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“It would be difficult to top the mole on this side of the border.”

Maria Bonita Gourmet Mexican
Ranked #184 of 427 Restaurants in Ventura
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout
Baltimore, Maryland
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138 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“It would be difficult to top the mole on this side of the border.”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

I had the mole negro (black) which was sweet, slightly smoky. My husband had the spicier brown version, mole cafe. Both of us were very happy with our selections, which came with corn or flour tortillas, and the option to have it petite-- meaning without the rice and beans.

Our waiter seemed to be the owner, cook, and chief bottle washer. He appeared pleased to know we found his food tasty, but he did not engage us in conversation. Perhaps he had had a long day, but "front of house" is important and would have made the difference to me between 4 and 5 stars here. We were the only people in the restaurant, and he turned the "Open" sign off after we were served. There is no liquor license, so only beer and wine are offered.

We set out on foot to find this place on Ventura's Main Street-- almost giving up-- but glad we persevered. The surrounding area seemed a little sketchy at 8:30pm on a weeknight, but that may be due to the abundance of thrift stores, combined with empty streets. Don't let that deter you. Find this place if you're near Ventura.

  • Visited January 2014
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Victoria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

If you haven't eaten here, you've missed out. This is truly gourmet Mexican fare.

Reports state that the owner is slow, and not pleasant. To the contrary, we found him very pleasant.

The menu is outstanding. I had the mushroom quesadilla; for mains we had the Camarones Borachos and the Pollo Guadalajara. Dessert was a delicious flan.

All in all outstanding in every way.

Go there.

  • Visited January 2014
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Ventura, California
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35 reviews
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“If you looking for real Mexican go here!”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

This place specializes in authentic mole dishes. If you have your heart set on enormous portions, or food slathered in cheese and sour cream you won't be happy with Maria Bonita. Don't get me wrong, I love burritos and the like but if I want an authentic, flavorful, needs-to-be-eaten-slowly Mexican meal I go here. It's a quiet and pleasant place to dine, or you can plan ahead and order a couple dozen of their amazing chicken mole tamales and have them to enjoy at home for several days!

Visited July 2013
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Hickory, North Carolina
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129 reviews
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“The Mole Negro is outstanding”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

This little restaurant is on Main St. near the mission. He has 3 different types of mole, each with different spices and degrees of hotness. I had the sweet chicken mole negro, which was the best mole I have had outside of Mexico. My brother chose the very hot mole amarillo, and really enjoyed it. We also got to sample the mole cafe sauce, which is more smokey and spicy. The meal came with rice and refried beans. We also tried the flan, which was just average. This place deserves lots of customers. There is a good selection of beers as well.

  • Visited October 2013
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Costa Mesa, California
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“Do you like MOLE....??”
Reviewed 8 February 2013

If you do, try the mole from the Maria Bonita Gourmet Mexican restaurant located right across from the Mission in Ventura. It's fabulous. On our last trip up the coast, we didn't have time to stop at the Maria Bonita for lunch.

Instead we picked up two mole orders to go...one Mole Negro and one Mole Cafe. That night...further up the coast we had a feast...!!!

Even better...we picked up a couple of 16 oz. containers of different Moles. They are now in our freezer waiting for when the "mole-mood" strikes again....!!

Highly recommend....!!

  • Visited February 2013
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