Great Mexican in an Authentic Setting. We took out of town guests here for authentic Mexican, and were not disappointed. Unique setting, great food, and friendly service makes this a go-to destination. Try it out soon for lunch or dinner....you will love it!
We waited for almost an hour for a "20 minute" wait and probably would have waited longer if my partner hadn't gone up to the desk. We walked through the restaurant and there were a LOT of empty and unbussed tables!
Then, we were tucked away, almost totally ignored, and to top it all off, the food was mediocre at best.
I am sooo disappointed! What has happened to this place?
Not so good anymore.
We are sorry to say, after the recent several times at Los Olivos south, we are done with the restaurant. Los Olivos has seen better times during our 15 years dining there.
The food has been degraded to overpriced mediocre at best. The service was similar to being slopped like hogs with, what appeared to be, disdain. Even though the restaurant wasn't busy, open tables in all the rooms, we felt hurried to finish our meals, pay, and get out. We've enjoyed better, more amenable service and food in truck stops without all the T & A actions to get a tip.
We had to request our eating utensils be replaced with clean, scary. DO NOT place your hands under the tables as the gum, God knows what else, is prevalent. Walls are dirty. If it should happen we are invited by friends to eat at Los Olivos again, I will take a sterile swab to the table top and bring to a friend's lab.
I must admit, my husband enjoyed the waitresses' shows. The last evening did end well at home :), but dinners have sure been as much of a flop as the servers appeared to be. The girls need training in those areas, as well as the serving of food and beverages. Margaritas seem weaker than they were, and what used to be good salsa is now watered.
Suggest passing on Los Olivos, leave it for the tourists. Perhaps enjoy a dinner at Carlsbad Tavern or Macayo's. Suggest passing on Los Sombreros Cafe & Cantina, as well, another very much way overpriced, cheap meats, small servings, service to match, restaurant in Scottsdale.
It is a shame to see, what was a decent place for so long, Los Olivos, going out of business.
Passby Los Olivos, after 20 years..
Service was awful, dirty eating utensils, plates of food slammed on the table, sauce spilled on the table, had to ask for each beverage refill even w/ empty glasses on the edge of the table. The food hasn't been more than mediocre in the recent years at Los Olivos. The waitress made a show of jiggling her breasts at my husband rather than provide a reasonable modicum of food and beverage service. She showed no training at all, and less class as a person. I've only heard my husband mention once before, 'she was lucky to get a tip at all'. Staff people were standing around talking, joking, not much care for clients. It almost seemed like the staff, cashier and seaters included, were doing us a favor by providing the minimal service that they could get away with. Where we sat the walls were filthy dirty, even salsa splashes. It looked like somebody had blown their nose on the wall. Do NOT touch under the tables as there must be years of gum wads stuck under them, which is a hepatitus concern. I'm afraid to dine here anymore.
At the time we were in the restaurant, it wasn't particularly busy, so there really aren't any excuses for such a lame dining experience.
If dining at Los Olivos, or the style of food is mentioned again, both my husband and myself will suggest Frank & Lupe's on Marshall Way in Scottsdale.
I'm sorry to say, Los Olivos has gone way down hill in the recent several years and prices have gone up considerably. I remember when there were a few good male servers at Los Olivos, but alas, only one we know of now. I've started to wonder how long the restaurant will be able to stay in business before being shunted out. Personally, I'll be sorry to see the restaurant close, but there are too many other good, clean eating places where clientele are treated w/ respect, good service, and good food for a fair price.
Margaritas at Los Olivos are still good tho.
Bottom line, pass by Los Olivos, much better elsewhere in Scottsdale and surrounding areas. ! . ! . ! .
Our place for Mexican in Scottsdale. Yes, it's kind of an old town Scottsdale touristy destination, but it's good Mexican home cooking, decent value, nice atmosphere, service good. If we're in the mood for Mexican this is where we go. My wife likes the marinated beef, I like the chicken crema, we both like the fajitas. And this is for only the old town restaurant, the other Los Olivos off 101 the service, food and atmosphere was way off, though it's nearer we wouldn't go back.
Delicious homemade salsa!. I was recently visiting Scottsdale for pleasure and I had heard good things about the "authentic" taste of this restaurant. The waitress was older and sassy, complete with a great sense of humor. Chips & salsa were tasty, and the margaritas had a decent amount of tequila in them! The beef tacos were delicious, and the guacamole was super-green (thus, super-fresh!). I'll definitely go back again the next time I'm in the Southwest.
So Sad Olivos.
So Sad Olivos
By Left-Hungry on 8/22/2007
I have lived in Phoenix for over 20 years and have had some really great times at Mexican food places. I had heard of Los Olivos and decided to try it with some friends. Oh My, they had us standing around in the middle of the resturant waiting to have two tables moved together. No kidding this took forever and never did happen. One of the waitresses asked us to sit at the corner table so finally we sat down. A waitor asked us why we sat here and told us to move to the table he already had ready, we asked if it would be OK to not move again, so he proceeded to set our table as if he were throwing cards at us. When we gave back the dirty plates, he returned with more dirty plates. We were hungry, but not hungry enough to eat off of dirty plates! On the way out my husband asked to speak to the manager. He was told there was no manager there that day. WOW, I want a job like that, with no one to answer to!!!
Best Mexican Food in the Universe!!!. This is the best Mexican food I have ever had. The service, food, and decor are all fantastic!! I highly recommend this to anyone that loves mexican food.
A Classic That Still Has It!. I was born in Scottsdale close to 40 years ago, and some of my favorite memories are of dancing to bands in the back room of Los Olivos. Cheese crisps were my favorite food then, and when I go back today, even living thousands of miles away, the food always lives up to my memories. Cheers for 40 years (and more) of consistency and excellence!
Best Mexican Restruant. This is the best Mexican Restaurant I have ever been to. I used to live in Texas and this is better than any of the Mexican Restaurants there.
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