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“Little hole in the wall”

Picante Martin's Mexican
Ranked #83 of 514 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is pretty good mexican food at great prices, for Balboa Island. Perfect for a quick lunch or take out.

1  Thank Peck21
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This place has great food, everyone that works here is very friendly and outgoing. Given the surrounding area, there aren't a whole lot of food options, this place is surely one of your best options. Parking can be a big pain, but overall this place has a lot of value and is a great option on the island!

Thank Ginene
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I have eaten at assorted restaurants on Balboa Island. This one is by far the most humble but offers the best food. And the kicker: at one-third the tab or less compared to the other joints on Marine Avenue! A thing to consider: parking is like winning the lottery in this neighborhood. I generally park outside the bridge on Bayside. Plenty of spots are usually open there. Also: this place is cash only.

Thank Jonathan H
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Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled upon this place and was so impressed that I took out my phone to write a nice review. How nice to find out that I was already sitting in the highest rated restaurant near me!

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2  Thank 886SteveS
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I won't use the word "genuine" to describe Picante Martins, because even a genuine Mexican restaurant can be bad, genuine isn't the same as good and I won't use "authentic" to describe it because authentic because to most people "authentic" means food frozen in time and your memory. Besides, I am not sure "pastrami" is an authentic Mexican dish.

What I will use is "great". Picante Martin is a great dining spot on Balboa Island and I think the first with Mexican food since La Ramda closed in the late '60's. The food is good, simple and flavorful, most importantly, it is reasonably priced; always a good thing in Newport Beach.

They also do terrific breakfasts.

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1  Thank scottca075
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