SOL Cocina
SOL Cocina

SOL Cocina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://solcocina.com/scottsdale/
  • Phone: 480-245-6708
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Bar: Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 12:00 am, Friday & Saturday 11 am - 12:00 am
    Happy Hour: Daily 3:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Deborah Schneider
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Acoustic Music:

    Tuesday: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
    Sunday: noon – 3:00 pm
  • Special Events: SOL Cocina has a private dining room, with a private bar. This room can be configured to accommodate large and small parties, up to 100 guests. For your event planning needs, please contact scottsdaleevents@solcocina.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenway Hayden Loop and Scottsdale Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is readily in the Scottsdale Quarter in the parking lot just south of SOL Cocina. There is also valet parking available directly across from SOL Cocina.
A word from SOL Cocina
The Best of Baja in the heart of North Scottsdale at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL Cocina offers an upscale, yet inviting dining experience. Executive Chef Deborah Schneider, a James Beard nominated cookbook author and authority on authentic Mexican cuisine, has created a menu of contemporary and gourmet interpretations of coastal Baja dishes, including antojitos, street tacos, cocktels de mariscos and main entrees made with fresh seafood, wood grilled meats, local produce and salsas that are all made in-house daily. A variety of dishes are available vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. The vibrant bar offers inventive hand-made cocktails and more than 60 artisan tequilas.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
SOL Cocina reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)great for outdoor dining (39)good for groups (33)hot spot (30)neighborhood gem (29)vibrant bar scene (25)special occasion (21)great for lunch (20)late-night find (15)romantic (14)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Lv2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and the service were both excellent. Everything homemade and super fresh
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are regulars
    Joeschmo123
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We love sol it's definitely a place to eat some great Baja Mexican food a++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food here is amazing and stands apart in a city with plenty of Mexican places....but the service here is what takes it to the next level. Seldome do I find a hostess has read my OpenTable comments for our needs (e.g. celebrating a Bday or if our daughter is with us needs a highchair) but this restaurant has our table ready EVERY time - they never miss a beat and make us feel so welcome from the moment we set foot in the door - great job front of house :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love it
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    we come to scottsdale from vancouver our first stop is always Sol Cocina this trip we dined 2 times for dinner and 1 time for lunch in 4 days we love the food service and drinks the bartender was fab our favourite food items are the ceviche and the fillet and prawn taco
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad
    Tarantino
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had dinner with friends on a Friday night.the service was good...but...the food was terrible.i ordered the Burrito...it came on the cool side...the waiter told me to be careful because the plate was hot...the plate was hot but not the food the waiter took it back ..I had to wait 10 mins.while my guest ate their meal.I received my dinner which had no appeal...no presentation at all...and it tasted as bad as it looked....it was bland.. tasteless plus it.still wasn't very warm.I've had better at fast food restaurants..Then when my friend ordered some sour cream that came in a shot glass as much as a thumb full she was charged extra for it...that was ridiculous !!! My friends dinners weren't much better...we will not return !
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  • Great food
    TheBloodman
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We found this place by accident while searching for a place close by while on vacation. I ordered the chicken quesadilla. Two of these covered the entire plate with a side of rice and beans. These were packed full of chicken and cheese. I had a hard time finishiing them and had no room for desert. They were cooked to perfection and delicious. Very vibrant place with good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service. food just ok.
    ChristineIsPinkVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    made a last minute reservation here. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and helpful. the atmosphere was fun for a Saturday night, definitely both couples and groups of friends enjoying themselves. however, the food left something to be desired. our tortillas were too chewy/tough to be enjoyable and the fish in the fish tacos was too dense (not flaky). Maybe a good choice for meeting friends for apps and drinks but don't come for just the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    travelinfam
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was delicious, service attentive, ambience romantic! We will be back in the area in October & this will be a must!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food. Kinda Loud.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great Food. Loud inside. They moved us outside so it was better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed on Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Salad was bland,chicken without flavor. Not enough salsa and rude server. Our food was served incomplete and we mentioned missing item's. The server was quick to say she is not our waiter. Very loud music, hard to have a conversation for 6 of us. No one thanked us for our business as manager just stood around. We never received missing food items.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst service
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Carmen was our server. She had the worst attitude I have ever seen. The hostess wasn't much better. They first sat us in the back room. We asked to move. Our original waiter was very nice and helpful. The hostess told us all the other tables were booked. We were a group of 4. Nothing special. When we got our old waiter involved we were moved. Only problem. He didn't move with us. We got Carmen. I asked her about rum options in drinks. She said sorry we don't have any blended drinks, instead of giving me another option, I drank water. We ordered appetizers with plans for dinner. She tried to take our menus and said we ordered a lot of food. My friends has a spanish accent and she was so rude when she didn't understand them.
