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El Palomar

1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
+1 831-425-7575
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Overview
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (22 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (14 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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Food
Value
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LOCATION
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
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41 - 50 of 236 reviews

Reviewed 10 March 2017

Iconic old world elegance in a vibrant downtown Santa Cruz environment. Enjoy delicious margaritas, sangrias and fantastic authentic old world Mexican dining.

Thank Kathryn O
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We had a very enjoyable lunch at this place in the hotel palomar. The dining room in this historic building was grand. Service was super friendly. I had a lunch special of chicken in mole sauce.

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We visit Santa Cruz each February for the month and make a point of go to this restaurant. Unfortunately this visit was a major disappointment. The quality of the tortilla chips has changed, puffy and not very crisp, and the salsa could have come out...More

Thank Webstercs
Reviewed 22 February 2017

The burritos and margaritas we had were very good. Staff all seem to be happy and the service was fast. The live entertainment was a nice surprise.

Thank alannak2003
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place is VERY well known for excellent food. I have eaten there many times and have been very happy but this last time something was off in the kitchen with my enchiladas, and when I pointed it out to the server, she acted as...More

Thank Akamaikai
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We loved this place! It's in a great building, middle of downtown SC. The staff were friendly, great salsa, well priced and delicious food. We enjoyed the margaritas, particularly during happy hour. It was one of our highlights from our trip to SC.

Thank Andrea W
Reviewed 18 January 2017

yummy tastey mexican food with the best salsa in the world. They make the best sopes, light & flaky. I am a vegetarian and I love their vegie sopes, enchiladas, burritos, etc!

Thank knowoneknows
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I keep trying to like this restaurant, as it has a lovely, sunny patio and great atmosphere, but each time I try again I am so disappointed. The food is bland and uninspiring. There are so many good Mexican restaurants in the area. If you...More

Thank Martimariette44
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Great service, food, drinks and atmosphere. I was rather surprised at the selection and cost considering it's location and name, the food was relatively inexpensive.

Thank Dannie H
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Whether you visit their taco bar or the main restaurant, this has the best Mexican food in the County. The home made tortillas are the clincher. The fish tacos, carne asada, enchiladas & margaritas are killuh. Love the ceviche too! Only iffy things are the...More

Thank soifdawg
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
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
Description
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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