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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
+1 760-942-1860
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good41%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“enchiladas” (15 reviews)
“cabbage salad” (10 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin
$$ - $$$
2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Is Olas Spanish for ordinary? Locals flock here. Have tried several times over the years and it is so ordinary. Always expecting much more. Service and food are adequate but do not get the hype.

Thank thecardiffrooster
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This Mexican restaurant has the best location and great food! It's very popular on the weekend so you might have to wait at the beach across the street and the hostess will text you when your table is ready. The menu offers tasty surf and...More

Thank GlutenFreeInSanDiego
Reviewed 1 week ago

perfect spot across from the beach, ample free parking space , very good food and good service. we went there on Mothers day and place was busy , however service was still good given a packed house. food is very good

Thank vahehg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is no substitute for the original Las Olas across the street from the Pacific Ocean. The location is epic, the energy level from customers and staff is always fun and it feels like you are on vacation even as a long-time local. Salsa makes...More

Thank sean92056
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cheap and cheerful Mexican food. Guacamole was excellent. The portions are huge, so you could probably share one meal between 2 people.

Thank Pholpheist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoy the food and atmosphere this restaurant has to offer. It is located on a lagoon and the ocean is across the road. The beautiful sea breezes offer added ambiance!

Thank Fiddling4ag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here for many years and it never disappoints. The fish tacos are epic and the location is amazing! The service is always wonderful and the menus is full of classic Mexican and Californian items that are honestly all good. Very family friendly...More

Thank Erik M
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We arrived around 3:30 pm on a Wednesday, when there were lots of families on spring break and lots of folks coming in from the beach. My wife ordered the chili relleno: it was bland and runny (not well cooked). I ordered the seafood burrito,...More

Thank Analog T
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We had lunch for 5 and even though the place was busy, we were served fairly quickly and the food was as ordered. Nothing fancy, but all of the food was good.

Thank Len L
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This is a fairly good cheap eats place.....nothing special. The food is good,portions good,service ok, but not good enough to go out of your way to go there. If in the area it's ok, and there are several other types of Resturant's. it is small...More

Thank fdl1948
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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups
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
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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.