“You’ll be fine if you like chile and tequila.”
Ah, the unforgettable words said by the lovely hostess at Maria’s the day I brought an out-of-town friend to enjoy my very favorite Margaritaville in the entire world. It demands clarity here that while Maria’s is famous for its selection of margaritas, the food is how New Mexican converts are made. Maria’s is an essential stop while visiting Santa Fe. You’ll be fine if you like chile and tequila!
The Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews attest to overall supreme ratings as a local dining culture “happening” and provide hilarious entertainment. Some of the tequila-inspired musings are:
“Maria’s, how I love you . . . I love you because the margaritas make me forget my sins . . . your sopaipillas are sweeter than my first love. . . Christmas comes every day at Maria’s . . . can you tell I am on my second margarita?”
Or how about this infused little ditty:
“Spicy is the posolè.
And you may think you are a macho man,
But one margarita
Will knock you on your ass-olé.”
Indeed, Maria’s is a world-class margarita zenith, with its own book, “The Great Margarita Adventure” including recipes and color illustrations. A source for all margarita ingredients, it covers other topics like what to look for when buying tequila, how tequila is made and who invented the margarita. It’s a super way to remember your visit, since you might need some help. Indeed, the Seattle Times calls Maria’s “the mother lode of American margaritas.”
But beyond Maria’s being uber-famous for its selection of robust margaritas, it’s perhaps the best New Mexican restaurant that exists! The Maria’s tradition began in 1952 when Maria and Gilbert Lopez started a small take-out kitchen. Maria’s traditional northern New Mexico cooking soon became a hit, launching a restaurant that has become a Santa Fe landmark. Now a part of the illustrious and diverse Santa Fe Dining Group, it remains one of Santa Fe’s premier New Mexican restaurants, constantly receiving local, national and international praises for its hometown ambiance, cuisine and hospitality. More reviews from Yelp and TripAdvisor gush this way:
“I am currently trying to figure out if we can make it there one more time before leaving town…”
“Because of Maria’s, I am now obsessed with New Mexican cuisine.”
“I go to Maria’s once a week. It’s my favorite place in Santa Fe. “
The bottom line is: When you go to Maria’s, you go to Santa Fe. Don’t miss it!
555 West Cordova Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Lunch and Dinner Daily
Mon. – Fri. 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sat. – Sun. Noon to 10 pm
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