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Maria Elena's Restaurant

1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
(408) 946-5336
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Ranked #1 of 5 restaurants in Alviso
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Albany, NY
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116 reviews 116 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Ambience is great! Not one of the large chains like Chevys. Salsa is flavorful. Shrimp fajita with corn tortillas was awesome. Guacamole & the sauteed veggies were perfect. The quanitness of the little bayside town of Alviso adds to the overall charm of this little restaurant. Lines are very long at lunchtime specially on weekdays!

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San Clemente, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Atmosphere is what you expect for a very old restaurant. It is not modern but that could be part of the charm. High Tech silicon Valley next door meets 1960 old Town. The broken soda waiting to be thrown away is classic.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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140 reviews 140 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Had lunch here with a group of friends based on a recommendation. A little out the way but not difficult to find. The food was very good with a decent selection. The service is excellent and the pricing is reasonable. Would recommend getting there a little earlier / or allow a little more time for lunch as it can get... More

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