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Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant

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3430 Village Dr, Castro Valley, CA 94546-5616
(510) 538-3290
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don Jose's is an exceptional Mexican restaurant. I wish that I can give it 10 stars. The service was okay. The food was excellent. I recommend eating the enchiladas. I would recommend Don Jose's to everyone who likes Mexican food.

Thank Aaron P
Hayward, California
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten in Don Jose's for years because a group I belong to meets there--otherwise, I'd pass. While the decor is authentic, the food is mediocre and the service is uneven. I lived in Mexico for six years, so am probably more demanding than most. The dish which I use to make a quick judgement of Mexican restaurants is chile... More 

Thank FD B
Castro Valley, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love Mexican food but this sucks. They don't even try. Melted cheese food plate. It's a great facility. I wish someone else would take over.

Thank itinerant
Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Large portions of average food matched the hokey Mexican decor. A family style restaurant with an ambitious menu that never quite meets expectations. The guacamole starter was OK but the three orders of fish tacos (two per order) were overfilled making it impossible to eat. They should have been divided into three tacos that could have been folded and eaten... More 

Thank Marshall3338
Ann Arbor MI
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77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Chosen because it seems to be one of the few restaurants open in town after 9pm, we lucked into a very good meal. Fresh, warm corn chips followed by cheese and shredded beef enchiladas and a beef chimichanga were all very good. Excellent service. The decor is very inviting. The lighting in the high ceiling allows it to feel open... More 

Thank Lisa L
Castro Valley, California
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

We decided to try again. We have not been here in years and the last time the food and service was not pleasing. I had flautists and the chicken was dry. The beans and rice were tasty. My husband the golfos, chicken tacos. He had 2 beers and I had a margarita. The meal was $50, a little pricey for... More 

Thank Jacqueline H
San Francisco, CA
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

The Mexican food is average, it's good but not great. Service is quick, I enjoy the green enchiladas and tostada salad. Good family restaurant.

1 Thank mjnishi
Castro Valley, California
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is where I take my out of town friends for great Mexican food. It has a great selection with huge portions. Try a Margarita while waiting!! :-)

Thank Rang3r_B0B
Lathrop, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

We've been going to this restaurant for over 40 years. Always good food and service. We usually get the shredded beef and chicken enchiladas with rice and pinto bean frijoles. The chimichangas and tortas are excellent, too. Even the taquito appetizers are great as an entree. The taco soup is great if you just want a little something and on... More 

Thank 46RKathy
Castro Valley, California
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

This is a place for good comfort food. Basic California Style Mexican food. The service is friendly, prompt and efficient. The food is not too spicey, but you can add hot sause to kick it up to your liking.

Thank Jimbo1058

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3430 Village Dr, Castro Valley, CA 94546-5616
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Castro Valley
  • Phone Number: (510) 538-3290

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?