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La Casa Rosa

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107 3rd St, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
831-623-4563
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Old California Cuisine and Setting

The restaurant is sited on the main road and in a unique building over 100 years old. There are only three items on the menu but are inspired from recipes from old California. Given this, they were quite delicious. The New California Casserole is kind of a jazzed up tamale pie with green... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The restaurant is sited on the main road and in a unique building over 100 years old. There are only three items on the menu but are inspired from recipes from old California. Given this, they were quite delicious. The New California Casserole is kind of a jazzed up tamale pie with green chilies, meat and a tomato based sauce.... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

As you can see from other reviews, this small restaurant specializes on serving three "casseroles" for lunch. These are special casseroles, though, served in a historic building and accompanied by simple but elegant "treats". My mama never made anything quite like the New Californian casserole: a beef concoction in a very tasty tomoto based sauce. Served over the corn meal... More 

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Aptos, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is family owned and operated. The menu is limited but the items are carefully and lovingly made. The owner himself is likely to wait on you and will happily share tidbits about the restaurant's history. Expensive but a very special experience.

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Salinas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Old fashioned, limited menu. Currently for sale. We've enjoyed the various pot pies that are a specialty.

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Napa, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We had a wonderful lunch here, served by the 72 year old owner/chef, who has put the building up for sale. The menu has been trimmed down to the basics, a chicken souffle (which was wonderful) and a corn-based casserole, both typical of colonial California. The place though is the best part. The antiques in the dining room and the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

It is so RARE anymore to see an owner take such pride in his work. This is a very small operation. A husband and wife team that lives above the restaurant. Soufflés and quiche are the main items on the menu, but take time to explore their other things too. They also do a mail order business for jams, Jellies,... More 

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Piedmont, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We've been eating at La Casa Rosa for decades (and it's been around for even more decades). The food is excellent, and you can't find anything like it anywhere within thousands of miles. It is "California Colonial Food' from when the Spanish / Mexican influence was dominant here. I've had the same thing in Chile, where they also describe it... More 

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San Juan Bautista, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We just love Casa Rosa. It is a perfect lunch spot to take a friend, quaint garden dining out back or comfortable parlor dining inside. The lunch "casseroles" conjure up Old California, the perfect blend of corn, hominy, cheeses and sauces. The fresh herb dressing makes the European salad a masterpiece. Each entree is served with Casa Rosa Rolls, specially... More 

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Clovis, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is a charming little throw back of a restaurant. Yes the hours are limited and the menu is small but those are not reasons to shy away, but instead it is why you need to make the trip. The dinning room is on the smaller side with a wood burning stove in middle warming the room on the chilly... More 

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Hollister, California, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Everything is fresh, well prepared and worth the wait! Great service, wonderful and relaxing atmosphere and of course the food is amazing! If you are anywhere near San Juan Bautista La Casa Rosa should be on your list, for the best place to have lunch.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 107 3rd St, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Juan Bautista
  • Phone Number: 831-623-4563

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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