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Jose's Mexican Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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1612 Contra Costa St, Seaside, CA 93955-4207
+1 831-899-0345
11:00 - 22:00
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Seaside, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family owned & operated, hands down the best mole sauce on their chicken enchiladas! Clean, great service and convenient location.

Thank Thomas S
Seaside, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I have been eating at Jose for years and it is always great. Chili Colorado to the Chile Verde. Two of the best I have had.

Thank Mark R
Port Orford, Oregon
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My sister and I decided for dinner we would go out and try a new restaurant. Jose's colorful sign caught our eye in the dark of the evening. We looked it over and decided it was worth a try. We had to park down the street but once we walked back and thru the front door things just got better.... More 

Thank Lance N
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Jose's definitely scratches my itch for great Mexican food and exceptional marguerites! Their fish tacos are made with fresh Monterey Bay Snapper - super yummy!!! They make there salsa there and it's phenomenal. It's a small place, get there early.

Thank Rich2opolo
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156 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We have enjoyed many delicious meals here. Limited parking in the small lot. Casual local dining at reasonable prices.Good service with good food in a nice environment. Life is good!

Thank Kim H
Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We descended upon Jose's around 9:00 pm with a group of about 20 family and friends, after a beach side wedding rehearsal party. The size of the party easily swamped the wait staff in this small restaurant, but they quickly rallied with friendliness and support. After everyone had ordered it took a little while for the food to be served.... More 

Thank BHB53
Sacramento CA
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153 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I had a taco and tamale, served with a large side of rice and beans. Pretty typical, but had a slightly different flavor I was unable to place, but it was good. My partner had a combo fajita plate, which was more then he could eat. He said it also had a different flavor, but liked it. Wait staff was... More 

Thank jonthethird
Oshkosh, WI
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68 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

The serving staff was friendly. That's what our takeaway was. The grungy/dirty/worn out menus were a turn off. I'm not afraid of germs but this was an immediate turn off. The food wasn't great, although the portions were huge. Chicken fajitas were disappointing that they were not served on the traditional hit sizzling pan. Chicken armed chewy and overall trade... More 

Thank W_MOshkosh_WI
Carmel, California
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333 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We love this "locals" spot for fresh and authentic Mexican foods. The menu has lots of options and they are very flexible about adding / subtracting from some choices. ANY of the items with the pulled pork are fabulous, the burritos superb as are the fish tacos. Fresh chips and an OK sauce that could use a bit of pep... More 

Thank Jim W
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

We were staying in Seaside and wanted Mexican food. We saw Jose's from the road and decided to try it. None of us were sorry! It is kind of a small place but they seated our party of 5 without delay. Chips and salsa that wasn't too spicy, which appeals to all of us. Soccer on the tv. We had... More 

Thank busymom3too

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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: 1612 Contra Costa St, Seaside, CA 93955-4207
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Seaside
  • Phone Number: +1 831-899-0345

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