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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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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
El Frijolito

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Linda E
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Watsonville, California
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17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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245 reviews 245 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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Roseville, California, USA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My wife called up and tried to ask, in Spanish, if we needed reservations for that Friday night and the lady that answered hung up on her. My wife called up again and spoke one more time in Spanish and the lady pretended she couldn't hear my wife and hung up again. I was pretty adament about having authentic Mexican... More 

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Watsonville, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The locals know the secret of this place referred to as both "The Bean" or the "Hole in the Wall" burrito window because of the walk up window on the backside of the restaraunt. Great value for your dollar too. Best Mexican food in town.

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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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