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La Olla Mexican Cafe

#53 of 1,544 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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8553 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9500
+1 520-579-0950
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 20:30
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Tucson, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

When we moved to the area we ate here like 3 times and it is just okay. Staff is friendly but only 1 or 2 servers for the whole restaurant which things take awhile. Salsa is very chunky and when I asked for hotter salsa they brought me all these different things that weren't salsa. I love Mexican food, love... More 

Thank Jessica S
Willow Park, Texas
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food, Service and atmosphere were excellent. Enchiladas were really good, and the combo plate was really, really good. They have a side dish (can't remember the name, but is served with most dishes) that totally rocks, with zucchini and roasted corn. Service was very good.

Thank phillipfrazier
Casper, Wyoming
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87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friends suggested we try this restaurant. If they hadn't told us how to get there, we probably could not have found it. It is on the outskirt of Tucson. The food is worth the trip. The presentation was not impressive but the taste was yummy. The waitress was very nice. They serve quite a bit of food. Glad I went... More 

Thank drmueller07
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

this is a real gem...hidden away in Marana but even if it wasn't nearby would be worth a detour.The secret to me is in the baking: the chips, empenada pastry,,shells ,etc.are the best.Tucson is totally awash in chain restaurants(not just Mexican,either)so what a refreshing change this family place is!

Thank mrdrama
Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2017

The Mexican food here is great and the calabecitas (sp?) are the best ever. But you haven't experienced their prize-winning delight - cheesecake. The owner bakes up her own desires and comes up with a wide variation of cheesecakes! Not cheap, but worth it. Their prices are mid-range unless you can get there before 4 pm when you will be... More 

Thank clutterstop
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This is the first Mexican restaurant in Tucson that we have eaten at where the food is not bland. We are use to having green chili served with all dishes but outside of New Mexico that is hard to find and when we do it is so mild that there is no flavor. At La Olla their food is flavorful.... More 

Thank gdjp
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We had to wait about 30 minutes for a table and we understood why once we finished eating. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. Our waitress was friendly and very efficient. The restaurant is quite loud when at capacity so don't expect a quiet ambience. We ate at many Mexican restaurants during our long stay in... More 

Thank Bev367
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Fresh, tasty food. Great service. Wonderful Margaritas. There were a lot of locals eating there...always a good sign.

Thank djmccarthy2017
Groveland, Massachusetts
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125 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I have vacationed in Tucson a dozen or so times, and I have a regular rotation of nice Mexican restaurants that I frequent. This year I vowed to find a few new family owned cafes. La Olla was a bit west of my normal Foothills locations, but based on what I read, I had a good feeling about it. It... More 

Thank DT705
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The quality and style of Mexican fare is both unusual and very high quality. Excellent service and great prices. This was third visit over two years, menu invites you back to try something new. Best calabacitas ever.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8553 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9500
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-579-0950

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?