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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

2655 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
1(760) 942-1860
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Hours:
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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Traverse City, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend eating here if you like good Mexican food at reasonable prices in a great location with a fun atmosphere!

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564 reviews 564 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Classic Mexican joint in Cardiff! The Mexican food, by U.S. standards, is pretty nice and the the price is right! The seaside location is very nice as well ... it is next to San Elijo Lagoon which gives it even more character.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Great margaritas. Wonderful food for a good price. I'm a native San Diegan who craves good Mexican. Prices are good. Service is good. Will definitely go back.

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Casual environment and atmosphere suitable for families with children for early evening dining. Kids were given coloring pages. Children's menu available. Server was very accommodating and plus personality. Food was excellent. The evening we went, there was a grilled lobster special served with a unique coleslaw which was very tasty. Portions were generous. We arrived late afternoon on a Saturday... More

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Cardiff By The Sea, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Las Olas in Cardiff is our go-to restaurant. Always great food, great service and awesome atmosphere. Whether it's for date night, taking the whole family or showing off beach dining to out-of-town visitors you can't go wrong here.

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Las Olas has been around for a long time and consistently dishes out very tasty mexican cuisine. Nice, cozy place with very good drinks of all kinds. The special time for us to visit is when they offer fresh caught spiny lobster and a full setup to make your own tacos. Unbelievably good. The lobster is cooked Rosarita style (i.e.... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Las Olas has the best Mexican food in San Diego. We had lunch on the patio and felt the ocean breezes and enjoyed the typical sunny weather. We have been here dozens of times and it is never disappointing.

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Sykesville, Maryland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This was the Mexican version of a hooters. The girls were all beautiful, but all wearing short shorts. The food was plentiful and good. The place was very busy, but they did find a table for me on the deck, which afforded a view (across the 101) of the water. I had a few beers and dinner with an old... More

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23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Came here since we happened to be traveling through town and had an urge for Mexican food. Happy hour wasn't bad at all for drink prices. I had a combo meal with two sides and my business partner had grilled fish burrito that was amazing. Sun felt great since we just came from NYC and love the west coast heat.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

Just left there. Arrived at 150pm. Got seated with menus and waited. After about 10 min, the bus boy got us drinks. Then we waited. And waited. Not once did we have a server come say hi or say be right with you. After 20 more minutes we got up and just left. Beautiful location. Too bad service sucks. Highly... More

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Additional Information about Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

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

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