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Solano Grill & Bar

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1133 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706-1636
+1 510-525-8686
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun 17:30 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Berkeley, California
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

I stayed away for a couple of years, as the quality lagged. I had lunch there today and was pleasantly surprised! The grilled chicken sandwich was excellent. It was served on a freshly made (in-house) bun, and came with a hearty, fresh and tasty salad. The service was ok. I'll be goin' back again sooner, this time!

Thank UncleChuckles
Level Contributor
111 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2014 via mobile

This is a nice-looking place in the mostly overrated Solano Ave area. The service was mediocre, the wine not-so-good and the food was medium, as were the prices. Somehow the trappings didn't match up to the experience. The spinach salad was excellent though.

2 Thank bahamareef
Orinda, California
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2014 via mobile

The restaurant has been around for a long time but it was a first for us. 11 of us met for dinner and all of us were pleased with the food. Despite having first courses, main courses, 4 desserts, and several bottles of wine our bill for each couple was just $108! Amazing! The good was really delicious with a... More 

1 Thank Sconsetgal
Berkeley, California
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014

If you need a space for a crowd to privately wine and dine, this is your place. Their back room can accommodate up to 60 people. Last Sat night, I hosted a birthday party for 40 and it was extraordinarily good. Three entree choices: Hanger steak, King salmon or veggie risotto. Full bar. Great service. Reasonably priced. Owner Sam Chen,... More 

2 Thank 784michael
Oakland, California
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Stopped by for lunch before theater at Albany Twin and decided to try the Solano Grill & Bar. Nicely updated decor with divided dining areas opening to the street with glass block wall and semi-open kitchen provided open, airy feel with small tables set with fresh flowers and fabric covers. But the menu was the highlight and the dishes were... More 

1 Thank Duhhg
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

I've eaten there before and enjoyed the food. Six of us went at lunchtime for a celebration. A large party was there already. We were not warned it would take a long time. After one hour they brought three free salads and said the food would be there shortly. One and a half hours later the food came. No discount,... More 

1 Thank Judith F
Tommie S, Manager at Solano Grill & Bar, responded to this review

While I appreciate you taking the time to give your feedback here, I need to point out that your party was only in our dining room for an hour and a half. It is our policy to inform our guests that during busy times, if their food will take longer than normal to arrive, to go above and beyond what... More 

Fairfield, California
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379 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Stopped in for lunch and was pleasantly surprised. Nice atmosphere, good food and great service. We started with the chowder which was very good, I could of had that and a salad and been happy. My lunch was the hangar steak which was cooked perfectly and the beaujolais sauce was good. My husband had the halibut with the cajun sauce,... More 

Thank 2marcopolos
Albany, California
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75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I've had occasion to here numerous times over the past ten years and have not yet experienced a bad meal. About once every few months they put on a wine tasting event from various wine areas. These events also feature some of their delicious canapes. Their "end of the month" special is always a treat. I recommend reservations.

Thank jrosano
El Cerrito, California
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94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2012

This is one of our reliable go-to places when we're looking for good California sometimes-fusion food. The menu is fairly good sized and the newish chef is trying a few new things. We're fond of both their fresh fish / seafood and the Paella (have to disagree with the previous reviewer who doesn't like it). Have also found the lamb... More 

Thank Michael F
Berkeley, California, United States
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88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2012

Solano Bar and Grill, againts all odds (and bad food), continues to survive. While the help are very friendly and the bar is serviceable. But the food is inconsistent because they try to cook too many genres of food. By all means, avoid anything that seems complicated: paella, for example. Steaks taste good but are tough as shoe leather. And... More 

Thank Raphael823

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1133 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706-1636
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 510-525-8686

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