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El Sol Mexican Restaurant

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18 S 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2103
717-901-5050
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 10
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Place

Friendly service, staff very helpful & food was very nice! A bit noisy other than that it was good. Aussies Nick & Em

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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English first
Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Authentic by Harrisburg standards, this place doesn't serve what you'd find in Mexico. I've had some decent meals here, but nothing that has ever left me wowed by my experience.

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Mechanicsburg, PA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I have been dining at El Sol since it opened. Generally, the food is delicious, but on my last two visits experienced poor customer service that overshadowed the good food. They don't understand what a reservation means. Two months ago we had a reservation for a party of 6 before a symphony performance so time was of the essence. Lo... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Friendly service, staff very helpful & food was very nice! A bit noisy other than that it was good. Aussies Nick & Em

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We made reservations for a party of 13 to celebrate two birthdays. They spread us across three tables! The manager could not have been more rude and disrespectful. He blatantly lied to us twice about the seating and actually gave a table we had asked for to the people behind us who told us they did not make a reservation!... More 

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86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I've been to El Sol Express and have been wanting to go to the full restaurant. I'm Mexican and I have the hardest time turning down tacos, enchiladas and especially tamales. So it's no surprise I ordered pork tamales. The masa was delicious and lots of pork filling. The beans are good and just a small scoop of rice that... More 

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Newton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Great food, NICE atmosphere and nice staff. The food was very good, presentation great, fresh! Staff was very pleasant and were very helpful.

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Manahawkin, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We just ate there tonight and with a rather large party. We were able to walk in without a reservation which was nice. I didn't like that you had to pay for nachos and salsa, that seems ridiculous. (It was 3.50) The waitress spilled glasses of ice water across our table all over my bag down several people's legs and... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I've enjoyed each of my several visits over the years to El Sol in dtown Harrisburg, but with the emerging Mexican food scene in the capital area, you can do better than El Sol. Overall, El Sol has a 'happy hour' type of vibe to it, with a massive drink menu and a very noisy bar area that pours volume... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

First time here. Even though we didn't have a reservation they were very nice and sat us anyway. I had the chicken enchiladas verde with a house margarita and my bf had the steak fajitas. We were soo surprised at how fresh everything was! We can't wait to go back again.

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Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I frequented this restaurant several times while staying in Harrisburg on business. It is within walking distance to several hotels in the area. First of all, make sure to go during happy hour, I believe it's 4:30 to 7:00 in the bar area. All drink are discounted and there are appetizer specials. The bartending staff is friendly, talkative if you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 S 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2103
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: 717-901-5050

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?