I’ve meant to write this review sooner since I last ate at Mario’s back in March, and I’m saddened to learn the Founder and owner Mario Valenzuela passed away on April 6, 2015.
In 1969 Mario established his first restaurant with his wife Consuelo and his four kids, and soon after went on to open six more locations in Orange County over the years with only two remaining today, The 5-Points Plaza at Main St, and Springdale site (Springdale is no longer owned by the Valenzuela family).
Mario’s is one of my favorite places to dine at, the ambiance is always mellow, laid back and service top-notch, I’ve never left Mario’s hungry or dissatisfied. Experts will say a good restaurant will need updates both the decor and menu to keep up within the community, and that may be true in some instances but not in Mario’s case.
In over the fifteen years I’ve been a patron at Mario’s the food is always on point and delicious. The salsa I have tried to replicate for years to no avail and I consider myself very good at replicating a dish by taste. The Salsa its killer, not too hot and not too mild the perfect balance.
Margarita lover? If so try Mario’s Signature Margarita, it’s really good and a pitcher is $12 more than enough for 2-4 people or two if you want to get hammered.. The shrimp cocktail served in a goblet cause they give you so much, same goes with the fajita platters and it won’t bust your wallet!
So check out Mario’s Mexican Food the next time your near Huntington Beach, you wont be disappointed!