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La Olla Restaurant

Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #30 of 245 restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
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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82% Recommend
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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

delicious. had the flattend beef with cactus- it was delicious! best sangria i have ever had! actually aside from these 2 things- everything we had was tastey and quite good!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We walked into the restaurant at 1:40 and tried to order the ménu del día that's advertised on the restaurant's website. We were told that it wasn't ready yet (although the site says it's available from 1:30-4:00). The waiter disappears for 10 minutes and finally lets us order the ménu del día, which turns out to be NOTHING like that... More

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Gill, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The food was fine- not great but fine. The best part was the incredible view and ambiance from the 3rd floor roof top. Very romantic! It was my first time eating chapellines and I had the excellent guacamole dip to distract me.

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Santa Fe, NM
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We should've come here earlier in the trip because this place was better than a lot of places we ate at. You won't be disappointed.

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Brooklyn, NY
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I had the first restaurant meal of my Oaxaca trip in La Olla, and boy, was it a great introduction to the variety of flavors in Oaxacan cuisine. Pilar Cabrera, the chef/owner, came to our table and answered all of our questions about ingredients and cooking techniques for the dishes we ordered. The restaurant is charming and very welcoming. I... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

We ordered the set menu of the day as it came recommended. The chicken tortillas came out cold and soggy, they had an odd tasting sauce on them, wilted lettuce sprinkled on top and the chicken was brown. We tried to eat them but only managed two mouthfuls. They were the worst food we have tried in Mexico. There were... More

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Rome, Italy
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The food and atmosphere were good, but the service was a bit slow. After waiting for our entree for nearly a half and hour, the waiter came over and asked my friend what he had ordered again, and then we waited another ten minutes. Not sure what the problem was. I was with a friend from Oaxaca so it wasn't... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

If taste of food is not your raison d'être, then la Olla is the place for you! Ok… I admit I'm being too extreme. La Olla is pretty damn great. Centrally located, near the Santo Domingo de Guzmán Cathedral, the restaurant is three-stories with a lovely terrace. There is a fantastic drinks menu that includes delightful mezcal cocktails and locally-brew... More

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Plattsburgh, New York
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149 reviews 149 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

When we were here two years ago, we had a chance to take a cooking class with Pilar. What an outstanding experience! However, we didn't have a chance to dine at her restaurant La Olla. Having just returned for another visit to one of my favorite cities in Mexico, eating at La Olla was on the top of our list.... More

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Albuquerque, NM, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We discovered La Olla through Tripadvisor on our April 2014 one-month visit to Oaxaca. It is a wonderfully intimate little gem and the waitstaff on both of our visits were great to be with. On our first visit we had a light lunch of guacamole and Tamale Oaxaquena with black mole sauce. We found their guacamole to be the best... More

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