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“Sit-down Mexican, but nothing special” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Palo Alto Sol Restaurant

Palo Alto Sol Restaurant
408 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
650-328-8840
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Ranked #97 of 325 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: Mexican
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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111 restaurant reviews
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Sit-down Mexican, but nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The menu and food were OK, but not outstanding. Noise made conversations nearly impossible for the seven of us in our party, especially for those at the far ends of the table. The place is a step up from Taco Bell, with a more extensive menu, but not worthy of a really great rating. The burrito verde I ordered was good, and the serving size adequate. Service was OK, but not outstanding; it seemed like the servers literally had a lot on their plates, having to each take care of a large number of tables. On the more positive side, the prices didn't look too bad.

Visited December 2012
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California
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137 reviews 137 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
“Good mole poblano but bad customer service for take-out and expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I go to Palo Alto Sol occasionally since I live close by, but I am almost never treated with respect or gratitude when I pick up my take-out orders. I only go because I like their mole poblano. It's expensive ($30 for mole poblano and 1 chile relleno). We almost always go to Estrellita in Los Altos, which has much better food and really friendly people.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Menlo Park, CA
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Home-style Mexican food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Family recipes continue to satisfy diners. Popular with Stanford students and other locals--better than most of the Mexican alternatives.

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Atherton, California
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Solid Mexican food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I hit up Palo Alto Sol on a weeknight and was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Not the best Mexican food around, but certainly worth a visit. I was with a small group and everyone was pleased with their meals, which ranged from seafood fajitas to enchiladas to burritos. You might not be blown away, but you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fremont, California
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209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
“Great vegetarian Mexican options, can get busy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Great vegetarian options. Several sauces to try on enchiladas & burritos, with filling options including cheese & vegetables. 3 different salsas with the complimentary chips. The restaurant, Vive Sol in Mountain View (owned by the spouse) are decorated nicely. It can get busy & they do not take reservations.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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