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Maria Bonita

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carr.14 ave tito castro, Ponce 00731, Puerto Rico
787-813-2444=
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 14
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  • 5
    Very good
  • 6
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  • 1
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good but expensive.

This is supposedly the finest mexican restaurant in Ponce and as such I expected a lot more, specially considering their prices. The menu is good but not great, a little limited when compared to the best mexican restaurants in San Juan. Food quality is good and frozen margaritas rival the best I've... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2013
pacmk02
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Hard to find. Location listed here is not correct. Chicken tacos were dry and bland. We ordered 'queso fundido' and got a container full of grated cheese. Not melted just grated cheese thrown in a container. We placed the order 'to go' so we didn't realize until we got home. Disgusting. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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Thank mahdeekroos
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

I visited this place a year ago and it was ok. However, my most recent visit could be the last, I'll take you step by step. First we ordered a pair of margaritas. My girlfriend had the tamarind and I went with the traditional one. The drinks were soft, almost like juice, so we had to send them back for... More 

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Thank Luis S
Ponce, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Went for a casual lunch on a Sunday. We were offered chips as a starter which was comprised of a very small plate with maybe 20 chips and salsa if you asked for additional chips you were charged. Their local tamarind sangria is very good as is the molcajete with your choice of beef, seafood or chicken but be prepared... More 

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Thank Maria C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

Good food but too expensive for the amount they serve. and in any place I can find better Mexican food for less the price. The location is horrible. All I can say is AVERAGE! I will not recommend this place

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Thank janymunet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Fair prices based in food quality. My family ordered fajitas and queso fundido!!! The food is delicious, the service was excellent!!! A+++

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Thank jcalilolo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

Food was overall good but too expensive for its size. Taste same as you would find at any Mexican food restaurant. No beverage refills. A $0.60 can of soda costs $2.00.

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1 Thank Georgio1976
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

The service was fast, our server was very helpful, we had the soup of the day that was very good, as entree delicious "molcajete " for two that could have been for three and the perfect ending were " buñuelos". Nice atmosphere, I will come back! Servicio rápido , el mesero nos ayudó mucho, empezamos con la rica sopa del... More 

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Thank Evelyn L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I went with a friend to that place and I were the only customers. We ordered appetizers which took about 30 minutes, if not more. The drinks (Margaritas) were very good. The waiter never wrote the order wanted to use his memory. The result brought me the wrong dish. The food was not as delicious as before. I think the... More 

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1 Thank ive173
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

This is supposedly the finest mexican restaurant in Ponce and as such I expected a lot more, specially considering their prices. The menu is good but not great, a little limited when compared to the best mexican restaurants in San Juan. Food quality is good and frozen margaritas rival the best I've tasted.

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3 Thank pacmk02
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Burito de carne de res is the best. One can taste the difference between authentic mexican and these dishes but it does taste good. Buñuelos is something that does not have the authentic sense of Mexico but it os an amaizing dessert. I have been there fove times and I will come back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: carr.14 ave tito castro, Ponce 00731, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  Ponce
  • Phone Number: 787-813-2444=

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?