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Dona Esther

25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
+1 831-623-2518
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good33%
  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“beans” (9 reviews)
“guacamole” (4 reviews)
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Mexican, Spanish
$$ - $$$
25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
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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
Reviewed 20 July 2017 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.

1  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

1  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...

4  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

1  Thank Eff R
Reviewed 15 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
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11 June 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, Groups, 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
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