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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
563-382-6052
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Ranked #7 of 33 Restaurants in Decorah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Aug 9, 2014
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Oelwein
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140 reviews 140 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Columbia, MO
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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43 reviews 43 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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Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

A friend and I met for lunch at Don Jose last week. We enjoyed the homemade chips and salsa before ordering. She had a bowl of soup, which was colorful red, green, and gold with tomato, avocado, and chicken, her regular meal. I had a hamburger tostada, which was covered with pale green lettuce and full of beans and sour... More

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Decorah, Iowa
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Our first choice place to eat in Decorah is Don Jose's. This family run restaurant has a great menu with modest prices. Very large portions. Good selection of beers. Every waiter is polite and fast. We look forward to taking our in-town and out-of-town folks there.

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Decorah, Iowa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The restaurant is pleasantly decorated in "Mexican" style, the menu is quite extensive with good Mexican food. Those with a "Gringo" palette will find food to please as well as those who enjoy food picante. The family who owns the restaurant is very wonderful and accommodating.

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