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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SOL Cocina reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)great for outdoor dining (38)good for groups (37)neighborhood gem (30)hot spot (29)vibrant bar scene (22)great for lunch (21)special occasion (16)late-night find (11)great for brunch (8)romantic (5)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Service and food both worth the stop!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We were looking for a nice place to eat that was something different than the normal fare we had been eating on our trip to Scottsdale. We decided to try SOL Cocina after reading the reviews and it definitely lived up to the accolades that it was getting online. We had a great server (with help from a couple of assistants) who not only knew the food but the tequila selections as well. We saw families, business gatherings and couples and the ambiance was appropriate for each of them. There was even TV's to check on the game status without any feeling of being in a sports bar situation. We loved it and will go back when we are in town again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guacamole worth the visit
    SRG53VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We have become regulars here when we are visiting. Great menu, reasonably priced and great service. Loved the fish special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and drinks
    PerkyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Loved the goat cheese appetizer and tortilla soup! The soup was huge and some of the best tortilla soup I've ever had. I had the shrimp taco and the fish taco - both excellent! My husband had the chile rellenos and really liked them as well. Service was great! Would definitely recommend - not your usual Mexican place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not great
    HamptonKnitter
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Sol had been recommended to me by others attending our conference. We went with high expectations and found the food good, but not great. The ingredients were obviously fresh, but everything was a little bland. They had provided salt and other seasonings at the table, but I'd rather not experiment with seasonings on my own. The highlight of the meal were the tortilla chips -- whole corn tortillas, baked with seasonings. They were different and awesome. I'd go back with a group if we were looking for someplace fun, but not because I enjoyed my meal so much I want to have it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different Mexican
    NigeWirral
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Didn't have as wide a menu as we had hoped but the tacos we ordered were nice. Order arrived wrong but the server realised and went and replaces the missing items immediately.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your average Mexican fare
    NEBSVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Happy to find excellent Baja Mexican food. Highly recommend the guacamole with goat cheese, pomegranate seeds with candied walnuts. Everything was great from margaritas to excellent tacos. Service was wonderful with highly knowledgeable staff. Kudos to all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DeeDee
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Party of 8 for dinner Saturday night. Menu has changed & did not offer the variety it did last season. Chicken tortilla soap was great but other than that the food lacked. Salads were flat as were the taco's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The ambiance was nice enough being that the restaurant is located the trendy Scottsdale Quarter. However, the food was average and the prices high.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Visiting from Minnesota
    RockyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We found this restaurant and met with a friend who lives in Phoenix who had never dined at SOL. We all loved it. You can order individual tacos so you can try many kinds. Every one of them was great! We started with the signature guacamole- yummy! The sides available were delicious as well, quinoa salad, beans, rice. A bit noisy, but still able to hold a conversation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration lunch
    6CelebrationFoodies
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This venue was perfect for a special occasion. The service was excellent and the food great! We did not feel rushed and enjoyed being able to leisurely dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually Good; not up to par
    sherryshoes1VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Guess everyone has a bad night every now and then. Hostess very unaccommodating with table request. Also didn't pass on the birthday info to our server so didn't get the Bday dessert we were promised. Entrees brought out before appetizers; twice! And on and on. Were it not for a very gracious manager who "made things right" in the end, I would never think of going back. But because of her accommodation, I'm willing to give this place one more shot and hope it was just a bad night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SSellsPhillyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The staff was phenomenal! We were a party of 12 and it was a great time, well expedited and served meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SIGDinnerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had an excellent meal at Sol with every dish full of flavor and well prepared. The menu is always varied and has lots of options. Our server Micheal was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He was attentive and had a good grasp of the menu. Overall a wonderful meal and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty but noisy
    Brian
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The specialty tacos and grilled corn were appreciated by the group. Conversation was hindered by noise but we were near the kitchen so perhaps further back was a bit calmer.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Kemagirl1
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was delicious and our waitress was fantastic. She went through the menu with us and helped us to order what we would enjoy. We really enjoyed our experience and appreciated the complimentary desert as it was our first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise
    Azbrits
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    First time here and it was a pleasant surprise. Service was good and very friendly. Started with coconut calamari which was the biggest I have ever seen. Fresh tacos to follow which tasted great and the beans and rice weren't smothered in cheese- hooray! Overall a great experience and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    waiter made several mistakes during the course of the dinner. One entree was left out completely,
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are regulars
    Joeschmo123VIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good!!
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We return to scottsdale often to golf and go to SOL. We love the service ,the food and the cocktails. We always sit at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 333 reviews are from the SOL Cocina reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Joeschmo123VIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic