SOL Mexican Cocina - Newport Beach

4.4
1127 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Weekend at SOL Mexican Cocina! Join us Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5, for our 2-day fiesta featuring live music. Enjoy taco & drinks specials on Sunday, May 5th.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

This Mother's Day, treat mom to brunch! Enjoy SOL's authentic Mexican cuisine and new brunch cocktails in a fun & sophisticated setting. Live Music every Sunday from 12pm - 3 pm. Brunch, served Saturday & Sunday until 3pm.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

This Father’s Day, give dad what he really wants! Grilled Kobe Skirt Steak, Beer Battered Fish Tacos, Short Ribs, and Carne Asada Street Tacos. Live Music every Sunday from 12 pm – 3 pm.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Celebrate Easter with family and friends over brunch! Enjoy mimosas, brunch cocktails, and the best Huevos Rancheros in town. Live music on Easter Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a 7:30 reservation and we waited until 8:30, but still not seated so we left.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

I love this place and usually the service and food are excellent but this time the service was horrible!
Our server didn’t show up for quite sometime. When she finally did show up she got our drink order wrong. We ordered our appetizer right when she first introduced herself and didn’t get it till after the meal arrived and I had to remind her. She never brought our waters. Didn’t refill our drinks.
Promised us a free dessert for all our trouble and we didn’t even get that.
Horrible.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was ok. Both salmon and the duck was overcooked and dry. Reasonable prices though.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They sat us outdoors with an amazing view.

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JV
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We made reservations a week ahead of time. Arrived at the restaurant at our reservation time and had to wait 50 minutes to be seated. Not happy about that. I'm sure if I was 50 minutes late, they wouldn't have held my reservations. I'll think twice about eating there again.

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MF
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I made the drive from Diamond Bar to Newport just to visit Sol but this visit I was a bit disappointed with table that was issued to us. I was not at all pleased with sitting next to the kitchen.

My guess arrived before I did therefore I did not make a request to be moved.

Although, the parking attendant was completely wonderful in helping my guest.

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L
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Having not tried this restaurant since it opened we tried it and were delighted. The food was exceptional......service good and we got a view table. Only complaint, the view table was right next to the kitchen and the noise was quite loud and the wait staff were constantly coming and going. Would definitely return, but ask for a different table next time.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Taco Tuesday is always a fun time at Sol!!

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CD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We waited over 45 minutes (we had shown up on time for our reservation for a party of 2), and we never got seated, we ended up leaving and going elsewhere. Extremely disappointed.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We are searching for a good Mexican restaurant after El Torito Grill is going out of business.
Thought to give it a try at Sol Cocina, and overall the restaurant is okay, the food is good.
But I did not feel welcome here, we got a table outside and there was a heater that was roasting me and my daughter 😴, I was so dizzy and hot. The server was nice but she just rushed everything, we got our food and everything in like 30 minutes. We dine in there for less than an hour and it’s not cheap.
I just can’t justify the price for this restaurant, I guess we will keep looking for a restaurant that will become our new tradition

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OD
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We decided to go for pre-Christmas family dinner on 12-8-18. We arrived a little early only to be told that they were running behind. We waited nearly 30 minutes past our scheduled reservation. Apparently this was a big party night as there were many large groups of diners. This exacerbated an already difficult noise environment created mainly by the architecture but when the dance music came on, it was absolutely impossible to have a conversation at the dinner table. The music and noise was unbearably loud and though the tacos, tamale, and burrito my party ordered was good, the noise level alone is enough to convince us not to return

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but the restaurant was running 30+ minutes behind our reservation time
When we were finally seated, no server came by for 20 minutes.

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DV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My niece was visiting from GA and I requested a booth by the window so she could enjoy the amazing view of the bay and boats. They seated us at a special table by the window, which my niece really appreciated. Service was phenomenal and food was great. We were not rushed at all as we sat and visited. Really enjoyed our time together!

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TA
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is amazing

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LJ
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great specials for taco Tuesday!

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CB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow this visit and we were seated in a booth with cracked upholstery, which was a little off-putting.

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LD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience. The food is excellent, a great variety so everyone in our party is pleased. It is a beautiful facility that sits right on the water!

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MG
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated my birthday at Sol and enjoyed the appetizer corn on the cob, a bottle of wine and differnt types of tacos - all were very good! Perfect table looking out onto the pier.

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SH
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We love the margaritas & authentic Mexican food. It’s our go to restaurant to take our visitors.
This last time, though, our waiter got a number of things wrong. He was pleasant but I had the wrong side & the wrong size of margarita.
It also seemed to take forever for he or anyone else to notice we had been seated.
Not what we’re used to.

