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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, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely rooftop terrace with great views

We had a lovely dinner at La Olla our last night in Oaxaca. The ensalada organica was one of the best salads I've ever had. I had the house mole special with chicken and my husband had the amarillo mole with beef. Both were very good. The flan with tangerine ice cream and flor de cacoa was yummy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Durham, NC
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Are you worried about Oaxacan food being too heavy? Don't worry! The portions are so small that you will barely notice the flavour. Are you trying to keep pork out of your diet? The chef at la olla wants to help you. He/she will serve you the smallest piece they can find. Do you think that a small pile of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Pilar and her staff actually cooked an in-room meal for us at her b&b. It was a 3 course masterpiece and probably my favorite meal of our entire trip (which was filled with good food!) La Olla is a great place for elegant Oaxacan cuisine. A must visit!

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Durham, NC
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had a lovely dinner at La Olla our last night in Oaxaca. The ensalada organica was one of the best salads I've ever had. I had the house mole special with chicken and my husband had the amarillo mole with beef. Both were very good. The flan with tangerine ice cream and flor de cacoa was yummy. Only one... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We happened upon this restaurant walking around and I remembered I had read good reviews about this place so decided to give it a try. Food and service was good. I can't say that I loved it but that goes for most of the food I had in Oaxaca. The exception in all places was the salsa, that was delicious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of others, and were not disappointed in the least. Our server suggested the pescadillas for an appetizer, and they were cooked to perfection, semi open-faced and with a nice aioli to compliment. I had the pork coloradito (very tasty) and my wife the shrimp a la diabla (good sized). The flan is... More 

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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I had been fortunate enough to take a cooking class with Pilar Cabrera who owns this restaurant. The food in the class was so good I felt I wanted to try her establishment. What a winner. Everything about this lovely place is done beautifully. Perfection. Presentation, taste, options all outstanding. My favorite was the squash blossom soup , so delicious,... More 

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We had two meals at La Olla while visiting Oaxaca for a week. Both were very, very good. In particular the fixed-price mid-day meal menu is affordable and delicious. Tortillas are made on-site. The mole negro is delicious and the turkey particularly tender and savory. We also enjoyed fruits and vegetables cooked with a light but sophisticated touch. The restaurant... More 

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Corrales, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Three of us (all norte americanos) went here yesterday for lunch and had a great meal. We all ordered la comida corrida, which is always the best "deal", and had wonderful food, presented in a beautiful manner for a very small amount of money. La comida consists of salad, soup, a main course, and desert. On top of that, you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The food was average and underwhelming. We ordered fish with garlic sauce, octopus tostadas and creme of zucchini blossoms for Mr. and Mrs, and the chicken vegetable soup for Junior. While everything was edible, nothing was worth recommending. The chicken soup was disappointing in particular, for something so simple that we have had many times better in comedores (Mexican diners).... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?