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“Great service and easy intro to Oaxacan cusine” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Olla Restaurant

La Olla Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 453 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: This small, charming restaurant has a lot going for it. Located only two blocks from historic Santo Domingo Church, and within easy walking distance of the Zocalo, La Olla is very popular with both foreign residents and visitors as well as with locals. La Olla is one of the more trendy eateries in the city, and our spotless kitchen produces a wide array of traditional Oaxacan, continental, and vegetarian foods. We pride ourselves in serving the best quality of products available,and most of our produce is grown locally and delivered to us by farmers during the week. Our coffee is locally roasted and the foods we serve are extremely fresh. We bake delicious apple strudel, chocolate cake, oatmeal cookies, vanilla flan, and more on our premises daily! All of our creations are cooked to order, prepared fresh starting when we receive your order. We use more fresh fruits and vegetables to create healthful and visually attractive dishes than any other restaurant in Oaxaca. Delicious sandwiches are served on home-baked whole wheat bread, and we even make the mayonnaise in our kitchen. There is a wide variety of healthy drinks available, using unusual combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables. The main meal of the day in Oaxaca is eaten in the afternoon. A real bargain at "La Olla" is the "Menu del día" or "Comida corrida", a full meal which changes daily, for only $90 pesos served from 1-4 pm. It includes a freshly-made salad, followed by a soup, a choice of two entrees, with tortillas or bread, and finishing with a dessert or espresso coffee. Many typical Oaxacan dishes are featured, and for a low price you can experience traditional cuisine at its very best. There is also a full a la carte menu featuring a wide selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are moderate and the quality very high. La Olla is proud to display and promote artwork created by local, regional and international artists. Our gallery is open daily during restaurant hours. The art on display is available for sale, and the gallery selection is changed periodically.
london
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Great service and easy intro to Oaxacan cusine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

The service here was really good if not a little over attentive. Great little place with good atmosphere. The breakfast menu had a great selection with good options for vegetarians too. I had tortillas stuffed with mushrooms and squash blossoms. The salsa and guacamole could have had more flavour but overall good.

  • Visited June 2013
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Fremantle, Australia
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good, but I got sick”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

We were told by many people that La Olla was THE place to eat. The food was good, especially the salads and squash blossom soup. However, I had the Mole Amarillo with meat, and I think the meat had gone bad. I was sick - and I mean food poisoning, not montezuma's revenge - for 3 days. We're still in Oaxaca, and I would like to go back for a salad, but the associations... yikes. If you eat vegetarian, i'm sure you'll be fine.

Visited May 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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12 reviews
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“It was good. Recommended.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

We heard "everyone" talk about La Olla, so we went. Compared to US restaurants, it was FABULOUS. Attentive waitstaff, great food, fresh fruits and veggies, tender meat. Drinks and dessert, and I did not have to take out a second mortgage for it! You don't have lots of time? Eat there. You will like it and it is wonderful! I have to say, though that there are plenty of other places in Oaxaca that make this almost a restaurant to yawn over. It is not bad or even average, mind you. It is very good, but a little MORE pricey than several others, and on the same plane. I guess it is hard to be "superior" when surrounded by giants. La Olla is "safe" though if you have a few days and want to catch the more well known eateries.

  • Visited June 2012
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Aruba
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“Oaxacan-cioso!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

Atmosphere of this hidden restaurant is nice; on the ground floor of the restaurant you can either sit inside or outside next to the cozy colonial cobbled stone road. The first floor has balcon where you can also sit and enjoy a meal. The prices are affordable. Service was great. We had a waiter that took his time to tell us about the different dishes and its ingredients and with much enthusiasm told us about the various mole dishes (for non-locals the different mole-sauces all seem the same, which isn't exactly so...we found out each mole has its distinct flavor; even though the main ingredient (i.c. peppers) is the same for all mole sauces). We started off with some cactus tacos, which is made from the prickly pear-catcus (nopales). It had a sour-like taste to it, but nevertheless tasty! The pechuga de pollo in mole negro (main dish that followed) was literally finger-licking good! I highly recommend this dish and this restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Quinian
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Scituate, Massachusetts
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“Fantastic Re-entry Into Oaxaca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

We had visited the city three years ago and looked forward to the food as much as the people and the sites. Our first dinner in town was here. Wonderful. We'll return next week. Relaxed atmosphere, attentive staff, delicious food.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Grant102
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