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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/
  • Email: elsolhbg@gmail.com
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "The food was great, the margaritas were even better! Would definitely go back again soon and recommend to all my friends!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My friends were always talking about El Sol, and being from California, I always blew Mexican food in Pennsylvania off. Although after finally trying it, this food rivals any that I have had back West. It's a great place to bring dates or your family. Cool bar, good atmosphere, and most of all, the food is amazing. Only problem I have had with El Sol, half the times I have come the service was great and very quick, and the other half (when the restaurant was close to empty) the service was very slow. Regardless, I will keep coming back again and again."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "love El Sol! Food is great, close to wrok and the best Mexican food in the area, my friends and I love to eat there for lunch as often as possible"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Hostess & Server, Emily acknowledged our tight schedule (from reservation notes) before show @ Open Stage and got us to show promptly. Emily recommended featured appetizer, Guacamole/Goat cheese which we ordered and it was outstanding! El Sol is our GO TO restaurant before theater shows and making online reservation was perfect."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The decor, cuisine and business and holiday lunch crowd came together to create a lovely ambiance at El Sol. My friends and I enjoyed our conversation and the food for a special Christmas gathering."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "The traditional table fare was excellent and the chefs creativeness blended well. The guacamole with goat cheese was excellent and added just enough salt for the chips."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Every meal at our table of 5 was fabulous!!!! We wanted our out-of-town guest to enjoy a spectacular meal."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We had another wonderful experience here. I took my parents out for a celebratory dinner. From the moment we sat down until we left, nothing but exceptional service. The food was delicious, as always. The drinks were amazingly good. Our server was wonderful!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "This is one of, if not the one, favorite moderatley priced restaurants in Harrisburg. Definitely my favorite Mexican restaurant. Always great food and I've never ordered something I didn't like. Great portion sizes that leave you full. I prefer the house margarita's on the rocks with salt to most of their drinks. Save room for a shareable sized fried ice cream with honey though!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Always enjoy going there for lunch/dinner great food"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Our server was very knowledgable and attentive. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Great food, great drinks, great service. What else could you want?"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Second time we have been to El Sol in downtown Harrisburg and it did not disappoint. The menu recommendations from the "fresh" marquerita to the goat cheese appetizer, to the "volcano" entree were right on point and the service was very friendly - excellent!"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Grilled shrimp tacos were the special and were fantastic! Everything was fresh and seasoned perfectly. Our server was very personable which added to the celebratory reason our party was there. Great time! Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "It was our second time visiting El Sol restaurant and we enjoyed it both times. I strongly recommend this place."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "First time here. Excellent service and great Mexican food. Looks like a fun place. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "This was great meal, if you are ever there and they have the Tamales - order them. They are amazing. I come here often and they are always a good meal and service."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The food was excellent and the staff is always friendly and helpful. They even offered to pay for my parking in the lot next door."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Great food and wonderful service...great variety of yummy Margarita's!!!"
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "One of our diners wanted a little change in her menu pick. The kitchen was able to meet her needs without hesitation. Twas also her first time here, and her first comment was she loved the atmosphere."
    Dined on 10/18/2013