Sol Cocina
Sol Cocina

Sol Cocina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solcocina.com/
  • Phone: (949) 675-9800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch (11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), Dinner (Sun-Wed 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Thurs-Sat 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.), Happy Hour (4 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily in the bar and patio), and Weekend Brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday).
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Deborah Schneider
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full catering services as well as Dockside Catering options! http://www.solcocina.com/
  • Entertainment: We offer live music every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 10:30 pm, Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm, and Sunday Brunch from Noon to 3:00 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: PCH and Bayside Dr.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer both self parking adjacent to the restaurant and complimentary valet parking as you arrive.
A word from Sol Cocina
The Best of Baja in the heart of Newport, SOL Cocina offers an upscale, yet inviting dining experience on the water in Newport Harbor. Executive Chef Deborah Schneider, a 2009 James Beard Foundation Book Award Nominee, has created a menu of contemporary and gourmet interpretations of Baja street cuisine,
inlcuding antojitos, street tacos, cocktels de mariscos and main dishes made with fresh seafood, wood grilled meats, local produce and salsas that are all made fresh daily.
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Sol Cocina reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (62)fit for foodies (41)hot spot (37)vibrant bar scene (36)good for groups (34)special occasion (30)great for lunch (23)neighborhood gem (22)great for brunch (21)romantic (17)great for outdoor dining (14)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Family Fun
    Carrierf
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    8 of us from different states had a family dinner at Sol Cocina. The menu was varied so everyone from foodies to gluten free vegans could find something they really liked. We really enjoyed the margarita menu that had things like pineapple/jalapeño and mango/chile ingredients. Prices were pleasantly moderate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique dishes!
    Foodie4sho
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Sol is a restaurant that puts a unique twist on Mexican food. They have great drinks. Their margaritas are different, high quality and well balanced in flavor. Their bartenders are very consistent, as well, so if you like a drink, you can always get the same delicious flavor, time after time. Overall, this is a great place to have an awesome night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • super visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a lovely family meal, with super service and great food. Kids menus v intuititive - even down to no salsa option. As a Brit only criticism I'd that portions are too large! As always in USA wine super expensive, and not huge knowledge from server. but very nice bottle chosen - Honig from Napa Valley was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner for my birthday celebration at Sol Cocina. The ambiance is beautiful, fabulous decor and a wonderful setting overlooking the marina. The food was excellent. I love their serano/pineapple margarita! YUM! Service was excellent. We look forward to our next dinner there.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We were in town for only one night, and they were very accommodating to fit us in. Great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was great and the servers were very attentive. A bit different than your ordinary Mexican restaurant. We would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Brunch - Stellar Views!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What a view overlooking the Newport Bay! Service exceptional, great brunch menu, and fresh Mexican specialties. Really good cocktails. Beef burrito with a delicious red sauce was a favorite! Food is fresh and clean. Reasonably priced. Definitely a great brunch stop. Beautiful décor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tacos and tequila
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great place for action on a Tuesday night. Live music, lots of action
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent high quality mexican
    jes999VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Sol offers very good Mexican food. High quality ingredients and unique flavors. Don't come here looking for a basic plate of enchiladas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasantly surprised
    edoinhb
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Met a couple we have not seen for 30 years. Restaurant reviews were mixed. Some said pricey for very little food. We really enjoyed the food, service, and the prices were reasonable given the location and ambience. I had the chicken enchiladas and my wife had the tacos. Both were excellent. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food is not bad. Unfortunately after having a reservation, we were given a table by the kitchen and we asked to change. The restaurant seems to value large parties more than smaller parties. So after arranging for a 15 people party, a tiny table was left over and that was given to us. A little disappointing. Tony our server is great. He made up for the other mishap.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiters push high priced items
    LocaldinerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Love the place, but I wish the waiters would stop pushing hard the high priced drinks and food. Way too lengthy explanations re how much better the $18 margaritas are and the specials listed without a price. It's definitely high pressure, lengthy, and makes things awkward. Other than that, I still love the place. Very good food, fair prices for the quality, and good service once the ordering is done. Not a high-end restaurant, but a much needed very good mid-price restaurant. And generally healthy food is a nice bonus.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!!!
