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“best locals place Tuesday & Thursdays”

Las Olitas Cantina & Grill
Ranked #56 of 374 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Santa Cruz
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“best locals place Tuesday & Thursdays”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

They have taco/margarita nights every Tuesday Thursdays. Get a choice of taco (chicken, beef, or pork) and a house margarita for a mere $6. This is supposed to be only available in the bar area but if the rest of the restaurant isn't too crowded and if you are willing to order additional food, then no problem sitting at a table. We usually start with one of their generous dinner salads, a side order of re-fried beans (goes great with the chips & salsa), and a small order of guacamole. Since the price is discounted you'll get away with a very inexpensive night out so PLEASE tip generously the wait staff works just as hard whether your meal is just $30 (typical for two on a Tuesday) or $60 (typical elsewhere on the wharf), so at least 25%. Think about it.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Bad food AND bad service.”
Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Had to wait long time but when we looked in dining room it was half empty Burrito so greasy my husband could not eat it. Yuck.

  • Visited August 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Best deal in town!”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We thought it would be hard to find a place on the boardwalk/wharf that had affordable prices and a good meal. But we found Las Olitas $6 taco and margherita deal!!!!! It was awesome! We had 3 tacos and 3 margheritas for $20!!!! What a steal! The fish tacos were AWESOME; filled with cabbage and perfectly spicy fish! The margheritas were very strong! The service was great! We also got chips and salsa. The place looks kind of sketchy, there is some construction going on but it is upstairs and the staff is very nice. Also, a great view of the ocean! Highly recommend!

  • Visited August 2013
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Fresno, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant, a gem!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

A hidden gem! Upstairs seating facing the ocean, fabulous views, calm atmosphere, tasty drinks and delicious food! Don't miss it!

Visited July 2013
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Thank tr1227
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Santa Cruz, California
Level 6 Contributor
388 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“"Not Impressed"”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Small tasteless portions, ridiculously loud music and expensive. The service was decent and the views were nice, but you pay a high price for it! Maybe good for a drink, but don't expect to hear each other talk, or even yell at each other it's so loud.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank davidsantacruz
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