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Solano's Bistro in Old Town La Quinta

4.4
655 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

Solano's Bistro is known as "the neighborhood gem of La Quinta". Owner and chef Francisco "Paco" Solano uses fresh ingredients found in the Pacific Northwest and combines them with a unique Baja style flavor to create the unique dishes on the menu. The combination of a casual atmosphere and the delicious cuisine make Solano's Bistro popular with both tourists and residents of the desert. Enjoy lunch, dinner or even Sunday brunch in the comfortable dining room or outdoor patio.

With a menu that features dishes like gazpacho, white bean and arugula salad and Thai Salmon, it is no wonder Solano's Bistro was a Diner's Choice award winner. Daily specials like Wine Wednesday, which features bottles of wine at fifty percent off, are just another reason customers flock to Solano's Bistro.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Californian
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Hours of operation
We will re-open for lunch starting October 1st!

New Hours for Season:
Open Monday through Sunday
Lunch: 11 am - 3 pm
Happy Hour: 3 pm - 6 pm (Bar only, Monday through Friday)
Dinner: 5 pm -9 pm
Sunday Brunch: 10 am - 2 pm

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Phone number
(760) 771-6655
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Francisco "Paco" Solano
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Private party facilities
We have several areas available for private parties, including our bar, patio, and main dining room. Each area can be bought out separately or the entire restaurant. In our main dining room and patio, we can also accommodate parties of 15 or more.
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Private party contact
Emma Seitz: (760) 771-6655
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Desert Club & Avenida Bermudas
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.3
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4.0Dined on February 28, 2016

My wife and I visited Solano's to celebrate a birthday. We sat inside and were served by a very friendly and professional waiter. He explained the specials and answered general questions. We started the meal with a side order of Ceasar salad, a nice crispy lettuce with cheese etc. Our main course dishes arrived after a little delay but were both excellent. Both fish dishes were nicely prepared and tasted great. We had a very nice bottle of Russian River Chardonnay with the meal.
The restaurant patio was busy as usual but the main dining room where we had a nice window table was only moderately busy with diners.
We plan to return on another visit to the attractive town of La Quinta.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Took Great friends here, sat outside, food & service were Outstanding.
Just one of those nights when everything clicked. Definitely heading back soon.
Love it !!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2016

We absolutely love Solano's. The food is almost always excellent and the servers are attentive and try hard to please. I feel the food is very high quality and they profess organic when possible so I appreciate that. The brunch is excellent!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2016

Seamless from making the reservation to our evening for our dinner with
visiting family… Totally recommend this neighbored gem !
Thank You Solano for being consistent, serving good food and your servers
make you feel like family.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2016

They prepare all kinds of fish as well as any place I go here or in the Puget Sound area. And I am particular about fish.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2016

Second time here, and we'll go back. We were six and the food came out hot and promptly. The outdoor area is just OK, but the service and food are worth the trouble to go there.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2016

This is a great little place for a quiet evening dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2016

Always come back to this old town favourite as its never a disappointment
The food ambiance and setting is great

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2016

Our food was certainly adequate and the portions generous. The pork chop was cooked nicely but the broccolini was overcooked and wilted. I'd give the butter lettuce salad a pass if we were to return.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Great service, delicious fish and very enjoyable evening

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2016

Ate lunch had Thai Salmon, was fabulous.
Went back for dinner 2 nights later, had Ceasars Salad with Scallops, superb.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2016

While the location of the restaurant was quaint, the food was mediocre at best and the service was lukewarm.

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1.0Dined on January 30, 2016

I can't review the food at this restaurant because we never were waited on. After 20 minutes of looking at the menu and having the free water and rolls (which were kind of stale), we left to have dinner at another restaurant. This restaurant needs to do better if it wants to stay in business. This was a failed experience.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2016

We stopped in for a quick meal after an early movie on a slow night. I had read the menu online and knew what I wanted to order but was disappointed that the Veggie Plate was no longer available. The waiter told me they change the menu often. If this is true then they need to update the online website as well. Regardless our meal was tasty and service was prompt.
There are ample patio heaters for the cooler nights so we enjoyed our time in the patio as I had requested thru Open Table reservation.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2016

We are in La Quinta from Chicago for 6 weeks and we made our second visit to Solano's. The first was excellent. We were with a friend and everyone was very pleased with the food and the service. My husband and our friend both had fish specials and loved them. I had the ravioli with sage and that too was great. Our waitress was helpful and checked on us often. The second visit was less impressive. We once again were on the patio, which was our choice, but our waiter was not very attentive. I had pasta and lobster which was bland. My husband again had fish and said it was good. We will definitely go back, and hope for an evening more like the first.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2016

Solano's never disappoints. We had an intimate table for 2, but across the room was an extended table of 20. It can get a little loud when you have a group like that, but the staff is excellent on menu knowledge and customer service. They are all very friendly. The food has always been excellent for us. We highly recommend this wonderful restaurant in Old Town La Quinta.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Our favorite la Quinta restaurant in Old Town. Wonderful food, great service,reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2016

We always make Solano's our last evening for dining when visiting from Chicago and tonight's meal was outstanding. We had the tortilla crusted sea bass and seared ahi and both entrees were excellent! The flourless chocolate cake was one of the best I've had and a surprise for my birthday. Added bonus was 1/2 price wine night!

