SOL Mexican Cocina - Newport Beach

4.4
2457 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The Best of Baja in the heart of Newport, SOL Cocina offers an upscale, yet inviting dining experience on the water in Newport Harbor. Executive Chef Deborah Schneider, a 2009 James Beard Foundation Book Award Nominee, has created a menu of contemporary and gourmet interpretations of Baja street cuisine,
inlcuding antojitos, street tacos, cocktels de mariscos and main dishes made with fresh seafood, wood grilled meats, local produce and salsas that are all made fresh daily.
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HermanS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed having dinner at Sol Cocina. Our server was Barbara she is the BEST. Really nice and always checking on our table. She knows her stuff. She gave us some recommendations to eat and drink.
I will go back again and request Barbara to b our server.

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amnewport
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sol is one of my favorite as it has good food, service is always good and of course you cant beat the waterfront location. And this is so close to home too! Take advantage of Happy Hour drinks and appetizers.

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viprdrsj
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch could not have been better. Canal views, flavorful food, great service

KC
vipKCNYC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We have been to Sol so many times, especially during the past 2 years, and last night was such a disappointment! We sat outside on the patio and our server came by every 30+ minutes. We never had water refilled and the new paying system is annoying. Wont be back!

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vipTony
New Mexico
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic! Tacos and Burrito's are not your average restaurant quality, way above!

Margarita's are fresh and many choices.

Overall, it is a great place to meet friends or have a special dinner.

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vipINEEDANAVYGROG
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to be at Sol. Good to see Christian and JC today.

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vipReviewer
San Diego
92 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience - exceeded all our expectations for food quality, service, view, etc., etc... Will definitely go back next time in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Tried this place today for the first time with my family. Overall the food was good. Our biggest complaint was the service (more like lack of) we got our food before we got our drinks. We overheard 2 other tables complaining that they had no idea who their waiter was. Our waiter was very nice but was struggling to keep track of his tables. We sat outside and he had tables inside so he was clearly juggling. In my opinion there should have been 1 waiter for the outside tables only. It’s too much for them to be juggling tables inside and out. Common sense, someone is going to be forgotten about (like us) in the end we were comp’d our drinks and our food was good. We did receive an apology as well, which was appreciated. But we would’ve loved to have had a great experience for our first time. So if you go here, don’t be surprised if you have to wait for your order to be taken or your drinks to be delivered to your table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible experience. Waited for over a hour for our drinks and 1.5 hours for the food. Food came out ice cold for everyone. The service was just terrible and the food was not good. Won’t go back

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend get together

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CarrieC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carne asada tacos yummy!!
Blackberry margarita
Cucumber margarita

RM
vipRonaldM
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to this restaurant before and enjoyed it. This is no different. The food was good reasonably priced good service. Nice ambience on the water.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Some of the worst service I have ever experienced. Aside from the patio umbrella falling over and nearly hitting our three month old baby in the stroller, the waitress was absent most of the time and when she did finally show up, she was rude. You would think after the near calamity of a umbrella collapsing less than 2 feet from a sleeping baby in a stroller, a manager would come out to apologize or someone from the staff would check to see if everything was ok, but not a ounce of concern from anyone. The food was subpar, especially for the price. Sadly disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers were great!! The coconut calamari was tasty as was the ceviche. For dinner, the short rib was prefect for sharing if you wanted to eat light.

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NateN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was not up to par, food was lacking seasoning although portions were big. Will not come back

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AlliyahO
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

It was a nice restaurant but was short on rice, server didnt let us know. Had mostly black beans as a meal. Didn’t finish it all. Noise level could be better there was an older women who had few too many drinks who was shouting in the restaurant.

