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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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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cali-Mex

Enjoyed the food. I've bee raised on Tex Mex but the differences make the food tasty. Less processed stuff, more fresh ingredients. Friendly, fast service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
EmVeee
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the food. I've bee raised on Tex Mex but the differences make the food tasty. Less processed stuff, more fresh ingredients. Friendly, fast service.

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Thank EmVeee
Orange County, California
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101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nachos and great drinks-Happy hour as well...A good place to go and eat mexican food on a budget...viva la Don Jose

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Thank george u
Laguna Beach, California
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182 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant serves "American Mexican" food. The entrees may have different names; however, they all taste bland and no spice. I ordered a chicken tostada bowl. It was served in a tostada bowl with beans, sour cream, tomatoes, guacamole, chicken, and lettuce for $12.50 at lunch. Portions were fine but bowl lacked any real taste.

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Thank Calitripgirl
Mission Viejo, California
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127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We go here often because we can alway get good food, and the prices are reasonable. If you want to save more, there are always coupons in that weekly flyer in your mail. It's usually a good discount like buy on meal and get one free. I love their salsa and chips. The meals seem light when you eat them... More 

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Thank Dennis K
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

The food is just okay here. My husband had the steak fajitas and it was okay. My daughter had the quesadillas with rice and beans. I had the seafood enchiladas and I thought it was okay. The sauce was sour and I feel that the seafood quality was low. Chips and salsa are okay. The guacamole needed more flavor like... More 

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Thank Cheyenne P
SO. CAL
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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Thank divewood
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147 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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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Thank diannespain
New York City, New York
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265 reviews
184 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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Thank nicolawca
allover
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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Thank Robin C
Mission Viejo
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68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?