Olla Cocina

4.5
210 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
Join us on Thursday, February 22nd from 5-7pm for a fun social featuring Espolòn's premium hand-crafted tequilas! Enjoy delicious Mexican bites and learn about the fascinating process behind tequila making. Tickets are $20 per person in advance online or $25 per person at the door*. Salud! *Note: This event is 21+ with valid photo ID. Link to online tickets can be found here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3236190 ----------------------------------------- Located in the historical San Pedro Square, Olla Cocina is a stylishly casual contemporary Mexican eatery featuring a fun menu of shareable bites and entrees as well an extensive list of signature craft cocktails, local beers and wines on tap. The kitchen and the bar draw inspiration from many regions across Mexico and use seasonal California ingredients for a fresh take on traditional favorites. Olla is a slice of modern Mexico in the heart of downtown San Jose.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(408) 606-7999
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adan Ornelas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Clara Street
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Parking details
There is a limited street parking and we do validate for the San Pedro and Market Street Garage.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Planning a special event or celebration? Olla is the ideal place for private parties, receptions, corporate and convention groups and pre- or post-SAP Center event gatherings. We offer a variety of private and semi-private indoor and outdoor event spaces.

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What 210 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place to start a fun night out. The noise level can get a bit high but the food and service are excellent and well worth having to pay attention to your dinner companions to understand what they are saying. Highly recommend trying it out if you haven't yet.

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VG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time visiting olla for my husband’s birthday. The food and services were excellent, our food was at our table real fast as well as the drinks. I am recommending olla to all my friends. Also, it reminded my grandmas house.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great, except for the fact the waitress didn’t visit our table as often as I would have expected.

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d
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit to Olla Cocina. The best way to describe the restaurant is up scale Mexican food. I had the Totasda with fresh tuna. The food was very tasty but the portions are small. i would opt for one of the platter the next time. A wide choice of Mexican themed cocktails.

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TF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Definitely one of favourite places to eat in San Jose. Duck Tacos are the best thing on the menu.

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LM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and atmosphere. Fun! We will be back!

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DM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was friendly and quick.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a really fun place for Mexican food

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MF
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Everyone was very happy with their meal.

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KM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic quality Mexican food around! Probably my 10th trip and it’s always the same.

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NE
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Portions are huge especially for 1 person not sharing. I certainly wish I was made aware so that didn’t over order. The ceviche was dry and I wouldn’t order it again. Duck tacos were good... salty and could have used more layers of flavor to balance out the abundance of meat.

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G
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a delight. The Duck Tacos were outstanding!

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T
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The decor and all that was good. Our service was good. But for the price no one at our table really enjoyed the food. Also we weren’t allowed to split the check 2 ways. Which is annoying and they look updated with their system so we got the vibe they just didn’t like doing it.

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QF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good. Pitcher of Margaritas was average to below. Waitress was terrible. She did not place the full order in the computer. When asked where one dish was, she said “you did not order it”. No offer to go get the food or place an order. Rude and dismissive.

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KC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fun atmosphere! The guacamole and salsa were delicious. Great, huge, interesting tacos. Outstanding brussel sprouts and cocktails. Good value. Will definitely go back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Maybe it was part of the “ authentic feel” but our dishes were really chipped. Bacteria can breed in things like that and cause food born illness. Plus you are never sure if the missing piece is in your dinner

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j
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The soaps were delicious; however, the empanadas were very average.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food- the guacamole and house made chips is a must. Nice location. Excellent service. When we want a sit down, weekday lunch, we rarely go anywhere else.

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mexican food with a twist. Creative take on tradition Mexican dishes—ahi tuna tacos for example. Casual. In a fun downtown area.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. Service was very good.
Food was under seasoned. Not that it should be hotter, spice wise, but there should be more non hot seasoning.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great, but too pricey. Why charge for chips and salsa?

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W
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks recommendations & friendly staff & delicious food!

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JC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

OLLA continues to deliver. This was our 5th time and all the elements of service, atmosphere and great food play together. Loved it once again!

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b
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and location

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AM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Mexican food for everyday or special occasions. Good bar. Central location and good ambiance for a relaxing evening.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went in the evening with friends looking for "upscale" Mexican dining. The weather was nice and we would have sat outside but for the noise level from the street, but they had their roll-up doors open and the air conditioning on so it was chilly inside. Menu choices are a bit limited for a Mexican restaurant. Guacamole & chips were OK, but the octopus & calamari appetizer, which was recommended, was very strange, odd seasoning, served with spicy chips that tasted like Doritos, not the same as those used with the guacamole. The seafood in the dish was like mush, like it had been cooked and refrozen many times. The entrees were meh, none of our party of four were impressed. We ordered what we thought was a bottle of wine for $50, but it was actually a 1-liter carafe of "barrel wine" as they called. I asked to see a bottle or label, no can do. Waitress was nice enough but we won't be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service is alway blah. Waiters have no personality

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B
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Every dish was perfect and really tasted fresh! Highly recommend, will be back. Only downside is that it's loud inside, but with the food quality, you can overlook that.

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k
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very well thought out menu. Great blend of tastes. Great selections of fresh choices along with smaller portions. Liquor menu was well stocked, even though they didn’t have what we asked for, they had something comparable.

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RT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I loved the decor and vibe, but was completely underwhelmed by the food.

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and as always, yummy food! We sat right w/the open garage door, inside but the street dining right outside. That area was a bit loud to hear everyone at the table however always a nice dining experience.

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RO
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sopas and ceasar salad were great!!!

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E
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The duck carnitas tacos were excellent (I much preferred them to the pork carnitas entree I tried last time). I worried that the chicken tamal would be too much food with it, but it was just right. The accompanying mole sauce was a wonderful bonus, which I drizzled over everything! Marina was a delightful server, very friendly and helpful! I've eaten here a few times now, and would say that for the best experience, ignore your usual menu choices and try something unusual here! Most likely, you'll be happily surprised. (Now, if I could just track down a recipe for the amazing lamb-stuffed chile relleno I ate here long ago...)

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BD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, good quantities, nice selection. Too noisy for table larger than 4 to converse.

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went there for dinner and we had a very nice experience. Our waitress (I believe it was Corina) was attentive to our needs and placed our food order at the exact right time. The food was delicious and priced moderately.

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Slow service, ok to moderately priced, uninspiring menu, too large portions, ok quality, use of too many sauces in dishes. Wouldn't go back. Pozole was good.

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MF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was REALLY loud, and even with our reservation we were placed in what was probably the worst table there. Waited 15 minutes before we were even offered water ... I will not go back.

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MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food priced reasonably and excellent service. Will definitely return again.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered a couple of appetizers and drinks which came promptly, but our entrees arrived before one of the appetizers. Drinks were dry for along time before we finally flagged the server down for second round of drinks and to ensure we didn’t get charged for the missing appetizer. Bill was in order, food was good not great and service was not there. Nice enough, just made himself scarce.

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their meal. The service was good. Chips and various salsas and Guacamole were served that were very tasty. Two of us have the chicken tostada which was delicious. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the duck tacos. We also shared a very generous portion of shishito peppers. If we are in the area again we would definitely go back.

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