Maria's began as a simple take-out place in Maria and Gilbert Lopez's home. Maria's home cooking was so popular that the house was eventually ... More
Maria's began as a simple take-out place in Maria and Gilbert Lopez's home. Maria's home cooking was so popular that the house was eventually converted into the current restaurant. The menu offers a variety of steaks, Mexican entrees, and local favorites. The Blue Corn Enchiladas and the Chile Rellenos are both outstanding, and also come with Spanish rice and beans. If you cannot decide what to order, try the combination plate; it has a little of everything. The cantina offers beer, wine and cocktails.
First thing I noticed it dod not feel clean and it seems this place has seen better days. Margaritas are too strong and had a wierd taste, I didn t even finish it. The chips and salsa were awful! The chips did not have a corn taste to them, and were too salty. The salsa was too cold . I ordered the steak and chile relleno combo and steak tasted old and gamey. The chile relleno did not impress me. I tried liking this place but I will continue searching for better New Mexican food.
Don t waste your time.
Never have I seen a restaurant fall so fast and so far. We have come here for years and this was our favorite New Mexican restaurant ever. We will now not ever return.
We were a couple of minutes late for our reservation so the teen age girl acting as hostess essentially made us pay a penalty by waiting for 30 minutes while she took walk ins that had arrived after us. It was a Monday night so the restaurant was only about 1/3 full with many tables.
The chips were stale! When we ordered the guacamole, the waiter just topped off our chip bowl instead of bringing a new one to accompany the guacamole and then told us if we wanted any more there would be a charge. If they are going to charge for extra chips they should have brought a new bowl with guacamole as advertised.
I had two margaritas with supposedly very different ingredients but they were indistinguishable from one another and neither seemed to have much tequila.
The sopapillas were thick soft and doughy and cold. One thing that has been a minor annoyance for years is that they bring the sopapillas with the entree so we had gotten into the habit of asking for them to be brought after the meal. On this night, the server told us he was too busy and brought them with the meal so they would be cold when eaten.
In accordance with our waiter being too busy, he would vanish for long periods of time so service was very bad
Your reputation can only take you so far when you have nothing left to support it. This appears to be a business headed for a downfall. Don t wast your time nor your money here
World famous for its 100 tequilas, but does that entitle them to have chips straight out of the grocery store? REALLY crummy, and I watched them fill the baskets out of a big tub, so I guess they buy them in bulk.
The sauce with them was too hot (and I LIKE it hot), the sauce with my ribs appetizer was chipotled to the max, and the ribs were weird and looked like neck bones to me. The refried beans and rice were great. Margaritas substantial, but the house one was just as good as the fancy one and half the price. Two of them was enough - they're stiff! Noisy dining room there in the front, avoid that if possible. Parking nearly non-existent in back - good luck....
We enjoyed a delightful lunch of pork ribs and carnita with beans and rice. The explosion of flavors was mouth watering and we recommend this local restaurant to all. The homemade flour tortillas are delicious. The staff was very nice and attentive.
Friendly service, good homemade white flour tortillas, large servings, nice atmosphere. Way too much salt, the vegetarian fajitas were overcooked and swimming in a poof of grease. The green chile on my burrito seemed it was slightly spoiled from sitting too long at a warm temperature.
I hope they read these reviews and do something about these things. A little less salt and grease, please, and maybe we'll try again next year.
I am a great fan of good New Mexican food and have a list of the 100 greatest restaurants. Maria's is not on that list, and it is a shame because they do some things right.
The homemade tortillas are great, perhaps a little big, but you can watch them being rolled and cooked. The enchiladas and rellenos are passable. But the tamales are an abomination. They are extruded spiced meat inside what looks like a macaroni shell. Wrapping them in corn shucks does not make up for weird preparation.
Maria's offers over 100 different margaritas and lists them on the menu in no particular order. So it is difficult to read the menu (small type) or understand it.
There are 25 bettyer restaurants in Santa Fe.
The most awful dining experience ever. The staff was rude, we had the worst waitress, very rude and not helpful at all. We were four in our party so we decided to have four different meals (Fajitas, Tacos, Burrito & Enchiladas) so that we would try a little bit of everything. It was the most tasteless, awful, quite disgusting food ever. I can't believe people really think this place is great. My daughter was so sick all night long at the hotel, we had to buy her pepto. She was unable to eat the next day. I will never recommend this restaurant to anyone, I would be embarrassed to do so. It is overrated and overpriced.
My first trip to Santa Fe, and highly recommened by a couple of locals. This is hands down the worst Mexican Food of ANY kind. The 1 hour wait while for a table is not worth the hamburger meat prepared meals. The tortilla chips come in a store bought bag versus freshly made. Not worth your time. Poor Maria!
The best guacamole, hands down, thatn I've ever tasted. I'm from near Dallas, and my husband is a native San Antonian, so we know good Mexican food, and this was it! Chips are homemade, guacamole is homemade, tortillas are homemade, Gosh I could go on forever. Guac is $6.50, but the serving is huge, and worth every penny. Sangria is excellent, quesadillas are terrific, according to my 11 year old. I liked the blue corn tortilla chicken enchiladas, but was so stuffed from the guac, I had to take mose home. Plates are huge, easy to share. I will always be stopping at Maria's when in Santa Fe.
My sister and I visited Maria's with high expectations. We were so upset when we left. We were both sick from the white velveeta like filling in the chile relleno. The enchilada was ok, the margarita's were bitter and the chips were store bought. We were really looking forward to our meal at Maria's...my advise...stick to the restaurants in the Historic District while visiting. Try The Shed or Blue Corn Cafe...Blue Corn Cafe has the best margarita's of the 3.