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607 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
+1 858-755-5292
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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193 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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247 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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710 reviews
434 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe we hit it on a bad night, but our first visit was average at best. It appears to be a great cantina and the service is excellent. However our food was average at best and doubtful we would return for a serious dinner.

Thank yogiacomo
New Orleans, Louisiana
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Finding ourselves in awe of the natural beauty of Solana Beach we realized that dinner should be something we should have. Checked reviews on TA and decided on Fidel's. Great decision, my wife who is not particularly a fan of Mexican fare absolutely fell for the place. This is a big restaurant but do not be deterred the staff there... More 

Thank elabat
Phoenix, AZ
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

My wife and I went for dinner on a Saturday. Received a ho-hum greeting from the hostess who then seated us all the way in the back near the waiter service station although the place was not even half full. Having the waiters eating, drinking and talking amongst themselves throughout or meal was a turn off. Our server was quite... More 

Thank Arizona_RoadRunner
Eugene, Oregon
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

I lived in the San Diego area some 38 years ago and frequented Fidel's back then for both lunch and dinner. So on a recent trip to San Diego, I just had to go back here. First, the restaurant is now much larger with a covered outdoor "patio section", where my wife and I had dinner. Second, the area it... More 

Thank Gary J
Castro Valley, California
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108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here. The atmosphere is colorful lively & fun. Margaritas were outstanding & the food was excellent! A very friendly atmosphere and I understand they have been in business for a long time. They give you a lot of food too! We will definitely go back!

Thank Amy B
Solana Beach, California
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94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

A converted barbershop has grown and become a local favorite for a variety of Mexican food. Our favorite is the fajitas that are made with chile peppers instead of peppers. Inconsistent portions from time to time, but great white meat chicken or tasty steak. Large portions at a reasonable price.

1 Thank sdphil
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Every trip we make to San Diego results in at least three or more trips to Fidel's. Great Mexican food, the atmosphere is wonderful and it seems we never can get enough of the chips and salsa!

Thank cabarnard04

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
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?