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“Great View, Mediocre restaurant”

Mariasol Cocina Mexicana
Ranked #75 of 676 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Scenic view
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located at the very end of the picturesque Santa Monica Pier, Mariasol serves mouthwatering Mexican fare reminiscent of that found in the Mexican beach towns of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. Visitors enjoy the vivacious colors of the patios and the decor of a true Baja Cantina. Mariasol's use of distinctive sauces, flavorful peppers and fresh fish make this cuisine a favorite among food lovers. Lunch and dinner are served daily.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great View, Mediocre restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

We had just arrived in southern California, and checked in our hotel at 7PM, PST. We walked down to the Santa Monica Pier to see what it was like. As we were walking down, we talked about where we should eat, since it was already 8:30 (11:30 east coast time according to our bodies). At the end of the pier was this restaurant. It sits over the ocean. The view was breathtaking. We decided to eat outside for the view. You have to walk inside to get to the outside. The hostess was friendly, and so was the server. She asked for drink orders and recommended appetizers. The drinks came out, but they were not strong. The appetizer was ok, but we were hungry. When our meals came out, we had to send them back because they were cold. It took awhile to get the order. The server said they were remaking each order. Although it was very hot, there was absolutely no flavor in the meal. The service was terrific and they were very attentive. But, this was one restaurant I would avoid if i ever visit Santa Monica.

  • Visited September 2012
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Geneva
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent location, food, and drinks!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

We came here with our family of 8 people and sat outside. It was great to hear the performers while we ate (Paolo, a jazz guitarist was awesome..we ended up buying his CD). They serve tortilla's and authentic salsa to every table, free of charge. We ordered the guacamole and that was very tasty! Everyone enjoyed their lunch and the adults enjoyed the drinks!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank DoyleMom4
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Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dining on the Pier”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

The food here is good. Not the best Mexican food I've ever had, but the atmosphere makes up for it. Although, I agree with the other reviews, the chips and salsa were de-lish! We were able to grab a table outside and people watch while we ate. It was really a pleasant experience to sit outside, at the end of the pier, and have dinner while the sun was setting across the water.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Marlo H
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“excellent lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

we were in a hurry but the food came really quickly despite the place being busy. we sat outside which was nice.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Tim D
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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249 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Efficient service, great nachos!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

The location is great! Staff seated us right away. Food came very quickly and was good, though not exceptional. The nachos however were quite yummy. Staff was friendly and very efficient but not overly friendly. View was amazaing and would visit again because of the view. Gal came by take our picture...said it was complimentary then came back and wanted $15. To be expected but still bugs me they dont want to disclose this at the beginning. Yes, I understand the sales tactic. Asked for extra napkins...never received.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank SPGal
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