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La Olla Restaurant

Calle Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 516 6668
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“soup” (52 reviews)
“mole” (62 reviews)
“tortillas” (29 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Calle Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is popular and I was advised to book. The terrace is pleasant enough with viewi to two two churches. However, when I saw a notice that they are looking for 9 members of staff, I should have sensed something was wrong. My main...More

Thank Viktor S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended to come here by a fellow traveller for a good value, traditional meal and it did not disappoint. So good we came here twice! Recommend the mole verde, mole negro, tamale mole negro and the mezcal margaritas. Delicious starters too.

Thank afaithlee87
Reviewed 9 April 2018

A small Oaxacan restaurant with a fun selection of Mexican craft beers and creative cocktails. We had a fairly epic ordering error (as in they forgot to send it to the kitchen) although once discovered they did their best to make up for it with...More

Thank dbaaronson
Reviewed 8 April 2018

We took a class as one of the first things we did in Oaxaca, and I'm so glad we did. Chef Pilar took us to a market and explained the history and origin of most of the things we bought and cooked with later that...More

Thank FreewheelWoman
Reviewed 7 April 2018

We had lunch here twice - both times it was excellent. Vegetarian options. Upstairs dining was lovely. Service was prompt and perfect!

Thank hellohappyhello
Reviewed 28 March 2018

I took a class with Pilar earlier in the day (a must do !). So we decided to try her restaurant. My partner loved his mole especially

Thank maeera s
Reviewed 22 March 2018

Our first meal comprised the hibiscus/cheese mole and the dorado--both excellent. The service was great and the atmosphere relaxed. We returned for the same mole and also the chicken mole. Both superb. We don't often go back to the same restaurant in a short time,...More

Thank bobbygSeattle
Reviewed 21 March 2018

We were part of a group of 34 lunching at La Olla from a fixed menu. I was delighted with what we were served. Our first course was a wonderful squash flower soup, chock full of squash, corn, and onions and garnished with the flower....More

Thank Leslie W
Reviewed 19 March 2018

This is a great place to try Oaxacan specialties and Mezcal - wonderful food! The service is excellent, and the barman speaks very good English and can recommend which Mezcal to try. Consider sharing the dishes („al centro“), then you can you have a menu...More

Thank FoodMonsterTravels
Reviewed 10 March 2018

We ate at La Olla a few times in the course of our winter stay in Oaxaca, and the food continues to be excellent, with a daily menu del dia reflecting various themes (Oaxacan, fish, vegetarian.) Very unfortunately, they've remodeled and now the main restaurant...More

Thank ricewings
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5 March 2018|
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Response from Gigi-ray | Reviewed this property |
My husband is vegan so yes they have some very nice salads and soups and are very accommodating. They speak English very well and understand customization of dishes.
3 July 2017|
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Response from gringa04915 | Reviewed this property |
We were not able to sit on the rooftop when I was there in January because we did not reserve in advance. it's clearly a top spot! We ate in a beautiful dining room. BUT if you want the rooftop experience, call... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Reforma 402 | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
  • Phone Number: +52 951 516 6668
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This small, charming restaurant has a lot going for it. Located only two blocks from historic Santo Domingo Church, and within easy walking distance of the Zocalo, La Olla is very popular with both foreign residents and visitors as well as with locals. La Olla is one of the more trendy eateries in the city, and our spotless kitchen produces a wide array of traditional Oaxacan, continental, and vegetarian foods. We pride ourselves in serving the best quality of products available,and most of our produce is grown locally and delivered to us by farmers during the week. Our coffee is locally roasted and the foods we serve are extremely fresh. We bake delicious apple strudel, chocolate cake, oatmeal cookies, vanilla flan, and more on our premises daily! All of our creations are cooked to order, prepared fresh starting when we receive your order. We use more fresh fruits and vegetables to create healthful and visually attractive dishes than any other restaurant in Oaxaca. Delicious sandwiches are served on home-baked whole wheat bread, and we even make the mayonnaise in our kitchen. There is a wide variety of healthy drinks available, using unusual combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables. The main meal of the day in Oaxaca is eaten in the afternoon. A real bargain at "La Olla" is the "Menu del día" or "Comida corrida", a full meal which changes daily, for only $90 pesos served from 1-4 pm. It includes a freshly-made salad, followed by a soup, a choice of two entrees, with tortillas or bread, and finishing with a dessert or espresso coffee. Many typical Oaxacan dishes are featured, and for a low price you can experience traditional cuisine at its very best. There is also a full a la carte menu featuring a wide selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are moderate and the quality very high. La Olla is proud to display and promote artwork created by local, regional and international artists. Our gallery is open daily during restaurant hours. The art on display is available for sale, and the gallery selection is changed periodically.
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