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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
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.
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 ~
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.
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.
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!
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