Mario's Mexican and Salvadorian Restaurant

5404 Lemmon Ave, Dallas
(214) 599-9744

Recent Reviews

Sebastian Fonseca

The food is super tasty, I've had a few different dishes and I never have been disappointed. I usually get something with meat in it and it is always perfectly cooked and marinated. It was nice that the to-go orders now came with a generous side of dips and chips.

cami babineaux

We have not only eaten in person here and ordered during quarantine but today spoke to the rudest woman ever telling us she refused to place our order without card when we have always paid cash. Moving on to another restaurant where our business is appreciated

Samantha Santana

Amazing food great service was a nice getaway while we had our daughter at children’s medical. I love there food and would love to go back again! ♥️

Michael M.

This has always been our go-to place for Tex-Mex and Salvadoran food since my co-worker introduced it to us years ago. We dig pretty much everything on the menu, but my favorite is the brisket fiesta plate. It's good for kids because the kid's meal portions are huge. The bean dip is yummy and the margaritas are delicious. Be careful though with the margaritas, they don't skimp on the tequila. It used to be our teacher hangout spot, but during social distancing, it's now our Friday treat after a week's worth of distance teaching.

Dana Tigert

I've been eating here for many years. The food is consistently good and the service is always exceptional.

Sandra V.

Me and a couple co-workers come here often for lunch. They have great daily lunch specials (Tuesdays is fajitas!) which are always yummy. Service is often quick and fresh. They give you chips, bean dip, and two salsas while you wait for your food. I have yet to try their margaritas but they seem to be popular... even during lunch! There's limited parking in the front of the restaurant but plenty towards the back.


This restaurant has delicious pupusas, brisket tacos and salads! Their top shelf margarita is super, all fresh ingredients, no pre-made mix.

Mayel Lemus

This place is AWESOME!! The staff is very friendly, they greet you with some delicious salsas, chips and black beans. The margaritas are STRONG and tasty. Their menu is very extended and those dishes are very very generous. Had an awesome time from the time I arrived till I left. Strongly recommend this place.

Sarah G

Great high quality food!! When you order the flank steak and ask for it to be medium rare and it comes out perfect, you know they know what they are doing!! Highly recommend!!

Martell B.

I was a little disappointed. Because we sat together we only received one free round of the chips and salsa. There are plenty of places around that serves Salvadoran inspired Mexican food for this price, and I suggest trying another place if you enjoy free chips and salsa.

WMB Porter

The cuisine at Mario's is similar to that of the chain of Gloria's restaurants here in Dallas: Salvadoran/Mexican. But Mario's food is just as good and not as expensive. And the atmosphere is comfortable, casual, very pleasant.

Nancy Duke

Great service and amazing food

Antonio Reyes

This is 1 of my Fav Places to eat. They have Cheap Margaritas & Well Priced TexMex Food. The food taste more Mexican Than Tex mex & the servers & busses are always on point with the refills. The food is amazing & it's never just

Billy Y.

We've been dining at Mario's for several years now...typically once or twice a month. I rarely venture past ordering the Baja Shrimp or their partner is partial to their steak fajita nachos. The Asada comes with flavorful brown beans and rice and the shrimp with a different kind of rice and grilled vegetables. The steak has always been excellent while the Baja Shrimp is hit or miss. Usually excellent but now and then the bacon is rubbery and undercooked so I typically have to be in a really good mood to order it and hope for the best because when it's good, it's really worth the roll of the dice. We love the trio of dips they give you with your chips. I'm partial to the red salsa, my partner loves the green sauce which is quite hot in spiciness and we share the bean dip. If you have room order their chocolate flan...beyond good! Waitstaff can be hit or the past we'd get a little aggravated with the wait person who'd take our order, bring our food and we'd never see them again until we'd have to hunt them down. However, we noticed in the last several visits service has been good to excellent with additional staff making the rounds ensuring our iced tea and water glasses are always topped off (repeatedly)...though we typically still have to ask for additional dip(s) and/or chips. I've read lots of posts here complaining about the opinion is she will treat you the way you treat her. We always come through the door with a smile on our face and a warm hello and she reciprocates. She's never been anything but nice to us and always "welcomes" us and asks if we'd prefer a "booth or table?" opinion is if you want respect, then give respect...I'm not a fan of their parking lot as the spots are narrow and depending on when you go, difficult to find an opening...there is a satellite lot across the street but the spots are not clearly marked and barely's a borderline field people park in. I've heard a rumour they may be moving over to Cedar Springs Road near the Illume. I hope it's not true...despite my complaint of parking, I like their current location much better than anywhere along "the Strip".

