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Sol Mexican Cocina - Irvine - SOL Mexican Cocina - Irvine, Irvine, CA

SOL Mexican Cocina - Irvine

4.3
4.3
458 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Our restaurants are inspired by the best of coastal Baja California: Warm, welcoming, friendly, inspired by old and new Mexican design. SOL’s kitchens feature our unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 975-1220
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Take the taste of SOL Cocina home with you. Enjoy our hand made tortillas, savory entrees, and flavorful margaritas at your next party or event.
  • Private party facilities
    Enjoy one of Modern Luxury's Best Mexican Restaurants in Orange County for your next private event or celebration. Delight in Baja flavors paired with hand-crafted cocktails and margaritas.
  • Private party contact
    Maricela Daoudi: (562) 346-1515
  • Neighborhood
    Irvine
  • Parking details
    We validate Parking in our structure.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 458 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

458 Reviews
  1. SonalS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed lots and thank you for the early table reservation change.😊

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  2. DawnM

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place with great food!!! It was a tad too loud but that happens!!!

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  3. grtplace

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Overall - good. I expected so much more. The food was very good - the ambiance nice however the service was poor. The place wasn’t even busy. Our server was more interested in hanging out with friends at the bar. She messed up the order - served the starters with the entrees - waited LONG for drinks - didn’t write down the orders and completely forgot one in our party - I knew she’d mess up and I even asked her. I won’t go back.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Nice Mexican restaurant, with pretty good food. Corn, as an appetizer, is wonderful. Had to ask twice for table water, as waiter was busy with other tables. Overall, good dining experience. Will probably return to SOL in the future.

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  5. Hemighways

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Poor host service. No utensils. No napkins. We had to ask for them and host was too busy on a personal call to help. Waiter was ok but dirty table and overall bad experience.

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  6. Aini

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overall I would give this place a 4/5. Staff was very friendly, the drinks and food were good. I went for an early dinner, so the noise level wasn’t bad. Only reason why i didn’t give it a 5/5 is because our empty dishes weren’t being removed from the table fast enough, and it’s not fun to have a full table of empty dishes. I ended up getting the Spanish octopus, which was good, but doesn’t come with rice or beans, just a small dish of octopus with a few fingerling potatoes. Other than that; this place was good.

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  7. Mbetty

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    We had a small company lunch here. It was a festive place, but our meal was very slow to be served and my shrimp salad was very salty. Hostess was on the phone when we arrived and made zero attempt to make eye contact or let us know that she’d assist us soon. She just kept talking…until she was done. Servers were pleasant and attentive but overall, I was personally underwhelmed and would not return.

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  8. RobertF

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    This was one of those dining experiences where you look forward to bringing friends to a nice restaurant for dinner, only to have the experience blow up in your face. We had recently visited the Sol Mexican Cocina location in Denver and hoped for a positive experience in Irvine. (The hostess didn’t know there was a Sol Mexican Cocina in Denver or really any place else.) We first expected trouble when we arrived. The hostess who greeted us had a distinct “deer in the headlights” look when we arrived. She seemed completely mystified what do when we checked in. Dinner started well enough, running into trouble when we attempted ordering. The waiter appeared virtually uninformed as to what was on the menu, and we had to go to great lengths to place/confirm our order. And then, they were gone. 15-20 minutes expired before the wait staff even checked back. In the interim, we ran out of chips, ran out of water and had extreme difficulty gaining their attention to serve our needs. Upon attempting to exit the parking structure with a ticket we assumed had been validated, we came to learn that the validation did not work. We had to call the garage security to finally have the exit gate lifted. It’s truly painful to invite friends to join you for what you believe will be an excellent dining experience, only to leave embarrassed by choosing such a destination. Sol Mexican Cocina needs to tighten up their operation, starting with their service staff.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food wasn’t fresh and the service wasn’t great

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fantastic! I don’t feel like I’m paying for overpriced Mexican food because it has a unique twist. We enjoyed our time that we were there for three hours, amazing!

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  11. WesM

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Arrived for reservation minutes early, slow 4:30pm Friday timing. Hostess amicable but seemed to have attitude preventing her being cheery. Nicely decorated place. Chips came very warm, but very greasy, we asked for new, less greasy. New came, but there must have been issues in kitchen, they were still not at a point of ability to enjoy eating. The wait was also fairly long all at, considering it was pretty much an empty restaurant. The food ordered finally came, was very good- Ensenada fish tacos- but for some reason I got 2 servings of rice and no beans with my order, I gave up and just dealt with it. My mate mentioned it to server(who was very nice and always pleasant and helpful, but it seems she may have been having challenges with back restaurant cooperation), I don’t know. My mates Chicken Taco platter came with what listed on menu, and she liked it, but at this price point, she expected all white meat/breast. I know there is difference in tastes of chicken eaters and mine, unlike me, won’t eat anything but white meat. We’ll go back again, because it could have been an off pre Friday early eve and it was close to great food.

