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Don Jose's

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Mexican, Southwestern
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14882 Holt Ave, Tustin, CA 92780-3405
+1 714-832-3280
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Today
11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Orange County, Ca
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With two people working, and the kids away at college, there is at least one or two nights in a month that both of us are just too tired to cook. That's where Don Jose comes in. Previously this location had so many failed restaurants before 1972 when DJ opened up this location, and it's been busy, busy ever since.... More 

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Thank LigierGitan
Tustin, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Years ago, it was just so-so; an obvious second to El Torito, but then they got a new manager who turned things around. The quantity, quality and consistency of the food are all excellent; leaving El Torito ( which has really gone down hill) in the dust.

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Thank bmurray573
Seal Beach, California
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171 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I enjoyed a business lunch here on a Saturday, busy but not crowded. Excellent food served on heated plates, and good service even though busy. I will go back.

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Thank aretiredtraveler
Santa Ana, California
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550 reviews
427 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

We were two couples and as the restaurant was very busy, we we placed at a table in the bar area. The service was great and the food was good. I enjoyed the fajita salad and it had plenty of succulent chicken and thick guacamole. It was terrific.

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Thank Fatbird1
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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175 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Nice mexican food! The food was okay but not really special, but a nice atmosphere and very, very friendly staff. Good place to come with kids. Nice service so: go there!

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Thank lies1206
Tustin, California, USA
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

This is our favorite restaurant in town. Nothing fancy. Good Mexican food. Good drinks. Our kids have grown up going here. Always something they liked. We have our favorites with the enchiladas & taco platter. We also like the fajitas. Friendly, long-time staff. Free chips and salsa. Excellent salsa. Ask for the "hot salsa" if you want to try something... More 

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Thank mrcalc
Orange County, California
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

My business partners and I used to frequent Don Jose. Is it excellent Mexican food? No. Is it authentic Mexican food? Nope, not that either. But they do have filling portions at great prices—and they have some exceptional coupon offers on a very regular basis. Come for the lunch specials, enjoy your meal, chat with the friendly staff, and marvel... More 

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Thank Eric N
Tustin, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

This is our go-to place in Tustin for good inexpensive Mexican food. We have been here more times than I could count. The bill is never too much even when we have drinks. If you like hotter salsa ask for it because they have a nice hotter sauce upon request. This place has been around for a long time but... More 

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Thank joedN4008EB
San Juan Capistrano
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206 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Group of 12 reserved tables forSuper Bowl. Outstanding service, never rushed but totally attentive. Excellent food and drinks well prepared and very reasonable. Recommend the Margaritas and combo plates. Long term, professional staff. Definitely recommend. Great value!

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Thank Kenneth S
Bellflower, California, USA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

the Guac is the best and they have some amazing drinks.. if you catch it on a happy hour whoooooooo hoooooooooo

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Thank planshow143

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14882 Holt Ave, Tustin, CA 92780-3405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Tustin
  • Phone Number: +1 714-832-3280

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?