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Lola Bistro Restaurant Spotlight
Photo Courtesy of Veronica Moreaux

Like any great restaurant, Lola Bistro & Event Center comes with a story.

It starts in Pampanga, the culinary capital of the Philippines, where Executive Chef and Proprietor John Surla’s grandparents raised their nine daughters, all of whom worked in the family restaurant and became great cooks. As a young child Surla quickly learned from his mom and aunties. When Surla watched Yan Can Cook on television one day, he suddenly knew he was destined to be a chef.

Lola Bistro is a culmination of rich Surla cooking history and a passion for great food, atmosphere, and customer service. At Lola Bistro, you’ll find cuisine that spans the flavors of the globe. Influenced by the ever popular American bistro style of food and dining, Lola Bistro combines the iconic flavors of Asia, France, Italy, and Spain to craft dishes that will inspire and satisfy a palate for fantastic food.

Located in the heart of Hilmar, Lola Bistro provides a menu and environment that welcomes more private, intimate dinners, as well as special events and larger groups. It is part of the restaurant’s dedicated mission to have the food, surroundings, and service make each and every guest feel well-cared for.

The dining room has seating for 60 people, a bar that can accommodate eight, and two beautiful patio areas that feature fireplaces and televisions. There are also two separate banquet rooms that can each accommodate up to 50 people. So, whether an intimate dinner for two, or a celebration for 50, Lola Bistro & Event Center is happy to accommodate.

Lola Bistro & Express located at 19920 First ST. in Hilmar. For hours, call 209-250-2777.

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