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Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine

903 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
415-451-4765
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Ranked #2 of 212 restaurants in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Caribbean
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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86% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Rafael, California, United States
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Supposed to be Puetro Rican but it overated. Gone native California. What is nice is that they are open late.

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Ashland, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012 via mobile

Great food great value. Very noisy, though. Would definitely go again.

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Miamisburg, OH
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

There is a line waiting outside at all time, we are told. As seats become available, your group is seated with others, as the place is pretty small. The service and the food is excellent, with a huge menu with uniue items. They make their own hot sauce that is very thing, but delicious. Definately worth a visit if you... More

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San Francisco
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

This restaurant features long communal tables where you can enjoy excellent sandwiches, grilled chicken and pork, and vegetarian options. Heavenly homemade garlicy hot sauce at all the tables, a fun place with a youthful vibe that is packed much of the time. Inexpensive and fun, if a bit crowded and noisy.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012 via mobile

Sol was jumping, but the friendly staff moved people quickly. Food was fantastic.

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San Rafael, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Food is heavy and greasy --- not my thing. Other people seem to love it.

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San Francisco, California
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156 reviews 156 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Really, really good Puerto Rican food for modest prices. As with other Spanish Caribbean cuisine, much is fried or involves oil of some sort, so this is not exactly health food--but it is very tasty! The plantains, both the green to tostones con mojo and the yellow maduros, are to die for. The pollo and camarones are excellent, as are... More

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Fairfax, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Sol Food is housed in a lime-green building on 3rd Street in San Rafael. We opted for takeout from the attached bodega. The line for the sit-down place was out the door. The Cuban and the Bistec sandwiches were large, hot, meaty and wonderful! The staff was pleasant too. With one drink and tax, the tab was $22, so about... More

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san francisco
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

This place started as a 4 seater closet on a corner of down town San Rafael. The lines were so long that they finally moved to a building close by. The lines are still long, but you can always find a seat as everyone shares tables. They did a nice job of creating a laid back Caribbean look, with lots... More

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California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Always worth the wait so don't let the line out the door scare you as it moves quickly. This vibrant, family friendly and dynamic restaurant serves authentic Puerto Rican food at reasonable prices. The waitstaff will promptly locate a table for you. If you are alone or a small group chances are you may share one of the large wooden... More

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