Sol Grill
Sol Grill

Sol Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solgrill.com/
  • Phone: 9497234105x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Sol Grill
Sol Grill is your destination for the quintessential Southern California dining experience. Family owned and operated. Small, quaint, cozy. Delicious award winning food, great wine and superb service. Candle lit tables, art adorned red walls and antique lighting create a warm environment. It's the perfect backdrop for any occasion. See what the locals have known and enjoyed for the last 10 years.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Sol Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)special occasion (9)romantic (9)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (2)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • drinks okay, food terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was just too spiced and some items were clearly microwaved. The food tasted like it was pure chili powder and tons of salt. Asked the waitress what the taste was, and she said that she didn't know because the cooks didn't speak English. Would not recommend this place to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weird Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My review is for the service, bathrooms and food presentation. The food was actually quite delicious but was served poorly - sloppy presentation. The wait staff was grumpy, condescending and rude. The bathrooms are actually located through the busy kitchen. If you have to use them, be prepared to be stared at by a bunch of sweaty cooks. The atmosphere was bizarre - it was way too small. I don't know, all in all it was okay, but I don't think I'll be returning.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great!
    steve
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always, the food was fantastic. Meatballs yummy and the chicken picata super! First time that the service was slow particularly when the bill was due. Gotta fix that Misty!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time :)
    lyric
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Absolutely love this place!!! Tried their happy hour for the first time and was not disappointed, they have a good selection from their normal menu on the happy hour one and everything was delicious. Plus I love the sangria here and it was $4 a glass (good-sized glass too)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely fantastic
    TippyMKTG
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This place is amazing, the owner is present and one of the nicest people you will meet. Caters to your every need and the food was great. Small and quaint will eclectic lighting. Our son had the steak, kinda blah but the seafood and pasta were incredible. I had the salmon and it was so good I went back the next night and had it again. French press coffee after dinner a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate Local Find
    WearyTraveller
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Sol offers great Happy Hour specials on both drinks and entrees. The restaurant is just a short walk from the Newport Beach Pier and bathing beach. Be sure to try the sangia, too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    MarkB92614VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Awesome service, great food and a fun ambiance just steps from the beach/pier in Newport. All the perks of a nice restaurant with a great laid back vibe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good eats at Newport pier
    jimk2542
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Took advice of previous reviewers and had dinner here with my wife. Had an enjoyable dinner. Food was good, portion sizes more than enough. Service was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2goback
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent location, attentive server, casual elegance, great food, fair price
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    really pleasing surprise; NOT related to the MEXICAN restaurant; check out the menu to see the variety of choices; food was awesome -not at all what we had expected - the beach location and casual nature belies the food; very flavorful; portions large; the vegetable soup was obviously home made and notably delicious; the seafood was clearly fresh and prepared with care and attention to detail; however, it is not a fussy restaurant - more like the old-time corner restaurant that serves great food; hear the sangria is great, but the wine and beer choices are less than - but, who cares the food is great
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    steve
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This place never disappoints. I should just cut and paste my paste reviews because how many ways can you say GREAT! Thanks again Misty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    mnewsguy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Table was ready upon arrival, service was outstanding, food was great! Sangria is a must! Brought out a huge brownie and ice cream treat for my daughter's b-day, very nice touch! Highly recommend SOL GRILL!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Fav!
    steve
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Once again this place is just tough to beat! A great menu offering, service with a smile and the food is always excellent. The sirloin meatballs are killer and a must order. A great happy hour menu that is perfect if you want smaller portions or just want to order a bunch of different things. The main menu is great and the prices are very reasonable. In short, Sol Grill is simply amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greata Evening
    Appreciative
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Both steak and Ahi were great. Our server as very friendly. Told us not to worry about the parking meters after 6 PM. Will recommend to others Was our first time at Sol Grill.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 36 reviews are from the Sol Grill reviews archive.
  • Great place for a casual night out
    moe91
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Food was incredible. Service was friendly and the restaurant was not crowded. Lobster ravioli was delicious and sangria was awesome. Only complaint is that we felt rushed after our meal rather than being able to relax and get another glass of sangria.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once is not enough
    2ndTenor
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Gracious and beautiful host, terrific food and acoustic guitar playing in the background. Hard to leave. thanks, misty!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try
    Kathnashian
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great little place near the Newport Pier. Never a hassle with reservations. Quiet with an elcletic atmosphere and tasty food. My two favs are the sangria and meatballs. Yum! But most everything is really good.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sol's almost at the beach
    moragajohn
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Sol's is an unpretentious neighborhood gem, set just back from the beach. The food was good and the service too. The guitarist was a pleasant background. For us out-of-towners, Navigation was not helpful , and parking was a challenge. On leaving we saw that parking opens up by 8pm.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In my opinion
    elcaminobandit
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Turn the air-conditioner on (The ocean breeze and ceiling fans just don't cut-it) especially during the HOT season. The waiter is extremely polite, but lacks presence for customer's needs. The food is exceptional ...
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Friends and Good Times
    LoriJessicaEthanCharlie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was great, and the company was even better! My wife and I have been there a few times, and we brought good friends with us for their first experience. It was an awesome night, and we will surely all go there again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it again!
