5127 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, Mexican, American, Take Out, Latin American, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
06/17/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I was not a fan of Pueblo (it just didn't live up to all the hype). But, the guacamole was one shining star in the otherwise dim meal. Learn more about why I feel this way by checking out my post about Pueblo Solis on my blog, ""For the Love of Food""
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My experience at this restaurant has gotten me to join this site, just to write this review.
My husband and I went with another couple to enjoy my birthday at Pueblo Solis. We were expecting the service that we had previously gotten two years ago- quick, wonderful service and staff, and good food.
We were seated immediately on a Friday evening. Great, or so we thought. Unfortunately, we never got to taste the food, because after 20 minutes of waiting at our table, were never even offered drinks. I was extremely disappointed in this local restaurant. How can you ask someone to wait 20 minutes for drinks?!?!? We stood up and left the restaurant without looking back. We won't be back again.
Upon looking at the menu while waiting, beacuse we had a lot of time, I noticed too that their menu is set up strangely. Who charges $11.99 for fajitas that doesn't include anything but the tortilla and meat? Lettuce and tomato are 50cents extra, cheese and sour cream 95cents extra. That's weird.
After leaving the restaurant, we ended up going up Hampton a bit further to Amigo Joe's fastest service ever and excellent food. We'll be going there from now on.
06/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Went in evening and was seated immediately. Waitress said she would be there soon - finally came back and took drink and dinner orders. Drinks arrive 10 minutes later only 2 of 3. Waited another 10 minutes for third. We waited an hour and fifteen minutes for dinner and was being told the kitchen was behind and only a few minutes more. We finally walked out. I can't tell you if the food was good or not but had plenty of chips and salsa. Never saw a manager, only waitress every once in a while just to come by to say sorry.
04/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This was our second visit and WOW, WHAT A Difference. THe pinto bean soup we had this time had NO FLAVOR. the spices were lacking. Salt and pepper helped a bit... The beef fajitas were tough and also without seasoning. The margaritas were watery and had no lime flavor or tequila. My wife never received the second beer she ordered.
Our complaints were acccepted but no responsibility was accepted. . The manager explained that the taste differed depending on who was cooking. ??????
WE paid our bill and fed the fajita""s to the dogs
04/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
my absolute fav mexican resturant in STL! Love that it's in my neighborhood - we always try to walk there bc the bartender makes great/strong margharitas. family friendly. Service can be spotty but they've expanded the resturant with an outdoor patio and more room indoors so that's been helping. great to eat in or carry out (they're on my speed dial). you've never had
The food was fabulous! Right up there with the best Mexican in Texas! Service was great and the atmosphere was that of a very small Mexican cafe. Watch out because the portions are huge (don't over do it on the appetizers). AND the best margarita I have ever had. A fun evening all around!!!
06/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My in-laws introduced us to this places a few years ago, and we?ve been hooked ever since. When it was smaller, there were sometimes long waits on weekends. However, they?ve since expanded the dining room twice, and I can?t recall waiting more than 5 min to be seated no matter what day of the week or time of the evening we?ve visited for at least two years.
Kevin is a gem! We always request to sit in his section because he?s so nice & attentive. The guacamole, fresh chips & salsa, and margaritas ? which are made WITHOUT nasty sweet & sour mix ? are all outstanding. Unlimited chips & salsa are free. The salsas are always made from the same recipe, but the hotness levels vary based on the season. The waiters typically do offer guacamole, and the price of it is listed right on the menu. I?ve never seen a Mexican place where that was just given away ? avocados aren?t cheap.
I haven?t tried anything on the menu that?s not great. Someone complained about the portion sizes. I don?t understand this. I always have enough food to make two meals, and it?s still good reheated the next day, and that?s considering I avoid the specials, which could probably feed me for 3-4 meals.
I visited the Southwest a couple of years ago, and had authentic Mexican in New Mexico, Arizona & California. I didn?t find any place that was better than Pueblo Solis, but did find a few that paled in comparison.
04/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Having recently moved here from LA, I have longed for good Mexican food. I would say now that I have found it. The atmosphere is cozy, the staff very friendly and the food top notch. I am amazed as some of the posts have talked about rude service. I disagree...my experience was quite the contrary. We experienced very friendly and attentive waiters. The chips and salsa are amazing. They present 3 different salsas that are fresh and very tasty. I ordered the combo plate and everything was fresh, and served hot. The sopapilla desert was amazing with an incredible raspberry sauce on top of a cinammon sopapilla topped with fresh mango, blueberries and ice cream. The margaritas are great too. I highly suggest this place. I am looking forward to going again and sitting on the outdoor patio.
Food was good. The service was good and quick. The atmosphere wasn't the best. Overcrowded and the tables were too close. Also.. too dark... don't like a place that is too dark that I can't read the menu or barely see my food. Also, I felt like we were rushed out of there. Not a place to go for a date or to have a leisurely dining experience.
10/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Very overpriced! Also we waited over 45 minutes to get our food and it was horrible! The service was ok at best. The food was just plain, small portions, and just not good. I love mexican food, but this place was bad! We came from Chesterfield to eat there because it was so recommended...should have went to Taco Bell!
