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Jose's Courtroom

1037 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4147
+1 858-454-7655
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good45%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“chips and salsa” (19 reviews)
“burrito” (15 reviews)
“roasted corn” (3 reviews)
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Mexican, Bar
$$ - $$$
1037 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4147
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dive Bar setting. Clean basic menu ; well executed. Chips and salsa to start were very good. Margaritas also very good. Appetizers and entree’s were large and delicious. Nice alternative to the name in town options.

Thank mw595
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't go to San Diego and surrounding area without finding some good Mexican food. Friends and I were traveling from FL to San Diego and came across this little place while walking around. The margs were great and the tacos were good.

Thank Lauren M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The beer and margaritas flow easily at Jose’s. No stuffiness here. A nice switch from the uber expensive places near by. A little disconcerting that the cute bar tenders all were having multiple shots with customers. That made it feel sketchy. Are they working for...More

Thank C0dys_Dad
Reviewed 13 March 2018

The atmosphere is fun but the food is lacking great flavor. It's just too American, not authentic Mexican. We came here for a Bridal party and all of us were let down. The service was good, but the food was average.

Thank Mootheart
Reviewed 24 February 2018

Jose's of La Jolla: Not your typical Mexican Restaurant! Recently, we were craving Mexican Food while shopping in La Jolla Villages. So we decided to try Jose's of La Jolla on Prospect Street. The atmosphere is more of an casual, English pub than your typical...More

Thank Larryrutkowski
Reviewed 23 February 2018

Tried to go to Puesto and it was closed for a private event, so rounded the corner and took a look at the menu. Basic enough, but the guy at the door reeled us in with a casual, "if you like what you see we'd...More

Thank KFerg
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Jose’s Courtroom is the closest thing to a dive bar in La Jolla Cove, though it is not even close to a dive. It is very clean, great service, and excellent food. It feels comfortable and inviting; a very fun vibe. The staff is super...More

Thank Angie R
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Friendly staff, reasonable prices and great tasting food.... The food happiness trifecta!! Kids got shrimp tacos and shrimp burritos and left nothing on their plates. Husband and I shared the shredded chicken burrito. Staff cut and presented on two plates without being asked or giving...More

1  Thank Sheryl B
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Right across the street from our hotel, we stopped into Jose's early one evening for dinner. This classic restaurant has a great outdoor bar, smooth margaritas and good Mexican food. Love the quesadillas and the guacamole is perfection.

1  Thank Barbie892
Reviewed 21 January 2018

Jose’s is a long-time restaurant in La Jolla that is billed as a sports bar & eatery. It also offers some really good southern California Mexican food. Ingredients are fresh, combo plates are very generous. My flautas were among the best I’ve had…meaty & crisp,...More

1  Thank DS1Arlington
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 6 - USD 21
Mexican, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1037 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4147
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-7655
Serving up Mexican food since 1972, Jose's Courtroom offers ocean views, family friendly dining, and late night drinks and entertainment. During the day we serve some of the towns best Mexican food and plenty of margaritas to wash it down. Jose's Happy hour is from 4-7pm Monday-Friday with food and drink specials. With it's diverse crowds, Jose's is a place where you can find yourself at the bar sharing stories with a suit on your left and a surfer just out of the water on your right. We are laid back and a little louder than the rest of the block, so don't expect the stuffy La Jolla feel at Jose's. From the kitchen, you'll find all the traditional dishes you'd expect from an authentic Mexican kitchen but with a personal touch from our Chef Jose Rodriguez, who has been creating delicious dishes for nearly three decades. In the front of the house, you'll share good times with our fun, friendly servers and bartenders who are always here to help lift spirits and provide the catalyst to a good time.
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