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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

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201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
+1 563-382-6052
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11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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East Alton, Illinois
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99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I consider myself a Mexican food officiando. I lived in S. Cal most of my life and I know good authentic Mexican food. The food here was good but somewhat Americanized. But in Iowa, that is to be expected. It tasted very good, and I had my favorite Mexican beer, Negra Modelo.

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Thank John S
Decorah, Iowa
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

They have the best tortilla chips and margaritas anywhere and in any Mexican restaurant. On your birthday one gets to wear a huge hate, receive a birthday treat with forks for all at your table and get sung happy birthday to by the staff. The owner and staff are all so warm and genuine caring people. I love to go... More 

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Thank Ellen C
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We really enjoyed our lunch. 2 lunches, cheese dip & 2 Sol Beers. Less than $20, good service. My only complaint is our table was super close like maybe 8-12 " to another group, I now know wayyy too much about them, but I would definitely go back. I'd just ask for a booth.

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Thank zoeandjack
iowa
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86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here today and the service to the food to the drinks were nothing short of spot on. I had the asadas today and cleaned my plate, it was too good to not finish! The cheese dip and salsa were top notch like usual. If you want a consistently delish meal, I highly recommend Don Jose!

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Thank sabrina365
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is one of my favorite places to stop for a drink after work with the girls or for a reasonably priced and delicious lunch or supper. I've never chosen something from the menu that I've been disappointed with, although sometimes I get that "I with I had ordered that" feeling when something goes by the table looking and smelling... More 

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Thank Ruth S
Decorah, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Service was great from the moment we entered. A large, varied menu featuring delicious South of the Border Food, in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, at an affordable price.

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Thank Harley R
Decorah, Iowa
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is an authentic Mexican restaurant that serves delicious Mexican food (especially the seafood) but I think they also do a great job on the hamburgers! Delicious!!

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Thank cruiserinc
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

They had us at chips & salsa. Extensive menu & quaint decor. Tortilla soup had fresh avocado & yummy chicken. Huevos rancheros were muy bien, along with delish rice & refried beans. Both corn & flour tortillas were great. We are 5th generation south Texans. We take our Mexican food seriously. This is the real deal. We'll be back again... More 

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iowa
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86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

7 of us were delighted to discover that they were open on New Years Day, so we road tripped for yet another amazing dining experience. The cheese dip is an absolute must and every entree is nothing short of delicious. My entree today was insanely hot, but still delicious. We look forward to dining here again!

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Thank sabrina365
Waukon, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Servers are always nice and the food is amazing.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-6052
Description
We would be glad to welcome you to sample our extensive menu of Authentic Mexican food! We serve great authentic Mexican food, fast and friendly service, reasonable prices and clean place!!

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