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Palo Alto Sol Restaurant

408 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
650-328-8840
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Ranked #61 of 315 restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: Mexican
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- Jul 21, 2014
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Frankfurt, Germany
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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143 reviews 143 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
80 helpful votes 80 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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397 reviews 397 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 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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Palo Alto, California
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524 reviews 524 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 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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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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177 reviews 177 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The menu and food were OK, but not outstanding. Noise made conversations nearly impossible for the seven of us in our party, especially for those at the far ends of the table. The place is a step up from Taco Bell, with a more extensive menu, but not worthy of a really great rating. The burrito verde I ordered was... More

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