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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

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Bar, Seafood
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 18
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  • 6
    Poor
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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
Drinks and Chips - Great; Food - OK

We stopped here for a late lunch on a ride up to Oceanside from SD. It was a decent place with a Mexican atmosphere. We sat in the back corner and opened the window to enjoy the outside air. They had a great beer selection and the chips and salsa were great. My meal was OK, but the co-worker I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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English first
USA
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

We stopped here for a late lunch on a ride up to Oceanside from SD. It was a decent place with a Mexican atmosphere. We sat in the back corner and opened the window to enjoy the outside air. They had a great beer selection and the chips and salsa were great. My meal was OK, but the co-worker I... More 

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Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The good things: strong margarita, hot good chips and decent salsa (although it's not spicy), decent service, and ocean view Not so good: fish tacos were disappointing and other food not so great, guy in parking lot kinda seemed like he was suspicious of us or trying to police us or not let us park even though we were going... More 

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Evanston, IL
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89 reviews 89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Good Mexican food and drinks but nothing to brag home about. service was OK and atmosphere OK too. Good for a group of friends get-together.

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Del Mar, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great food and servers are so personable and efficient. Haven't had anything but great food there. Great sunset view too.

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Tucson
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129 reviews 129 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We have enjoyed this place over many years, and I do believe it has improved! The day we were in was VERY busy, no tables were empty. The margaritas were very tasty and only $6, which for this area is CHEAP! We enjoyed the tasty chips & salsa, and the Surf & Turf, which was a fish taco and carne... More 

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New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I've been here several times over the last three years when visiting SoCal; food is dependably very good. Guacamole is great. Service is always friendly and very good to excellent. Menu is varied. Lots of choices for the whole family.

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Los Angeles, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Stopped in with the family for Mothers day. This place is in a great location right across from the beach, offers plenty of free parking and the food and service were both great! It wasn't cheap but we'll worth the price. Will stop by again on my next visit to San Diego.

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San Diego
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116 reviews 116 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Met here for a business lunch recently. I love Mexican food and it had been years since I last ate here. The meal started off okay as the chips and salsa were decent. The tacos I ordered had very little steak in them and tasted bland at best. It was also so loud the day I was there with voices... More 

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great Margaritas and outstanding Mexican food. We come here every year and are never disappointed. The margaritas are the best - excellent variety - and the menu is amazing. There were seven of us, and everyone ordered something different. Each person's dinner was delicious, and the sides are also yummy.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

There are so many other great places to eat along the coast. Our food was very bland, even the margaritas tasted watered down and weak. I would not recommend this place. It is a tourist trap.

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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: 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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