SOL Mexican Cocina - Newport Beach

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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.
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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was not good. Patio not covered from sun

DP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife and I enjoyed our first time very much it was a great for our 38th wedding anniversary,

RK
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular upscale takes on Mexican food. Waterview location. Staff are the best!

JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely
It is the best Ceviche we have had in a long tine
Once in Lima Peru and Miami 105

PJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant - good food - slow service - ( food before drinks is not a hit) we had to remind about the drinks 3 times.

And joking about the tips - is not a joke..

RY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, beautiful ambiance!! Enjoyed every minute of our time there!!

MB
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Don't get me wrong the food was good, maybe I expected too much. I think there must be better options for Mexican food in Newport. I would probably not go back, but I say give it a shot maybe you will love it

JG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Nice harbor views.

DM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food, I recommend making a reservation and requesting to sit near the water or upper area. We were placed in a smaller area, I wasn't a huge fan of the seating..

CO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 2nd visit to Sol & I brought my momma. The restaurant was VERY BUSY since they were celebrating their 10 year anniversary, it was Sunday Brunch & the day was absolutely gorgeous. Despite how busy they were the service, food, ambience & live entertainment was impeccable! Shout out to the sweet hostess China for the kind welcome & Jerrett for making sure everything was perfect. I'm looking forward to visiting again. Thx Sol!

MG
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, and as busy as they were, the service also good. Appetizers were tasty as were the battered shrimp tacos, carne asada and grilled fish. Just wish they had a better dessert selection. Was surprise to not find flan on the menu.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was mediocre, and not spectacular. The waitress was trying to make our experience better. The drinks were nice, but my shrimp tacos were over fried, the fish in my wife’s tacos were dry and my young adult son did not like his chicken. Their corn appetizer was amazing and we all loved it. Our little toddler did not like the dish we first ordered, but the waitress was good and changed it without charging for the first one.
All in all, not a great place it is hyped up to be.

AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful table next to the window and our waitress (I’m sorry I don’t remember her name) was phenomenal. We weren’t sure what we wanted but we wanted to try new things. She asked about our likes/dislikes then gave us suggestions. We loved what we ordered!!!

KA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and drinks were great - lot of choices, many were new to us. Wait staff were very helpful.
Window seating provide nice view of harbor and sunset. Valet parking available - other parking in area is limited.

SE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite Newport Beach Restaurant ! Love the food service and location!

R
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! We travel to Newport Beach 3-4 times a year to visit family and dinner at Sol is a necessity. Must try the watermelon margaritas, grilled fish taco and the grilled octopus & tomato salad! We were lucky enough to eat 3 times this trip and all was perfect. Now, it’s not the cheapest restaurant, but it’s Newport Beach!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great! The ambiance was amazing! You can see right outside to the Balboa Peninsula. All the waiters were very friendly and accommodating.

M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

dated interior. Worn out furnishings and a little dirty. Too many flies.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was bad, overrated

S
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The views of the boats were very nice. For us food was too spicy. Service was good. Restaurant , especially the bathroom, was not as clean as we would expect. Probably will not return.

C
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service friendly and efficient. We had the mushroom tacos( vegan). They were absolutely delicious!! We always enjoy their chips and salsa and black bean dip!! Can’t wait to go back!

DH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very welcoming and knowledgeable regarding restaurant locations as well as menu selection and suggestions. He was very attentive and quick service. His personality was beyond great and we enjoyed speaking with him.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and friendly service

C
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The brunch food was alright. I would have expected for the food to be outstanding just because of the crowd you guys want to generate.

m
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

taco tuesday . tacos were delicious

JC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love love the food. Wish they could bring the noise level down.

C
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The margaritas and food were fantastic as usual. I have mainly been to SOL for Taco Tuesday's for bar service. I brought three out-of-town guests to eat in the sit down portion of the restaurant and was extremely disappointed with the service. The service was very slow, we had difficulty flagging down any other servers, and all the servers seemed relatively not happy to be there. One of person in our party was gluten free and the gluten free menu was like a word search. They had listed out all the items that were "gluten friendly" but didn't put any description on this menu so you then had to go back to the actual menu to find the description of the food which wasn't in any particular order.

VG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a great spot on the water, with tasty food and great service. I definitely have a list of items I want to come back and try!

TP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great destination for a drink or dinner. LOVE the El Jefe tacos with Filet and shrimp. And the corn is worth a reservation on its own. Great for a group or a quiet dinner. Had live music Saturday and the vibe was perfect.

J
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We always like the food here so took some friends for their first visit. For the first time they put us down some stairs far away from the bay view. It was a bit stuffy and contained the noise from the restaurant, so hearing was difficult.

The food was not quite as good this time as the Carnitas could have been cooked a bit crispier, but otherwise still enjoyable.

The server could have visited the table a bit more frequently, particularly after the crowd start thinning (at least down in the basement area).

We still recommend the restaurant.

OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Great food, drinks, and service!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service has been slacking lately. We got seated at our table and waited about 10 minutes before the manger noticed and sent someone over.

M
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

SOL didn't acknowledge my special requests made on Open Table. I reserved the table with seating for sunset views a week in advanced.

M
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely!... enjoyed my brunch there and I’ll definitely be back

DV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

View was amazing!!! Service was great! Food was excellent!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurante and good food.

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Orange County
78 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family was visiting so I took them to Taco Tuesday. Despite being packed they showed us to our table at exactly our reservation time of 7:30. They always have excellent deals on Taco Tuesday and my family all ordered off the specials menu and they were not disappointed. Everyone loved the drinks, the tacos and the Mexican corn. All of these items were $6 or less. Despite being packed the service was excellent from the beginning of the meal until the end of the meal.

MM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has wonderful lunch here on Sunday. Quality of food is very good. Lots of interesting options. Unlike a lot if Mexican restaurants, everything is NOT smothered in cheese. Definitely, Baja style menu. We had shrimp taquitos and the fish tacos. Black bean dip served with the chips was a nice addition. Highly recommend.

IN
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a joy! Christian is buying for us next time since we weren’t seated in his section! 😂

CP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent across the board! Food quality, staff, price, and the most delicious chips to boot!

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