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Sol y Sombra's signature Paella - Sol Y Sombra, Cathedral City, CA

Sol Y Sombra

4.1
4.1
426 Reviews
$31 to $50
Traditional Spanish
Sol Y Sombra restaurant offers up a true taste of the desert! Located inside The NEW Paloma Resort's historic Adobe, our tapas-style menu that celebrates the Coachella Valley’s agricultural roots, lacing Spanish-inspired dishes with citrus, dates, chilies and other locally-grown ingredients. Paella fans can sample several versions of the signature Spanish dish, ranging from traditional to vegetarian.

Our team's mixologists can create custom drinks with the freshest ingredients and top-shelf spirits. Rounding out the beverage offerings is an excellent selection of Spanish and California wines -- plus, one of the desert's best tequila lists!

To make the most of your dining experience, come hungry and bring friends so you can try everything!

*a 20% auto gratuity will be added to parties of 5 guests or more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Traditional Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Speakeasy
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 864-1177
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Daniel Felix
  • Neighborhood
    Cathedral City
  • Cross street
    Cree Road and Carrey Road
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    Public Transportation Line #1
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 426 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

426 Reviews
  1. sfdiner

    Palm Springs

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first time here and underwhelmed with subpar service, cold food that was replaced and rather sterile dining room although fireplace room and outdoors looked more inviting Will give it another chance to try the paella

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  2. SteveG

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress wasn't very attentive and mostly not around to flag her for service. We had to ask many times for bread. We've eaten here before and the paella was very good but mine was over cooked this time. We had a 6:15 reservation and our main course came out about 8PM. We know it takes around 40 min.for paella but the wait was extra long and our waitress never came to explain or apologize. We felt the kitchen couldn't keep up with the orders. We don't think we will be back any time soon.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Not a serious restaurant. Food is mediocre at best and staff is not trained on anything. I have tried it twice and both times left with the same impression. Won’t try again.

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  4. JMC13

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been here numerous times. The food is excellent. Fun atmosphere is at neat little resort. The service is usually slow but worth the wait.

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  5. DinoG

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food: Good tapas, mediocre paella. Service: She tried but was overwhelmed with too many tables. (One cocktail was never delivered) Ambience: Kitchy cool, but very loud and dark. This was our second time here. The first was a better experience. But we’d give it another try because we do like it.

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  6. Juliet

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent evening! Staff here is lovely and the food was great! Loved listening to Sam Fazio by the pool. So relaxing!

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  7. AnnH

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely atmosphere inside but need better table lighting to read menu, see friends at dinner.

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  8. norahl

    Miami

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Probably the worst Spanish food we ever had. We ordered 5 tapas, none of them was even decent. The presentation also was so poor. Im shocked this place have many good reviews. We didn’t have the paella because was 40 minutes wait… so probably that is the dish to order here but please do not order the Brussels sprouts, garlic shrimps, boquerones, or mussels.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were disappointing. Food lacked flavor - paella, croquettes, brussel sprouts, garlic shrimp all same theme. Waiter seemed disconnected we joked he must be in a smoke break. Then when we were leaving we saw him outside to a smoke break?

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place and staff, but pretty mediocre food. Shame we were looking forward to trying this for a while.

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  11. MichaelA

    Orange County

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely as always. While only two dining room staff were on duty, service ran smoothly and swiftly as a dance. Unfortunately however, the typically excellent paella seemed undercooked tome. No socarrat! My less aware guests were impressed.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not a bad experience, just disappointing compared to expectations. We weren’t aware of the valentines prix fixe menu, as it wasn’t listed on Open Table. We found the choices to be lacking, especially the mains. Why would a restaurant known for its paella and tapas not have a paella or grouping of tapas option? The calamari appetizer was nice. The flank steak rotadella main course was average, overdone with so much garlic that it was peppery on the tongue. Only 2 dessert options. We chose the Xiuxos (described as spanish version of beignets) but they were big chunks of heavy dough dipped in cinnamon, not light and fluffy at all. They do have nice choices for wines by the glass. We’ve enjoyed meals here in the past, and we would return, but not on a prix fixe night.

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  13. Donald

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was almost non-existent. Food was not up to previous visits - very bland. Almost as if it the chef left and the kitchen staff was cooking. I brought guests and they were very disappointed. They said the paella was not worth it and would never order it again. Basically a disaster evening. I’m so sad because this was one of my favorite places.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent. Traditional Spanish tapas & wine choices that sweep one away to the Iberian peninsula. Colorful decor, good service. Not inexpensive but in this post-Pandemic era, when you dine at Sol Y Sombra, you don’t leave disappointed from overpaying for a mediocre experience. Salud!

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  15. SeanJ

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    very salty food . very expensive, server didn't come to the table as often a server suppose to . we were there Friday Feb 9th . thank you

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  16. heidi

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous atmosphere and great food! Highly recommend.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Very slow service even though the dining room was barely occupied. Food was barely warm, wine arrived almost at the end of dinner. Entrees were good, Braised Pork and Sea bass. Wouldn’t return

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was quite good. Room acoustics are challenging due to all the hard surfaces. Fireplace is a nice touch. Owner was very attentive.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, delicious tapas and a fun vibe. We love Sol y Sombra.

