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Maria Elena's Restaurant

1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
+1 408-946-5336
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good46%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (16 reviews)
“guacamole” (9 reviews)
“fish tacos” (6 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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1450 Gold St, Alviso, CA 95002
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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

After hearing so many positive things about this restaurant, we finally decided to make the drive out to Alviso. We were greeted by the waitress. After seating ourselves and grabbing our own menus, The waitress was very quick to take our drink order and subsequent...More

Thank amychav
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

I love local restaurants- this place looks raggy and out of place with its bright colors. Perfect! Parking is mostly on the street, but is not an issue. We ate outside on the patio. The chips were thicker than I prefer, however the salsa was...More

Thank 150hotelnightsayear
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Worth a trip for the tacos alone! Fantastic Mexican food, from the tacos to the burritos to the enchiladas to the tamales. The guacamole is always delicious, good chips and salsa that are included. Closed Mondays, and bring a jacket-- a covered outdoor patio is...More

Thank WaveMachine
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

The front of the restaurant isn't glamorous but when you see a big crowd, you know the food speak for itself. Excellent Mexican food with very friendly staff.

Thank tanvictor
Reviewed 18 February 2017 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!

Thank Scott K
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...More

Thank Wanderdogs
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.

Thank kguzzetta
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank nodakn1
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!

Thank Arsenaluk
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...More

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Heather C
15 July 2016|
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Response from john4bes | Reviewed this property |
No idea, but the unadorned and basic recipes will probably ensure that the menudo is authentic.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
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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