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YUM!. I literally CRAVE the blue corn tacos. And watch out for those margaritas! The tequilla list is long and varied but whichever marg you order is going to be really strong. One big drawback is having to drive to and from the farflung location. Nobody who has had even one of the potent margaritas there should be driving! I love the place and can't wait to go back. Definitely wait for a seat in the bar, which is filled with locals and tourists alike.
Best waiter ever..
Food was great, margarita list is imposing, blah blah.
Kevin. ONE HELL OF A WAITER. I didn't time him or anything but I'm pretty sure he's the most efficient man I've ever done business with. Plus I just saw the guy carry around 15 empty margarita glasses in one hand.
The margaritas are fantastic!. The wait can be long...make a reservation. The margaritas are like no place in America, and the margarita list (or book) is incredible. Great guacamole. Average New Mexican food. The tables are close together, but it's an institution.
New Mexican standards share menu space with Santa Fe's favorite margaritas..
A favorite for locals and tourists alike, the vibe is friendly and the tables usually full. No reservations? Free chips and salsa, a cozy fireplace and margaritas from the bar ease the pain of waiting. For the best atmosphere, bypass the main dining room, where even the tortilla lady doesn't spice up the sterile scene. The older bar area has considerably more character and a cozy vibe that suits a good tequila buzz.
While solid New Mexican standards don't disappoint, it's all about the margaritas at Maria's. The menu boasts more than 82 types of tequila and 100 margaritas that range from five dollars to more than forty. For a classic Santa Fe dinner, try blue corn enchiladas or tender tamales with enough spice to tickle your taste buds. Spare ribs get a New Mexican twist with red chile barbeque sauce and flavorful pork that practically falls off the bone.
I was seated at the worst table in the place. The Kitchen workers would leave the kitchen, lean against the wall and stare at me. When they left I had a great view of the garbage can.
The carne adovada was awful. There are chile stems and a truckload of seeds. Made with no care whatsoever.
In spite of the kitchen workers staring at me I had a hard time getting the attention of the waitron for drink refills. I was never asked "How is your food"? I did get a bill dumped on the table in a drive-by.
Lemon juice in margaritas? riiiigggghhhhttt.
User review by bear303. food is good new mexican cooking. great flavor every thing is hot in a chilie way. Price is good for the value. Service is slow during peak time
Avoid the patio. On our last trip to Santa Fe, we again went to Maria's. The food was not as up to par as we remembered, but still very good. They encolsed the open patio for the cooler months with a plastic tent. The cement patio with metal funiture created noise to the point you had to yell at your table mates to be heard and provided no ambiance whatsoever. When we asked to move to the dininng room, the very young hostess was less than accommodating and annoyed - this may be due to the fact that several other customers had the same request to move. Customer service - we had to flag down the wiatress for every need.
How do you solve a problem like Maria's?. When I moved to Santa Fe in 1999, I was introduced to Maria's and fell in love with it. I went there often during my two-year stint in the City Different, and always enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, the clientele, and the service. On many return trips over the last two years, I have noticed a decided downturn in the restaurant's overall quality. That sometimes happens in conjunction with remodeling, which Maria's has undergone. Pity. I'd swap the new restrooms for some of the old panache any day!
Santa Fe Favorite. My husband and I plan trips to Santa Fe annually with the intention of always returning to Maria's for our New Mexican food fix. We are never disappointed. We live in Texas and are bombarded with Tex-Mex but there is something about the New Mexican style of Mexican food that is much more appealing to us. Keep up the good work, Maria's, and we will keep coming back. Of course, it could also be the margaritas!!!!
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