Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina - Belmont

Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina - Belmont

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.holarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (650) 591-1735
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Felipe Cisneros
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call or email for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Hola! Belmont is your place for all your banquets and large parties, with accommodations for up to 200 people. We will help you celebrate your wedding receptions, wedding rehearsals, graduations, baby showers, birthdays, private meetings, and all kinds of other events. Come take advantage of our private fiesta room for your next special event. To make reservations, ask questions or get details on our banquet menus, please email holabelmont@holarestaurant.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Angeles Ricardez 6505911735
  • Special Events: Come join us on Sunday, May 9 for our Mother's Day Champagne Brunch. The cost for adults is $24.95 and $16.95 for children under 12. Seatings will take place at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Please call for seating availability.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ralston Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina - Belmont
Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Belmont invites you to come and experience delicious Mexican food of both the traditional and regional kind along with more than 100 specialty tequilas. Fresh flavors, great drinks and knowledgeable staff are just a few of the things you will find here. The restaurant is festively decorated with saltillo tile floors, handcrafted tile tables, hand carved wood and leather chairs and overlooks a charming brook that winds its way through a beautiful, lush garden nursery. Other works by talented artisans of Mexico, such as punched tin, glassware, iron work and ceramic ware are also on display. Your visit here will be a truly sensory experience. Hola! Belmont is also your place for all your banquets, parties and wedding receptions. We are also available for catering and take out. So come join us at Hola! Belmont to sizzle your palate Mexican style with fresh traditional favorites and fine regional and coastal specialties.
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Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina - Belmont reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (5)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • AVERAGE MEXICAN NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD
    happycustVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Did not know they had live music---glad we went early prior to the band or we would not have been able to have a conversation. We had a group of 8 trying to talk over the music at the end of our dinner---very tough. Cannot use this restaurant again for our monthly group of 8-12. Too bad---the location is great.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • pretty good
    luvfood
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    food was pretty good...service could have been more attentive to needs...all in all we will return !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Went early, so noise level quiet this time. Had the skirt steak. It was prepared perfectly and very flavorful. Service was terrific. Ordered spinach quesadilla to go. Looks wonderful as well. People seated next to me had fajitas and were raving about the lovely presentation and service and flavors. One of them ordered the vegetarian fajitas and seemed overly pleasantly surprised as to the fresh crisp tasty quality of vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Mexican meals on large plates
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    reasonably priced, very nice ambiance .... with a feel of being along the creek in Puerto Vallarta
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good choice!
    Jane
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Easy to get in to. Good food. Good service. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining Experience
    JohnMartinVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. I loved the newly renovated decor! Service was great, as usual! Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad they've reopened!
    McRobtock
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went with family and were happily surprised that the food and service continue to be good. Our service was good and they took good care to help get our food for the kids which was crucial with hungry four year olds.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey for Poor Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Prior to the remodel, the food was tasty. After the remodel, add $$ and expect very low quality food. Prices of margaritas have increased and the size of the drink has greatly decreased. Expect your drink to arrive in a pint glass. Service was very lax. Our server did not care that one person in our party did not touch their meal. Did not inquire as to why it was not touched. Did not offer to replace with another dish. I had to go and hunt down the manager to deal with our experience. I hope this was an off night with a server that was having an off night. I don't plan on coming back. Taco Bell has higher quality food than Hola did on the night we dined.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Gotta' Love It!
    SunSetters
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went for an early dinner on the occasion of the Grand Re-Opening. Popular place with a fair crowd, yet once we ordered, we had our food in no time. Dinner was great; no complaints. Food, service and ambience were all outstanding. Ambiance was made even more special with Mariachi entertainment taking requests and strolling throughout the now open space for dining. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 155 reviews are from the Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina - Belmont reviews archive.
  • JohnMartinVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our reservation was for 5, but quickly turned into 9 as my daughter came with her 2 children! Hola was so very accommodating! Your waitress, Angelitas was superb - so very pleasant and efficient! Thanks for a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hola! Mexican Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We greatly enjoyed our time at this resturant. The only issue we had was that neither this nor our previous time here, were we able to book the time we needed and some of our group had to come late and order after us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hola restaurant review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I had high expectations of this place, I've been to the one in Burlingame and loved it. but unfortunately I cant say the same about the Belmont location. When the food arrived it was cold! Then, the waiters don't check up on you. You will only see them when you get there and as they bring your food. I wanted extra chips and they were nowhere to be found nor could i get their attention they were too busy cleaning. same thing happened when i wanted the check, im sure they wouldn't have noticed if i were to leave without paying! Not coming here again.
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  • Great new find!
    FoodAmore
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Frequently I fly into SFO and would love to have a nice dinner before heading home to the East Bay. On a recent return from Dubai - where we missed Mexican food greatly, while waiting for our bags, I found Hola! on Open Table. Just a few miles from the airport (about 12) lies good Americanized and a few traditional dishes as well Mexican food, friendly service, and WONDERFUL margaritas. Just what we needed! Will keep this find in mind for returns to SFO and the occasional visit to the peninsula!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner again
    JohnMartinVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Once again we enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Hola's restaurant. Thank you specially for Angelica and your excellent waiters.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Godd food, Lackluster Service
    Tony23
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Had a party of 8 and the service was sketch at best, place wasn't even that busy either so really no excuse. Great food, just takes a while to get things to you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible experience,used to be good
    WinoVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Only 4 tables but after 20 min had to go and ask the hostess if someone could take our order. Then 5 min later someone did, another 20 min to get our food all while no one even stopped by to fill water or chips and salsa. No one came to apologies or anything. First time I have ever left 0% tip but seriously there was NO service so who would I be tipping. Used to be a great restaurant but wow now I can't even recommend it to anyone.
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  • Hola! - A great place to celebrate
    DelightedDiner
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We recently celebrated my birthday at Hola! and had a great time as always. The rustic charm of this "cantina" is perfect for group gatherings and celebrations. I enjoyed the taco salad for dinner but my favorite entree is the Carnitas plate. Tender and cooked to perfection. It is served with warmed tortillas, rice and beans - yummm!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What service?
    David
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I have been to this restaurant numerous times in the past. The service has always been very erratic, from very good to nonexistent. However this most recent new years eve dinner set a new low for overall service. Firstly we were ignored upon entering the restaurant. Then our supposed waiter made it very clear that he was not happy working on new years eve. He could not put a face to anyone's drink or food order and was in a huge hurry to exit our table. Both the drinks and food took forever. However perhaps the worst thing was the automatic gratuity tacked on to our bill for eight people. Typically I have no issue with this. However for this waiter I certainly took exception to having a large tip added on.
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  • Wait Staff
    JohnMartinVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Many thanks for outstanding service especially Gerardo and Angelicas! Food, as always was excellent - kudos to your chef! John M.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muy bueno
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    My daughter and I love the tortilla soup here! Their enchilada's, tacos and fajita burritos are yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service.
    LizzieVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Excellent food and service. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fresh and good!
    Joyce
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Recommend the mole, and ceviche. Always enjoy this restaurant. Best Mexican food in Belmont/San Carlos.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK Mexican food.
    KCWong
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I had a hankering for Mexican food. We were in Belmont and this was really the only sit down Mexican restaurant in the vicinity. Bonus: had the big college football game on. The food was OK - not bad, just not fantastic. I had the Sopes. I had shredded beef - it was a little salty for my taste, but I liked the corn part. Maybe I should have had chicken or ground beef. My husband had the 3 tamales which were OK. They kept the chips coming (first basket was warm, second one was fresh, but not warm). We had the fried plantains for dessert. Again, not bad. I might try something else the next time (at the next hankering). The service was very good - had various people coming by and checking on us. The waitress was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hola's Mexican Restaurant &Cantina
    yvonnecapVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    We booked Hola's for a team dinner with 15 people and were very pleased. The restaurant has a fun atmosphere and a very responsive and attentive staff. The group table was ready for us when we came in and the staff was quick to start asking drink orders the minute we arrived. Hola's hosts a great happy hour from 4-6p with drink specials and appetizers specials that are well worth the trip. The food is good and tastes very authentic. The service here is also quick, which is great for a quick lunch stop.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • everything was wonderful. really
    TexasTeriVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    everything was wonderful. really great people, with really awesome food. will keep going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not reccomend
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    While the atmosphere of Hola! was was, the food and drink were par, as was the service. Fajitas and tostada were bland, the tortilla soup was similar to Campbells tomato soup, and the mango margarita pitcher was flavorless and watery. Would not dine here again.
