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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 - 9:00 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

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 34
    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
Handcrafted Mexican

We visited Friday at 1900. The menu is extensive, and we felt our meals were authentic/handcrafted. The service was a little sluggish but other staff pitched in. My spouse really enjoyed the margaritas.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Boise, Idaho, United States
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Boise, Idaho, United States
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We visited Friday at 1900. The menu is extensive, and we felt our meals were authentic/handcrafted. The service was a little sluggish but other staff pitched in. My spouse really enjoyed the margaritas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Not your Mexican inspired chain food for sure. The food is well prepared and presented, and very tasty, definitely several steps up from the usual Mexican chains. It also has outside seat which is great on a warm evening and for a few drinks. It's popular and can get busy. I usually find the best Mexican food in the small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

My son recommended Vive Sol for dinner on a recent visit to California. I loved the chips and salsa, our table had to get a second helping. My shrimp and rice dish was really yummy. The wait staff was very pleasant and our dining experience was great.

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Riverside, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great food. Excellent service. Friendly staff. Would re-visit the area just to eat there. The guacamole was fresh. The white peach sangria was fresh and the perfect compliment to the shrimp dish ordered. The selection of foods from different regions of Mexico was delightful.

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Palo Alto, CA
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

My family & friends have enjoyed our visits here. I almost always order the chicken molé. The food, service & atmosphere never disappoint. A hidden Mexican gem in Mountain View.

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Mesa, Arizona
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I am from the southwestern US, and saying that I eat a lot of Mexican food is probably an understatement. When I have been in Palo Alto, I have looked around for decent Mexican food. I have found a few that are passable, but this place is a gem. The dishes I have had here have more cream-based sauces than... More 

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Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Vive Sol Restaurant in Mountain View was an absolute lucky find. While looking randomly for a Mexican restaurant in the area and we happened upon Vive Sol. Some in our party had standard Mexican American dinners while others had shrimp and a staff recommended pork dish. Everyone was very satisfied and considered our meals excellent, particularly the pork dinner. We... More 

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San Jose, California
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Was there for dinner this week. My third visit. Nice atmosphere, good Margarita. The food tasted good but my steak was stringy and grisly and obviously not top quality meat. The other two times I went there was something wrong as well. Once the service was really slow. The other there was a mistake with the check. Three strikes you're... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Had a wonderful meal in this restaurant in Mt View. The food was unexpected, really savory but not hot allowing you to really enjoy the meld of the flavors. When the weather is good they have a lovely outside area where you can sit and enjoy live music. Good and non traditional choices for both meat eaters and vegetarians. They... More 

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The flavors that ViveSol has with their dishes just melt in your mouth. My husband and I have tried many Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area and Vive Sol is the best we have found. The down side is parking and the wait depending on the time you go. It is also loud in the restaurant but the food is... 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
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?