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La Olla Mexican Cafe

#80 of 1,537 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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8553 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9500
+1 520-579-0950
11:30 - 20:30
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 20:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is fresh and tasty but the portion size for some of the lunch specials is very small. I ordered the harvest salad with chipotle chicken and was surprised how little salad and chicken was on the small plate. I expected a bit more for $7.00. The service was excellent and our waitress got all the orders correct.

Thank cjkines1
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a quaint local place with a menu/food that is unexpected but fabulous. My husband and I stopped here on our way home to Mesa and talked about the cheesecake for half our drive home. We started with nachos and empanadas that were tasty little bites of heaven. The nachos have a mixture of meat, beans and cheese... More 

Thank Christine J
Marana, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

La Olla is an exceptional restaurant. The special evening dinners are of gourmet quality. It is not a large restaurant by any means but there is usually room at the bar if you have to wait for a table. The staff is great, very friendly even when it's really busy.

Thank Carol H
Cayman Islands
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45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the tender lean flavorful shredded pork carnita dinner with fresh corn tortillas served w a wedge of tamale pie & a mixed veg ~of corn, green chilis ,onion & zucchini sauté w cheese that I've NEVER had before & its AMAZING . Now l have eaten at 100's of Mexican establishments and NOTHING. even comes close to the... More 

Thank IslandGirl070
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

A little back story, I moved to AZ from NC, that being said, I have yet to find a Mexican restaurant that I like. I ordered the Carne asada lunch portion, it was not only the perfect portion, but it tasted amazing. My only complaint is I expected the beans to be a little more refried than they were, I... More 

Thank Alayna D
Leawood, Kansas
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

La Olla has become one of our favorites among a wide selection of wonderful Mexican food in the Tucson area. We're drawn to it because the food is wonderful, the service is great, and particularly because it's relatively small. The small part seems to mean that you are served a very hot entree that is fresh off the grill rather... More 

Thank Robert M
Phoenix, Arizona
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We go here often because the Mexican food is so good. Also, if you like calabacitas, that dish here is excellent. And the chimis are BIG.

Thank Anne C
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I like their food all around interesting flavors and great pricing. Service is always good and friendly.

Thank Michael S
Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Had a enjoyable meal. Order combination plate #1, Carne Seca, Cheese Chile Relleno, and Garlic Shrimp Taco with rice, beans and calabacitas. for $12.25. Service was very good, since it was friday eve and very busy.

Thank TucsonTraveller2
Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

While you can't go wrong with anything on the menu, I always gravitate to the carne seca or the manchego shrimp. Both cooked to perfection, the carne seca it full of flavor and moist too, not dry like some local places! And do NOT miss the moonshine margarita! A unique and refreshing beverage for those hot summer days. Highly recommend!

Thank kathycho78

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8553 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9500
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-579-0950

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?