About Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina

971 N. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
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Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina is family-owned and has been serving the great community of Los Altos and the whole peninsula since 1958. We take pride in serving top quality, authentic and unique dishes from throughout Mexico and Latin America, many of which you won’t find anywhere else.

Our charming, character-rich location is perfect for a quiet dinner for two, a large group event, or your next company meeting. Enjoy seasonal specials, ever-changing signature cocktails, and even espresso creations made with our own hand-roasted coffee beans.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin American, Traditional Mexican

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:00am-2:00pm

Dinner: Sun-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
W El Camino Real

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 948-9865

Website:
http://www.estrellitarestaurant.com/

Catering:
Catering menu available on our website:
http://estrellitarestaurant.com

Parking Details:
Parking spaces are available in the front and rear of the restaurant

Private Party Facilities:
Our charming, character-rich location is perfect for a quiet dinner for two, a large group event, or your next company meeting. Enjoy seasonal specials, ever-changing signature cocktails, and even espresso creations made with our own hand-roasted coffee beans.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: 8889276740

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
SF Beer Week February 7-16th, 2014

For more events, please check out our Event Calendar:
http://estrellitarestaurant.com/calendar/

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina Ratings and Reviews

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4

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3.8

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3.8

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Good

vip
Dined 4 days ago

Estrellita has a very typical Mexican menu and serves very good food with attentive service. My son and I enjoyed the chicken burrito while my wife had chicken quesadilla. The two sauces provided with chips are spicy and delicious. Estrellita offers outside dining, but the tables are on a busy road and it can be a bit noisy. Lunch at Estrellita is dependably good and at a price that won't break the bank.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

OK place for good Mexican food

Dined on April 23, 2016

Good food. Noisy restaurant when it filled up. Hard chairs. Not much explanation of food, salsas. No decaf coffee. Great ambiance. Tiles inset into the table made my plate "tippy". Parking a bit tricky. Waiter was friendly, but disappeared when we wanted to get our check.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

varied and interesting menu

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

We had not been to Estrellita in probably 30 years. We used to have a number of favorite Mexican restaurants in Palo Alto so no need to venture south--however they are all gone now and we thought we would take a chance on Estrellita based on current reviews. What a pleasant surprise! The standard Mexican fare was on the menu, but also a number of interesting regional dishes. I had a delicious pork braised in fruit juices from the Yucatan and there was also an intriguing Poblano dish stuffed with veggies and topped with pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice in the Crema--intend to try on my next visit. Pomegranate mojitos were fantastic! Service was outstanding with several staff checking on us to be sure drinks and chips were refilled and that the food was as we expected.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

One Family to Another

Dined on March 16, 2016

The cozy family atmosphere at Estrellita and the well prepared dishes make the customer feel right at home. The guacamole is outstanding. Each entre is worth exploring. Enjoy!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience1
service2

Nice artwork

Dined on February 28, 2016

Nice artwork

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

You just have to go there. Try the Sangria!

Dined on February 14, 2016

Great food, freshly cooked, friendly service. I discovered it by mistake, thinking it was the place my neighbor recommended. It was much better.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service3
value3

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina

vip
Dined on January 29, 2016

Estrellita is a good choice for tasty food at a reasonable price. The two salsas served with chips are very good & spicy. My son and I also enjoyed the California chicken burrito, which is served with guacamole. While Estrellita is not a fancy restaurant, it is a dependable spot for good value and a satisfying meal.

Tags: kid-friendly
food2
ambience2
service2
value3

Not For Us

Dined on December 30, 2015

Based on the prior positive reviews, we decided to check out Estrellita Mexico Bistro for dinner. While the chips and salsa were good, some of our entrees were not. The chicken was undercooked (pink) and the tortilla soup was watery. However, their fajitas were good. Service is also slow. Perhaps, they should invest in a round server tray, so they can carry more than two items at a time.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Such a great experience for our group of ...

Dined on November 8, 2015

Such a great experience for our group of 11! Everything was well paced and everyone loved their food.

food4
ambience3
service3

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina

vip
Dined on May 22, 2015

Estrellita is an excellent choice for very good food, good service, and reasonable prices. The chips and two hot salsas served upon seating are excellent, and my wife & I also enjoyed the taco/enchilada combination as well as the enchilada suizas. The menu is varied and my family has liked everything it has ordered during past visits. We will definitely return again when in the mood for a Mexican lunch!

