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La Olla Mexican Cafe

#122 of 1,583 Restaurants in Tucson
#134 of 1,753 Places to Eat in Tucson
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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

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 17
    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
Snowbird paradise!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 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
3 helpful votes 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 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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730 reviews 730 reviews
410 restaurant reviews
323 helpful votes 323 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 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Tucson, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We eat here regularly and love it every time. We have yet to have a bad experience and they have come to know our order. The margaritas are excellent, even better during happy hour! The nachos are somewhat unique and one of my favorite things anywhere. All of the food we have tried has been great, but we have our... More 

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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 - 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?