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Maria Elena's Restaurant

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1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
(408) 946-5336
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating

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  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
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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
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Campbell, California
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Campbell, California
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 504 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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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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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Additional Information about Maria Elena's Restaurant

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

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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
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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