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  • disappointed
    Barber
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The disappointment began when we arrived 5 minutes prior to our 7pm reservation for two and we were eventually seated 20 minutes later. This would not have been quite so bad if we had not walked by 6 empty tables on the way to one we were eventually seated at. The staff from the hostess to the waiter were quick and short, no time to make us feel like guests...it felt like we were in the "assembly" line of an In/Out burger line. The food was good but overall SOL Cocina way underperformed when compared to the many other establishments in the Kierland/SQ area.
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  • Friendlyfoodie
    friendlyfoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Best tacos in town. Guacamole terrific. Wonderful margaritas. Staff friendly, efficient and attentive tho' harried cuz' place is always packed. Vibe is great. When weather is not so hot, eating outdoors here is a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first experience
    AZDUTCH
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Friendly and knowlegable service, great menu choices, food was exellent. Will defenitely visit again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Joeschmo123
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have been here over a dozen times it is awesome I love it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    Sophis1234VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    When it comes to Mexican food in the greater Phoenix area, if you like the Baja, you will like Sol.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a group of 10 for a business dinner. Everyone raved about the food but the noise level was a little too loud for conversations. Great place with live music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointed
    None
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The service was outstanding, the decor was wonderful but the food was disappointing. Rice not good. Too dry without flavor.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Nice twist on traditional Mexican. Lots of good vegetarian options
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Excellent food and service. Highly recommend! Take pride in delivering wonderful food with distinct flavors.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great
    Miguel
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Love Sol...always serving up consistently great Mexican/California dishes different from the usual Mexican valley restaurants...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flash without substance
    DiningDocVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Alrhough the scene at SOL Cantina is certainly vibrant, the food and drinks leave you wanting. Their lobster tacos, although generous in portion, were bland. The ceviche was inexplicably tart, almost to the point of being inedible. The cucumber jalapeño margarita tasted like it was poured from concentrate...and they forgot to water it down. Very disappointing. With the vast array of fantastic dining choices in Scottsdale, there's no reason to choose SOL again.
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  • Carmen, our server...
    my2cents
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Coming in from California for a conference, we reserved a table at SOL as our first meal in Scottsdale. What else can I say other than "WOW!" We were seated in Carmen's station and could not have been happier. Carmen was very pleasant to talk to. She had great knowledge of the menu, the wine list, and most importantly... creating our enjoyable experience. She never pressured us to order but instead said to take our time (which we did!) and to signal when ready. We had apps. We had wine. We felt like guests... not customers. Such a trait is missing in so many servers these days. The food? Amazing! The wine? Carmen's nailed it for what my palate asked for. Hats off to SOL and Carmen for a great night. Carmen, good luck to you and your family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    GuyinAZVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I walked upon Sol approximately 3 months ago while strolling around the Scottsdale Quarter. We have been back 5 times and have brought friends or family 3 of those times and have enjoyed every visit. The food is really wonderful in a very competitive market for 'Mexican' food. I've grown up on this type of food and really could eat it every day. I believe the burritos at Sol are among the best I've ever had. They are light, yet filling; they are not a heavy, mushy mess of ingredients. We consider Sol one of our new favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food not so good
    foodie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The location is excellent, the decoration and service very nice, but the food is not more than average. Probably won't come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SOL for the Soul
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Making a reservation is quick and easy and the staff politely confirms. My date and I were meet with smiles and brought to a nice cozy table Food was superb as was the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Mexican Food
    luveatingoutVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We now enjoy Sol Cocina as our favorite Mexican food restaurant in Scottsdale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Good food and service.
