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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

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Mexican, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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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, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Since 1981, Las Olas Mexican Restaurant has served the best authentic fresh...
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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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Mexican food; great view

This is a local favorite! If you want to watch a sunset, get there early! The food is good, as is the happy hour. I'm definitely going back, especially now that El Callejon is closed!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Diane O
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Encinitas, California
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The restaurant is not terrific, but it is considered a Cardiff Landmark. It is nice to be able to cross the beach and eat a snack. IT is the typical idea of what the average american thinks is Mexican food. Being a Mexican, I am really overqualified to rate it. I don't choose to eat there often, but have opted... More 

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Encinitas, California
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a local favorite! If you want to watch a sunset, get there early! The food is good, as is the happy hour. I'm definitely going back, especially now that El Callejon is closed!

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Thank Diane O
Carlsbad, United States
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresh and authentic is the best way to describe the food and the atmosphere of this restaurant. There are a few Las Olas Mexican restaurants in the North County area and they are all very good. You can't go wrong if you're looking for good Mexican food.

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Thank Thom P
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located on the coast highway, in Cardiff, this a gem location for great Mexican fair. Indoor and patio seating with excellent service an ambience. Reasonably priced and bar service with beer and wine

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Thank Mark H
Chillicothe, Ohio
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Start with a flight of margaritas...then, shrimp tacos and enchiladas. Slaw and other sides were a tasty surprise. Thank you for a nice time. Casual and enjoyable.

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Thank laf333
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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is always crowded with diners, and people waiting to get in. But for a true foodie, I did not find anything exciting about their dishes.Very overated, and not worth the wait to me. But then i'VE GONE TO SOME REALLY GREAT ONES FROM THE BORDER ON UP.

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Thank Joi J
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Great food and wonderful location noted for there fish tacos , enchiladas, chips and salsa. I have come here for the past 35+ years

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Thank dledinsky
Carlsbad, California
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Las Olas in Cardiff is a must visit place when in town! They have an amazing classic margarita and delicious seafood chile relleno. Their bean dip is also to die for. After dining, you can cross the street and take a nap in the beach! Beautiful place to enjoy the sunsets! Staff is always very friendly and great service!

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Thank Gricel K
Oceanside, California
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67 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Love the location of this Las Olas but I must say I do not love the food as much. The chips and salsa were the same, very good. I had the two fish tacos, beans and cabbage salad. The taco shell was cold and tough. There was a mayonnaise type sauce spread on the shell. I don't think it was... More 

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Thank Regina T
Surprise, Arizona
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

and the food's pretty good too. Big plates with many choices of very good Mexican cuisine to appeal to your taste buds. Very casual and just across the highway from the beach. Easy 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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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