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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

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201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
+1 563-382-6052
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Description: We would be glad to welcome you to sample our extensive menu of Authentic...
We would be glad to welcome you to sample our extensive menu of Authentic Mexican food! We serve great authentic Mexican food, fast and friendly service, reasonable prices and clean place!!
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Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 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
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Don Jose

The best Mexican food, never had a bad meal. Sometimes have to wait for a table, but I consider that a good sign :). The service has always been outstanding. The staff is kind and friendly. I love this place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
grannyof12
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Decorah
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Decorah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The best Mexican food, never had a bad meal. Sometimes have to wait for a table, but I consider that a good sign :). The service has always been outstanding. The staff is kind and friendly. I love this place.

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TARBORO
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Had a group of 6, was told it would be about a 25 minute wait, turned into a hour and half. Food was good, service was alright. Dont recommend for big partys unless you call head. But other than that good place to go.

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Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I have eaten here too many times to count, and never disappointed, other than occasionally having to wait to get a table, as no reservations accepted. Very exhaustive menu, and they willingly substitute special requests. Reasonable pricing. Always leave feeling very full, as large portions provided !!!

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kutztown, PA
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This place is wayyy popular. The menu will have something for everyone, the portions are large and the food is not spicy ( You're in the upper Midwest, remember). Full bar with extensive Mexican beers, incl. Pacifico y Negro Modelo. No tacos de lingua or tripa asado here, but big portions of Americanized comidas de Mexico.

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Decorah, Iowa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant in Decorah has really,really great Mexican dishes. Any that you choose you will not be disappointed. I would recommend a combination platter of two choices...the burritos are really good. So are the tacos. The chips and salsa are good,too! Service is excellent!

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The service at Don Jose's is excellent and attentive. Greeted with a big smile and served the most tasty enchiladas and chicken fajitas. We always return to Don Jose's when we visit Decorah.

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Ionia, Iowa, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Salsa a little hot for me but not enough to make me stop eating it. Great meal, smiling staff. Clean comfortable, nicely decorated. All in all a great meal.

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Iowa City, IA
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223 reviews 223 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Folks friendly and fast. Loved the sopa de camerones, with fresh avocado. Very like the soup I’ve had in the Yucatan over the years. A treasure of Decorah!

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Decorah, Iowa
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We took our family of 6 in for a celebration dinner. The food and service were both great. The atmosphere is loud and there are only a few tables for larger groups, but they worked quickly to accommodate us.

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

I have dined at Don Jose plenty of times and NEVER have I had a bad experience. It's crazy how people sometimes have to wait in line to dine here but I don't blame them. First, the food. The food is AMAZING! If awesome authentic ALWAYS fresh mexican food is what you want, then that is what you will receive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-6052

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating

Description

We would be glad to welcome you to sample our extensive menu of Authentic Mexican food! We serve great authentic Mexican food, fast and friendly service, reasonable prices and clean place!!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?