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Restaurants that Rock: Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar

I tend to care about the ambiance of a restaurant almost as much as the food. At Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar, they are equally as memorable. Located at 271 Dartmouth Street (between Boylston and Newbury), this restaurant’s deep red nameplate and barred windows immediately give off a gothic feel. The inside is dark, but in a romantic way. Wrought-iron chandeliers and red drapes surround black leather booths, and crimson velvet wallpaper gives way to an ornate black ceiling. Each table is lit by at least two candles, and the entire restaurant appears to emit a warm red glow. Even the bathroom is chic – the toilet bowls are painted in an intricate black and white pattern.

As far as the food goes, the meal is definitely unique. Immediately after sitting down you’re greeted with a large bowl of warm tortilla chips and a shaved grapefruit granita served above a bowl of dry ice. As for the entrees and appetizers, I recommend the crabmeat and lobster guacamole, rib-eye tacos, and sticky spare ribs. My favorite part of the meal is the end, when you’re presented with a complimentary plume of apple-flavored cotton candy sprinkled with pop rocks. And for those of you over 21, Lolita has an expansive menu of over 200 tequilas.

I personally love the gothic romantic feel of Lolita, but I must warn those who like to eat their meal in a quiet, well-lit restaurant. Lolita is bumping with music – their expansive bar is usually packed – and it is not always conducive to conversation. But if you want to go out for a fun night out at a posh restaurant with unique food, Lolita is the place to go!


  1. Patricia Jamison

    Johanna, Great review. I thought I’d let you know, however, that the picture in the review is actually from our “little sister” restaurant, Red Lulu Cocina and Tequila Bar in Salem, MA – rather than the first restaurant in Boston: Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar. It took me a while to figure it out because the decor is very similar, though the layout is different. Both are beautiful designs.


  2. Looks like a place to put on my must try list next time I am in the area.

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