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About Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto

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!

3740 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

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

Cross Street:
Curtner Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 843-0643

Website:
http://www.celiasrestaurants.com/

Entertainment:
Live mariachi band every year for Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day. Also a live romantic trio band for Valentines Day.

Catering:
We can accomodate caterings for up to 80 people with the chafing dishes.

We also deliver orders through Waiters on Wheels and Waiter.com.

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.

Public Transit:
Bus stop right outside the restaurant and the Caltrain station is 5 minutes away on California Avenue.

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.

Private Party Contact:
Adriana Rodriguez: (650) 280-8710

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout

Celia's Mexican Restaurant - Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews

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Moderate

67% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 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.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·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.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Good food and service !

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We were a group of 7 on a Saturday night, so they may do better at other times. The food was very average. It took forever for them to serve five of us and the other two had to wait another five minutes. Dinner, when served, was cold. We didn't see the waiter again until I went downstairs and asked for the check.

I ordered the three tostadas plate which was 80% lettuce and served cold. I would also swear there was no tequila in the margaritas. :(.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great food, great service & great price! Get the bean dip & chips appetizer-very good!

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Even though we had a large party, the service here was friendly and efficient. The portions of food are enormous, and the menu is very typical Mexican/American food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2017

I was surprised how large the restaurant was and with an outside patio. Parking is tight but food and margaritas are excellent

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2016

We really liked our meals and the waitress and staff could not have been more attentive and efficient.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Kind and understanding wait staff

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Overall a good place to take a large group of business associates for a casual business meal. Traditional Mexican food and large portions. Service although nice was extremely slow. Table wasn't ready when we showed up as a group of 10 and it took 20mins to get a menu and have a server come to take our drink order. We also waited a long time to get our drinks. Otherwise a good experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Good bar service. Seems very friendly. Beware car parking, try and find a spot just before or after on a side street is nothing on El Camino.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2016

Celia's is a classic. From the margaritas to the burritos all Mexican dishes you have come to love are here. I had the deluxe tostada and was able to ask for black beans instead of mashed pintos. My margarita was delicious. The service was very attentive and friendly. I will be going back when I next eat Mexican. Thank you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2016

This is always reliable for Mexican food. The music was quite loud on this occasion! And, surprisingly, there were not many diners for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We had a great experience. Our table was ready on time, server was very catering and on it =), food was delicious and the live Mariachi music was a nice and fun touch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

mother's Day lunch

The service was great - very friendly. The food was very average with one exception the chips were really delicious.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 10, 2016

So, it was my first time visit here at this location, I was just going for an afternoon ride taking my
93 yr. old mom out.
I have to tell you, the service was just wonderful, the best of all of the locations that I have been too. We will be going back again!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Met a friend in town for dinner. Waited at the front to be seated for quite a while (with a reservation which we were on time for). Finally seated, waiting about 5 minutes for anyone to come. Took drink order, brought half the drinks. Asked for napkins (for the chips and salsa) and the waiter didn't come back for 20 minutes (after flagging someone else down).
Seemed like an off night... but the food was good once it came. The 'cheese dip' left a little to be desired.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Excellent food and amazingly cool service staff. Easily accommodated a large party of 16 without missing a beat.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2016

Although I've been to Celias a long time ago I was pleasantly surprised how good it was! The menu is extensive, the quality was great, and the ambiance is fun! The margaritas were very tasty too with just right amount of tequila:)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2016

We were quite impressed on our first visit to Celia's. We will be going back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2016

Fresh food, warm atmosphere, nice people. Loved it!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2015

Somewhere in between forgettable Tex-Mex and the wonderful food of Sonora in Tucson and southern Arizona, one tends to find Bay Area Mexican restaurants. Celia's is one of our favorites. The menu is diverse, including the more traditional meals of northern Mexico, as well as interior and coastal dishes. The staff is very friendly, and the Top Shelf margarita is very good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2015

I've been eating at Celia's Restaurants in each of their many Bay Area locations (Daly City, San Bruno, Millbrae, Palo Alto) for many years now and probably always will. The dishes are reliably superb, as is the atmosphere and service. The Hernandez family has created a warm and inviting chain and as far as I know most of the "kids" all work one or another, so you know there's a pedal to the metal in KEEPING the locations' top-notch! I nearly always have my favorite entree, Pollo En Crema (a lovely variation of Chicken Stroganoff, with a decidedly Mexican twist). The dishes are plentiful and quite reasonably priced and I always try to keep up on the "kids" whenever I visit a location. GO GO GO and be prepared for a real treat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2015

Fun for groups! Great Margaritas & Food was delicious!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2015

Look, this isn't fine dining - but I give it 5 stars because it is reliable, delicious Mexican fare that I enjoy and crave. The guacamole is perfectly made, the chips perfectly salted and the enchilada sauce always on point. I'm picky about leftovers, but always enjoy my Celia's next day, too. Try the Tijuana Taco Salad for the perfect blend of gluttony (refried beans, meat and cheese) and freshness (salad of lettuce and tomato).

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2015

Great for casual dining. Family friendly. Good fun

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2015

We celebrated a graduation here with a large group and the service was great! Very helpful and accommodating - even to the point of bringing out a ladder when our helium balloon went into the rafters :) Food was good too and covered porch was great for our group celebration...

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 12, 2015

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant near the college. Great margaritas, food as you would expect from a traditional CA style Mexican restaurant. And it's cozy and cute.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2015

I went here on a warm day and unfortunately the restaurant itself did not feel comfortable, so we sat outside, which was nice with a little breeze blowing through. With that, the scene was sparing but it felt authentic and had great Latin music in the background. The food was really good, maybe not the best Mexican food in the world, but definitely a great little spot for a family dinner.

The portions are not overwhelmingly big or small, but just right. And the drinks were very well done, with a great selection of Tequila for the purist in everyone.

Service was good, and the waiter was very polite. But I don't see it as a great place for a date. Perhaps on a cooler night sitting at their bar for Happy Hour would be a little better. But again, family dinner all the way.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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