We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dona Esther

25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
+1 831-623-2518
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“soup” (4 reviews)
“mexican food” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Spanish
$$ - $$$
25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (107)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 104 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We knew we were in the right place when the bartender welcomed us & steered us to the sunlit patio outside. Our waitress (Lisa) couldn't have been nicer, the food was perfect & reasonable. We'd go back in a heartbeat.

Thank HandsomeHoward
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were exploring the Hollister area and discovered San Juan Bautista! What a wonderful little town. There are so many antique stores and restaurants. We decided on Dona Esther and were not disappointed. Delicious enchiladas, tacos, and other favorites. Maybe next time we'll go earlier...More

Thank cbranum
Reviewed 12 May 2018

On our way to Pacific Grove, we met a friend here for lunch. We had a spectacular meal and visit with the bartender and server. It's so nice when they take the time to visit with you and share stories. San Juan is a wonderful...More

Thank VickiG95340
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Food was great and the service was fast and friendly. Went in for a lunch pick up order to go and it was done in the time told & they offered chips and dip to go!

Thank mztee831
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Recently had a disappointing lunch here. Restaurant was chilly and not very atttactive but the food was even worse. My Carne Asada was one piece of tough steak floating in strange juices. It was very messy to eat which I did not do much of....More

Thank Martha T
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

I love everything here. The salsa, tacos, enchiladas, everything. Authentic food, not watered down Americanized Mexican food. I will come back again. Great service too

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Very friendly reception and a lot of help with the menu as we Brits were not familiar with this type of Mexican food. Excellent dishes which we enjoyed. Can't say whether they were authentic, but they tasted great.

Thank aberdeenjohn
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Have been here many times and the food is fabulous. When ever we have family come from out of town they always ask to stop here for a meal.

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We loved lunch at Don Ester! Authentic old school family restaurant. Food was very good , not over done . The wait staff was soooo great ! So attentive ! We'd go back in a heart beat !!

Thank 174sandyj
Reviewed 21 July 2017

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

1  Thank sandygreenberg
Nearby HotelsSee all San Juan Bautista Hotels
Posada de San Juan
84 reviews
.23 km away
Hacienda de Leal
89 reviews
.52 km away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Hollister
25 reviews
11.86 km away
Cinderella Motel
29 reviews
11.92 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Jardines de San Juan
285 reviews
.08 km away
San Juan Bakery & Grocery
56 reviews
.24 km away
Matxain Etxea
54 reviews
.15 km away
Vertigo Coffee
37 reviews
.21 km away
Nearby Attractions
Mission San Juan Bautista
246 reviews
.23 km away
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park
79 reviews
4.69 km away
Third Street
22 reviews
.24 km away
Leal Vineyards
6 reviews
16.01 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
11 June 2015|
Response from bw13802 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know. Please call them at 831-623-2518.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing