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Olamendi's Mexican Restaurant

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34664 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92624-1301
949 661 1005
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great food, service and margaritas! A local gem! Don't be fooled by the low key looks... Some of the best Mexican food we've found outside of Mexico.

Thank Bercs
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Again on the basis of positive TripAdvisor reviews we decided to give this restaurant a go on our vacation to Dana Point. Glad we did - really tasty food, especially the spicy salsa and meat (very tender, tasteful pork indeed). The Strawberry Margaritas were also delicious. Portions were huge and our 'bottomless pit' of a teenager was completely satiated with... More 

Thank Lou H
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I recently visited Olamendi's for the first time.We live in the area and had always heard it was was excellent so we made a Thursday evening reservation. When we arrived the hostess seated us Promptly at a table full of Richard Nixon memorabilia- what a treat.The waitress quickly took our top shelf margarita orders and we began... More 

Thank Steven433
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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101 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the closest restaurant to our hotel. And it was the right choice to go to. They take reservations and they have private parking around the restaurant. The place was absolutely crowded but we still got a table for four within 10 minutes. The staff was working incredibly hard all day long and were exhausted but they were still... More 

Thank Sancho5a
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have watched the Olamendi family grow and expand since 1973. The restaurant feels like visiting family and the food is always authentic, delicious and consistent. Spoils you so you want only real Mexican cuisine. Margarita's are the best. Favorites are Albondigas soup, Chille Rellenos, Beef or Potato Tacos, can't go wrong with any of the platters/combos (#14&#18 fav's).

Thank Laura B
Auburn, Wa.
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have been here 3 times. The food is good, but today I had a terrible experience. It really upset me! An older lady asked us if we wanted a drink. I asked for a "Jumbo" margherita. My husband ordered A beer. When my expensive drink came...it looked small. So, I asked the server, and she said... More 

Thank travelingladyandhub
Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun Mexican restaurant with tasty food authentic flavors and friendly service. Decorated in festive Mexican style. Apparently one of Nixon's favorite spots also with photos on the wall. View over the highway to the beach/ocean. Fun gathering place for the whole family. We would go back on another visit. Parking is easy which can be complicated at many restaurants in... More 

Thank Suzanne W
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we first arrived, I almost canceled our reservation . I'm glad we gave it a try! The host was gracious , and once seated we were quickly greeted. Chips and salsa were delivered and the waitress took our drink orders. I asked several questions about both the food and drink menus, and she was so patient! She made some... More 

Thank Annie_Av
Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious and the tacky decor is fun! Each of the 4 adults in our party ordered a different entree and each one was great. I had fish fajitas. The grilled sea bass that they used was fabulous. Our waitress was wonderful with our 4 year old and 2 year old. Excellent service and great margaritas too!

1 Thank MMRAZ
Dana Point, California
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Olamendi's is an institution - amazing, authentic Mexican food, great Margaritas, fun atmosphere with all the Mexican paraphernalia on the walls and ceiling. With several other Mexican restaurants in the area, we don't bother going anywhere but Olamendi's anymore. The best mole ever (I love it topping a cheese enchilada), good carnitas, great burritos, delish guacamole and quest funded, very... 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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34664 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92624-1301
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: 949 661 1005

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?