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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 good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chips and salsa” (23 reviews)
“cabbage salad” (10 reviews)
“chile relleno” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:30All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Long beach walk ending at this restaurant when it opened at 11am. Limited breakfast plus great Mexican fare. Wonderful service. Very friendly. Food was great.

Thank amoomba
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A long-time staple of the greater San Diego area, Las Olas never disappoints! Although on the weekends (especially the summer) the wait can be long, the food makes it worth it! Great staff and location!

Thank Jud G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very solid menu of Mexican food. Good drink selection, with very good Margaritas. Fantastic ocean and lagoon view. Definitely a place you want to try

Thank cbs92007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Las Olas has been a fixture in the local beach scene for many years; I've enjoyed their food literally for decades! We usually go to Las Olas for breakfast or lunch. When it's a breakfast, I already know what I'll order: their Huevos Rancheros are...More

Thank Jerry S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After about 5 minutes after being seated, we were given chips and salsa. After 40 minutes of waiting, we were not even given drinks and have not been approached or acknowledged. At one point our server glanced around the corner and looked at her customers...More

Thank Willy P
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Tasty Mexican favorites and drinks. Good selection of seafood and regular Mexican fare. Good cocktails. Always busy over the years.

Thank JBakersfield
Reviewed 26 August 2017

I've eaten more than my share of green chili rellenos in my day, and consider myself close to snob-level with my experience and biases. So when I saw a variety of relleno options on Las Olas' menu I couldn't resist. I ordered the charbroiled chicken...More

Thank mbergthold
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Stopped by for our first visit to Las Olas. We had heard it was very good and decided to try lunch. They have a unique menu with old favorites done in a very new way. Specials daily that are great and inexpensive. Service was above...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Great spot to get to early on the weekend and people watch. All your favorite Mexican dishes with a front row seat at the beach

Thank panama4573
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Mexican food that is well prepared and it is across the highway from the beach. Was very crowded when we went at 5pm. Drinks were good, food was very good. If you want Mexican food this will be a good choice.

Thank Dan D
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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, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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