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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
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
The desert!

Just had salad and desert but both were very good. The flan with sorbet were great! Good for a light meal. Did have trouble getting the enter entrance door open.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
allenamanda
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Corvallis, Oregon
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Philadlephia, PA
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Have eaten here many times over the years. The recent meal was a menu of the day and was very disappointing. They should not bother offering such a meal. I have eaten better at half the price in Oaxaca.

Helpful?
Thank ronmyers
Mexico City, Mexico
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited La Olla with my mom during our 4 day stay in Oaxaca. I had read good things about it and it was right around the corner from our hotel so we thought we would give it a try. Our initial impression was good - we were greeted by friendly staff as we walked in the door and invited... More 

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Thank Marganunca
Corvallis, Oregon
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just had salad and desert but both were very good. The flan with sorbet were great! Good for a light meal. Did have trouble getting the enter entrance door open.

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Thank allenamanda
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The food was fine, but the service was a little slow. I feel like I was oversold on this restaurant by other guides, or like this restaurant hit its peak two years ago and has coasted since. You can get better service and better food elsewhere, likely for better prices.

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Thank draperha
Toronto
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In spite of the reviews this restaurant gets we found the food very disappointing. The margaritas made with mescal were very good. Downhill from there. Adequate starters. Main for me was a tlayuda which is a Oaxaca specialty. It was like cardboard outside, very difficult to cut. The filling of carnitas was very dull. Service was indifferent. For the a... More 

Helpful?
Thank dscottinto
Pilar C, Owner at La Olla Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, this review help us to growing in the service and kitchen. what time did you been there? and which day? More 

Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bad customer service, no communication waiter kitchen after the first course, our mole plate take to long after the chicken soup, the owners don't pay attention in the personel, our table of four is the only one at the time, very sad for a oaxacan restaurant do not recomend if you want to have a culinary experience in oaxaca city... More 

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Thank Miguel V
Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When ever we visit La Olla, it offers high quality local Oaxacan cuisine with excellent ambiance and service. Do try the roof view and Pillar Cabrera's cooking classes.

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Thank Aleksandra57
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stumbled into La Olla after a long day on aeroplanes. The food was lovely and reasonably priced. The margaritas were delicious, try the tamarind. The guacamole was a little disappointing, too smooth, a bit like supermarket guacamole. The space is lovely, but the lighting is a bit too bright.

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Thank Sanguinette
Silver Spring, Maryland
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38 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service is slow, but the food is good. We had the tortilla soup (very nice!), fish with green mole, and beef with Amarillo mole, as well as two desserts, and can recommend it all. (The food is attractively presented, as well.) We would go back.

Helpful?
Thank Elisabeth S
Pilar C, Owner at La Olla Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit. More 

Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here on my last trip and back again this time. It's a consistently good restaurant with interesting local options and you can't really go wrong. They opened at good times for us to take our young daughter.

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Thank MalTorero

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children

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?