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El Sol Mexican Restaurant

717 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mexican, Global, International, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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

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Phone number
(717) 901-5050
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 717 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was excellent. We had a wonderful meal. Service was ok. Margarita was strong and excellent. Would recommend to anyone.

PaulaD (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

A regular go to for work lunches. Love it. Open one in hanover!

vipKirkinMD (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

JerryM (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

SGBrantley (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Very good as always, best fried ice cream and custom mixed drinks in town !!!

AnnMarieK (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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 that I know this survey is available and photo uploads can be included.
Thank you ~

vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great fun, good server and excellent food. Wonderful to see a mix of folks in center city on a Friday night

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Always a delight! We make a point to eat at El Sol every time we come to Harrisburg. Love the Orange Mango mojo to!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The service was very good as well as the food was great. I appreciated the reimbursement from the Chestnut street parking, $5.

BK23 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

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.

HerHighness (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Great authentic Mexican food. We had a great server, too (Fernando)...

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent service and food quality with easy parking in the rear.

FoodFan2014 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Jenm (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

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 get a large bowl of chips and you can chose four of the different salsa/dips for your chips.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Dauntless65 (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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.