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La Olla Mexican Cafe

#67 of 1,562 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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8553 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9500
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Phoenix, Arizona
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go here often because the Mexican food is so good. Also, if you like calabacitas, that dish here is excellent. And the chimis are BIG.

Thank Anne C
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like their food all around interesting flavors and great pricing. Service is always good and friendly.

Thank Michael S
Tucson, AZ
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106 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Had a enjoyable meal. Order combination plate #1, Carne Seca, Cheese Chile Relleno, and Garlic Shrimp Taco with rice, beans and calabacitas. for $12.25. Service was very good, since it was friday eve and very busy.

Thank TucsonTraveller2
Overland Park, Kansas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 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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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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103 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?