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23972 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA
(949)581-1570
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 7
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  • 4
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
dated building-but always satisfyed with the food and drink

favorite old place to dine- always good food and drink. Not in the best of locations but the inside decor is funky and fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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SO. CAL
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SO. CAL
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

favorite old place to dine- always good food and drink. Not in the best of locations but the inside decor is funky and fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Great tacos and reasonably priced. Very good margaritas' during happy hour. Chips and salsa were tasty, nice thin chips, perfectly spiced salsa. Has a patio are in back but faces the freeway. Not very crowded on Taco Tuesday like the big places. Would enjoy going again next week. The maragritas were so good and I am not a margarita person

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New York City, New York
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172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place has been getting worse over the years. Most of the patrons are from the nearby Laguna Woods retirement community. Maybe the only way they will stay in business is to cater with cheap specials to keep the retirees coming in. The food is worse every time. This past weekend, we ordered the steak asada, which turned out to... More 

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allover
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

While the food wasn't excellent, it was good enough. Authentic mexican across from the largest 'retirement village' in the US. (lots of seniors) good beer selection, clean, apparently part of a chain. Large portions. Good Service.

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Mission Viejo
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We were hungry for Mexican food today so we decided to try Don Jose's. Right off the bat we noticed something off with the salsa and chips. The salsa tasted like nothing more than tomatoes and cilantro. Very bland. Unfortunately we stayed for dinner and we both ordered combination dinners. My tamale was so dry I needed to swallow each... More 

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Irvine, California
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We had 40 people for a wedding rehearsal dinner. The dinners were very good, but the main thing was the service. It was terrific. The manager Manuel and with server Angel went above and beyond to make sure that everything went well. Many thanks to Manuel and his staff for a great evening.

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Branson, Missouri
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401 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

While traveling we always stop here. Great Mexican Food choices and some Tex-Mex choices. Always the same, always good, always great service.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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126 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Nothing special. Stopped here for lunch after hiking the local hills, that was great! Pretty standard atmosphere. Standard fare. Service a little slow, but when we asked for a little more spice was very accommodating and got interested in us. Menu pretty standard. Very, very close to "the 5" so if you sit outside lots of traffic noise.

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Mission Viejo, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We eat here all the time. We have been having dinner here for over 26 years, and nothing has changed. The food is always good, the service is always good, and we enjoy coming here as a family.

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Laguna Hills, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

We were only there for a quick bite to eat before an event. The restaurant has been there for a VERY LONG time and it shows. Service was lack luster as was the food. Better places to go to.

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Additional Information about Don Jose

Address: 23972 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA
Phone Number: (949)581-1570
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Hills
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 23972 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Hills
  • Phone Number: (949)581-1570

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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