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El Sol Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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18 S 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2103
+1 717-901-5050
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When Kevin Bacon was in town he dined here. This is a really fine restaurant where the food and drinks are made for you. Parking may be tight and prices are higher than in other places somilar to this one but worth every dollar. The help is good and our waitress even had a sense of humor!

Thank Georg S
Central Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most "authentic" and best Mexican restaurant in the Harrisburg area. Some truly Mexican dishes, with some "tex-mex"mixed in. Family owned, so far as I know. Seating can be limited at times, so reservations are a good idea, especially for weekends. Located in a downtown location and has reasonably nice decor -not too "kitchsy." Service is generally good and prompt... More 

Thank TravelerPAL
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I live in D.C. so I know pricey food. I've been to high end Mexican places and low end ones and never have I ever had to pay for chips and salsa or had to pay for cheese for my fajitas! I could not believe I was charged $3.25 for a plate of shredded cheese when I could have bought... More 

Thank Lisannez
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Very good food, service, drinks. Parking is a pain but that is anywhere downtown Harrisburg. Enjoyed the atmosphere and eats!

Thank ddgdiver
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

I love their margarita's... They have lovely dishes in hot bowls... Unique... The guacamole is terrific!

Thank retired-traveler-now
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We had a large group of co-workers and the staff was very accommodating. The food was delicious. We recommend the guacamole and chips. The chips came out warm. The drink list is extensive and everyone enjoyed their beverages. I was the DD, so I passed. The salmon and grilled romaine lettuce was delicious.

Thank Erin C
Greenville, South Carolina
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356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on a Saturday night and surprisingly the restaurant was not terribly busy. Tried some of the specials- the guacamole with goat cheese was tasty and different. Large quantities of food- wanted to try dessert but could not force myself.

Thank WadeandLori
Chester, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

This is a well fitted out and spacious Mexican. I thought the menu was a little more adventurous than the usual offerings. My wife’s stuffed Portobello mushroom (a starter, but ample big enough for an entrée) was exceptional. Friendly service and reasonable prices.

Thank Loz97
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Every time I am in Harrisburg, this is the place I go to for dinner. Clean, pleasant wait staff, great food and drinks, and reasonable. Keep up the good work.

Thank 56vicki
Scarsdale, New York
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121 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Just go and enjoy. Chips a plenty. Good salsa - not very spicy which is to my palette. Good creamy guacamole. Giant Margaritas - frozen or not. I had tamales. I was a little disappointed that they had run out of the chicken used to fill the tamales so I had a vegetable and 2 pork. The portion is too... More 

Thank Mark B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 S 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2103
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: +1 717-901-5050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?