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C
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the unique take on some Mexican favorites. Service was excellent. Noise level was high, so chatting with friends was a bit difficult, but still a wonderful evening

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible hostesses! They were really unfriendly and unprofessional. They couldn’t find our reservation at first, although the restaurant sent us the text message that day to confirm the reservation. Then, they gave us the worst table in the restaurant when half of it was empty. The worst thing was their attitude - the energy was negative and we felt unwelcomed. They shouldn’t work in the service industry!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Waitress was very rude

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Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We have been to Sol a few times for weekend Brunch so, when our daughter was in town, we decided to go to Newport and have brunch. Made a reservation on OpenTable for 10:00 a.m. when they opened. When we got there, there was a large party before us which overwhelmed the poor girl at the reception podium as they were not ready to seat them. What the dozen employees were doing prior to opening was beyond me. The large party also had a large cake that the receptionist took to the refrigerator leaving us poor paying customers in the lurch. You would think that one of the dozen employees milling about could have done that. Anyway, when it was our turn at the podium, the hostess could not find our reservation even though I received a confirmation from OpenTable which I showed her on my cell phone. She said the reason was that her manager hadn't given her the OpenTable list as of yet. What was the manager waiting for...dinner? We did a nice table with a view of the marina. Our waitress began taking our orders. My wife ordered her meal with a side of potatoes. We didn't feel that our waitress was listening and, sure enough, forgot the potatoes. Anyway, long story short, we are scratching Sol Cucina off of our list.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager - Samantha Ross - could not have been nicer. Got us a great table and complimentary grilled corn appetizer.

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CS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick dinner with a business friend, Taco Tuesday, great deal. We had a nice table with a ocean view. It is noisy due to the crowd. Valet parking for tips only bring some cash. Overall very nice!

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RS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was mediocre. Surprised that it is such a popular spot. If you don't have a reservation, you can wait for hours. Plenty of much better places in the area. Loud music, hard to carry on a conversation. Will not be back.

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r
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 1

This restaurant needs to fire their
Hostesses. Totally clueless. Made a reservation arrived on time and in my reservation
Asked for a table by the window quiet location
NOT by the bar
She promptly sat us in the bar, at a noisy table
Really
When I objected, they sat us at another table
By the noisy kitchen. Gheez
Finally after my party decided let’s get out of here
The manager sat us at a table we requested because the
People were leaving Too much stress
Very loud (conversation is almost impossible without yelling)
Slow service.
Great food They did have some creative
Street corn was awesome
Guacamole
And
The tacos excellent
Saving grace was our excellent waiter (Roberto)
And really nice manager
That looked like Matthew McConnelly
Just wish our experience was not
Ruin before we sat down
Because of poor hosting

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Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was wonderful- only downfall was that the food was not as hot as it should have been (barely luke warm), but it was excellent tasting. Chorizo cheese dip was excellent!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst service we have received. The hostess/manager was rude. We will never go back.

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JR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food but very pricey. Seems they had issues in kitchen. Took 1 1/2 hours get out food and we were there when they opened.
Wait staff was very good, brought us free corn on cob due to wait. Also made reservations 1 week in advance and still got table in back of bar. Front window overlooking boats Would have been nicer. Overall had a great lunch and they do have great bloodmarys.

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M
Orlando
32 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love eating at Sol. Very nice evening. Great food and drinks. Delightful waiters.

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ER
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live music. Great Taco Tuesday specials. Friendly service. Would recommend.

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OC
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Good view, excellent waiter service, refreshing cocktails, stale fish, over cooked shrimps, dry and chewy meats. Won’t go back

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SC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

OMG! The food is delicious! I want to go back and try something else but I liked what I had so much that I want to eat that again. Wide range of choices and pricing. There were 8 of us and only half had drink(s) bill came to about $300. But the unusual treatments for Mexican food was great!

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T
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

My family brought me here for my birthday. RSVP is recommended or you won't get a table. We got there 30 minutes early and we still had to wait about 10-15 minute after our reservation time to be seated. I did request to be put by the window where it's more scenic of the marina, but it was so crowded and packed they placed the 6 of us on the side corner of the restaurant. In a way i was a bit disappointed since 1. it was my birthday and 2. it was reserved weeks prior with that request but I understand places like this is very unpredictable. In a way it was so loud with people dining on a friday evening that maybe sitting in that corner wasn't too bad, but everything was just so slow. The food took forever to come out. Food was delicious, server was quick, but to say you'd feel special celebrating your birthday there...NOPE. There was no acknowledgement or anything like some places, heck even TGIF pride their birthday celebrations for their diners. At the end we didn't get want desserts or Happy birthday or anything. This place was too busy, you can't hear anything besides people talking and laughing. Don't expect to be ale to sit and have a nice long convo while dinner here.

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Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great brunch with good seating.
Food was fresh and complimentary chips were so yummy.
Grilled Octopus was amaaaaazing !!!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always at Sol!

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l
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my sister’s birthday at Sol and were pleased with the experience once again. The food is always flavorful and fresh. We’ve been there on a few different occasions and have always been pleased with our choices. It’s a great place for any occasion and is always a place we recommend.

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C
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food within 100 miles! What a wonderful surprise! The location, the views, the service... and then the incredible Mexican food. The menu has some wonderful surprises (great vegetarian items!), and just wonderfully inventive dishes that take you right to the heart of what must be authentic Mexican. The spicy level was great. We had the ceviche and a melted cheese dish that was phenomenal. Our entrees were excellent too. Our guests were not huge Mexican cuisine fans but they left saying they would make reservations in advance when they fly back to So Ca for their next vacation. The attentive, gracious service was also refreshing in the land of Newport. I’m a native so I’m sorry to be harsh on our brethren but... go to SOL!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere and excellent food! Only bummer was we had a reservation but our table was too small for party of four.

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