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About Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina is family-owned and has been serving the great community of Los Altos and the whole peninsula since 1958. We take pride in serving top quality, authentic and unique dishes from throughout Mexico and Latin America, many of which you won’t find anywhere else.

Our charming, character-rich location is perfect for a quiet dinner for two, a large group event, or your next company meeting. Enjoy seasonal specials, ever-changing signature cocktails, and even espresso creations made with our own hand-roasted coffee beans.

971 N. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin American, Traditional Mexican

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:00am-2:00pm

Dinner: Sun-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
W El Camino Real

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 948-9865

Website:
http://www.estrellitarestaurant.com/

Catering:
Catering menu available on our website:
http://estrellitarestaurant.com

Parking Details:
Parking spaces are available in the front and rear of the restaurant

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

Special Events & Promotions:
SF Beer Week February 7-16th, 2014

For more events, please check out our Event Calendar:
http://estrellitarestaurant.com/calendar/

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Good for Groups (5)
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Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

All good. Had an entertainment coupon but the discount was pretty minimal. Overall a very good experience.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very short staff and poor interaction with the customer. I️t took them some time to acknowledge us. When they did they did a good job. They were short handed but the food was good.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great service and good food. Excellent drinks

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Tasty food, attentive service, and reasonable prices can be expected at Estrellita's Bistro & Cantina. My wife and I enjoyed the enchilada suizas as well as the California chicken burrito. The included chips are served with two spicy salsas and a bottle of tap water. I would definitely return to Estrellita's when in the mood for a Mexican meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Best authentic Mexican food!!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The meal and service were excellent. The Margaritas are delicious, we tried a few different ones between the group. They were all good, just depends on your preference. Loved the enchiladas and the street tacos were a good starter, but I'd get a couple orders if more than 2 people. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Casual, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

8 of us (4 young adults and their parents) went for dinner on a Saturday night. The guacamole was delicious. Each person thoroughly enjoyed his/her meal. For me it was fish tacos. Delicious! We'll definitely go there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good food and cocktails, but not enough wait staff the evening we dined. This made for slow service.

Thumbs up for the mezcalrita cocktail.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I first ate at Estralitta's 50 yr.s ago when my Dad was working in Palo Alto. It's probably been 30+ years since I last ate there and it is every bit as good today as it was when I last was in.

They've done a great job of sticking with a traditional Mexican menu while making small adjustments to appeal to current tastes.

I told my Dad about our dinner there and he's planning to drive down from Santa Rosa just to eat there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Service could be a little quicker and more efficient given we had a party of 9 and already paying the 18% gratuity.

Tags: Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The best part of the experience was the service. We seemed to be much needier than usual and all of our requests were handled quickly and with a smile!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We came here for lunch. We were immediately served warm chips and fresh salsa. Our food was absolutely delicious. Service was excellent with very friendly staff. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great authentic Mexican food. Best kept secret in the Peminsula for Mexican food.
The Goirmet burrito has been a staple for them for over 49 years! Nice bar , great chips amd salsa. Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went on a really warm day. Seems like they have a swamp cooler but not A/C. Food was ok. Service was ok. Good draft beer selection. Probably won't come here again with all the Mexican restaurant options available.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Very good food & service with reasonable prices. Estrellita is not fancy, but one can count on a satisfying & enjoyable lunch. My family enjoyed enchilada suizas, the California burrito with Oacaxa chicken, and the enchilada combination plate.

Chips and two spicy salsas are served upon being seated. Estrellita's is a good choice for lunch with a friend or the family.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Party of 12. Good local spot. Had family dinner and it happens to be my son's 22nd birthday!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We went for a late lunch. Everyone enjoyed their menu choices. I had the shrimp veracruzana; it was yummy! The special guacamole with mango was a table favorite. Service of drinks appetizers seemed a little slow, but all our lunches came in a timely manner and everyone enjoyed their choices. We were not rushed to leave.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina has very good food, good service, and reasonable prices. The chips & two spicy salsas served upon seating are excellent, as are the enchilada suiza, California burrito with Oaxaca chicken, and chicken quesadilla.

The restaurant is not fancy, but a comfortable setting for a tasty & enjoyable lunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We had reservations and when we arrived the place was packed. No one greeted us or anyone else waiting. Weexplained that they had overbooked the evening.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Two spicy salsas are served with tasty chips upon seating in this typical Mexican style restaurant that serves very good food with decent service and reasonable prices. My family enjoyed quesadillas, enchiladas, and chicken oaxaca burritos all served with rice and beans.

