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La Olla Mexican Cafe

#149 of 1,696 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 19
    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
A menu like the restaurant "OFF THE BEATEN PATH"

Could not have enjoyed it more. A small cozy little place. Items not found anywhere else. Great cheezecrisp to start. Good salsa and chips. New and different appetizers. Try it you"ll like it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
jerry c
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Could not have enjoyed it more. A small cozy little place. Items not found anywhere else. Great cheezecrisp to start. Good salsa and chips. New and different appetizers. Try it you"ll like it.

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Thank jerry c
Texas
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266 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant because we were in the area at lunch time and found this restaurant with good reviews on Trip Advisor. We decided to give it a shot. Walking in we were not impressed with the setting. It looked like a diner in a store front. However that is where the doubt ended. They have an amazing choice... More 

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Thank TexasTravelerGoGo
Washington, Virginia
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129 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here last night and were quite impressed. The food was very good and affordable. The service was good and friendly, what's not to like? We would return. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Thank GreyGhost007
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In a city filled with Mexican restaurants, this was a delightful stop. The food was imaginative and delicious. Two of us had the shrimp tostada (yum)! The guacamole and chips was fresh and perfect accompaniment. Will return here.

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Thank 2genes
Colorado
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96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Nothing bad to say about this place. The food, drinks, and service is all outstanding. Portions are a bit small, but definitely not tiny. No room for improvement at all, just not among the best of the best.

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Thank Gruffco
Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Just visited Tucson AZ last week with friends and enjoyed a nice afternoon lunch. I had the La Olla bowl with chicken, rice, beans and salsa which was excellent. Even though this is "upscale Mexican cuisine place" my friend opted for the La Olla burger in which he enjoyed. The fried taco platter is excellent along and if you have... More 

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Thank RideWarriorX
Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

What to say about our favorite restaurant? Go!!! You won't be disappointed. Their nachos are to die for. The calabacita's are worthy of adding to your Thanksgiving dinner. In short, we have loved everything that we have had and we got often.

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Thank anns6838
Tampa, Florida
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This is an excellent Mexican restaurant. It has everything from tamales to enchiladas and tacos to twisted versions of typical Mexican fare. I loved the Chipotle-Mango chicken soft tacos, and the cheese crisp. The staff was friendly and quick to refill drinks. The desert menu had sopapillas, flan, and then traditional American deserts--looked very good but I had no more... More 

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Thank Nikki W
Marana, Arizona
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We love La Olla. Food is great quality and the service is great. It's a step above your average run of the mill Mexican restaurant. Taste and flavor tell it all. Prices are reasonable and we've been back there several times. We'll go again, and again. Somewhat unassuming, in a small strip mall on Silverbell, but it's worth it.

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Thank seedegraff
Oceanside, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Have been coming to Tucson for many years but this was my first visit to La Olla. My husband found it on the Internet and it was close to our hotel and we didn't want to drive very far. We loved it! I will come again whenever I am in Tucson and will recommend it to our friends. My dinner... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?