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3055 Harding St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2321
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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128 reviews 128 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Happened upon this place while visiting Carlsbad. Nothing fancy outside or in but didn't have to be - the food spoke for itself. Friday night dinner at 6:30 wasn't crowded. Quick and efficient service. We had shrimp tacos, nachos, tamale and left stuffed. Give this place a try if you are in the area!

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Redondo Beach, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We really wanted to love this restaurant ... a homegrown competitor to the big Mexican-style chicken chains. The chicken was excellent - nice, crispy skin and tasty, juicy meat. Definitely their best dish. However, we were not so enthralled with the other dishes we tried. The chili relleno was a rather wet concoction of ingredients and neither very tasty nor... More 

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greeley, CO
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155 reviews 155 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I have probably eaten here at least once a year since it opened. The chicken is cooked well and the skin is super crispy. However I find the chicken lacking in flavor. I don't know if they marinate the chicken or not, but if they do, they need to change the formula. The restaurant is a nice, cozy place. Last... More 

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san diego
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Well, after years of living in Carlsbad, I wanted fresh roast chicken and sides. We found it here. Cute outside eating, many different mexican combos with chicken. Very good, juicy, fresh, good quality. Great for quick take out too.

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122 reviews 122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Really good place for chicken and other Mexican food. Wonderful chicken soup. A bit crowdednat lunch and dinner but worth waiting for. Take out too. One block south of Carlsbad Village Drive on Harding. You won't find it unless you already know it is there.

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Carlsbad, California
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326 reviews 326 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had lunch at Pollos Maria and it was very good. We had the three-tacos special, a chicken burrito and a chicken salad. It's a small neighborhood place with an outside patio and a few tables inside. It's also one of those places where you place your order and then pick it up from the counter when your number is... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

After a day at the beach we stopped by Pollos Maria to grab some food to take home. We got a whole roasted chicken, corn tortillas, and some guacamole, together with the salsas and toppings from the salsa bar we made some excellent tacos. The roasted chicken is simple and very good and they chop it up for you. Even... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Perfectly roasted. Reasonable pricing. Specials for lunch. Hot and ready to go! Small dining room. Extras on a salad bar: fresh hot sauces (medium to HOT) pico de gallo, shredded cilantro (very fresh) with little containers for to-go. Fresh flour tortillas- which I like- given choice of corn or flour- made in house! Quick service. Clean restaurant. Tiny tables. Outside... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I've been here 4 times in the past 2 months-can't beat the food and the prices!! Small inside dining but you can dine outside and they will happily turn on the lava pits for you to keep you warm in the non-summer months. My nephew says the carne asada burrito is the best around--and he is quite an expert! Take... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you like chicken that's not fancy, that's not covered in a lot of STUFF. Maria's is the place for you. They have a nice fixings bar so you can dress it up the way you want to. I would caution you though that the chickens are quite small so order up!

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Additional Information about Pollos Maria

Address: 3055 Harding St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2321
Phone Number: 760-729-4858
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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