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Papa Jose's Union Cafe

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320 S Union Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003-3430
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Perfect for a fast meal

I stop here often for a quick bite after a long day. A very friendly place with good food and drink. I enjoy visiting with the owners. Place to go for casual dining.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
Pueblo, Colorado USA
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Somerset, New Jersey
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

On Pueblo on business, and ate hear several times. A cross between a take out counter and a sit down restaurant, this little place makes great food very cheap. The green sauce is good and hot, and good over enchiladas. Seriously good posole.

Thank jfp21
Pueblo, Colorado USA
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I stop here often for a quick bite after a long day. A very friendly place with good food and drink. I enjoy visiting with the owners. Place to go for casual dining.

Thank MicciPueblo
Pueblo, Colorado
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Papa Jose's is one of the best, maybe THE best, Mexican restaurants in Pueblo. The Taco Aztecas are absolutely phenomenal, and very unique. Pueblos Mexican food is special because in the nineteenth century, three cultures met in the area, Native American, Mexican, and European-American and shared there dishes to develop a Mexican style unlike any other. The family that runs... More 

Thank zrib
Pueblo, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I live in Pueblo. This restaurant is my go- to restaurant for a Mexican food lunch. Service is prompt & friendly. Food is always delicious. Glad they are in Pueblo.

Thank dms133
Kingman, Arizona
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Very nice little Mexican Cafe in the historic district in Pueblo. Very Clean! Great service! Great food. Let's just say it was all good here and if we're ever in historic Pueblo again, we'll definitely have lunch here.

Thank Sam F
Pueblo, Colorado
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is the best Mexican food in Pueblo. I try to eat here several times a month. I am never disappointed, no matter what I order.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We came during the Frijole and Chile Festival. Clean restaurant, good service and food was very good. This was our second visit, having been there 3 years prior but the memory was good enough to have us visiting again and it did not disappoint. We had brunch.

Thank Michelle G
Denver, Colorado
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140 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Buddy & I were downtown couldn't find anything open, until we drove past Jose's. I had the huevos ranchero's & buddy had a smothered avacado type burrito (said it was good). The portion was good size but the green chili to me lacked flavor. Overall it was ok

Thank dagoDenver
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

As a group of about a dozen, we had supper at Papa Jose's before we did the First Friday Artwalk. The food was authentic Mexican fare and very good. The Margaritas were rather extraordinary. The usual "house" tequila had to have been "the good stuff". Smooth & sweet...a pleasant change from the stuff normally used at other restaurants. The service... More 

Thank Wunderluster
Pueblo, Colorado
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325 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Nice place with delicious Mexican menu choices. Menudo and mixed plate all really tasty. Sopapillas excellent. Perfect place for downtown lunch. Place was fun, and clearly a local favorite. You order at front counter and food is brought out. Friendly service. Parking on street.


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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 S Union Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003-3430
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Pueblo
  • Phone Number: 719-545-7476

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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