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Maria Elena's Restaurant

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1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
(408) 946-5336
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 2
    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
Great food

You would not know the restaurant is here unless someone told you about it. The staff was friendly and the dinner was great. Chips and Salsa were very tasty but the guacamole was a little bland as well as the margarita was a bit on the weak side. We had a large party and were waited on with good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Joe E
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

You would not know the restaurant is here unless someone told you about it. The staff was friendly and the dinner was great. Chips and Salsa were very tasty but the guacamole was a little bland as well as the margarita was a bit on the weak side. We had a large party and were waited on with good service... More 

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Langenthal, Schweiz
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The last time I have been to Maria Elena's was 17 years ago. I assume it was called Maria Elena's then. It has really gone downhill. The entrance door is falling apart. The bathroom is too. "Maria's Chicken Mole" was not at all good and repeated on me for another 12 hours. The rice and beans, average. The guacamole is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I highly recommend this place. It a family type restaurant with great service and food. It is clean and amiable. I ordered the plate called "Toda la Cocina". It had a little of everything. If you are hungry this is a good selection.

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Campbell, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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