SOL Mexican Cocina - Newport Beach

4.4
1923 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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4.2
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Julia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday is absolutely amazing!! Great deals, great food, great drinks, great servers. Will def be back ASAP.

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FreddyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very tasteful food, from the valet parking service to the drinks and the waiter, everyone was amazing. Definitely would be coming back .

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Nick
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I asked over 2 weeks in advance for specific seating. I didn't get it due to a private event, which I wasn't told a head of time.

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BrookeM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience especially during Covid. Our food was delicious and our service was fantastic. Our waiter was Christian and he made sure to check on us numerous times, not a single complaint! Thank you for being open :)

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BriannaP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

My husband and I were on our babymoon and thought we’d stop in for lunch. Obviously given the pandemic, things are operating differently than normal, I’m sure. We ordered an appetizer that was given to the wrong table when it finally came out, then the server (10 minutes later) visited the other table and realized that was our appetizer was at the wrong table....especially given Covid, it was kinda gross that our food was on another table for a while before being moved to us. We were told the kitchen was busy, and we were so hungry we didn’t ask for it to be remade. Our mains came out and were very unappetizing (ribeye torta and “naked” carne asada burrito). My naked burrito was $17 for some rice, beans, mean, and guacamole....I could’ve gone to chipotle for half that and better food (in my opinion). My husband’s ribeye didn’t even look like a ribeye and was way over cooked. Finally we decided to leave and asked for a box and even our box was dirty on the inside.

If I’m ever back in the Newport area, I don’t intend on coming back. Very disappointed.

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vipJasonV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service and food options below expectations. Only location option for outdoor dining for a lunch meeting.

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bghost
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience2

overly packed during covid, half the people outside weren't wearing masks, half of our food and our drinks didnt even arrive. Food was far below average. Not worth it. Just stay home.

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vipAlyse
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food5service5ambience1

This is one of my favorite places to dine but i will think about ever going again. They don’t have respect for a reservation and this is before Covid. I waited an hour and 15 minutes for a table. It is just poorly run. I have had this issue for years. Server was excellent and food excellent but bathroom dirty and made me wait way to long.

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Miquelle
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Made a reservation for 5:15pm on Sunday. Was asked for the name by one of the young girl hostesses, as she was helping with a call another hostess asked my name again so kindly
I repeated myself. I was given a eye roll. My sister was asked if she had a mask by another young girl hostess who was not wearing one her self. My sister said yes and while we were waiting to be taken in, after I asked for inside seating and was told they can not seat us inside. They waited to walk us in until my sister put the mask on. Again the host without the mask waited. Finally after putting her mask on we were walked to a table outside. Seated where now we can take the mask off. When our server came he informed us that food or appetizers were going to be over an hour wait. We tried to order drinks but everything we asked for was out. We decided to leave at that point and not return.

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RiaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service1ambience5

Service takes too long to come. We waited an hour to be seen

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The atmosphere was great the server was great. The wait time to be seated was fine. However once we were seated it took long for someone to come to our table, the drinks, appetizers took long to arrive and our entree. I don’t blame it on our waiter. I observed they kept seating people in his area back to back so he had much to do. He was calm very apologetic for the delay and we could see that he was doing his best in a situation he did not create. He was Great. Overall it was my first time there the food was good. I just wish I did not have to wait so long to receive it.

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robertr
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sol is always a treat for me. I love the Carnitas....not too salty and the corn chips are delicious....

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DemiM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We waited over one hour and twenty minutes for 6 tacos. I think that alone explains itself there’s no need to further discuss the issue.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Food took forever to get to us, hostess was rude. Ended up taking the food to go because we were over being there waiting for so long.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We chose this restaurant to celebrate my mother's birthday and it was probably the worst decision of our life. They first seated our party of five at a cramped bar booth with blaring music and next to a table with a dog barking and jumping all around. They then proceeded to seat us outside at a table next to a large party of adults with screaming kids, and once they left, it took servers over half an hour to clear their empty plates away. Our server brought us chips and water to start, where we were given multiple tortillas that were covered in oil and not even fried, and our water had hair in it. We waited for over an 1 1/2, from 5:15 to 6:45 to get our food. Two of our orders came out wrong and were in un-eatable because we have food allergies. Overall, this was probably the worst restaurant experience I have ever had in my life and my mother left the restaurant in tears. Both the food and drinks were satisfactory and definitely not worthy of the 4 stars rated online. If don't want to ruin someone's birthday, I STRONGLY advise you to never dine at this restaurant. Worst choice we ever made and will 100% never even come near this restaurant again.

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StephP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Was very excited to dine here but I think they but off more than they could chew. They were completely understaffed and it took forever to get anything, including our bill. We were trying to leave and couldn’t. The food was also not that great. I didn’t really understand why they were so busy. The chips and salsa was the best part.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All 3 of us loved going to Sol Wednesday night. Gustavo gave us great service, the food and drinks were really good and the ambiance was lovely. It’s even better during the day and you’re sitting at or near the water. Such a cool place!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was really slow. Food was cold and wasn’t worth the price.

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ScottF
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food lots of choices highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great loved the food

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IaraD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun environment, great dunks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot. Right by the port, amazing view and ambience. They served the food super fast and it tasted amazing. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and our waiter was awesome! Food and drinks were perfect

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NatalieW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best brunch with my family and our server was super awesome!

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vipKr44
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great service and good food. Was very clean. Will definitely back soon!

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BetoQ
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food5service4ambience1

I requested high top seating and did not receive that.

In addition, I made reservations and expected in restaurant dining and not to eat on the parking lot. There were customers inside so I know it’s open inside and my friends even ate inside.

Why I am eating inside a dang parking lot? Ridiculous.

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RiaH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The waiters were out of sequence and we were overlooked several times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat there for over a hour and a half and still didn't get our food, they claimed they are the only place open in Newport that's why they are busy; well don't over book then. This used to be our favorite place but it's become dirty and into a sharkeez party place with bartender throwing cucumbers at the guest. More disappointed at the fact they didn't make up for the mess and just had an excuse they where busy. Even the cups they gave us had dried food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The place was busy with slow service and it took forever for our food with few updates.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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carlosr
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mexican original food but without the grease... It is super good and one of my favorite places for great, somewhat fancy food. The chips, bean dip and salsa is out of this world.

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MayraZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The customer service was great and I really enjoy the food.

JC
JenniferC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmen was our server! Friendly and helpful! The food and drinks were delicious!

JR
vipJulioR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service is good
Vibe is good
Place is very nice on the water
Food quality not the best and over priced
Take yourself to Javiers or Red O
Same prices better quality

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Trash don’t go

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations using the app & it was easy & convenient. We arrived a few minutes early and were able to be sat upon arrival. The atmosphere was very nice with a great view overlooking the marina. Our server was Breanne/Brianna (something with a B) I believe & she did an amazing job despite how busy it was for a Sunday night. Our food was delivered quickly and our drinks as well. We ordered Taco plates & they were both very tasty. We had a great experience overall.

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ZipKelly
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sol is doing a great job, despite having to seat folks in an outdoor tent. Although it was a cold evening, the staff was quick to place a heater next to our table to keep us comfortable. The food is always good, and sometimes great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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kiana
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Have made 2 separate reservations for this restaurant through open table and have been marked as a no show even though I was present for both reservations.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt super safe

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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 1923 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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