Tags: kid-friendly, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Tasty food and seldom-seen menu items

Dined on May 14, 2015

Estrellita has some yummy menu items that I don't ordinarily see on the menu at other Mexican restaurants. For example Chili en Nogada,

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

This restaurant is a gem -

vip
Dined on April 23, 2015

This local restaurant is a real winner - the food was excellent! The food was fresh and hot when served. The sangria was tasty as well as the margaritas. I live in San Francisco and will drive back to this restaurant again. Great find and convenient from either major freeway.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina

vip
Dined on February 16, 2015

Estrellita's tasty & spicy food begins when the chips and salsa are put on the table. Two salsas that have you alternately reaching for more and grabbing your glass of water. The California chicken burrito with jalapeños is very good, as was the enchilada suizas. Service was most attentive, as we were asked by four different employees if we were enjoying our lunch. Prices are very reasonable, and Estrellita's remains a favorite for casual lunches with family and friends.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service5

Good food

vip
Dined on January 4, 2015

Good, friendly service. Fajitas very good, pork dish with pumpkin seeds excellent, very fresh taco chips with guacamole. Will return.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service3

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina

vip
Dined on January 3, 2015

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina is a good choice for quality Mexican food at a reasonable price. My wife and I enjoyed the enchilada suizas as well as the taco/enchillada combination, both of which were served with rice and beans. The service was friendly and attentive. While Estrellita is not at all fancy, we had a pleasant lunch there and will return in the near future.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food4
ambience2
service3

Tasty Food

vip
Dined on November 16, 2014

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina is a good choice for a tasty lunch reasonably priced. My Wife and I enjoyed the spicy salsas served with chips as well as the chicken enchilada & taco combination and chicken tortilla salad. Service is friendly and good and the check for the two of us was less than $25.00 including tip. Most seats in the dining room have a good view of televisions tuned into college and NFL games, which is nice for football fanatics such as myself. We will definitely return to Estrellita in the near future.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Authentic food and great service

vip
Dined on November 8, 2014

Just moved to the area. We've been looking for an authentic, neighborhood Mexican restaurant since the move. Stopped at Estrellita after good Open Table reviews, and we're SO glad we found it. Staff was welcoming, knowledgeable and attentive. Mole was the best we've found in the area. Dining room was colorful and comfortable. We'll be back!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Excellent Food

Dined on November 3, 2014

We waited a bit for the food but the wait was worth it as the food was excellent. Everyone at our table agreed that this was probably the best Mexican restaurant we've visited in the South Bay/Peninsula ever. This was our first time and it certainly won't be the last.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Each item--chile rellenos, beans, rice, ...

Dined on October 19, 2014

Each item--chile rellenos, beans, rice, and salsa & chips--was flavored just right for me. Manager was very thoughtful for my particular needs.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service2

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina ...

vip
Dined on October 2, 2014

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina is a good choice for lunch for very tasty Mexican food starting with the chips and spicy salsas served to diners. My party enjoyed the chicken tostada salad as well as the chicken enchilada and chicken taco combo entrees very much. Service is slow despite the restaurant usually having ten or fewer customers, but dining inside or outside is pleasant and prices are most reasonable. We will return to Estrellita in the near future.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service4

Not your typical Mexican restuaraunt, th ...

Dined on September 27, 2014

Not your typical Mexican restuaraunt, the food here is exceptionally good.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Exceptional food uniquey prepared!

vip
Dined on September 21, 2014

Their special for Mexican Independence Month )!!) was 3 enchiladas, each with a different delectable filling and smothered in their own sauces. Their flan was coconut/kahlua and was exceptional, perfect finale to a perfectly lovely dinner. Attentive and friendly staff made it all the more enjoyable. I had theatre the evening I went but the service was prompt enough that I didn't feel the need to rush the service. I WILL go back! You should go too!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service2

The food at Estrellita Mexican Bist ...

vip
Dined on August 31, 2014

The food at Estrellita Mexican Bistro is very good and the service is adequate making for an enjoyable lunch or dinner. My party ordered the enchilada suizas and California chicken burrito and both were very tasty. All of the food is a bit spicy, beginning with the chips and two salsas provided upon seating, but this added to the flavor and was appreciated by all. Estrellita is a good choice for a casual lunch or dinner when in Palo Alto.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for lunch
food4
ambience2
service2

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina ...

vip
Dined on August 15, 2014

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina is a wise choice when one deserves tasty Mexican food at a reasonable price. All of the entrees that we have ordered have been very good, as are the two spicey salsas served with chips. The service is a bit slow, which is surprising since the restaurant seldom is crowded. My family enjoyed lunch however, and we will return to Estrellita in the future.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Worth the Parking Battle

Dined on August 11, 2014

Great food, very accommodating for special requests, but parking is horrific. Still, it's worth the battle for that elusive space.

Tags: romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Great sit-down Mexican

Dined on August 9, 2014

I'm normally not a huge fan of sit-down Mexican as any hole in the wall taqueria beats them hands down. Not Estrellita. Awesome local rotating taps, expansive drink menu with lots of interesting options, food was excellent, and they have fried ice cream! Really happy with this find, and I'll definitely be returning.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service2

Pleasnat Mexican restaurant

Dined on July 15, 2014

Came here with 2 other friends because of the great reviews on Yelp. We left a bit disappointed. It was good but nothing to write home about.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service4

Great!