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KarenC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We had a reservation for 6:45pm and we seated at 7:15. It took forever for the server to take our drink orders so we ordered drinks, 2 apps & dinner at the same time. It was a while before one of the apps was delivered and the other apps never came. Dinner was delivered before we had even finished the app. The food is actually outstanding. We had to ask for the bill as we didn't get the bill for over half an hour after our plates were cleared. The music was blaring! Even though we were sitting outside the bar, it was so loud we had to lean in to hear each other. ..with the door to the bar closed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible service

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vipFeastingonfoodjb
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have had the goat cheese enchiladas in the past and they were melt in your mouth delicious. Today the tortillas were tough and cheese was chewy. Seems like maybe the quality had changed.
I hope the quality doesn’t suffer as that could change their future.
I will give them another shot.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this place!! I’ve been going to the Newport Beach location for a few years now…it has yet to disappoint! Any occasion is a good occasion to go

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside with a terrific view of the marina. Our waiter was super friendly and attentive. Our meals were tasty. We loved the experience. We’ll be back.

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vipJillW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I took my two children for lunch. My daughter is vegan and ordered vegan tacos but they came with two kinds of cheese so she did not eat them. I tried one and they were very good but she just wasn’t able to eat them because of the cheese. So that was disappointing. The food I had was very good and my son lightest as well

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MikeM
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not sure why this restaurant has such high ratings. It is our second time trying to go here and the the hosts are always unfriendly and make us feel unwelcomed. The service is also very poor. The food is ok, we will not be going back here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS GREAT GOOD AND GREAT SERVICE AND THE FOOD OMG DELICIOUS 🤤 ALL THE TIME LOVE THIS PLACE

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NikL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is absolutely NOTHING they did wrong on my 1st visit!!!! For the hostess to the Exit: they greet you, treat you like family arriving to the party and feed you ooohhh so well and the drinks are outta this world! Thank you to everyone for making this a memorable experience to brag about! Can't wait for our next visit

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Mase
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Casual fare for pseudo-Mexican food. Service was good, waiters friendly, but food you can tell was just pre-made, heated up, and served quick. You can do a lot better for the same dollars if Mexican is what you're craving. But, its in a prime location and harbor adjacent so I'd recommend it for a happy-hour. But not much else.

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BenB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was an ok experience. Started out oddly. Picked up the water glass and the bottom of the glass separated. Water went all over the place.

The food was ok. The bean dip was real yummy.

Our server was stretched so I can’t blame him for the lack of attention but we certainly didn’t feel like we were the only ones in the restaurant.

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FrankO
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Mia was amazing waitress

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Management knows what they’re doing. Great staff!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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Eater1
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Value for money is very poor wi try limited options for vegeterians

Margaritas are very blend and not flavorful

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Normally love this place, but the food was subpar and the service was dismal. Typically I don’t write reviews like this, but it was very disappointing.

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vipAndree
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I am sensitive to being overly critical during the pandemic but I do feel it is important for restaurants to have some insights into today's guest experience during these challenging times. My most recent experience at Sol Cocina was just okay. The service was slow and forgetful at times. The food was lukewarm and the taste was also "just okay". The jalapeño and cucumber margarita was a bit too sweet with just a "dash" of what tasted like tequila. The prices of drinks, entrees and appetizers seemed to have gone up but the flavor had gone down...The outdoor deck seating was nice and I hope this area will remain once things "normalize". I am sure I will return in the future to give the restaurant another chance as it has always been one of my favorite local Mexican food restaurants in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had requested a note be on our table upon arrival. This request was not executed. This would have made the experience a lot more special and memorable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Noisy and overpriced
Food was good, not great

JC
JChas
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are seats right on the harbor as well as nicely decorated inside dining areas. Unusual Margaritas were very tasty. They have many interesting takes on their Mexican dishes. Our meal was delicious and looked very appetizing and decorative on the plate. Though we are not locals, will make a point of returning. The place was full so suggest you make a reservation as I did.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Prices are comparable to higher-end Mexican restaurants. The good, but not impressive, quality of the food didn’t justify the price.

Not yet sure if we’ll come back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting by the water with great food-what could be better?

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JC was the best! One of the best waiters I have ever come across and the food and drinks were fabulous!

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SOL Mexican Cocina - Newport Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 675-9800.

SOL Mexican Cocina - Newport Beach is rated 4.4 stars by 2457 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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