I was really craving Mexican food on Saturday night and we were in Millwood. I opened up Yelp and found Maya Riviera 8 minutes away in Briarcliff which was so close that we decided to give it a shot. It has a huge round bar area and was really crowded and bustling. Even so, we got a table right away. It’s a mix of families and couples and large groups of friends. Very festive feeling.
The menu is big and varied and it has all the usual suspects on it. We got guacamole, which was delicious, nicely balanced and medium spiced as we asked for. They serve really crunchy warm tortilla chips… why doesn’t every restaurant serve warm chips? After that and a plain house salad we got mole enchiladas (me) and a Three Amigos combo platter (my husband). The mole wasn’t the most nuanced I’ve ever had but it was a decent rendition of the dish and a good size portion. My husband liked his enchilada, taco, and mini burrito.
The service was well meaning but not great because they were so crowded. Our young waiter was a bit spacey and it took a few tries to get things we needed. But at this price point ($55 before tax and tip) I can tolerate slightly unpolished service.
Not exciting and not a destination but as I am in the neighborhood I would definitely return. I didn’t realize this area of Briarcliff was so close to me. We passed a couple other restaurants there-- Terra Rustica and the steakhouse whose name escapes me. Are either of these worth trying?