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Don Jose's

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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14882 Holt Ave, Tustin, CA 92780-3405
+1 714-832-3280
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Tustin, California
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151 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A neighborhood institution. The go to place for families in Tustin. Good food, service and clean. They have a separate room for your special events. Ample parking. Try them for lunch or dinner. Full bar.

Thank 911jackie
Tustin, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

The food is consistently good (if not inspired). The atmosphere is family friendly. The service is friendly and efficient. The value is solid without a discount. Repeat customers are given two for one coupons to celebrate Birthdays and Anniversaries. The Tustin location has been popular for decades, with a recent tweak to menu offerings adding to this popularity.

Thank Mike S
Orange County, Ca
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

With two people working, and the kids away at college, there is at least one or two nights in a month that both of us are just too tired to cook. That's where Don Jose comes in. Previously this location had so many failed restaurants before 1972 when DJ opened up this location, and it's been busy, busy ever since.... More 

Thank LigierGitan
Tustin, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Years ago, it was just so-so; an obvious second to El Torito, but then they got a new manager who turned things around. The quantity, quality and consistency of the food are all excellent; leaving El Torito ( which has really gone down hill) in the dust.

Thank bmurray573
Seal Beach, California
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176 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I enjoyed a business lunch here on a Saturday, busy but not crowded. Excellent food served on heated plates, and good service even though busy. I will go back.

Thank aretiredtraveler
Santa Ana, California
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550 reviews
427 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

We were two couples and as the restaurant was very busy, we we placed at a table in the bar area. The service was great and the food was good. I enjoyed the fajita salad and it had plenty of succulent chicken and thick guacamole. It was terrific.

Thank Fatbird1
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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212 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Nice mexican food! The food was okay but not really special, but a nice atmosphere and very, very friendly staff. Good place to come with kids. Nice service so: go there!

Thank lies1206
Tustin, California, USA
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 April 2016

This is our favorite restaurant in town. Nothing fancy. Good Mexican food. Good drinks. Our kids have grown up going here. Always something they liked. We have our favorites with the enchiladas & taco platter. We also like the fajitas. Friendly, long-time staff. Free chips and salsa. Excellent salsa. Ask for the "hot salsa" if you want to try something... More 

Thank mrcalc
Orange County, California
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

My business partners and I used to frequent Don Jose. Is it excellent Mexican food? No. Is it authentic Mexican food? Nope, not that either. But they do have filling portions at great prices—and they have some exceptional coupon offers on a very regular basis. Come for the lunch specials, enjoy your meal, chat with the friendly staff, and marvel... More 

Thank Eric N
Tustin, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This is our go-to place in Tustin for good inexpensive Mexican food. We have been here more times than I could count. The bill is never too much even when we have drinks. If you like hotter salsa ask for it because they have a nice hotter sauce upon request. This place has been around for a long time but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14882 Holt Ave, Tustin, CA 92780-3405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Tustin
  • Phone Number: +1 714-832-3280

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