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Dona Esther

25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
+1 831-623-2518
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good32%
  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“enchiladas” (15 reviews)
“dona” (10 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
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Reviews (98)
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1 - 10 of 98 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small group of us met for dinner and had an enjoyable meal. Surprised at the high prices. The food and service were both good. Everyone enjoyed the meal but will probably look at the other Mexican restaurant a block or so down the street...More

Thank billkathy88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is more expensive than any other Mexican/american restaurant in the area. The food is ok, but the place needs some updating/remodeling. In my opinion not worth the money...

Thank Silvia F
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We've been eating here for over 30 years on our trips to California from Germany, which we make nearly every year. The food, atmosphere, and staff are always memorable. We have recommended Dona Esther to numerous European friends, who were also pleased. Their molida is...More

Thank steinbeckfan2017
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Was having an enjoyable stroll after enjoying an excellent meal at Jardines Juan Bautista, when we decided to also stop here at Dona Esthers for a drink. We greeted the bartender and ordered a couple of beers which total $18 ( too much!). Although one...More

Thank Eff R
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Have frequented this establishment many times in the last 35 years. Mexican food at it's best. Close to Mission San Juan and shopping or walking this historical area.Love this town and this restaurant. The soup is to die for too.

Thank sandygreenberg
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Very good food and service, reasonable prices, we ate at their pleasant outside courtyard with music and a mural of the Mission.

Thank Marc M
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Traveling to meet friends in Carmel, but terrible rain and falling trees stopped all forward progress . Decided to cut our losses and eat before we turned around for home. Pretty much the only restaurant open, and many of our fellow travelers washed up there...More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is probably a great place to take children who like bland food. The tamales are just a hunk of breading, salsa nothing special, and entrees of no significant interest.

Thank Lana W
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Since I was in California Artichoke country, a Mexican restaurant should serve that ingredient on it's menu, right? I did not expect it, but i had read from other Trip Advisor reviews that the Dona esther Artichoke Enchiladas were the bomb and I went to...More

Thank Oceandweller7
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The staff was expecting our rather large group (20) and they were extremely accomodating, even though we asked to be seated outside rather than inside, where they already had our tables ready. The food was ready, piping hot,and delisioso!

Thank zushkart
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Nearby Attractions
Mission San Juan Bautista
210 reviews
.22 km away
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park
68 reviews
.16 km away
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16.71 km away
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are dogs allowed on the patio?
11 June 2015|
Response from bw13802 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know. Please call them at 831-623-2518.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Juan Bautista
  • Phone Number: +1 831-623-2518
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