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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

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Mexican, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good !

This restaurant is amazing, food is excellent we took the quesadillas witch chicken and it was absolutely crazy ! I recommend it for sure and will be back very soon !

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Being from San Diego, I grew up eating the best Mexican food (in my book). Having been a military wife for 20+ years, I've had Mexican in plenty of other places, but San Diego will always have the best. My sister, son, nephew and I visited Las Olas for an early dinner after a day at Seaside across the street.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Get the George's margarita....I don't even think it is on the menu, but they will know! Excellent! And, a superb atmosphere with the beach and ocean and fun people in flip flops. Oh, and the Mexican food is good too. Guacamole! :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This restaurant is amazing, food is excellent we took the quesadillas witch chicken and it was absolutely crazy ! I recommend it for sure and will be back very soon !

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Plano, Texas
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Las Olas is always busy because it is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike, plus it's location (just across the road from the water) is also nice. There is plenty of seating inside as well as on the patio, but be prepared to wait for outside seating on pretty, warm days. We all ordered Mexican food, mostly fish tacos. Being... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Drinks were great. The vegetarian entrees were really delicious. Loved the Veggie Enchilada. Staff was super nice. Fantastic view from the outdoor patio!

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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I love Las Olas - it is my traditional first stop whenever I am visiting the San Diego area. Is it the BEST Mexican food on the planet - no - not really. But - the sound of the waves - the surfer mentality and laid back feel - the outside seating - the EXCELLENT margaritas - the bottomless chips... More 

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39 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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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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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, Bar, Seafood

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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

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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