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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 0
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  • 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
Delilishous food!!

I came into town for a dog event and decided to try this restaurant. Happy I did! I placed an order to go.... a combination platter with enchalada, taco, and toastada. The meal came with beans and rice and homemade chips and salsa. Nice portions, I couldn't eat it all.. Restaurant was very very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lisa G
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East Moline, Illinois, United States
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East Moline, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I came into town for a dog event and decided to try this restaurant. Happy I did! I placed an order to go.... a combination platter with enchalada, taco, and toastada. The meal came with beans and rice and homemade chips and salsa. Nice portions, I couldn't eat it all.. Restaurant was very very busy on Sat night. Customers were... More 

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Thank Lisa G
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186 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Don Jose's is one outstanding restaurant. The hard working staff is esteemed attentive and treat their customers well. My favorites here are the chimichanga and the enchilada. Chips served with every meal, and their salsa is great!

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Thank Jason R
Willmar
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This small joint reminded me of the Mexican Restaurant on visit back home. I had my usual margarita and got an order of nachos. The drink was delicious and the drinks of my friends were also quite tasty. The nachos came out quite quickly and were piping hot. As we dined the place started to get much busier and I... More 

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Thank Lacoste2009
Minneapolis
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

The food here was very good. The picante with the chips was hotter than I would have expected. It was a popular place. Glad we got here early on a Friday.

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Thank SHCH4
Cresco
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This little restaurant located in the old down town business district of Decoraah IA. offers some of the best authentic Mexican food around. the restaurant is decorated in traditional Mexican colors and decor. The restaurant is run bu a family of Mexicans and they serve Fresh, Hot (temperature wise) Real Mexican dishes. The dishes are a generous proportion and the... More 

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Thank Kevin W
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Who would have guessed that the best Mexican restaurant in the Upper Midwest would be found in the Norwegian town of Decorah! Surprise -- this is a special place to taste a wide variety of Mexican dishes. The meals are splendidly prepared with good size portions. There are so many options that you will need to return many times --... More 

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Thank Richard L
Calmar
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Group met for supper business meeting. Service quick and all orders were correct. I had fajitas that were spiced perfectly and arrived piping hot.

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Thank Marcia O
Decorah, Iowa
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106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

You asked for my favorite restaurant - hands-down, it is Don Jose. Family owned and run by a great family. Ate there last night and my wife commented, when you order something, it always prepared the same. I wish them continued success! They deserve it.

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Thank DaveFmIA
Decorah
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The food is fantastic and their homemade chips and salsa are amazing. Nice atmosphere, nothing real fancy. The staff is as friendly as you can find anywhere.

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Thank Randy I
Crystal, Minnesota
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Good mexican for small town. Had chicken fajitas. Fajitas were ok. I make better ones. Guac was good. Chips and salsa was very good.

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Thank K H

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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 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?