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Dec 10, 2010 12:12 PM

Maria Maria Restaurant Closed?

Wife tried to go to Carlos Santana's Maria Maria Restaurant today at Tempe Marketplace and she said it was closed? Looked like there was an eviction notice on the door... Anyone know anything? We always thought it was pretty good food and enjoyed the atmosphere and drink menu. I'm a little disappointed...

Maria Maria Restaurant
2000 East Rio Salado Parkway Ste K-1, Tempe, AZ 85281

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  1. It appears Maria Maria is gone; there is no longer any mention of them on the Tempe Marketplace website.

    Maria Maria Restaurant
    2000 East Rio Salado Parkway Ste K-1, Tempe, AZ 85281

    2 Replies
    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

      That place was terrible. I asked if they prepared their guacamole tableside, and the waitress said, "No, they don't do that in restaurants"... really? So I got their "prepared in the kitchen" guacamole, and I believe my "made at home" guacamole is much better... my fish tacos were bland and dry. Service was slow. Don't know how they stayed open as long as they did (maybe people just enjoyed hearing "Smooth" while they were eating...)

      1. re: coastalgypsy

        agreed - the food and service were both terrible. i'm surprised it even lasted six months.

    2. Interesting. Celebrity-invested or inspired restaurants don't seem to have a good track record.

      I never went, mainly due to my distaste for Tempe Marketplace, rather than any perception of the food. Somehow that site seemed better suited to the "Smooth" Santana than the Woodstock one I like.

      Here's a little bit of media coverage confirming the closure: