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El Frijolito Restaurant

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11 Alexander St Ste B, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 724-8823
Today
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Burritos

This is a place to enjoy Mexican food on a weekly basis. As busy as my family is, we always end up eating here once during the week, whether it's take out or dine in. It's a busy establishment, but tables are generally available pretty quick. It's not a fancy place, but it is clean. I've had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Tvargas78
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Watsonville
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Watsonville
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a place to enjoy Mexican food on a weekly basis. As busy as my family is, we always end up eating here once during the week, whether it's take out or dine in. It's a busy establishment, but tables are generally available pretty quick. It's not a fancy place, but it is clean. I've had everything on the... More 

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Watsonville, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

One of our go-to places for basic mexican food - no frills ambience but very tasty dishes. Our favorites: the chile rellenos (either as a dinner or in a burrito), the machaca (to die for), the camarones al mojo de ajo (scrumptious garlic). Friendly staff, fast service, definitely one of the town's crossroads - all walks of life, all cultures,... More 

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Watsonville, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

In downtown Watsonville. Shop restaurant but wondeful food at amazing low prices. The service has always been very good. Gets really busy at noon time, but usually the wait isn't very long. They know how to get the orders in and out quickly.

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Watsonville, California
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4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Food is TOPS. Some of the absolutely best in Mexican food. Fast food type service line out the back door is the best way to access this restaurant. Really a take out place not a seated diner. Indoors sit down is a little ragged to say the least. Awkward seating. Not the cleanest.

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Turlock, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Wanted a good lunch while going through Watsonville and saw the other reviews on this place. Surprisingly good food, in a plain looking diner at a small strip mall. There is a take out window on the back wall on Union Street. Looks like this is a popular local eatery. The food was excellent, very large plates with a small... More 

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Sacramento, California, Usa
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256 reviews 256 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Located a few blocks from the local grade schools. This is a small shop where seating can fill quickly. I came in for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised by the speed to which orders came out. Small shop in a strip mall. I ordered a burrito and got chipotle sized one for half the price. Adequately seasoned. Ingredients were on... More 

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calif.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Nicknamed " hole in the wall" because of the side walk up window. The locals love it. Like getting a meal from the family next door. Low price, great basic food. Taco's, burrito's, Dinners all good. My personal favorite is the chile relleno meal, Comes with rice, beans, salad and tortillias.. Hope they don't move.

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watsonville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

tasty, fast, good! I have had a bunch of items off their menu but this is my go to favorite! sometimes a little crowded but the place is good so it should be expected!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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122 reviews 122 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I judge Mexican restaurants on three things: chips/salsa, rice and most importantly the re-fried beans. There were plenty of people eating lunch on a weekday, so there are enough people that like it and return. My experience was okay but I've had better.

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Los Gatos, CA
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92 reviews 92 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Went for lunch after reading the rave reviews. We had enchiladas and chili relleno. They were adequate but nothing to get excited about. The chili relleno was the smallest I have ever seen. Taste was only, ok. Enchiladas were full of grease. We did see lots of Mexicans eating there, so guess it is popular. I liked the very spicy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11 Alexander St Ste B, Watsonville, CA 95076
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Watsonville
  • Phone Number: (831) 724-8823

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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