    DateNight
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were seated immediately and the server took our drink orders right away. No waiting at all. The bread and dipping oil are phenomenal. The sol salad was excellent. Very large for a dinner salad. Our entrees were perfect. Portions were claim-jumper-sized! An amazing thing since I ordered filet mignon! The service was fast and the server was attentive. Overall, just a wonderful dinner out. We love the Sol Grill!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The food was good. But the service was very slow. For this reason I don't think that we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SERVICE WAS AMAZING!
    Buck
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Food was amazing! I've never had better service. The vibe was just right I actually felt more at home there than my favorite restaurant back home. Great view with the perfect placement for beachfront dining. First time customer and lifelong fan. Can't wait to get back to the Sol grill!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    reviewworthy
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This place is now our favorite place to eat in Newport Beach! Great food, good ambiance and love the people who work there. Misty, Marissa and Greg are great. Friendly and good service. Make sure you make reservations! Hope you enjoy this place as much as we do!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    It was my first time dining at Sol Grill. It turned out to be a very pleasant experience. The food portion is very generous. The lamb chops are mouth watering and very tender. The service is excellent. All the employees are very attentive. If you're looking for a vibrant dining scene this is the place. Will sure come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average
    Matt
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I didn't think the food here was anything special. Would definitely stick with the Cannery in Newport, as the prices aren't that much higher, if at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    beachlvr
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Comfortable, good food, great service, and a bonus guitar player.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, lacking service.
    Ieatallthefood
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Overall we liked the place a lot. The food was outstanding, good beer selection, romantic atmosphere, and their Sangria was great. The largest issue was from the point where our food had been cleared and leftovers put in a to-go box, it took 45 minutes for us to get our check. Despite asking for it, the server was too busy taking other people's orders, serving drinks, and making small chat. We had two groups of people who were seated after we received our appetizers finish their appetizers and dinner, pay, and leave before we even got the check. For that reason alone we might try again but I doubt we'll be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Thank you again, Sol Grill. We celebrated our wedding reception here last year and came back exactly one year later for our 1 year anniversary. The food is as delicious as I remembered and service is prompt, professional and never forced. See you again next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Surprise
    LpstkbizdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Booked this thinking it was a different place. It is small and cozy with a delicious menu and friendly service. Salmon and Mussels both yummy dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, it was hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Food was good, it was hard to find. Mapquest directions lacked one street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Great Restaurant To Enjoy!
    porky
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    A great find! The ambience was fantastic. A small, quaint restaurant with an acoustic guitarist playing in the background. Recommend reservations because the restaurant is small. Food was amazing and almost everything was perfect with one exception. The night we were there (with a 7:00 p.m. reservation), the restaurant was understaffed and our service was quite slow. They certainly needed to add to their wait staff. Other than that, I would definitely make another reservation at Sol Grill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    dude
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Fantastic food. Parts of the swordfish were a little but too salty, but overall the food was incredible. Service was prompt and friendly. I would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall experience
    TTKT1
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    really enjoyed the diverse, and interesting menu. The Filet meatballs with portabella gravy were outstanding...perhaps a little heavy handed on the salt, but this is a matter of varying preference. We had three seafood selections which were all excellent. The portions are more than generous, and the fish cooked perfectly (this is an unfortunately difficult thing to find, as most restaurants tend to overcook, thus ruin, otherwise great quality seafood). The lamb and chicken were equally delicious. The guitar player on Tuesday was excellent. The servers were warm and gracious. This is a great place for a date night, and one that we will return to often. We would come back again and again for the quality of the fish alone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early diners find
    Golf
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We arrived in time for the early deal and it was very good. Tasty food,good service and reasonably priced. Will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place! Sautéed mushrooms
    Misty
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Love this place! Sautéed mushrooms are the best appetizer (way better than you could imagine,) and the Sangria is the best! Chicken Alfredo is great and lobster ravioli was also a good one. The owner is always there taking care of the tables and helping out anyway she can. She truly goes out of her way to make it an awesome dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Newport
    BillVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    This is one of the best dining pleasures in all of Newport Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we will be returning
    steph
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The complimentary bread is soft and was served to us warm which really goes a long way in my book. That is usually overlooked. Started off with the filet mignon meatballs. Probably their most popular appetizer and for a good reason. I got the lobster ravioli and was very pleased. It's creamy with a lobster flavor that is not overwhelming. My husband ordered the lamb and it was cooked perfectly with lots of flavor. Super juicy as well. A little pricey for an any night restaurant and be sure to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place with personality & quality
    Cleve
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We've been to Sol Grill in the past, but it had been a while since our last visit. It is a small neighborhood gem, and we were reminded of that during a Friday dinner. Local guitarists played lovely dinner music, the room has a great eclectic artistic vibe, the sangria is tasty, and the food top-notch. We've always done well with the seafood selections here, but tried the ground filet mignon meat loaf this time--wow--terrific!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small dining room, very cozy.
    Pleased
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Small dining room, very cozy. The atmosphere makes me think of a gypsy den. Excellent food, wine and sangria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.