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El Palomar - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

El Palomar - Santa Cruz

4.1
4.1
118 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Join us for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or our weekday happy hour specials. Since El Palomar's opening in 1983, Jose and Amelia Espinoza have been serving Santa Cruz unique and fresh Mexican cuisine inspired by authentic family recipes. Our commitment to excellence has continuously earned El Palomar the award of "Best Mexican Restaurant in Santa Cruz." El Palomar boasts a full bar with an extensive, hand-picked tequila selection. Join us every Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm for happy hour specials on our house margaritas and 100% agave margaritas. You can also enjoy our beer on tap. We also feature a Taco Bar for those on the go, as well as banquet and catering services to bring the experience to any event or location. Come see us at our Taco Bar! The hours of operation are: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30 am - 8 pm Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 9 pm Closed Monday & Tuesday

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 425-7575
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    We offer on-site catering services featuring a taco bar complete with handmade tortillas made to order at event, as well as a buffet option featuring an array of our most popular and signature dishes. Please inquire with manager for more details. (Note: Our catering services are for a minimum of 50 guests only.)<br />We also offer many of our menu items in large to-go portions to create your own event at home, please contact us for more info.
  • Private party facilities
    We can accommodate up to 35 guests for a seated event and up to 55 guests for an appetizer/cocktail event. Please inquire with manager via email or restaurant's reservation phone for more details.
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Cruz
  • Cross street
    Soquel Avenue
  • Parking details
    Public garage located at Soquel/Front
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

What 118 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience

NoiseEnergetic

118 Reviews
  1. SantaCruzie

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is dark for dinner (had a hard time reading the menu) so it's perfect for couples. The bar is brighter with skylights and lots of young people and drink specials. Also great for lunch - good specials and fresh Mexican fare.

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  2. TassiR

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was great! The problem we had was with the seating staff and the waiter. First, they refused to seat us, then they changed their mind. And mind you, the restaurant was almost completely empty. Once we got seated, the waitress was kind of in lala land. She was nice, but did not cater to our needs. Instead, the bus boy was more attentive, providing us with refills and more chips and salsa.

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  3. AHTONY

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Carne asada melt in your mouth delicious. Beans blah.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant has quite large servings. We ordered chips salsa and guacamole and by the time the food had arrived everyone was already full. Other than that it was great! Their special pork tamales are delicious.

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  5. Crc2

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and good service. Try to make it on Friday if you can, it's the only day you can score carnitas mmmmmmm. Decent cocktails also :)

    1 person found this helpful

  6. Travelwise

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Was a nice time for all, waitress was very good, the guacamole was on the thin side wouldn't order again. There were 2 bills and somehow I got charged for both on my credit card althought the other person paid cash. Ultimately the confusion was redolved yhe next day, so yhank you management.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It's down town Santa Cruz; not Palm Springs. Don't expect much and you'll be happy. It's walking distance from the movie house; that's the "Great" thing. If you have time drive to the wharf's pier where they're better restaurants.

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  8. Susan

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food, good service, always a place to bring company.

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  9. Madam1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were shocked to see the new menu at this Santa Cruz staple. $18 for my burrito and they no longer include the delicious tortillas they're famous for. Way too expensive for Mexican food. Sorry Palomar this is our last time eating at your far too overpriced restaurant.

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  10. CKP59

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant is in the lobby of the El Palomar Hotel. Beautiful old building, very casual feel. Everything we tried was excellent. My wife is a cook and comes from a Mexican family. She was pleased so I think others will be, too.

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FAQs

El Palomar - Santa Cruz offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 425-7575.

El Palomar - Santa Cruz is rated 4.1 stars by 118 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for El Palomar - Santa Cruz

1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Soquel Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Cruz
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public garage located at Soquel/Front
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Phone number
    (831) 425-7575
  • Catering
    We offer on-site catering services featuring a taco bar complete with handmade tortillas made to order at event, as well as a buffet option featuring an array of our most popular and signature dishes. Please inquire with manager for more details. (Note: Our catering services are for a minimum of 50 guests only.)<br />We also offer many of our menu items in large to-go portions to create your own event at home, please contact us for more info.
  • Private party facilities
    We can accommodate up to 35 guests for a seated event and up to 55 guests for an appetizer/cocktail event. Please inquire with manager via email or restaurant's reservation phone for more details.
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