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Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine

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903 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901-3331
+1 415-451-4765
08:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 00:00
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Houghton, Michigan
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80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

Had take out. I asked friend to get me sandwich but he got meal instead. ..meat was dry and boring with no sauce. His sandwich was nice. I'm not a fan of plantains but he was into it all. Too much bother to me with no where to park or pull over and wait. Very popular. Give me taco Janes... More 

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Carmel, California
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151 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Sol Food is delicious Puerto Rican food in a jumping atmosphere. We had to wait for a couple of minutes to order but we were there at the height of the lunch rush. As our order was taken at the counter, we were guided to a shared table by a friendly employee. The food came pretty fast considering how crowded... More 

Thank phh26541
Paris, France
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125 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

I note that some reviewers claim that they don't get it. I think you have to know the Puerto Rican culture to see why this is a good restaurant. In Puerto Rico, which I visited last year restaurants are a meeting place where friends get together for food and conversation. It's very informal, bohemian you might say. If you prefer... More 

Thank Frank P
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65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Like some of the other reviewers, I don't get it at all. There were enough positive reviews that I thought it was worth a try, but instantly regretted taking the time. I had the chicken salad. Meh. Bland. Next time, I'll get a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods, lettuce, a tomato, and an avocado, and lay them on aplatter. Done.... More 

Thank TopazTunes
San Anselmo, CA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

We've eaten here 3 times, we've tried each time to figure out what is the hype and long lines about? Although the ambience is pretty and fun, the food was consistently greasy. Even the salads were poor.

Thank DevorahN
Santa Barbara, California
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78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2016

Sol Food is trifecta of a place: fresh, flavorful, and vegetarian-friendly. Food is consistent as are the long lines, especially during peak meal times. Do yourself a favor and hit them up mid-morning or afternoon or call ahead for pick-up/delivery because you are going to want to put this food in your mouth ASAP. Also plan on getting Sol Food... More 

Thank Fatchihuahua
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81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

I have gone by Sol Food so many times in the last 15 years and watched lines out the door, heard my husband rave about it and had a close friend sit across from Sean Penn, which is a huge testament to the sumptuous food, the wafting fragrance of fried plantains and a happening environment. I had the camarones (... More 

Thank shamz30
San Rafael, California
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Have had Sol Food multiple times, both home delivery and take-out. It is what you want when you just want something easy and delicious. the food is basic, and not very creative, but it is always satisfying. Have had spontaneous large parties at my home, and they can have food for thirty in short notice and people will love it.... More 

Thank redmed
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2016

We have been fans of Sol Food since it opened up. Breakfast, lunch and dinner it works. Personally, the dine-in space is a bit too hectic for us but that doesn't seem to stop everyone else from lining up night after night all year round. If you are driving thru Marin, definitely worth calling in, picking up, and enjoying on... More 

Thank jdeancoffey
Granite bay, CA
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86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

We had heard so much hype about the sol food restaurant in downtown San Rafael we didn't realize until we saw the name that it wasn't Brooklyn "soul food" but it was "Sol" food. The building is hard to miss in its gaudy lime green paint and the interior decor is, well... interesting. Crowded and with a line to get... More 

Thank JandEGranitebay_CA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 903 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901-3331
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-451-4765

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