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Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine

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Caribbean, Puerto Rican
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903 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
415-451-4765
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Today
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 158
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Queue for ordering says it all

We stopped at this great little place for lunch en route to Point Reyes. It's a vibrant and colourful place with a good and interesting menu. As a Brit, unfamiliar with Puerto Rican food, I did find the menu difficult to choose from. I wanted something light so chose the soup which was delicious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Gypsy008
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Dorset, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Dorset, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We stopped at this great little place for lunch en route to Point Reyes. It's a vibrant and colourful place with a good and interesting menu. As a Brit, unfamiliar with Puerto Rican food, I did find the menu difficult to choose from. I wanted something light so chose the soup which was delicious and although I went for the... More 

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San Francisco
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

There is almost always a line out the door--no other restaurant in San Rafael holds this distinction. Why? Because they serve incredibly flavorful, interesting food in a festive environment (you really feel like you're in San Juan or Havana), relatively quickly, and at very reasonable prices.

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Penryn, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Not enough words to describe the food, so I will just say Muy Bueno. The line outside the door is an indication of how good the food is and worth the wait. Best that I've had since NYC.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Our friends favorite restaurant didn't disappoint. Fresh, flavorful, fabulous food. Stood in line for 20 minutes or so at 9:00pm on a Saturday night and it was well worth it. Enjoyed a 1 piece Pollo al Horno Combinaciones with black beans and a savory plantain: I didn't know chicken could be that delicious. Great hand-squeezed limeade. Wish I could go... More 

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San Rafael, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

You will find a line outside of Sol Food almost anytime you drive by. Generally frequented by young adults who don't mind waiting for a few minutes and are OK in loud crowds. The food is great and while the lines can be intimidating they move quickly. Be prepared to give your order while in line and once inside you... More 

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San Rafael, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Ever since Sol Food first opened, I've been a regular at least once every two weeks. I used to meet some business colleagues there and we'd have lunch at least twice a week. However, it was always relatively expensive and prices have continued to climb AND the service has improved somewhat over that time. If the prices were a little... More 

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Simple fresh ingredients perfectly prepared are the specialty. The setting is very informal, picnic tables inside. Chicken, pork, rice and beans are the stars but the magic is in the seasonings, nothing heavy, just perfect. No alcohol but the lime aid is sensational. Service is brisk but friendly. And did I mention the food is delicious.

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San Francisco, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My friend took me here for dinner recently and the experience was pretty enjoyable. We had the fried garlic plantain topped with cheese and tomato. Now this tasted okay, but what made it taste fantastic was the bottle of sauce they had on every table. I have no idea what it is but it smells like vinegar infused with chili... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Ordered light snacks to be delivered. Delivery was prompt. Ribs and chicken were rather bland...wouldn't order again.

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Cambria, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Heard about this place though friends and finally made my way over for breakfast. Seems to always be a line out the door but it moves fast. Picked a menu at the door and ordered eggs on rice with bread. Sounds simple and it was but with HUGE flavor! Sits family style seating and a host will seat you after... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 903 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: 415-451-4765

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Puerto Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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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?