Olla Cocina

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
Join us on Thursday, July 25from 5-7pm for a fun social
featuring Gran Cosecha's premium hand-crafted tequilas! Enjoy delicious Mexican bites and learn about the fascinating process behind tequila making. Tickets are $30 per person in advance online or $35 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


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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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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

A lovely and lively spot, courteous service, and, unfortunately, mediocre, seriously overpriced Mexican food. I had the duck tacos, which were bland and had lots of bones in them. The esquite (corn) was tasty.

i
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, very nice waitress but didn’t tend to our table well. Food was not worth the high price.

i
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Yearned for some Mexican and this place fit the task. Got a few of the appetizers to share. The avocado tacos was a surprise winner. Next were the sopes and covering the end was the chorizo mac and cheese. Service was responsive and polite. It was a FRI so the place was pretty lively with bike taxis blaring music while passing by.

T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We sat outside and enjoyed the music and people watching. Food was “blah”, we ordered a bunch of different things but nothing was great, lacked a lot of flavor. Desert was actually the best (warm churros). Service was ok, slow at first and had to ask for water and place settings several times. Disappointed because the atmosphere was great. Probably won’t return.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great - will definitely go again!

NH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The host did not smile and was unfriendly. Seemed like she rather be somewhere else than there. The server only checked on us once and he was no where to be found when we needed the bill. We ordered the sopes and it was extremely hard. Someone can chip a tooth on it. The chips were not complementary and extremely oily. Overall the quality did not match the prices.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, especially the ceviche, mac and cheese with chorizo, and the taco platter. The guacamole portion was really small, so not worth the price. The spicy salsa was great and chips were fresh. When we got there it was really loud as someone was having a birthday party. We couldn't even hear each other at our table, but then after 8:30 or so it quieted down. Service was just okay, nothing great. The decor and ambiance is nice and the restaurant is very spacious. I'd recommend it and think it is a great spot in downtown SJ.

m
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food is good. I had the carnitas they are tender but they give you alot of fat and have no flavor. And we had ceviche it was good too we didnt finish it. I made reservations so I can get a nice table . The table was in a aisle didnt want to sit there so we sat at the bar was disappointed over all but nice waiter I would go again to try another plate and be very specific about my sitting .

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and the decor was amazing. The location was perfect for strolling and to enjoy an evening. The entire street was closed for pedestrian only traffic and had an array of games. My only concern was press entering the restaurant to take photos during our meal. I looked for a waiver stating that photos were going to be taken and that by dining we agree to our photo being taken - but there was no such sign. All in all a great dining experience - walking distance to many downtown attractions.

KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beet salad was delish.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The purpose of dinning was my daughter b-day.....we had a fabulous time!
My sever Lola was a delight and she provided superb service....sweet and kind.
The food was Delicious and atmosphere was relax and pleasant.
The b-day girl enjoyed herself too. She loved the place

AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for good price. Host was great, very friendly.

JA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We always have a great time at Olla Cocina. I would recommend it to anybody. This particular visit, the service was a bit slower and less attentive that the times we've been before; however, I can't complain too much. Everybody, including restaurants, can have an off night. The food was still great though. We'll keep coming back.

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty!!!! Food presentation was also great. Like the restaurant ambiance. Friendly service. Clean too. Try the Latino lover drink if your into Spicy flavors.

BD
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

On a busy Friday night service was very good, and food quality was excellent. First time visit for some family members and they were very happy with everything.

LW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was very slow despite not being busy. The waiter was not very attentive and could not even remember our drink order. The food was pretty good but could see why it wasn't busy due to poor service.

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and drinks here! Brought a group of friends that have never been, they all enjoyed! Just beware - chips/salsa, that are normally included, are $5 a serving - we would have avoided if we'd known. Duck Carnitas Tacos are my fave :)

IT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Conveniently located close to big parking structure and main area attractions; fast (despite the busyness) and attentive service, tasty cocktails and small plates/appetizers (didn't have big plate dishes).
Highly recommend.

