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1934 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95076-3066 (Green Valley Road)
+1 831-761-2161
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 10:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Watsonville, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is okay standard Mexican food. Their salsa is very good, though. They have two radio stations that come in for happy hour on Tues. and Weds. that give away prizes, that is fun.

Thank bki2017
San Jose
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211 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there for lunch because it was fairly near the Home Depot and we needed some parts for a project. Very pleasant environment and service was excellent. Food was tasty but not much like Mexican food in Mexico. More like an upscale Taco Bell. I'll probably go back simply because it was convenient and pretty good value.

Thank Halems
Rome, Indiana
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64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family of four ordered take-out based on the reviews from Trip Advisor. We were not impressed and agreed there wasn't much flavor to the meal. To be fair, I believe that a person becomes accustomed to their local Mexican restaurant and because of that...it is hard to appreciate other places.

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Central Coast, CA
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We've enjoyed eating at Cilantro's for more than 15 years. They are very consistently good, with absolutely dee-licious salsa (our favorite vegetable)! Initially I only gave them 4 stars because the external ambiance isn't ocean front. BUT... On further thinking, I heartily give them a full 5 star rating, because the food really IS exceptional. They have excellent live Mariachi... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Cilantro's. The restaurant is nicely decorated and comfortable. I had the Tacos De Mariscos with sautéed shrimp and my husband had the Rib-Eye, a marinated rib-eye steak that is charbroiled and served with tomatillo salsa with guacamole and tortillas. The chips served before the meal are made with very thin tortillas and came with... More 

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El Dorado Hills, California
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168 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We went here based on a Tripadvisor review and we were not disappointed. I tried the Chile Verde based on that review and I am glad I did. So a special shout-out to Tripadvisor 1LifeOfTravel. And btw, I like your profile pic. The salsa and freshly cooked tortilla chips was the first sign that we chose correctly. The salsa is... More 

1 Thank Michael S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 January 2017

My wife and I Love this place. Everytime we are in the area we make the trip to Watsonville. This is one of those restaurants that the food is so good we have tried almost everything on the menu and never been disappointed. There Chili Verde plate is the best i have ever had and I love my mexican food.... More 

1 Thank 1LifeOfTravel
Watsonville, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

It was ok.... Crazy busy for a weeknight. Not enough staff because a good portion if their tables were empty, looked like more staff was needed(seems to be the case everywhere these days).Ordered some shredded chicken and tortillas /sour cream/beans so I could make my own tacos. Took 30 minutes to get done(nothing needed cooking)! Ok portions but the chicken... More 

Thank Quincycin
Aptos, California
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you're lucky enough to be driving through Santa Cruz County, consider stopping for lunch or dinner at Cilantros in Watsonville. The menu is complete. Great for a enjoyable lunch or dinner. Whether you're with friends, family, or business associates, you're in for a good meal. The portions are good and the whether you order a simple meal of enchiladas... More 

Thank GARY F
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

Dinner here on 11/10/16. Had chicken enchiladas with rice and beans, and chose the shredded chicken. I asked for a little extra rice and the plate came with more food than I had expected. Lori had a burrito which she was able to order exactly as she wanted it including everything she wanted and nothing she did not. The Lagunitas... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1934 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95076-3066
    (Green Valley Road)
  • Public Transportation: A city bus stop is available in front of the restaurant on Main Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Watsonville
  • Phone Number: +1 831-761-2161
In the tradition of El Palomar Santa Cruz, Cilantros has set a standard in Mexican cuisine by combining authentic homemade recipes from the sunny state of Michoacan in Southern Mexico, with the unique abundance of locally grown produce and fresh caught seafood available in the Monterey Bay.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?