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Las Olas Mexican Restaurant

) #5 of 24 Restaurants in Cardiff-by-the-Sea $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Latin
2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
+1 760-942-1860
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good44%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2655 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2112
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Reviewed yesterday

Great spot to get to early on the weekend and people watch. All your favorite Mexican dishes with a front row seat at the beach

Thank panama4573
Reviewed 5 days ago

Mexican food that is well prepared and it is across the highway from the beach. Was very crowded when we went at 5pm. Drinks were good, food was very good. If you want Mexican food this will be a good choice.

Thank Dan D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular restaurant across from the beach. On site parking, come early. Prices were average for the area, service was excellent. Relatively small for the popularity it has.

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Californian experience. This is what You are looking for when travelling in southern California. It's a mexican restaurant just near to the Beach with good food (guacamole was excellent probably the best I've ever eaten), good service and a relaxed atmosphere. Don't miss it.

Thank Michelangelo1965
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a fun place to visit especially at the small bar area. Great bartenders and lively conversation and right acroos the street from the Ocean. we love it. The chips and sausa area always fresh, crispy and hot. Margaritas at this place are my favorite,...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family has come to this restaurant for over 20 years now! We come every year and more if we can get to So Cal. The kids grew up feedind the ducks in the pind then walking accross 101 to throw rocks in the water...More

Thank Cathie W
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Very nice place across the ocean. Small bar at the entrance. House Margarita is awesome with complementary chips & salsa. Service was ok at busy hours. Tacos were great but Chillie was not that ok. Good place to be on Taco Tuesday.

Thank click n
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Good food and atmosphere. It was worth the wait for a table. Parking lot fills up even during the week. Get there early.

Thank ellie2newjersey
Reviewed 10 June 2017

We made a pilgrimage here when visiting family in Southern California-- such a treat to drive up the coast to get to this spot. We came in for a late lunch on a weekday and were able to get a table for our large group...More

Thank VivaMexicoLiz
Reviewed 28 May 2017

I had my usual taco salad, but it was anything but usual. There were the usual ingredients, but also, some different kinds of small fruits, and it was nicely flavored an presented. There were five of us there, one being a long lost friend from...More

Thank Jim M
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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, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, 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.
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