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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4.5based on recent ratings
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P
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Waiter was fun, personable.

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was food. Although a bit over priced. Service was terrible. Never even checked in after our food arrived.
Music was very loud from the bar area.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Slow drink service otherwise, good food.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The flavors of the tacos were great. Truly enjoyed. The drinks are very pricey; a lot of ice in the margaritas and not much “drink.” Felt like server was trying too hard to get us to order “another drink.”

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Chorizo con queso was good. Decor, nice. We had a very rude waiter that scoffed at my husband’s question regarding the calories in the skinny margarita. He never once refilled the water, which was my only drink. Finally, we ordered the shrimp fajitas. Only 4 shrimp for $28??? No, thank you. We won’t be going back. Also, the guy performing was way too loud for the space. You couldn’t talk over it.

DG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have come to Sol a handful of times since moving to Newport Beach last year, and never left hungry or disappointed! The cocktails are spot on & we love the fact that there are many different & unusual choices. The guacamole with strawberries & fennel is amazing we love the rellanos & street tacos! We will be back

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! The service was amazing!

SL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fantastic service, a caring general manager and great authentic food. It was a great experience.

KD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The food was excellent our server was amazing and the food and drinks we’re delicious. Definitely will come again

IN
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian is awesome always! I will be glad when they empty that Casa Azul black bottle for me. I e only asked every weekend for the last 5 months. Lol

AD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kendra was sweet and created a great experience. The host put us in an available booth by the window. We both enjoyed the salmon salad 🥗. It really was the perfect date night.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Upon arriving valet is an option for $4. There was no issue with our seating. We were seated at a nice booth near the window. The service was great. Jr., Our server was polite and knowledgeable of both the menu and the restaurant. The only thing that kept this review from receiving a full set of stars was that the white sauce on my wife's fish tacos didn't have any flavor. The manager also came by to ensure we were having a good evening.

OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good quality food and friendly people. Over the top noise ruined it for our group.

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The patio was beautiful and quiet. Although we apparently overstayed our welcome and manager asked us to leave after we paid our bill, we ordered more drinks and he later apologized.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was really poor. Food wasn’t great either. Tacos were cold and extremely dry. The Chile Rellano tasted bitter. Overall disappointing specially if you go to celebrate an occasion like birthday.

A
Orange County
52 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience great atmosphere great food

OT
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

KW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times and are never disappointed. The food is always excellent! Their specialty drinks are also amazing. Will be going back again and again.

AV
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been going here forever and love the restaurant. Amazing food and great drinks. We brought our family and friends from out of town this past weekend and they were blown away by the service and food. They said why can't we have this great of a restaurant by us (they live in the East Bay Area). Everything was spot on and made us look like rockstars taking them to this fabulous restaurant. We've always known it was fantastic, but it's always great when you bring others and they have the same experience.

OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food - ok
Service - for what you are paying, terrible service!!!

JW
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even with a reservation via open table, they did not have a table ready for us. We waited about 15 minutes — I wasn’t impressed since it was my first time there and I had invited out of town guests.

Food was good but I feel the prices are high given.

Service at the table was very good.

V
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Come for happy hour or taco Tuesday. Otherwise overpriced. Fun ambiance. Drink service can be slow.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite in Newport Beach! Great place to bring clients or date.

C
Sacramento
92 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The unique food pairings offered here are a taste treat.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First ... thank you Sarah for a another great dining experience!! You were super good to us - thank you
The food is delicious - has the corn appetizer, gober... fish and flank steak taco’s ! Happy hour Margaritas not bad either !!!

y
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been one of the best restaurants I have been to... food was amazing the service was spectacular and I felt very well taken care of

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite go-to spot. Amazing good, even better margaritas and a very cool atmosphere.

BT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food overall was really Good. For desert you have to try ‘seven deadly sins’

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was not good. Patio not covered from sun

DP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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 on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MB
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice harbor views.

DM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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