Solaire Restaurant + Bar

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$30 and under
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American
Whether it be a cocktail while soaking up the sun at the poolside bar, an
expertly prepared meal, or a spirited conversation at the bar, Solaire
Restaurant + Bar offers the best of what is available with the changing
seasons.

Solaire offers a truly local dining destination that offers unexpected and
offbeat twists on local ingredients and flavors. The atmosphere of the
seasonal restaurant changes based on the weather—in the warm weather
months it is a playful experience centered on the indoor/outdoor bar and
the vibrant pool scene and in the foggier months guests can cozy up to the
fireplace or by a fire pit while enjoying a cocktail. Mirroring the laid-back attitude of Santa Cruz, the restaurant and bar incorporate the natural elements of the water, sky and fire in imaginative and modern ways.

Sink your teeth into fresh farm-to-table American comfort food at our Solaire Restaurant + Bar.
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LN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

An incredible DISAPPOINTMENT on a beautiful Santa Cruz afternoon around 4pm. I took a friend to celebrate her birthday by poolside for cocktails and then dinner afterwards. 2 cocktails ordered took over 20 minutes because the bartender was changing shifts and was more interested in getting her shift done. I asked the waiter twice to check and then I walked to the bar and requested service again. The couple next to us sat down and were served within 5 minutes . . . we then went to inside dining and ordered a Caesar salad with no kale. It arrived with Kale and when I stated to the wait staff that it was Kale, he immediately replied "that's not kale" and I replied "it has a stem. He took the plates back and then apologized for the mistake by saying he did tell the chef. Then I had to request my salad be taken away since the plate was dirty with lipstick. He then returned and stated "the chef is out of it today." Let's just say I was extremely displeased with our first impressions. We then ordered dinner and there was no big concerns with the exception that the fries served with the steak were cold. By the end of our birthday celebration for my friend - we just wanted to call it a night. We got the bill (THERE WERE NO CONSIDERATIONS OR DISCOUNTS FOR BAD SERVICE) and because I did not want to spoil my friends evening - I paid the bill. My RECOMMENDATION speaks for itself. In the future . . . the dining manager should pay more attention to what is happening on the dining room floor rather than chatting it up with his back to the main dining room. BTW: the specialty tequila cocktail was excellent but was over shadowed by the lack of customer service. Linda (Santa Cruz local 4ever)

GU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We've had a nice dinner here before years ago so we decided to come here for our anniversary recently. This was noted on the reservation but not noticed by hostess or waitress. We were largely ignored during our meal even though the restaurant was not crowded at all, having to ask for water multiple times and I even got some for myself at one point. Saw other parties get seated, served, pay, and leave before they even refilled our waters once. We asked for ketchup, had to go to the bar to eventually get some. Had to check on the cocktails we ordered, half hour is a long wait. Asked for sharing plates, they brought us another small bread plate. Our entree came out completely overcooked and with less shrimp than the ones I saw served at another table. We asked for the prosciutto on the side of the salad and then found pieces in it the main dish, the kitchen clearly had plated it and then just picked it out once they read our request for it on the side (gross). The waitress was kind but green. She took our entree off the bill which was appreciated, as was the anniversary dessert. A let down for an anniversary dinner overall though. I'd recommend this place more for bar snacks and pool time than actual dinner, especially for a nice occasion. No one wants to feel ignored on their anniversary.

c
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are locals that tried Solarie for dinner. We usually eat in SF, so our expectations are high! We had tried it once before for drinks, which were unique and delicious. Love the guitar player, soft, not loud-so you can hear yourself talk. I’m surprised there’s not a younger crowd after 9. Its such a cool ambience, and love the option of eating outside around the pool or outdoor fireplace. We will return!

RS
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly great food. I had their lobster panzanella salad. It was great. Everyone else ordered the steak frites and all of us were impressed. It's better than you would expect. There were some service glitches but the people were so nice and so friendly that they were easily overlooked. Plus you can eat outside by the pool if you like.

FZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The dinner menu was disappointing , more of a lunch menu. It was a real come down from earlier menus .

TS
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Inattentive staff. Food was basic to bad. Took 1.5 hours for drinks & dinner. Ran out of the desert requested (Tues. night with 2 other tables).

GM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by Solaire, both by the food and design of the restaurant. We had a late morning brunch and were seated inside by a friendly hostess. Our waitress was even more friendly and while she was attentive during our meal, she must have been almost on her break or something because she brought our bill while we were still eating and didn’t ask if we needed anything else. My husband had to ask for another orange juice and she comped it which was nice but I wonder if it’s because she was in a rush to get out of there and didn’t want to mess with the bill anymore. Once she brought the bill, we felt rushed out, especially when my husband was talking to me and she came back to ask if she could grab the finished bill which my husband was leaning his arms on. Not professional if you ask me. The food was better than we expected (I had the corned beef hash which had good flavor though the beef was a bit chewy and my husband had the avocado toast with an added poached egg on top which he said he enjoyed). It seems that Marriott must have hired someone to design the restaurant (and hotel) who knew what they were doing so it looks great at its core, but then someone added all kinds of paintings all over the walls that it seems they’re trying to sell and it makes the place look way too busy and they are a completely different style than the modern vibe of the core design of the restaurant/hotel. It would look SO much better without all those huge colorful floral paintings everywhere you look. Unfortunate given that the rest of the hotel looks so nice. Overall, an enjoyable experience but not worthy of 5 stars.

s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give 10 stars out of 5 for the food I would. On a normal day the food is good. On Valentine's, they went all out and it was SUBLIME.

TB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

The light was too much like a cafeteria. The chair seats sag so you have to sit on the front edge of the chair to reach appropriate height - chair to table. The front edge of the chair cuts into your legs. The waitress was nervous and failed to listen to requests resulting in beverages and food delivered without key requests. The food was not timed so entrees were ariving before we completed the first course. The entrees were therefore cold. The contemporary interior design was most pleasant and promise diner guests a quality experience but ultimately resulted in disappointment. The superior feature - the French fry appetizer was amazing. Won’t be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

They ran out of food on Xmas night

Terrible experience

We left and did not dine at Solaire

BT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Christmas Day dinner service. Food was very well done, and service was friendly and attentive. Very festive, we are glad to have selected Solaire for our Christmas meal.

DB
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went there for breakfast on Christmas Day, therefore unable to review many of the lunch/dinner categories. The atmosphere was relaxed, service with good, and we enjoyed our meals. The waitperson moved our table to be closer to a lovely gas-lit fireplace, the place was quiet and decorated with beautiful mosaic art. There was subdued background music and we were felt rushed.
We plan to return and recommend it to others.

RD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Wait staff in disarray. Flow of traffic in restaurant is one of the problems. We had a 930am appointment and they were not ready for us.

BF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, not a huge variety, but good quality, well prepared and presentation. Service was a little slow, but it was not crowded for a Saturday evening.

f
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

did have a problem on arrival--I was not on the Open Table Reservation--but the delightful person put me in--said they have had problems before??

CS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!! Thank you for having vegan options. More restaurants need vegan options like yours!!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Light and fluffy pancakes

CJ
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First experience. The food was very good. We especially enjoyed the poke nachos starter and the lavender-infused panna cotta. The hostess and wait staff were very friendly. The portions were large for this type of restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

J
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very slow service despite multiple staff and very few customers. Some of the food was very good - like the soup and poke. Some were very dry and not that tasty - like the burgers. They made all the burgers well done although we asked for medium. They also did not have any of the yacos available.

SW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service great food and an amazing view

SC
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

1970s hotel restaurant. Lunch menu is sparse. Club sandwich was 80% lettuce with a tiny sliver of turkey. PBJ burger was ordered medium-well and showed burned and dry. Fries were cold. Niman ranch burger was juicy.
Bar looked well appointed. Waitress was friendly. Wouldn’t go here again since the food was so poorly prepared.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were totally blown away - the service, the food - what an amazing find!!!

