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El Palomar

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1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932 (Soquel Avenue)
+1 831-425-7575
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 21:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 10:00 - 22:30
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We always come here for lunch when we're craving Mexican in Santa Cruz. Everything is good! Never had a bad meal here. The service is pretty good too. If you like seafood my husband highly recommends the seafood enchilada, he loves it! They also have very good chips and Iced tea.

Thank Kim C
Turlock, California
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Title says it all. Seriously, the best chicken enchiladas I've ever had; and I'm an extreme Mexican food enthusiast. The enchiladas were juicy and FULL of flavor. Will definitely be back for more next time I'm up in Santa Cruz!

Thank Danielle T
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Been going here for years. I have never eaten a bad meal here. Great chips and salsa, the carne asada is awesome. For lunch I love the chicken mole, ceviche or shrimp burrito. For breakfast the huevos rancheros is always good, the seafood soup hey have on the weekends is super yummy! And of course you can't forget the tasty... More 

Thank Kenda H
Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I've been going to the Palomar a very long time. I've tried most of their food and have never been disappointed. I like to bring out of town friends here. Their lunch menu has a Tostado Salad that is perfect after a workout at the gym. With lean marinated chicken, whole beans, sliced avocados, a little cheese and a lot... More 

Thank allykatd
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Visited on a Monday night from out of town. Greeted friendly and quick, free corn chips n salsa to start. I had a big veggie burrito with a big salad, delish and too huge to finish. My partner had chicken enchilada which he enjoyed and also couldn't finish. Very impressed since a few reviews are negative. Reasonably priced too, 2... More 

Thank Chanelle R
Sora, Panama
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

While the trip in Santa Cruz started off very rocky, This Place saved the trip.Great ambiance in a building that has stood since the 20's...Architecture was amazing, comfortable and very lovely. We met Michelle a very nice young and intelligent woman that made our experience there even more enjoyable, Food was excellent, Oysters on the 1/2 shell were bluepoints and... More 

Thank Dan J
Brattleboro, Vermont
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is a restaurant that I always go to with my family. It is not the best Mexican food I have ever had, but it is certainly good. Lunch is a better value than dinner. The fish dishes are good, and the tostada is yummy with shrimp....tacos good..and tamales.

Thank LoLo B
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

I was here 5 years ago and had a good memory of very good Mexican food. That is why I went here again and we were greatly disappointed. The food was not good at all, we did not enjoy it. It was tasteless and it was lacking quality. The waitress was really friendly and nice though!

Thank Bjoern G
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Restaurant is well situated in Santa Cruz. Service was friendly, fast and knowledgable. Food was served fast and included large portions. Overall, very good family friendly (3 young kids) Mexican restaurant with very tasty food.

Thank gilkvan
Novato, California
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Nicely decorated restaurant. Food was good, citrus vinaigrette salad dressing was outstanding. Service was fast and friendly, and the chips were always full.

Thank DC_Padrin0

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?