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La Olla Restaurant

Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #39 of 255 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: This small, charming restaurant has a lot going for it. Located only two blocks from historic Santo Domingo Church, and within easy walking distance of the Zocalo, La Olla is very popular with both foreign residents and visitors as well as with locals. La Olla is one of the more trendy eateries in the city, and our spotless kitchen produces a wide array of traditional Oaxacan, continental, and vegetarian foods. We pride ourselves in serving the best quality of products available,and most of our produce is grown locally and delivered to us by farmers during the week. Our coffee is locally roasted and the foods we serve are extremely fresh. We bake delicious apple strudel, chocolate cake, oatmeal cookies, vanilla flan, and more on our premises daily! All of our creations are cooked to order, prepared fresh starting when we receive your order. We use more fresh fruits and vegetables to create healthful and visually attractive dishes than any other restaurant in Oaxaca. Delicious sandwiches are served on home-baked whole wheat bread, and we even make the mayonnaise in our kitchen. There is a wide variety of healthy drinks available, using unusual combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables. The main meal of the day in Oaxaca is eaten in the afternoon. A real bargain at "La Olla" is the "Menu del día" or "Comida corrida", a full meal which changes daily, for only $90 pesos served from 1-4 pm. It includes a freshly-made salad, followed by a soup, a choice of two entrees, with tortillas or bread, and finishing with a dessert or espresso coffee. Many typical Oaxacan dishes are featured, and for a low price you can experience traditional cuisine at its very best. There is also a full a la carte menu featuring a wide selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are moderate and the quality very high. La Olla is proud to display and promote artwork created by local, regional and international artists. Our gallery is open daily during restaurant hours. The art on display is available for sale, and the gallery selection is changed periodically.
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Veigne, France
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The food was nice, but nothing special. The atmosphere upstairs was better than downstairs which was empty. My enfrijolados came luke warm. A bit pricey by Mexican standards.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Great service, great food, great prices!! Staff treated all 6 of us very well! We had great craft beer, excelent mains and the staff were very friendly! X

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Oaxaca, Mexico
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Oaxaca...I love the quesillo en salsa verde and the salads and desserts are incredible...

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union city, ca
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is our second time there and we returned since the first visit several years ago was memorable. We ordered their lunch special which included soup, a main dish, a dessert, and a drink. The chicken soup was amazing, it had "herba santa" which gave it a wonderful flavor. The main dish, chicken mole was delicious, and finally dessert, a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The food and drink were excellent...Had the most delicious mole here. Enjoying our late lunch over margaritas and laughs with our server, the experience was tainted at the end. What could have been a perfect experience left me frustrated when I was unable to get an itemized copy of the bill. Perhaps it is my inability to speak Spanish...although I... More 

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

We read the good reviews on travel guide and decided to give it a try. The place is well decorated and we excited to see the fresh tortilla maker on the corner. The menu prices are steep for oaxacan food. My ordered Enfrijoladas and I ordered the Cactus salad. Sadly on the first bite we realized this place was a... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was the first restaurant we visited in Oaxaca, had my fist tlayuda here with its delicious meat and hot chocolate in a bowl. This was the best tasting chocolate I had in years. The place is small and service is great.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Stopped by here for lunch as we'd heard about their local beer selection. We were not disappointed! Wonderful organic salad and fish tacos. For dessert we had flan with tangerine ice cream and pumpkin tamale with squash blossom ice cream. Everything was wonderful and just what we wanted for a creative but not heavy mid-day meal. Excellent service.

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Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Excellent menu that reflects the richness of the culinary choices and flavors of Oaxaca. The food is well prepared and served and the flavor of chile is a compliment of many other flavors. Rabbit, tamales Tlayudas all delicious.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I fell in love with La Olla for 4 reasons. Sopa de Azteca, Queso Panela Asado en Salsa Verde, Tamale Oaxaquenos and fresh tortillas. The first 2 are no longer on the menu, the third has been out every time I've gone recently and the tortillas are apparently no longer served with your meal automatically. And there's no more more... More 

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Additional Information about La Olla Restaurant

Address: Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: 951-51-66668
Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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