Since 1928, Valley residents have flocked here for fajitas, enchiladas, tamales and that favorite border-style breakfast, Huevos Rancheros (eggs ... More
Los Olivos Mexican Patio
Since 1928, Valley residents have flocked here for fajitas, enchiladas, tamales and that favorite border-style breakfast, Huevos Rancheros (eggs smothered in green chile and tomato sauce, served with beans, rice and tortillas). The Mary Lou, a folded cheese crisp that is a true Arizona tradition, makes a great shared appetizer. Mexican and Latin American live music plays on Friday and Saturday nights, Wednesdays feature Swing Time and Mariachis play on Sundays. Check website for more.
do not go here. Many years ago this was one of the better Mexican restaurants to eat at but not any more. Service is so-so, food tastes like frozen Mexican food they defrosted and served. Salsa is nasty- chips were good thought- the only good part of the meal! Place was not busy last Saturday night and now I know why. I personally will never return to this place
We are sorry to say, after the recent several times at Los Olivos south, we are done with the restaurant. Los Olivos has seen better times during our 15 years dining there.
The food has been degraded to overpriced mediocre at best. The service was similar to being slopped like hogs with, what appeared to be, disdain. Even though the restaurant wasn't busy, open tables in all the rooms, we felt hurried to finish our meals, pay, and get out. We've enjoyed better, more amenable service and food in truck stops without all the T & A actions to get a tip.
We had to request our eating utensils be replaced with clean, scary. DO NOT place your hands under the tables as the gum, God knows what else, is prevalent. Walls are dirty. If it should happen we are invited by friends to eat at Los Olivos again, I will take a sterile swab to the table top and bring to a friend's lab.
I must admit, my husband enjoyed the waitresses' shows. The last evening did end well at home :), but dinners have sure been as much of a flop as the servers appeared to be. The girls need training in those areas, as well as the serving of food and beverages. Margaritas seem weaker than they were, and what used to be good salsa is now watered.
Suggest passing on Los Olivos, leave it for the tourists. Perhaps enjoy a dinner at Carlsbad Tavern or Macayo's. Suggest passing on Los Sombreros Cafe & Cantina, as well, another very much way overpriced, cheap meats, small servings, service to match, restaurant in Scottsdale.
It is a shame to see, what was a decent place for so long, Los Olivos, going out of business.
Service was awful, dirty eating utensils, plates of food slammed on the table, sauce spilled on the table, had to ask for each beverage refill even w/ empty glasses on the edge of the table. The food hasn't been more than mediocre in the recent years at Los Olivos. The waitress made a show of jiggling her breasts at my husband rather than provide a reasonable modicum of food and beverage service. She showed no training at all, and less class as a person. I've only heard my husband mention once before, 'she was lucky to get a tip at all'. Staff people were standing around talking, joking, not much care for clients. It almost seemed like the staff, cashier and seaters included, were doing us a favor by providing the minimal service that they could get away with. Where we sat the walls were filty dirty, even salsa splashes. It looked like somebody had blown their nose on the wall. Do NOT touch under the tables as there must be years of gum wads stuck under them, which is a hepatitus concern. I'm afraid to dine here anymore.
At the time we were in the restaurant, it wasn't particularly busy, so there really aren't any excuses for such a lame dining experience.
If dining at Los Olivos, or the style of food is mentioned again, both my husband and myself will suggest Frank & Lupe's on Marshall Way in Scottsdale.
I'm sorry to say, Los Olivos has gone way down hill in the recent several years and prices have gone up considerably. I remember when there were a few good male servers at Los Olivos, but alas, only one we know of now. I've started to wonder how long the restaurant will be able to stay in business before being shunted out. Personally, I'll be sorry to see the restaurant close, but there are too many other good, clean eating places where clientele are treated w/ respect, good service, and good food for a fair price.
Margaritas at Los Olivos are still good tho.
Bottom line, pass by Los Olivos, much better elsewhere in Scottsdale and surrounding areas. ! . ! . ! .
Margaritas!: Pretty good strawberry margaritas. Decent service. Decent atmosphere. Average food. A reliable place for Mexican in downtown Scottsdale (when we're feeling lazy or not particularly picky).
The food is fresh, authentic, and good.. The decor is first rate.. Service is done by a group af amateurs, and family, apparently.. I like the blue room and the waiter on Sunday days.. Prices are sure right..
This restaurant is very over-rated. I think that the people who rave about this place don't really know good, authentic Mexican food. I have been there about five times over the past ten years of visiting Scottsdale and have disliked it every time. The only reason I keep going back is that I always end up being in AZ with co-workers who like the place and I keep giving it more chances just out of courtesy to them. I ate there Labor Day weekend and was hungry but just found myself only eating a side or Chiles Rellenos and chips and salsa. Nothing else on the menu appealed to me---probably because I couldn't eat anything else because once seated I remembered how bad it had been the last few times.
I have been coming to Scottsdale almost annually for over 15 years. We came to Los Olivos with a friend back in 1993 and forgot to write down the name. We were hunting for it for the next 10 years. The place has the most savory devine food I've found. From the inside and outside it doesn't look like much but the food is so good, you couldn't care less about how plain it is. Now I make a point of coming here every trip. Its tricky to find but OMG so worth the effort. I'm intorducing my Sister-in-Law and her husband to it this weekend who recently moved out to Glandale and expect they will become regulars.
By Left-Hungry on 8/22/2007
I have lived in Phoenix for over 20 years and have had some really great times at Mexican food places. I had heard of Los Olivos and decided to try it with some friends. Oh My, they had us standing around in the middle of the resturant waiting to have two tables moved together. No kidding this took forever and never did happen. One of the waitresses asked us to sit at the corner table so finally we sat down. A waitor asked us why we sat here and told us to move to the table he already had ready, we asked if it would be OK to not move again, so he proceeded to set our table as if he were throwing cards at us. When we gave back the dirty plates, he returned with more dirty plates. We were hungry, but not hungry enough to eat off of dirty plates! On the way out my husband asked to speak to the manager. He was told there was no manager there that day. WOW, I want a job like that, with no one to answer to!!!
Old time hang out, maybe, some how this restaurant has made it decades, it was poor in the early 70's, now with so many great mexican food restaurants to choose from why go unless you like greasy spoon gringo mexican which can be had at 1/3 the price else where.
Try Los Dos Molinos or Richardsons if you like New Mexican style, TeePee if you need old school.
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