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Maria Bonita Gourmet Mexican

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256 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2623
+1 805-652-0247
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good42%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“mole” (14 reviews)
“chicken” (3 reviews)
“beans” (2 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 3:00 PMAll hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
256 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2623
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Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here with the reservation for 12 people. Very long delay in getting just a glass of water. Very slow service and getting a beer that was bottled. The first beer requested they were out of so re-order the second here, had to remind...More

Thank Cindy S
Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

What a place. Lived here for 6 years and never been here. Time I have wasted not going here. It was fantastic. Family owned. It's some of the best food I have had. Don't miss if your in town.

Thank surfbax
Reviewed July 5, 2017

Convenient location down town. The walls are covered in modern, surrealistic art and the restaurant has a colorful vibe. The white rice herb blend that came with entrees was delicious and unusual; all four of us loved it. The chicken mole' was great too.

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed May 19, 2017

Being from Texas, we usually do not eat at Mexican-style restaurants when traveling in the USA. However, this place seemed to offer mole sauces rarely found in Texas. We were visiting the historic mission right across the street and this place had extremely convenient parking...More

Thank LoneStarTrippin
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Maria Bonita's is one of those best-kept secrets in Ventura that won't stay secret for long. The food is exceptional, with a variety of mole and other sauces that are the stars of the show. I've had meals at Maria Bonita's that I would have...More

Thank SM0rris
Reviewed January 6, 2016

We had not expected to dine here but it all worked out well. I can see from the simple menu that Mole is the specialty but we opted for a couple of other dishes that were good authentic dishes similar to what we have had...More

Thank Heligypsy
Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

The interior is vibrant and clean. This restaurant has been at this location for years, and serves a rich dark mole sauce or.a spicy yellow mole. I had the mole cheese enchiladas, and my husband had the pork with the yellow, and both were quite...More

Thank dkayrenick
Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

When I went to this place no one was in the restaurant. The server/cook creeped me out. I was starting to get a bad feeling about this place. And then he brought the food to me and the first thing I noticed was a black...More

Thank octoberfest90
Reviewed August 7, 2015

I am a mole aficionado. I've made my own from scratch and even named my chocolate lab puppy, "Mole". The mole negro at Maria Bonita is FANTASTIC! The server/owner(?) was very kind and I found out that their mole is actually gluten free. I got...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed December 28, 2014

I visited Ventura for 2 days in late 2014 and was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of Mexican dishes at Maria Bonita. They seem to specialize in Oxacan dishes, although there were Yucatan and other Mexican dishes. I had Pescadero Borracho (grilled snapper) and a...More

Thank EvanL
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: +1 805-652-0247
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