256 E. Main Street, Ventura, Ca  93001-2623   805.652.0247    
  M-Th: 11-3pm & 5-9pm; Wed: closed; Fri: 11-3pm & 5-10pm; Sat: 12-10pm; Sun: 12-8pm
Reservations recommended for 6 or more  |  Free parking in back

Maria Bonita Gourmet Mexican Food

Dining at Maria Bonita (named after a film star of the 1940s whose photos also grace the walls), is a transporting experience. The space, the decor, the menu and the flavors all escort you briefly out of our vintage beach town, down the rabbit hole to an exotic location somewhere south of the border.  If you are craving diverse flavors, I recommend you Eat this, Drink this, and hang on.




La Dona
Maria Bonita


Maria Bonita ("Pretty Maria") is considered one of the most famous Mexican actresses of the golden era of Mexican Cinema. Born Maria Felix (April 8, 1914), she later became honored with the name La Dona. She starred in nearly fifty movies over her 30 year career (1940's-1970's) and has been compared with Marilyn Monroe in the United States because of her strong, sexy characters and her well-publicized love life.


Maria Felix "La Dona" died April 8, 2002 at the age of 88, but her spirit lives on in the spicy mole sauces of Maria Bonita Restaurant.