New! Chowhound Cities: Satisfy your curiosity and your palate. Explore Cities
Discover the unexpected in the Bay Area. Explore All of the SF Bay Area
Restaurants & Bars 2

Cafe Del Sol - Menlo Park

Wendy-san | Jan 16, 2004 10:06 PM

Had a delightful dinner at this newish upscale (foodwise) Mexican restaurant. They seem to serve typical fare at lunch (tacos, burritos, etc.) but at dinner the emphasis is on fish, poblano peppers, steak and chicken. I started with a complimentary appetizer of tortilla chips surrounding a taquito with guacamole and white cheese garnish. Then I had the chicken with rice soup, which offered juicy chicken chunks, salsa and cilantro rice. My entree was Halibut Dorado - pan roasted Alaskan halibut served with cilanto rice and mango and pimento sauces and mango salsa.

Presentation was beautiful and service attentive. Didn't have wine tonight but they do have a wine list, though I didn't see it.

Other interesting appetizers include a chicken tamal; sauteed shrimp with tequila, chipotle and mango sauce; a ceviche of red snapper; and a shrimp quesadilla with manchago cheese, cream, avocado sauce and salsa fresca.

Most entrees are in the $13 - $14 range. My halibut was $16. White table cloths and track lighting and a pleasant atmosphere. It reminds me a bit of Palo Alto Sol (and perhaps it's related) but this was far superior.

Cafe Del Sol
1010 Doyle Street (between Santa Cruz Ave & Menlo Ave)
Menlo Park
Across the street from Su Hong to Go

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound