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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and reasonable prices!

Fun, casual Mexican restaurant right across from the ocean. It's been a local favorite for years. Try the roasted chili relleno. Delicious!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Encinitas, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of the best/cheapest lunch spots with a beautiful ocean view. They have a great selection of everything Mexican and really nice staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our son comes to visit annually to go surfing and eat Mexican food. Las Olas is his favorite place. The prices are good, the food and drinks are good and the casual beach dining environment is fun. We meet there every year to catch up and get our Mexican food fix.

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Grand Ronde, Oregon
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We had a delightful lunch at Las Olas Mexican Restaurant. We sat outside on their patio which was really pleasant. Marco was our waiter and he was really nice and efficient. He told us that he was still in training, but he didn't seem new at all. We would recommend the food and the place to anyone who likes good... More 

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Cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

There were 4 of us after the Del mar Races on a Thursday, and folks waiting outside for tables. But we went inside and all they had was tables for 2, so we were able to be seated on the patio with ocean view at 2 tables that were next to each other. We all had the Happy Hour specials... More 

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New Jersey
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This taco was so good I keep thinking about it. We went twice in a week, and my word, it makes me want to move to CA just for the fish tacos. Blended perfectly, delicious...west coast taco knows how to bring it. So delicious!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Fun, casual Mexican restaurant right across from the ocean. It's been a local favorite for years. Try the roasted chili relleno. Delicious!

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Basel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by after a day at the races. A friend recommended it so we thought we'd come for happy hour. Food was okay but nothing that great. Calamari was probably the best thing we ordered. Quesadilla w/chicken was very large & okay. Disappointed in margaritas. Restaurant sits across from beach so on a better day, marine layer had come in,... More 

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Park City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Had fish tacos both ways here (fried fish and broiled fish) Both were outstanding! Service was reasonably quick considering how crowded it was at lunchtime. Margarita's, including a pineapple chile rimmed marg were also very tasty! Directly across from a large public beach.

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Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We took our daughter and grandkids to Las Olas for lunch followed by three hours of sun and fun at South Cardiff Beach. We started with their excellent cheese crisp. Wow! It was wonderful and quite a hit with the kids at our table. The house margarita was refreshing, and when the waitress asks if you want the slightly larger... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I've never had a five star Mexican meal in a restaurant, but Las Olas does a good job. This explains the ever-present crowds, even though it's ACROSS the street from the ocean view. An Encinitas / Cardiff favorite since forever. The carnitas is moist and flavorful. The mixed plates are tasty but all taste the same---that ubiquitous sauce.

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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, Pub

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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