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Jose's Mexican Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1612 Contra Costa St, Seaside, CA 93955-4207
(831) 899-0345
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have enjoyed many delicious meals here. Limited parking in the small lot. Casual local dining at reasonable prices.Good service with good food in a nice environment. Life is good!

Thank Kim H
Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We descended upon Jose's around 9:00 pm with a group of about 20 family and friends, after a beach side wedding rehearsal party. The size of the party easily swamped the wait staff in this small restaurant, but they quickly rallied with friendliness and support. After everyone had ordered it took a little while for the food to be served.... More 

Thank BHB53
Sacramento CA
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

I had a taco and tamale, served with a large side of rice and beans. Pretty typical, but had a slightly different flavor I was unable to place, but it was good. My partner had a combo fajita plate, which was more then he could eat. He said it also had a different flavor, but liked it. Wait staff was... More 

Thank jonthethird
Oshkosh, WI
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68 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

The serving staff was friendly. That's what our takeaway was. The grungy/dirty/worn out menus were a turn off. I'm not afraid of germs but this was an immediate turn off. The food wasn't great, although the portions were huge. Chicken fajitas were disappointing that they were not served on the traditional hit sizzling pan. Chicken armed chewy and overall trade... More 

Thank W_MOshkosh_WI
Carmel, California
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301 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We love this "locals" spot for fresh and authentic Mexican foods. The menu has lots of options and they are very flexible about adding / subtracting from some choices. ANY of the items with the pulled pork are fabulous, the burritos superb as are the fish tacos. Fresh chips and an OK sauce that could use a bit of pep... More 

Thank Jim W
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

We were staying in Seaside and wanted Mexican food. We saw Jose's from the road and decided to try it. None of us were sorry! It is kind of a small place but they seated our party of 5 without delay. Chips and salsa that wasn't too spicy, which appeals to all of us. Soccer on the tv. We had... More 

Thank busymom3too
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

I have enjoyed dining at Jose's for 10yrs. I like the chili rellleno and the chicken burritos here. The chips are always fresh and the salsa is very good. One of my favorite restaurants on the Peninsula.

Thank Karen W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

They have the best chicken enchiladas and chile rellanos ever! Their mole sauce is beyond compare. Service always awesome and friendly.

Thank Tom S
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here because of the high reviews, but was highly disappointed. The salsa had that weird smoky flavor, and the food was sub-par. It doesn't stand out as a place that should have these high reviews except in a small town with limited choices for quality food. I could've eaten better at taco bell.

Thank maz884
Monterey, California
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180 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2016

Everything about this place is just plain great. The most impressive always the same no short cuts, great fresh food, at a great price, listen to daCoach

Thank DaCoach61

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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: 1612 Contra Costa St, Seaside, CA 93955-4207
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Seaside
  • Phone Number: (831) 899-0345

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