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La Penita Restaurant

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601 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2809
+1 408-295-0434
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The soups are good, always Caldo De Res and the Albondigas , Pozole. And the homemade corn tortillas, mmmmm

Thank George O
San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

This is a little place that is a throw back to the old diners-oilcloth tablecloths, sombreros hanging on a brick wall, formica tables and linoleum floor. Enter through the banged-up screen-door. The waitress seemed to know everyone. Chips and 2 kinds of salsa came out first while we read the menu. There are daily specials for $5.95, including the beans... More 

Thank autumntiger_23
San Jose, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

Ordered a chile verde burrito, meat was dry and it was not well cooked. The rice was undercooked and the beans were hard. Not returning ever.

Thank cecy_213
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015 via mobile

If you really want Mexican food in San Jose forget about Chipotle and those franchises. La peñita is a real mexican restaurant the food tastes like if you were in a house down in Mexico. Everything you try will fulfill your expectations and the attention you get there is good. Deserves the try (for those who think a real Mexican... More 

Thank Miguel P
San Jose
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2014

SO glad to find La Penita - we just had breakfast there and it was delicious! Tasty chips and two kinds of salsa to start, then chilaquilles with fried eggs for me and chorizo & eggs (with fresh, house-made tortillas) for my husband. The service was good, the ambiance pleasant and a great experience all around. We will be back!

Thank Jennifer100SanJose
Berkeley, CA
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

We live a couple of blocks away from this, and whenever we eat here, we always order the same things. For me, I order one of the house specialities... cocido de res. It's a huge bowl of beef shank soup with cabbage, a big hunk of carrot, zucchini, half a potato, and a cob of corn. The meat is fork... More 

Thank cruzctrl
Apache Junction, AZ
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012

As the title states "This is a great little hole in the wall sit down Mexican restaurant" Of course they start you with the requisite Chips and two types of salsa. The chips were store bought but ok, both of the salsa's were outstanding. The service was prompt and pleasant. I ordered the Numero uno (No.1) Two Chile Relleno's, Rice... More 

Thank mstud21
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We found what we were looking for at La Penita Restaurant. Fresh squeezed orange juice and all 4 of us enjoyed our breakfast selections.

Thank AdventureTravelersCA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Spanish
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113-2809
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-295-0434

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