About Sol Cocina

251 East Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch (11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), Dinner (Sun-Wed 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Thurs-Sat 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.), Happy Hour (3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday in bar and patio), and Weekend Brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday).

Cross Street:
PCH and Bayside Dr.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 675-9800

Website:
http://www.solcocina.com/

Entertainment:
We offer live music every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 10:30 pm, Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm, and Sunday Brunch from Noon to 3:00 pm.

Catering:
Full catering services as well as Dockside Catering options! http://www.solcocina.com/

Parking Details:
We offer both self parking adjacent to the restaurant and complimentary valet parking as you arrive.

Executive Chef:
Deborah Schneider

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sol Cocina Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service2

Our server severely neglected our table. ...

Dined 2 days ago

Our server severely neglected our table. He didn't even apologize about it. I love you guys and your food! It was unfortunate that our server wasn't the best.

food4
ambience4
service4

Everything was great -location on the wa ...

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

Everything was great -location on the water, ambience, service and food. Goat cheese appetizer was awesome and unique. We will be back!!

food4
ambience4
service2

They had a wonderful Sunday brunch, with ...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

They had a wonderful Sunday brunch, with entertainment, the place was hopping! The food was very good and the atmosphere is energetic.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Seating

Dined on April 17, 2016

Only thing I would complain about is I asked our Hostess if there was seating outside and she said no in a very short and not so friendly voice. I noticed she sat another group of 5 outside about 5 min after we were seated 🙁. It was our 25th Wedding Anniversary celebration and I was hoping for outdoor seating. Besides that everything else was outstanding!!

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service5
value4

this is a geat place for

Dined on April 8, 2016

this is a great place to go anytime. The food is goo d and the service is great.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Nice place with good food.

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Nice place with good food.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

A family favorite

vip
Dined on April 1, 2016

Every spring break we have one dinner here. Interesting and tasty Mexican food with delicious margaritas.

Tags: good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service4

Monday nights are the best! Sweet potato ...

Dined on March 29, 2016

Monday nights are the best! Sweet potato black bean tacos are my favorite

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Killer Marg's & Ceviche!

Dined on March 27, 2016

Ambiance is amazing, food doesn't disappoint ever, Margaritas are to die for! Great happy hour & live music!

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience4
service1

I went with my kids for easter brunch. T ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

I went with my kids for easter brunch. The place was crouded, the food was just OK, and the customer service was really bad. The servers were trying to get rid of the costumers as fast as they could. The view was nice

food5
ambience5
service5

I went with my girlfriend for our annive ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

I went with my girlfriend for our anniversary dinner and the food was amazing. She had the fish Ensenada tacos and she loved them. I had the short rib barbacoa and it was amazing. Great flavor! To drink I had a blended lime margarita and she had a michelada. They were great as well. Our server was Tony and he was very helpful! He had great recommendations and we will definitely be back again. Oh and the complimentary valet parking is a huge plus! (:

food4
ambience4
service4

Went on Friday night of a holiday weeken ...

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

Went on Friday night of a holiday weekend so our group was pretty relaxed about the service being a bit slow on our drink orders. Tony was a very good waiter & really understood the flavors & nuances of the food & drinks. Everything we had was good to excellent. The sweet potatoes came as a side & were delicious but the corn appetizer was a favorite of our whole group. Will definitely go again on a weeknight just to get the full experience without the crowd.

food5
ambience5
service5

You can't go wrong with any of the speci ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

You can't go wrong with any of the specialty tacos! Have tried several and loved them all.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best value in Newport

Dined on March 25, 2016

We spotted this place last year when we were looking for a small bite and drinks by the water. What a find! Fresh ingredients and great flavors at a price that was definitely lower than what I expected. This is on our itinerary every time we are in town.

Tags: scenic view, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service5

Great service and good food

Dined on March 24, 2016

Great service and good food

food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Our Fun Place in Newport Beach.

vip
Dined on March 21, 2016

We love this place. Their Guacamole is great, the food is a different style of Mexican and delicious. This isn't your regular Mexican Restaurant, Thank the Lord! Its very fun here, but the Sunday March Madness crowd can be overwhelming.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Sol's the place

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Been to the Newport Bch location many times. Always visit. Live in CO and they're opening a location in the Denver area.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A scenic luncheon.

Dined on March 15, 2016

We were celebrating a friend's birthday and were so pleased with our dining experience. The waiter was very prompt, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. There was a large selection of Mexican favorites. Instead of small tortilla chips, large crispy tortillas with black bean and salsa dip was provided. Many of us ordered the street carnitas tacos and enjoyed our choice. I was pleased to see a variety of flavored margaritas. It was hard to choose, but the waiter guided me to the blackberry ginger margarita which was delicious. Be sure to try the dessert with chips.... a real hit!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service1

The food is good but our server was rude ...

Dined on March 15, 2016

The food is good but our server was rude and impatient. The restaurant wasn't busy at all either, she just had a bad attitude.

food3
ambience1
service4
value3

Had reservations for window, not accommodated.

