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Palo Alto Sol Restaurant

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408 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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436 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Went to Palo Alto Sol for lunch with my son and his family. The whole dining experience was excellent. The service was super and the venue really upbeat. My shrimp and rice meal was wonderful. The chips were accompanied by the different salsas with varying degrees of heat. Our group all enjoyed the food and drinks.

Thank ADolores
Goodyear, Arizona
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163 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Nice, open restaurant. Seated quickly, given menus and drinks. Order taken promptly. I had the best Chicken Rellenos ever! Everyone at our table was delighted with their meals. Prices are reasonable and service is excellent. There are lots of different restaurants in this area....but don't miss this one!

Thank Tom P
Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Solidly dependable Mexican food with good mole sauce. Prices are reasonable. Restaurant can get quite loud. Good salsa.

Thank califbikegal
Kaysville, Utah
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Delicious Mexican food! One of our favorite eats in Palo Alto, even my 86 year old mother enjoyed the level of spice in the dishes. Wonderful chips and 3 different salsas with a heat level for every palate.

Thank brnfowler
Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Not your typical taco and burrito joint. Higher end food. Usually very busy, so be prepared to wait. Has both indoor and outdoor dining (with heaters).

Thank Brenton h
SE Virginia
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Visited Sol with colleagues who recommended anything with the mole. I ended up with a mole enchilada dish with rice and beans, along with two margaritas. Fantastic meal. The service was better than average. The chips and selection of salsas on the table were delicious. Atmosphere was pleasant and intimate. Good place for a date night, I suppose. Did I... More 

Thank lonegunkim
East Wenatchee, Washington
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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Looked this up on trip advisor and dorve here for dinner. California Ave here is about four blocks long with nothing but shops and restaurants. Very small town walkway feeling. I wanted Mexican Food for Dinner, and many of the stores offered outside seating. It opens at 5 PM and I got there about 10 til, but the outside tables... More 

Thank Curt L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

This family-owned gem is not to be missed, if you're looking for authentic Mexican cuisine. The Guajillo Enchiladas is a long-time favorite, as is the Milanesa--particularly good when accompanied by the Chipotle sauce--you have to ask for a side of the sauce. The salsas are heavenly and sassy, and even the salad dressing is delectable. Did I mention they're impressive... More 

Thank Sheryl C
Munich, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

The place is very nice and cozy, I tried the Pollo Negra, it was very delicious, it also tasted different than anything else I ever tried. The service is friendly, and the location is nice, with outside seating as well.

Thank Murad O
Scotch Plains, United States
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

This was a very active restaurant in the middle of the week, people were waiting for tables! The menu is very large and has not only the traditional Mexican fare but also some unusual dishes that are very good. The sangria was excellent and it was a lovely and comfortable ambiance. Service was terrific, very attentive.

Thank Tricia D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 408 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-328-8840

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