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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 19
    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
Good Mexican food

I'm not big on Mexican food, but this was very good. The portions were plentiful, the rice was unlike any other Mexican rice I've had. It was very good. The refried beans were not all mush like other places. Good salsa and chips for an appetizer. Reasonable prices

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
LarryWTama
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Tama
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Tama
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I'm not big on Mexican food, but this was very good. The portions were plentiful, the rice was unlike any other Mexican rice I've had. It was very good. The refried beans were not all mush like other places. Good salsa and chips for an appetizer. Reasonable prices

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I ordered a vegetarian burrito for take out and it was very good. Lots of veggies. It was huge, enough for two meals. Friendly staff, I would go back.

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northbrook, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

you would not expect mexican food in a norwegian town, but it is pretty good and resonably prived. festive atmosphere kid friendly cocktails available small outdoor dining area right in the center of town.

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Decorah, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Don Jose is a personal favorite of mine in Decorah. They offer a wide variety of Mexican cuisine, along with some American modifications to certain dishes. The service is fast and the food comes out hot and steaming. I had tried many different items from the menu and have never been disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. The food was excellent! The portion size decent. The reason for only 4 out of 5 stars...the flies and the bee! There were at least 3 flies in this restaurant near us. We also discovered a bee flying near us by the window and the server smashed the bee in the window with his notepad...then... More 

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Coventry, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I live in Rhode Island but I was in Decorah visiting my brother and his wife. They took us to this restaurant and we were in heaven Best food, generous portions, great margaritas,and the people who ran it were so nice. It is family run so they all have a vested interest. Wish I could have brought this place home... More 

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Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

A great find on our trip from Minneapolis to Moline. Food was fantastic from the guacamole thru a variety of dinners. Raspberry and blackberry margaritas delicious and no shortage on the tequila! 4 drinks, 4 meals, chips and salsa and guacamole appetizer for $60.......well worth every cent!! Service was great and owner did a courtesy check to ensure all was... More 

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Jonesburg, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

12 of us had lunch at Don Jose's on Saturday mid morning. The weather was very cooperative so we were able to enjoy the patio seating. The food was delicious and the drinks were served by our wonderful drink master. They even split the checks for all of us. This is a very nice Mexican restaurant on Water St. close... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Don Jose is one of the local Decorah IA favorites. I've been there many times, and every time it's delicious! The family who owns it, clearly loves their job, and make wonderful food!

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I had the carne asada and LOVED IT! Huge platter of perfectly cooked beef (I ordered medium rare) with wonderfully fresh guacamole and salsa. Nice outdoor patio seating, right in downtown Decorah on Water Street!

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?