Chuck Gibson

Great lunch stop. Service was top notch. Good, hot food. Crisp chips with three tasty dipping salsas. Very comfortable dining.

Gibran Morales

I like the food a lot. Was a good service and good prices... that black beans dip was really great

Lidia Kahsu

Wow I ordered flank steak and the steak was amazing. One of the best steak I ate in Dallas. I will definitely go to this place.

Alyssa Sexton

Great service, delicious food, and good drinks!! The food always come out hot! And the service is always on point.

faith k.

The food here is amazing!! EVERYTHING we had was delicious. We (2 ppl) came very hungry and had the chips & salsa to start. Ordered the ceviche and trio nachos for starters and an entree of ribs...we never made it to the ribs, we were so full!! The serving sizes are VERY generous in my opinion. $50 got us all the food pictured in this review. And the service was wonderful - 5 stars. Our waiter Joshua was very helpful in explaining the menu and kind when we asked to switch the TV channel so we can catch the game. Will definitely be coming back here.

Grace Najera

Great food fresh and consistent. Friendly waitstaff always. Food hot always great.

Freddy E.

Worst taco salad in the entire state of Texas. Bad waitress which made for a bad service. They try to milk the community out of their money just because it's Latin food. As a Latin person, this place is not worth coming to due to the food, price and service.

Phillip M.

I.LOVE.THIS.PLACE!!!!! I've been coming here for a a couple of years and always sit at the bar. Alex is an AMAZING bartender he is just like the guys from the Cheers show. Just a great place for great authentic Mexican food and amazing tequila!!!!

Paul M.

Mario's on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, has been a favorite spot of mine for years! Always great service - every time! Always delicious food! I've tried most everything over the years; Bistec Encebollado (grilled Milanesa steak sautéed with onions & red sauce, rice, beans, pico de Gallo and guacamole), Pupusas, and my goto most every time is the Salmon Salad with fresh Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, queso fresco and Chimichurri dressing with a grilled Salmon filet. Mario, the owner is always gracious and welcoming. Alex the bartender is awesome! Great selection of Herradura and el Jimador Tequilas! I like the Ultra Añejo by Herradura.

Antonio Rivera

I love it

Dennis Lee

Awesome experience. Great prices. Fantastic Food. Stellar Service!

Barrett R.

Took my parents to Mario's for dinner while they're visiting from Minnesota. They love Mexican food, so when they come to visit Texas, we tend to get quite a bit! Our meal was delicious! My parents split the chicken enchiladas, and I just had a cheese papusa with rice and beans. We also had the churros for dessert. Everything was great! The server was very friendly and attentive, and the chips, salsa, bean dip, and queso were excellent. The green salsa is quite spicy, just FYI! Will definitely return!

April D

My family and I typically pick here to meet because of food and drinks but the owner of this restaurant is extremely rude and very difficult to deal with. The wait staff and food is top notch but dealing with a hate filled person is truly a turn off and I won't be back again.

Kimberly L.

Stopped by on a Wednesday night with a few girls for happy hour. I got the mojito and thought it was perfect. Just the right amount of alcohol. Complementary chips and dips is a bonus in my book. The bean and green salsa dips were super yummy. I got the Jessica which includes two pupusas, rice and beans. Overall good but super oily. Next time I'll definitely try something else.

Megan J.

Terrible service. The older lady who is always the host is the rudest person I've ever met. We ordered food here and the entire order was wrong so the server started speaking in Spanish about how we were wrong and she was right and didn't realize we spoke Spanish and could understand her calling us names right in front of us. The old lady who is the host (you'll recognize her by her constant scowl and old wrinkly face from being such a miserable old hag) said if we don't like the way they do things then just don't come back lol. We used to go to this restaurant every.single.week! Multiple times and always spent a couple hundred. We will no longer be returning unless they address this terrible service.

Lou A.

