At the Beach since 81'

Welcome to Las Olas, Your Wave

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las olas carlsbad angled view of exterior

Dine-in or Pick Up and Go!

The same great Mexican food you have enjoyed since 1981. Las Olas continues to provide fresh, delicious Mexican food to our beloved community during this difficult time. We will see what tomorrow brings but in the mean time, thanks for coming in, stay well.

Order ahead of time for Take Away orders or stop by and order at the counter for either Dine-in or To-Go.

Make sure to call your preferred location:
Cardiff (760) 942-1860
Carlsbad (760) 434-5850
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collage of las olas food at home with tacos beans rice to-go containers and beer, and an assortment of large catering containers with enchiladas beans and rice and margaritas to go
Our Menu

Fresh Mex Food by the Sea

Since our humble beginnings in 1981 at Cardiff State Beach, and then a second spot right up Hwy 101 in Carlsbad, Las Olas has been the favorite go to for hungry beach goers because they know they can get a cold beer, or a great Margarita, those fresh warm chips & salsa, delicious made to order Mexican Food and be welcomed every visit.

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Plate of split California lobster with sides
plate of two tacos beans and rice
a table full of quesadillas, enchilada ples, nachos and cheese crisp with margaritas


We are happy to announce that we are open for limited dine-in service. Please know that we have been careful not to move too fast by design. We want to ensure the safety and welfare of both our customers and our employees and are doing so by carefully following the many state, city and county guidelines:

Masks are to be worn when not seated.
No Mask, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service.
90 Minute max per table sitting as per state mandate.
100% of your group must be present prior to sitting.

Our operation will be a bit different in that our Dine-in service will be ‘fast casual’ where you order at entry points.  This gives us an opportunity to regulate and monitor each customer entering, get your order and direct you to your table. The Take-Away and delivery service many of you have tried out over these past 6 weeks will continue in full force as well.

girl working behind the bar filling drinks and wearing a mask

Occupancy changed but Margs have not

Much peace, love and tacos to our Cardiff and Carlsbad families and friends and especially to Miriam V. for the 📸.

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Two cold beers and nachos de salva appetizer

Take your favorites to-go

Kick back and enjoy your favorite fresh Mexican food to-go. Cold beer and Nachos de Salva are always a good idea (plus a marg or two).

Order To-Go
Compost Image reads that we diverted 5194 pounds of food waste last month.

Composting of food waste

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gases produced by food waste, Las Olas is working with @TheCompostGroup to compost food waste.

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