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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
+1 563-382-6052
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Ranked #7 of 35 Restaurants in Decorah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $15
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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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!!
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MadCity, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Sunday lunch. Loved the salsa with that extra bit of kick and wonderful taste of the warm corn chips was delightful. Portions were good and I liked the rice & bean sides. Big helping of guacamole with my husband's entree was delicious. He loved his shrimp-filled enchilada. Although the patio dining looked inviting, lack of shade was a deterent for... More

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Jenks, Oklahoma
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Good food, Great service and just a nice place for a lunch with grandma. Menu is excellent, the place was busy and after lunch it was very clear that this was one of the places for lunch in Decorah.

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Ames, Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were in Decorah to visit Toppling Goliath brewery and stopped in for a late lunch. Our first clue that we were in a good spot came with the chips and salsa. The salsa was tasty and had a little kick. The chips were thick and crispy. We were happy. Since the best and most authentic food always comes from... More

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Oelwein
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165 reviews 165 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had lunch here and service was prompt. The menu has a very large variety to choose from and portions are ample. All in all quite a nice dining experience.

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Minot, North Dakota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The servings are fairly large, and they will gladly keep pushing chips (which seemed packaged the first visit but were better on return visits) and O.K. salsa on you. Anything they call "Diablo" is fairly hot, but there's no real flavor to the heat. Tomatillo sauces are better, but as is often the case at inexpensive Mexican restaurants the meat... More

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Minneapolis
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We very much enjoyed our dinner experience at Don Jose Mexican Restaurant. The staff was pleasant, the service was fast, and the food authentic and delicious. We'll definitely return on our next visit to Decorah.

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Decorah, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great Mexican food in small town Iowa? This is it! Excellent fresh chips and salsa, daily specials, a menu with many choices. We have never had even a marginal meal here. And the owners and wait staff are just the best! Decorah is lucky to have this restaurant right downtown. We are among many people who come here almost weekly.

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Brighton, Colorado
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82 reviews 82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you've never been out of the midwest, this is what Mexican food tastes like. The serving size was nice and the chips are free. We specifically asked for the hottest thing on the menu and we were told that they can make anything hot. Our taste for HOT is considerably warmer than what we were served - it would... More

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Decorah, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a great family owned restaurant. I always get the chicken quesadilla and it's huge! They do the free chips and salsa first and automatically bring you waters. You can't get free food and immediate waters anywhere else in Decorah! They are quick to get drinks and bring refills as needed. They have a huge selection and their drink... More

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Branson
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The food was pretty average for Mexican, nothing spectacular. Took a while to get the food, as it was super busy, had to wait because the place is very small.

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