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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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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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San Diego, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This place is always crowded. Met a few friends for dinner on a Sunday at 5, still had a short wait for a table. The menu has lots of choices, but the build your own taco platters were a big hit at our table. Lots of carnitas, chicken, and fillers. I hear the margaritas are pretty good but didnt' try... More 

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Mantua, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We thought the guacamole was great, the drinks were cold and our food was good! Nice location, across the street from the beach with a little view of the lagoon and PCH. My burrito was huge. Nothing off the charts but very good Mexican food.

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Cochrane Alberta
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We went for the famous fish tacos. It was frankly hard to find the fish in the taco. the location is great and the staff friendly bit the food only average. there is certainly a lot of other mexican restaurants to try nearby.

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Ok, I'm bummed and marked them down a point but only because they sold out of Puerto Nuevo lobster just after I arrived! I had to watch the guy next to me demolishing the last bug and they didn't care! This place has good Mexican food and an awesome view but lobster season is to die for! They hang out... More 

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Encinitas, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great location, meh food, good drinks...if you're looking for great food, go elsewhere but if you want to eat at the beach, it's fine

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Encinitas, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are tired of seafood by the sea, Las Olas is ideal for a change. Located in restaurant row of Cardiff, across the street from the white waters of the beach, Las Olas offers up an open air atmosphere and friendly staff. Their menu is typical California Mexican cuisine which includes Marguaritas, enchiladas, chimichangas and fresh guacamole. Do expect... More 

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Best Mexican food on beach.. Cardiff's hometown jewel. The beach waves crash.. Always a wait, but who cares.. The chips, salsa and margaritas are perfection.. A very happy place to visit with company.. Colorful, noisy and a wonderful experience.. Good job Peter.

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California
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1,614 reviews 1,614 reviews
509 restaurant reviews
540 helpful votes 540 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is a classic California-style Mexican restaurant, with a great view. The cuisine is not what I would call 100% authentic, but it is delicious. Great service. Fun atmosphere.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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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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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