First visit for a birthday. Convenient parking close by or street. Decor is neat but not obnoxious. Food had nice presentation, and cooked well, delicious, authentic. Nice margaritas.
My daughter spent a delightful Sunday brunch catching up and watching the snow fall outside, while we were warmly ensconced
in the lovely warmth of El Sol.
Restaurant was crowded (7:30 on Saturday) but service was up to the challenge. Best Mexican restaurant in the Harrisburg area.
Experience was OK, but food was not very good. Wife had carne asada tacos which had tough beef with no flavor. I had a spicy shrimp dish which also lacked a little flavor but was better than the tacos. Overall the food was average at best which was disappointing considering the price we paid for the meal.
Food was okay. On our night no tamales. Service needs a lot of work. Table was wobbly. Not a great date night as we had hoped.
Food & Service were excellent.
The food and service were great as usual.
We have been coming here for a few years. Mostly on special occasions. This dinner was to celebrate my daughters birth day. I made reservations for four. I asked to have fried ice cream for dessert with a candle on it. When it came time for dessert I had to ask for what I pre-ordered. Seems whom ever took my reservation never informed our server, Pedro, about my request. Embarrassing for him and for me. I will still recommend El Sol to all my friends. The best Mexican restaurant in Harrisburg.
Food and service were good. Too expensive for Mexican. Happy Hour did NOT include wine. This is totally unacceptable.
Food was excellent. We had a wonderful meal. Service was ok. Margarita was strong and excellent. Would recommend to anyone.
A regular go to for work lunches. Love it. Open one in hanover!
Fernando, our server was great. Friendly, efficient, and he even checked on the parking lot next door to see if the attendant was there that night (he wasn't). Food was very tasty and creative. It was quite busy on a Monday night (many restaurants in this area are closed on Mondays), and we do wish our dishes had been a little warmer, but otherwise a very pleasant evening.
We were disappointed in our table location. It was located at the swinging doors to kitchen. I didn’t want to sit there. We made reservations weeks ahead. We had a 6:30 reservation they told me we would have to wait until 9:00 for a different table. Luckily 15 minutes later we found out that we could have a table near bar that was open the whole time we stood there. Disappointed in hostess. Food and waiter were very good.
Been going here for a few years now when in town for a conference and the place never disappoints. Great selection for both food and drinks. Service is exceptional!
Very good as always, best fried ice cream and custom mixed drinks in town !!!
Our server was friendly, personable, attentive and educated in menu and able to communicate such. We did not feel rushed. We sat comfortably in a booth....Soooo love a booth/table seat....
Enjoyed Freshly prepared food...Love the goat cheese guac and salsa and chips....
Love the decor, lizards, vases, lighting...and dinnerware...clear and blue rimmed heavy glasses....
(could have used a little more water delivery to the table....but honestly, we are heavy water drinkers - so average diner may not have noticed)
easy to park and access - street is nicely manicured with upgrades to nearby buildings.
Next time that we're in - I'll take pics to upload....now that I know this survey is available and photo uploads can be included.
Thank you ~
Great fun, good server and excellent food. Wonderful to see a mix of folks in center city on a Friday night
Always a delight! We make a point to eat at El Sol every time we come to Harrisburg. Love the Orange Mango mojo to!
The service was very good as well as the food was great. I appreciated the reimbursement from the Chestnut street parking, $5.
My food was great! My husband’s fajitas were bland and not seasoned well. Service was bad. Server was not friendly and seemed bothered being there.
El Sol is my goto restaurant when having business associates staying in the downtown area. It's usually possible to get a table for 3-6 people, while still not being empty. The staff is courteous and the cuisine is very good and well prepared. The meals come quickly, but not too quickly.
My favorite Mexican restaurant. Can't get out of my pulled pork burrito rut, they are delicious.
Been going there for years. Always good food and good service, and the cocktails aren't bad either.
Great authentic Mexican food. We had a great server, too (Fernando)...
Excellent service and food quality with easy parking in the rear.
The restaurant has a nice ambiance, good food, great service, and the pricing is very fair. This would be a nice place to have a late dinner before going out downtown.
I have been to El Sol a few other times and really enjoyed it. I suggested we go here for a together with friends. When my sister opened her menu, there was a used straw stuck to the inside of the menu. The table felt sticky, dirty, and there was food left on the table. They were not super busy but maybe understaffed? Our server was not very attentive, the food was mediocre on this particular evening, and our server seemed very rushed. I will give it another shot based off of my previous experiences but had this been my first time there I would not go back.
Menu has a wide variety of Authentic Mexican dishes so it can be hard to decide. The service has always been very good and the food is served very timely and hot. If you like full flavor, spicy or creative dishes you will be sure to find something. Great margaritas and other specialty drinks. Reasonably priced and ample servings. I would recommend reservations, especially during the lunch and dinner hours because it tends to get busy.
One thing I would recommend to share at your table is the chips and salsa ....you get a large bowl of chips and you can chose four of the different salsa/dips for your chips.
The food was great, the service was good until near the end where our waiter was apparently trying to get us to leave faster. We only stayed a few minutes past the last person finished their meal. The waiter stopped by five times in that small window and there weren't people waiting for our table.
I took my 15 year old son with me to dinner, he wanted to go someplace special. He was blown away by the decor and the ambiance. He went with the waitress ' recommendation and loved it. He's a picky eater but even tried the cactus without issue. Leaving, he said it was "his new favorite place in Harrisburg".
I already knew it was great and once again - they didn't let me down.
Food was very average at best. My entree was overcooked and the sides were just eh. Highlight was the chips and salsa. Very overpriced compared to the food quality.
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!
Reservations through Open Table were erased the night I went for dinner. We had to wait for table to become available. Dining room was completely filled and service was slow as a result. The food was excellent.
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 am not a huge fan of Mexican food in general, but this place is phenomenal! If I could eat Mexican food here all the time, then I would have to say I love it. The food is fresh, perfectly prepared, so flavorful, and in a great atmosphere.
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,
Overall it was a fine restaurant. Not the best Mexican I ever had but decent quality of food and reasonably priced.
I had the Molecajeta mixto. It was delicious as always and since I took half home I got to enjoy it again the next day. My margarita on the rocks was also good. Very cozy and colorful decor. One of my favorite restaurants
This is still one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the area! I love that it is located in downtown Harrisburg! The staff is always friendly and the food is always great!
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!