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“Pretty good Mexican food in a GREAT location across from the beach....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

Las Olas Mexican Restaurant
2655 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
1(760) 942-1860
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Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
San Diego, California
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“Pretty good Mexican food in a GREAT location across from the beach....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

My good friend and I were meeting up for our weekly lunch. We always hit a new restaurant that neither of us have been to. We were looking for Bull Taco and just couldn't find it and no one was answering their phone. So we decided to try Las Olas.

It's funny as he is a Native from San Diego and he never has been here. I've lived here a few years and drive by this place all the time but never have been here as I have so many regular Mexican places that I go to.

You typically don't think of great Mexican food in such a prime location literally across from the beach. But quite honestly I was pleasantly surprised. The chips and salsa were really great and I got a combination platter with a beef carne asada taco and chicken enchilada with rice and beans and it was quite good.

Our waiter was really friendly and was great. I'd DEFINITELY come back here again, especially since I live close to it.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“We won the lottery on this one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Maybe the stars were all aligned perfectly for us with Las Olas. We were in the area for a biking event and asked the bike shop where to get the best lobster. Not only the bike store guy tell us about Las Olas, but so did another customer in the bike shop. It was peak lobster season and we ordered what was basically a lobster fajita type deal. Man, oh man, it was good. The margarita's were superb and the service (we sat at the bar by choice) was very attentive and friendly.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LasOlasMex, Guest Relations Manager at Las Olas Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thank you very much for your great review, we really appreciate it!! What a perfect San Diego biking day!! Stay tuned as we are planning to organize a bike meet from Las Olas Carlsbad through Las Olas Cardiff and then Las Olas Point Loma with refreshments available at each stop!! Check out our Facebook for the announcement at www.facebook.com/lasolasmex
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good gaucamole!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We visited on a busy Sunday evening, after only waiting 10 minutes we were sat with a plate of nachos - always a good way to start! We ordered the guacamole to go with them and this was lovely - can tell it was freshly made.
We all ordered something different from the menu and all were very pleased with our food, came quickly and was a good standard. Lovely atmosphere and overall a good place to eat!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Priest River, Idaho
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“Great place for the entire family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Good Mexican food, great beer, friendly service. Beautiful location right on the beach. eve been going for years.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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California
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“Great location across from the beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We made a random quick stop for lunch as we were driving north up the coast. It had good prices and food was good. We liked that it was right across from the beach.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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