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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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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 26
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lunch

Love little places like this. You talk about nothing fancy yet a freindly staff and great food. Oh my what a meal. Stayed in Monterey area for a few days for work and wandered off from my hotel down the road and found this place. I had a Asada Chimichonga with rice and beans on side. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
tjcaliguy
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Maryland
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On my last night in Monterey, and on the advice of an acquaintance, I decided to try Jose's Mexican Food - located just south in Seaside. Jose's Mexican Food is a smaller Mexican restaurant, that seemingly always gets good reviews - and has the reputation as being a local favorite. The restaurant sits on a corner, and accessing the parking... More 

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Thank CDobyns
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Love little places like this. You talk about nothing fancy yet a freindly staff and great food. Oh my what a meal. Stayed in Monterey area for a few days for work and wandered off from my hotel down the road and found this place. I had a Asada Chimichonga with rice and beans on side. It was delicious and... More 

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Thank tjcaliguy
Seaside, California
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Each of 4 family members had different meal, and each was among best Mexican Cuisine we have had. The current restaurant may seat 30, and this is just a 4th or 5th of seating at previous location that burned down....but same tasty and ample plates.

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Thank John W
Seaside, California
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We have been eating at Jose's for the last several years and have found this restaurant to have consistently good food at a reasonable price. While the decor is somewhat pedestrian the service is always as good as the food. The menu has a nice variety of offerings and the daily specials are top notch.

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Thank Steven R
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

Dined here for the first time today due to friends recommendations. First thing that's an issue is the parking. VERY limited. Place appears to be very clean! The margaritas on the rocks are excellent. The service is good. I found the food a bit bland for Mexican food. Good, but bland. Will I go back? Yes, it's good (americanized) Mexican... More 

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Thank Allan R
Columbus, Ohio
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223 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We had just flown in from Ohio, driven Route 1 from half moon bay, and checked into our nearby hotel. Too tired to do anything fancy. Boy, are we glad we went here. This place has been in the same extended family for more than 30 years. We were warmly greeted by the owner's son Edgar, who made us fantastic... More 

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Rochester, New York
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Checked into our motel late at night and found this gem of a restaurant. Fresh made margarita too. Fair prices.

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Thank My_viewNY
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful day, wonderful service terrific food. Very accomdating with our service dog. We had a Chile Verde chimichunga and a tostada ceviche.

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Thank Stephanie H
Monterey, California
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73 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

My husband and I are frequent patrons of Jose's Mexican Café in Seaside. They have, by far, the best enchiladas that we have had at any Mexican restaurant. Their enchilada sauce is absolutely delicious. We always have cheese and onion enchiladas on flour tortillas, and they are SO good! We have never been able to find enchilada sauce as good... More 

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Thank Victoria L
Boise, Idaho
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293 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This restaurant was within a few block of our hotel and looked good on paper! We arrived to a very small location but the service and food were excellent! The Chile Relleno were very prepared and not just an omelet with a stuffed chile. They had a slight heat, but great overall pepper flavor, yum! The Crab Enchiladas were stuffed... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?