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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

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2655 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
1(760) 942-1860
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Since 1981, Las Olas Mexican Restaurant has served the best authentic...
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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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
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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
Originally came here to try fish tacos for the first time... always come back for more!

The first time we visited, we were driving down from Anaheim area and stopped by for lunch on our way to San Diego. Also was my first visit to CA, so I had to try fish tacos. Wow! Yummy each time! I got shrimp tacos last time and they were good as well. Chips and salsa are very good too... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
jcfromnc
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El Paso, Texas
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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El Paso, Texas
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The first time we visited, we were driving down from Anaheim area and stopped by for lunch on our way to San Diego. Also was my first visit to CA, so I had to try fish tacos. Wow! Yummy each time! I got shrimp tacos last time and they were good as well. Chips and salsa are very good too... More 

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Very nice place, close to the beach Autenthic mexican food andgreat ambient,we will come back very soon !

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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115 reviews 115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Because it is one of the few more casual restaurants on this strip it is very busy. The food is good and very much like the standard Mexican food from years ago. Margaritas were very good and we enjoyed it since we had children with us and it didn't feel formal.

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La Jolla, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a good, standard Mexican fare. It gets super busy, so try going in an off time if possible. I'm not sure if they take reservations or not. There is a dirt parking lot (yeah, this place is not fancy), but I would imagine it gets filled up at times. They sat us at the worst table imaginable -... More 

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New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Right across from the ocean, this inviting landmark always pleases as proven by the long dinner lines waiting outside. Generous portions, full size tables, friendly & helpful staff - and catch that Sunset!!! Their guacamole and nachos are my favorites. The chips are crisp - not greasy. Good place for friends and families. Decor is a bit campy but creates... More 

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san diego
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My favorite dish here is the flame roasted chili rellenos. No yucky egg batter thats been deep fried, just 2 clean roasted pasilla peppers stuffed with melted cheese and ladled with two different sauces. Soooo delicious!! Coupled with the hot pepper margarita which isn't listed on the menu and it can't get better. Oh, but maybe it does when you... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Stopped here on recommendation of the hotel concierge. It was Sunday afternoon for lunch on a long weekend, and the place was packed. The wait for a table was 30 min, so I decided to eat at the bar. (There was still enough parking even with a packed house). The bar seating is pretty small, but the food was out... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Had the opportunity to visit Las Olas with family. Saturday afternoon overlooking the ocean as mentioned if you have the opportunity to be there during sunset it is beautiful. We sat in the outdoor bar area, had their signature margaritas and the Carnita taco. Simple but so flavorful.

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San Diego
Top Contributor
288 reviews 288 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
383 helpful votes 383 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a cute Mexican restaurant on the coast highway that is worthy of a stop in. They have a small bar area, but large indoor dining room with an enclosed front patio area. The menu has some great options to provide affordable dining. Server was friendly and efficient, plus the food came quickly. This is a fun and casual... More 

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Stevenson Ranch, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Went here on a Sunday evening. Place was busy. But we did not have to wait for a table. I had the chicken and sour cream enchiladas with cabbage salad and rice. This dish was very tasty. My husband had the seafood combo with rice and beans. He too thoroughly enjoyed his dish. Good location with plenty of parking.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2655 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: 1(760) 942-1860

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Bar, Seafood

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?