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El Palomar

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1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932 (Soquel Avenue)
+1 831-425-7575
10:00 - 22:30
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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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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 like Mexican food with no spice you are in luck, Go to tortilla flats or... More 

Thank Martimariette44
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Aptos, California
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303 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 chips and salsa. Those need a bit of work(maybe two types of salsas)

Thank soifdawg
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 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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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 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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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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?