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Vive Sol

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2020 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040-2104
(650) 938-2020
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Secret Hideaway

This is a lovely place inside with authentic Mexican food. It is behind the main row of buildings on El Camino so you have to look for it but it is worth it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
JauntingJanice
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Mountain View, California
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Mountain View, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a lovely place inside with authentic Mexican food. It is behind the main row of buildings on El Camino so you have to look for it but it is worth it!

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Thank JauntingJanice
Mountain View, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you blink, you'll miss it. It's a small place located on El Camino, but the building if off the street. Great food, great service, and great ambiance. No kids menu, but anything off the appetizer menu is a good size for kids. My 3 and 6-year-olds split nachos and it is plenty of food for them.

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Thank PAReed
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is great, they don't rush you if you wish to hang out, but it is a go to place for after work get togethers. Traditional Mexican, with nice mixes of flavors. Will go again.

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Thank Barbara J
Spokane Valley, Washington
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105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a business dinner with a friend. The parking out back is very limited and street parking is tough, but it's really worth it! On a Thursday night, there was a 15 minute wait which was very accurate. There is a tiny bar as you enter. There is plenty of water at the table, and nice light corn chips with... More 

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Thank Jack B
Sunnyvale, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

GOOD————— -I-----------NOT GOOD Accessibility———I Food—————— I Service—————-I Price/Quality———I Outside—————-I Design—————--I —————————I———— --Comfort Wait time—————I

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Thank ILOONGA R
Mountain View, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I have eaten here several times and each time I receive the same high personable level of service and the food is always consistently delicious. The restaurant opens early for dinner and it gets crowded quickly. It is great for one, two or groups. Casual dress.

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Thank DavidHatt
Mountain View, CA
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Vive Sol is one of the sister restaurants of the Garcia family of home-style Puebla establishments in and around Mountain View. Hector and Helena have taken their Comida Poblana upscale, and have added many vegetarian options as well. Great care is taken with the rich sauces, the highlights of which include the grandmother's special Enjococado and a mole sauce that... More 

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Thank smadison
Campbell, California
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115 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I lived in Mountain View for 7+ years so will finally write some reviews for our go to spots. We have been to this restaurant many times over the years, and I cant remember ever having a bad meal. We bring all of our guests here to eat when they are visiting us. Would highly recommend if in the mood... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Excellent food quality, good service, great cocktails. Love their chili rellenos, carne asada. Good ambiance though it gets loud when full.

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Thank Charmingwhiterose
Woodinville, Washington
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116 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

Walked and drove by this place for several days. Finally stopped by for dinner and so glad that I did. Had the ceviche and the Chicken Santa Ana (? -- chicken with goat cheese over spinach. Both were fantastic. Definitely coming back. Only one problem -- the noise level was deafening. If you want to actually have a conversation with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2020 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040-2104
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain View
  • Phone Number: (650) 938-2020

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?