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La Olla Mexican Cafe

8553 North Silverbell Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
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Ranked #30 of 1,684 restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
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91% Recommend
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Tucson, Arizona
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136 reviews 136 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stopped by on a whim and glad we did!. We had the cheese crisp appetizer, my husband had chimi and I had the fried tacos. While I am not a fan of fried, it was pretty good but I think I would try something else the next time, maybe the shrimp tacos. They have a nice selection on their... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We're new to Tucson & have been trying a bunch of different Mexican restaurants, particularly in NW Tucson. La Olla Mexican Cafe is excellent & clearly the best yet! The food is very fresh & the wait staff are very friendly & professional! We started w/ chips, salsa (very good, with diced tomatoes), and the freshest guacamole we've had in... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It's hard to find a great restaurant in NW Tucson worthy of praise, but I believe La Olla deserves this credit. It is a small restaurant tucked in a tiny business mall and does lack some ambiance. The food however, is wonderful. Anything with tamale pie and calabacitas as sides will be worth ordering. Prices are good, unbelievable if you... More

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Tucson, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Some of the best Mexican food I've ever eaten and I've eaten a LOT all over the country as well as in Mexico. The food is prepared fresh with daily specials that are to die for. The staff is friendly and attentive, service is excellent and the atmosphere is okay. This is one of those little neighborhood restaurants that you... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Great food for the price. This is not your same-old-same Mexican joint. The flavors are unique and pop in your mouth. Will certainly come back and will recommend to all. The appetizer, Diablo Chicos, is amazing! Yellow Anaheim pepper stuffed with shrimp, green onions and cheese before being wrapped in bacon and baked....What? Wow!! I want this dish again...now! The... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We were there on a Midday evening and it was very busy. The Manchego shrimp was divine! If you miss out on the dessert menu, shame on you! Beer selection good, and the Margarita was perfect!

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Andover, New Jersey
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95 reviews 95 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Emily, our server, was more then happy to make a few recommendations on what to have. Luckily, it wasn what we were looking at on the menu in the first place. The stuffed pepper wrapped in bacon was amazing. From there, each dish got even better. It was a bit away from the main area, but worth the trip. Service... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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89 reviews 89 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch while in Tucson. GPS took me there while looking for a place to eat. The food was good and the service was very good. I was pleased. The place is new and nice. If you are in the neighborhood try it. I wouldn't drive across town though.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The food here is always excellent, and it has a different take on typical Mexican food. While it has the classic Sonoran Dog (not to be missed), it has a very interesting mix of dishes that never fail to please. Very popular place.

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We snowbirds have been to La Olla Mexican Cafe several times in the past three winters. We have yet to be disappointed in our food or service. The food is tasty, served hot and promptly, but rather mild, so if you are looking for very spicy Mexican food, I suspect this isn't the place for you. My husband always orders... More

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