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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina

1326 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1N6
Tel: (604) 696-9996
Fax: (604) 696-9997
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: International, Mexican, Tapas
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 4PM - 2AM
  • Come down for a little taste of the tropics. A new flair...... the decor is imaginative and dripping with atmosphere.

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Will not frequent again.
By Nikks of Kerrisdale (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I have to say that our experience here was less than impressive. I took my brother here who was visiting from Calgary, as I had heard good things about the restaurant. WRONG. From the moment we walked into the place we were treated like we weren't worth the servers time. It was ridiculously crowded (tiny, tiny place), we were sat at a tiny table (you are pretty much squished against your neighbours), and the music they had playing was ridiculously loud, you could barely have a conversation with one another at your table. I asked the waitress if she could turn the music down just a tad and she outright told me no. Our service was TERRIBLE. We waited 20 mins for our drinks, the waitress gave us TOTAL attitude when ordering, and then it took about an hour to get our food. We were so hungry waiting that we finally ordered salsa and chips, which also took a bit to get. The salsa and chips were pretty good however, the chips are served fresh and hot with a great array of salsas. All of us ordered soft taco's and while the taco's were VERY tasty, you don't really get much for what you pay for. They give you rice and beans with it, which is basically a filler.

All in all, we had a terrible experience here. The food was good, but not worth the choatic and loud ambiance, as well as the terrible, poor service from waiter's that have massive attitude and ego's. Their sister restaurant - Me and Julio's is way better. If you're looking for Mexican, you might want to pass on this palce and head over there.

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very strange.....
By stinkyb of West End, Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 5:00am [Dine in]

i took a date here one night on the hopes for not even authentic mexican food, but maybe a nice twist. very bad judgement on my part as the food was... honestly... terrible. it was mexican food trying way to hard. it reminded me of somebody done out head to toe in christian audugier. the colors and the way the food looked was bright and looked apitizing. i cant even describe what it tasted like. 18 bucks for some soft shell tacos(which were not even tacos at that, was a pile of stuff on top of a pinner ass taco shell. you couldnt even pick it up) honestly not cool man. was so dissapointed. and the girl i was with got quasadillas and they were not even close to being the name. the only thing good about this place is the music which is half ok and the fact that its open till 4am or so every night. STOP MAKING FOOD!!! damn you and your christian audugier tacos.....

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go for drinks
By joshuascottpaul of trout lake, vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

after reading the reviews - i thought this was would be a great place for a staff christmas party.

it was disappointing.

the drink descriptions were exciting but the execution didn't live up to the prose.

the food menu was similarly a let down.

the stacked seafood (i can't remember what it was called) was interesting to see - but just ok to eat.

nothing really stood out - except the atmosphere and the bar.

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Delicious
By kitCHEN_G of Fairview, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

Difficult to eat with more than a group of 4 people here, but the excellent flavours are great. I had soup and salad -- both excellent and inventive , and my friends had the taquitos which were a good portion for the money. Get here before 5 pm if you don't want to stand to wait for a table!

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Lively atmosphere, real food
By shazz of west end, vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2005 - 8:58am [Dine in]

What a great little addition to the sadly lacking food fare along Davie Street! We've been here several times since it's opening a few weeks ago and have enjoyed imaginative, filling dishes (pickled onions on the halibut tacos - corn tortillas, rice, beans, a nice little salad- $13), all very reasonably priced. The owner has done a great job on the decor - she spent only three weeks refurbishing the place after the previous restaurant closed and this one opened. It's noisy and crowded but not unpleasantly so, and one gets the feeling of being at a friendly little neighborhood joint where everyone chats with everyone. I would highly recommend the mango margarita - tequila infused chunks of mango in a perfectly balanced fruity concoction. Friendly service. We'll be going here alot this winter.

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Good from far...far from good
By Tasty34 of Surrey (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 2:39am [Dine in]

Went here for brunch on a Saturday. Never had a Mexican brunch before. Similar to other reviews no acknowledgement when entering. Sat ourselves. Menu looked interesting.

Menu said fresh orange juice. Watched the waitress open a tetra pack of super store, no-name orange juice from concentrate. My girlfriend questioned if it was fresh and not from concentrate, the server then tried to explain that it was from concentrate but it was still fresh.

This basically set the tone for the rest of the meal. I seriously doubt the menu's claims about organic ingredients and free range products. One of the cooks was going to the store to pickup some black berries. He questioned if they should be fresh or frozen. The response was frozen as they are cheaper.

Ordered huevos rancheros . Guacamole was fresh and nice. Egg was supposed to be free range but from the light colored yolk and the other experience, I doubt it. There was a huevos benedictos that was supposed to be served on jalapeno corn bread and chipotle hollandaise. Eggs look they were cooked and coated in hollandaise sauce in advance. Corn bread was super dry like it was a day old. No sign of any jalapenos or chipotle.

Summary:
I don't trust this place. Quality is poor. Pricing would be acceptable if quality was there but it is not. Gave marks for service as the waitress removed orange juice from the bill even though I drank it. I would not go back.

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as good as expected...
By Lunicus of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 10:47am [Dine in]

I read some of the poor reviews on here...and am pretty surprised. I had a great experience.

The food was excellent. Started with the chips and 3 salsas...really good. Also tried the Beef Taquitos...which were amazing. But then again...I have a serious weakness for slow cooked meats. For the main I went with the two tacos (Halibut and Steak). Two taco...$18...I thought it was a little pricey...but when it arrived...it was actually 4. And they were worth every penny.

