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El Sol Mexican Restaurant
El Sol Mexican Restaurant

El Sol Mexican Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elsolmexicanrestaurant.net/
  • Phone: (717) 901-5050
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:00pm - 4:00pm,
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Global, International, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blackberry
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from El Sol Mexican Restaurant
Redefine the way you think about Mexican Food...
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and the newly expanding area of South 3rd Street, is authentic Mexican cuisine at it's best--El Sol Mexican Restaurant. Immerse yourself in our relaxed environment, enjoy the decor, the entrees, the drinks, the experience. You just may fall in love with Mexican food all over again. Proud winners of several awards, including Harrisburg Magazine's "Best New Restaurant" 2008, Winner in the category of Mexican food for Harrisburg Magazine 2008 - 2013 and Central PA magazine 2008-2011 ...including awards for our margaritas! We also boast Harrisburg's largest tequila selection.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent family-owned place clearly created as a labor of love with fresh and largely locally-sourced ingredients where possible . . . Manager, Jason, could not be more friendly or accommodating. In short, high quality fine authentic Mexican with a tremendous tequila selection as a bonus! Becoming a regular place for us, two foodies in our fifties."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Restaurant was nicely decorated and atmosphere was appealing. Service was very good, drinks were also good and the chips and salsa (for which they charge extra) were excellent. The entrees were not to our liking. My chicken with a mole sauce was too intense to the point of being bitter. My wife's enchiladas were not moist and needed more sauce. My son's steak fajitas were not very tasty and they charged $2.30 extra for cheese, which is usually included with that meal. We will not be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our party of 4 enjoyed the ambiance and energetic atmosphere of El Sol. The menu was large and very imaginative. The food was hot and very good. Too bad the restaurant is in downtown Harrisburg. As usual one of our party got hit with a parking violation. He accidentally parked in a bus zone."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our service was extremely slow. We sat for over 5 minutes waiting for our server, although we had reservations and the restaurant was more than half empty."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our friends, Mike and Stephanie joined us for dinner at El Sol. When we arrived for our 5:30 reservation on Monday evening, the place was a little quiet, but soon was filled and quite lively. We started by sharing chips with a goat cheese quac. I like that the chips are heated and the quac had added flavor with the cheese. The freshly made salsa was great, too with just a bit of heat. For dinner we had crab enchiladas, chicken tacos and carnitas, a pork dish cooked in a sauce of spices and served with flour tortillas. Sides included refreid beans and a flavored rice with peas. Everything was great but the rice which seemed a bit bland. For desert, we split the tres leches cake and flan, both were very good."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Exceptional appetizers. The sangria was wonderful and they have three kinds!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Went for Anniversary dinner. We felt service was very good and responsive but food quality has deteriorated since our last visit. We used to think el sol compared favorably with similarly up-scale Mexican restaurants in NYCity. Not any more. Prices are now virtually the same as in NYC and the food isn't comparable. Also, drink prices were as high in expensive rental Nycity locations, which is just absurd in low price harrisburg. Would try again to give them another chance, but can't recommend to friends at this time. One of our 4 orderes was wrong and had to be returned to the kitchen"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "El Sol is a great place to go for good Mexican food. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was great. The Sangria was awesome! We also had the fried ice cream. Very good...."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We have several good Mexican restaurants in the Harrisburg area. However, El Sol is to other good local establishments what Morton's steakhouse is to Wendy's."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Mid afternoon revealed a restaurant almost devoid of customers. Our food, as expected, came out quickly. The guac was seasoned very mildly, overall, very good. I like the fact that you can mix and match tacos. Our friend selected the fish and chicken tacos. My spouse had the chicken fajitas. I had the carne asada taco plate which came with re fried bean (a bit salty, for my taste) and rice. The three of us split the tres leche cake, which was excellent. A great way to end a very nice mid afternoon lunch."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I met some friends for dinner before we saw a show at the Whitaker Center. Dinner was delicious snd our server-Pedro was very friendly and accommodating. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I didn't find the food that much better than any typical Mexican restaurant, but you'll pay twice as much for it."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "What can I say, the food is wonderful. I have never been disappointed in anything I have order at El-Sol. It remains one of my favorite places to dine."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We visited this resturaunt this past weekend as a birthday present for my 15 yr old daughter. When we walked in we were quickly greeted and the hostess accomendated us very nicely. We were orginally seated at a high-top table and my mother was unable to sit there so they moved us quickly to a normal 4-top. Our waiter was very friendly and on the ball. we ordered a variety of items and we very pleased with the quality of food. This is a authentic mexican resturuant and we enjoyed ourselves very much. My wife had a Fresca Margarita and said it was delicious and strong. The prices of their meals was what we expected and ranged from $12-25. The amount of food was genorous for the price. You won't leave hungry that is for sure. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This used to be one of our favorite restaurants but things have gone downhill. The food - which we used to think was authentically Mexican -tasted bland. The main flavor was salt and the chicken was underdone. The music was too loud and the speaker need to be replaced. The front door was broken and repaid with duck tape. We won't be going back which is too bad because we need good restaurants in Harrisburg."