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“Loved the unusual Latin menu”
Review of Don Juan's Grill - CLOSED

Don Juan's Grill
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: Argentinean, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Ojai, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Loved the unusual Latin menu”
Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

We loved the pulled pork and plantain appetizer, the salmon stroganoff with sweet potato fries and flan tres leche for dessert. It would have been nice to have my cup of decaf with the dessert..but it's late arrival was ok with me when I tasted the freshly brewed cup. My husband enjoyed two glasses of a white Chilean wine.

We had just arrived in town after a 3hour drive from Ojai. They were short on staff for late service, but Don Juan himself took our order. We liked the tin ceiling, concrete floor and quality art on the walls. The bar could use a bit more decor/warmth. But I would highly recommend this spot based on our first experience.

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Donna F, Public Relations Manager at Don Juan's Grill, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
I used to live in Ojai and loved that place! Glad to hear you enjoyed our little stop as well. Hope you'll come visit us again on your next trip through and thank you for the feedback.
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English first
Tehachapi, California
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100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Okay place”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Food was okay, service was fine - just needed a bit more to make it memorable and make you want to come back again.

Visited April 2012
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Tehachapi, California, United States
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Latin Fusion, Not Just Mexican”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

My wife and I have eaten at Don Juan's Grill many times in the several years they have been open. Yolanda and Juan offer a selction of Latin American and Caribbean dishes that are both flavorful and eye catching.
I like to start with a Brazilian Ahi, maybe a Calbacita soup. We enjoy all of the dinner menu which is creative and varied. Butternut snapper fillet, Chilean Style Shrimp Chimichurri, Chicken, Beef steaks, Pork ribs cooked with sauces influenced from different parts of Central and South America, and a wonderful vegetarian menu,
The desserts are wonderful and most importantly Don Juan's has an incredible seleaction of wines! Yolanda is in charge of the wine list and has a palate for excellent and not necessarily expensive wines.
We recommended Don Juan's Grill if you are just passing through or are a local.
Check their website and enjoy a great meal.
http://donjuansgrill.com/

  • Visited January 2013
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Oro Valley, AZ
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Love this place”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We have been to Don Juan's three times now on our way through town. We have never been disappointed. The quality of their food is outstanding with so many interesting choices. They are generous too, and their prices are very reasonable. I particularly like the fact that they include a wide array of vegetables with their entrees. We've always had great service there too. It's in a rather unusual location and easy to miss, but it's worth finding!

Visited January 2013
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Thank semaz
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Donna F, Public Relations Manager at Don Juan's Grill, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Wow! Thank you so much! We appreciate that you stop by each time you pass through and the kind words make us feel we much be on the right track. When we opened the restaurant in 2006, we vowed to make food we could eat everyday ourselves – so we aim to keep it fresh and healthy. Thanks again and we'll see you on your next trip!
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Tehachapi
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Odd menu, but kind of an adventure”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We thought this would be a Mexican restaurant, but it has more items from central and south america. We have found their daily soups to be outstanding - especially one called Paprika Beef - addictive! In talking to the owner (Juan), he apparently fixes dozens of different soups, so you never know what will be on the menu board for a given day - but we have never been disappointed. The Panama Pork and the empanadas are favorites of ours, as is a New Age rose wine. Worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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