Solano's Bistro in Old Town La Quinta
Solano's Bistro in Old Town La Quinta

Solano's Bistro in Old Town La Quinta

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.solanosbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7607716655x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: Monday - Saturday, 5 pm - Close, Closed Sundays
    Bar: 4 pm - Close
    Happy Hour: Summertime, everyday in our bar all night!
    Closed for Lunch, will reopen October 1.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Francisco "Paco" Solano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have several areas available for private parties, including our bar, patio, and main dining room. Each area can be bought out separately or the entire restaurant. In our main dining room and patio, we can also accommodate parties of 15 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Emma Seitz 7607716655x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Desert Club & Avenida Bermudas
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Solano's Bistro in Old Town La Quinta
Solano's Bistro is chef owned and operated on Main Street of Old Town La Quinta. Dine inside or outside on our patio, browse beautiful pieces of art from local artists, and feel like family while enjoying the delicious flavors created by Executive Chef Francisco Solano.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Solano's Bistro in Old Town La Quinta reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (31)great for outdoor dining (27)special occasion (23)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (11)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had terrific service and delicious food as we celebration our Mother's birthday. This truly is a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wouldn't Go Again
    Stephen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    After reading reviews, I thought it might be worth it to give this place a try. One mistake was going there for dinner. The dinner crowd was very casual and boisterous. It might have been OK for a lunch spot, but not if you were expecting to have a pleasant, reasonably quiet dinner in a "nice" restaurant. The food ranged from meh to pretty good. The dinner rolls, once they finally arrived, and the salads were not very good at all. A salad featuring various stone fruits was composed mostly of unripened peaches. The entrees were fine. The service was slow, non-responsive, and inept, and contributed significantly to the overall unpleasantness of our experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great dinner!
    FlyingChief
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our 2nd visit and this time we took guests. Great food, great service. We were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First but not last visit
    SoozieqzVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We wanted to try somewhere new and solano's was the choice. A great choice it was! We started with the bruschetta which was beautifully presented and quite tasty. The hubs had a NY which he enjoyed and I had the delicious scallops and prawns. They both came with a side of risotto that was perfectly done and broccolini, the least exciting part of the meal. Service was relaxed and friendly and the decor is charming. We will surely be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant. In the summer they don't serve lunch, but the dinners are worth it. You can't miss with this restaurant....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food is fresh and delicious! Beet salad is excellent; halibut and chicken really good, too! Service great.. A little bit pricey, but not over the top. Quaint and charming with casual atmosphere in Old La Quinta.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    PegabooooVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This has been a great find for us...well worth a few extra driving minutes for a great meal that is reasonably priced. Service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just love this place
    deputydog
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Every single time we dine here - it's just perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL EVENING
    Perfect
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    AS ALWAYS .......... A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE ............. WE CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN PERFECT
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, 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, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    JessicaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time at Solana's and really enjoyed it. The service was excellent. The restaurant had a nice energy, not too loud and a positive vibe. The food was good. Loved the variety of salads. Also loved the 1/2 price bottle of wine on Saturday night. My husband and daughter had the penne pasta with bacon, it was good, a little spicy. I had the pecan crusted white fish - wish it had a tad of salt, but was a nice portion and loved the mashed potatoes. My brother had the chicken - he never orders chicken at a restaurant, but the menu description was irresistable. It was a delicious dish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always exceptional
    Trish
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We consider Solano's one of the very best restaurants in the Palm Springs area. We live in La Quinta so we feel very honored that they are located within a few miles of our home. We would recommend it to anyone looking for great food and a very pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a bad experience
    DinerDelight
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Reservations were easy to make. Service was very good as always and the food was delicious. Next time we plan to sit in the bar as it looked very inviting.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BB55
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Had a delicious gazpacho and a very good salmon. Service was extremely friendly. Seating was unusually comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solano's Bistro
    hard2plz
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Solano's is my favorite restaurant in the desert for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the food is ALWAYS excellent and is made with the highest quality ingredients, so it is healthy and delicious. Secondly, the atmosphere is gorgeously unique, comfortable, and relaxing, whether you choose to eat in the dining room, the bar, or on the patio. Finally, the staff is like no other: helpful, kind, and will bend over backward to please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PERFECT .... AS ALWAYS
    Perfect
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    WONDERFUL :) GREAT MENU, AMAZING STAFF ........ LOVE THEM :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, 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, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always special
    Grits
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Such a pretty restaurant and staff is always eager to serve. Our guest had the short ribs, gluten free, and she said they were perfect, so tender and flavorful. My spouse had the salmon, which he always prefers undercooked, and the chef obliged. He was very pleased. I had the roasted vegetable pasta, quinoa pasta. Although I do not require gluten free, I ordered since I love vegetables. I was impressed with the seasoning and that they were al dente. Solano's is a favorite of ours
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great specials
    Peggy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Solano's continues to be one of my very favorite restaurants. The quality of their food is always outstanding. We took advantage of the special for two which included a bottle of wine. Excellent food at an excellent price. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant
    AaronM
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We have enjoyed this restaurant several times and have always found the food to be superior and the personnel delightful. During the desert season the lounge is a fun place to gather with friends. The atmosphere is that of a urban bistro set in the casual resort style of Old Town La Quinta. We recommend it to all who enjoy great food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    Desertdiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Solanos was one of my favorite restaurants but lately the food and service are goi g downhill. This time we went for restaurant week. I ordered the ribeye which was about 1/4 inch thick and very fatty. I could not eat it. The waiter never ask why I didn't touch my entree just cleared my plate. Also everything on the plate was covered in olive oil. It was hard to taste the flavor of the food. My friend ordered the fish and it was greasy too. The beet salad and the dessert were good. Solanos need to get back to consistently providing good food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jocko
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went during Restaurant week and the menu was great. Very fresh food and great service and good atmosphere
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good night
    ChowHoundVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We went for restaurant week and really enjoyed it. Our waiter, William, was fabulous. Fun, energetic, friendly and knew the menu. The owner came over and chatted with us. The food was very good and the soups there are excellent. Between the four of us, we had soups, steaks, seafood and desserts. All of it was very good. It's a comfortable restaurant, updated, intimate feeling. Local artists paintings hang on the wall adding to the cozy feel of the restaurant. Lots of outdoor seating and a great bar menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We have been to Solano's before and the food quality and the service were not up to par this time we dined there. We were disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gisela Urieta Gray
    Gisela
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We had reservations for 5 a special occasion, the food was excellent! I am a local, this is one of my favorite restaturant in the desert!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    EllieLVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We went to Solano's Bistro as part of restaurant week. What a wonderful find. We are always looking for a new place to bring friends. It was delightful. The food was outstanding , the staff was friendly and professional. We are definitely returning with friends next season.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Restaurant
    deputydog
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We have dined here many times, the food and service are always outstanding. We usually come on Fridays - because the clam chowder is the best! Also they often have Petrale Sole with a delicious sauce or salsa. They use very fresh ingredients and also do tbeir best to supply the menu with local fresh produce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    Trish
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We always enjoy our time at Solano's. The food is always excellent, and the service is very good. We recommend it to anyone who is looking for quality in dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    FlyingChief
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We were looking to try someplace new and found Solano's by searching online reviews. It was easy to find, great food, great service, an overall outstanding experience. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    pbsaz
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is our fourth time at Solano's however our first for dinner. Everything was cooked perfectly and bursting with flavor. This is our favorite restaurant in La Quinta. I highly recommend for any meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 486 reviews are from the Solano's Bistro in Old Town La Quinta reviews archive.
  • wonderful!
    DeniseLQ
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Once again, not just the food but the whole scene at Solano's was superb. I simply cannot recommend it highly enough. It has to be one of the very best restaurants in the desert and a not to be missed scene for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day Dinner
    Puma23
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great experience! The staff was friendly as always and the food was amazing. I had the shrimp scampi over linguini which was delicious. Will definitely be back for more than just happy hour this summer!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    2aboutUVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We go to La Quinta once a year but have never really been in the village for dinner, just a quick beer and pizza. Found Solano's Bistro on Open table and I made a reservation for my wife and mom during our Mother's Day weekend. We were not disappointed. The wine list was solid and prices were over the top. The food was excellent and I suggest the pomegranate scallops as they had amazing flavor. I highly recommend Solano's Bistro and we will be back next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    Leigh2VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I had the Chilean Sea Bass special it was arguably the best Sea Bass I have ever had, cooked to perfection. The waiter was exceptional. It was a bit noisy inside the restaurant, in spite of the heat we should have sat outside I think it would have been quieter. We'll try that next time we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another fantastic meal
    DeniseLQ
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Wow, we really loved the dinner...once again, Chef Paco's special short ribs are outstanding. I took company from the San Francisco Bay area there again. They insist on going there each year when they come to visit. And the meals have never disappointed us. Thanks again, Chef Paco, for a wonderful dinner. See you soon!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of our favorites
    pollockk
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Solano's is a gem in Old Town La Quinta. we have dined there many times and have never been disappointed. We usually get the Cod or Halibut - flakes off the fork and melts in your mouth! and the Blueberry Apple Crisp is the perfect finish. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Bit of the City
    AaronM
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This is a fine dining experience with a touch of the big city ambience. The food keeps on getting better each time we go.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • desert delight
    suzieQ
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My family and I were visiting for a long weekend and looked this restaurant up. Good reviews inspired our booking. I wish we had sat outside. The street is charming and quiet and the evening temperatures were lovely. We ended up sitting inside where it was a bit cold from the air conditioning. We started with a cheese plate and my 14 yo grabbed the one slice of brie. The rest of the cheeses were mostly pepper jack and not so much "artisanal". My son had the beef filet which was delicious, prepared in a reduction of red wine. My husband and I had the quinoa salad which was full of fruit (strawberries and mangos). All in all it was a lovely experience. And the price was very reasonable. Definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dining location
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This was our third dinner - again the service was excellent, and the food delicious. We ate outside, which was a treat to enjoy the evening in the fresh air of La Quinta. Our happy place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good and our waitress
    GozzerVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Food was good and our waitress was very nice but a little slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish dinner
    Dawner
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was excellent. Great flavour and best of all the meal was hot when it arrived at the table. I had the scallops and they were not over cooked which is something that frequently happens with seafood..the service was great..we will definitely go back again the next time we are in town..our first time staying in La Quinta and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as happy this time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Been eating there for the last three years and normally love it, but it wasn't anything special this time!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic