Olla Cocina

4.3
189 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Authentic
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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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.
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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 189 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Great drinks recommendations & friendly staff & delicious food!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Great food and location

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Service is alway blah. Waiters have no personality

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Sopas and ceasar salad were great!!!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Good food, margaritas and horchata! We went there on a busy Tuesday evening. When we were seated the hostess mentioned they were short staffed that night. Regardless, our waitress (I can’t remember her name) always had a big smile and was very efficient and engaging. It’s a fun place for a good time.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

They accommodated our large group. Service was excellent and was Food was great.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

My draft beer did not arrive until end of meal for all 7 guests at my table. I was tempted to ask for a funnel to quickly consume it as the check was coming. Had to ask 5th time for the status of the beer.

I asked for salmon cook medium or moist and it came out like other salmon dishes folks ordered. None of the servers referenced my temp request.

Was second time lunch here but probably won't come back again.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Definitely going back and loved love their signature cocktails, live music, food and ambiance. Had a fun Saturday night 😍

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Besides the great service, wonderful food, the margaritas are stellar! I recommend this place to all my family and friends!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great food and terrific service. Only complaint was the music was too loud at our table. Otherwise wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

returned for the chicken enchiladas and the margarita on the rocks and they were just as excellent as my first visit

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was very good but small portions for the price. It was very loud and hard to have a conversation. With that said we did enjoy ourselves and would try again when we can afford it.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was really delicious, amazing choices. The watermelon margarita with delicious, their version of the mai tai and the MojitoMojito were both excellent. Our server was OK, never around when you try to find him. He might have been new, as he didn’t know a lot of answers to our questions, but did get the answers for us.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

This is a restaurant that we really liked when it opened but it seems the menu hasn’t changed much and the same items on the menu I have ordered in the past don’t seem as good. Still above average, but not where I think I will go for occasions.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I love the atmosphere (its very open), and the food was awesome! Chorizo mac and cheese was everything!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have just a small complaint... dishes or bowls that have been chipped should not be used. We had 3 items that were chipped. But the food was delicious!

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great location before a concert or Sharks game. Food was ok...not a lot of flavor in the chicken tostada.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great food, quick service,even on Cinco de Mayo.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The food and service is excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We chose this place due to its close proximity to SAP Center. Very glad we did. Our server was great and we followed his recommendations and we not disappointed! We all left saying we’d come again!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

They were super busy as it was a concert night, but our waitress was hustling and attentive. Great experience. Great cocktails. The Paloma was lights out! Will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Staff is very accommodating and very nice. In the past have had to change reservation time and did so without any issues. Servers always very attentive. Good tequila selection and love the brussel sprouts.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I really love how they did the decor, and the attention to detail.
Meal portions are large, and they have a unique variety of menu options.
The only area of improvement is the service. Our server was stretched too thin, and we had empty water glasses and pulled up plates.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Good food and service, the Posole is a must have. Great drinks. A little noisy but we will go back again

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Felt like a warehouse. Large, spacious and empty when we went. Service was decent. Food was average. Maybe food for a quick fix but not for fine dining.

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