    Foodraider
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Outside dining just ok--right on the street...will try inside next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    julesyummy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    First time I ever ate of menu for Restaurant Week ... boy have I been missing out! Food was amazing and selections very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fawget it
    putawks
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    i looked at the online menu and i read many reviews before making my reservation at sol cocina. i should have been more aware that the reviewers were out of towners.. this scottsdale quarter location has been the site of many previous restaurants and this too will have a short life . our waiter was pushing the guacamole each time he came to the table... i ordered 2 tacos, TACO BUFALADA at $6.50 and the GARLIC RIBEYE STEAK TACO at $10.50. the two tacos were served on a 8 inch oval plate. i should have taken a picture to show the2 dried out slivers of meat . .. $ 17 what a rip. the food did not live up to its description i would have given no stars to the food if that was an option
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  • great food
    vinceVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    great food , good service....parking a bit difficult unless you valet
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 308 reviews are from the SOL Cocina reviews archive.
  • dw04
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Too noisy. Hard to visit with out of town guests. Waiter was too hurried. Food ok but nothing that great.
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  • Restaurant Week
    WorldTravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    On vacation in Scottsdale, tried Sol's restaurant week offering. Excellent Baja-style food. Guacamole with strawberry was a great taste. Shrimp chili relleno was one of best I've ever had. The creme brûlée with raspberry was unique and very good. Our server was exceptional, knee everything about the menu. A great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Meow
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We went there for a Sunday brunch.. Very good (Crab and Shrimp Benedict - delish!) Mimosas' always good. They also has live entertainment around 12-12:30 as well - Overall, I'd go again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Great overall
    Angeinsb
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had lunch with my sister here last week and had a great time. One of the best meals I have had in Scottsdale. The service was outstanding and the food was very tasty. I would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • rustyVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful "Happy Hour" the other afternoon. Excellent guacamole, street tacos and chips. The pork carnitas were outstanding!! We will be back! The service was very good, despite the fact that they were very busyl
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Mom's Day lunch
    gtmagal
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My daughter and I celebrated a grown-up lunch at SOL Cantina on Mother's Day. She ordered the Vampiro Carne Asada and I ordered the Shrimp Torta. Both were delightfully prepared and presented. My daughter raved about the medium rare doneness of her Carne Asada and my shrimp was yummy crunchy. Although we declined dessert, our waiter surprised us with a small complimentary chocolate pastry (for Mother's Day, I assume). Our only slight complaint was that the tables were so close together that we frequently had to lean over as families walked by to other tables. I'd like to meet my gal pals there for a happy hour some night.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always so pleased...
    AZluvVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I always enjoy the food here so much I couldn't say anything bad. Service was good and it was an awesome night for sitting outside. Overall another good experience at Sol.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table Reservations for 3
    Undecided
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I'll preference this with the food was great and the waiter, Clark, was great. The reservation situation was really despicable. We were of the 1% in this restaurant who had the courtesy to make a reservation knowing it was a holiday. We were phoned & emailed reminding us of the reservation. The hostess was going to seat us in the back room where there was a small table in the corner of an extremely crowded & loud room. On the way,I noticed an empty table next to the window & door to the outdoor dining area & asked to be seated there but was told it was reserved? We did sit at the table by the window &outside dining area & had a wonderful evening. Fortunately, the waiter was great & the food good. I don't know whether we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • surprised this time
    stillneedasushifixVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I have had fun late night drinks here many, many times. I love how the bar is set up. However, the 3/4 times my husband and I have come for dinner we are always disappointed. Rice and beans that have been sitting around all day and tacos that seem to have nothing in them. I got fried fish tacos once and when I went to remove some of the breading there was like a sliver of fish there. So, we were completely done with this place. Never going back...until my girlfriend wanted to go there for LUNCH. I decided to get the beet and watermelon salad and I was so surprised it came out of their kitchen. It was delish. I would get it again and now maybe even return for lunch to give them another chance. Sat outside and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.