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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Denver, Colorado
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whenever I'm in the area, Las Olas is a must for their Chile Rellenos. They use a light batter, the exact right cheese for melty but not gooey, a delicious vegetarian sauce,and you can actually taste the flavorful chile. It's so wonderful I stop in multiple times during visits to the area. The chips and very good salsa are a... More 

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Grayslake, Illinois
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Back in town with the family again, so we had to go to Las Olas. It was packed, but we got a table after only a short wait and we filled the time with a house margarita. The food and service were great. We all had the chili relleno with chicken and didn't leave a bite. Highly recommend this restaurant.... More 

Thank gad38
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy but worth the wait. Right down to the chips and salsa. Great selection of Margaritas, and Mexican beers . I would highly recommend the Carnitas Chile relleno burrito smothered. Excellent seafood dishes as well.

Thank Cary F
San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had lunch there recently. The place was noisy and unattractive. My tortilla soup was marginal. My guest's meal was so so. The guacamole dip was good. I wouldn't go back.

Thank baltoro
Seattle, Washington
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261 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right across the road from the beach, long lines, this place is a draw. We came by for lunch at 1.30 on a Saturday, waited around 20 minutes for a table. We had the carnitas burrito plate ($13.50), the bean and cheese burrito plate ($12.50), and the chicken quesadilla ($12.50). The plates came with a choice of 2 of rice,... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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79 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the best burrito (ever) yesterday at Las Olas and my son was overwhelmed by the nachos. We've eaten at Las Olas several times over the last ten years but this was the first time that we were absolutely WOWED... We're going to plan to visit more often!

Thank db7477
Amarillo, Texas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of our all time favorites. Great vies of the beach. It is usually crowded so prepare to wait a bit. Don't miss the jalapeño margaritas.

Thank bduncan536
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and quick service. The parking lot is almost always full so that tells you it's good. One of our favorites!

Thank proparts
Encinitas, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Las Olas is a great place to get some authentic Mexican food with friends! The environment is lively and fun and welcoming! You don't feel rushed so there is plenty of time to enjoy the chips and salsa and guacamole! We started loving this place when our boys were in Little League and Las Olas was our team sponsor! This... More 

Thank CReaS53
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we love the easy going vibe of las olas and the food is really good. chicken enchiladas and fish tacos are great. take a walk on the beach and work up an appetite

Thank Joshtrifkin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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