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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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2655 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
+1 760-942-1860
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11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took our kids and grandkids to dinner on Friday night and it was packed but it was perfect for kids! No one was bothered by children and the food was generous portions. Drinks are strong!!!

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Thank Susan B
Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to grab a bite after a walk on the beach and the food and service were quite good. Great views and right by the oceanfront

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San diego
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This place is a good place for a meal and then a walk on the beach near sunset. The food is good along with the service. Our favorite was the fresh guacamole.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We stopped here for dinner on the way back to San Diego after spending the day in La Jolla and Encinitas. We were seated right away and our server was friendly and helpful. The Baja fish and grilled shrimp tacos were huge as was their carne asada quesadilla, and although I didn't eat the fresh guacamole, those at my table... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Been eating at Las Olas for years. Consistently great food, good service and wonderful location across from the beach. Can be crowded and no reservations accepted so may have to wait a bit to be seated if during peak hours. Worth the wait.

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Our server was excellent. Very prompt and quick with recommendations. We ordered fish tacos and a taco (chicken and beef) plate. The fish tacos (Baja cod) were delicious. It was a very casual and comfortable place to eat with a view of the beach across the highway. Prices were reasonable.

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Thank Chris G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We enjoyed the ambiance and food here right across from the beach. We were there after the lunch crowd so it wasn't crazy busy. The margaritas were yummy as well as the chips and salsa on the table. Our service was spot on too!

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Thank rubyskymom
Encinitas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Las Olas (The Waves) is located right across from the beach in Cardiff. It is easily my families favorite Mexican food stop. The service is fast and friendly and the food is excellent. The only warning is that it can be pretty loud inside from time to time; and they don't take reservations, so on a Friday or Saturday evening... More 

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Another institution in Cardiff, Las Olas also sits just across the street from the Pacific Ocean. Traditional Mexican food with excellent lobster in season.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Typical tourist rip off Mexican food. Decent location across the highway from the beach. Just as good food in the small places up the road for less than half the price.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 21:30
Saturday
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2655 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-942-1860
Description
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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