10/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We were very impressed the first couple of times we came to Pueblo Solis. Then, not so much. We just went today, and it was a nightmare. Our waiter, Kevin, was inexplicably rude. Even though there were hardly any other tables, we felt very rushed. He also seemed determined to convince us to order much more food than we wanted, and wouldn't leave us alone long enough to enjoy our meal. Speaking of the meal, the food quality has deteriorated. The formerly delicious sopes were rock hard, the longhorn cheese was rubbery, the rice was mush. Such a shame! We used to really love this place. I hope they get it back together; until then, we will go elsewhere.
07/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I am a native Texan and a Mexican-American, so I have experienced great Mexican food. I had heard a lot of good things about this place, so my wife and I decided to try it out. The first thing I noticed was the dimmed lighting. Not your typical atmosphere. Mexican food can make one a bit drowsy, so the lack of lighting did not help the situation. Once we got seated, the waitor was quite rude. He was trying to rush us though everything and was critical to the changes that I made which were not much. For example, I am not a big fan of Chihuahua cheese, so I told him that I did not like it. He came back with, ""I would not recommend that choice."" He isn't the one eating the food. Once we got the food, I actually thought it was pretty good. I did not, however, care for the rice. It was extremely overcooked, mushy, and very bland. The last thing I could not understand, it how expensive the food was compared to typical Mexican food. The traditional type dishes were about $9-10 when they should be priced about $6-7. One item on the menu in particular was way over priced. I could not believe that someone would have enough courage to charge over $9 for a bowl of Menudo. It is probably made with the cheapest ingrediants of anything on the menu and should have been appropriately priced around $5. I will have to think long and hard before I would make a return visit.
04/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
It took my friends and I (seven of us) upwards of 45 minutes to be seated. We were initially told that it would be only 20 minutes for a table, and after 20 minutes, we were told (many times) that it would only be a ""few more minutes."" So we waited...crammed into the small hallway/entryway while those around us jockeyed for position.
Finally we're seated. The waiter takes 15 min. to even come to us for our drink orders, and then another 15 for the drinks to finally show up. He brings us chips and offers to bring us guacamole, not telling us that the guacamole cost 8 dollars a bowl! We were also--get this!--charged EXTRA for the salt on our margarita glasses (which he also ""forgot"" to mention...this ended up adding an extra 5 dollars to the bill). 30-40 minutes after being seated, we're finally able to order our food, which was decent (but decidedly average...I say this having lived in Mexico). Overall, the food at Pueblo Solis is fine (as far as American-ized Mexican food goes), but certainly not worth a prolonged wait. The guacamole (""The Best in the Midwest"" they tell you) can be easily replicated at home.
So once the meal is finally over, we (after waiting...for a while longer) received our bill. We split it between the seven of us and--somewhere along the line--bungled the tip (albeit not that badly). As we were about to leave, the waiter CHARGES up to us, and asks, ""So you're going to leave THIS on THIS bill?"" No cordiality whatsoever. No mention of the fact that he was completely M-I-A during our meal. Even though we had left him about a 10% tip (we had meant to leave 15% and not a penny more, but something somewhere got mixed up...the $5 salt, perhaps? The $8 guacamole? Who knows...). So we calmly explained to him that he had not served us well, and that--at the very least--he could offered his concern politely. We ended up leaving the 15% tip that he claimed to ""deserve.""
Not sure I've ever had such a bad restaurant experience. Go to Arcelia's.
11/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Just happened to come upon this place and have loved it ever since. The service is amazing from small talk to suggestions and presentation to completion. The Margaritas are a must try. Chips and selection of salsas were delicious. The main meal is prepared in a unique style different from most other mexican restaurant which is a pleasant surprise. The atmosphere is quaint. We tried the mango cheesecake. It looked wonderful but didn't go with mexican. Maybe just another margarita next time. Our waiter was wonderful and spent quality time with us in helping us make our choices and making sure there our dinner experience was wonderful.. I think his name was Kevin.
10/27/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I am shocked by some of the other posters comments. If you want real Mexican food prepared fresy daily this is the place. If you like Casa and Chevys stay away, you will not be ready for the spicyness and real taste this place provides. Usually busy and does have a small dining room, but that adds to the atmosphere. The food is unbelivable, the salsa change degrees of spicyness each time, which speaks to the freshness of the food. If you are looking for an experience, not a dash and dine, this is the place. I go at least once a month, when I get that craving.
09/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Pueblo Solis has become one of the more popular destinations for Mexican food lovers in St. Louis. I like the fact that the menu is not the ""cookie cutter"" variety - with recipes attributed to the owner's mom (so he says). The first few times I found their beans and rice to be truly extraordinary, then the las couple of visits, they had changed to just normal. The owner says they vary depending on who cooks them!?! Tacos were also disappointing, but some of the menu specialties were excellent. Guacamole has always been outstanding. Watch out for the hot sauce - no mild option. Count on a big crowd and not so big waiting area. One time I swore they forgot us, and I've heard horror stories from others.
08/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We moved here in 2004 from San Antonio, Texas and this is the BEST Mexican food we have ever eaten. Yes, there can be a wait so, if you are in a hurry pick an odd time - say 5pm mid week - or just enjoy the atmosphere and wait. The food is spicy (great-because who eats Mexican food for blah) and the staff is friendly. So, sit back, relax and be prepared to have a great authentic Mexican meal.