Like Bin 941 in atmosphere, Lolita's is a much-needed spot in the West End. Personally I like the small, crowded, European-style places like these with festive, friendly atmospheres. Pure joie du vivre. If you don't like this sort of thing then do stay away instead of going there and emerging angry and disappointed.
The first thing that impressed me was the hostess and their policy of allowing you to have some drinks while waiting for your table. I don't at all mind waiting for a table if I can relax and have drinks. In fact, I prefer to extend the evening this way, first enjoying the beer/wine/cocktail/sangria on its own and unadulterated before shoving food down my gullet.
The hostess is adept at friendly attentive service for all patrons, and in such a crowded environment does a supurb job, which is why I offer 5 stars for service. The hostess also serves drinks, which makes her job twice as admirable.
The menu and food are great, just great! Ceviche appetiser is nice and pairs well with the sangria. However, the white sangria is very sweet and not to everyone's liking.
Another pleasant surprise here is the portion sizes. Huge. For Mexican food, portions do not even need to be big but they don't chintz at Lolitas on food or drinks (the sangria glasses are monstrous too). Good value for money, excellent ambiance, warm, cozy, we need more places like this in the West End!!