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“One of the best meals I had all year-” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Las Olitas Cantina & Grill

Las Olitas Cantina & Grill
650 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 458-9393
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Ranked #128 of 331 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
corrales nm
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“One of the best meals I had all year-”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Ignore the poor reviews... these people don't know seafood- but they might be crabs or trolls. Delicous Oysters... scallops were perfect- pan seared tuna on quinoia salad was a treat... good service... incredible view- decent value...the place was buzzing. I come to Santa Cruz every couple of years... OLitas has never disappointed.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Hanford, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Biggest disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Nowhere near what I expected. It was super expensive and not alot to choose from. Everything was over 15.00....for the most part. Hardly any real Mexican food....everything pretty much had wierd stuff in it. Service was kind of crappy....took forever to get refills...

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Nice ambiance, tasteless meals”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Any place on the wharf gets high marks for the view, and Las Olitas was no different. The restaurant had a lot of character, warmly decorated, cozy. Two of the four meals ordered were fine- the enchiladas and tacos al pastor. The other meals- the super burrito and the vegetarian black bean tacos- were severely lacking in flavor. I cut into the burrito, full of chicken, beans, rice, cheese, and veggies, and was hoping for something rich and filling. Somehow, it was flavorless. The vegetarian tacos were similar. The presentation of the food was lovely, but hit or miss in terms of quality. Service was fine, though a bit slow.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, VA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Go for the view, not the food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This restaurant is on the municipal wharf so it has a great view of either the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, which at night is beautiful, or the water and coast. Don't count on great food - the crab and shrimp enchilada tasted like the freezer.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great view and food - service not so good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Really, you have a view choice of the ocean and/or the wonderful Boardwalk. Good thing too, because it takes FOREVER to get your order taken for food or drink (like 35 minutes and it wasn't even close to being full. And that's just the order because we were still waiting for water/drinks 20 minutes later. If you go, drinks and seafood dishes are good when they eventually arrive. And the view is spectacular. Just be prepared to have patience plus while staring into the blue...

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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