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Reviewed May 24, 2022 via mobile

Love this place, but it's closed right now. I hope they're doing renovations and will open again soon?? I look forward to eating here every time I visit.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 15, 2020

Best fish tacos anywhere. It is within walking distance of the Extended Stay Hotel. Very reasonable and excellent service and can eat outside.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 7, 2020

Maria Elena's Restaurant is well located near the bay. I sat outside with three friends. The prices are low and the service is ok. They only serve coffee during the weekends, so I settled for hot tea which was ruined by the local tap water...which smells of chlorine. I had Toda la Cocina. A somewhat misleading title because it does not challenge the mole making skill of the kitchen. Still, the taste was good. It includes chicken tacos, quesadillas, beef carnitas, guacamole and a dollop of sour cream. I will be back to taste some of their mole!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 7, 2019 via mobile

Popular lunch spot, this place provides good Mexican cuisine at a fair price. Our large group was seated outside promptly, but by the end of our meal there were at least five bunches in wait. Our service was great and the food good. I did...not like the fish tacos, but everything else seemed fine. They do take credit cards.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed June 20, 2019

Here's why I'm NEVER going there again.... and neither should you.. 1. I showed up at 12:40 for lunch... restaurant seats 64. There were 9 customers... "can i sit at that table far away from the restroom"? Ans: No, we may get customers..... BUT there...are 55 other seats available!! and its 12:45 on a weekday! 2. "I see you have this dish with rice inside and another dish with veggies.. can you put the veggies on the other dish instead of rice?" Ans: No, we cannot 3. Salsa was very watery, you had to hunt for tomato / onion etc. 4. "The menu says this dish has guacamole and spicy red sauce... but I didn't find it ? Ans: We don't put it bcs our customers don't like it... BUT the menu describes them!! 5. After serving the dish, NOT ONCE did the waitress check up with a "how's it" or "can I get you anything" ? 6.. Finally, the menu they have on their website with the prices is NOT the price in the restaurant... the prices are at least 40% higher! So, why should anyone go to this restaurant? Latinos are known for their good food and hospitality... except here... Mind you: ALL of this DESPITE telling the waiter when I got in, "this is my first time, and I want to bring my team of 20 people here, if the foods' good"...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 15, 2019 via mobile

I'm from CA and really miss Mexican food this good. Worth the drive to find this place. Be sure and try the carnitas.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 23, 2019

Alviso is part of San Jose. The really separate part away from all the high tech, highways and shoping centers. On the north side of Highway 237 it is an isolated community just off the southern end of the bay. And once you get there...- get to Maria Elena's. A small, family run restaurant with excellent and traditional mexican food. Just two for lunch - and both getting the taco platters - fish for me, meat for guest. Just perfectly prepared with the usual sides of rice and beans. And of course all the chips and dips you can eat. It does get crowded for lunch but well worth the wait. If the weather cooperates (it did not for our lunch) there is a large patio as well that helps with the crowd. Just make sure you are on the right side of The 237More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019

Never had a bad meal at Maria Elena's and have been eating here for years. Everything from there chips and salsa to their entrees is good and made with fresh ingredients.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed March 7, 2019

I just live this restaurant - just an amazing food and such nice people. I am a huge foodie and this is one of my most visited places whenever I'm hungry.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

My husband is working temporarily in San Jose and he discovered this place through work friends. We never expect good Mexican food outside of Texas and I wasn’t expecting too much when we pulled up to this rather low-key location. However, it reminds me of...Tex-Mex food that I grew up with. It’s very good and we have a come back often. They have very good tamales but don’t have them available all the time. The enchiladas and burritos are very good. The homemade salsa is delicious but the chips they serve with it are less than desirable. And they have cold beer and good sangria!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 27, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I came in from the east coast and were hoping for some good California Mexican food and we got it! Sure it’s no frills but the Baja fish tacos were perfect! My hubs got the house tacos and he loved them also....The salsa was clearly homemade and had the right hint of heat. We ordered the gold margaritas and they were huge but we couldn’t taste the tequila but were both a bit buzzed so I was there. Would recommend if you’re looking for some authentic Mexican without any fuss.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 31, 2019

We were a group of four out for an early dinner. We were seated promptly and the staff was nice to allow us to have a larger table since we were all above average sized males. Our drinks came out in a timely manner. We...ordered and enjoyed the salsa, chips and asked for guacamole as our appetizer. I enjoyed the Carnitas and my work mates all seemed to enjoy their meals as well. Limited parking, but street parking is available. I am certain I will be back as many in my organization do enjoy this establishment.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

We would never have considered eating here by just driving by but we were given a recommendation from a friend. The food was excellent. I had the spinach enchiladas: packed with spinach and onions and flavor was the best I’ve ever had. The salsa was...flavorful and fresh with just the right amount of heat. The chips were whole grain and very tasty. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Another “hole in the wall” treasure!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

The waiting staff is wonderful. The food is good. But it is too loud to carry on a conversation especially with an elder. It is a very popular spot for lunch by the throngs of people and the lack of parking. I may try at...a different time because they are such nice people.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

I do not know when I first ate a Maria Elena’s but the food has always been excellent. Service is relaxed but always friendly and good. The chips and salsa are among the best that I have enjoyed. My favorites are chicken enchiladas, chili colorado,...and chili verde. Recently, I tried a chili verde chimichanga that was very good. On warm days, I like soft tacos. The only negative is parking. I normally park a block or two away.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Maria Elena's Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4