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Palo Alto Sol Restaurant

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408 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
650-328-8840
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I dream about their verde sauce.

Shhh, don't tell anyone about this place. It is already too crowded. But what do you expect with such delicious margaritas and such a diverse menu. Although, I can never get past the green sauce on the chicken enchiladas many friends and family have ordered and loved other dinners.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The gold standard for Mexican food in Palo Alto. I like the combination plates - 2 or 3 main dishes, depending on how hungry I am. Chips and salsa come before the meal and I try not to fill up on those before the main course. Palo Alto Sol tends to be crowded at times, so either make a reservation... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Shhh, don't tell anyone about this place. It is already too crowded. But what do you expect with such delicious margaritas and such a diverse menu. Although, I can never get past the green sauce on the chicken enchiladas many friends and family have ordered and loved other dinners.

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Santa Clara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The only thing about this place is that the salad they served had a few over riped greens. :-(. I told them about it. Hopefully that issue will become better. The Refried beans are black but good and they serve SOL beer. My favorite light beer. The guacamole was yummy but pricey at $10. Their home made salad dressing is... More 

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San Jose, California
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Yes, that's true. PAS has been open for twenty-three years, and my youngest, who is now twenty-six, first joined us at our favorite neighborhood restaurant as a three-year old in a high chair. Some years later she and her date for the prom appeared in formal attire for their pre-dance dining. The food here is not the usual Tex-Mex or... More 

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California Bay Area
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I love this chain of restaurants. Drinks and food are both good and offer great value. Of the three I've been to, their Redwood City restaurant is the best. Decided to give Palo Alto a try. Bad choice. Although the restaurant was not full, service was slow and sloppy. We had to request both water and chips. A drink was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The staff is friendly and charming. The food authentic and delicious. The triple X margarita was outstanding. I prefer a fruity drink and this fit the bill. The salsa is hot! If you like spicy you will devour the salsa. I preferred the guacamole. Garlicky and smooth. Yum! I ordered the steak fajitas and my hubby ordered the enchilada mole... More 

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Temecula
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I went to this restaurant after reading about it on google search. It was a great find. I had Enceladus with mole sauce and a special cream sauce that was a family recipe. Excellent! Everyone in our party was very satisfied with meals. Loved the wood bar. Great service. Menu extensive. Would highly recommend.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

One word- DELICIOUS! Shrimp fajitas were superb, salsas were perfect, chips so tasty (and not greasy!), rice was amazing, and service was excellent! We will totally come back when we visit Palo Alto again.

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Hayward, California
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Palo Alto Sol has a few tables outside, which are great on nice days. Its Feb, a nice day out, and sitting outside was great. The service was great, the wait staff very attentive. The food was good, but maybe a bit over done with the toppings and the sauces. That kind of buried the fillings underneath. I'll be back... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was perhaps one of my favourite restaurants in California. The restaurant itself was dark and felt a little cramped but oh my the food was delicious. Coming from a land where Mexican food is exotic (the UK), the guacamole, black beans an enchiladas were an absolute treat. Highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 408 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-328-8840

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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