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Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine

Latin American Restaurant, South American Restaurant, and Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
Downtown San Rafael, San Rafael
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  • The sandwiches at Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine is a can't miss
  • Denise
    "Pollo al horno get one of each plantain both very good"(15 Tips)
    Colin
    "Bistec sandwich and pique sauce are amazing"(10 Tips)
    Samantha L.
    "Get the tostones con queso with tomato and avocado."(15 Tips)
    Cate M. Z.
    "Cubano and the veggie sandwiches are the best!"(9 Tips)
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  • California Girl (CG)
    California Girl (CG)August 8, 2016
    The vibe is great here, full of locals, large servings and happy people. Service is great, but you must first order and pay at the register. Prepare to stand in line. No res. #cglifestyle
    Upvoted Mar 26
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonSeptember 29, 2014
    Get your fill of hearty platters of Puerto Rican meats, rice, & beans at Sol Food in sunny San Rafael. Use the spicy & vinegary Pique hot sauce liberally and read about it on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Most go for the chicken or beef platters, rounded out with pink beans, rice, salad and sweet or savory garlic plantains. Lines are long, but plentiful portions make it worth the wait. Read more
  • Marc L.
    Marc LAugust 25, 2014
    At first glance, the line outside might seem daunting for the hangry. Luckily, it moves quick & the food inside is worth every waiting minute. Try the bistec sandwich washed down with a Te Helado.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GuestJuly 8, 2016
    Surprisingly good for food allergies! They use rice oil in the fryers, have several gluten free entrees and offer sandwiches between fried plantains instead of bread!
    Upvoted Mar 26
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 12, 2010
    The plates here are good, but the sandwiches are even better. What started as a farmer’s market booth now has 2 locations near each other in San Rafael, the “big place” and the “small place.” - Jeremy
  • Kylie F.
    Kylie FJune 7, 2015
    Oh god, even the plain rice is amazing!!!! The hot sauce in the table is runny but spicy and oh so tasty. Big line out front but moves fast & worth the wait
  • Black S.
    Black Sequoia2 weeks ago
    Had the Kan Kan special...amazing!!! Order extra platanos. Everything here is phenomenal...not to be outdone by the warm, generous, magnanimous service! Felt like home 😄😊😍
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerJuly 5, 2015
    If the line is long get your delicious food from the to go counter, and eat in the delightful little seating area in the nearby parking lot.
  • Michael K.
    Michael K.March 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't mind the smaller quarters, try their 4th street location right around the block. Skip the long lines and eat in micro authentic Puerto Rican style. Excellent service to boot!
  • Joe M.
    Joe Murphy LibrarianOctober 12, 2014
    Vegan plate is delicious (rice & beans with olives, sweet and savory tostones) Some of the best tostones and love their hot sauce.
  • Taylor B.
    Taylor BeggsOctober 5, 2013
    I featured Sol Food on my latest blog post: Taylor’s Best of Marin: Top 10 Must Eat Meals Before You Die! See what meal was my favorite & feel free to comment and let me know if you agree or disagree! Read more
  • Mike C.
    Mike CMarch 24, 2013
    After a day of hiking at Point Reyes, this is one of the best places to stop by on the way back to San Francisco. Table service is 20-40 min. during peak hrs., but they do a quick takeout! Eat in car!
  • Lisa
    LisaOctober 26, 2014
    Love love this place! You line up and order food at the counter. I LOVE the té helado (orange-mango tea), must get! I like the bistec better than pollo al horno.
  • Mohit S.
    Mohit ShewaramaniAugust 19, 2014
    The bistec sandwich. That's what you came here for. Juicy, tasty, perfect. Btw there are three Sol Foods in a two block radius, so check the other ones if the line is too long.
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniOctober 11, 2014
    Most locals know about Sol Food. Absolutely authentic, fresh, and delicious. The drinks are refreshing, and the is food extremely satisfying. If you enjoy long lines, you're in luck.
  • Christina G.
    Christina GoreDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    instead of getting the vegetarian combo, get a side of rice, side of beans, and side salad. you get twice the amount of food for the same cost! also get it for there they skimp on to go meals.
  • Olivier P.
    Olivier P.September 28, 2012
    Tiny restaurant that seems always packed. The food is great and for drink, you should get the lemonade. You can buy their amazing hot-sauce next door. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Reno
    RenoSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorites - can't get healthy, tasty and organic puerto rican chicken anywhere like this - always packed - try the pollo al horno with sweet plantains and mago ice tea. crave.
