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La Olla Mexican Cafe

#71 of 1,555 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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8553 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9500
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Overland Park, Kansas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While you can't go wrong with anything on the menu, I always gravitate to the carne seca or the manchego shrimp. Both cooked to perfection, the carne seca it full of flavor and moist too, not dry like some local places! And do NOT miss the moonshine margarita! A unique and refreshing beverage for those hot summer days. Highly recommend!

Thank kathycho78
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This friendly place has exceptional Sonoran food in a simple but pleasant atmosphere. Go early for lunch and dinner or there's likely to be a wait as number of tables is limited. Our "go to" place for a quick lunch or dinner when we have guests.

Thank Mona J
Florida City, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

We were told about this place. They told us it is family owned and they had lived in New Mexico and felt this was the best they had had of Mexican fare. We totally agree. Dishes I had not heard of, so very wonderful that we have to go back tonight! Love this place. Be ready for tables and booths... More 

Thank Rupie6
Marana, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We've lived in Marana for a number of years, eat out frequently, and just recently heard of La Olla. We went for a late lunch. Chips were still warm; thin and crisp. Salsa was fresh with enough heat to satisfy husband but not too much for me. We had a small order of nachos with chicken and they were the... More 

Thank 353nora
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Perfect as always, never disappoints. I highly recommend this great neighborhood restaurant to couples, families and their visitors!

Thank B. B
Marana, Arizona
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

La Olla is a gem of a dining place in Marana. The menu often features entrees that you would not find in most Mexican restaurants. The service is excellent. I definitely would recommend La Olla.

Thank Carol H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Always a good meal here.Go early or wait awhile.This place is tiny with big plates of tasty Mexican fare.Family atmosphere with nice service.

Thank Elizabeth R
Constantly Changing
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We are fairly recent residents of the area, and this was our first visit to La Olla. The food, was good, above average fare. The portion size was excellent and the service was good. We will definitely return in the future.

Thank WanderingYank
Auburn, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We were here on a busy Thursday night. Rather than wait for a table we ate at the bar. Our food was served promptly and was tasty. We found the chicken taco salad to be a bit more moist than we prefer but it was full of delicious chicken.

Thank Ellen4719
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has your typical Mexican dishes and all four of us liked our food. It was not gourmet or fancy but tasty and filling. Service was excellent. Atmosphere was pleasant but plain and very clean. Plates were very pretty and food was presented attractively. We sat in a booth but there were tables too that could be put together... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8553 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9500
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: 520-579-0950

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?