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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
+1 563-382-6052
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
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Reviewed October 13, 2016

My husband and I stopped here in mid-afternoon as we were passing through Decorah. We initially tried a couple of other restaurants but it was after 2pm and most places were no longer serving lunch. We showed up here and they immediately sat us and...More

Thank Whitney K
Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

While traveling we try to check out local favorites. Glad we checked Trip Advisor or we might have passed this by. We received a warm welcome and were immediately seated. Our server was charming and on my request, checked to see if chorizo could be...More

Thank millybeegee
Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Best Mexican food in Iowa and great service. I wish they were in my town so I could visit more often.

Thank Regina B
Reviewed September 11, 2016

Good place to stop and get some good food. The chips were good as was the salsa. We had slow service and we had to ask several times for water, chips and salsa.

Thank ckhouse
Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

From the service, to drinks, to food, to price, everything here is a slam dunk! For sure a must when you're in Decorah! Even though we arrived 20 minutes before closing time, they appreciated our business!

Thank sabrina365
Reviewed August 23, 2016

Food was Awesome and so was price, Would be nice if their place was larger. Very busy place and makes you feel like your in Mexico. Have to wait to eat due to size of place and so busy.

Thank Ty H
Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

This is the best place to eat in Decorah the food is fabulous and the service is top notch the drinks are great as well real authentic Mexican cuisine.

Thank Aaron S
Reviewed August 8, 2016

Truly Mexican food. The only Mexican food place I have loved, except for the Burritos in the Coronado Island. All of their dishes are amazingly prepared like they were home made; it is a truly Mexican restaurant after all!

Reviewed July 25, 2016

I have tried many of their dishes, but will usually go for one with Seafood in it. The atmosphere inside is a little bit of Mexico.

Thank Elise N
Reviewed July 25, 2016

I've eaten here every summer I come home from Tucson. Meals are always real good. This time I thought the portions had gotten smaller. My Chimichunga was 1/2 the size of one from Tucson. Nice place to eat though.

Thank NordicgirlluvsAZ
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April 9, 2016|
Response from Jason R | Reviewed this property |
Yes! In fact, my dad says they serve the best burger in town
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-6052
We would be glad to welcome you to sample our extensive menu of Authentic Mexican food! We serve great authentic Mexican food, fast and friendly service, reasonable prices and clean place!!
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