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23972 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA
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Ranked #11 of 80 Restaurants in Laguna Hills
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Mission Viejo, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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
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
26 helpful votes 26 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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Senior Contributor
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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133 reviews 133 reviews
46 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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300 reviews 300 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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San Juan Capistrano
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139 reviews 139 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Had a very pleasant surprise Sunday evening at Don Jose's in Laguna Hills. The new Tri-Tip Salad is as good as any salad one will find anywhere. Also, while out with the family was able to watch both the baseball playoffs and Sunday night football while dining in the very well lit and spacious bar area.

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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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