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La Olla Restaurant

Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #43 of 266 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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98 reviews 98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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New York City, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had lunch at La Olla. We had both the coloradito mole and the black mole and both were delicious. We also sampled dessert and it was just so-so. Service was quick and the very patient waiter was willing to split the bill for several parties.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to me by many who had not eaten there, but had been advised to. Great expectations formed when we saw a comal and a woman making memelas and tortillas by hand. We went for a late breakfast on a Wednesday and the place was full at street level, so we shuffled upstairs. We were basically abandoned... More 

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Central California Coast
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Nice place, casual but they have a very interesting menu. They have authentic Oaxacan dishes with a twist. The service is good and the cocktails are great!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Poor service , food adequate and we felt like second class citizens. We sat in the front room as we had no reservations but people kept coming in and being shown to some back rooms (? )... we had asked when we arrived if there were more tables available and they just directed us to the front room. Won't be... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

For 8 days we ate in restaurants and comedores used by the locals around the zocalo and in the markets. The food was good, interesting and Very inexpensive. On the 9th day my friend wanted to eat in a "nice" restaurant. After asking around la Olla was suggested. We walked over and as soon as we entered we knew we... 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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