    Sel0411
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent guacamole and delicious fish tacos!! Will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very fun place to go!
    lovegreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    SOL is a very fun place to go! Went on Taco Tuesday and it was very busy. The service was great. Tried several tacos that were all very tasty such as the filet & shrimp El Jefe and the Taco Viper. The naked guac and salsas were delicious. There is an awesome selection of Margaritas. Very fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    babybear
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My girlfriend and I were very pleased with our visit to Sol Cocina. The service was great, our waitress was very polite and checked on us every few minutes. She made sure we were doing well and we didn't need to wait long for our drinks to be refilled. Overall this retaurant is amazing for any occasion. The food and drinks are great and not pricey. You really get your money's worth. We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy and rushed
    EmBee
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Upsell is the nicest thing I can say. Food is average. Servers push for the most expensive items on the menu, including the $18 margarita. Not a single dessert on menu without chocolate. Totally disappointing.
    • Food
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  • Service Sucks
    Pickyeater39
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Server sucked. We had to get the manager to bring drinks even though we tried several times to get our waiter. Took almost an hour to order food despite us asking the waiter several times. I ordered a 2 taco plate w/sides he told me "there are better options" where he directed me to the front page & said "this is better for you". I did not realize until I got my plate that it was only 1 taco & nothing else. It was my birthday and if I felt like eating alot & drinking that is my busn. We got accosted by a guy who after hanging out w/the manager tried to recruit my friends and I as strippers for his bar. We told the manager who first denied knowing him & then gave us a free round of drinks after we told him we saw them hanging out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mac2
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed the tacos and great sauces. Have to try the warm goat cheese. It is an open dinning next to the bar. Great that you can see everyone but very noisey. It was hard to hear the live music. Fun place with groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Unhappydiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and service were good. Our waitress was really good. We will not go there again because of the noise level It is horribly loud.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love sol
    Snewk
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. Everything is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican food in the OC
    dailydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Sol Cocina is a neighborhood favorite. Located perfectly on the Newport Bay with with plenty of windows to enjoy the view. The food is amazing. So many choices of healthy mexican dishes. The fish tacos and chipotle shrimp burrito are my favorites. My husband loves the carnitas burrito and shrimp tacos. I highly recommend thid restaraunt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food!
    Luvfood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Started off with the Chorizo and mushroom con quezo appetizer. That was a meal in itself, and it was very good. The chorizo was very crispy and they use Mexican type cheese. I tried several different tacos, but the Vampiro was the best! The meat was seasoned and cooked perfectly, only thing I would order it without the chipotle sauce. I thought it was going to be an authentic Mexican chipotle salsa but it was a mayonnaise based chipotle sauce. ( and I hate mayo) BUT, it was still a delicious taco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I wasn't crazy about the chips and dip. the portion of guacamole was extremely small. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, slow service
    Jmw0233
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went here for girls night out. The food was really good and so were the margaritas (love the cucumber jalepeno margarita!). But the service wasn't very good. It was so slow. Our water wasn't refilled quickly and we had to keep asking for refills. If we asked for anything, it took so long we thought they forgot. Our server was not very attentive. I would still recommend for the food and ambiance though. Just be prepared for a very slow, leslisurely meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful food
    Sasa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    So I chose this place because I'd driven by many times and liked the location. We went on Sunday around 11:00 am for brunch. And 5 guests were there. (First clue). The place was surprisingly dark and rundown with deteriorating seat cushions. The chips were bad, the salsa was weak, the food was greasy and unappealing. Even my diet coke was flat. The service, however, was excellent since they were all standing around with no one else to serve. I told one employee to find another job.
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  • Consistently Excellent!
    1happybellyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I can never visit Orange County without dining at SOL.....the food, service and ambiance are extraordinary and I love eating at the counter by the kitchen to watch the chefs and cooks work their magic. Their take on Baja cuisine is delicious and I love the freshness of everything I've picked from the menu: guacamole SOL (sexy dressed-up guac), ceviche SOL (super fresh ingredients and delicious sashimi-grad fish), white corn & poblano soup (can't go wrong just look at the ingredients), taco vampiro (just the name should tell you how good it is), shrimp chile relleno (totally unique preparation and presentation) and the carnitas street tacos. Make sure you don't miss the cucumber jalapeno margaritas either!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must Go!
