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Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto

97 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Comfort Food
Welcome to Celia's, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you! Our goal is to provide natural and fresh home-style Mexican food with the best quality. We are proud to be a part of this beautiful community. Your patronage is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for being our guest.

Every day at Celia's we make fresh salsas, our tortillas are prepared fresh without lard, our steak and pork are lean, and our chicken is presented skinless and trimmed. We make fresh guacamole daily, our tamales are handmade daily, and we serve three different types of beans (refried, black beans, and pinto). Daily homemade flan with the best, high quality ingredients, and last but not least our margaritas do not come out of a machine, instead our secret mix is made daily! Come and enjoy!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner (menu served all day): Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 843-0643
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
At Celia's we offer a special private room which is located in the upstairs of the restaurant with a capacity of 35 people with plenty of standing room still available. There is also a patio with a capacity of 75 people.
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Private party contact
Adriana Rodriguez: (650) 280-8710
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We can accomodate caterings for up to 80 people with the chafing dishes.

We also deliver orders through Waiters on Wheels and
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Cross street
Curtner Avenue
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Parking details
Our parking lot is very small but there is also alot of street parking right outside restaurant, one block before if you are coming south bound and across the street.
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Public transit
Bus stop right outside the restaurant and the Caltrain station is 5 minutes away on California Avenue.
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Live mariachi band every year for Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day. Also a live romantic trio band for Valentines Day.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout
What 97 People Are Saying
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vipRuckus02 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a great experience for being a big group of 15 and our waitress Monica was amazing. She was super sweet, polite and take care of all of us =) with all our needs, adjustments and managed to do 5 separate bills which we are still very appreciated.
The food was delicious, energetic ambiance, friendly staff, didn't charge a cake fee and we can't wait to go back. Thank you!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Good wait service considering the bartender did the work of probably 3 people at a crowded time for lunch!!

tcfaze (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Overall the restaurant was great. I think the service could have been a bit better as we had to ask for Water each time. But don't let that deter you from going. It was really good.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

A bit better than avg Mexican food. Out server was great.

vipKevinS (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

Celia's is normally our go-to place for Mexican food when visiting family in Palo Alto. We've been going to Celia's for years, but will probably look for other options in the future. The food was mediocre at best.

Dana (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

This place was really good but we did wish that the guac was made fresh.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

Only thing missing was some really good verde salsa for the chips! I wish they had a few more vegetarian entrees but what we had was very good!

vipHeidiC (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

I have been going to Celia's for years. We were seated outside and the server never came. I went inside to ask for water and they said, "sorry we are busy" I asked them if we should just leave. After it still taking forever, just to get water, chips and salsa, we got up and left. They seemed surprised.

vipjw1123 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Good Mexican food with great taste. Salsa good but would prefer hotter option. Service outstanding and portions large. We can't wait to try other dishes.

sssssss (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

I made this reservation on Cinco de Mayo to celebrate a May 5th birthday in our family - knowing that without a reservation there would be a long wait. But when we got there, Celia's said they don't take reservations on Cinco de Mayo. So I am disappointed that OpenTable gave me this option that Celia's wasn't prepared to honor. The wait wasn't terribly long, considering the holiday, but the OpenTable reservation was useless.

vipRuckus02 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Celia's staff was super helpful and on point! It was so nice to have a very professional staff that was so accommodating with our large party of 11, food was delicious and everything went smooth

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2017

Good food and service !

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 20, 2017

The time was a late lunch. Celia's was not at all busy.

PPML (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 8, 2017

Love Celia's (the chain) in general but this location needs to be condemned and re-built. Honestly the facilities are close to disgusting and the bathrooms atrocious. Sorry Celia's I certainly will not be back and would not recommend this location to anyone.

Greathotspot (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

Nothing great bout this place. Food was average. Margaritas tasted like they were from a mix.