  • Mark
    MarkApril 17, 2014
    I had a large bistec combo, it was great. After adding the hot sauce, it was like crack. Mango iced tea to cool me down. This place is delicious.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kApril 2, 2013
    the chicken salad is amazing. the small has one piece, the large has two pieces. they have multiple locations too, so if one's too crowded, check out the others.
  • Allen W.
    Allen WagnerJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't bother standing in the long line next door. Place your order to go at the bodega and hit the road! I recommend the Arnold Palmer Puerto Rican style. Half limeade half mango ice tea. Yum!
  • Allen W.
    Allen WagnerApril 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I recommend the chicken plate with sweet plantains and pink beans. Cover it with their sauce and get a 1/2 mango ice tea 1/2 lime aid to wash I down. The sauce calls to me! Get a bottle to go.
  • Bryan N.
    Bryan NeubergJanuary 27, 2011
    Honestly, I don't know how they do it. Line constantly out the door. Puerto Ricueno delights: sweet plantains, best chicken I've had, and the sauce... the sauce! All for $12/ person. W/ friendly staff
  • Cate M. Z.
    Cate M. ZhangAugust 7, 2014
    The beef over rice lunch special is pretty great! Cubano and the veggie sandwiches are the best! Don't forget the hot sauce they made in house.
  • Suzanne
    SuzanneAugust 19, 2016
    Smashed plantains are awesome, especially with something saucy to balance the dryness. Absolutely delicious food, tho not spicy. The coconut latte was spech.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DanielewskiApril 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mango Limeade Ice Tea - This popular drink isn't specifically on the menu, because it's a combination of two drinks. It's amazsome! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jole P.
    Jole PMarch 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Such good iced tea and well priced meals. The plantains are always on point especially with black beans and rice
  • Carissa B.
    Carissa BilinskiMay 6, 2013
    Pollo al horno. I don't care if you hate chicken normally, you MUST order this. Make sure to pair it with their homemade limeade and douse your food with the vinegar sauce.
  • BuddhaBen R.
    BuddhaBen RudnickMarch 3, 2016
    Worth the wait. Make sure to douse your food in their special sauce at the table. Incredible salad dressing, take a bottle home!
  • Tim D.
    Tim DanielewskiApril 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the bistec sandwich - So Perfect! Steak, avacado, and all that saucy grilled oniony flavagoodness that melds all together. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonJanuary 31, 2012
    Came here for a family dinner and ordered the half chicken. It was absolutely HUGE!!! One plate here can easily feed two people. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Linh N.
    Linh NguyenAugust 13, 2014
    Everything, especially the limeade. I usually order whatever's on special as these are changed daily.
  • J. M.
    J. MontesJanuary 26, 2013
    This place definitely lives up to the hype. This coming from someone who knows her PR cuisine ~ bistec sandwiches, frijoles negros, tostones y maduros! Delicioso!
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoOctober 13, 2013
    The sweet plaintains here are better than the ones I had IN Puerto Rico! Perfectly ripe and sweet with a hint of crisp around the edges.
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary BrowneJune 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The hot sauce is incredible! Amazing food and great atmosphere. Would definitely go out of my way to come here if I'm in Marin.
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon ZNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Limeade, iced coffee or mango ice tea, pink beans with green olives, sweet plantains & cover food with amazing hot sauce on the table.
  • Hillary H.
    Hillary HartleyAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They recently closed the location with the thatched roof and opened two smaller take-out stations – one on 4th street, and one right next door to the main restaurant, "Sol Food Bodega."
  • Carmen H.
    Carmen HughesApril 17, 2016
    Exceptional roasted chicken salad with a lovely avocado salad and picked onions. Definitely recommend and definitely going back!
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha L.August 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the tostones con queso with tomato and avocado. Order the plate of 3 if it's just you, or the plate of 5 to share with friends. Delicious.
  • Christy M.
    Christy MessinaFebruary 19, 2014
    Presidents Day was not the long lines that we expected, everything was so delish, Thans to my daughter & Son in Law for treating me, for my birthday lunch here :) we tried it all.
  • Blake S.
    Blake SamicSeptember 2, 2013
    Try the Pollo Al Horno with garlic plantains. Then apply their spicy vinegar sauce liberally.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrowneDecember 30, 2015
    The restaurant line was long. We ordered takeout next door at their to-go location. The food was delicious, particularly the mango bread pudding.
