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El Palomar

) #23 of 298 Restaurants in Santa Cruz ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Mexican, Latin
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
+1 831-425-7575
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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11:00 - 21:00All hours
Mexican, Latin
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 10 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
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We had lunch at this restaurant recently and it was one of the highlights of our California trip. We enjoyed the food very much, especially the Guacamole and the side veggies, but above all our server Lindsay was just the best! She was friendly, genuinely...More

Thank ravi4travel
Reviewed 2 July 2017

The food here is incredible. It's authentic, made from scratch and wherever possible comes from local suppliers. My wife grew up in a Mexican household where all food was homemade and this is the only Mexican restaurant she'll go to in Santa Cruz. The made-to-order...More

Thank Stevej95060
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

This place should rank higher, unreal food, unbelievable service. The only flaw? It's way way too dark! The lovely middle area is bright but the main area is so dark. The salsa is amazing and the addition of refillable chips is amazing. We honestly had...More

Thank lemx12345
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Being an SC local my cousin worked here decades ago and I loved it then just like I love it now. It's beautiful for romantic dates or fun parties. The rustic look almost transports you to your own island. I love their burritos, I can...More

Thank Shayna T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Lunch, Breakfast, 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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