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Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina

118 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Kid-friendly
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Latin American, Traditional Mexican
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Hours of operation

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

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

Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
(650) 948-9865
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering menu available on our website:
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Cross street
W El Camino Real
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Parking details
Parking spaces are available in the front and rear of the restaurant
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Special events & promotions
SF Beer Week February 7-16th, 2014

For more events, please check out our Event Calendar:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 118 People Are Saying
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jsch (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

We ate on patio. We didn’t even feel like we were on a busy street it’s so well insulated from street. The food was delicious and well played. Our wait staff were attentive. A good place for a reliably delicious meal. This restaurant has been in same family for over 30 years but is now updated and run by a new generation.

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The chips and two spicy salsas are delicious at Estrellita's as was the California burrito with chicken & jalapeños. I was grateful that the restaurant leaves a carafe of water on the table, as my mouth was burning hot from the spices.

The wait staff was very attentive, and lunch was most enjoyable. Lunch size servings & pricing were more than enough food for my wife & I, and we were happy we did not chose the dinner size portion.

vipamhey (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Authentic Mexican family restaurant. Our British guest enjoyed the experience as there are not many Mexican restaurants in the UK. So a good place for foreign visitors.

vipJodi (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Food never disappoints. Burrito may not be as gigantic as in the past, but still super tasty.

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Very good food, good service, and excellent value can be expected when dining at Estrellita Mexican Bistro. The chicken enchiladas with rice & beans were very tasty, as were the chips and spicy salsas served upon seating. Estrellita is a good choice for lunch.

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Very good food, decent service, and reasonable prices can be anticipated at Estrellita. The California chicken burrito and chicken tostado salad were both delicious, as were the chips served with two spicy salsas. The restaurant offers indoor & outdoor seating along a busy street. I'd definitely return to Estrellita when in the mood for Mexican food.

Eleu (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Always good food. The service is great and quiet enough to have a business conversation uninterrupted.

vipmichaelw (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

I've eaten at Estrellita multiple times prior to attending a play at Los Altos Stage Company and the food, service and ambiance is consistently exceptional. I can't imagine eating anywhere else when visiting Los Altos. Have their coconut-Kahlua flan for's fab!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 10, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

Great service and good food. Excellent drinks

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  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.

vipIsabel (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2017

Best authentic Mexican food!!!!!!

vipAshtenH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 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.

Spjam (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 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.

vipPK58 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipBetsy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 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!!

Herhsheygirl10 (Sacramento)
5.0  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.