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    • ADDRESS:
      Grand Plaza Club House,
      2/F, 568 Julu Lu,
      near Shanxi Nan Lu
      巨鹿路568弄 四方新城俱乐部2楼, 近陕西南路

    • PHONE:
      6289 6889
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from South Shaanxi Rd
    • HOURS:
      Dinner, Mon-Sat, 5-10.30pm
      Sunday, 5-9.30pm

      Brunch, Sat-Sun,
      11am-4pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
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    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Maya is a popular, upscale Mexican restaurant whose slightly odd location on the second-floor of an apartment clubhouse is a reminder that good food trumps weird locations. The cooking is contemporary Mexican, with a few concessions like tacos and quesadillas, but if it's Tex-Mex you're looking for, you might want to keep looking. Great tequila selection.
    • Tequila Tasting

      Maya and Mayita do a guided tequila tasting on Fridays and Saturdays. They offer 6 glasses for 250rmb and 9 glasses for 350rmb. Starts at 6pm. Call 138 1894 2747 to RSVP.
      Dining, Nightlife | Maya | Every Fri, Sat

    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • 2017-04-16 Finished

      Easter Brunch

      Appetizer and dessert buffet available for 175rmb, comprised of things like chips and salsas, chicharrones, taquitos, Maya's tres leches cake and so on. The price also includes one choice from the a la carte main courses. There's also...
      Dining | Maya | on Sun Apr 16, 2017
    • 2017-02-14 Finished

      Celebrate Valentine's Day

      Maya offers a Mexican spin on Valentine's Day with a couples menu for 688rmb. Shared appetizers of Coconut Scallop Ceviche with pickled chilis and passionfruit Warm seafood salad with avocado, jicama, and fresh lime. The shared mains are...
      Dining | Maya | on Tue Feb 14, 2017
    • 2016-12-31 Finished

      New Year's Eve at Maya

      Maya is running their a la carte menu along side a special deluxe set menu. A glass of sparkling is included. Please see the flyer for more details. 388rmb per person. Available from 5pm.
      Dining | Maya | on Sat Dec 31, 2016
    • 2016-12-24 Finished

      Christmas Dinner

      Maya and Mayita have a 295rmb dinner that includes a glass of spiced cranberry margarita, house red sangria, or Mexican mulled wine. The set menu includes roasted chestnut soup, chorizo pepitas, crispy cod bacalao, turkey, pablano mash,...
      Dining | Maya | Daily until Dec 25 2016
    • 2016-12-13 Finished

      XinXing Christmas Charity Dinner

      Maya will host its 6th annual fundraiser for Xinxing Aid for Children in Crisis, offering up a Christmas menu w/ free-flow drinks until 11pm for 450rmb/person. Tickets are limited to 25 people so book early if you would like to join. The...
      Dining | Maya | on Tue Dec 13, 2016
  • Tequilla Trolley is epic
    For Maya on August 27, 2016
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    KEwton1
    Joined Aug 16, 2016
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Tequila tasting with Miguel was educational, delicious and a terrific time. Highly recommended. The food is always consistently amazing.
    Churros that will make you cry tears of joy
    For Maya on July 25, 2016
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    julietd
    Joined Jul 6, 2016
    Is American
    Posted 9 Reviews
    You read it right, I cried tears of joy.

    Never in my life have I tasted better churros. That's saying a lot, since I grew up in a town in California with a strong Latino community and tons of Mexican restaurants, and I've visited Spain three times. Who would have thought I would find such life-changing Mexican food in China, of all places?

    My group of eight friends and I went for Sunday brunch. I had heard Maya served churros con chocolate, and since the Monday of the week before I had been preparing to make my pilgrimage to the promised land of chewy fried dough and molten cocoa goodness.

    My expectations were met and surpassed. Not only were the churros the perfect size, shape, and texture for dipping and dusted with the ideal amount of sugar, but they were also fluffy instead of dense, warmly inviting instead of overly filling. Never had I experienced something like this before.

    To make matters even more heavenly, there were also the complimentary dipping options -- a thick chocolate sauce, a sweet strawberry sauce, and a sizeable dollop of luscious whipped cream. I ordered a spiced hot chocolate to add even more excitement to the dipping possibilities. It was hardly necessary, especially given the aforementioned luscious whipped cream, but it was a good move nonetheless.

