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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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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“chips and salsa” (23 reviews)
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“taco” (7 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we visit San Diego , this is a must stop along the way. It's located on Pacific Coast Highway right across from ocean, affording nice views , and a relaxed place for lunch or dinner. Serving you behind the bar, are Daniel &...More

Thank Jerry M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Terrific location. You don't get an ocean view, but it's right across Coast Hwy. The place is very casual. Lots of seating options and a very small bar. But the food and the margaritas are great. I love the place!

Thank jbmorris427
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

5 Stars because the food was great and the staff was trying very hard to keep up with a VERY busy restaurant.

Thank O7161YNstevej
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Apparently a local spot but the food was terrible. Over priced for sub par food. Guacamole was more cream then avocado. Water tasted like mold. At least the drinks were good.

Thank sake1
Reviewed 7 August 2018

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 23 July 2018 via mobile

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

Thank debera2016
Reviewed 15 July 2018 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

1  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.

1  Thank john m
Reviewed 25 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
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13 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, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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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