the watermelon margaritas. omg.
  • Waqas M.
    Waqas MalickDecember 5, 2015
    Get the chicken chalupas and fish tacos!
  • Drew I.
    Drew InglisMarch 11, 2012
    The carne asada is really good.
  • Brooke
    BrookeDecember 22, 2012
    BEST carne asada - one of my favorite dishes ever.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Lolita as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WApril 17, 2015
    Chilaquiles are $$$
  • 5xPanda
    5xPandaAugust 12, 2014
    Jalapeno Cucumber margarita and tamales
  • Matt B.
    Matt BlochNovember 21, 2010
    Great sea urchin ceviche.
  • 5xPanda
    5xPandaAugust 12, 2014
    Memelitas are little too salty...
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WilliamsApril 26, 2015
    Great Carnitas Tacos...
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingJuly 5, 2015
    Good fish tacos and margaritas.
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