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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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607 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
+1 858-755-5292
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Prescott, Arizona
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're staying in Carlsbad, take the short drive to Solana and find this cute (and busy) place for some great family-style Mexican food. Great margaritas, too! Don't expect fancy - do expect good salsa and plenty of time to enjoy the old space and the food.

Thank 4JaneC123
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108 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fidel's is all about authenticity. The atmosphere makes you feel like you've stepped back into old Mexico. There seems to be very little that is ADA compliant here… Ups, downs, narrow hallways and close quarters just like an old Mexico. The food is absolutely fantastic. The Carnitas, Soups, chili Riano's and other dishes are all authentic. I can't recommend this... More 

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Billingshurst, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here several times before and always been impressed, the food is still great, but they will have to work at keeping up the standard and keeping it authentic. Shame they don't do tamales! It is always busy and you sometimes have to wait for a table. It is worth the wait, make sure you have a margarita... More 

Thank etd2015
San Diego, California
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

The food at Fidel's is becoming boring and the prices are going up. This used to be one of "The Spots" in Eden Garden, but lately it seems they have just been unable to execute as in the past. They serve the classic Californian Mexican dishes but OK, but the spirit and zip is missing. I have eaten here many... More 

Thank lovewarmwater
Solana Beach, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Fidel's is an iconic sit down Mexican eatery in Solana Beach. The atmosphere is great for groups of people 4 or more. The crowd is a mixed group of young and old. It is a kid friendly atmosphere. There is extensive seating downstairs including many booths and an outdoor patio space. He food is great -maybe not quite as good... More 

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San Diego, California
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160 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

In this restaurant hundreds of times and in this particular location service was horrible and the food was tasteless. It took forever to get our waiter take a day and then it took just as long to get our food I was pretty much for meeting with chips for my meal even sure of it. I had three rolled tacos... More 

Thank Neillibin
juniper flats
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

This is a fun restaurant built on many levels with many rooms to explore. Good, standard Mexican food at good prices. Great for a couple or a crowd.

Thank socalranchgal
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232 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Huge super busy place on Fridays. After a 20 minute wait we were seated downstairs at a table in the corner and I was afraid we might be forgotten about but the service was very good. The food was great with large portions. The burritos and enchiladas were stuffed with chicken and beef . The beans, rice and sauces were... More 

Thank Pat M
Solana Beach, California
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Authentic, super friendly staff, delicious food, can't say enough good things! there are plenty of places you can get decent food, but this place is once of the best!

Thank Fiships
Bethesda, MD
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249 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

Both my wife and I ordered two items each and one would have been enough for a full lunch. The food was very good and very fresh.

Thank endjed

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $35
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 607 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Solana Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-755-5292

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?