Service was a bit slow and the waitress disappeared for long periods of time, but lunch was very good and overall it was an enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

The restaurant was bustling the night we were there. A large group had most of the room. It was loud and our waiter was busy, but either he or someone else came to check on us regularly. Food took longer than expected, but that was because the kitchen was slammed. Food was good, drinks were good. We'll be back, and hopefully it won't be that crazy next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Great food! Service was a bit slow, but I think it was because there was a fundraiser happening,but it was clear they were working hard and trying their best.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Great Mexican food and also great service. Everyone, including the other patrons were friendly. Someone at the next table took our picture!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2017

I've been here a few times, but this experience was the best so far. Their mole sauce is excellent!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Service was quite slow, and really could use some improvement. This has happened on other visits. Also my shrimp taco's - were way too much garlic. I'm Italian, I love garlic, but it was so overpowering. I would not order the shrimp taco's again. The Mole seems to be one of the best options, it's delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2016

We weren't greeted or given menus when seated, and it took awhile for wait staff to acknowledge our table. Asked about Happy Hour as website stated M-F 5-7 p.m. but waiter said no but offered no explanation as to why not.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Tasty food, very good service, and reasonable prices result in an enjoyable dining experience at Estrellita. The California burrito with oaxaca chicken is delicious as is the enchilada suizas. Chips with two hot salsas are served upon seating with a large bottle of water.

Estrellita is one of my family's favorite places for a dependable Mexican lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Locally operated for several generations, Estralita never fails to satisfy. Usual and uniqui dished are prepared with care. Lovely flavors, unlike Mexican chain restaurants and standard Mexican food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Drinks were great and decor was nice. Louder music would've helped the ambiance a little bit. The food was good but a little over priced.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Very good food & service at a reasonable price. Estrellita routinely serves delicious enchiladas, burritos, and quesadilla, and is one of my family's favorite lunch locations. Chips are served with two very spicy salsas and a bottle of water, which we consume very quickly while eating the chips.

Estrellita is not fancy, but we have always left full and satisfied. I definitely recommend Estrellita for a casual lunch with family or friends.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Authentic Mexican restaurant near the corner of El Camino and San Antonio in Mtn View.
They use good, old family recipes for the mole sauce. I usually order the Mole Chicken
but also enjoyed the Prawn Burrito this time.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Service was slow and we had to keep asking for things. Ambiance was fun and vibrant. Food was just okay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2016

Variety of Mexican dishes including unique dishes rarely served!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Chile Releno was great - chicken enchilada left a lot to be desired, dry and just lacked a lot in comparison to other chicken enchiladas I have ordered at other places, however my friend asked to have her chicken enchilida with green tomatilla sauce and that was very good, nice and moist and great flavor. The Sangria was definitely not to my liking, very different than other sangrias I have had at other places. Note- my Chili Relano was great and notspicy (and I cannot tolerate spicy food), however my friends tuned out to be a very hot relano, and I do not believe these are listed as spicy so beware they can vary in "heat" - I presumed each poblano is different, but their Chile relanos are among the best I have eater in other places, great sauce.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Yummy food everyday, extra special for Day of the Dead celebration!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Outstanding Value, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Estrellita has terrific chips & spicy salsa served upon being seated at one of the indoor or outdoor tables (along a busy city street). Lunch servings are generous and prices are particularly attractive. My family and I enjoyed chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, enchilada suizas, cheese quesadilla, and the taco chicken salad very much.

Service can sometimes be a bit slow, but it was very good this particular visit. We'll definitely return to Estrellita in the near future.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Very authentic dishes, some executed well and some not..ee had the pipian which was one of the best i have had, the chile en nogada which was mediocre at best, and the cochinita pibil. The cochinita came with the picnled cebollas, but no habanero which is traditionally how it is made. I get that they cant serve it with habanero due to clientel, but they didnt even have any to serve on the side, which was disappointing. What killed the dishes were the terrible tortillas they served. Had they been at least decent tortillas, a 4th star would have been given for the food. Im mexican and have trveled throught mexico eating these dishes and while i was stiked to see they had some of these dishes, the lack of attention t9 detail made this place average.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Had a happy family gathering! Daughter & grandchildren together!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Great authentic southern and central Mexican dishes! Yummmmm

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Very good food with decent services and reasonable prices. The chips and two spicy salsas were very tasty as were the enchilada suizas, gourmet chicken burrito, and chicken quesadilla. Outdoor tables are available although they are on a busy city street.

I'll definitely return to Estrellitas when in the mood for a very good Mexican lunch.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Casual, Spicy
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