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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 - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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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
Always yummy

Consistently very good Mexican food. I've eaten Mexican food in most states, and Don Jose is one of the better places. Try the endiablados recipes if you like spicy, and ask for whole pinto beans.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Alan_Johnson_1962
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Decorah, Iowa
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  • Families with children
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Decorah, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Consistently very good Mexican food. I've eaten Mexican food in most states, and Don Jose is one of the better places. Try the endiablados recipes if you like spicy, and ask for whole pinto beans.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We went both Friday and Saturday nights while in town for a weekend. Ask for recommendations--they were spot on! Awesome service, chips, fish tacos, enchiladas, mole sauce, refried beans, burritos, everything. We also had the everything nachos. And, yes, we cancelled reservations at the nearby fancy-pants restaurant on night #2 in order to eat here a second time. It was... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Good food, excellent blackberry margaritas and lovely patio. Excellent service. Great place for lunch

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A favorite of mine and many of my friends! Reasonable prices, large portions, delicious drinks, and the best salsa and queso dip you can find anywhere. I would eat here every night of the week if I could!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This is one of the best mexican food I have ever eaten thus far. Service was good and quick but long wait. I wish restauant takes reservation. I had to wait 30 minutes in cold chilly (-10 F) IOWA night...

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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
7 helpful votes 7 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
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62 reviews 62 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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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

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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