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About El Sol Mexican Restaurant
Redefine the way you think about Mexican Food...
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and the newly expanding area of South 3rd Street, is authentic Mexican cuisine at it's best--El Sol Mexican Restaurant. Immerse yourself in our relaxed environment, enjoy the decor, the entrees, the drinks, the experience. You just may fall in love with Mexican food all over again. Proud winners of several awards, including Harrisburg Magazine's "Best New Restaurant" 2008, Winner in the category of Mexican food for Harrisburg Magazine 2008 - 2013 and Central PA magazine 2008-2011 ...including awards for our margaritas! We also boast Harrisburg's largest tequila selection.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Mexican, Global, International, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm,
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
El Sol Mexican Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Have eaten here only twice recently... Each time the food is nutrient dense yet extremely flavorful! Really enjoy the grilled salad and also the grilled romaine and salmon... Had fantastic service each time with Fernando and Johnson! Would go back again absolutely!
Though entrees were flavorful, El Sol has "missed it" on their Salsa and Pico de Gallo. As for the Salsa, if you added some Romano cheese, Angel Hair, and a couple of meatballs you'd have "Italian." Straight up tomato base-poor effort. The Pico had no flavor; looked as if it should be served with Italian Flat Bread. Sorry, not even in the ballpark thus disappointing.
I really enjoyed dining at El Sol. The drinks were delicious and our food was also well prepared. I wish chips and salsa were complimentary, which is why I did not give it the highest rating. The chips were basic and the salsa didn't really taste fresh and was nothing special. Certainly not worth paying $4.00 for. However, overall everyone should give it a try!
Started with the salsa sampler; the salsa & spicy sour cream were good, the pico de gallo was just ok, and the guacamole could have used less tomato & filler and more avocado.
The tacos were good; we had the mahi mahi and sampler of chicken, carnitas, and chorizo. The chorizo was on point.
The margaritas with Anejo was perfect,
This is a lovely little gem hidden in Harrisburg! The food was DIVINE. The service was wonderful. It’s smaller than I expected it to be but it is a lovely, cozy dinner spot that I would recommmend to anyone. I cannot wait to go back to try more food and a margarita. I will return here again and again!
I had never had a problem at El Sol until yesterday. The person that sat us didn’t realize this was a reservation and I was marked as a no-show. I called the restaurant and they rectified the situation, but it put a damper on my experience. I would definitely go back. Our waiter was great.
Food was delicious and fresh. I love Mexican and Hispanic foods, to some I may seem like a snob when it comes to the quality I expect when I order from this genre, ( I am Hispanic born and raised ). El Sol definitely met my expectations with the food and the cocktails. I was there with my hubby and another couple for dinner, no one left disappointed. Atmosphere is cozy and yet vibrant, service is friendly and timely.
Aways a wonderful experience at El Sol! The food is delicious and the service is great. Our party of four each had something different and everyone was so happy with their food. I ordered the Tacos Camerones special which came with a bean salad and a bit of guacamole that was just terrific!
Found this while traveling through Harrisburg area with good recommendation on trip advisor. Food was excellent. Service was good. The table was very roomy. Five dollar parking was covered half of the bill. It's a shame they don't have room for extra outdoor tables, they only had two. Just limitation in space.
Food is very fresh, the margaritas were perfect and great atmosphere. This was a dinner out with three friends. We had an order of guacamole and chips, with three dinners the grilled fish tacos, crane asada tacos and filet medallions. Only issue was the server. Very nice and friendly, but he lingered around making you feel rushed. When we were ready to place our order he wasn't prepared. At the end of our meal we ordered dessert and he kept pushing after dinner drinks. With a different server would have given more stars.
The Patron Margarita is on the money! If you're looking for authentic Mexican pass on their version of the "enchiladas" - it's literally a protein folded in a corn tortilla with melted cheese on top and your choice of sauce (tomato, salsa ranchero, or verde). Boring, extremely bland and disappointing.
The Filet Madallions were tasty. And the Molcajete bowls looked amazing as they passed my table.
Always a great spot to catch lunch. Our server has been there a long time & it's obvious why... he's great- attentive, friendly, knowledgeable & he gets everything right. The food was delicious, as it has been every time I've eaten at El Sol. AWESOME! Highly recommend!
We were in the area because of a Hersheypark trip. After three days of eating gross food, I decided our last night should be something decent. When I made our reservation on Open Table I thought it was for the El Sol next to our hotel. The GPS took me away from there and I am s glad we blindly followed it. We wound up in downtown Harrisburg which is deserted on a Monday night. The minute we entered I could tell we would enjoy ourselves. We were with two cranky children but they were immediately given crayons and their placemat with menu to color. One ordered the chicken quesadilla and the other the steak taco. Neither were spicy and both were a good portion size for a child. We had the chips salsa and added an order of guacamole which was the best I had ever had. I had a tequila untied and my husband had a el fresco margarita. Both were delicious. I had a shrimp scampi type dish loaded with garlic and my husband had shrimp fajitas that was so large he couldn't even finish it. We had the tres leche for dessert and it was devoured by us in 30 seconds. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. I could not have asked for better service. My only regret is that we found this restaurant so late into our vacation or we would have eaten there everyday!
El Sol is the place to go for Mexican food in Harrisburg. The prices are reasonable, the service is attentive, and it exceeded my expectations. The Chicken Costeno, grilled chicken topped with roasted tomatoes, and chorizo was perfectly seasoned. Jason, my server, brought me two bottles of hot sauce that they make in house, which added some spice and heat to my entrée. Next time I am in Harrisburg, I will be back!
El Sol never disappoints. It is my "go-to" for out-of-town business guests for lunch or a casual dinner. While it does get crowded I am usually able to get a table and the wait staff is always courteous.
The only downside is the occasional guest who does not like Mexican - yes, a rare bird, but they do exist.
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