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SOL Cocina
SOL Cocina

SOL Cocina Details

  • 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: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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 !"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was delicious, service attentive, ambience romantic! We will be back in the area in October & this will be a must!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Great Food. Loud inside. They moved us outside so it was better."
    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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Friendly and knowlegable service, great menu choices, food was exellent. Will defenitely visit again"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have been here over a dozen times it is awesome I love it"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "When it comes to Mexican food in the greater Phoenix area, if you like the Baja, you will like Sol."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The service was outstanding, the decor was wonderful but the food was disappointing. Rice not good. Too dry without flavor."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Nice twist on traditional Mexican. Lots of good vegetarian options"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Highly recommend! Take pride in delivering wonderful food with distinct flavors."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Love Sol...always serving up consistently great Mexican/California dishes different from the usual Mexican valley restaurants..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    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"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We now enjoy Sol Cocina as our favorite Mexican food restaurant in Scottsdale!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • " Outside dining just ok--right on the street...will try inside next time. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "First time I ever ate of menu for Restaurant Week ... boy have I been missing out! Food was amazing and selections very good."
    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 "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "great food , good service....parking a bit difficult unless you valet"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Too noisy. Hard to visit with out of town guests. Waiter was too hurried. Food ok but nothing that great."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Food and server were both magnificent! We were visiting from Texas and will definitely return on our next trip to Scottsdale!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I visited Sol Cocina for the first time recently. Although they have a large patio and it was nice weather, we were not offered to sit outside. Not a big deal, but it would have been nice. It took a while for the waiter to get to us, but once he did, he was attentive and competent. The ambience is very nice; what you would expect in North Scottsdale. The salsa was outstanding. The entrees were all very good, and the prices were reasonable. The overall experience was good to very good. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Absolutely love their food! Super tasty pulled pork, fish tacos, the salsas are amazing. Love the black bean salsa. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "So my wife called before we left to ask about a specific ingredient that she can't eat. The hostess said no problem! Great we show up and start ordering with our great waiter and he says nope, what they told you is flat wrong. So lesson here is educate all your staff, not just the waiters on ingredients used. Nonetheless we are flexible people and we made it work by having some alternate items which were good. Most interesting Mexican food I've had in a while. Good marguerita grande that was still with me the next morning. :)"
    Dined on 4/25/2014