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Don Jose

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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
Closed now
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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: Reservations
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Reservations

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  • 6
    Average
  • 2
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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
Most recent review
Mexican chain

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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Fargo, North Dakota
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Fargo, North Dakota
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104 reviews 104 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great standard mexican fare food. Good chips and margaritas. If you just need that fix of your good standard mexican with tons of selection and known quality, this place fits the bill.

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Lake Forest, California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Remember back around the 70s-80s when Mexican restaurants had an indoor fountain in the center of the dining room? This one still has it, although the water has been replaced with plants. Although the menu has been updated with current Mexican offerings, there is still an entire section dedicated to old-school combination plates with the sides of beans and rice.... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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303 reviews 303 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We ate here 30 years ago, ate frequently for 30 years, moved to Branson MO and still eat here when we visit CA. Food still great, prices still reasonable. Manager very personable. Nacho Grande is a feast. I add shredded beef. Mmmm.

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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?