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Don Jose's

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14882 Holt Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 832-3280
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 18
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great for the price

local restaurant that is very comfortable and very clean, offering moderately priced meals. Service was excellent and the food was vert good. Recommended for families who want to eat good food at a fair price.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Lauren S
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Hermann, Missouri
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94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Don José chain (and Ricardos) is a fairly predictable, mediocre chain. It is NOT authentic Mexican food, but a highly Americanized place. It is also my oldest kid's favorite, so we go often, usually the Tustin location. Decor is quite tchotchke, service fair (but a bit patronizing). Chips are usually greasy, but the salsa isn't bad. Fajitas are flavorful,... More 

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Don Jose restaurant, located off Irvine Boulevard and Holt, is one of the oldest dining establishment in Tustin. The food and the service is excellent, fresh and fun. chips and salsa are made fresh throughout the day and the specials are truly special. Monday through Friday they have the lunch express menu, a smaller serving then the regular portion, at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Don Jose is really a great Mexican family restaurant with good food and good prices. The staff are friendly and they are very attentive. I recommend the chili reline or steak salad. You will usually run into friends here.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Don Jose's has average quality Mexican food for southern California. It tastes mass produced and not as fresh as some places. The salsa is not very good. It looks like it came out of a can. However, it is very mild for those who like that. I prefer fresh salsa that has more of a kick to it. Service is... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I return here for lunch when visiting friends - their favorite too. Tasty Mexican food served quickly and courteously in a pleasantly quiet atmosphere.

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Hermann, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

local restaurant that is very comfortable and very clean, offering moderately priced meals. Service was excellent and the food was vert good. Recommended for families who want to eat good food at a fair price.

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Vancouver Island, BC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

No, Don Jose's is not high end & trendy, but within the range of mid-price sit down Mexican food, we love it. We have been coming here for well over 30 years and they are consistently good. Some reviews with poor ratings talk about canned salsa, I don't believe the salsa is canned, I think they make their salsa with... More 

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Santa Ana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Just had lunch there yesterday and they have a wonderful Senior Menu. Very reasonable and delicious! We've eaten there quite a bit and I especially enjoy their carnitas. Our friends who live in the desert love their fajitas. Every time they come to Tustin they always make Don Jose's their lunch stop. Service is very good and have never had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been going to Don Jose's for years, and have always enjoyed this restaurant. They start you off by serving warm tortilla chips with a great salsa, and wine for about $5., if you are interested. The food is very good, and fairly priced so you do not have to "drop a wad" at this restaurant. They do have... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Very nice atmosphere and nice private room great for meetings. The portions were very large and well presented. Prices are very fair.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14882 Holt Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Tustin
  • Phone Number: (714) 832-3280

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?