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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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  • Denise
    "Pollo al horno get one of each plantain both very good"(15 Tips)
    Colin
    "Bistec sandwich and pique sauce are amazing"(10 Tips)
    Jessica E.
    "Love getting their sandwiches with Tostones instead of bread."(15 Tips)
    Cate M. Z.
    "Cubano and the veggie sandwiches are the best!"(9 Tips)
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  • 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
  • California Girl
    California GirlAugust 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
  • Marcos L.
    Marcos LiraAugust 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.
  • 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
    Upvoted Jan 14
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Carmen H.
    Carmen HughesApril 17, 2016
    Exceptional roasted chicken salad with a lovely avocado salad and picked onions. Definitely recommend and definitely going back!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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