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El Sol Mexican Restaurant

4.7
4.7
989 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

Redefine the way you think about Mexican Food...
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and the newly expanding area of South 3rd Street, is authentic Mexican cuisine at it's best--El Sol Mexican Restaurant. Immerse yourself in our relaxed environment, enjoy the decor, the entrees, the drinks, the experience. You just may fall in love with Mexican food all over again. Proud winners of several awards, including Harrisburg Magazine's "Best New Restaurant" 2008, Winner in the category of Mexican food for Harrisburg Magazine 2008 - 2019 and Central PA magazine 2008-2011 ...including awards for our margaritas! We also boast Harrisburg's largest tequila selection.

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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Global, International, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Saturday
    Sat 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (717) 901-5050

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Harrisburg

  • Cross street

    Blackberry

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available, closest is on South 3rd St or Chestnut St. There are parking garages within walking distance on Chestnut and 2nd St.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Brunch

Additional Sides ($2): Home Fries, Fruit Salad, Fiesta Pasta Salad, Canadian Ham, Rosemary Garlic Potatoes, Bacon.

  • The Gringo$8.00

    3 eggs your way, served with ham and Mexican home fries sautéed with peppers and onions and bacon.

    • Fajita Omelet$11.00

      Sautéed potatoes, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and chorizo mixed with scrambled eggs and topped with cheddar jack cheese, salsa verde, salsa ranchero and cilantro. Served with sour cream and guacamole on a skillet.

      • Spinach & Mushroom Omelet$10.00

        Sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and onions folded into an egg omelet. Served with sides of garbanzo salad and home fries.

        • Carne Asada y Huevos Tower$12.00

          A stacked tower of crispy tortillas, filled with separate layers of refried beans, carne asada, and scrambled eggs. Covered by our homemade salsa tossed with spinach, served with a dollop of spicy sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole cream.

          • Huevos Rancheros$9.00

            Two crispy tortillas topped with two fried eggs, served with red and green salsas, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and rosemary garlic potatoes.

            • Vegetarian Benedict$10.00

              Two grilled baby portabella mushroom caps topped with sautéed green onions and asparagus with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Served with a side of fiesta pasta salad.

              • Chorizo Eggs Benedict$12.00

                Two poached eggs over two English muffins topped with Mexican inspired hollandaise sauce, chorizo bits pico de gallo and rose mary garlic potatoes.

                • Huevos al Mole$10.00

                  Crispy corn tortilla topped with refried beans, two sunny side up eggs, topped with our homemade mole sauce. Served with guacamole, pico de gallo and home fries.

                  • Huevos Très Chiles$9.00

                    Eggs scrambled with pico de gallo and topped with our très chiles sauce. Served with slices of avocado and a side of our fiesta pasta salad.

                    • Mexican' Toast$8.00

                      Our take on the French classic. Mexican sweet bread dredged in egg, cocoa, cinnamon, and sugar, cooked until golden brown. Served with homemade hibiscus sauce whipped cream and a fruit salad.

                      • Mexican Bolillo (Traditional Mexican sandwich)$13.00

                        Sliced USDA choice filet medallion steak and pinto beans tossed in a tomatillo salsa and served on Mexican bread with fresh avocado slices and home fries.

                        • Pollo Chilaquiles$10.00

                          Shredded chicken served with homemade chilaquiles (fried tortillas slow cooked and sautéed in a roasted tomato cream sauce) and home fries.

                          • Add a 5oz NY Strip steak$5.00
                        • Enchilada Meixcanas or Verdes$10.00

                          Three Corn tortillas filled with your choice of shredded chicken ( with onions and tomatoes), steak or cheese. Served with refried beans and salad.

                          • Mexican Style Buffalo Chicken Burrito$8.00

                            Grilled chicken tossed in buffalo hot sauce packed into a warm tortilla with lettuce, tomato, and our house lime dressing. Served with sour cream pico de gallo, guacamole and home fries.

                            • Enchiladas Nortenas$10.00

                              Two flour tortillas , filled with eggs and chorizo, one topped with salsa ranchera, one topped with salsa verde. Served with refried beans, salad, Guacamole.

                              • Spinach Salad$8.00

                                Fresh spinach mixed with bacon, hardboiled egg, tomato, mushrooms, and cucumbers. Tossed in a hot bacon dressing and served with a fruit salad.

                                • Chef Salad$8.00

                                  Crisp iceberg lettuce topped with tomatoes, chorizo, hardboiled egg, Canadian ham, cheese, sliced avocado. Served with any of our house dressings.

