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Maria Bonita Gourmet Mexican

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256 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2623
+1 805-652-0247
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Ventura, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 happily paid double the price for, but the proprietor keeps the entrees affordable. I'm particularly... More 

Thank SM0rris
Santa Barbara, California
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226 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 in Mexico. The service was efficient and meal was priced right for what we had.... More 

Thank Heligypsy
Ventura, California
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334 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 delicious. The service was very pleasant and professional. We were seated immediately at our choice... More 

Thank dkayrenick
Ventura, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles 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 curly hair on my RICE!!!

Thank octoberfest90
Port Hueneme, California
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 some to go also. Highly recommend if you love mole like I do!

Thank Lisa W
Menlo Park, California
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136 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 side order of chicken tamale with thick chocolate-like mole sauce and corn tortilla, and all... More 

Thank EvanL
Ventura, California
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2014

A strange little hole in the wall with incredible food. Alway very quiet, due to location, maybe? But really good food.

Thank Steve O
Bakersfield, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

Don't let the unassuming decor and "hole in the wall" location deter you from trying this gem ... absolutely delicious. We almost didn't go in (for lunch), because of the location and the fact that NO ONE else was in there dining, but we're so glad we did. As the other reviewers have stated, they specialize in Moles, which are... More 

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Ventra, CA
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

Vey authentic Mexican, kind of a hole in the wall restaurant in old town Ventura! Across the street from the historic San Buena Ventura Mission. Mellow vibe, casual but friendly service, great tortilla chips (just like Baja!) Unique and wonderful dishes. They specialize in Mole dishes, but the Borracho Chicken is to die for also! They offer the usual selection... More 

Thank Dennis J
Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

The decor is not fancy and service is routine, but the three moles they offer are without doubt the best we have ever had. Absolutely delicious and so much better than the typical Mexican fare that they could be in another league. Worth going out of your way for.

Thank DWN777

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?