    I swear, the hot chocolate must have been spiked (disclaimer; actually only kidding) because I found myself bursting uncontrollably into tears of joy on and off for about 15 minutes. I could feel the love from the churros con chocolate and from all my friends gathered 'round the table -- it was a situation too good to be true, and I was just overwhelmed.

    Other noteworthy dishes included our starter of tortilla chips with housemade guacamole; a kale, goat cheese, and pecan salad I split with a friend; and my friends' various dishes, which all looked beautiful and delicious.

    All in all, I paid ¥124, or roughly what I had paid for the cheap dress I was wearing to brunch that I had bought the day before. Although the dress was worth it, Maya brunch was even more so. Nothing can compare to the pleasure I derived from those extraordinary eats, that classy ambiance, those endless water refills, that perfect window-side lighting, and that good time with friends. In other words, it was a reasonable value for the price.

    We all left so happy it was unreal. I guess good food can have that effect on people.

    Can't wait to come back and try everything -- or just order multiple rounds of churros, all to myself.
    Consistently excellent
    For Maya on July 10, 2016
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    Cstonerun
    Joined Apr 24, 2012
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I guess I shouldn't be surprised to see vitriol on an internet review forum, but I have to say a few of the previous reviews really surprised me.

    MAYA is a Shanghai institution for a reason. It's one of the very few restaurants in Shanghai that emphasizes great customer service. The food and drink is always excellent, whatever meal of the day you're dropping by for. I've celebrated birthday dinners here, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and just about every boozy brunch (for which their sister restaurant MAYITA's patio is especially excellent for on a clear, sunny day). They've literally never disappointed me.

    I also love how flexible MAYA (and for that matter, MAYITA) is. Romantic date night? Great option. Family or friends in town? Perfect. (My mom said the chili was the best she's ever had in her life. Whether that was the pitcher of margarita she had talking, I dunno, but I enjoy the chili every time, too.) Brunch? Yes, a thousand times yes (looking at you huevos benedictos). An after dinner drink? 100% agave tequila anyone?

    And, after all that praise, the price point is very fair (which I don't find myself saying often in Shanghai these days, unfortunately). Especially for brunch! You'll literally pay more to eat at Wagas.

    MAYA, keep doing what you're doing.
    Excellent Mexican
    For Maya on October 25, 2014
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    rinia
    Joined Oct 25, 2014
    Posted 7 Reviews
    Maya is definitely the top Mexican joint in town! I love it. The tacos are awesome. And there are some interesting creations that I have not seen elsewhere that are to die for! Without a doubt, if you want to treat your taste buds to good Mexican food, Maya is the place.
    My only complaint would be that the prices are too high, especially for certain dishes. Frankly, I don't mind paying more for decent fare.
    Like getting punched in the balls.
    For Maya on August 11, 2014
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    biophlame
    Joined Oct 11, 2008
    Posted 3 Reviews
    Let's say you're meeting up with your friend, and as you go to shake hands or give em a hug, your friend punches you straight in your balls. That's what it felt like when I had brunch here yesterday.

    Let's start at the beginning, shall we?

    We arrived and were seated promptly. One look at the menu and I was DROOLING. Everything sounded amazing. I even mentioned to my girlfriend, "how come we don't come here more often??!"

    We're starving. The waiter takes our order; coffee and churros, banana smoothie, chorizo benedict, and steak and eggs.

    Coffee and churros were amazing. Churros were perfect, and the coffee comes from Samaritan.

    Banana smoothie ended up as a papaya smoothie. Banana ... papaya... same difference. All good!

    Chorizo benedict. The whole dish came out cold. It was like they predicted we were coming to eat brunch there, made it for us at 7am and served it to us at 2pm. The sauce had absolutely no flavor and the poached eggs overcooked. Come onnnnn, you have like 3 different benedict dishes on the menu and you can't even make the sauce right OR poach eggs?! The cook must be all highed up.

