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All 28 Cardiff by the Sea Restaurants

Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

2655 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
1(760) 942-1860
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Since 1981, Las Olas Mexican Restaurant has served the best authentic fresh Mexican food near the beach!Please join us for margaritas, lunch and dinner specials, full bar and craft beers, Taco Tuesdays, Happy Hour Monday thru Friday till 6 pm, group parties, dog friendly patio dining, great service, and an amazing atmosphere!The menu allows customers a wide variety of options: Build your own seafood, chicken, pork, or carne asada tacos, enjoy delicious favorites like roasted chili relleños stuffed with fall-off-the-bone-tender carnitas, or delight in our seasonal grilled vegetable enchiladas. It's honest food, prepared fresh daily from scratch with wholesome ingredients - never powdered or granulated spice mixes like others tend to use - and their customers appreciate it.Want a Margarita or an ice cold beer? Las Olas Margaritas are famous, and many of our draft beer selections are from San Diego's own incredible breweries. Try the house infused roasted pineapple and jalapeño tequila in a Pineapple n' Chile Margarita some time. It's unique and delicious.Thanks for coming in we really appreciate your business!Visit us online or call any of our three locations for additional information.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Food and service were excellent. Great little stop after swimming at the beach to relax and take in the view.

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Park City, Utah
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110 reviews 110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went here for lunch with friends who have been to Las Olas many times and raved about the food. There were 13 in our party, so we split into two tables. It was a Saturday, so the place was packed...and therefor the service was slow. It's a great location across the PCH from the ocean, and it seemed to... More

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Encinitas, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Took my girlfriend here for dinner to catch some of the glorious Pacific sunset just across the highway from Las Olas. She's used to fine dining and I wasn't sure how'd she react to the low key atmosphere. After a margarita and some chips & salsa, she was loving it. When our entrees arrived, we were both raving about how... More

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San Diego, California, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stopped by on a Sat. evening with another couple. Place was packed but the wait wasn't more than 20 minutes or so. Food was very tasty and authentic Mex. Good service. Will definitely return!

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New York City, New York
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124 reviews 124 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We dined for lunch and enjoyed it very much. We ordered guac ($7.50 for a full size that is very small when you are used to Mexican restaurant abundance), chille rellano a la carte ($7) (the best I had during my week in the San Diego area- with a delicious filling and fried exterior) and grilled shrimp tacos ($12.50, nice... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We come here fairly often and always love it. Last weekend, however, we ordered the vegetarian tostadas, and were really disappointed. No more than a couple of tablespoons of grilled veggies, almost no beans, mostly iceberg lettuce. Worse yet, there was a pool of water under the taco shell - whether from not draining the beans properly, or not draining... More

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Carlsbad, CA
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105 reviews 105 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This place has it all. Great bartenders good food that is always fresh, hot and juicy. with a view of the ocean across the street. This is one of the best Tex-Mex place I have ever been and love going back. This is a do not miss place. Go between 2-3 pm on weekends. What a blast.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This time the hostess was kind of snotty, our waitress however was fabulous. I've only eaten the fried fish taco platter here with the slaw and rice, and corn tortillas. It's soooo good. Their salsa has a bit of a bite, I love it. Beers are cold and my dining partners seemed to enjoy their specialty margaritas were great as... More

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Hinesburg, Vermont
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Great spot across the PCH from the ocean - the lunch special of Fish Tacos Baja Style ($8 ! ) is the way to go. Lots of fish tacos in the SD area, these are among the best.

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71 reviews 71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It was packed on a Sunday, but is right off the beach so great location. We ordered a pitcher of Margarita's for four, cost was $27.00. Good deal. Long wait but obvious do to the crowds. Our server was friendly but very forgetful and kitchen must have been swamped, we waited almost an hour after orders in. Chimichanga was tasty... More

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