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“Charming, Authentic Homestyle Mexican” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maria Corona Restaurant

Maria Corona Restaurant
16 de Septembre, Cabo San Lucas 23400, Mexico
01152 6241431111
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Ranked #24 of 340 restaurants in Cabo San Lucas
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
New York
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16 restaurant reviews
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“Charming, Authentic Homestyle Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

What a jewel Maria Corona restaurant is, tucked away on a side street off the main avenue in Cabo san Lucas. The Restaurant has its own parking, a real plus in busy Cabo. Outside garden, patio, and interior dining are options in this charming hacienda style building, glowing with lovely tree and ceiling lights. You feel as if you are dining at someone's home. There is also live music, not the strolling mariachi band, but a subtle combo. Pomegranate margaritas are a must, but the wine selections are good too. Our appetizers included a bubbling cauldron of a 3-cheese fondue, with fresh tortillas and salsas, and a delicious dish of sauteed wild mixed mushrooms with garlic. Yum. They are known for their Yucatan inspired roasted pork shank, wrapped in banana leaves-an amazing dish. Their mixed molcajete (another bubbling cauldron of goodies) included shrimp, chicken and aranchera beef with vegetables and panela cheese in a delectable sauce we couldn't stop eating. The grilled sea bass in aromatic spices en papillote, and the chile adobo rubbed red snapper was so delicious. Lightly buttered carrots, string beans and chayote were a nice accompaniment. We were way too full for dessert, but were eyeing another tables' tres leches cake. Service wss friendly, attentive and helpful, but a little spotty. This is a fun, lively place to dine comfortabky and casually, whether just for two or a larger group-the folks at Maria Corona make you feel at home. We're going back tonight!!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
“Just come here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This restaurant is off the "beaten" path a few blocks away from the marina scene in Cabo San Lucas. A little difficult to find at night in the dark. It gets dark in Cabo this time of year at 6:30 ish. Got lost a few times walking around the same three block area, knowing it was somewhere around where we were.(No alcohol yet). Shop owners were very nice in trying to help, and when we almost gave up found a taxi. The taxi driver would not take us. "Its a block to your right" Found it. This is in my review because even if this restaurant nestled in a quite, working class Mexican block may be a little hard to find. Find it you must.
As with many restaurants in Los Cabos there is both an inside and an outside dinning area. This time of year, outside is the way to go. We were asked if we had a reservation. No we said. Outside seating is usually reserved for people with reservations, but, the manager said "If you wait a Mexican minute a table should open up outside". It did, it was the last one, at least for an other Mexican minute. It was busy though, tables of two, and four, and eight. The music started as my wife and I took our seats. Three guitarists at the front of the "room". No roaming from table to table panhandling for tips at this restaurant. Just, honest heartfelt mexican tunes played with passion under a star filled mexican sky.
Service very attentive and professional
The food: Started with a bottle of Fugi water, a liter, $6.50 ish USD(81MXN Pesos). I have noted in my 5 stays in Los Cabos that bottled water, even in the supermarkets ,like the Mega is a little on the high side when compared to Des Moines, IA. Just an observation. So this is not overpriced.
A glass of white wine: 119 MXN Pesos. A trio of salsas and chips were brought out to the table. (The charge,0 MXN Pesos).
My wife ordered the Mole Poblano (chicken). A huge moist boneless skinless chicken breast bathed with a thick rich creamy mole sauce. Yummy. A side of perfectly cooked rice with herbs and peas. Yummy as well. 129 MXN Pesos.
Me: The Carnitas (slow roasted pork). As with the mole poblano, a hugh portion of fork tender pork. No sauce, just pork, it did not need any. The meat spoke for itself. Yummy again. The same perfectly cooked rice accompaniment my wife had. 145 MXN Pesos.
Desert: Homemade vanilla ice cream and a Mexican version of cheese cake. I thought both were very good. My wife thought the cheese cake was a little dry. 119 MXN Pesos.
We are staying at a condo, so we "boxed" up the "leftover" (but not for long) entries asked our waiter to hale us cab, and, back "home" to the Los Cabos Corridor, after a very nice dinning experience.
The Tab: With IVA 660.50 MXN Pesos, Tip 120 MXN Pesos , sooo $63.00 USD ish. in total.
Value: Unbelievable food at a great price with excellent service in a wonderful venue.
Bottom line: Find Maira Corona and eat here. 5 stars

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reno, Nevada
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“Anniversary party”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We always come here but happened to come on the night they were celebrating their 3rd birthday - what an amazing surprise!! Special dancers, menu, drinks and just an all around great night. As every year the food was great and the service was wonderful

Visited March 2013
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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23 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Eat here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were looking for another restraunt and the manager was very friendly and gave us directions without some big sales pitch . The other placed was closed (Sunday) so we thought since he was so nice we would eat at Maria. The food was fantastic as was the service. I had catch of the day seabass done to perfection. Would go there again for sure if in Cabo!!

Visited March 2013
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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“Delightful dining under the stars”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Maria Coronas is a delightful dining experience under the stars. Be sure to sit outside in the courtyard under the trees, lanterns and lights for a wonderful dining experience. The salads are fresh and crisp, the tortilla soup is spicy but good, the mole chicken is delish. The margaritas and guacamole are a great start to the evening and be sure to finish off the dinner with Mexican coffee - dessert and a show rolled into one. They have a trio that plays wonderful music while you dine. They do not wander coming to your table wanting a tip to play for you. I always go over and tip them but I appreciate not feeling like they have their hands out - which happens at many restaurants in Cabo.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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