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El Palomar

1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
+1 831-425-7575
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (23 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (12 reviews)
“sopes” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
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1 - 10 of 225 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The main restaurant is a high ceiling old Mexican architecture room with a lighter and airy one next to it. The servers are courteous and professional and the menu and wine list are simple and well priced. The Mexican style food came promptly and was...More

Thank highrollerreefing
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were seven on a Saturday night. We sat in the bar, but at tables. Four of us were very disappointed with the food; the other three had better luck (seafood fajitas and a salad). Two had had cheese and onion enchilladas, which were possibly...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Very nice Mexican food! Loveeeed the chimichangas I had there once, so good! The tacos and burritos are very good as well! Will come back any time

Thank Misss_T_24
Reviewed 4 December 2017

you best eat a burrito. When I first visited Santa Cruz the whole town smelled like burritos to me. It didn't take long before the craving took hold, and I found myself in El Palomar. The atmosphere was a little lacking, but the food was...More

Thank ObservantEscapades
Reviewed 10 November 2017

I tried the Chili Rellano lunch special. I choose the rice and beans. I really enjoyed the CR, I could tell if was really fresh and enjoyed the topping of sliced tomato diced onion and cilantro. Rice and Beans were average but not bad. Overall...More

Thank Nicole M
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 24 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
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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
Groups, Bar Scene, 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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