    Maurion
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants, you really should call in advance for dinner outings. The service is great, their waiter staff is well rounded in food selection and if you like margaritas, try their Bulldog.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So loud!
    DaisyGirl
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Not a great date night spot, It's far too loud. The food was good, tasty strawberry basil martini.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average food
    GnocchiOCVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food is just very average at best, and when coupled with the higher prices for average food you realize that this place is best for drinks and appetizers, not dinner. Not worth going to dinner/lunch here at all. It's a bit of a scene so if you are looking for a nice crowd with an extensive selection of margaritas this is it. I brought a business parter of mine who was from out of town and he had the same thoughts except he was perhaps more underwhelmed than I was with the food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sol Cocina
    Jazz4ever
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is the restaurant where we will go every time we are in Newport Beach. The menu is very creative with a Mexican regional base.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun dinner w/ friends
    yummers866
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Met here for dinner and we were not disappointed. Fun atmosphere. . We sat outside so noise level was better and great view. Wonderful tacos and margaritas!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 637 reviews are from the Sol Cocina reviews archive.
  • Fantastic Mexican
    Anonymous
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were looking for great Mexican on our vacation and Sol definitely delivered. I had the Wild Fish on Esquitas - absolutely delicious. My kids had Carne Asada tacos and ate all! Guacamole was amazing! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Mexican cuisine...
    mgx1138
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We did an early Sunday dinner at Sol Cocina... place was very busy at 5:30pm; lots of families coming from the beach. Service was only okay, but considering that the restaurant was packed, the waitstaff did okay. Food quality was very good; all the ingredients tasted significantly better than your average local. Carne asada was made with an nice cut of flank steak (I think) and was lean and nicely seasoned. Tacos were also very good quality, but we both thought the seasoning with hot peppers was a bit overdone. We did get a nice burn, but not too subtle on the flavors here.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    fridaysforever
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Took my mother here when we were staying in Newport and the restaurant did not disappoint! Excellent food and service. The waiter talked me into a different margarita than what I had originally ordered based on the fact I said I did not like them too sweet, and what came out was the perfect margarita I was looking for. I highly recommend the roasted poblano chile rellenos - delish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic atmosphere
    tbl42
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was amazing. At the beginning of our meal we didn't get any water or our drinks for about ten minutes, but other than that our server was great the drinks were great. Nice kick to the cucumber jalapeno margarita. Afterwards we went up to the bar listened to the live music over one more round of drinks. It's water front with boats outside. The bar is very nice included with a fireplace. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS A PLEASING EXPERIENCE
    malaialuv27
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had reservations for friday night. Had to wait 15 mins but it's ok cause the service from the waiter was fantastic. He was funny, very sweet and helped us make great selections in drinks. We came out very satisfied and will forever remember that night. Food was amazing as always, and ambiance was perfect. This was the second time we take our friends and they love it Sol as much as we do.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sol Cocina
    Sharki
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    scenic harbor view, upscale Mexican menu, freshly made with a foodie flair, great vibe. The service was excellent. Sunday Brunch a must
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed
    annnnnnnnnnnnnn
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I ordered the "market price" fish... and it was so overcooked I couldn't eat it. I choked on a fish bone and although the service was great - the food was close to terrible, despite a menu that really had me thinking this was going to be amazing. The calamari appetizer came out in 6 inch thick bricks... and although when we arrived at 6:45 the place was full, with people waiting... when we left at 7:55... it was nearly empty, which tells mw I am not alone in my opinion.
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  • Fabulous brunch/ beautiful spot
    Honest1VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Sol is a lively spot located right on the water. I love their menu because it has a wide range of price options/ portion sizes and selections to choose from. Their margaritas are really good; their drink list is creative such as a berry and serrano margarita- yum! Sol is great for large groups. It is one of the only restaurants I've found in OC that is accommodating. I've celebrated bridal showers and birthday parties here (both on the patio and in the private room downstairs) and I think Sol does a fantastic job.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed our lunch
    TakeMyAdviceVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The coconut calamari is excellent. The steak burrito not to my liking. The steak was cut into little bits. Would have been better cut in strips. Probably wouldn't order that again. Disappointed they don't service flower tortilla's with their tacos. Corn tacos are like cardboard. That made my menu selection items very limited.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic