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La Olla Restaurant

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Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Loved the down to earth Oaxacan food. Delicious, fresh and reasonably priced. Convenient location was also nice. Be sure to reserve during the busy season, even if a small group, like Semana Santa, Guelegetza, Day of the Dead. The squash blossom soup was divine. One of the best dishes we had in Oaxaca -- that is a big statement

Thank Chodo
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a pleasant and moderately priced restaurant. The waiter was excellent and when we wanted a non-alcoholic drink it was his suggestion that we try Hibiscus tea. It was so delicious we ordered a second one. As entree I had the Oaxacan ' sting cheese' and tomato salad and my husband had marinated fish. Both were great. For mains... More 

Thank Jane H
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of five had dinner and tried mole Coloradito, negro, and amarillo. The dishes were well prepared. The beef with amarillo mole was awesome. The wait staff was really great. Our kids had the hot chocolate, and each said it "was the best I've ever had".

Thank Jonathan S
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

I visit there few times,and I enjoyed the food so much. My favorite is Arrachera but another menu is also delicious. I like interior design too!

Thank Catherin-trt
Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We had the whole place to ourselves on a quiet Monday night. Great hospitality, delicious food (great selection and quality), and a wonderful atmosphere on the rooftop terrace with the setting sun.

Thank SpecialK2012
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

My husband and I just booked our sixth trip to Oaxaca City, and we never miss La Olla. Their mole negro is one of the best in the city, and we love the cocktails, too. Sit upstairs for a less crowded experience.

Thank julierT6823PK
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74 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Not great ambiance but the food was excellent. When checking out by credit card the waiter surprised us by telling us to pay the tip in cash. While he went downstairs to charge the credit card I put some cash on the table. When he returned to present the bill he asked me where the tip was. I thought this... More 

1 Thank Harvey38
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

The food was tasty and well presented. My husband had sopa de pollo and burrito with bean sauce with steak (flank or skirt). I had a fillet of fish served on spinach with camote. Mine was a little lite on the vegetable portions. They were artfully presented but I could have eaten more vegetables. We were the only patrons without... More 

1 Thank LillyanneSR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

I regularly have dreams about the Mole Negro we had at La Olla. Don't know if that is enough to say. The top balcony provide an an excellent view, very romantic. The food is excellent, and the value you get is absolutely top notch. The only bad thing I have to say is that I didn't get the recipe of... More 

1 Thank Martin T
South Florida, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Our first meal in this restaurant was fabulous. We were on the 2nd floor, he only diners there, and everythign was wonderful. The food is superbly prepared--although let me be frank, the prices are VERY high, especially for Oaxaca. Nevertheless, we returned a few nights later because the food is so good. This time we went up to the rooftop... More 

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Pilar C, Propietario at La Olla Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments, i know the waiter´s name and today I´ll take a desition about this man. Once again thanks. We work a lot every day to serve the best food, choose the best ingredients and I hate this kind of people offer bad service and bad reputation to my restaurant. sincerely, Pilar Cabrera More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $20
Mexican, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
  • Phone Number: 951-51-66668
This small, charming restaurant has a lot going for it. Located only two blocks from historic Santo Domingo Church, and within easy walking distance of the Zocalo, La Olla is very popular with both foreign residents and visitors as well as with locals. La Olla is one of the more trendy eateries in the city, and our spotless kitchen produces a wide array of traditional Oaxacan, continental, and vegetarian foods. We pride ourselves in serving the best quality of products available,and most of our produce is grown locally and delivered to us by farmers during the week. Our coffee is locally roasted and the foods we serve are extremely fresh. We bake delicious apple strudel, chocolate cake, oatmeal cookies, vanilla flan, and more on our premises daily! All of our creations are cooked to order, prepared fresh starting when we receive your order. We use more fresh fruits and vegetables to create healthful and visually attractive dishes than any other restaurant in Oaxaca. Delicious sandwiches are served on home-baked whole wheat bread, and we even make the mayonnaise in our kitchen. There is a wide variety of healthy drinks available, using unusual combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables. The main meal of the day in Oaxaca is eaten in the afternoon. A real bargain at "La Olla" is the "Menu del día" or "Comida corrida", a full meal which changes daily, for only $90 pesos served from 1-4 pm. It includes a freshly-made salad, followed by a soup, a choice of two entrees, with tortillas or bread, and finishing with a dessert or espresso coffee. Many typical Oaxacan dishes are featured, and for a low price you can experience traditional cuisine at its very best. There is also a full a la carte menu featuring a wide selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are moderate and the quality very high. La Olla is proud to display and promote artwork created by local, regional and international artists. Our gallery is open daily during restaurant hours. The art on display is available for sale, and the gallery selection is changed periodically.

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