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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.

18 South 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Blackberry

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 901-5050

Website:
http://www.elsolmexicanrestaurant.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

El Sol Mexican Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Casual (17)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Authentic (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Spicy (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Overall it was a fine restaurant. Not the best Mexican I ever had but decent quality of food and reasonably priced.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food and the service was great and also the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing quality of food, drinks & service! Best meal in a long time!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner. The service was great - our server was attentive and very pleasant.
Will recommend to friends and family and I will return again! Thank you!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Overall our experience at El Sol was great. However, for the second time they did not have our reservation correct. In the future I'll print the confirmation and take it with me.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything was great and the service was wonderful.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Absolutely fantastic food and service! Easy walk from City Island. Excellent margarita!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It was ok, servers are always awesome. Food for the price is not amazing but we only ordered fajitas and some kids items. We should have done more authentic Mexican fare. They do have the best quacamole on the planet!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Good food and service. Lunch time was very busy. Not ideal location for a date but it was ok.

Tags: Healthy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We love it there food is excellent and service is second to none highly recommend EL SOL for authentic mexican cuisine

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

This place was a great find while on a business trip! The food, ambiance, service were excellent! Wish I could go back but I'm 3 hours away...sadly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

very good food, great margaritas and sangria. I was surprised that it was so empty though on a saturday night

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Overall we always love El Sol. On this particular visit our waitress was a little overeager about removing plates--a personal pet peeve--but otherwise this was a great experience, as I've come to expect from the restaurant

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Just a last minute date night with my honey of 32 years.. we enjoyed every minute of it❤️

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent, fresh food. Large portions and great menu choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food, great atmosphere, outstanding service. Margaritas are awesome!

A little pricey for Mexican food, there are other places more authentic and a better value.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Impressive cocktail menu with made from scratch drinks. Food definitely was under supervision of a chef, not a short order cook..............great food and drinks. Service was as you expect for great service. Highly recommend this establishment.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Food is always temp appropriate; nice portions; menu generous; always well presented and good

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Organic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent venue for get togethers with friends. Varied menu selection all of which are very tasty. Yummy cocktails. Wait staff is superb in an authentic feeling environment.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food!!!! The queso fundido was excellent at were our entrees and dessert. The waitress was amazing, every recommendation she made was on point. And the sangria was perfection. Great date night at this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 31, 2017

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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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Best Mexican food I've ever had! The guacamole is to die for. An absolute must if you like Mexican cuisine!

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Spicy, Healthy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Hot Spot, Tapas, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

To start, we enjoyed our classic margaritas. They were tasty and had a fair amount of tequila. We ordered the traditional guacamole and chips for an appetizer, it was top-notch. My husband had a seafood appetizer which was basically overcooked shrimp and bay scallops in a too spicy sauce. Our friends got the queso dip which amounted to melted cheese with tortillas. None of us were overly impressed with our entrees. The seafood was largely overcooked and over seasoned. Besides this, we had to ask for water refills and waited forever for drink refills. It's a cute place, maybe it was an off night, in my opinion a solid 3 stars.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2017

El Sol was great as usual. Our business associates enjoyed everything as well. The Don Juan paradillo is always good, and the tilapia was enjoyed by our associates. Always a good choice in restaurants.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This place is fantastic in every way! I have eaten here 3 times and have had a wonderful experience every time. The food is fresh and delicious. The margaritas were also very tasty! This is now mine and my husband's favorite Mexican restaurant in the area! Well worth the drive from York! We will plan to return very soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great gluten free options

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We love El Sol! We go often and the food is tasty and service is great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great food, great service! Had the avocado and portabella salad - it was delicious!

Tags: Healthy
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