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Sol Cocina

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Mexican
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251 E Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (PCH and Bayside Dr.)
(949) 675-9800
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dined alone at the bar

I really like this place. Complimentary valet and very friendly hostesses, so it was off to a good start. Traveling for work so I sat at the bar for dinner. The bartender was very friendly and made an awesome watermelon margarita. I would highly recommend trying one. A lady near me ordered a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Ashlee1796
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Charlotte, NC
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Wi was in town and looking for some good, authentic Mexican food. The hotel concierge recommended the SOL Cocina (although I was warned that it was not "hard-core" Mexican). The restaurant is located on the Marina with some really nice views. The manager and wait-staff were very friendly and attentive. I started with Ceviche, and while it was good, the... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I really like this place. Complimentary valet and very friendly hostesses, so it was off to a good start. Traveling for work so I sat at the bar for dinner. The bartender was very friendly and made an awesome watermelon margarita. I would highly recommend trying one. A lady near me ordered a jalapeño margarita which also looked delicious. You... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

The food and service are both top notch. My wife had the gobernador taco and has been dreaming about it ever since. Everything we had was very good. I should have not been surprised, the restaurant was packed on a Thursday. Also if you choose to eat there ask for a seat with a view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Was feeling super lazy and decided to do take out the other day and Sol Cocina did a fantastic job. Well packaged, tasty, not skimping on portion size and did I say tasty. The naked guac was very nice and the taco bufalada was super tasty. Have not actually gone it but was super impressed with the take away and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I really enjoy SOL for the fresh approach to Mexican food. Yes, it's more expensive than the usual fare but the ingredients are fresh and the food is great. Lovely view of the marina and the servers were efficient and friendly. Margaritas were awesome as well.

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Vancouver, Canada
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

As a frequent traveller (over 200 nights per year), I have the distinct pleasure of enjoying the business travellers favorite "spoils". Until this evening, one of those was Sol Cocina where I've entertained countless clients and friends enjoying spectacular cuisine. Regretfully I may never come back and strongly ask that you ALL scope out the "privileged" parking as I was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Having read the reviews, I had expected more. The food was good don't get me wrong. But it's slightly better than your average place found in the OC/LA area. My global ex-Mexico benchmark restaurant is Mestizo in Central London. Sol Cocina is nothing close in terms of authenticity. Too many Americanized familiar items. Yes, the flavors are not typical (especially... More 

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Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Oh my goodness this food is amazing!! I got the poblano, corn, mushroom taco it was insane good!! I don't know what they do but I have to come back to try it again!! I can't make this at home .. And I can cook lol Frozen margaritas may be the best we ever had! Service was ok.. We came... More 

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Irvine, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

i had the shrimp burrito and it was excellent, the rice and beans were great! atmosphere is nice, loud music but tasteful. they served me a corona in a glass that was not frosted, thats my only complaint.

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My husband and I ate here a few weeks ago while visiting Newport Beach, and we enjoyed everything we ate! The restaurant has a fun atmosphere (we were sitting near the bar area) and great decor. It got a little loud but we could still hear each other talk. We had the calamari, which was very good, and also enjoyed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 251 E Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (PCH and Bayside Dr.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: (949) 675-9800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?