  • Barbara B.
    Barbara BrooksDecember 22, 2013
    No reservations, not good for large parties... Because seating is limited and you have to order before they will seat you. Food is absolutely delicious though! Just wish I knew all this b4 planning.
  • MarinVacation.com R.
    MarinVacation.com RetreatHmSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is "the place to eat" in Marin right now - day or night! Pick-up and eat-in. Great flat steaks, grilled onions, plantains - yum! Read more
  • Brendan A.
    Brendan AronoffJuly 2, 2010
    Excellent food, and definitely one of the best restaurants open late (til midnight) in the north bay. Only problem is they have a somewhat limited vegetarian menu. The shrimp is awesome.
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LOctober 29, 2010
    Pollo al horno combo...delicious!!! Go for the 2 pieces so you can have leftovers! This is one of my fav places in Marin! Gets crowded but grab a stool at the counter.
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DawsonAugust 26, 2011
    Try the Pollo sandwich with no tomato no cilantro Mayo, sub avocado and garlic Mayo with a side of mariquitas. It meets delivery minimum too!
  • Ixchel M.
    Ixchel MayorgaMarch 13, 2015
    Pollo al horno with sweet plantains! Haven't had the garlic ones but the sweet ones are like a nice little dessert
  • John D.
    John DavisonAugust 7, 2014
    If you've never tried it but you're put off by the huge lines, call and get them to deliver. You'll understand what all the fuss is about. Great food, dirt cheap
  • Reno
    RenoOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    my favorite place in marin - food is healthy, tasty and wonderfully puerto rican - go for fish special or pollo al horno
  • Dan P.
    Dan PeraApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    From my experience, skip the fries. They're flacid and greasy. Get the black beans and rice. Sandwiches are incredible!
  • Pam R.
    Pam RMarch 18
    Everything is good here! Great for allergies. I had no problem (no gluten, dairy, corn, red chilies)
  • Amy W.
    Amy WelchMay 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For sandwiches, you can substitute the bread with tostones. The mango tembleque (coconut/custard-like dessert) is often overlooked. Also try tostones con queso (add avacado and tomato).
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinDecember 27, 2016
    Chicken thighs, rice, beans, both kinds of plantains. Salad dressing is light and acidic, pairs well. Giant fruit lemonade. Try a soup.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MorehiserJune 8, 2015
    They offer two versions of the plantains. Get one of each, and be sure to eat the crispy, salty one while it's still hot!
  • Karen S.
    Karen SantosJune 19, 2013
    Ponche is half mango-orange ice tea and half limeade is so refreshing and a must
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamDecember 30, 2012
    Bypass the canned and bottled drinks (yes, even the Mexican Coke) and get the Limonada Fresca
  • Wenter S.
    Wenter ShyuFebruary 20, 2013
    Have to get the mango iced tea with your meal. It'll wash down everything on the menu beautifully.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerJanuary 24, 2015
    Rotisserie chicken. Beans rice. Take the red sauce home for cheap it's so good on everything
  • Tim D.
    Tim DanielewskiApril 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Niño Pobre - Green Shrimp? This is shrimp is insanely good! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Pacific Sun
    Pacific SunAugust 3, 2010
    Sol Food has been a PacSun "Best of Marin" reader poll winner multiple times! Voted Best New Restaurant in 07; Best Meal under $20 in 07, 08, 09, & 10; & Best San Rafael Restaurant in 09 & 10. Read more
  • Karen S.
    Karen SantosJune 19, 2013
    sweet and garlic plantain come with plate meal... Soo good!
  • EMF D.
    EMF DestructionJuly 25, 2012
    Puerto Rico food made and ran by non Puerto ricans. I couldn't tell if the salad was spritzed with lime or windex. I think i just ordered the wrong thing, i'd consider a re-do.
  • Jae B.
    Jae B.June 23, 2012
    Vegetarian or not, try the veggie deluxe sandwich — it's got a great, unexpected sauce that sets it apart.
  • Lani C.
    Lani ChanOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pique sauce is everything. Buy a bottle and use it to improve everything you cook at home.
  • Ed D.
    Ed DiazJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Puerto Rican food in Northern California, bar none. My favorite restaurant in the Bay Area!
  • Tribu A.
    Tribu ArubaJune 9, 2016
    Great sandwich, very unique & nice handmade treasures
  • ^-^
    ^-^July 26, 2012
    The breaded shrimp here are the best! Gauranteed! If not bring it to me for your money back;) ha
  • Raymond L.