The service was good. We had two girls checking on us and brought us more chips (which are dusted with chilli power = good) when we were running low. Drinks were taken care of before I had to ask.

My one issue...I was getting bumped as people walked by...but it's a full restaurant...WHEN I COME BACK...I'll go for the bench.

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still packed
By doald of westend vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

had good mussels there last week and great mixed drinks its good to see its still busy after all these years.My main complaint would be the bad choice of music way too much rappy stuff that doesnt go at all with the mexican theme.Will be back later in the spring for some more mussels and please bring back brunches as davie street has no good places for breakfast.

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Gastronomic delight
By dwightcharles of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

The food is very good--Mexican themed rather than purely Mexican, not unlike what Vij's is to Indian food. Service has always been outstanding and friendly. I add to the voices disappointed by the incredibly cramped quarters. Nevertheless I enjoy the feel of the space but need about 10-20% more room to feel comfortable.

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loved the food and drinks
By aaunheim of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 29, 2006 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

Lolita's is great for a bite to eat after work, as we discovered last night. Their cocktail list is solid and tasty, and the food is amazing. We had the fish tacos, the beef taquitos (awesome) and a salad. The salad was slightly overdressed but that would be the only thing I would change about the food.

Our server was really nice and friendly, but it was a slow time so she seemed busy doing cleaning or other work. The atmosphere is nice, good melo music, the only complaint would be that the tables are slightly too small and close together. I guess they are going for the friendly talk to your neighbour kind of experience, but a little to tight for me (i'm tall...).

Lolita's is a great place, and I will definitely be back to check out the brunch and some other menu items. It's quite affordable too for what you get.

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Favourite Davie Hangout!
By Flamingo of Maple Ridge (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Great music, great service and great food....what more do you need? My husband and I live a long way from downtown but it's worth the drive for some excellent food make with fresh, top quality ingredients. Try the tortilla chips dusted with chile powder and the tacos for dinner. The mojitos and margaritas are fresh and tasty.

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What's with the Guacamole??
By djwillis of Tsawwassen, (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 8:45am [Dine in]

Read the reviews and we decided to check it out for dinner Sat. Seating is tight all right and ambiance in nice however it's really dark in there, kinda hard to read the menu sitting on the back wall. Started with a couple of Margaritas, the berry was real tarty but the lime was excellent. We started with the chips / salsa and quacamole. Nicely done chips served hot and salted. Salas was good but quacamole was disgusting. They serve it in a mortar and pestle thinking it's freshly mashed but under the fresh green quac on the surface (about an inch) the bottom was completely black quac. I guess they just top it off with fresh. My wife just about got sick when she saw it, It was dark and I had already had a couple of scoops of this. Didn't want to say anything being shoulder to shoulder to everyone else so we finished our taco's and other meals and left. Pricey place, dark and cramped and bad quac, don't think I'll be back.

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Lolitas: a decent choice for West Enders
By LemonMarie of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 2, 2010 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

Tucked away from the crazy crowds, this is a solid choice for those in the West End looking for Mexican food and funky, Tiki-bar-style ambience. Try the mojitos - generous portions of fresh mint! I tired the mojito with berries in it - they were also generous with the berries.

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Great spot to get away
By kellbot of West End (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 5:00am [Dine in]

For starters I love these hole in the wall places.

Delicious Tacos. Great Guacamole.

Unprofessional, but lotsa character. I love that. It's like being served by friends.

It's ok. I always thought of mexican food to be cheap food. Not over $10 type of food. It was fair and worth it.

Fun, low-key, unpretentious, lively, and different.

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A gem for the West End
By Avocado of West End (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

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!!

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Always Excellent
By funreview of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

If you are a fan of the atmosphere at Bin 941 and Bin 942, and if you love fresh and inventive Mexican food, you will enjoy Lolita's restaurant. Yes, the space is small, and the tables are close together, and the music is loud, and it's not the place to go if you're looking for a quiet, romantic spot – but, I've always found the service excellent, it's fun, and it's well-priced. I ate at Lolita's for the first time a year ago, and I've been back numerous times since then. I've also brought friends here, and they've returned to this place as well (with me, and on their own). I actually am writing this because I read the review about the guacamole – I order the guacamole every time I eat at Lolita's, and the guacamole is layered on top of beans – I wonder if that's what the 'brown stuff' was?

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Go for a chat with the neighbour!
By vitab of Main St. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 23, 2007 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Nice place to go for a bite to eat and strike up conversations with the folks next door. A friend and I went there on a week night evening after we couldn't get into a couple of other places. The place was packed, but they sat us at the bar and we had a table by the time our drinks arrived.

Tables are very close, so you'll know who did what last night! But, at the same time, atmosphere is friendly like a tapas bar. We liked the food, generous portions, and nice presentation. I wasn't blown away by my meal of halibut and shrimp tacos - it was ok. But, my friend's almond & coconut crusted fish with yuca and yam fries was very tasty.

I think they need to pay more attention to the 'Mexican' flavor of the food and service. Our waitress was serving the entire place and forgot about us for about 15 minutes before she got out orders. And when she did show up, she spent another 10 minutes chatting with the regulars until we asked her to take our order.

All in all, nice place. I'd go again.

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Stellar
By Romanuk of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

Love this place. Love this place. The food, the people, the anbiance....its all great. I have tried many of the dishes and everything so far has knocked my socks off...not to mention the bevey's.

It is hard to get in though...and I'd say that is because its the best restaurant on Davie...the most populated neighbourhood in North America.

Try it....and get the Tish Tacos!

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