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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
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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
GREAT FOOD, CLEAN ATMOSPHERE, FRIENDLY STAFF!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
iowamom3
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Iowa
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Iowa
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16 reviews
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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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Columbus, Ohio
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I had the Tres Hermanos Special. It was very good except I was very unhappy with the steak which was flat, tough and dry. My husband had the Burrito Carne Asada and his steak was thick, tender and juicy. Very disappointing, but the rest of the meal was delicious.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I really enjoyed my meal here. The staff was pleasant and fast. The waiter picked my meal and I was really happy with his choice for me. The guacamole was very fresh and the salsa was on point. We will visit again when we come back to town.

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Decorah, Iowa
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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6 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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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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Additional Information about Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

Address: 201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
Phone Number: +1 563-382-6052
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
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
Average Prices: USD 15
Cuisine: Mexican

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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?