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8915 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA 92071-2931
+1 619-449-2365
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Santee, California
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130 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

This place used to be the best - actually only place in Santee where you could order Mexican food and be waited on. The rest of the Mexican food 'outlets' are taco shops, fast food. The Magaritas here are crappy but cheap, the food basic but not too expensive. In the last few years there are many new places that... More 

Thank polizzi82
Santee, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

The best Mexican restaurant in East County (for sure Santee). The food is great. The service is super. We go there so much we know everyone. Home away from home!!!!

Thank connole07
Imperial Beach
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

I used to eat here all the time, so I was surprised to be treated so rudely by the big girl at the reception. We waited 30 minutes outside, came in and she said we got skipped and we need to be placed on the list again (behind people who came in after us). I spoke to the manager and... More 

1 Thank IBChuck
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Whenever I feel like high quality Mexican food, I head to Marieta's. The food is excellent and service is awesome!

Thank James C
San Diego, California
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

I love Mexican food and had eaten there years ago with family. I recently went again to try it out because it is not a fast food Mexican stop. Good food, hot and tasty. I have my preferences like tacos, cheese enchiladas, and chile rellanos! Service was just okay. As a former server, I have standards that my be more... More 

Thank Karen-Kasey R
San Diego, California, United States
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

Never again will you find home made food as they serve it up here! All the food is prepared like my mom made the Mexican food I know and loved as a young boy. Try the menudo it's so good around 10:00AM on a Sunday! The spices will be ready and the soup at it's best flavor.

Thank Eddie P
Santee, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

You want to get there early as they fill up fast and stay busy all night. They provide great food at a reasonable price.

Thank Lesmarjorie F
Santee, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Great lunch priced menu. They don't have salsa that has NO jalapeños in it for people who can't eat spicy food.

Thank TERI W
Santee, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

We have been coming here for about 15 years and it still doesn't get old. The food here is great but it is the service and the all they employee's that make this place the place to go.They have a lot of people that have worked there a long time and they get to know the locals and make you... More 

Thank stupidshane
San Diego, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

Marieta's is a true Mexican restaurant located at the edge of Santee where the 125 and 52 meet. We regularly eat here because of the authentic Mexican food, real hospitality and strolling caballero singing songs and free flowing margaritas. Each of the servers and bussers treat like family and have become good friends. The food quality is always top notch.... More 

Thank R J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8915 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA 92071-2931
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santee
  • Phone Number: +1 619-449-2365

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?