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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%
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“chips and salsa” (24 reviews)
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“taco” (7 reviews)
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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 3 days ago

I Loved the seafood enchiladas. The refried beans were nice and hot, and smooth. I tried the Mango margarita which was a nice change. Service was friendly and speedy. Overall a great lunching experience.

Thank Jan L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Heard this was a popular place to eat and watch the sunset. You cannot see the sunset that well as the restaurant is across the street from the beach and set down on a slope. Yen food was ok, nothing spectacular. My margarita on the...More

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the shrimp tacos and lobster enchiladas and they were really good. When I go back to Carlsbad I'll definitely go back. The service was wonderful and the waitress was very pleasant.

Thank rcsandljs
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Recently we went Las Olas on Easter Sunday for my nieces birthday. We called to reserve a table but they said they were only taking “ first come, first serve” when we got there they told us it would be about 30 minutes of wait...More

Thank Precilia M
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

This seaside Mexican food restaurant is right across from the beach. Has a healthier vibe to their food- grilled chicken and shrimp. Good food but could use a bit more seasoning. Large portions with slightly higher prices than expected.

Thank Cbethlynn
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We lived in Encinitas for two years before hitting up Las Olas. HUGE mistake! Great location—right across from the beach, lots of parking and great salsa. Enough said!

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I don’t know how long this restaurant has been but I think it’s a long time. Seems to be a real tradition in the area. Casual since it is across from the beach but good food and drinks.

Thank Janis I
Reviewed 2 March 2018

Cute beach restaurant that is super casual. Fun atmosphere atmosphere and the service has always been good and the margaritas and chips and salsa are excellent after a day at the beach. A bit touristy, but thats to be expected for the location.

Thank Brooke B
Reviewed 28 February 2018

The restaurants looks like a cute beach hut in Mexico. The ambiance invites you in, the servers have great personalities and the food is always good, whatever you want. There is something on the menu to choose from for everybody in your in your party....More

Thank Mootheart
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

We enjoy the atmosphere as well as the food here. It has traditional Mexican food as well as non-traditional Mexican so can go with la

Thank Eileen F
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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, 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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