Café Sol

Restaurants , Mexican Clapham
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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This Tex-Mex restaurant and bar remains a popular spot on Clapham High Street. DJs bring upbeat party tunes every Friday and Saturday night, with revellers often taking advantage of the heated street-side outdoor area.

The food menu comprises recognisable Tex-Mex dishes ranging from burritos, enchiladas and pollo pueblo to sizzling fajitas, house burgers and ribs, steaks and sandwiches from the mesquite grill. Tortilla chips with dips and traditional nachos are also on offer.

The drinks list is heavy on the tequila, with 13 different varieties on offer. It's used in many of the cocktails too, with a range of margaritas alongside classic concoctions such as  whiskey sours, martinis and spiced mojitos. Four Mexican beers sit alongside Spanish Cuesquena and four varieties of Rekorderlig cider. A short wine list is available, too. 

Venue name: Café Sol
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Address: 54-56 Clapham High Street
London
SW4 7UL
Opening hours: Meals served noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat.
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common or Clapham North tube
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2.2 / 5

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Livvi AT
Tastemaker

I had heard good things about Café Sol, a fun, buzzing Mexican which turns into a super-cheesy, typical Clapham club when the sun sets. I usually love these fusion places, which allow you to eat a delicious meal before working it off on the dancefloor, but when the manager starts behaving like a bouncer, you know the balance hasn’t worked. I am not one to rant about service usually- I used to be a waitress for years and know how trying and difficult customers can be. Yet, the service here was so appalling that any good qualities the venue may have are unfortunately overshadowed.

The food was good, tasty Mexican food. Nothing super innovative or fresh, but ticked a box. The chicken fajitas were smoky and chargrilled with sweet onions and tangy salsa. The cocktails were also good, yet be prepared, as a ‘reasonable time’ to wait for these drinks is apparently half an hour. We ordered a second round of drinks just before our food, and forty five minutes later they still hadn’t arrived. We chased and then they arrived about ten minutes after that. When we asked why they had been so long, we were met with outright rudeness from the server, who claimed we hadn’t ordered them when we said we had, accompanied with scoffs and rolling of eyes. We were appalled to discover this man was the manager, who turned around and walked away right in the middle of our conversation, after telling us it was busy and we could like it or lump it, in as many words.

Unfortunately, however great the food or great the atmosphere, this behaviour left a sour taste in our mouths. I appreciate a Saturday night is a busy time, and waiting a little longer than usual is expected in packed restaurants, but the attitude of the manager really shows that this place can rely on the £10 entry it charges for its disco rather than investing in creating loyal customers. A real shame, as this venue had all the ingredients to make our girls night out a special one. Maybe on a different night, with a different member of staff, I could learn to love this place, but sometimes one bad experience is all it takes, and I doubt I’ll be returning. 

Isabelly
Tastemaker

I am only familiar with Cafe Sol as a bar stroke club (club used in loosest sense) - so the idea of eating here seems really obscure, if not a little grim. Anyway, once you have eaten elsewhere in one of Clapham finer eateries, if you fancy having a little dance to some of the cheesiest happy hardcore chart music then this is the place for you. Everyone is always in the greatest spirits in this place so it's really hard not to immerse yourself in this utter cringe-fest of a dance floor - way better than its neighbour Infernos. Just don't arrive after 12pm because the £10 entry fee is not worth it.

Paul Meldon

Utter disaster! The tiny margaritas were WAY overpriced and largely ice. The baked potato was clearly cooked in a microwave with a rock hard bottom. The sole had been cooked to death and was in tiny pieces that were stringy and tough - what a waste!! And the punters belonged in a zoo!!

Paul Meldon

Utter disaster! Tiny Margaritas were largely ice & WAY over-priced. The sole had the soul cooked out of it, so that it fell apart on the plate; tough & stringy! The baked potato had clearly been cooked in the microwave with the base completely solid & again tough! And the punters belonged in a zoo!

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