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  12. RobinS

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and a great atmosphere. I like the corner booth where we were seated.

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  13. SocalDude

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went in around 8:30 PM on a Friday for dinner. They only had tables available on the bar side where there is a live music. I was told by the reception person that the main dining area had already closed for the evening. The music was loud and I really didn't care for any of the songs he was singing, which took away from the dining experience. They brought out chips and salsa pretty quickly. Waitress was nice, appetizers came out pretty quick. They forgot to bring us silverware and I had to ask for it. We had to ask twice for more salsa for the chips. Food was very good. That it why I keep coming back. I really like the variety of the menu and the quality of the food. Ambience and service is OK. I will come back again.

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  14. Todd

    Orange County

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Never thought I would miss El Torito Grill this much. We went on a Tuesday. It was extremely loud, to the point where it's hard to have a conversation. The food was lackluster, service was poor, and the overall experience was pretty bad. The only good thing about dinner was the tequila, which I ordered neat, so there was not much that could mess it up.

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  15. Katrina

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Impeccable service! Delicious guacamole. Drinks were average. Was very loud.

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  16. JulieR

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    The food was not good at all. I got a carnitas torta and it was all fat. My friend ordered "shrimp" taquitos and opened one up because she couldn't taste the shrimp on the one she just ate and there was one small shrimp. I would not go back or recommend it.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food, excellent experience all together

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  18. AndreS

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Excited for first visit. Should have known service was off when host could not find our reservation. Took over 25 mins to get acknowledged for drinks. Then had to ask for chips a couple times. Food was the best experience! Food was fresh and delicious! Forgotten about on getting the check too. Loved the food! Service needs to be better.

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  19. Richard

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and service great brunch drinks and it's beautiful outside

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful restaurant love it everytime ! you gotta try the street corn whenever you go !

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent but the service was a little slow. This is a very nice place to go for happy hour or dinner. The coconut calamari is delicious.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Service was really lacking which is a shame since the food was good. It didn’t make sense when it wasn’t overly busy to have inattentive service

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Terrible food Poor service Ambiance was good Location was good

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  24. Neal

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambience. Very nice decor and high energy vibe. Food was good but pricey. Also, service was good bit slow.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    It’s a place you go for a mediocre Mexican lunch/dinner.

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  26. JJBiz

    Central Coast

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and quality of the food were 5 star. Really excellent experience.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had an overall good experience. Their food taste delicious. But service needs improvements.

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  28. KathyV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Went there for a birthday but they didn’t even bring out a dessert menu. Food and service were good. You’ll likely have to pay for parking since they only validate for 1.5 hours. Unless you plan to rush through your meal.

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  29. JimH

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. First time trying, I will be back

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  30. GettyFan

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    SOL is a good restaurant to take a break while we charge our Tesla.

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  31. LTfromSC

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great lunch. Happening place with lots of business lunches taking place. Will definitely return.

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  32. CherylW

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and good service. We would recommend it.

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  33. djt7

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great, will for sure go again. The outside seating also looked nice.

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  34. DianaB

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks! Waiter explained everything as well and made great recommendations.

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  35. TempestMV

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sol has Great food and drinks. The homemade tostada they serve instead of chips is pretty genius if you ask me. It was a bit busy & loud for a weekday dinner, but all in all it was good.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, good food and drinks. Went on a Saturday and they had live music, free parking garage.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Patio tables between the planks of wood dirty pedestals too. Keep the patio clean

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  38. DebiM

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, very delicious food. Service was very good, but slightly slow. We would definitely go back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Eddie and Vanessa were both amazing servers and answered all our questions. Food and drinks were amazing as always!

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  40. LisaC

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Service was a bit slow but restaurant was packed. Had reservation and was seated immediately. Waiter was great and did his best. Tequila and Tacos on Tuesday was amazing!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from SOL Mexican Cocina - Irvine using the Order Online button. SOL Mexican Cocina - Irvine also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. SOL Mexican Cocina - Irvine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 975-1220.

SOL Mexican Cocina - Irvine is rated 4.3 stars by 458 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for SOL Mexican Cocina - Irvine

1910 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Irvine
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We validate Parking in our structure.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 975-1220
  • Catering
    Take the taste of SOL Cocina home with you. Enjoy our hand made tortillas, savory entrees, and flavorful margaritas at your next party or event.
  • Private party facilities
    Enjoy one of Modern Luxury's Best Mexican Restaurants in Orange County for your next private event or celebration. Delight in Baja flavors paired with hand-crafted cocktails and margaritas.
  • Private party contact
    Maricela Daoudi: (562) 346-1515
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