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1934 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95076-3066 (Green Valley Road)
+1 831-761-2161
10:00 - 21:30
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Sun 10:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Watsonville, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was ok.... Crazy busy for a weeknight. Not enough staff because a good portion if their tables were empty, looked like more staff was needed(seems to be the case everywhere these days).Ordered some shredded chicken and tortillas /sour cream/beans so I could make my own tacos. Took 30 minutes to get done(nothing needed cooking)! Ok portions but the chicken... More 

Thank Quincycin
Aptos, California
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're lucky enough to be driving through Santa Cruz County, consider stopping for lunch or dinner at Cilantros in Watsonville. The menu is complete. Great for a enjoyable lunch or dinner. Whether you're with friends, family, or business associates, you're in for a good meal. The portions are good and the whether you order a simple meal of enchiladas... More 

Thank GARY F
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Dinner here on 11/10/16. Had chicken enchiladas with rice and beans, and chose the shredded chicken. I asked for a little extra rice and the plate came with more food than I had expected. Lori had a burrito which she was able to order exactly as she wanted it including everything she wanted and nothing she did not. The Lagunitas... More 

Thank JohnPaul489
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60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

The cilantros restraunt had great service the food was good an pretty. Good portions.the enchilladas were great

Thank krysheila99
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I eat here several times a year and almost always get the tortilla soup. Salsa is great with cilantro in it

Thank Steve S
Watsonville, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The Cilantros Special Appetizer Plate is awesome. You get a portion of fish in tomatio sauce, grilled skirt steak sliced perfectly, 4-5 sauteed pawns and cowboy beans. Their soups are very good especially the chicken tortilla soap.The make your own tacos at lunch are a great way to feed two adults.

Thank Rob R
Watsonville, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This place has everything going for themselves. Great location, lots of parking, fully equipped bar, atmosphere, ample seating and a pretty good staff. That's the good news. Now the second part. Food, great, prices are fair, quality & service a notch over most other places. In my book the #1 Mexican RESTURANTE in WATSONVILLE. There are certain ally other very... More 

Thank rosebroker
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191 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Enchiladas Especiales and tacos carne asada were great. Super flavorful and great sauces. Rice and beans are good. Chips and salsa were tasty. Guacamole was a hit...not too oniony for the kids. Taquitos were our only miss...too dry. Service was great.

Thank bl1416
San Francisco, California
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Just had Cilantro's for lunch. Ranchera Carne Asada. Every element was fresh and tasty, from the freshly grilled skirt steak to the fresh tortillas. Not sure it's cutting edge food but you'll find typical Mexican/American items. Kinda pricey. But have never had a bad meal here. Patio seating outside. Sometimes mariachi music inside. Bar with TVs if there is something... More 

Thank kbs2001
auburn, ca
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I have been going to Cilantro's Restaurant for years; and have always enjoyed the food, staff, & atmosphere; it is hands down my favorite Mexican restaurant in town.

Thank jaxie49er

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1934 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95076-3066
    (Green Valley Road)
  • Public Transportation: A city bus stop is available in front of the restaurant on Main Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Watsonville
  • Phone Number: +1 831-761-2161
In the tradition of El Palomar Santa Cruz, Cilantros has set a standard in Mexican cuisine by combining authentic homemade recipes from the sunny state of Michoacan in Southern Mexico, with the unique abundance of locally grown produce and fresh caught seafood available in the Monterey Bay.

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