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“Loved It!”

Maria Elena's Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Alviso
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Albany, NY
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Loved It!”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

I was jonsing some good Mexican, so my colleague and stopped by here. He had been the restaurant before but never stopped by. We sat on the outside patio, it was a great night and enjoyed the chips and salsa. I had the fish tacos which were great. Guac was spot on, his steak looked excellent. I can't wait to go again when I'm back in town on business. Service was friendly and prompt, prices are very reasonable.

  • Visited May 2014
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English first
California
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“my favorite Mexican restaurant”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

I eat here regularly. Weekday lunches are packed so I go on the weekends when it's not crowded. I love everything I've had on the menu but I always come back to the fish tacos and the frijoles. My friend, who is from Mexico swears by the chilaquiles and my mom loves the enchiladas. The hot dishes are always served piping hot, which I love, and the salsa is great.

  • Visited May 2014
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Santa Clara, California
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“If you want GREAT Mexican food”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

If you want and need GREAT Mexican food you need to go to Maria Elena's. I have been eating here since the early 80's and have never had a bad dish!! Great place for lunch or dinner, and a great menu, lots of items to chose from.

  • Visited March 2014
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Bay Area, California
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Stick to meat”
Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

Great Mexican food. Worth a stop. Tried the vegetarian tamale and would not reorder it. The spinach enchiladas were good though. Our server was friendly and funny. A true Alviso experience.

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Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
353 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Reminded us of Mexico”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We recently visited Maria Elena's for the second time. It does not look like much from the outside, but it certainly reminded us of numerous restaurants that we had seen in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico. The food is quite authentic compared to those places. We sampled various burritos and enchiladas, all of which were very tasty. The place is very popular for lunch. Even though there is a reasonably large seating area both inside and outside, if you do not get there early, you may have to wait quite a while. Prices are very reasonable with most items between 9-12 dollars. If you are looking for a real Mexican dining experience this place is worth looking for.

  • Visited October 2013
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