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“Inexpensive and fun” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Olla Restaurant

La Olla Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 453 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Price range: US$5 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: This small, charming restaurant has a lot going for it. Located only two blocks from historic Santo Domingo Church, and within easy walking distance of the Zocalo, La Olla is very popular with both foreign residents and visitors as well as with locals. La Olla is one of the more trendy eateries in the city, and our spotless kitchen produces a wide array of traditional Oaxacan, continental, and vegetarian foods. We pride ourselves in serving the best quality of products available,and most of our produce is grown locally and delivered to us by farmers during the week. Our coffee is locally roasted and the foods we serve are extremely fresh. We bake delicious apple strudel, chocolate cake, oatmeal cookies, vanilla flan, and more on our premises daily! All of our creations are cooked to order, prepared fresh starting when we receive your order. We use more fresh fruits and vegetables to create healthful and visually attractive dishes than any other restaurant in Oaxaca. Delicious sandwiches are served on home-baked whole wheat bread, and we even make the mayonnaise in our kitchen. There is a wide variety of healthy drinks available, using unusual combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables. The main meal of the day in Oaxaca is eaten in the afternoon. A real bargain at "La Olla" is the "Menu del día" or "Comida corrida", a full meal which changes daily, for only $90 pesos served from 1-4 pm. It includes a freshly-made salad, followed by a soup, a choice of two entrees, with tortillas or bread, and finishing with a dessert or espresso coffee. Many typical Oaxacan dishes are featured, and for a low price you can experience traditional cuisine at its very best. There is also a full a la carte menu featuring a wide selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are moderate and the quality very high. La Olla is proud to display and promote artwork created by local, regional and international artists. Our gallery is open daily during restaurant hours. The art on display is available for sale, and the gallery selection is changed periodically.
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“Inexpensive and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

I like this place because it is good food priced right and the upstairs is a happening place. I would not call the food excellent but it is good.

  • Visited October 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fine but not exciting....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

We had high expectations for this restaurant because of previous reviews, and I'm sure that the ingredients are fresh and the plates are basically typical of Oaxacan cuisine, And I know the owner (chef Pilar Cabrera) teaches very well-liked cooking classes and is a lovely woman. But we thought our meal was bland, under-seasoned and brought to the table lukewarm. It wasn't a "dining experience to remember," especially compared to the really lively, well-seasoned and authentically Oaxacan food served in the markets around the city. If you want a meal you'll remember, buy from someone selling tamales on the street, or try one of the lively cafe stalls in the Merced Market, especially La Guerita, which food guru Rick Bayliss rightly singled out as one of the best places to eat in all of Oaxaca, or Fonda Lupita in the 20 de Noviembre market, where Lupita serves mole amarillo that is to die for.

  • Visited November 2013
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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12 reviews
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“Hip but mellow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

There's a bright Oaxacan fusion going on here. Light And authentic , we returned here over and over again. Fresh juices and fresh food. Don't forget to try the juice called Vampiro. Yum.

  • Visited October 2013
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The best thing about this restaurant is its owner!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

The food was average to poor and the service was terrible. We had a wonderful cooking class with Pilar at her cooking school Casa de los Sabores the day before. That was a fun experience. We just loved her.

Visited November 2013
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Vieques
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“A must eat in Oaxaca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

This was one of our favorite places. Ate there three times. If you want to learn then take a class with Chef Pilar. The experience is worth the time.

  • Visited October 2013
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