Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto
Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto

Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.celiasrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 650-843-0643
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner (menu served all day): Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: We can accomodate caterings for up to 80 people with the chafing dishes.

    We also deliver orders through Waiters on Wheels and Waiter.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: At Celia's we offer a special private room which is located in the upstairs of the restaurant with a capacity of 35 people with plenty of standing room still available. There is also a patio with a capacity of 75 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Adriana Rodriguez 650-280-8710
  • Entertainment: Live mariachi band every year for Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day. Also a live romantic trio band for Valentines Day.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Curtner Avenue
  • Public Transit: Bus stop right outside the restaurant and the Caltrain station is 5 minutes away on California Avenue.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is very small but there is also alot of street parking right outside restaurant, one block before if you are coming south bound and across the street.
A word from Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto
Welcome to Celia's, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you! Our goal is to provide natural and fresh home-style Mexican food with the best quality. We are proud to be a part of this beautiful community. Your patronage is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for being our guest.

Every day at Celia's we make fresh salsas, our tortillas are prepared fresh without lard, our steak and pork are lean, and our chicken is presented skinless and trimmed. We make fresh guacamole daily, our tamales are handmade daily, and we serve three different types of beans (refried, black beans, and pinto). Daily homemade flan with the best, high quality ingredients, and last but not least our margaritas do not come out of a machine, instead our secret mix is made daily! Come and enjoy!
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Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (4)neighborhood gem (3)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Very good service, just a little slow when checking on table but overall really great time. Food is heated on the plate so not as fresh as I would like. Sampler dish was good and drinks were pretty good except for mojito needed sweetner. We were celebrating a birthday and enjoyed the evening and we would return to Celia's again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for good Mexican
    BearswolfVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great spot for some good Mexican food.... It's not gourmet food, but certainly solid Mexican with a great feel and wonderful staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group lunch
    Golfmaster
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Nice place to eat for a group lunch although they did not give enough salsa for that many people. And the seating arrangement made it hard for the servers to come and check up on you.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Ok
    LHPA
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Nothing to brag about. Food was average It's was ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto reviews archive.
  • chicasVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was yummy, had a fun server, service was a bit slow but the place was busy
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mariachi?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    On-line it indicates that there is Mariachi on Sunday from 6:30-8:30 PM. There wasn't..... If I am mistaken, my apology.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Huge menu with flavorful dishes. Very good margaritas and specialty drinks. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    elaineKOAVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We always enjoy dinner at Celia's finding it reliable and the food tasty. The guacamole serving is generous. The servers are pleasant and attentive. A little bit of Mexico in Palo Alto.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 15
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Nice service, 12pm was not crowded. A good time was had by all for lunch. (Rainy day too.) Arrive early for parking or carpool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food! but....
    Jaxxy77
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    when we got there the hostess had no idea what opentable was. She said they didn't use it. Which was confusing since i had the email to show her on my phone. She didn't understand, so i would probably not use the opentable to place a reservation there, since they were clueless. We did get seated rather fast once she realized that it was just myself and my fiance and our service was awesome. The food was good, the service was great. i really love this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My father in law loves this place..
    codyVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    My father in law swears by this place. After a few visits I see why he loves it and I hate it. Food is bland, not spicy, and tastes like it came out of a can. The place never has people in it. That is until senior citizens come in droves to have "Mexican food" to mix it up from their normal "American" fare. The only thing that makes this place decent is that the chips and salsa are bountiful and the staff is truly Hispanic. Unless you are over 50 check out el charro for some solid food and strong drinks!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comfort Food
    JenhoseyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    This is a great family style restaurant with good comfort food. I wouldn't recommend as a date spot but for 2 friends stopping by after relaxing massages, it fit the bill. We received everything we wanted that day...fast service, good service, good comfort food that came very quickly. No complaints!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful murals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Good Mexican food. Nice colorful atmosphere. Great casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food Very Good Service
    GroupLeader
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    I took large group. I had made advance reservation. Celia's was ready for us. The food was good and arrived at the right temperature. Service was very good with no mistakes made and no having to go hunt for the server. Good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place! I enjoy the food
    Datenighter
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Great place! I enjoy the food and often do not have a large wait!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good basic Mexican food
    LookingForAGoodLunch
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    Flexible in changing or deleting items for when you are trying to eat more healthily.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleased that Celia's
    PaloAltoGal
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Very pleased that Celia's particiapted in the Dine for Packard promotion.
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  • Good and safe Mexican food
    garys
