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“The Garlic Mahi Mahi is Great!”

Las Olas Mexican Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, Bar
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The Garlic Mahi Mahi is Great!”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

We always order the garlic Mahi Mahi. It makes a great meal and it is both light and filling. Also, with the tortillas that come with it, you can make great fish tacos.

Visited December 2012
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Encinitas, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Great Happy Hour”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Great casual spot to grab some fish tacos and a dos xx or a margarita. Come in after a session or on your way to torrey pines, a busy spot on the weekends

Visited January 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“We always go there!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

When we are in Del Mar, our trip would not be complete if we did not go to Las Olas! We started going there years ago when we would bring our family to vacation in the Del Mar-Cardiff area. It is good, dependable mexican food, right across the street from the ocean. Margaritas, cocktails and beer; grilled fish tacos, chimichangas, chili rellenos-all good. There is a very fun "happy hour" atmosphere-always noisy and crowded.

Visited December 2012
Thank JBHmom
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Grilled Fish Tacos”
Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

It has been ttwp years since I have been to Las Olas. It was worth the return visit.
Order the grilled fish taco platter with black beans and cabbage salad. Absolutely delicious

Margarita was not great so stay with beer or some other drink

Will return again

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Thank Pillroller1950
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Glendale, California
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Great food, family friendly, but very noisy and very crowded.”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Reasonable prices for fresh Mexican food and good Margaritas. My husband and I were in the mood for a low key place and Las Olas seemed to fill the bill. We thought we were going to a quiet family run, hole-in-the-wall. But it seems that everyone has discovered this eatery. We arrived at 5:15 on a Saturday night and had a 20 minute wait in a very noisy and active bar. When we were seated, we were placed next to a table of five women, who had finished their meal and had received their check. Unfortunately, they were in no hurry to leave. They sat and talked in their outdoor voices with a lot of laughter thrown in the entire time we were seated. When we left, they were still enjoying their time together and had still not paid the bill. The waitress continued to check their table throughout the evening, but would silently walk away, when she realized they were still engaged in conversation. I ordered the carnitas dinner plate, but somehow, the waiter misunderstood and brought only one soft taco with rice and beans. My husband ordered the chile verde platter and received tortillas and all the fixings to make his own tacos. It turned out all right, because I didn't leave hungry, but next time, we will try to go during the week, when it might be less crowded and a bit more quiet.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Lorraine M
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