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  20. NatashaP

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service, but the food was sub-par. The Empanadas were good, but the paella one you could pass on. I got the shrimp, chicken and pork paella, but they forgot the shrimp, amd the pork was cut up ham. Brussel sprouts were sweet and soft and would have been better if broiled or blistered. The greens on the chicken plate had so much liquid smoke, it overpowered the entire dish. Overall, stick with the Tapas , pass on the bigger plates and enjoy the service.

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  21. Fabulous

    Palm Springs

    111 reviews

    3.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The dining room is very stark and also very cold. When we complained, the staff remarked that the "heat is on; you just can't feel it." The original dining room, part of the Butterfield Stage Line building and apparently not much used, was much cozier. The wait staff seemed to avoid spending time in the dining room, perhaps because of the cold. The menu was quite limited. We chose the seafood paella for two persons. It contained, besides the rice, several decent-sized shrimp. some tiny clams, some small mussels, and a few rings of calamari, perhaps two or three. Not much taste. This was preceded by a "Spanish cucumber salad," which seemed to be mostly chopped cabbage, and followed by a "Spanish" creme brulee and a "Spanish" cheesecake, the former the better of the two but not great. Prices are high, especially for the quality of the food.

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  22. RosieF

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate there last summer and were pleased with the delicious, perfectly flavored food, slightly crunchy rice in the paella. We enjoyed the food so much that we took guests there for holiday outing. Last night was disappointing. Smaller portions, blandly seasoned, empanadas were undercooked and doughy, the paella was simply bland rice with fish in it. Unfortunately, we won’t return even though the location is nice and fun on the patio.

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  23. ShkH

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Limited menu and expensive but food was very good and service was great.

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  24. JonathanR

    New York City

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and service in fun atmosphere. Best dishes were Brussels sprouts, branzino, and paella.

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  25. DianaB

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The hotel and property is beautiful and I would love to stay there. The restaurant is classic charming Palm Springs and we had high expectations that were not met. The calamari was cold and soggy. The empanadas were straight out of Trader Joe’s freezer. Our entrees (pork, chicken and branzino) were not even room temperature and were also flavorless. For the price it was extremely disappointing. Perhaps it was an off-night there or maybe it’s just a mediocre restaurant. I’m from out of town and would only go back for a cocktail and skip the food.

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  26. LisaM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A truly wonderful experience. Thank you to our server Daniel!

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  27. JoanneO

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The creative cuisine that Greater Palm Springs needed. Deliciously interesting menu, and a very comprehensive wine list. Service was spot-on as well. Bravo to Sol y Sombra !

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  28. Mary

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a beautiful experience here. It's a small and gorgeous little romantic restaurant. So quiet and cozy and perfect for a date. The service was great and food was excellent. It felt like steeping into an old Spanish manor and the decor is great. Very impressed and happy we got to experience this place!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great but we ordered 3 dishes to share and asked that they come out one at a time but the Branzino and the Pallea came together and while it was taken away it was left out so it was very dry. Other than that the food was amazing and the service was great and staff are very friendly and nice.

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  30. JoelK

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    not our taste in food will not return service was fine

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  31. AlanL

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the tapas and small plates… cozy atmosphere and wonderful service. Drinks are amazing too.

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  32. AnnH

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here - great experience: paella by the fire and an attentive and professional staff. Will definitely be back.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely dinner. We ordered a variety of small plates and enjoyed them all. Would definitely return.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. LaWeez

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our experience. Our server couldn’t be nicer, which can be rare. We were pleasantly surprised with our meals. Would return.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not impressed with the Paella, I’ve eaten paella many time and this had to be the worse. Tapas were ok, my guest’s food was cold.

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  36. SoniaB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went in to try the Paella but were disappointed. We had the Paella Tierra y Mar (Shrimp, Pork & Chicken Paella), described as: Bomba Rice, Saffron, Sweet Peppers, Peas, Tomatoes, Shallots, Garlic, Paprika, Lemon, Parsley, Chicken, Shrimp, Chorizo, Serrano Ham The paella was good portion size for two, however was very very scarce on ingredients, and the flavor so so... This is nothing like a real paella should be! The only visible ingredients were about 6 pieces of shrimp on top and had to hunt down for small chicken squares...did not see any other ingredients!!

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  37. EdinCC

    Palm Springs

    123 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, everything we ordered was delicious. We ordered a variety ( 8) of appetizers which were all really tasty. Only problem is that they brought them all at one time and they cooled down quickly. They are better hot than cold. The ambiance is simple, clean and in the room with the fireplace it was lovely. The service was very good.

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  38. sharons

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and service was very good — the room is sparse and not very comfortable. Definitely need to enhance the decor.

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  39. FredE

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great every time we will simplify the experience when we have tried everything. The only negative “ the Sangria is too sweet for my taste”

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  40. PaulK

    Palm Springs

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful tapas! Unique for the desert- great space with an Ojai vibe! All was great just not the best service- we ordered a paella, but even had a long conversation about it with our server about which one to order, and large or small- Waited 40 minutes and it never arrived! We asked our server who said he didn’t put in the order because we didn’t order it. Wtf??? Oh well, we had enough to eat with the tapas- and were happy!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sol Y Sombra is rated 4.1 stars by 426 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Sol Y Sombra

67670 Carey Rd, Cathedral City, CA 92234-6405

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cree Road and Carrey Road
  • Neighborhood
    Cathedral City
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Traditional Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Speakeasy
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    Public Transportation Line #1
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Daniel Felix
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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