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Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant

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3430 Village Drive, Castro Valley, CA
+1 510-538-3290
11:00 - 22:00
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guest had a roach (or roach pieces) in her meal. We told the waitress, she just said "oh". My husband said we were leaving (six of us) and not paying. She said "okay". Nuff said.

Thank OfcMgrCalifornia
San Francisco, CA
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

My wife and I arrived just before Noon, and were seated right away. We were given chips & salsa right away, and our drink order came within minutes. The server was very efficient and friendly. The food was out quickly and it was good, not the best I ever had, but good. The waiter came by several times to check... More 

Thank SFtraveler49
Hayward, California
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

As another reviewer mentioned the food was ok. Our table had spicy shrimp (no offer of tortillas), burritos and crispy tacos. The table salsa was a little bland and runny. Otherwise the food was ok. Our server was very nice. Several TV's throughout so we enjoyed watching the Warrior game.

Thank Raiderfe
Oakland, CA
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95 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I've patronized Don Jose's many many times over many years. The ambiance is pleasant with a nice bar area and small covered outdoor patio. The food is consistent; pretty tasty, not exceptional. I like their salsa although I think it could be embellished a bit more.They offer a nice happy hour with good prices on some food and drink. Overall... More 

Thank FoodieDoodie58
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248 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Our granddaughters love the Kid's Food & Drinks menu. It is very typical fare and very local to the area in a strip mall with other dining and shopping options. We didn't break the bank.

Thank Noel J
Castro Valley, California
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great local Mexican restaurant with a casual feel. Food is always good with an inexpensive price. The menu has many selections along with the standard 1-3 item combo plates. Place has a full bar and banquet room. Restaurant can get a little crowded on the weekends but not usually a problem during the week. If you are looking for a... More 

Thank Srprotect
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Pretty typical Americanized Mexican food. Our favorite time to come here is to have appetizers in the afternoon or to have just dessert (the Bunelo is the best thing on the menu) late at night.

Thank Katey B
Castro Valley
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Decent margarita - just don't get the pre-mixed ones! Good food - some authentic dishes. Always good service with food served hot! Check the cocktail menu for the really good drinks!

Thank Valerie S
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Don Jose's is an exceptional Mexican restaurant. I wish that I can give it 10 stars. The service was okay. The food was excellent. I recommend eating the enchiladas. I would recommend Don Jose's to everyone who likes Mexican food.

Thank Aaron P
Hayward, California
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

I've eaten in Don Jose's for years because a group I belong to meets there--otherwise, I'd pass. While the decor is authentic, the food is mediocre and the service is uneven. I lived in Mexico for six years, so am probably more demanding than most. The dish which I use to make a quick judgement of Mexican restaurants is chile... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3430 Village Drive, Castro Valley, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Castro Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-538-3290

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?