    Raymond LiMarch 10, 2014
    After all these years,Best rotisserie chicken. Love the Chinese plate
  • Alan W.
    Alan WilliamsJune 20, 2012
    The cubano sandwich is one heck of a sandwich. And the regular and coconut flans are simply decadent
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YauOctober 3, 2013
    Food is delish and the mango iced tea and limeade are great after a hike in Marin.
  • Denise
    DeniseJuly 6, 2012
    Pollo al horno get one of each plantain both very good
  • cami j.
    cami j.May 19, 2016
    the iced tea is so delicious and refreshing. portions are huge, and everything is delicious.
  • Sherry B.
    Sherry BourzacSeptember 20, 2013
    Order the coconut latte immediately! But have them go light on the sweet, it was too overpowering for my taste.
  • Jason V.
    Jason VieraNovember 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is home away from home. Everything is delicious, but my favorite is camarones empanazidos!
  • Tim D.
    Tim DMarch 24, 2015
    Beef steak and grilled chicken enchiladas, ice and beans $10.99 Yum! Get BOGO off grocery register receipts!
  • Mark V.
    Mark VegaAugust 9, 2015
    Try the mofongo and the ribs. Top notch!
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah McmillenFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the ribs I love sweet , garlic plantain , the salad and limeade
  • Vanessa V.
    Vanessa VunOctober 27, 2013
    Try the combination menu! The beef steak and pork chops are so good.
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Johnnie SkywalkingMarch 28, 2016
    Love the decor. Portion looks huge but you can easily finish. Chicken was great.
  • Kristen
    KristenAugust 3, 2010
    Beyond amazing food! The chicken combo is to die for! The bistec is amazing too! You can't go wrong with food From Sol!
  • Jessica E.
    Jessica EtingSeptember 10, 2011
    Love getting their sandwiches with Tostones instead of bread. Awesome gluten-free way to have a sandwich!!
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussNovember 13, 2014
    Several amazing pork options. Fantastic plantains. No beer however.
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KSeptember 20, 2009
    there are two locations within walking distance. they deliver for a $5 fee. camarones & pollo are amazing. be sure to try sweet plantains. Limeade in mason jars is sweet but great
  • Joveth G.
    Joveth GonzalezMay 31, 2013
    Absolutely amazing food! Try the bistec y cebolla or the chuletas.
  • Greg K.
    Greg KandankulamJune 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Carne Guisado, only available on Thursday! It is ridiculous!
  • Steenug M.
    Steenug MartinSeptember 9, 2014
    Remember, the long line is for sit-down. There's a take-out place right next door.
  • Karla
    KarlaJune 14, 2015
    Don't be dismayed by the line. It's totally worth it. Chicken thighs are incredible. And use the hot sauce.
  • Miles P.
    Miles PadernaJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the bistec sandwhich on tostones! And try their homemade sauce, it's the best!
  • Ayaka N.
    Ayaka NonakaAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tostones con mojo (fried garlic plantains) with avocado — every time, every day.
  • Alan D.
    Alan DepFebruary 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Same menu as the next door Sol Food in a convenient take out venue. They also have rotisserie chicken and ribs.
  • Jacquie S.
    Jacquie SFebruary 18, 2012
    The mango ice tea is my fav! Also try the pollo al horno and bistic sando.
  • Angelina L.
    Angelina LeDecember 6, 2014
    Packed lines but their system works! Worth the wait & have to try their hot sauce.
  • Arthur C.
    Arthur CheMay 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Iced coffee and iced tea are both awesome. Steak sandwich ON TOSTONES. Pork chop plate. Remember to get black beans for your combo!
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie SaundersFebruary 7, 2016
    Whole roasted chicken is amazing!! Also enough food for at least 2
  • Andres
    AndresDecember 3, 2015
    the coconut latte and pollo guisao (chicken stew) are amazing
  • Alliea G.
    Alliea GrouppFebruary 25, 2016
    Don't walk....run!! I fly over 3000 miles from home to get to the area-this is one of the few places that I have to go every trip!
  • Sam C.
    Sam CoturriApril 19, 2013
    Gluten Free? Try the niño pobre on Tostones with gf fried shrimp.
  • sgt jojo
    sgt jojoMay 22, 2013
    Get the bistek and mango iced tea! Perfect combination...
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