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El Palomar - Santa Cruz
El Palomar - Santa Cruz

El Palomar - Santa Cruz Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elpalomarsantacruz.com
  • Email: elpalomarrestaurant@comcast.net
  • Phone: (831) 425-7575
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Regional Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: We offer on-site catering services featuring a taco bar complete with handmade tortillas made to order at event, as well as a buffet option featuring an array of our most popular and signature dishes. Please inquire with manager for more details. (Note: Our catering services are for a minimum of 50 guests only.)
    We also offer many of our menu items in large to-go portions to create your own event at home, please contact us for more info.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Soquel Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public garage located at Soquel/Front
A word from El Palomar - Santa Cruz
El Palomar has set a new standard in Mexican cuisine by combining authentic, homemade recipes from the sunny state of Michoacán in southern Mexico, with the unique abundance of locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood available in the Monterey Bay.
We use only the finest ingredients in our specialty dishes, salsas and corn tortillas - all made fresh daily. All our recipes have been handed down from generation to generation in the Espinoza Family, and reflect the pride of genuine family-style home cooking. Enjoy a meal in our historic dining room, cocktails and savory appetizers in the Cantina, or a quick bite from our award winning Taco Bar before you catch a movie or show!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We love El Palomar, Santa Cruz. The building is worth the price of admission, and the food and service are first rate."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I had not been to El Palomar in Downtown Santa Cruz for several years and almost forgot about it as a choice for Mexican food. I was pleasantly surprised that a friend and I got in very quickly with our reservations made on Open Table even though we were 15 minutes late. We were seated quickly and had a delicious meal and drinks. I'll put this place back on my list for sure."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We make this a regular stop whenever we come to the area. The service was great and the food was even better! Great variety - loved the carne asada enchilada filling."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is our go-to place for Friday night. The carnitas is outstanding and the servers are fabulous!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Four of us made a reservation on a Friday night and were seated immediately, and there were at least a dozen people waiting for tables. We immediately got chips and salsa, and quickly got glasses of water. Our server was friendly and attentive, and the food came out surprisingly fast after the order was placed, especially fast since the restaurant was packed. Be careful when ordering if you don't like spicy food, because their "house fillings" for various dishes are almost all spicy. I asked our server what the least spicy filling was, and she said the guacamole, and she was right; I had previously ordered the house shredded chicken filling and it was so spicy I couldn't eat it. The food is good and a great value."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I had a pleasant experience at El Palomar. I had an ahi tuna salad, and though it was a tad pricey (~$17) it was delicious. If I were to alter the salad, I would have added more avocado. The sauce had wasabi which was great! Another time I came here, I had the carne asada tacos, which was a great sized portion because I left with a leftover taco. I would recommend this place, definitely."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Can't go wrong the beautiful restaurant. Food is good, best chips of anyplace, service is professional and overall fun!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We always go to the Friday night carnitas. THE BEST!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I am so happy we had a reservation. The wait looked super long, but due the afore mentioned reservation, we hardly waited at all. It was really good. The nachos are yummy."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Server was great. Good p,ace to go before dancing. Big tables and reasonably priced food."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My husband has dined here before, but this was my first time and was not disappointed. We couldn't stop eating the chips and salsa!! The dinner was great, staff friendly and attentive, wonderful ambiance in a lovely historic building. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "A good choice for downtown Santa Cruz dining. Great margaritas! Our only complaint is that it was so dark in the dining room that some of us couldn't read the menu!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The interior is beautiful and the food is decent. The downside of this place is the service. Our waitress was adequate -- filled the order but not much more. The guys clearing the tables were terrible. One fellow started clearing dishes well before we were all finished eating. Arms and elbows reaching across the table while still in the middle of our dinner. Another guy started clearing our drinks before they were finished, and barked orders about what should be handed to him. I pointed out that I wasn't finished and, after handling my glass, he put it back on the table and walked away. These guys need some serious training. Anyway, we'll go there again for the food and location, and hope that they get their act together."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "The food here is good, not great. Overall a fun place to dine, the waitstaff is (for the most part) very timely and helpful. If they used fresh rather than frozen prawns that would be a huge improvement. They could also have some more fun with the drink selection. The dining room tends to get quite loud and also is a bit too dimly lit. Nothing that ruins your experience, but area's where the restaurant could improve. The steak seems to be their strong point, I'd avoid prawns and some of the chicken is hit-or-miss."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Was looking for Mexican food and ended up there. Very good food and friendly service."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "El Palomar is in the Palomar Hotel and it took several trips around the block to find the restaurant. Once inside, the restaurant is in a spectacular, high ceiling room with a bar next to it which is quite grand. The menu had the usual Mexican items but featured ceviche, lobster enchiladas and our favorite, Jose's special. Everything was seasoned to have some sense of spice but not with the raw heat that blows off the top of your head. The fish items were done to a turn which the carnea(sp) asada was really unique and worth a special trip. All in all, we were looking for a place to eat while not able to be in our home and found a quite remarkable restaurant."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "We had an impromptu family reunion including my 2 year old great-niece. The food was great, like fresh, home made fare. Very kid-friendly"
    Dined on 8/8/2013