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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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2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing quality!! I love love this place! I come down twice a year from Portland to visit and this place is always first on my list. Highly recommended!!!

Thank Marco R
San Diego, California
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch after seeing people in line each day I drove past. A cute little place, clean, cozy with outdoor and some indoor seating. Their grilled chicken is fabulous, sides and salsa are fresh and delicious. Staff friendly and helpful. Give it a try you won't be disappointed.

Thank KKellyB
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been seeking out someplace near Legoland as we headed back up the 5 and Yelp popped up with Pollos Maria so we determined to provide it a strive. three of my children were given youngsters meals (quesadilla) and had been fortuitously surprised with a little jello for dessert. My different son desired enchiladas and pigged out on 2... More 

Thank Elsa L
Raytown, MO
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 9 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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80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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
Reviewed 19 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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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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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
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

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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?