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La Olla Mexican Cafe

#79 of 1,539 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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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The quality and style of Mexican fare is both unusual and very high quality. Excellent service and great prices. This was third visit over two years, menu invites you back to try something new. Best calabacitas ever.

Thank Dennis G
New Jersey
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402 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A group of 8 of us met here for dinner. Took a very long time to get water and other drinks and a long time to order. This is a small restaurant, very very noisy when crowded. Nice subdued lighting, however. I did enjoy my dinner which was the chicken stacked chimi, spicy and good. Took a long time to... More 

Thank jansjourneys
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We got there just as the sun was setting behind Sombrero Mt on our last night in Tucson! What a beautiful sight. It was busy but we were seated quickly. The service was great as was the food. Even my husband, who isn't fond of Mexican food, enjoyed it. Wonderful margaritas and mojitos.

Thank Barbara S
Philadelphia, PA
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848 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 930 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Browsing through the restaurant.com deals, I saw very good reviews for this north Tucson eatery. It seemed like it was worth a try, and that was a good decision. The food here is fancier -- and tastier -- than your typical rice, beans and tortilla Mexican restaurant in Tucson. Try the chicken tortilla soup, and whatever the waitress recommends. Very... More 

Thank Dave's_reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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49 reviews
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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

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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?