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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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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
Most recent review
Restaurant that is part of Las Bugambias where we stayed

We had dinner here one night as we had heard it was good and this was echoed by the guide book we had. Our food (4 meals) was all delicious and with a local slant. Pilar, who is the chef also does cooking classes (we booked through the hotel). We did a private class (3 of us) and she was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
floramum
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here one night as we had heard it was good and this was echoed by the guide book we had. Our food (4 meals) was all delicious and with a local slant. Pilar, who is the chef also does cooking classes (we booked through the hotel). We did a private class (3 of us) and she was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We went for the mole, our first experience and the restaurant did not disappoint. The chicken stuffed with plantain in the dark mole was stunning, as was the tender beef fillet in yellow mole. One of our party had zuchinni flower soup and wanted to lick the bowl it was so delicious. The standout dish for us was the octopus... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Arrived here in Oaxaca after 18 days in Cabos. The quality and innovation a treat. We were extremely pleased with the 3 course luncheon special. The mango and jicama salad was excellent, soup,and main course delicious. Wonderful creamy ice cream for dessert. Thought the meal was very well priced for the quality. Service very pleasant.

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Portland, Oregon
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Very reasonable, yummy food, fine service. Would have gone back but ran out of time! Lovely rooftop ambiance.

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

My sister and I were recently in Oaxaca for a week in January and dined at La Olla at least 6 to 7 times. Why did we keep returning? Simply because the food is so fresh and delicious, and there are many Oaxacan dishes on the menu. Recommended: Organic salad with strawberries, goat cheese, mixed greens and fried sweet potato... More 

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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I guess this place is good if you don't eat on the street or in the markets. We had a really nice waiter. Space was ok but no table cloths and cheap paper napkins. Maize sampler dish came out with cold dry quesadillas. They also brought our mains at the same time? Chili Relleno was literally one half of tiny... More 

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Cleveland
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113 reviews 113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. Downstairs is casual and perfect for lunch while watching the tortilla being made. Upstairs is nicer and our choice for dinner.

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Skagit valley, Washington
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Starting with mezcal margaritas, moving on to the tortilla soup, the tacos de pulpo, tacos flor de calabaza, a fish plate, and ending with flan and a punchy scoop of fruit sorbet, what's not to rave about? We went back two more times!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

La Olla was recommended to us by our hotel when we were looking for a simple dinner nearby. We were more than pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is quite simple, but the food, and the service, were considerably above average. Traditional cuisine, well prepared, at affordable prices.

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Tucson, Arizona
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70 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The family recipe for the mole negro is excellent, would love to have it. Nice casual interior, good service and friendly people. Homemade tortillas made in front of you, cooked on a ceramic comal.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?