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La Olla Mexican Cafe

#127 of 1,596 Restaurants in Tucson
#141 of 1,771 Places to Eat in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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8553 North Silverbell Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
520-579-0950
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11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Mexican Food

This has become one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Tucson (actually located in Marana). The food is good and the margaritas are generous and tasty. The salsa has a nice slight kick to it. The Chorizo fundido is addicting and the menu offers a nice variety of the mainstays and some more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
Isaias C
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Tucson, United States
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Tucson, United States
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This has become one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Tucson (actually located in Marana). The food is good and the margaritas are generous and tasty. The salsa has a nice slight kick to it. The Chorizo fundido is addicting and the menu offers a nice variety of the mainstays and some more unusual variations. The carnitas are wonderful.

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Tucson, Arizona
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180 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We went for dinner Saturday night. The service was very good, just like the last time we came here in December 2014. The salsa is really good and fresh as are the chips. I had the pork carnitas this time and while a good quality of meat it tasted a bit bland. The tamale pie is awesome. My husband had... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We are "snowbirds" who fly south for the winter to escape bad weather and mundane comfort food. We have been delightfully indulged in exquisite south of the border fare in this intimately small but fabulously delicious restaurant in Marana, AZ. We love it so much that we try to go every Friday night. Prepare to wait for a table or... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We just flew in from Alaska, arriving at dinner. We found the restaurant full but were seated within 10 minutes, service was great and the food was awesome. If we lived here, we would visit often.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

As close to home cooking as you will find. The salsa is fresh and oh so yummy. I go crazy for good Mexican soup. I had the chicken & rice and my hubby had beef taco's. All delicious. We will definitely be back.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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411 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Our hotel was in the northern suburbs of Tucson so we went to TA to find a nearby Mexican restaurant with good reviews. La Olla stood out from the rest so we headed right over. The restaurant is located in a little strip mall and has ample parking. Inside, you'll find a concrete floor and warm yellow walls with tasteful... More 

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Marana, Arizona
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Went with family on Friday night. Food was not worth the wait. Definitely not Tucson Mexican food. We will not be returning. Atmosphere and service were very good..

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Columbia, Missouri
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were looking for a place to eat in the area and not in the mood for fast food, so we settled on Mexican. Boy, are we glad. We generally don’t have good luck with Mexican restaurants ‘at random’, but we lucked out here! The food here was very fresh, light and good – not the usual ‘1 step up... More 

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Vacaville, California
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109 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My wife and I stopped here for dinner while traveling and the restaurant truly lived up to the great reviews. One thing I noticed was the flavors of the foods stand out from each other. The different items on the plate at many Mexican restaurants seem to taste alike but the different items here seem to carry their own flavor... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

What can I say, other than this is a clean cafe, the food seemed fresh and our waitress was very nice. Even with the exact address, this place was DIFFICULT to find. It was nice to know that it was popular, which is always a plus. I had a chile relleno with a side of beans (which were delish). The... More 

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Additional Information about La Olla Mexican Cafe

Address: 8553 North Silverbell Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone Number: 520-579-0950
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Average Prices: USD $10 to $15
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8553 North Silverbell Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: 520-579-0950

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $10 to $15
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?