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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%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“chips and salsa” (23 reviews)
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“taco” (6 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 1 week ago

Had dinner on a Sunday evening. Quite a crowd there and had a 30 minute wait. Service was fine. Food well below par. Not tasty at all and on top of that there was a broken toothpick in my tacquitos. Yuk.

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Mexican food . Good vibes / a favorite of the locals. Great grilled fish tacos . A great after beach day.

Thank debera2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After hearing rave reviews from locals about Las Olas, my anticipation for Mexican was disappointing. The location and ambiance were excellent, directly across from the beach. Service was slow. Quick to me seated, slow to be served. Was ready for our order by the time...More

Thank TravelMom2Too
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

The service was very good. We had the fish and beef tacos. They were both very good and highly recommended. The location is perfect and very relaxing. It is a very popular spot so be prepared to wait but not to worry as the margaritas...More

Thank Barry J
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Lunch specials great at $8.10. Wife and cousin had tostadas. Huge! Delicious. Cousins hubby had lunch combo. Rave review. Also huge. I had Baja fish tacos. Delicious. Again, huge servings. Salsa and chips perfect. Margaritas as good as advertised. Strong recommendations.

Thank john m
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

This place is very reasonably priced. Quite busy as it’s right across the beach. Usually a little wait time but it’s really worth it! I had the shrimp tacos! They were delicious!

Thank Patty S
Reviewed 24 June 2018

I recently attended a graduation party for whom Las Olas did the catering. Each dish was delicious and the price was quite reasonable. The staff at Las Olas goes out of their way to make sure that customers are content and satisfied. The bar area...More

Thank Eva T
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

I was their with 2 girlfriends for lunch and time on the beach. Service was quick even though the place was packed. The food was good and hot when it arrived at the table. The margaritas were amazing!! We Will be back again

Thank Viva B
Reviewed 19 June 2018

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 24 May 2018 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
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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, 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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