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Pollos Maria

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3055 Harding St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2321
+1 760-729-4858
09:00 - 21:00
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Raytown, MO
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great food but loud music that staff refuses to turn down. Spoons are not accessible but must be requested and frequently staff forgets the spoon! I have eaten here since 1992!!!!

Thank HelmetHead
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We come here often and the food is always delicious . It's a casual setting with indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy !!!!

Thank T L
Auburn, CA
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75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Pollos Maria is frequented by locals and is consistently a good meal. Very casual (no service), but plenty of outdoor seating. It's family owned and run.

Thank Billb1375
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Stayed in Carlsbad for a few weeks, we ate here twice! I don't understand why this is rated only #85 of 261 in Carlsbad? Delicious, authentic, fresh, home cooked!!! Outside patio is very clean and cozy. We shared the Pollos Maria Grande dinner. Chicken was succulent and the sides were so tasty! Took leftovers home for lunch the next day!... More 

Thank suzyseashell
San Deigo
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Did not enjoy the chicken. Way too dry. Disappointed, because the burritos are usually excellent. The staff is very friendly. Parking is easy and they have their own lot in the back. Maybe they were having a bad chicken day.

Thank Jeff R
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87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Thanks TripAdvisor- and those who had reviewed earlier! Just half a block off the main drag of Carlsbad village. Had a quick lunch on a pleasant day - outdoor patio. Patrons looked to be a mix of visitors and locals, always a good sign. Agreed with another poster that the salsa bar was impressive! A nice meal and a new... More 

Thank NATS_fan_01
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Found this place from a popular food review site. Small restaurant where patio seats are available. You ordered and pick up your own food. Big portion and reasonable price. Must try their famous chicken.

Thank ManUtd007
United States
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The food was very tasty and the salsa bar was great. Prices were very reasonable and we loved eating the food on the outdoor patio. After dinner we walked to the Pacific Ocean. Great evening.

Thank Brian G
Conroe, Texas, United States
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34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Tacos were more like the authentic Mexican food I have had from Taco Trucks around the Houston, Tx area. Very good and authentic!

Thank Msbuni
San Diego, California
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77 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Small, local restaurant with cozy patio dining and firepits. Very casual. The carne asada taco platter and chicken tostada grande are my favorites. Tasty food, friendly workers, good prices.

Thank Peacenquiet2013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3055 Harding St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2321
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-729-4858

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?