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Dona Esther

25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
+1 831-623-2518
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Overview
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good32%
  • Average22%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“beans” (9 reviews)
“guacamole” (4 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 21:00All hours
CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
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1 - 10 of 98 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My recent experience at Dona Esther's was not good. I had fish and it was well prepared. My friend had menudo at it was not good at all. She loves menudo and looked forward to having it at Dona Esther's for several weeks. The waitress...More

Thank sandygreenberg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love the setting and service at Dona Esther, have eaten there for years, my husband's favorite. Even if they aren't on the menu, ask for the green sauce, artichoke enchiladas, truly delicious.

Thank merryheartmarie
Reviewed 8 June 2017

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 27 May 2017 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 26 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 16 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
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Nearby Attractions
Mission San Juan Bautista
219 reviews
.22 km away
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park
73 reviews
.16 km away
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.48 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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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