In deference to Lolita, the owners' pet pig (the original Lola used to freely roam the beach and enjoy the surf), the menu at this hip beach café is heavily vegetarian. It has exactly the kind of ambience one comes to Costa Rica for, with tables scattered along the beach amid palm and almond trees, hammocks swinging in the wind, palm fronds rustling, and surfers riding the glistening waves in front. Seating, or more precisely, lolling, is on reclining, African-style hardwood
chairs, or at shaded tables. Along with fresh-fruit smoothies, ultrathin vegetarian pizzas, and veggie soy burgers, the menu includes organic chicken and "responsible fish" (fish caught in nets that don't also trap turtles). Seared ahi tuna with sun-dried tomatoes and olive tapenade served on ciabatta bread is a winner, as are the ceviche, fish-and-chips, and assorted salads. You can arrange in advance for private beach dinners (minimum 10 people) by candlelight. Operating hours are 10 to 5, but you can order fruit smoothies between 8 and 10 am.
At main entrance to Playa Avellanas, Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica
Nov 3, 2009
First, some bad news. Lola has gone to the little piggy place in the sky. Now, some good news. A new Lola is expected in the next 60-90 days. We loved Lola's! Whether you drive there or walk along the beach from the nearby Marriott (we did both) Lola's appears out of nowhere like an oasis. Where else can you sit among the palms watching the surfer's life unfold before you while dining on spectacular food, drinking wonderful beverages and maybe
get a one hour massage? Only at Lola's. We had ceviche, ahi appetizer, and pizza. All were spectacular. And I'm not kidding about the massage. Only one therapist was available that day and we soon realized why. It was her day off and she spent it at the beach at Lola's with her gorgeous family living the life. Can't wait to go back to CR and back to meet the new Lola.
Jan 7, 2009
We went there on a recommendation from another guest at our hotel on vacation last week. It was not easy to find, but worth it! The setting is pure Robinson Crusoe! Beautiful setting, clean, great seats, fun attentive staff and delicious food and drink. We could have stayed for hours taking it all in. Beach, palms, surfers!!