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El Palomar

1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
+1 831-425-7575
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (22 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (13 reviews)
“sopes” (4 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two plates of vegan beans and rice and tortillas they say are corn but smell like flour and and 2 non alcoholic drinks and it costs 25 dollars? No thanks. Never again.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

My friend and I were on our way to San Francisco and stopped in Santa Cruz to check it out. She was craving Mexican food so we found El Palomar off of Trip Advisor. The ambience was what impressed me the most. The restaurant is...More

Thank rwheeler1977
Reviewed 24 April 2018

I can't possibly list all the pluses, but the warm chips, the great Margaritas, the seafood dishes, the salsa and guac -- these are all on that "plus" list, for sure! I've eaten here for many years! I always take out-of-town guests here. I have...More

Thank Connie S
Reviewed 3 April 2018

From the location it's at, when you go inside the feel of the resturaunt is very inviting. The staff very friendly, and welcoming. The food is plentiful, and great flavor. Service was awesome.

Thank Kimmy500
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I have Celiac and finding GF Mexican food is difficult sometimes. Our server was great and very knowledgeable about my options and told me what was not GF. Had a great meal and would definitely return when in the area.

Thank Julie J
Reviewed 27 March 2018

Both the initial guacamole and then the Fajitas (beef) were really good and tasty. both accompanied with a good Negra Modelo beer. I'll keep this place in mind when back to Santa Cruz.

Thank Claudio_Ivrea
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

My family was very disappointed our food was cold once the waiter served our plates, the food was also very plain and don't recommended the restaurant.

Thank elena3562
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Margarita with grand marnier was great. Chips and salsa were fresh. Fajitas were the best I’ve ever had with generous portions of meat. Sever was impeccable!

Thank 7DustedHound
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

The main restaurant is a high ceiling old Mexican architecture room with a lighter and airy one next to it. The servers are courteous and professional and the menu and wine list are simple and well priced. The Mexican style food came promptly and was...More

Thank highrollerreefing
Reviewed 29 January 2018

We were seven on a Saturday night. We sat in the bar, but at tables. Four of us were very disappointed with the food; the other three had better luck (seafood fajitas and a salad). Two had had cheese and onion enchilladas, which were possibly...More

Thank Carol S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
    (Soquel Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-425-7575
Since El Palomar’s opening in 1983, we have been serving Santa Cruz unique and fresh Mexican cuisine inspired by authentic family recipes. Our commitment to excellence has continuously earned us the “Best Mexican Restaurant in Santa Cruz” award.
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