Dined on March 13, 2016

My family was in for a funeral, so we thought Sol would be great..I made reservations for a window seat, but none were available

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch
food3
ambience3
service3
value4

Daytime Vibe / Nighttime Vibe

vip
Dined on March 9, 2016

The food here is pretty good and the restaurant week menu is a really great way to try their menu without paying an arm & a leg. I enjoy eating outside on the deck by the water for lunch, it's relaxing and great to have a conversation with a friend. The night time scene changes dramatically especially, on taco Tuesday. If you're looking for a quiet place to have dinner this is NOT the place to go. The restaurant was packed, the bar was full and the noise level was loud. We had a reservation so we didn't wait at all but we were seated directly behind the hostess stand and felt crowded and service was very slow. I'll be back for lunch but never again at night.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Great first time visit to Sol Cocina

Dined on March 5, 2016

Visited Sol Cocina for the first time with my wife last week. We asked for seating by the water and were granted our request. Food selections were phenomenal! I'm not a huge Mexican fan (I really have to be in the mood for it) but their selections were some of the best I've ever had. My wife had the goat cheese enchiladas and I had the grilled carne asada quesadilla with a side of habanero sauce (if you like hot I encourage you to get this). We were stuffed - we had to bring our leftovers home. I even asked for a side of habanero sauce which they gladly provided. This is definitely a go-to next time we're in Newport Beach.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Slow Service

vip
Dined on March 2, 2016

I have been to SOL many times since it opened in this location. This night (Tuesday), our waiter was servicing too many tables and drink orders took way too long from the time we ordered to the time they got back to our table.

Tags: hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great food

Dined on March 1, 2016

Loved the food and the service. The black bean dip they serve with the chips is my favorite. We started with the goat cheese appetizer which was amazing. Then had 3 different tacos (favorite was Vampiro). I wished I would have saved room for dessert. Next time!

Tags: fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Taco Tuesday

Dined on February 24, 2016

I made a reservation online earlier in the day and we were seating on the "patio" right along the window! It was a perfect spot for our group since we wanted to be able to talk to each other and the dining room and bar were quiet noisy. Great food, Dad loved the tequila selection! Overall a great dinner! Thank you!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
food2
ambience2
service4
value3

This is the 3rd time we have been here. ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

This is the 3rd time we have been here. First time,happy hour, good. Second time, dinner, fiar, 3rd and last time, terrible. The good news, the service in the bar and table, was very good. Cocktail waitress very sweet and waiter, great and patient. The food, fish tacos for me, rubbery and broke through the tortilla before even one bite. Even worst that that, the noise level. There was an singer that was horrible and felt like she never stopped singing. The Noise level was deafening and ruined the meal more than the food.

Tags: scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food and on the water

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

You can't go wrong with the specialty tacos...they are amazing!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4

The weather was not nice but over all it ...

Dined on February 17, 2016

The weather was not nice but over all it was a great place.

food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Great...Taco Tuesday throughout the ENTIRE place

vip
Dined on February 17, 2016

Went there for the first time and it happened to be a on a Tuesday and the place was packed. Got there early and had a great margarita in the bar and decided to hold off on eating until we were seated. At the table we were surprised to find out the special Taco Tuesday Menu (with significant discounted pricing) was available even at our table...not just at the bar. We stocked up on tacos and guacamole and more margarita and it was delicious. I would absolutely go back.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service1
value3

poor service !

Dined on February 15, 2016

Took 20 minutes to be seated at a window table although we made a reservation. Then took over 45 minutes to receive food even though we went on a Monday afternoon and the restaurant was not busy. We ordered vegetarian tacos and there was a piece of steak in them! Nothing else we ordered had steak! Previous times when I came here the service was not this bad and it was more crowded.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

LOVED IT!

Dined on February 15, 2016

The food was fantastic, and the ambiance was very special! Great night overall!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Great food. Also romantic. Bit noisy but great.

Dined on February 14, 2016

Great food!! Really delicious and awesome service. My girlfriend loved the food. We went for valentines day and they also give free valet.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Incredible food!

Dined on February 14, 2016

The portions were generous, affordable and delicious. A gourmet twist to typical Mexican, this was a great place to dine. We will DEFINITELY be back! Our waitress, Christine, was incredible as well. She made excellent suggestions for our first dining experience.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fun, Romantic & Delicious!

Dined on February 14, 2016

Came here on a Saturday for dinner with my boyfriend. The ambiance was beautiful and fun, lively music played in the background. The mango guacamole blew us away! I had so much fun and left full of great food.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Wish we lived closer...

Dined on February 13, 2016

unique cuisine...incredibly fresh and well-prepared...comfortable, friendly, a real bargain as far as I am concerned...jalapeno cucumber margs are beyond great...try "Sloppy Jose" and Sol ceviche...a la carte tacos are awesome as well...friendly atmosphere...harbor view...relaxed and lively ambiance...live music...can't say enough about Sol Cucina. We live in Riverside, but I choose Sol for every special occasion if I can!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4

A great Mexican restaurant on the coast ...

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

A great Mexican restaurant on the coast in Newport Beach. Excellent service. The margaritas are generous pours and value. Love the appetizers especially the queso. Brunch is an option on Saturdays and Sundays. There are tacos for everyone from meat eaters to veggie eaters Sol has it all. A great choice when in Newport.

food2
ambience3
service3

Food too salty

Dined on February 11, 2016

Food too salty

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The gold standard for a mexican restaurant

vip
Dined on February 9, 2016

Sol Cocina is my all time favorite Mexican restaurant. Love the Taco Tuesdays. Love the skinny maragaritas. Love the guacamole. In fact, not sure there is anything I don't like there!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Must!

Dined on February 7, 2016

Great places for special occasions. Was able to bring a cake & balloons for a suprise & everything worked out great. Host was very helpful. Food is definitely amazing. Looking forward to coming back for another occasion.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food3
ambience2
service4
value3

Dinner

Dined on January 27, 2016

Unfortunately we wee there on a Tuesday night and we surprised by Tacos and Tequila night. A large noise, single crowd. It was difficult to have and hear dinner conversation. Would have chosen another place if I had known of this night. However on the plus side all wine was $3 off.

Tags: vibrant bar scene

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