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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

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2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
+1 760-942-1860
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived around 3:30 pm on a Wednesday, when there were lots of families on spring break and lots of folks coming in from the beach. My wife ordered the chili relleno: it was bland and runny (not well cooked). I ordered the seafood burrito, and it was also bland. It may have been filled with old fish from the... More 

Thank Analog T
Grand Junction, Colorado
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168 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch for 5 and even though the place was busy, we were served fairly quickly and the food was as ordered. Nothing fancy, but all of the food was good.

Thank Len L
San Diego, California
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86 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fairly good cheap eats place.....nothing special. The food is good,portions good,service ok, but not good enough to go out of your way to go there. If in the area it's ok, and there are several other types of Resturant's. it is small and parking tight but a value for what it is.

Thank fdl1948
san diego
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Is it bad when the waiter/waitresses know you because you go too often? Well, this has been our "go to" mexican restaurant for many years. It has remained consistent in the quality and taste of their items and the margaritas never disappoint! Oh yeah, and it's across the street from the beach so be sure to go during sunset!

Thank wanagoaway
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile

Did this place three times in a month and they never disappointed. Don't miss the Tortilla soup. Good news, they have parking. Bad news, if it rains the puddles are deep and wide.

Thank Paul H
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017

Great place, good atmosphere and good food best margaritas! This is an icon of southern California,if you are coming for the first time to San Diego, you should drive up the coast and have Mexican food in this little restaurant, if the wait is a little long.. you can try their margaritas while looking at the ocean!

Thank isagotravel
Los Gatos, California
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119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

We visited this bustling local Mexican spot on a recent Saturday night with family ranging in age from 17-90. It was crowded, yet we were seated after a short 20 minute wait. We went especially for the seafood specialties and they did not disappoint. Also delish were the cheese crisp and the salsa sampler.

Thank karen t
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017

Las Olas is close to my home and across the street from the ocean, so I thought I'd try it. I've been there only twice, so I'm hoping my next visit will change my score for this restaurant. They do have good margaritas. My favorite taco is crispy chicken tacos. Don't order them here. I was here recently, and I... More 

Thank Pamela A
Thornton, Colorado
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017

This place is ALWAYS packed every time we go by so we decided to give it a try. While I appreciate the extra parking lot, it was a muddy, nasty mess after the storm. I got the margarita flight and enjoyed trying the different ones available. The menu is pretty small and limited and to be fair, the dishes the... More 

Thank LeenerAll
Santa Barbara, California
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154 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2017

With so many places to eat mexican food in San Diego my standards are very high. Las Olas does have a great location right across the beach on PCH, perfect at sunset. The drinks and food are very well priced, I recommend the margarita for only $5.

Thank TheTravelingDuckie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-942-1860
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.

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