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Don Jose's

Mexican, Southwestern
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14882 Holt Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 832-3280
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Santa Ana, California
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550 reviews
427 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We were two couples and as the restaurant was very busy, we we placed at a table in the bar area. The service was great and the food was good. I enjoyed the fajita salad and it had plenty of succulent chicken and thick guacamole. It was terrific.

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Thank Fatbird1
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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143 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Nice mexican food! The food was okay but not really special, but a nice atmosphere and very, very friendly staff. Good place to come with kids. Nice service so: go there!

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Thank lies1206
Tustin, California, USA
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is our favorite restaurant in town. Nothing fancy. Good Mexican food. Good drinks. Our kids have grown up going here. Always something they liked. We have our favorites with the enchiladas & taco platter. We also like the fajitas. Friendly, long-time staff. Free chips and salsa. Excellent salsa. Ask for the "hot salsa" if you want to try something... More 

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Thank mrcalc
Orange County, California
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

My business partners and I used to frequent Don Jose. Is it excellent Mexican food? No. Is it authentic Mexican food? Nope, not that either. But they do have filling portions at great prices—and they have some exceptional coupon offers on a very regular basis. Come for the lunch specials, enjoy your meal, chat with the friendly staff, and marvel... More 

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Thank Eric N
Tustin, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

This is our go-to place in Tustin for good inexpensive Mexican food. We have been here more times than I could count. The bill is never too much even when we have drinks. If you like hotter salsa ask for it because they have a nice hotter sauce upon request. This place has been around for a long time but... More 

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San Juan Capistrano
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201 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

Group of 12 reserved tables forSuper Bowl. Outstanding service, never rushed but totally attentive. Excellent food and drinks well prepared and very reasonable. Recommend the Margaritas and combo plates. Long term, professional staff. Definitely recommend. Great value!

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Thank Kenneth S
Bellflower, California, USA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

the Guac is the best and they have some amazing drinks.. if you catch it on a happy hour whoooooooo hoooooooooo

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Thank planshow143
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94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

The Don José chain (and Ricardos) is a fairly predictable, mediocre chain. It is NOT authentic Mexican food, but a highly Americanized place. It is also my oldest kid's favorite, so we go often, usually the Tustin location. Decor is quite tchotchke, service fair (but a bit patronizing). Chips are usually greasy, but the salsa isn't bad. Fajitas are flavorful,... More 

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Thank Connie I
Tustin, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Don Jose restaurant, located off Irvine Boulevard and Holt, is one of the oldest dining establishment in Tustin. The food and the service is excellent, fresh and fun. chips and salsa are made fresh throughout the day and the specials are truly special. Monday through Friday they have the lunch express menu, a smaller serving then the regular portion, at... More 

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Thank H F
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Don Jose is really a great Mexican family restaurant with good food and good prices. The staff are friendly and they are very attentive. I recommend the chili reline or steak salad. You will usually run into friends here.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14882 Holt Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Tustin
  • Phone Number: (714) 832-3280

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?