    The steak and eggs. Insanely terrible. I've not had a worst meal in ages. Again, everything was cold. No seasoning on the steak slices. I'm sure the steak was cooked a week ago. Does anyone even taste any of the dishes in the kitchen?? Reckon if i tried to eat my bike tire, it'd be more edible than the steak. I physically had to swallow each steak piece. The sunny side eggs were fine, albeit cold. The only decent thing on the plate were the potatoes.

    Churros and potatoes. That should be a brunch menu item. At least you guys can do those things right.

    I was so hyped to start my day off with a nice brunch, and even though the service was quite decent, I probably wouldn't consider eating here again. Thanks for blowing it hard, Maya!
    Simply overrated
    For Maya on July 2, 2014
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    manu_84
    Joined Jul 2, 2014
    Is Italian
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I read all the "excellent" reviews before deciding to book a table but they were not helpful.
    First of all the restaurant is hidden in a compound, no signs on the main street, I don't like that. To get there you need to ask directions to the guard.
    On the second floor there was nobody to welcome us outside. Once inside it's classy but nothing that really reminds me of a mexican restaurant, except for a few decorations on the tables and an image on the wall. You expect to hear notes from South America, but no, the music was commercial, a real turn off. Nothing traditional.

    The entree and one of the main dishes didn't taste good, i had to finish all for my girlfriend.
    The pork ribs were excellent, fajitas acceptable. And of course tortillas are tortillas....they can't be really bad, ever.
    Over 120 rmb for 2 glasses of tasteless red Sangria and 58 rmb for a simple 750 mL bottle of still water.

    In total I spent over 700 rmb for 2 persons.
    This restaurant is overrated and overpriced. I won't consider it again.
    Explosion of flavors!
    For Maya on April 14, 2014
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    *Audrey*
    Joined Apr 2, 2013
    Is French
    Posted 8 Reviews
    I brought a Mexican colleague to Maya and I was surprised to see how well the restaurant was running on a week day. Maya had been recommended to me on many occasions and I am glad to have finally been there because Maya is living up to its reputation, I just loved it!

    Location: It is quite random, Maya is hidden in a compound on Julu Rd, in the same building as a club house and the French learning school AAA. 15 minutes walk from the metro lines 10 and 1, South Shanxi Road station.

    Interior design and decoration: Earthy walls, soft lights, beautiful wooden table with ceramics in the middle, Mexican style paintings on the walls, not too loud mood music: perfect atmosphere.

    Food: Food is tasty here. Portions are quite small but dishes are very elaborate and made from fresh quality ingredients, resulting in an explosion of flavors. Here is what we took: guacamole, chicken enchiladas, tuna steak, churros and tres leches cake. We loved the whole selection, none of the dishes was disappointing!

    Service: Chinese waiters are attentive and can speak OK English (but could not understand my friend pronouncing the dishes with a Spanish accent) and Filipinos have this sense of service and kindness that make you feel at home.

    Damage: We paid around 640 RMB for one appetizer, two mains, two desserts and 2 imported beers. Mains are quite expensive (115-230RMB) so prefer the tacos, ceviches, quesadillas and appetizers if you have a small budget.

    Conclusion: I will be back and cannot wait to try Mayita, their new venue!
    Great food, drinks and service
    For Maya on March 13, 2014
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    MatildeT
    Joined Jan 8, 2014
    Is Danish
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I have now found my way to Maya twice - and I will keep coming back!
    This beautiful restaurant with good service just does it for me. There is a selection of snacks (price 35-95 rmb)and starters (50-80 rmb) that with 3 or 4 will fill up two people (if really hungry take a snack first). I have not tried any of the mains as they do not look as good as the tacos and starters and are a bit expensive.

    The food is tasty and have that extra touch to it that makes it worth while coming back, and paying a bit extra compared to elsewhere.

    The service is nice, and the non-English speaking staff (you will easily spot them, as they all wear a t-shirt that say "I don't take orders")are very friendly and helpful.

    The drinks are reasonable when happy hour is on (Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm).

    Wish they would change their menu or do a "weeks special" as the only reason they are not getting 5 stars is that I would like to try something different next time I get there.

    Price for 2 people with snack, 4 starters and 4-6 cocktails each (happy hour) will be around 600 rmb.

    Keep it up Maya :-)
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