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“Late lunch & the perfect margarita”
Review of Jose's Courtroom

Jose's Courtroom
Ranked #42 of 1,236 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $21
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Serving up Mexican food since 1972, Jose's Courtroom offers ocean views, family friendly dining, and late night drinks and entertainment. During the day we serve some of the towns best Mexican food and plenty of margaritas to wash it down. Jose's Happy hour is from 4-7pm Monday-Friday with food and drink specials. With it's diverse crowds, Jose's is a place where you can find yourself at the bar sharing stories with a suit on your left and a surfer just out of the water on your right. We are laid back and a little louder than the rest of the block, so don't expect the stuffy La Jolla feel at Jose's. From the kitchen, you'll find all the traditional dishes you'd expect from an authentic Mexican kitchen but with a personal touch from our Chef Jose Rodriguez, who has been creating delicious dishes for nearly three decades. In the front of the house, you'll share good times with our fun, friendly servers and bartenders who are always here to help lift spirits and provide the catalyst to a good time.
South Jersey
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Late lunch & the perfect margarita”
Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

8 (5adults& 3 kids) of us stopped for a late lunch & were all happy we found Jose's. Our sever was very good, the warm chips & fresh salsa was replenished often. We all ordered something different & all were satisfied. The Perfect margarita was that, fresh lime juice did it! A pitcher went down very easily.

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San Antonio, TX
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very good chips and salsa, and great atmosphere”
Reviewed April 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Came here with a group of colleagues and enjoyed the experience. The atmosphere and pitcher of margaritas are excellent. The chips and salsa were also great and I balanced the diet out with ordering a healthy Pollo Asada salad. They also have a lot of traditional dishes like Chiles Rellenos which one of my colleagues really enjoyed. I would definitely come back here again.

Visited April 2014
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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“All to typical for a Mexican restaurant in the U.S.”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

I was inclined to give the restaurant the lowest rating possible but give it a 3 star only to acknowledge that the restaurant is indeed “average” among Mexican restaurants in the US. But don’t we have a right to better? A Mexican hole in the wall restaurant near where I work in Seattle served takeout food that was everything you could ask for – chicken in the enchiladas was always moist, flavorful & fresh. Spicing and sauces were flavorful, never overwhelming.

Not so at Jose’s. Yes, food was fast, reasonably priced and filling (it seemed to expand in my stomach making me feel uncomfortable for hours afterwards). Plates came out soon (alarmingly so) after we ordered to give us the impression that very little preparation was needed. Indeed.

If you drink enough of their house margaritas you may not care that chicken is tough, over-cooked and has no flavor. And maybe you won’t notice that most of the taste comes from cheese liberally applied to everything.

At the hotel, they told me it was “authentic Mexican”. Typical would be more like it. Typical for 10s of thousands of Mexican restaurants in the US catering to us Americans who don’t seem to know any better.

  • Visited April 2014
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“Love the House Margarita”
Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Good location. Ordered a cup og tortilla soup for lunch. Taste was good and it was delivered quickly. Nice selection of drafts. Pluss for free nachos and salsa.

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Seal Beach, California
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“This place rocks”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We saw this place was highly reviewed so we thought we would give it a try, We were greeted and seated quickly, our server Vanessa was friendly and helpful. I order pineapple margarita it was great and priced well. We ordered the combo fajita's (beef and chicken) I have never had more tender meat in my life it was so good, She checked on us a number of times and our drink glasses never stayed empty for long. If you are in the area you got to try this great Mexican restaurant.

  • Visited January 2014
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