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Jose's Mexican Cafe

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1612 Contra Costa St, Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 899-0345
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 11
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Love the carnitas!!!

Jose's is a local place for us as we live in Seaside. Always good food and friendly service. The carnitas is my absolute favorite as I can't find that flavor anywhere else. We have probably tried just about everything on the menu over the years and it is always good. We will definitely be back!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Seaside, California, USA
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Seaside, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Jose's is a local place for us as we live in Seaside. Always good food and friendly service. The carnitas is my absolute favorite as I can't find that flavor anywhere else. We have probably tried just about everything on the menu over the years and it is always good. We will definitely be back!

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Sand City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Not sure how to rate this place, have ordered take out from here and dined in more then a few times as it's basically across the street from our apartment but it doesn't seem to be consistent. Chips are mediocre at best, nothing special. Have had the shrimp burrito and wasn't too thrilled with it however recently I got crispy... More 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We were looking for a place to eat and we found Jose's Café. A small building from the outside and a cosy place inside with typical Mexican colours. The food was good and service as well. Very friendly staff. If you stay in this environment, visit the restaurant.

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Seaside, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Parking can be a challenge. Very busy before 6:30pm. Food was good not great. I had the crab enchilada which had good flavor but very watery. My wife had a dish with three items and thought "it was good but not great." We arrived at about 5:30 and the place was packed. There is a full bar and our waitress... More 

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Seaside
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The staff here is very nice and efficient.The food is good and prices reasonable.We travel to Mexico often for vacation, so we consider the food here good. Simple common dishes are the best. More extravagant entrees should be enjoyed elsewhere, since regional spice differences can be quite extreme in flavor. We prefer very spicy salsas, but the spice here caters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We enjoy the food and service is always so friendly. The margaritas are terrific. We leave in the area and often get take away, food is great my family of three always enjoys dinner from Joses. Would highly recommend, and reasonable prices!

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Adliswil, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We enjoyed a very good meal in this restaurant. The Mexican food was well prepared and homemade, also the sauce and guacamole which is already quite good. We had well prepared fajitas. The margaritas are very nice with a good house Tequila in it. Often you only get the cheap one. The service was attentive and friendly and the prices... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

My family and I were wrapping up a drive from Big Sur and hungry for some great Mexican food. We looked around online for a place nearby and settled on Jose's. We were seated right away and immediately fresh tortilla chips and salsa appeared on our table. We devoured them and the waitstaff happily replaced them without prompting. Our meals... More 

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Cute place, friendly service, good food. They were also very family-friendly which we appreciated. We look forward to trying them for dinner and will be back soon.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Salsa and chip are your first hint to great mexican food. Well Jose's salsa is excellent, daily specials, local specials, great beer selection. Always the freshest ingredients, alway meets up to the highest standards on your taste buds. Coming to the Peninsula thirty years ago from an area with super mexican food, Jose's met the task, come and enjoy, listen... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1612 Contra Costa St, Seaside, CA 93955
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Seaside
  • Phone Number: (831) 899-0345

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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