Maya Palenque

3.8
20 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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Casual

Treat your senses to an explosion of flavor at Maya Palenque Restaurant. Established in the late 1970s, this family-run restaurant specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on its all-organic food menu. Each dish is prepared using nothing but fresh ingredients and hand-picked spices to ensure a mouthful of flavor with each bite. Make a meal of Maya�s special Chile verde, slow cooked chunks of pork served in the restaurant�s special home-style tomatillo sauce. Complement it with some wine, beer or the bar�s famous margarita.



Maya Palenque is a nice pick for everything from casual dining to a fun family outing. The menu includes kid-friendly items like chicken nuggets and a cheese burger. Kid dishes come with the bonus of a free meal. Maya Palenque Restaurant is open until midnight most days of the week, and until 2 a.m. over the weekend.


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3.8based on all time ratings
3.7
food
4.1
service
3.6
ambience
3.9
value
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipIvanH
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have gone to Maya Palenque for a fairly long time and have never been disappointed. The food has always been good, the salsas are homemade, and the atmosphere is friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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novatoDen
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Meals were not warm. Had to send back. Service was ok.

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vipVMV94941
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Willy and Luis were fantastic! Super helpful and quick to assist in anyway with a smile. Wonderful service!

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viplivetoeat
San Francisco
183 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Been looking for a good Mexican restaurant in Novato...thought this one was it, but after trying it...thought the crab enchiladas I had were poorly done. Imitation crab served in a green chili sauce....not heated through were tasteless and overpriced.

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicious and the staff was very friendly helpful and good service .

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KatherineD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met my cousin for lunch. We were seated and served right away. There was plenty if time for us to chat unhurridly and the waiter made us the offer of homemade desserts. We were full and decided dessert might happen next time.

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vipChris11
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A bit of a sports bar, but the food is excellent and the service very personal and friendly. One of our favorite weeknight restaurants.

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vipTerri
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Two of the three of us had specials and they were very good. I had the chicken that had pineapple and it was very good. One of the others had the Prawns with peppers which he thoroughly enjoyed. The highlight for the third guest was the chichen nachos. They were very "clean" meaning you could taste the flavors and they weren't goopy.

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LeaAnneP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Large restaurant with plenty of seating. Full bar. Unfortunately, the house margarita was pretty lousy tasting. I won't order that again. The food was really good. Some of the best salsas I've ever had. I had fish tacos and the fish was quite fresh. Their helpings are generous. I thought that the service was very good as well.

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vipMarkM
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic meal!

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vipClaudeB
Houston
98 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very nice Mexican food with a Maya twist. I love the presence of many seafood dishes on the menu. The shrimp and crab combination dish was substantial and still moderately priced.

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Sandyegg
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing at this restaurant makes me want to return. The food was so-so; nothing to write home about. Wait staff was attentive and personable.

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KatieM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food wasn't seasoned and the shrimp tasted frozen.

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vipLisaMac
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very crowded and loud, service was so-so, food was so-so... we won't be going back.

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PEGGYH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good food ...great service. Fast for lunch on a workday!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, good food. Only a couple options for the vegetarian, but very good. The tortilla chips were particularly excellent. The staff were warm and helpful.

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SundayDiner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The weather was good, so we sat outside. The waiter would only come outside occasionally. If we needed something extra we would have to wait for him to come outside. The food was the best part.

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vipSuzie
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Food was as expected and good. We did have a concern about the service. We were overall taken care of, but we had 4 different serves. One took drink order and we were not ready to order our meal at that time. However she never came back. I motioned for someone else to come over as our first waitress never came back. He took out order and food delivered but another. Then wanted another drink so I motioned for a server and one happened to respond. I just wish I did not have to remind any server to come back. They were busy when we were seated,but after about 49 minutes it was moderately crowded. We got what we needed but I would rather more attention from person who was "responsible" for our table and not piece meal the service. I have eaten here before and this seemed atypical but was so off it needed to be mentioned. I will go back and hope things are more settled.

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Maya Palenque is rated 3.8 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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