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The lunch is always yummy and it's a nice treat out of the office. Jason is the best!!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Went to lunch with friends. Waiter was wonderful. Food was great. Enjoyed the entire experience."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Service after receiving meal could be better. We have waited quite awhile after eating for our check. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Found this restaurant searching on-line while driving through Pennsylvania. Definitely worth the detour. Outstanding, creative, well presented food. I only wish we weren't in route as the margarita menu was top notch. We will be back next time we pass through Harrisburg."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I love the genuine feel of this restaurant. The decor is fantastic. We went for brunch, but they were able to make some lunch items for us. The service was outstanding. Everyone was pleasant and executed their job to a 'T'. The food tasted as good as (or better) than expected. Would go back again. The dessert was memorable."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Johnson was great at the bar. He made it a great 1st experience!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Best Mexican food that we have found in Harrisburg, Pa. Fabulous!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great experience - food was excellent and came out in a timely manner. Server was amazing, knew his stuff, made informed recommendations."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Excellent experience overall. We were greeted and seated in short order and served by the maître d', who seemed to be a jack of all trades, even mixing up margaritas when the need arose. I had the "gourmet" margarita which was less sweet than their standard, and was quite good. We also ordered some chips, freshly made salsa, the ceviche (with scallops) and chicken enchiladas. All done and served quite well. We're planning to return with friends to celebrate an upcoming birthday."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "El Sol was not our first choice for dinner out to celebrate a birthday, but not one in our party left disappointed. Excellent food, service and atmosphere all for a cost that did not break the bank. Everyone left looking forward to celebrating again at El Sol."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "El Sol has been a favorite of my office's lunch bunch for years. The food is consistently excellent. Sometimes hard to get in and out inside an hour. Very noisy though--not a place to go if you need to do a serious lunch meeting."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Always good food. Best fish tacos! Many fish and vegetarian options which is nice."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I love the flavors and texture roasted corn adds to the sauce. Al Diablo is a good description for the chicken dish I had. My wife had the Molcejete Mixto (her favorite). The restaurant is decorated with the colors and art you would expect to find in central Mexico. This is a great place to take guests and business associates when looking for great food in a different setting. I will be back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "El Sol never disappoints! The food is always amazing and the drinks are out of this world!!!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I always recommend this restaurant to anyone coming in from out of town and even those who live in the greater Harrisburg Area. The atmosphere, the wait staff, and the food exceed excellent. We always enjoy ourselves at El Sol."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "El Sol is a Harrisburg gem, with the best gourmet Mexican food that can rival any urban scene, and even better, the drinks are utterly amazing. Artisan tequilas and fresh ingredients in both classic and unique combos. The jalapeno margarita is the best I've ever had, and the (unfortunately seasonal only) cherry mojito makes me cry it's so damn delicious. I'm vegan, and I'm never forced to settle for some half-assed option because they do wonderful things with grilled vegetables. My dining partners were not vegan and raved about the fish tacos, ceviche combo, and chile relleno the size of a small head. Seriously, El Sol is the best restaurant in the mid-state area, and definitely my go-to option for impressing out-of-town guests. Superb!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food, love the atmosphere. Service good be a little more prompt. Last week we waited about 10 minutes to get waited on and our waiter never came back to check on us. We had to ask for our check and found out our waiter had left for the day."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service was great and the food was delicious. The brunch items were different than the regular eggs and bacon options offered at most breakfast places, a good thing. Loved the Gran Mimosa!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The El Sol Mexican Restaurant is clearly a diamond in the ruff. Its a small cozy restaurant that serves a huge flavor in regards to the least expected traditional Mexican food I tasted the night I pick this place to take my wife for Valentines Day. As you can tell I do not write reviews, but the server and hospitality my wife and I received was nothing less than exceptional. This place will remain our little secret for years to come. Two thumbs up 5 star dining!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food is good but really quite overpriced. Manhattan prices for Harrisburg Mexican food. Also, I think it's really not customer-friendly to charge for chips and dip. I can't think of Mexican place even upscale ones in Manhattan that charge for that. It's just a bad policy that makes people feel a bit ripped off. Still, it is the best Mexican food in the Harrisburg area. So we come occasionally but will never make it a regular on our restaurant list."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Best Mexican restaurant in the 'burg. I have recommended it to lots of friends and they all love it. Great ambience, food, and margaritas. Most of the servers are very good. I did have one very neglectful and unfriendly server once, but all other times service was very good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had very good service on Friday night and the restaurant was busy. The food was very good (a step above other local Mexican Restaurants in the area) and we always enjoy the tequila menu, Don't miss out on doing a Tequila flight."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We and another couple had dinner here to catch up on our recent trips to Cancun. Great atmosphere and great food, it was a fun place to meet and enjoy a might out. One of our favorite places for Mexican food."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We eat there about every 3 months and we always have a good time and service is always great. We will keep coming and recommending this to all my friends."
    Dined on 2/1/2014