Cuisine: Mexican, Fish & Seafood, Steak & Barbecue
Contact:+52 322 22 3 1626
Open Hours: 10a-9p M-Sa
Long lines at this sidewalk cafe tell even the most jaded diner that something special is going on in the kitchen. Revered by expatriates, locals, and ... More
Cafe de Olla
Long lines at this sidewalk cafe tell even the most jaded diner that something special is going on in the kitchen. Revered by expatriates, locals, and the lucky tourist who discovers it, this eatery is one of the few places that just keeps cooking good food without worrying about who is coming to eat. Grilled foods, including chicken and steak, are simply and tastily prepared. The grilled onions are fantastic, with a legion of adoring fans who come back just for them.
The food is what it's all about. The ambiance is nice and good drinks and all that, but when I go out to eat I'm after good food, the rest is a bonus. Olla delivers on what matters most, the food is excellent. I've been there multiple times and have tried a variety of dishes, each was on point. Here's the thing, the reviews are overall great for a reason, it's that good. That being said, don't let yourself get overhyped on this or any other restaurant and somehow expect food to be better than it possibly can. I say this because as I read over some of the reviews posted on this site I was amazed at some of the negative comments, most in relation to trying Olla because of the "rave" reviews. Anyone who says the food is not good or even terrible has no palate and/or has no idea of what is good Mexican food, at best they let themselves get overhyped from the large majority of good reviews and had unrealistic expectations. I digress, if in PV, and you want good food, you definitely need to eat at Olla.
Went there for breakfast last month.
It was well recommended but very disappointed.
I am not a cook but have gone back to the kitchen and prepared a better meal.
Fair service, food mediocre at the best.
Would never go back and definitely not recommend to my friends.
We went 2 times - the first time we were talking with a couple at the next table and didn't check our bill and the change included a lot of small coins (50, 20 and 10 centavos) and it was only when we got back to our hotel that we realized the bill was too high and we're not sure about the change.
We gave them the benefit of the doubt and went again - guess what! The bill was about $8.00 US too high. When we pointed it out (politely) they were quite rude and seemed annoyed at us for bringing it to their attention.
Coincidence - I think not!
We went to a different popular restaurant every night of our week-long trip, and this ended up being our favorite.
The food is very good, especially for the price. Enchiladas or quesadillas with your choice of meat are 70 pesos compared to 120 to 160 we paid at other, similar tourist-centric restaurants for the same quality. One night I had the "BBQ combo" which comes with chicken, ribs, steak, and a potato; at 125 pesos its one of the most expensive entrees on the menu but a huge bargain compared to the 180 to 220 pesos I paid for similar food at other restaurants in town. The drinks are very reasonably priced as well: 19 pesos for soft drinks, 20 pesos for coronas (compared to 32 pesos at La Dolce Vita I remember specifically), and 70 pesos for huge margaritas that everyone is drinking.
When we came back a second night at the end of our trip we had the seafood combo for two with lobster, shrimp, and filet mignon, and the lobster was fantastic, as good as anything I can get at home. The manager recognized us and remembered where we were from and offered us all free tequila shots after dinner. Very friendly.
In retrospect I would seriously have gone here every night. We always had a reservation, and I recommend you make one too. The line seemed to be 30 minutes+ of standing out on the sidewalk.
With the lines always waiting to get into this place, and all the rave reviews, I had high expectations going in. They were not met.
My guidebook recommended the barbecue. Indeed, with meat cooking on the grill in front of the building, the smells of the barbecue are one of the immediate draws. However, when it arrived, the meat was all dried up and overcooked, and completely covered in a thick, sickly-sweet sauce. Yuck. It was almost inedible.
Overcooked and dried out also described the tortilla chips served with a bland, flavorless salsa. None of the food was good.
The good aspects of La Olla were the pleasant atmosphere and strong margaritas. Come to think of it, maybe it's the strong drinks that bring in all those loyal customers. It sure can't be the food.
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