Mario's has been one of my favorite places to get Salvadoran food and also a few Tex-Mex dishes. I recently went Monday afternoon for lunch around 1:30 PM. Was promptly greeted by Mario at the front desk and seated immediately. Plenty of tables and booths available. Plenty of parking spaces in front or back of the restaurant. Be sure to look at the drink and lunch specials on the lighted boards as you walk in. Today I decided to have a house margarita on the rocks followed by Chicken and cheese Sour cream-enchiladas with rice and beans. The house margarita was only six dollars and a decent size served along with a lime wedge. It tasted very good. I had to limit myself to one. The sour cream chicken enchiladas rice and beans were excellent. I don't know how they do it but they always infuse so much dimension and flavor into this dish even the rice and the beans are very flavorful. There was plenty of good chicken meat in each of the two thick enchiladas. Plenty of sour cream and a delicious cheese sauce on top of the enchiladas. Everything came out from the kitchen nice and hot all the way through. Oh and they still give you a bowl of tostadas with small bowls of black bean dip, tomatillo sauce and house salsa for dipping. They are fantastic. In summary, I am so happy that they still serve quality and delicious food here. I usually go for the Salvadoran tamales which are also very flavorful. Having their sour cream chicken enchiladas, rice, and beans, really puts them in first place for great tasting food. That is a real achievement considering how much competition Mario's has in the Dallas area. But yes, they really distinguish themselves by the quality and taste of the food. Service is prompt, cheerful, and very attentive. My server came often to check on me and see if everything was OK. The only negative I can think of is that the men's room needs to be updated. Needs to be refreshed with touchless faucets, plumbing fixtures and better lighting. Nonetheless, I will definitely be back and bring my friends for lunch and dinner.

Shirley S.

Absolutely delicious. I wanted to try several different foods so I had the Botana. Chicken flautas. Bean and cheese quesadilla and fajitas nachos. Hubby had fajitas montada. The strawberry margarita was great too

Larry Rush

Mario's will always get a 5 star from me! We stop in when we visit our son. The staff and food are always top's..One of the best places I've eaten in Dallas..


Amazing, authentic food! The restaurant offers traditional Mexican and Salvadoran dishes, including but not limited to, street tacos and pupusas. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available as well. Service was great. It's kid-friendly, too, with high chairs and slings available. Parking is a little tricky with a smaller parking lot, but not overly so. The salsa and chips were delicious and worth it alone. Highly recommended.

Jinja Martin

I always sit in the bar area. Alex is a great bartender, very attentive and friendly. The food is always hot and fresh. The combination enchilada plate is so good.

John Anderson

This place has great food and great service. Love the 3 different dips that come with the complimentary chips.

Lisa B.

We have enjoyed the times we have eaten at Mario's. The staff is friendly and right on top of service. You start with 3 choices of dips and warm tortilla chips. The black bean dip is our favorite. The menu is large.....maybe too large. I find it overwhelming to make a decision and I get concerned when any kitchen has so, so many dishes it can prepare. It generally has trouble making them all fresh and delicious. The restaurant is clean but the restrooms could use some updating. I would have given them 5 stars but the margaritas are not good. They have a lot of frozen ones - not to our taste. All of the on-the-rocks are made with mixes. If a Mexican restaurant can't turn out a great Margarita, they loose 1 1/2 stars for me.

Natasha S.

I don't know how I have never left a review for Marios. My husband and I discovered Marios one day while on lunch when we were in college back in 2011. We go non stop now. We have spent special occasions at Marios from birthdays, big adult purchases. We had them cater for our bridal shower at work, we came there after our wedding to have dinner with our bridal party. This place is super special to us! The food is hands down the best! We bring all our friends here when they come to town. They have the best freaking tamales! My husband is Salvadorian and looooves their pupusa's! Their drinks are just as good! The black bean dip is bomb dot com! I have not had a dish that I don't like. Marios is a must!!

Nico Freeman

The owners wife was a horrible witch, I understand it was El Dia De Los Muertos, but this ish’ has major attitude, food is delish & our server was great! He said he was quitting the next day, due to so many complaints & his low tips due to her attitude.... we left him a tip bigger tip than our bill, b/c we felt sad for him.

VaShunta Johnston

The restaurant was great and so was our waiter, but the female manager was very rude. My son had an issue with his taco meat and we spoke to her about exchanging it for something else. She replied, “It’s too late, no,” and did not apologize for the meat at all. When asked what she could do because the meat was bad she replied, “nothing it’s too late,” again and walked off. I’m sure the owner would like to know that his waiters have better manners than the person managing them.

Michael Hill

Food is good, not great. Good portion sizes. Very good service. Wishing the food was better. Worth a second visit

Mario's Mexican and Salvadorian Restaurant

5404 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 599-9744