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  • This is a great place to take
    fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    This is a great place to take my 3 grandchildrem ages 18 months to 12 years. The restaurant overlooks a nursery which they love to visit. Leon remembered meeting the 8 year old several months ago and what we had discussed at that visit even though he was not our waiter today. That is pretty amazing and typical of the feel this restaurant gives one of warm, fuzzies. The food was delicious as usual. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daniel and I have enjoyed
    JohnMartinVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2012
    Daniel and I have enjoyed our weekly dinners at Hola's for several months! Great food, wide variety of menu selections and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Had a delightful dining experience
    JohnMartinVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2012
    Had a delightful dining experience with grandson Daniel. Always a pleasure to dine at Hola's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud, Loud , Loud. It was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Loud, Loud , Loud. It was so loud that it took away from the overall experience. I will go back, but not on a Friday night.
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  • Overlooks a nursery with walking
    fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2012
    Overlooks a nursery with walking bridge. Leon was our waiter and was kind and patient with both myself and granddaughter, providing service above nnd beyond. He enjoys his job and spoke highly of his boss and work environment, and it was apparent in his top notvh level of service. My granddaughter just turned 8 and it is one of her favorite places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only regret was Monday nights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2012
    Only regret was Monday nights they have live music and since we were eating and visiting with seniors, this was probably not the place to go. However everyone enjoyed the food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eventhough we had reservation,
    Nnouri
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    eventhough we had reservation, we waited 20 minutes to get seated. not enough waiting area. the host was lost, busy and noncommunacative. The food was good and servers were ok. they charged gratuity even for 5 people, so I almost paid 40% tip, but checked at last minute.
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  • i'm glad to have an opp to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    i'm glad to have an opp to provide feedback on our visit. Food=OUTSTANDING. We've brought family & out town/state visitors to Hola f/years and have never been disappointed. Chicken Chipotle, Carnitas, Enchi/Taco plate were all excellent!!! i was so pleased, since i had raved abt Hola to my nephew beforehand. the noise level = not good. it was late in the evening, and though not crowded, we had to strain to hear each other. service was a bit slow. angelica was awesome, friendly, professional, but it took quite some time to be able to give our order, receive tortillas, etc. loved it, loved it, loved it! my nephew's fiance said it was the best carnitas she'd had in such a long time, and i had to wholeheartedly agree w/her. tha
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    good for groups
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  • Unfortunately, there were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Unfortunately, there were not enough people attending tables/working in the kitchens at lunchtime... our party of eight had to wait over an hour for our food to be served. Everything else was fine.
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  • Food was exceptionally delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Food was exceptionally delicious. I order the Arroz con camerones!! Yummy. We had our 2 kids with us. They each thought their food was yummy. The service was a bit slow, but over all, the experience was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best for Mexican
    Emjay
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    All dishes experienced are vary good. Good value. Friendly staff. Rarely a wait. Definitely recommended. One of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely place, great kids menu
    Klwaph
    Dined on 7/17/2012
    The food has improved since we last ate here several years ago. We will definitely go more often now. I was super impressed with their kids menu. I was able to order mild chicken fajita meat with Spanish rice, carrots, and avocado slices for my 4 year old. She ate it some of everything. It's really nice to find some good, healthy food for her. And I love sitting by the window overlooking the plant nursery with fountains next door.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant was crowded food
    Good
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Restaurant was crowded food wasn't good served cold and service wasn't so great either. Our server seemed annoyed every time he came to check on our table
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  • Only For Convenience...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Hola is a restaurant for locals and their families in the neighborhood. Very noisy without being busy because of children roaming away from their designated table. Food is fair however a little 'Pricey' for what it is... If you look around the tables you will see most sharing their food with those in their party who did not order. It would be only for an urge for Mexican-ish food and the convenience of their locality that I 'might' return... but I think there are others I might choose ahead of Hola.
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