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Pollos Maria

Mexican, Spanish
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3055 Harding St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2321
760-729-4858
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fresh fast Mexican cuisine in Carlsbad

Very fresh food conveniently located in Carlsbad village. This establishment is extremely clean with friendly help to quickly serve with authentic Mexican dishes prepared when you order. The menu is very large and the selection is great. The food is very tasty and cooked to perfection. Indoor or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Wallytheplumber30
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San Francisco
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San Francisco
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very fresh food conveniently located in Carlsbad village. This establishment is extremely clean with friendly help to quickly serve with authentic Mexican dishes prepared when you order. The menu is very large and the selection is great. The food is very tasty and cooked to perfection. Indoor or outdoor patio seating is available. This is a favorite of locals and... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

How in the world did we not know about this place after all the times we've been to Carlsbad?!?!? We must've been singularly focused on some serious beach time! Now that we've discovered Maria's, we will not make that mistake again! This place is great. Authentic, fresh (fast) food which tastes yummy! When we try a new Mexican food place,... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

They have many choices like tacos etc but go for the chicken specials. Marinated grilled chicken with rice and beans and tortillas. Great tortillas, tender chicken and sitting outside with the cool breeze makes a great lunch.

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

They have the best chicken here. The chicken burrito is so good. They also have a nice salsa bar and plenty of seating outside on the patio.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were a group of 16 people and couldn't find any restaurant to accommodate a large group on a busy Saturday night, so we happened upon this place. They were able to seat all of us on the outside patio. Everyone who ordered chicken dishes loved them. Others also raved about the salsa. The rest of the dishes were traditional... More 

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Oceanside, California
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Came here around 1400 with my wide. After four chicken tacos for $15 I found dark chicken and guacamole auto added to taco, ask next time. Salsa was done well but chips were stale.

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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

nice little restaurant with delicious fish tacos. reasonably priced. seemed like alot of locals frequented the restaurant rather than getting alot of tourists.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 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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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3055 Harding St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2321
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 760-729-4858

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish
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

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