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La Olla Restaurant

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Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
951-51-66668
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: This small, charming restaurant has a lot going for it. Located only two...
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, ambience could be better

The food was great: a modern and successful interpretation of Oaxaca classics. Service was efficient and friendly. The decor is simple and not very warm. Maybe because we went in the low season only 2 tables were occupied, which did not make for a great ambience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Dominique050
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Amsterdam
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The waiter was fine, the environment was fine but nothing special. The food was competently prepared but not memorable. I can't understand what people are excited about. Maybe I just had an unusually lackluster experience?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in Oaxaca. Chef Pilar Cabrera continues to offer meticulously prepared dishes. I had breakfast here for the first time this trip (and sampled the rest of the table's meals). Very reasonably priced and delicious! Another evening I went back with a friend for La Olla's special Friday night 2-4-1 Happy Hour. The friendly bartender made... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The food was great: a modern and successful interpretation of Oaxaca classics. Service was efficient and friendly. The decor is simple and not very warm. Maybe because we went in the low season only 2 tables were occupied, which did not make for a great ambience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Great value for the quality of cuisine. The executive lunch is a great deal and includes international, Oaxacan and fusion elements as well as a tasty mezcal. The Oaxaca appetizer platter is a nice light dinner for two! The pork with Mole Colorado is a lovely crispy fatty pork belly smothered in rich mole sauce and one of the best... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We enjoyed the especial del dia menu starting with the appetizer Salpicon de red: shredded beef with tomato and Oaxacan spices, on fresh tortillas followed by creams de esparragos. Absolutely a treat. The third course was a red mole with pork rib;Pipian Rojo con Costilla de Puerco. For dessert Brownie Oaxacan style! Muy Rico!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The atmosphere of the restaurant isn't luxurious or romantic, but the food was very good and the servers were all great. The ground floor looks like a little local cantina, and if we hadn't read on TripAdvisor that there was a rooftop for dining we would have passed it up. We opted to sit on the second floor by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

From Mexican dishes to seafood, food was carefully prepared and the best (in a town serving very good food everywhere). My dessert, a small chocolate cake with a tiny scoop of intensely mint ice cream--I still regret allowing my friend a taste.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

La Olla was located adjacent to my B&B, as both are run by members of the same family. I'd had an adventurous day and arrived back in the late afternoon for a very late lunch. I ordered the tortillas with octopus ceviche, which was sensational in flavor and presentation. I followed that with an order of the guacamole, completely forgetting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

My girlfriend and I had an excellent lunch at La Olla. It was some of our favorite food in Oaxaca, which is really saying something. We spilt the botana—a set of snacky meats, veggies, and cheeses served with tortillas. And had Aguas frescas to cool down from the Mexican sun. We were hoping for jugos, but the agua de jamaica... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My wife and I stayed at Casa de Las Bugambilias B&B located right behind the La Olla Restaurant. Both are owned/operated by Pilar Cabrera, an internationally known chef. This is our first time staying at a B&B, and I highly recommend this B&B. Everything was first rate--very clean, nicely decorated, well-maintained. The staff could not have been more helpful. The... 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
  • Phone Number: 951-51-66668

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine

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.
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?