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La Olla Restaurant

Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #23 of 229 restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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83% Recommend
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Mexico City, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We went to this restaurant on Monday for the first time after having been to Oaxaca multiple times. What a disappointment, especially after reading such positive reviews. The food was overpriced, the service was bad and the restaurant ambience was loud and uninviting. The waiter, most likely taking me for a dumb gringa, gave me what I ordered, but without... More

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San Francisco, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

La Olla falls under the cozy restaurant category. It is on the smaller side with three stories, the third being a terrace. The food can range from fantastic to average. Service, likewise, is inconsistent.

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San Diego, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

FULL DISCLOSURE: Ever since I started going to Oaxaca, I have become friends with chef/owner Pilar Cabrera. I've even cooked there as a guest chef. I mention this so you understand I am familiar with both the food and the staff but I believe I can still provide a good, objective review. I am a chef myself and would not... More

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Kingston, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely lunch, well priced. The mole negro was sooooo delicious. Coffee not so great but everything else divine!

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Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

A local Oaxacan guided me three blocks to La Olla, a delightful little restaurant near the beautiful church of Santo Domingo. I enjoyed it so much that I returned a second day. I recommend that you try one of the daily specials. Their price has risen slightly to 115 pesos, and is still very inexpensive for what you receive: chips... More

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Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We read glowing reviews about this restaurant and went to try it out. We were disappointed. All the dishes missed the mark with respect to what it takes to be a memorable meal. I had the spinach, mango, avocado salad to start. Basically it was a heck of a lot of spinach and not enough of anything else including the... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Arrived for dinner, there were few tables taken. The service was kind and quick, however the food was not very good. My tortilla soup was too spicy to eat. They were kind and changed it for a cream soup of calabaza (type of zucchini )....which tasted of butter. The place is on a street with fluid traffic and large windows... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

LaOlla, is a small unpretentious restaurant with excellent food at reasonable prices. Their is no glamour in the setting or ambience but well cooked and delicious with pleasant service. We ate there more than once and would return again

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Huntington Beach, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

If you're looking for any kind of ambiance, this is not your place. The food, however is very tasty and the prices are reasonable. The restaurant deck was closed, so we ate in the room where the garish bar was, turquoise walls and plain table and chairs. Zero ambiance, but their food was good for the price paid. We ordered... More

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

La Olla use to be one of our favorite restaurants in Oaxaca. We would eat there a few times each trip. This year our first meal was excellent, lemon chicken and the Mexican dinner salad was tasty and generous. I enjoyed my Sangria and the chocalate cake was sooo delicious. However, when we returned with friends the next night, the... More

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