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Fidel's

607 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-5292
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Ranked #15 of 66 restaurants in Solana Beach
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Redondo Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I used to leave close by in the mid 70's and ate here all the time. I was visiting close by and met a friend there for dinner. It is just as good as I remembered and my friend really liked it as well.

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palm desert ca
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77 reviews 77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The architecture of this place is bizarre. You encounter stairs everywhere, so if you have a handicapped person in your party-----beware. The food was OK, but the service was terrible. We had a long wait to give our orders, long after the beverages came, and then an even longer wait for our dinners to arrive.......and it was a Tuesday, not... More

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Napa
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92 reviews 92 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My family has been eating here for many many years. It is both a terrific neighborhood restaurant and a great California Mexican restaurant. It is iconic and a treasure. It's just a wonderful place to eat with a great atmosphere and terrific service and food. Be sure to try the tortilla soup..

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Phoenix
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Fidel's is a wonderful Mexican restaurant with excellent food. The menu is diverse and the place is great with many nooks and cranny's where tables are set up. We had a great dinner for 8, (4) kids and (4) adults, and we were seated in no time.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My passion for Mexican food started in El Paso, Texas way back in 1970. Living in Pittsburgh we don't have very many good Mexican restaurants. So on this vacation, I dedicated myself to Mexican and seafood. The seafood was very pricey and windmill I had contain crab was fishy. Ugh! The recommendation at St. Theresa's thrift shop for Fidel's. I... More

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Alameda, CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The restaurant is cool, kinda funky, with many seating areas, including a nice patio. The food is decent, but pretty standard Mexican food for California. Prices are decent. I did not have a drink there. Ok for families with older kids. We had an infant, and the building is not really stroller friendly.

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Ann Arbor, MI
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143 reviews 143 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Decent food, but really standard California Mexican fare. I'd have no problem eating here again, but to me it's no different than any other standard California Mexican place. Margarita's are fine, but from a mix. Many places do it better these days.

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Tustin, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've been going to Fidel's in Solana Beach since the 1970's. Since then, I've traveled many miles and eaten a lot of Mexican food, but Fidel's is still my all time favorite. I especially enjoy their soups: Albondigas, Fideo, and Chicken and Rice. All are delicious as is my other favorite menu item, cabbage salad. Of course they have the... More

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San Diego, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

People love Fidel's. it is funky, has been around forever, and is inexpensive. I have always felt the food is so, so, and there are other places I would rather dine.

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San Diego, California, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

What can you say about your favorite? Many memories, many seatings, intimate other, family and friends. Over the years we've ranged over the menu appreciating regional favorites and developed personal favorites. The service is always good. Indoor and out the atmosphere is completely and pleasingly Mexican! They can handle large parties. Again, some favorites, the carnitas, the green tomatillo sauce,... More

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