JL
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I must say this is one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to and I am a foodie and saw was my group. First of all, the noise level was ridiculous. We couldn’t even talk to each other and one of us got a splitting headache. The pitcher of Cadillac margaritas were sour and couldn’t even taste the tequila. We returned those. The shrimp ceviche appetizer was like rubber. It was definitely over marinated. The rest of the entrees were with over spiced, underspiced, the Chili Rellano tastes like it was covered in a can of tomato sauce.
I talked to another guest when in the ladies room, and they had the same complaints about the food. When the manager came to us, she was snippy. I can’t believe she doesn’t get complaints like this every day. They ended up crediting us back for ALL of our food. I’m sure this is a common occurrence. How this place is even in business is beyond me. All I can see is don’t waste your money. This is the worst on so many levels

n
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food quality was inconsistent and over priced in my opinion. The guacamole was very good, but the salsa was boring. The avocado taco was pretty good, but pricey at $6/taco. The carne asada and Al pastor tacos were dry and not very flavorful. My al pastor meat was tough and fatty. My friends didn't finish their carne asada tacos because they didn't like it. Considering the cost, that shouldn't be happening. The location and decor are great, but we won't be back for the food. I would be willing to go back to try the cocktails.

m
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good variety on the menu, like the patio seating, and usually the service is pretty good.

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the avocado tacos, the ceviche, and margaritas. Great service. Good prices. Our favorite place right now!

g
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food excellent Service poor

PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was great but the brunch menu was very limited. The items that I really wanted to try were not available until 3pm which was a little disappointing.

RR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was VERY SLOW. We were seated and took forever to be acknowledged by our server. I'm having a difficult time recommending your restaurant.....

K
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Water glasses dirty. Tostada was cold. Chips stale.

SL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared a bunch of different small dishes among four people. Loved the ceviche!

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Consistently good food. Service was a little on the slow side.

FF
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We like the ambiance some staff very attentive & friendly, others needed reminding about what we asked. We've been here before & will be back.

B
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We loved eating at Olla. It is a great place for groups and teams. The food is amazing as are the drinks. The service was a tad slow considering it wasn't too busy but very friendly and we will absolutely be eating here again in the future.

SD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, atmosphere, service were all far beyond my expectations. Love this place and will definitely be back.

Great place to take visiting family/friends.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall casual and comfortable experience.

CR
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Craved Mexican food & this was the perfect place to scratch our itch! I had the pork carnitas & everyone else had the enchiladas & all were satisfied. Good drinks and tasty guacamole. I would definitely go back!

TR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall our happy hour was great. A quick bite before our Jlo concert. However we had to ask several waiters for water, refills, silver wear, etc. Pretty much everything we need to enjoy our quick bites. As they stood around talking and sharing their Starbucks gum. At one point I reached over to grab a carafe of water. As a guest the necessities shouldn’t be asked for on serval occasions. The food was delicious and a lot of it. Maybe next time service will be better.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service ; great food and even better tequila

N
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Not just a beautiful looking restaurant but the food was the best part and the drinks were amazing !!

MO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I was so disappointed with my dinner here. I made a reservation, because I thought on a Friday night they'd be packed. But now I see why they were empty. We waited for a long time to be greeted and were eager to order drinks. We ordered a pitcher of margaritas which was really weak on the tequilla. The chips and guacamole and the brussel sprouts were the only things we enjoyed. My friends also like the pozole soup. I had tacos and the meat was cold and super dry. My friend had the taco sampler and said the same thing. None of the tacos had any flavor and I was worried that they all came out cold. I won't be going back.

JJ
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have eaten here on many occasions and have enjoyed it. This time, last Thursday at 5:45, the restaurant was less than half full. The hostess tried to lead us to a tiny table by the door to the kitchen. I told her we wanted to sit near the windows where there were lots of open seats. She argued that all were reserved although they didn’t fill up by 7PM when we left. I finally persuaded her to seat us at a pleasant table. BUT this situation should NOT happen. She was not friendly and welcoming as we expected in this place. (Description: she is young and of small build with blond pigtails.)

W
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

super nice people and awesome food! the churros SLAP! definitely would recommend :))

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is good but not outstanding. The margaritas were the best. But overall nice place to hang out. Hope they had more vegetarian options in entrees.

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