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Palo Alto Sol Restaurant

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408 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
650-328-8840
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Solid joint for dinner

I live up the street from Sol and I go maybe once a month. Classic Mexican food and margarita joint. Not that cheap but usually feel it's worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
jallsaroundtheworld
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I live up the street from Sol and I go maybe once a month. Classic Mexican food and margarita joint. Not that cheap but usually feel it's worth it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Centrally located in Palo, I was impressed by the fast and attentive service which is above standard in the region. The food is honest, delicious and reasonably priced. Go for the combos and try the Margarita. The selection of beers could be better.

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Thank roltraveler
Baltimore, Maryland
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We went here in a large group and I was impressed with how quickly they were able to seat us (16 people!) and also how quickly our food came after we ordered it. The prices are on the high side. $15 for a regular burrito plate. They have an interesting variety of foods, including a house-made mole and a few... More 

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Thank Ariana T
Fort Jones
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This restaurant had been recommended to us by our hotel. The service was good but the food was just average; not exceptional in my opinion. I ordered a margarita since their beer selection was limited and found it lacking, especially at $11. I would not eat there again.

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Thank Karen W
Palo Alto, California
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235 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We have been coming to Palo Alto Sol for years. The place has a cozy, unpretentious feel and warm, efficient staff. It is almost always crowded, unless you arrive very early for the lunch or dinner service. When I'm not feeling well, I order the chicken soup that comes in a huge bowl and is just the perfect amount of... More 

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Thank Colleen D
Palo Alto, California
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The gold standard for Mexican food in Palo Alto. I like the combination plates - 2 or 3 main dishes, depending on how hungry I am. Chips and salsa come before the meal and I try not to fill up on those before the main course. Palo Alto Sol tends to be crowded at times, so either make a reservation... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Shhh, don't tell anyone about this place. It is already too crowded. But what do you expect with such delicious margaritas and such a diverse menu. Although, I can never get past the green sauce on the chicken enchiladas many friends and family have ordered and loved other dinners.

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Thank kal150
Santa Clara, California
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368 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The only thing about this place is that the salad they served had a few over riped greens. :-(. I told them about it. Hopefully that issue will become better. The Refried beans are black but good and they serve SOL beer. My favorite light beer. The guacamole was yummy but pricey at $10. Their home made salad dressing is... More 

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Thank Squeekie
San Jose, California
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Yes, that's true. PAS has been open for twenty-three years, and my youngest, who is now twenty-six, first joined us at our favorite neighborhood restaurant as a three-year old in a high chair. Some years later she and her date for the prom appeared in formal attire for their pre-dance dining. The food here is not the usual Tex-Mex or... More 

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Thank maribeth h
California Bay Area
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I love this chain of restaurants. Drinks and food are both good and offer great value. Of the three I've been to, their Redwood City restaurant is the best. Decided to give Palo Alto a try. Bad choice. Although the restaurant was not full, service was slow and sloppy. We had to request both water and chips. A drink was... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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