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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

€€ - €€€Mexican, , Latin
2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
+1 760-942-1860
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good43%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chips and salsa” (24 reviews)
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“cabbage salad” (11 reviews)
Opens in 25 min
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I saw the 4 circle rating while we were stopped at the traffic light in front, so turned in for lunch. We were not disappointed. The service was great and the food was delicious. I would gladly eat here again!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank pattic441
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great family restaurant. Got there just a bit late to see sunset. Very reasonable and healthy portions . Will go back in the spring

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Sue P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our way from San Diego to Redondo Beach, via PCH, we stopped at Las Olas for breakfast. It was around eleven but the already abundant crowd was already lunchin’n’ drinkin'. Carlos was quick to greet us and bring the ubiquitous basket of tortilla chips,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank SouthWestBound
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Typical Americanized Mexican food, not much flavor, tons of greasy cheese and low quality ingredients. The college crowd wait staff is hit and miss, we had a fun surfer guy, but the table next to us had an angry hostile server who was clearly bent...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank iCriticSD
Reviewed 30 October 2018

I would describe this restaurant as busy, friendly, a little crowed and fun. We had a above average meal there. I guess it was the half lobster! I think the hustle and bustle atmosphere added to the foods flavor. lol. We had a good lunch...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank BobbyBluewaters
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Visited here with family. Busy, noisy and crowded. 5 stars if that’s what like. Typical menu, nothing special ex very nice Margaritas. Food was average for most of us. I’m going to look for a different Mexican place next visit.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TripMember5302017
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

We ate here twice in one week because what is not to like there? Friendly and efficient service, excellent food and very, very reasonable prices. Fish tacos delighted us each time we ate but I am sure other choices were good, too.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Elkabelka
Reviewed 15 October 2018

First time there. Food was excellent and huge portions. Service was good as well as the margaritas. Pretty location looking out to ocean.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jdavenport1950
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Stopped in for dinner while at the beach. Found this nice (across the street) seaside Mexican restaurant. Smelled great from the parking lot. Nice selection of simple Mexican dishes. Seafood was good. Excellent service.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Chuck8700
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Every time we visit San Diego , this is a must stop along the way. It's located on Pacific Coast Highway right across from ocean, affording nice views , and a relaxed place for lunch or dinner. Serving you behind the bar, are Daniel &...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jerrym343
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12 August 2015|
Response from Kate W |
Happy hour: Monday thru Friday 4 to 6 pm
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-942-1860
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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.
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