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Maria Elena's Restaurant

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1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
(408) 946-5336
Today
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Good for:
Doing business
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fabulous Mexican food

A very busy restaurant which serves very well priced and fabulous Mexican food. There is an outdoor seating area as well as indoors. There is also a bicycle rack in the car park. There is an endless supply of nachos and salsa. The food was a good sized portion and very tasty indeed. I will be back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Exigeken
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Campbell, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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26 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Campbell, California
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274 reviews 274 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A very busy restaurant which serves very well priced and fabulous Mexican food. There is an outdoor seating area as well as indoors. There is also a bicycle rack in the car park. There is an endless supply of nachos and salsa. The food was a good sized portion and very tasty indeed. I will be back here again soon... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Casual, authentic Mexican food. Great fresh ships and salsa. Great fresh buttered flour tortillas for my great (fried) fish tacos. They also have non-fried fish option. I look forward to returning and trying something else.

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California
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282 reviews 282 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
452 helpful votes 452 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We go here quite often, and it's definitely the best Mexican food in the area. I've tried them all, and Maria Elena's is by far the best. We have dinner here a couple times a month. It's also a good place for lunch during the week, but that can be a little tricky. Not surprisingly, it is a very popular... More 

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Albany, NY
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119 reviews 119 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I was jonsing some good Mexican, so my colleague and stopped by here. He had been the restaurant before but never stopped by. We sat on the outside patio, it was a great night and enjoyed the chips and salsa. I had the fish tacos which were great. Guac was spot on, his steak looked excellent. I can't wait to... More 

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California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I eat here regularly. Weekday lunches are packed so I go on the weekends when it's not crowded. I love everything I've had on the menu but I always come back to the fish tacos and the frijoles. My friend, who is from Mexico swears by the chilaquiles and my mom loves the enchiladas. The hot dishes are always served... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

If you want and need GREAT Mexican food you need to go to Maria Elena's. I have been eating here since the early 80's and have never had a bad dish!! Great place for lunch or dinner, and a great menu, lots of items to chose from.

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Bay Area, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Great Mexican food. Worth a stop. Tried the vegetarian tamale and would not reorder it. The spinach enchiladas were good though. Our server was friendly and funny. A true Alviso experience.

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Calgary, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We recently visited Maria Elena's for the second time. It does not look like much from the outside, but it certainly reminded us of numerous restaurants that we had seen in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico. The food is quite authentic compared to those places. We sampled various burritos and enchiladas, all of which were very tasty. The place... More 

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NJ
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I went to this restaurant during a business trip. The restaurant is not much to look at, and I actually never made it inside as we ate within the patio area. We arrived at 11:45 for lunch and were seated after a short wait. By noon, there was a crowd outside the restaurant waiting to get in. I could not... More 

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San Francisco, California, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

In the little city of Alviso, CA there is a Mexican restaurant called Maria Elena's. It is one of the best and truly authentic Mexican restaurants in the area. The decor needs work, but the food is good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alviso
  • Phone Number: (408) 946-5336

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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