Let me start by saying... BEST CHIPS & SALSA EVER!!!! The chips are always freshly made and the chunky salsa is very flavorful (on the mild side). My husband & I finished college in Riverside 8 years ago. During our time living in Riverside, we went to Don Jose's WEEKLY(sometimes tri-weekly for me, because I worked down the street). We now have 2 kids and live 30 minutes away. Don Jose's is now a family favorite for all of us. We only go once a month now because of the distance.
THE FOOD: Most restaurants I go to, I know exactly what I'm going to get and I don't branch out much. Don Jose's is one of the few restaurants where I have ordered SO many things because I trust that it will be delicious. My absolute favorite menu item is the Rafael's special-- 2 shredded beef (or chicken) flautas covered in a delicious relleno sauce and smothered in cheese, with beans and rice. I have SO many friends and family hooked on this dish now... it is THAT good. If you save room for dessert, the fried ice cream is amazing.
THE ATMOSPHERE: Don Jose's has a universal mexican themed atmosphere that is both family friendly and couples cozy at the same time. I've noticed that they tend to sit families with babies in a separate section which was very nice when our kids were that age. They also have accomodating areas for large parties.
THE SERVICE: The Don Jose's staff does a good job at seating guests quickly and immediately providing the amazing chips & salsa. They even have employees whose main job is to walk around and make sure you still have chips & salsa. A large portion of the waitstaff has worked there for years and years. They know what they are doing, are always respectful and quick to accomodate any requests.
EXTRAS: Don Jose's has a "coupon club" where you fill out your family members' birthdays/ anniversary and they mail you a BOGO coupon (with purchase of 2 drinks) for the month of each occasion, in addition to every major holiday month.
TO SUM IT UP: Fantastic food, priced right, served efficiently
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