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Maria Elena's Restaurant


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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank bbbob84
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...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank YayaLala2010
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...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JudyStacia
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,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank gregorys247
Reviewed October 26, 2018

This is a real Mexican restaurant...all of the dishes are great and their is lots of indoor/outdoor seating. It can get quite crowded at lunch, so come early! A do not miss while eating in Silicon Valley, CA.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank RhettL905
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

Guacamole - simple, fresh and delicious - a high light of the dinner. Fast friendly service. The pork and carnitas tacos were tasty but a little dry. The chicken and fish tacos were well seasoned, moist and tasty. Shrimp fajitas were basic but well prepared....More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank James_Hytner
Reviewed March 17, 2018

There must have been 18 or more in our group so we had two tables of eight and a table of four. The waitresses were great with keeping the cocktails and beers flowing while taking our orders. I really enjoyed the Chips, Salsa and Guacamole....More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank bbbob84
Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Hidden Gem in Alviso. Family owned for decades. Indoor and Outdoor seating. Outstanding Mexican food! I enjoyed the Chicken fajitas immensely. The chips and salsa are made on site and are delicious!

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Chefdad91
Reviewed February 26, 2018

The place is very casual and is located in a not really frequented area. But the food is good and the price is cheap. The salsa for the nachos was outstanding, much better than other mexican restaurant you can find nearby, for example in Santa...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank ArmandoV66
Reviewed November 29, 2017 via mobile

After hearing so many positive things about this restaurant, we finally decided to make the drive out to Alviso. We were greeted by the waitress. After seating ourselves and grabbing our own menus, The waitress was very quick to take our drink order and subsequent...More

Date of visit: November 2017
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No idea, but the unadorned and basic recipes will probably ensure that the menudo is authentic.
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