Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro: A Delightful Change of Pace


“Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends!” Boy, that Shakespeare really knew his stuff!

Tired of take out? You know you’re in a rut when you call the local Chinese place and they recognize your voice and say, “the usual?”

Have you been driving around in circles, trying to find the perfect eatery? Well, it’s time to eliminate the vacillating, break the monotony, make healthy decisions and be the culinary hero!

Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro is the answer to all of your dining dilemmas. Located in Manakin-Sabot, close to Richmond, but just far enough away from the hustle and bustle that you will feel the stress of the day evaporate as you drive up to this idyllic farmhouse. The original one-story structure was built postbellum. The addition of the second story was constructed in the early 1900s. Then in the 1960s, this majestic manor was converted into a restaurant. The current owners, Ronnie and Tommy Hussey, have created a casual, rustic atmosphere mixed with understated elegance.

The large outdoor patio is the focal point. Every season offers a nature-lover’s delight. In springtime, you will be suffused with a burst of beautiful blooms. Sultry summer days are buzzing with excitement and lush greenery. The colors of a tweed jacket will envelope you on cool autumn evenings. And the chill of winter will be thwarted by a toasty fire pit and some tasty s’mores. Inside, relax at the bar area or dine in one of the three uniquely designed dining rooms. Two of the rooms feature cozy fireplaces.

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Dinner specialties feature entrées with an Italian flair. Whether you choose the Chicken Piccata, the Chicken Marsala, the Tortellini Carbonara, the Eggplant Rollatini or one of the other delectable main courses, you’re sure to be satisfied. Steak and seafood options are available as well. Savor your meal with a beer, a cocktail or a glass of wine from their distinctive wine list.

The lunch menu offers your favorite salads plus some creative blends too! Try the Pecan Dusted Goat Cheese Medallions over baby mixed greens! Quiche Lorraine, Paninis and sandwiches on flavorful breads are just some of the lunch entrées. Lola’s French Dip Roast Beef on Rosemary Focaccia Bread is to die for. Select a Matcha Latte or another tempting hot beverage from their exceptional coffee and tea bar.

Who loves brunch? Frittatas, French Toast Bread Pudding, Shrimp & Grits, Omelettes and Eggs Benedict made with organic free-range local eggs are just a few of the scrumptious breakfast items that await your taste buds! Mimosas pair perfectly with brunch.

Save room for the finale! The dessert concoctions are unparalleled. The caramel sundae with angel floss is a must. Party in your mouth!

While you’re absorbing the ambiance, be sure to keep a look out for Lola –  the exotic parrot and the restaurant’s namesake. At Lola’s, there’s always something to squawk about!

1840 Manakin Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

For reservations call: 804-784-2000. For hours, menu options and pricing, visit their website. For special events & news follow them on Facebook.