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“Great food in a convenient location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

Las Olas Mexican Restaurant
2939 Carlsbad Boulevard, On the 101, Just North of Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-434-5850
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Ranked #50 of 266 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reston, VA
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great food in a convenient location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We love Mexican food and like to try different restaurants whenever we can. We chose our entrees from the lunch special menu and both were very good: the cheese enchilada and beef taco combo and the enchilada ensalada special. The chips and salsa were delicious. We always use as a benchmark a Mexican restaurant in Herndon, VA which was our favorite and closed a few years ago. Las Olas comes the closest to matching the food we loved at the Tortilla Factory.
Our server was efficient and friendly. There were a number of local beers on tap.
There is free parking behind the restaurant (they will validate your ticket) or nearby in a municipal lot.
The next time we are in the area we will make it a point to return to Las Olas.

  • Visited August 2015
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lafayette, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Mexican food near the beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

great margaritas and authentic Mexican food right near the beach...great happy hour! We stayed at Ocean Palms Beach Resort, and this restaurant was just across the street.

Visited August 2015
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Leawood, Kansas
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Las Olas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a pretty good mexican restaurant. We had a lunch there recently they have good lunch specials and the guacamole was decent. They only bring out a small bowl of chips and when you order a side of guac as an appetizer I just expected a more generous portion of chips

Visited August 2015
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Orlando
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Just good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I tried the flame broiled chili relleno and the Baja fish tacos. It was a nice change from a heavily battered relleno. Both were delicious. It didn't hurt matters that the bartender new how to make a top shelf margarita the right way.

Visited May 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tourist trap with bland, unimaginative food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Don't bother, this place does not represent either authentic or refined Mexican food, but rather the kind of bland lackadaisical effort you can only get away with when there are always new tourists to fill your tables. Can't imagine this place would survive if primarily locals were required to keep the doors open. Much better options for Mexican food or a margarita in Carlsbad.

Visited July 2015
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