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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 12
    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
Garliccy Guacamole :-)

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2014
Squeekie
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Santa Clara, California
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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252 reviews 252 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
83 helpful votes 83 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
101 helpful votes 101 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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170 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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185 reviews 185 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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368 helpful votes 368 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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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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