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Vive Sol

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$$ - $$$
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2020 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040-2104
+1 650-938-2020
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good. Ambience was noisy but great. Staff were excellent. Overall great place for Mexican food.

Thank PriyabrataRay
Mountain View, California
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114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to Vive Sol for 15 years or so now, pretty much since they opened. The atmosphere is top notch, sort of dark and mysterious. We usually go fairly early to get a choice of tables, as it always fills up. I love the chips and three salsas they serve you as a free appetizer. One is... More 

Thank Charles C
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this place for dinner on Friday. The restaurant has a pleasant Mexican/Spanish ambience. Good food and good service 👍. There are a handful of vegetarian options on the menu. We enjoyed the vegetarian burrito 🌯 and the mixed green salad 🥗.and not to forget the sangria. Would definitely recommend this place !

Thank sneha d
Palo Alto, California
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423 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this restaurant but haven't been here in maybe 6 months. They do not take reservations and your entire party must be together before they will seat you. The place is hidden foo en Camino next to a little florist. Somewhat dark and very noisy, the food here is wonderful. I usually get the enchilada suiza with green sauce.... More 

Thank Marcia K
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

It's likely you won't notice this restaurant from the street because it's a smaller house that's sort of set back from a busy road. But it's worth looking for. The food is outstanding - authentic Mexican with a good selection of vegetarian options. And the decor feels authentic too given the uniqueness of the building.

Thank je2000
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298 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Even with reservations it's still hard to get a place to sit as it is quite popular. The margaritas are great as are the sangrias. I highly recommend the prawns and avocado cocktail served with nachos (delicious) and for mains, grandma's special chicken (creamy and tasty) served with rice and beans. Service can be a tad impersonal and slow but... More 

Thank Dotts0908
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

After almost 3 months vacation out of America, Mexican food always my first choice, the food is not bad, my server was nice and friendly, but not surprise, still think the price could be little bit lower compare to the food.

Thank Tony R
Birmingham, Alabama
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Parking is less than ideal, so carpool or grab a ride if possible. It is always delicious. Love going here. Haven't ever had anything bad. The margaritas are good, a little strong but good. The service is very knowledgeable and will gladly make recommendations if you need.

Thank Mandy B
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Whenever we go there, we order Margarita, the best I have ever tasted. Also their mole sauce is killer.

Thank Enamul H
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239 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Had an hour or so to kill while in Los Altos for a business meeting and figure I couldn't go wrong with a local Mexican joint. This unassuming little "shack" turned out to be one of the top Mexican meals I've ever had. I was in total disbelief at the quality of the ingredients and the taste. Had the enchiladas... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2020 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040-2104
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain View
  • Phone Number: +1 650-938-2020

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