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23972 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA
(949)581-1570
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10:00 am - 10:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 11
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    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Old Faithful Don Jose's

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Jerry B
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Branson, Missouri
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Mission Viejo
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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353 reviews 353 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I love Mexican food and am very critical of salsa. Don Jose's was great and the fish tacos were perfect. The service at the bar could not have been better.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I enjoyed eating at Don Jose at this sit down restaurant. Great selection on Mexican food, which tasted good. I found the prices reasonable, and the service was attentive.

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Laguna Hills, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Our family enjoys Don Jose Restaurant at least once a month. They offer great mexican food and friendly service. Attention is given to quality of food and drink. If you are looking for a bar atmosphere Don Jose offers a separate bar area away from the main dining room. Looking for a place to host a large family gathering, this... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We don't get the 4 "stars" at all. This place was very much lacking in everything. From cleanliness to the drinks. Watch out lady's when you use the wobbly toilet. Food was not great and no music. Very disappointing. So hoping for great Mexican food! Falls far short of that.....

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?