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Jose's Mexican food

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Mexican
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101 State Route 71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
(732) 974-8080
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good food and a BYO plus!

Fresh food, excellent price, and a BYO restaurant... Good as it gets for me. We have eaten here several times and always enjoy it. I get the chicken mole, generous portion and delicious sauce. The salsa is Quite good and and the staff is friendly and I have found the service to be pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
peggy s
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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
via mobile
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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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119 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

You come here for the food. It's awesome tasting and real Mexican, not american tex mex. Service is good. Nothing 'chain' about this place. You can tell that by looking in the window. Byob. I had the cheese chile relleno and hubby had the chili and chicken chimichanga.

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Thank karenandgrady
NJ
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Consistent fresh, authentic Mexican. chicken chimis are my go to choice. The chips and salsa are the best I've ever had. Family owned.

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Thank vreviews
Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Fresh food, excellent price, and a BYO restaurant... Good as it gets for me. We have eaten here several times and always enjoy it. I get the chicken mole, generous portion and delicious sauce. The salsa is Quite good and and the staff is friendly and I have found the service to be pretty quick. The only problem is the... More 

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Thank peggy s
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Our family of five is always starving after spending the day in the water, and Jose's is the perfect pit stop. The ingredients are fresh, the menu has something for everyone, and the portions are enormous. We usually spend about $12 a person - a real deal, especially when you have three famished teenagers. But be forewarned, if you're looking... More 

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Thank EileenUSA
Spring Lake, New Jersey
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Have been a customer of Joses for 10yrs plus. The food is very good and authertic Mexican without the frills. Portions are generous and the people are friendly but English may be limited. Don't expect ambiance. Prices are more than fair. You'll leave satisfied and smiling. Can get crowded in summer.

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Thank charles h
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Not bad, but not as good as expected. The Nacho Supreme tasted like Velveta. The Shrimp Soft Tacos on the other hand were pretty good. The salsa made it. I would go back but only for takeout.

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Thank Mike S
Belmar, New Jersey
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We ate there because the reviews were great, the pictures on the website esp of the fajitas were also what steered us there. Maybe there are new owners because it was very disappointing, the fajitas (beef and chicken), dry and chewy, with no flavor. The combo Chile Relleno - Enchilada meal was so-so and the salsa, was nothing special. The... More 

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Thank 119eve
Brick, NJ
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73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Ok, so this may not be authentic Mexican food, but it comes close and you gotta know what is good. I've been coming here for years and they are consistent...which I like in a restaurant. I always order the flautas and since you get 3...I order one of each (chicken, steak & ground beef - because I can't decide which... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Somehow this place got a Zagat's rating, so we tried it. Service was unbelievably slow. About 15 minutes after our order was finally taken, the waitress returned to announce one of our choices was not available. Back to the menu. I ordered a pork cutlet with green salsa. What arrived had the texture and consistency of a roof shingle. The... More 

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Thank nassau2
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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240 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

When I was looking for places to eat in Spring Lake, I almost wrote this place off when I saw the picture of the restaurant from the outside. So glad that I gave it a try based on all the good TA reviews. The salsa was fresh and full of thick chunks of tomato. Homemade chips were good and not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 State Route 71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Spring Lake
  • Phone Number: (732) 974-8080

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?