                                  Sweet Indulgences/ Fruit

                                  • Tres Leches Cake$7.00

                                    Translates to "three milks "cake. This dessert is a pound cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture and topped with whip cream.

                                    • Homemade Mexican Bread Pudding$7.00

                                      Sliced bolillo soaked in a sweet milk and topped with shredded coconut and raisins.

                                      • Xango & Bionico$7.00

                                        Mexican deep fried cheesecake (xango) surrounded by a fruit salad topped with a sweet yogurt lechero sauce, sprinkled with granola.

                                        Hot Beverages

                                        • Coffee$2.50

                                          • Mexican Hot Cocoa$3.50

                                            Milk, finely diced chocolate chunks and our homemade chocolate sauce.

                                            • Fruit Ponche$4.00

                                              Apple chunks, grapes, orange slices, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

                                              Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                              What 989 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.7
                                              4.7 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.7Food
                                              • 4.7Service
                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                              • 4.5Value

                                              NoiseModerate

                                              Loved For

                                              • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

                                                Mexican

                                              • Hershey / Harrisburg

                                                Best Food

                                              • Hershey / Harrisburg

                                                Best Service

                                              • Hershey / Harrisburg

                                                Best Value

                                              • Hershey / Harrisburg

                                                Fit for Foodies

                                              • Hershey / Harrisburg

                                                Good for Groups

                                              • Hershey / Harrisburg

                                                Great for Lunch

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                                              1. k

                                                kareng

                                                Philadelphia

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Had to change my reservation. Online would only let me pick a much later time. Host on telephone was really help.

                                              2. ZT

                                                ZacharyT

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                Great food with awesome atmosphere. They did sit us at a weird table close to others, but they had to do what they had to do when busy.

                                              3. JC

                                                JoeC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                El Sol is a great place to have dinner and drinks if your going to an event at the Whitaker Center or just looking for a break from a long day at work.

                                              4. f

                                                freidaluvs

                                                Hawaii

                                                23 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                23 reviews

                                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Probably the best Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to. The ceviche rivals the best I’ve ever had. Drinks were perfect as was the service.

                                              5. DL

                                                DawnL

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I met 4 of my girlfriend's for lunch here. Food and service was excellent. We will definitely meet here again.

                                              6. MM

                                                MarcyM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                We celebrated my sister's 50th bday here. Ive been in the restaurant business for 30+ years and this was hands down the best Mexican food we ever had (and we tried everything!) Food and service were outstanding. Thank you so much for great time.

                                              7. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Always a great meal and experience.

                                              8. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Philadelphia

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                Thanks. Good time.

                                              9. DZ

                                                DuaneZ

                                                Philadelphia

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                The food was well prepared and service was fast but not over bearing.

                                              10. TG

                                                TomG

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Food and service was great. Our server Shaq was friendly and attentive. We had fajitas which were plentiful and we each wound up taking home leftover portions. The prices were reasonable. The noise level was fairly high but we could still talk to each other without difficulty. Recommended.

                                              11. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I've been here a few times. Every time, it was always a great experience. Food and drinks were always delicious. The staff and services were amazing. I can't complain!

                                              12. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We opted to sit at the bar, and had a really great dinner! It was a fun night, the bartender was very attentive and helped make our dining service a positive night.

                                              13. CK

                                                ConnieK

                                                Philadelphia

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Never disappointed when I go to El Sol. I highly recommend the mahi-mahi! My friend had a shredded chicken burrito and also said it was very good. House Margarita was perfect and refreshing. Had not seen my friend in almost a year and we were able to catch up with, what seemed like, perfect timing of the server coming to our table.

                                              14. LM

                                                LibbyM

                                                Philadelphia

                                                14 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                The food is always sooooo yummy! And the portions are very large. Fun atmosphere with pleasant staff. We make it a point to eat here whenever we are in town.

                                              15. L

                                                Laine

                                                Philadelphia

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                El Sol is lovely, centrally located in a historic downtown setting, it serves great Mexican fare in a casual environment. Menu is well thought out, and flavoring is on point. We sampled the Molcajete Carnitas and Lobster Enchilada, both were delicious. Drinks, with a nod to the Gourmet Margarita was savory. Was scared to have another, that potent and lingers on your tastebuds. Tastes like more. Michelle was our server, we simply loved her, made us feel at home, great suggestions and generally decent human being, providing professional service.

