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Maria Elena's Restaurant

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1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
+1 408-946-5336
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10:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 10:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hole in the wall dive. Unbelievably good Mexican food. Chips and salsa, guacamole, everything is fantastic. A Silicon Valley institution for decades!

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Thank Scott K
Palo Alto, California
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197 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

If I was comparing only to Mexican Restaurants, this would get the 5 dots. But I can't rate it the same as Manresa or Alinea! My enchilada Suiza was perfect, with flavorful sauce and just the right size to be filling. My friend clearly enjoyed his fish tacos. The chips were fresh and tasty. We were there at lunch and... More 

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Milpitas, California
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221 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you are looking for one of those places the locals go, come to Maria Elena's. I have been here many work lunches, and is consistently good. I like that everything is house made, no prepared foods here. The combo plates are really good.

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Boise, Idaho
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

I come here every time I am in town and I'm never disappointed. This is a very home style restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere. The menu has a wide variety of plates and combinations to suit everyone. They offer beer and wine as well as soft drinks. I haven't had everything on the menu, yet. I would recommend this for... More 

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Grand Rapids
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95 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Not the most attractive looking place but well worth a visit. The food and service was excellent, the free chips not the usual greasy ones. Salsa not bland, spicy without the burn. Had a combination tamales, Chiles Rellenos, cheese enchiladas :) Will be back!

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Thank Arsenaluk
Melbourne, FL
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97 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Coworkers decided to have lunch here and since I enjoy Mexican food I was happy to go. I had carnitas tacos, which were great. We also had the guacamole, which was better than homemade. Everyone else's meals were excellent as well, from fish tacos to braised beef. My understanding is that this restaurant has been there for a very long... More 

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Boothbay, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

A group of friends from when I worked in the area always meet here once for lunch and time to catch up and complain. The food is great the service fine, Price is good. They let us sit and talk after lunch. I think I have eaten here about 15 times and I recommend it to anyone who likes mexician... More 

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Thank Fran M
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

A colleague took me here for lunch and said this is an institution as they have been in the same location for 10+ years. Really close drive from San Jose and next to the bay. There was a small wait at lunch time which means you know it's going to be good! The table was accompanied by wonderful homemade chips... More 

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Thank Lucy L
County Clare, Ireland
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Outstanding service, authentic food, good prices and perfect patio. Nice to see an alternative to the "typical" Tex/Cali/Mex menus.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Unless you want all that rice and the beans covered in the lago del queso, look in the back pages of the menu for the fish tacos. They are delivered simply with good sized sides of guacamole & sour cream, no rice or beans. Lovely. And freshly made guacamole is excellent. The funky patio atmosphere adds to the charm. Dinner... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 21:00
Thursday
10:30 - 21:00
Friday
10:30 - 21:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alviso
  • Phone Number: +1 408-946-5336

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?