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23972 Avenida de La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3119
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Madison, Wisconsin
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184 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The thin warm fried tortillas and fresh made salsa make this appetizer very popular and it's free! We left the ordering of the margaritas to Jackie, who is a phenomenal server and knows just the right margarita for you. My mom and I shared a quesadilla of shredded beef and cheese which was filling for the two of us. A... More 

Thank Irishtomato19
Rancho Santa Margarita
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant. They always do a great job. Excellent food and the best margaritas. This is our go to place when craving Mexican food.

Thank 772jaym
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say that the fare is original, but it is very well prepared, my wife likes the chimichangitas little chimis that make it easier to take home when she doesn't eat them all. Good food of the type and a pleasant wait staff.

Thank Daryl S
Mission Viejo, California
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can always count on great service and great Mexican food. You must eat the chips and salsa. Had the taco and enchiladas come.

Thank Walter H
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way back from LA and I was amazed. The decor is perfectly themed (fountain the middle of the seating area, tiered seating, lots of booths). The prices are very competitive, especially for SoCal. I would say it's more "Tex-Mex" than California style, which is actually hard to find out here! Our waitress was very attentive... More 

Thank RMStyx
Irvine, California
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130 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My lunch companion had told me about the wonderful food and generous portions at Don Jose's, where she had eaten many times, and also about the wait to be served. She was right on all counts. After a longer wait than I would have liked, a server appeared to take our orders. She ordered the beef Fajita Burrito, and I,... More 

Thank Adrienne E
Laguna Beach, California
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557 reviews
360 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

2 of us went here for dinner, no wait for a table on a Friday at 8:00. Place was very busy. The flautas with rice and beans were good and priced well at $10.99. Cadillac margarita was very good and only $8.50. Pedro was our server and was great. Will return

Thank atlagunabeach
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Great food. Everyone in our party had food that looked amazing and everyone liked their dish. The salsa was fresh and they kept the chips and salsa coming, which I appreciate. Only complaint is they didn't keep up on our drink refills very well. We had a large party and they accommodated us well with only a very short wait... More 

Thank Charlotte B
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Huge portions. Friendly staff who kept our drink glasses and salsa bowl full. The chicken Chimichangitas were an amazing appetizer which was followed the citrus salad with chicken. All the food was served in a timely manner and the perfect temperature. All the wait staff was friendly.

Thank Patti527
Lake Forest, California
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I enjoy this restaurant especially the Fajitas and the enchiladas with rice and beans. I notice the waiters make addition errors and upsell yet play dumb if you catch them overcharging on your bill. Watch the coupons when you come in. They are specific and the waiters cut little slack. Otherwise, I enjoy this place with good atmosphere a wide... More 

Thank Whimsicalartist

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 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 - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23972 Avenida de La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3119
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Hills
  • Phone Number: (949)581-1570

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