Dined on July 13, 2014

The service was really nice. It was pretty quiet for a Saturday night, but it made it a nice space to talk with friends and family. The waitress was very attentive and the food was great. Would gladly come back again!

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4

Pleasant find

Dined on June 22, 2014

Having driven past this restaurant for 25 years without noticing it, I was very glad Open Table brought it to our attention! The food was delicious, definitely the best Pipian I've ever had. I can't wait to return to try the Mole. We were there for an early dinner, so it was fairly quiet, although a large party (18 people) was arriving as we were finishing.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Estrellita's is delicious! I highly reco ...

Dined on June 14, 2014

Estrellita's is delicious! I highly recommend their salsas and enchiladas aztecas! I went with a party of 7 and we all ordered the same thing because we love it so much. Also, you can count on very friendly and attentive service here. Only note of caution: their margaritas are far too salty. Even if you ask for no salt on the rim, there is salt mixed in to the drink itself. Instead of a margarita, order one of their excellent beer options.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4

Great food/service, but do carpool

Dined on June 12, 2014

Booked on short notice on the basis of the positive reviews and the availability, upon arrival we had some trepidation to the hole-in-wall exterior vibe and the shortage of parking. However, once we found on street parking a block away, we entered the place and found it to be attractive. Settling down, the margeritas and mojitos were excellent. The best was the food. This was superb, gourmet cuisine. The total before alcohol and tax for a party of 4 adults was $100. Will definitely go back, but take fewer cars.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service3

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina ...

vip
Dined on June 6, 2014

Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina is a good choice for tasty food and acceptable service. The salsas & food are usually very spicy, but this changes frequently as there are obviously numerous chefs. Estrellita's is a good choice for a reasonably priced Mexican meal.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service5

We'll Be Back!

Dined on June 5, 2014

We were having a get together for 17 friends and wanted to go to a casual yet authentic Mexican restaurant. A friend recommended Estrellita as she enjoyed the food and margaritas. Making reservations was easy and the table was set up by the time we arrived. The food servers weren't pushy about ordering and were very friendly and helpful with providing recommendations when asked. And the margaritas were great with a good kick to them! The portions were generous and the food was very good. Our group stayed for about 3 hours! The restaurant was plenty spacious and wasn't loud so it was great for conversing. We also love supporting a neighborhood restaurant. I would definitely go again with my family and with friends!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4

Underused for lunch

Dined on June 3, 2014

We have gone here several times for lunch and are always surprised at how empty the restaurant is at 1:00. The menu offers more adventuresome items than the normal Mexican one (my latest dish included a cooked cactus leaf); the service is fairly prompt and the room is quiet, all things I'm looking for in a lunch hour. I can only guess it's the parking and the awkwardness of getting back on San Antonio Road that discourages others.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience2
service2

Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Canti ...

vip
Dined on May 31, 2014

Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina is a good choice for reasonably priced and tasty Mexican food. The service was a bit inattentive, but each of the entrees we ordered were enjoyed by family members. We will definitely return to Estrellita's again.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service4

YUMMY FOOD

vip
Dined on May 26, 2014

Everything in Estrellita are super fresh and well prepared. Authentic Mexican food. We definitely will go back soon.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service2

Estrellita Mexican Bistro has a var ...

vip
Dined on May 10, 2014

Estrellita Mexican Bistro has a varied menu of tasty food with reasonable prices. My party and I enjoyed the chicken burrito, taco salad, enchilada suizas, and enchilada/taco combination as well as the chips, which came with two hot salsas. The hostess seemed to forget our table at times, which was a bit surprising since there were customers at only three tables, however we enjoyed our lunch and will return.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food4
ambience2
service3

Estrellita is one of many restaurants at ...

vip
Dined on May 2, 2014

Estrellita is one of many restaurants at this location, and while it is nothing spectacular the food and service are very good with reasonable prices. The two salsas served with chips are the best and hottest flavored spices served, and I highly recommend Estrellita for a very casual lunch or dinner with no expectations other than tasty food and hot salsas.!

food4
ambience3
service4

Best Los Altos Mexican Restaurant

vip
Dined on April 16, 2014

Restaurant is decorated with furniture in vibrant colors, reminiscent of Mexico, and Day of the Death art work on the walls. All the food is prepared from family recipes including the secret one for the mole sauce, my favorite! Prices are very reasonable; drinks and service the best one could ask for. Overall a very satisfying experience.

food5
ambience4
service5

A long time very successful restau

Dined on April 4, 2014

Love this place. It is a casual Al gem and worth the visit.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem

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