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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
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

In a town where authentic Mexican food is on every corner Fidel's is surely one of a kind. Great food. Good service. If you've never been you have no idea what you're missing. They are very generous with their portions. Our family loves this place. We've been regulars for 20 years! Still my favorite!!!

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Not advisable to drive after 2 margaritas at Fidels. I ordered the bottom margarita (the most expensive one in the menu) and was not disappointed. Again, I wish I wasn't driving home. The place was surprisingly big. Downstairs appear to be the restaurant area and upstairs, the bar area. I was at the bar and had 2 tacos -- carnitas... More

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Fallbrook, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I thinks what draws people to this place is that it's big and white, with lots of crap around the building. It certainly is not the food and dining experience. Four of us went here one evening as I was told to eat somewhere different than my usual place next door.We were seated into tiny room with no a/c or... More

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Usually great fun to eat here, but depends upon where you sit. My wife and I come here about twice a month, the food is great and the selection of drinks is okay, but could be better.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

So close to Mexico on my recent first visit to San Diego, I thought we should have some authentic Mexican cuisine. We opted for Fidel's, based on good reviews. The venue is cute, and on the day we were there, strolling musicians. The food did not wow us. We appreciated the plentiful chips and salsa, which was unlike any salsa... More

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I've been coming to this restaurant for 9 years. Many company outings, and at least 1 time a week to eat and have a drink in the bar. We know the wait staff, and it was somewhat pleasant for many years until last night. Don't know what got into him. There were exactly 9 people in the bar when we... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This family restaurant provides authentic. tasty Mexican food and drinks in a charming and unique atmosphere. The building itself is an unusual structure, with numerous rooms, connected by short stairways..so, do beware that if you have any sort of physical handicap, it may be a challenge. Also, one can wait quite a while for a table at popular dining hours.... More

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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

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
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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