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El Palomar

1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
+1 831-425-7575
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (22 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (14 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
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1 - 10 of 238 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You cannot beat this place for a quality Mexican meal. Staff were brilliant fitting us in (6 people) at short notice. Food quality was superb, nice variety, good wine and beer. Overall a great experience.

Thank Barry F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking for a good mexican place to have some authentic tacos, quesadillas, etc. And this was not the place. They give some free nachos and salsa that must be to cover their poor main dishes. We had pollo al mole with an overcooked...More

Thank Abel C
Reviewed 14 August 2018

This was hands down the best Chicken Tortilla soup I've ever had. You would think that one would pretty much be the same as another but NO! This one was great. I wish I lived nearby. The Silver Coin margarita was pretty darn good too!

Thank Lori B
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

This is a great place for well prepared authentic Mexican food but the portions are huge so I wouldn’t recommend a starter as well as a Chimichanga! Very helpful staff in a lovely old building. My only gripe was the tables are all fixed to...More

1  Thank BurlsGurth
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

A nice family restaurant. Really cool building. Food was good and portions were ample. Good choices for the kids menu and service was attentive. My snapper was very tasty.

Thank MVP1980
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Great food choices for vegetarians! Super service from Tony🙌. Could have ordered just the chips & salsa. Outstanding!

Thank JC E
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Chips and Salsa were great other than that food was good. The chilli Verde wasnt very good made much different than I ever tasted. Burrito and Tostadas kids got were good. Food was good but otherwise over priced place to eat.

Thank FTW44
Reviewed 9 June 2018 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 Sunshine669465
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
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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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