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Lovely place. Food was okay. Service was excellent. Beer selection is limited. Wine by the glass selection is extensive. Best part... Craft beer and organic ice cream places nearby to complete the afternoon or evening.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We love Solano's....but we're really disappointed to be seated in the bar that night. Not the year end ambiance we were looking for. Food great...service great....just not our next choice for New Years.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Our party of six had the most wonderful meal at Solano's, we had everything from a fresh Seabass and risotto to Surf and Turf. Everything from the fresh salads to the entrees are delicious. The service at Solanos is top notch, very friendly and professional!

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2.0Dined on December 26, 2015

Our entrees were not seasoned properly and the server was rude and snippy about it. It's never a good idea to argue with a customer.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2015

Great Food and Service, The Blacken Sea Bass was to die for...

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2015

We have been to this restaurant several times last year and had great meals. This visit was disappointing due to the food being very tasteless. Three out of four people found their meals lacking in flavor from the description in the menu.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2015

We continued to be thoroughly impressed with the friendly service combined with great food. All four of us had some sort of seafood dish and all were excellent. We love the old town area and Solano's is a great compliment to it!

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2015

Enjoyed Solano's bistro with friends from out of town. We had not been there before and we all enjoyed the atmosphere. Happy Hour prices were good.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2015

Always enjoyable and The people make you feel very comfortable with great service and great food

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2015

Solano's always delivers, their food is always fresh and delicious. Their food is presented beautifully by helpful friendly waiters. The seafood is cooked to perfection especially the sea bass. The vegetables and salads taste farm fresh and healthy. Solaris has a great bar with a great wine list and interesting cocktails. Great resturant all around for special occasions or just a great night out.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Food was good. Went for entertainment in the bar so it was a little loud but that would be expected. Service was good. Food tasty. Husband got the sea food fettucini and I got the NY steak. Potatoes were a little fry but the otherwise was good.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2015

We've dined at Solano Bistro on each of our last 3 visits to La Quinta and have enjoyed each experience. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and attentive. We've enjoyed every dish we've tried. I especially enjoyed the divers scallops with scampi and the horseradish encrusted salmon.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Great local place for dinner and lunch. Nice diverse selection of food, well prepared and presented. Staff is accommodating and friendly. Consistently excellent.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

Great service! Loved this restaurant!!

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2015

It was pretty good. The crab cakes are really good, but a little over priced. Fettuccine was excellent.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Very disappointed ,the food was not good and expensive . I had read rave reviews and expected a great meal. I was hosting a large group which made it worse. Service was outstanding .

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Three of us arrived for a special celebration. It was really terrific, good was mouth watering good and beautifully presented. Service was impeccable and everyone went out of their way for us. We will be back again, again and again. thanks for a wonderful celebration

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2015

We took some friends here for their first time, what a treat. My husband & I both ordered the halibut special of the evening. It was moist, cooked to perfection with a delicious mango salsa. The restaurant was quiet as it was a Wednesday evening so perfect for conversation which is not always the case. We happened upon 1/2 price wine evening too, a happy foursome were we.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Greeted warmly by the Hostess and our server proved quite amiable. The artwork provided an aesthetically pleasing experience. The ingredients as advertised were of high quality. I order the Solano's Boneless Beef Short Ribs which proved to be tender and flavorful. Accompanied by very fresh vegetables. My guest went with the Special (Rib Eye). Portion adequate. All in all an 1st class experience.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2015

First you notice the vibrant decor, attentive staff but they are stretched a little thin as it seems a lot of reservations come in at 7 pm. I liked the menu because it was a twist on an ordinary . New flavor combinations that are new and unique. The food was very good and the black-out cake will knock your socks off. I look forward to returning soon.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2015

We are locals who've been going to Solano's since it first opened in that funky little spot on
Calle Estado. We loved it then and wondered if the qualities we enjoyed would continue in the larger Old Town La Quinta site. They pulled it off. Food remains excellent...the fish is always beautifully cooked, vegetables crisp and fresh, risotto melts in your mouth, meat cooked to your taste, not the chef's. It is still our favorite local spot. We are not gourmet foodies. We eat out only occasionally and would not be comfortable in a posh ultra-expensive place. We feel the price matches the quality very well at Solano's...good food, nice atmosphere, excellent service, reasonable prices, and it's in our home town!

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2015

Wonderful anbiance, fresh ingredients and delightful waitstaff makes for many repeat visits. We took friends there on our recommendation and they loved it as well.

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