                                              16. PP

                                                PetePowers

                                                Philadelphia

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our server was superior. I indicated we needed to be out quickly to make an evening event and she made sure we had everything in short order.

                                              17. JF

                                                JohnF

                                                Philadelphia

                                                27 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                27 reviews

                                                Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                The service is always great. Food never disappoints!

                                              18. CL

                                                CharlyL

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I've been here one other time before. Absolutely loved the food the service and ambience. Was a very nice dinner

                                              19. RR

                                                RRFJR

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Very enjoyable. Will be back in the future.

                                              20. C

                                                Carol

                                                Philadelphia

                                                15 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                15 reviews

                                                Dined on March 3, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Great service, prompt and friendly

                                              21. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Philadelphia

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Always an awesome experience!

                                              22. TR

                                                ThomasR

                                                Philadelphia

                                                19 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                19 reviews

                                                Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent food and service, especially considering how busy it was.

                                              23. LB

                                                LarryB

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Excellent service and enjoyed the food. We will go again.

                                              24. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Philadelphia

                                                17 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on February 17, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                Solid experience. Guacamole was very good as was the taco platter and burrito. Efficient and friendly service. Recommended.

                                              25. DS

                                                DanS

                                                Philadelphia

                                                17 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                El Sol is always a good experience. Our waitress was excellent on a very busy day.

                                              26. CH

                                                CHARLIEM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Mui buen servicio y la comida tremenda los empleados un Amor lo recomiendo.. 👍

                                              27. v

                                                vrs1

                                                Atlantic City

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Our server was excellent. Valentines weekend so we weren’t sure what to expect. Service and food were both excellent. Will be back for sure!

                                              28. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food as always, my wife had a great birthday dinner!

                                              29. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                It was a perfect evening. Servers were exceptional and food was wonderful! Will def be back!

                                              30. C

                                                Cintu

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                overall5food1service5ambience2

                                                Fantastic service but food was horrible. There was no taste, its all salty and sour food.

                                              31. BA

                                                BarryA

                                                Washington DC

                                                19 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                19 reviews

                                                Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Dinner with my kids

                                              32. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on January 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Easily accommodated our large group. Food was delicious and service was awesome!

                                              33. T

                                                Terry

                                                Philadelphia

                                                41 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                41 reviews

                                                Dined on January 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I can always count on fresh and creative menu items! My favorite Mexican restaurant in Harrisburg!

                                              34. AS

                                                AllisonS

                                                Philadelphia

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on December 31, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had an early dinner here on New Year's Eve and everything was perfect. The food was delicious and our server was outstanding!

                                              35. R

                                                Ronece

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on December 23, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                All of our food was felt, fresh and well made. Service was impeccable, atmosphere quiet and relaxing! Highly recommend

                                              36. LM

                                                LibbyM

                                                Philadelphia

                                                14 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined on December 19, 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                Delicious food and large portions! Petron margaritas, a must. Good service. If you are looking for really yummy Mexican food, this is the place.

                                              37. KL

                                                KarenL

                                                Philadelphia

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on December 11, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We always have great service and great food when we visit.

                                              38. RF

                                                RosemaryF

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on December 5, 2021

                                                overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                Parking is a nightmare. Service very slow. Good Margaritas!

                                              39. PB

                                                PattyB

                                                Philadelphia

                                                25 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                25 reviews

                                                Dined on December 3, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Live their food. The chips and salsa sampler is a must every time we go here. Margaritas are vey good and we have tried many Doukenie items and they all have all been delicious.

                                              40. F

                                                Feds

                                                Baltimore

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on December 3, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Tried the lobster enchiladas. AMAZING FLAVOR. Super tender lobster and generous portion.

                                              FAQs

                                              El Sol Mexican Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. El Sol Mexican Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 901-5050.

                                              El Sol Mexican Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 989 OpenTable diners.

                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                              Booked 6 times today
                                              Google Map for El Sol Mexican Restaurant

                                              18 South 3rd Street Harrisburg, PA 17101

                                              Additional information

                                              • Cross street

                                                Blackberry

                                              • Neighborhood

                                                Harrisburg

                                              • Hours of operation

                                                Tue–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm
                                                Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm
                                                Saturday
                                                Sat 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                Mexican, Global, International, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Elegant

                                              • Dress code

                                                Casual Dress

                                              • Parking details

                                                Street parking is available, closest is on South 3rd St or Chestnut St. There are parking garages within walking distance on Chestnut and 2nd St.

                                              • Payment options

                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Additional

                                                Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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