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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

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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
Most recent review
Sun at the Sol

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
MackStWgns
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Hayward, California
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Hayward, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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Santa Clara, California
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232 reviews 232 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The guacamole is excellent if you like garlic!!! And I do! Their home made salad dressing is excellent as well...Yummy salad because of it! Lots of Garlic! Their refried beans look like they are from Black beans...but unsure...they were great too! Will go back and they do serve MY favorite beer...(LIGHTWEIGHT that I am) Cerveza SOL! :-)

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Redmond, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I had not heard - or otherwise known - of Palo Alto Sol prior to meeting a friend there for dinner recently. Knowing that Mexican/"Tex-Mex" cuisine can either be really good or quite terrible, I trusted that my friend knew it was quite good. The restaurant is not particularly large, and may be difficult to immediately spot if you're not... More 

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Dallas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Being from Texas, I like to think I'm a good judge of Mexican food. This place is a solid choice for what I would call Tex-Mex. The Food: Chips and salsa to start. Chips are thick and crunchy, and you have a choice of three different salsas (all delicious). Yummy. They have a great mole sauce (according to my sister).... More 

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Paris, France
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215 reviews 215 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

If you like Mexican comfort-food this is your place. Clearly one of the best restaurants on California Avenue. It's packed at lunch. Service is professional and friendly. The food is very good. I'd definitely return. If you like shrimp get the shrimp enchilada with chipotle (spicy) sauce. Delicious.

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Santa Clara, California
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151 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Dinner. We were starving and went about 9PM. I'm Veggie... Added ambience; candle on the table. The guacamole was chunky, with garlic etc. Great. The Salad dressing must have had 5 whole bulbs of garlic, it was excellent! The beans were good but does not measure up to El Burro in Campbell....but nothing does. Will go back for the salad... More 

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Finger Lakes, New York
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157 reviews 157 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Visiting family in Palo Alto, the consensus for dinner was let's go to Sol. There were five of us, so we had to wait a few minutes. Once at our table the service was very friendly. My only complaint, minor as it is, is that they did not take a drink order before they asked us for our dinner order.... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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662 reviews 662 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
307 helpful votes 307 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Palo Alto Sol is one of the busiest places on California Avenue and can often be crowded and quite noisy. That said, it is worth dining at. Service is efficient though inevitably you may have a wait if the restaurant is full. The menu is extensive and the staff can accommodate particular requests and vegetarian options. The enchiladas and burritos... More 

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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604 reviews 604 reviews
399 restaurant reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Fair prices for FANTASTIC food! It's owned by the same people who own Vive Sol in Mountain View, which is also a five-star experience. Their enfrijoladas ($14) are a vegetarian entree to die for, although I had to ask for it specially since it didn't appear on the menu. My fiance's mole enchiladas (also $14) had him dancing in his... More 

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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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