JR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food. Good wine list. Awful service for the whole meal. It took 15 minutes for me to get a glass of high end wine. The food was great, but we will sit at the bar next time, so we won’t be ignored.

d
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seasonal menu with innovative presentation. The salmon, beef and pork are all cooked to order depending on how each patron wants. Excellent mushroom soup. Yummy desserts. We definitely will dine here again.
Very good for conversations since there is no loud music.

R
Atlanta
189 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and outstanding food, drink, and service.

MS
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good menu, tasty food, great presentation - nice! My only complaint is that for dinner - the lights are blinding bright. Turn down the lights! Make it feel way more cozy. Similarly, it was freezing in the restaurant. Everyone was sitting in their coats. Turn up the heat. Also make it feel more cozy. Those 2 little things would make a huge difference - by dimming lights and ensuring the restaurant is toasty - you change the ambience and make it something far more compelling for everyone.

ME
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The steak is good. Nice looking place.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Xmas dinner

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CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious . Lovely ambience. Good value! All in all this was a lovely evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Thanksgiving day, great food but expensive. Mistake on the order. Nice dinner though.

DN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant/lounge. As I expected, after reading other reviews, the service was not great. I had a wonderful cocktail called the Garden of Eden with cucumber vodka and mint among other things. I was very refreshing and not particularly strong, which I liked. The kale salad was good and we go the poke which I did not care for and was way over priced. But we sat by the fireplace and it was warm and cozy. It is definitely a spot for a romantic date.

TB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We ate dinner during restaurant week. Decor is very arty. Bar and restaurant area beautifully integrated. Appetizers were excellent. Main course sauces way too sweet. Chocolate bombe dessert very good. Carrot cake advertised with cardamom and cream cheese frosting, neither of which was apparent in the dessert so not impressed. Great decor, food needs some tweaking.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We couldn't believe how bad the food was here. For instance what was advertised as macadamia covered mahi-mahi came deep fried with sloppy mashed potatoes. The desserts were a disgrace to a coffee shop. The cakes were extremely dry and covered with fluffy sweet stuff. The appetizers were not so bad.

AL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I do dine often at the Solaris Restaurant and it's never a disappointment.

T
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Worst service ,,1.5 hrs from when we were sat we still didnt have a meal.One waiter working whole room. Never again

DL
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

This second visit did not live up to our memory of our first visit a few months ago. Largely due to the less enthusiastic service, I felt as though we were an interruption to a conversation our server was having with another table. Beyond that, there was a mixup in the appetizer and the additional dipping sauce never arrived. The presentation of my husband's bunless burger could have been nicer. Two piles of lettuces on the plate. A request for malt vinegar to dip the fish and chips was met with a remark that it was already on the fries... What? The extra vinegar she wanted was already on there? And then we come to mine... The Caesar Salad was dry and the lettuce seemed old somehow. Even the two crossed anchovies on top we stiff and dried out. Inedible. Then for the clams... Absolutely delicious flavor except for the fact that the salt was complex overwhelming. I shared for other opinions and even my salt freak granddaughter agreed it was way too salty. I was actually heartbroken because the first time we ate here everything was perfect and the service was friendly, and the food was perfect. Not sure I'd give it a 3rd try.

KS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was in the Marriott Autograph hotel collection - Paradox. The food was excellent as well as the speciality drinks. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating. The decor was modern and comfortable. We ate both dinner and breakfast and everything was exceptional.

AF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Nice room. It was the night before graduation at U.C. Santa Cruz. They were understaffed and slow and the food was awful. The wair staff idid their best but it was not enough to overcome the awful food

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Restaurant was empty yet took forever to be acknowledged and seated. Even though we were literally the only table eating food somehow food and beverage service was remarkably slow

RK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Second time... Food was very good as expected from the first visit. The hotel and restaurant are a great destination where you can stay all day over night and relax and enjoy a tranquil time away from it all. Sunday mornings on the pool/patio was great as well.

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