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“OMG ... Charming and Serious Yum!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Solano's Bistro

Solano's Bistro
78075 Main Street Suite 105, La Quinta, CA 92253
+1 760-771-6655
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Ranked #10 of 102 Restaurants in La Quinta
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Desert Club & Avenida Bermudas
Description: Solano's Bistro is chef owned and operated on Main Street of Old Town La Quinta. Dine inside or outside on our patio, browse beautiful pieces of art from local artists, and feel like family while enjoying the delicious flavors created by Executive Chef Francisco Solano.
Sausalito, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“OMG ... Charming and Serious Yum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Amazing food, cozy and charming.
The staff is there for you and knows food.
We had the Bruschetta, Brie & Raspberry quesadilla, Caesar salad, pesto pasta, creme brule ... All was off the hook, even just their house Cabernet. Love this place!!

Visited April 2013
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St.Albert
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83 reviews 83 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“A bit disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We had walked by Solano's on our first day in the area and were quite taken with the full outside patio as well as interesting looking fare on diner's plates. After reading solid reviews returned for lunch during the Arts Festival to try it out for ourselves. My wife had the house salad which she found quite good but not outstanding. Personally tried the soup special <Clam Chowder> and the 'famous' fish tacos. The soup was okay but not up to the standards of most restaurants on the coast. Same with the fish tacos <which WERE halibut thankfully> but actually quite bland in taste. Guess we were expecting to be 'wowed' but that just didn't happen. Our young server was also 'okay' but certainly not to energetic or personable for that manner. We were asked twice how things were going by a floor manager and could only share an 'okay' or 'fine'. Would be tempted to try again at this restaurant as it does have some promise. On this one occasion, however, it didn't live up to our expectations.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wasn't impressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We went to Solano's on a typical sunny evening and asked to sit in a shady spot on the patio. We were sat in the sun so an umbrella was promised but was placed at the back of the patio so didn't really help. My shrimp scampi pasta was drowning in grease and when I complained to the waitress, her response was "I've told the chef to watch it for the next customer".

Visited March 2013
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St. Paul, MN
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Excellent meals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Eight of us had dinner here recently. We all liked the various meals we ordered. Good service by the wait staff, but getting our meals was a bit slow. Nice atmosphere.

Visited March 2013
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Bend, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Highly regarded, passable food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Solano's Bistro has a ton of atmosphere, and on a warm March evening, it's a great place for patio dining in "Old Town" La Quinta. Our party of four loved the ambience, but felt the food did not live up to the reviews, nor the difficulty in getting a weeknight reservation.

The menu is terribly inviting, and all of us had trouble deciding what to order. Two of us chose a pasta entree, one the pork chop, and one the stuffed chicken breast. The pork chop was decidedly dry, saved only by the apricot compote topping. The chicken breast was similarly overcooked, and while the stuffing helped in the moisture department, it had little flavor. Both pasta dishes were prepared well, but one of them could have used a few more shrimp.

The service was fine, but nothing outstanding. Solano's is not as high priced as some of the "premiere" dining spots in the area, and again, the patio location is really a highlight. But would we eat there again? I doubt it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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