Description and review of Lola’s Lounge, a family-owned bar and restaurant located in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento.
Lola’s Lounge had been on my list of places to try, so when a friend suggested we go out to dinner on a recent Saturday Lola’s came to mind. My friend was game after checking out their menu.
I first became aware of Lola’s Lounge after reading an article in the Sacramento Bee. The article reported that the business was struggling to stay open amid the recent closures on Broadway (Starbuck’s, etc.). Lola’s Lounge, previously located in Elk Grove, opened on 16th Street near Broadway in 2020 during the pandemic.
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Upon entering, my friend and I both agreed that the term “lounge” fit both the décor and ambiance. It is a very attractive and comfortable space.
We arrived a bit after 6:00 p.m. and were warmly greeted and then seated by a young woman who it turns out was Lola. There was only one other table occupied at that time.
Lola was also our waitress, bringing us water and menu’s and taking our orders. It was only sometime later I noticed that she had been joined by additional staff.
Lola’s Lounge Menu
The menu has a variety of dishes from Spain and Latin America (Cuba, Puerto Rico). In an on-line video interview with Lola that I came across, she mentions that the Puerto Rican recipes are all family recipes that have been handed down through the generations.
Lola’s has a full bar, and a very nice cocktail menu. Both my friend and I opted for Sangria ($11) – and we were glad we did as it was very tasty.
For dinner my friend ordered Pozole (traditional Mexican hominy soup, carnitas and chicken stock) ($10). More than a few menu items appealed to me, but I wanted to try something different. As a result, I chose the Arroz Vago/Lazy Rice (Caribbean rice with bacon and ground beef) served with empanada and salad ($17).
The big bowl of pozole was said to be very tasty, and was described as the best kind of comfort food. I enjoyed my Lazy Rice and salad, but the empanada and its flaky crust was the star of my meal.
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What had once been a parking lot in the back of the venue’s building has been transformed into a beautiful outdoor patio. There are four parking spots near the entry to the alley, but otherwise grab any nearby spot on the street.
To Sum Up
To sum up, Lola’s Lounge is on my list of places to return to in the near future. A movie at Tower Theatre followed by drinks and a bite to eat at Lola’s Lounge sounds like a perfect evening.
Have you been to Lola’s Lounge? What has been your experience?
Lola’s Lounge Snapshot:
- 2424 16th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
- (916) 389-0429
- Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesday – Wednesday (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Thursday – Saturday (5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
- Outdoor Patio
- Street Parking
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