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Maria Elena's Restaurant

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1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
(408) 946-5336
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Grand Rapids
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91 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Not the most attractive looking place but well worth a visit. The food and service was excellent, the free chips not the usual greasy ones. Salsa not bland, spicy without the burn. Had a combination tamales, Chiles Rellenos, cheese enchiladas :) Will be back!

Thank Arsenaluk
Melbourne, FL
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94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Coworkers decided to have lunch here and since I enjoy Mexican food I was happy to go. I had carnitas tacos, which were great. We also had the guacamole, which was better than homemade. Everyone else's meals were excellent as well, from fish tacos to braised beef. My understanding is that this restaurant has been there for a very long... More 

Thank flsurfer
Boothbay, Maine
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

A group of friends from when I worked in the area always meet here once for lunch and time to catch up and complain. The food is great the service fine, Price is good. They let us sit and talk after lunch. I think I have eaten here about 15 times and I recommend it to anyone who likes mexician... More 

Thank Fran M
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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128 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

A colleague took me here for lunch and said this is an institution as they have been in the same location for 10+ years. Really close drive from San Jose and next to the bay. There was a small wait at lunch time which means you know it's going to be good! The table was accompanied by wonderful homemade chips... More 

Thank Lucy L
County Clare, Ireland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

Outstanding service, authentic food, good prices and perfect patio. Nice to see an alternative to the "typical" Tex/Cali/Mex menus.

Thank john4bes
Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Unless you want all that rice and the beans covered in the lago del queso, look in the back pages of the menu for the fish tacos. They are delivered simply with good sized sides of guacamole & sour cream, no rice or beans. Lovely. And freshly made guacamole is excellent. The funky patio atmosphere adds to the charm. Dinner... More 

Thank DKL317
Oakdale, California
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2016

Had a small retirement luncheon a couple of weeks ago. Very busy at lunch; but, a wonderful experience and great tasting food. The only downside is the lack of parking in front of the restaurant. We used the nearby dirt lot. A great time by all.

Thank Samuel G
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216 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

We visited on Sunday to a fairly busy lunch crowd. The food was excellent. There where plenty of choices for anyone. The only draw back was one server but it was well worth the wait.

Thank flyerforfood
San Jose, California
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128 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2015

Just had group lunch there today. Very crowded and lots of people still waiting outside to be seated. Food is excellent, the service is excellent as well even though it is so busy! Will come back again in near future!

Thank J G
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Small family-run Mexican restaurant in an older building in the small community of Aviso. Excellent food and service. Popular with locals - busy at lunchtime on a Saturday. Although it looks a little run down, good place to eat if you're staying near stadium.

Thank JethrodeVin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alviso
  • Phone Number: (408) 946-5336

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