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El Palomar

1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
+1 831-425-7575
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (22 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (12 reviews)
“sopes” (4 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

A friend recommended El Palomar, especially the beans. We were not impressed. The beans on September 7 were bland. The chili relleno was so watery that it made a puddle on the plate. The burritos, one chicken and one chili verde, were only average.

Thank sandragant
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We've lived in Santa Cruz for a while now and have always heard great things about this restaurant so we gave it a go one afternoon. I will say that I was not impressed with the food or service. We'd planned to stay for a...More

Thank Hondo H
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

On arrival we were given chips & salsa which were refilled continuously and very tasty. We then shared nachos to start which were great. We then had enchiladas & fajitas which were okay but quite bland, not as tasty as the starter. The portions were...More

Thank RLouisa91
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

We were referred to this restaurant by a relative. The interior is quite impressive in an early Spanish style, with a high vaulted ceiling. We had a reservation and were immediately seated after a friendly greeting. Very shortly we were served delicious chips and two...More

Thank Janess S
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Went here after a long day of walking around Santa Cruz. This place is located in a nice downtown area. Lots of shopping and activities nearby. The service is great and efficient. The food was amazing authentic Mexican food. Overall it was fantastic.

Thank Elias_20000
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Parking is difficult at this restaurant, and there was a wait to get a table. But, it was worth the wait. The food was very good. I had the enchiladas, my husband had fajitas. Excellent food, and great service.

Thank MarieNTexas13
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Driving through Santa Cruz and stopped for lunch. This was recommended by a local. Food was good, setting was nice a well. Good food and drink for a nice lunch.

Thank msilverpc
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Went based on good reviews for margaritas and food. We were celebrating my sons 21st birthday. Margaritas were ok but expensive by the pitcher when most of it is ice. Food was overrated, not bad but definitely not 5 star. Will not return when we...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Everything about this place was delicious! They have endless chips & salsa and very generous portions. We ordered the carne asada and the enchiladas and loved both! Great beer and margaritas to accompany a great meal. You won't be disappointed

Thank S R
Reviewed 9 July 2017

This was the only place in Santa Cruz where we could find really good Mexican food. We enjoyed the food and service. Friendly staff, waitresses are absolutely friendly and able to answer all your questions.

Thank Konstantin K
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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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