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Good and safe Mexican food probably won't disappoint but not terribly exciting. Chicken enchiladas (covered with too much melted cheese) and mole enchiladas were good. Good roasted red chili salsa but chips were too greasy and paper thin. Margaritas with agave nectar were great - over ice (probably too much) and no salt - and the highlight of the dinner. Service was ok on a not too busy night. After waiter served us our drinks and meals, we didn't see him until after we finished. We had hoped to order another round of margaritas before getting too far into our meals.
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  • Waiter suggested good menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    Waiter suggested good menu options. Enjoyed food, atmosphere, good service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celia's Mexican Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Celia's Mexican Restaurant is always excellent and the queso/bean dip with the margaritas really makes the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great family restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Great family restaurant with tasty and authentic Mexucan food. They had something for everyone. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    Really nice gem in a great chain. The food is always good; the staff was considerate and understanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT for big groups! They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    GREAT for big groups! They knew how to handle a big group, and on a short notice. They had more than one person helping us. We had an awesome time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We took a big group from work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2012
    We took a big group from work to Celia's and the service was great. We had many vegetarians in the group and the waiter did a great job of explaining all the vegetarian options. Everyone complimented the food and the pitchers of margaritas were a hit. Even the people from Guadalajara thought the food was very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the pollo en crema. Definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Love the pollo en crema. Definitely order the sopapillas!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kickback Place
    ReynVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Unhurried patio dining. Had the expresso burrito and a glass of red wine. Very good and relaxing.
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  • Another fine meal
    PanebVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2012
    We had my 90 year old mother with us and they were very caring and accommodating. The food is always very good and the ingredients always very fresh. It's our local place for Mexican Food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This has been my favorite
    FoodandwinegourmetVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2012
    This has been my favorite mexican restaurant in the palo alto area for years. Consistently good quality in food, enough variety to go back many times and not get tired of things, great margaritas, friendly staff, and feels authentic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Your typical American 'Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    Your typical American 'Mexican food' restaurant. Good flavors, big portions, fun atmosphere
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was so delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2012
    Food was so delicious and the staff was quick and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was not an A+, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/12/2011
    Service was not an A+, but when we did get their attention we were taken care of fine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very casual restaurant, jeans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    Very casual restaurant, jeans and shorts, excellent Mexican food at a good price point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rony provided the 6 of us
    Wezr
    Dined on 10/2/2011
    Rony provided the 6 of us with excellent service. He was a lot of fun. We all enjoyed ourselves very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • A lesson in mediocrity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/28/2011
    This place is a chain and I have no idea how it stays open. We went on a Thursday at 5pm with a group of about 10, a going away party. The happy hour is pretty weak, and combined with the service, the entire experience was regrettable. As an example: the bartender was also the waiter out on the porch. Needless to say, our drinks arrived so slowly and sporadically that most of us just went up to the bar to get them, something he never even commented on; the back porch where we were seated has pillars holding up the ceiling, and they squeezed two long tables together between the pillars and the wall. Most of us needed a crow bar to get in and out of our seats. The food was also very mediocre, though it did come out fast and hot.
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  • Great food. I love the Chile
    lunchtimeVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2011
    Great food. I love the Chile Verde, it tastes like you are eating home cooking. We go here alot and its very consistent. We had a group of 14 seated just as we ordered and we were worried we'd get lost in the chaos. Didn't happen, they took great care of us and the big group.We appreciated the service crew keeping us on the radar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We arrived with our group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    We arrived with our group for eight. The table was ready and we were seated quickly. Server was immediately attentive. Drink service was good. Food was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Exactly what we expected for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/22/2011
    Exactly what we expected for a traditional Mex meal. Fajitas were really good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tough call. Had always gone
    H8nicknames
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Tough call. Had always gone to a different location. This one is not quite as nice and we were, as seems to happen to Open Table reservation holders (or just me??), sat on the converted parking lot into a pretty open, and cold, dining area. After moving inside, the food, when it arrived, was as good as we knew elsewhere but the service was, charitably, challenging. They were busy and a repeat visit will tell the story if it was that night or this location. Good food, fair prices and great portions though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food, however, be
    tyber
    Dined on 11/9/2010
    Very good food, however, be aware that they don't have Margaritas since they can only serve beer and wine at this time, unlike the other Celia's restaurants which serve great Margarita's. Hopefully, they will get this license soon but, until they do, it was disappointing not to be able to have real Margarita's.
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  • We had a group of 10 & they
    PaloAltoGal
    Dined on 5/10/2010
    We had a group of 10 & they were set up & ready for us. Everyone was very happy with their dinner. We paid in cash & there was some issue about being short (which was odd as I checked the money about four times), but the waiter did not push me to make up the difference. I thought that was marvelous. Something must have gone amiss on the walk between the table & the cash register. Parking was really tough, however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate