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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
+1 563-382-6052
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They had us at chips & salsa. Extensive menu & quaint decor. Tortilla soup had fresh avocado & yummy chicken. Huevos rancheros were muy bien, along with delish rice & refried beans. Both corn & flour tortillas were great. We are 5th generation south Texans. We take our Mexican food seriously. This is the real deal. We'll be back again... More 

Thank Kay B
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72 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

7 of us were delighted to discover that they were open on New Years Day, so we road tripped for yet another amazing dining experience. The cheese dip is an absolute must and every entree is nothing short of delicious. My entree today was insanely hot, but still delicious. We look forward to dining here again!

Thank sabrina365
Waukon, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Servers are always nice and the food is amazing.

Thank jesgates
Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We had supper here, ordering off an extensive menu, and were busy congratulating ourselves on just happening on a great restaurant! Portions were so generous that I could only eat half of my shredded beef Burrito Mexicano! We were seated and serve quickly and efficiently despite the restaurant being very busy. The decor is not fancy but definitely bright and... More 

Thank Linda B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Good margaritas and good food in the setting of this small town. If you are craving Mexican in Decorah, Don Jose's would be my choice. We were seated and served very quickly and our waiter was very competent. They even have an extra spicy (green) salsa if you ask for it.

Thank Angie A
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

My husband and I stopped here in mid-afternoon as we were passing through Decorah. We initially tried a couple of other restaurants but it was after 2pm and most places were no longer serving lunch. We showed up here and they immediately sat us and made us feel welcome. The decorations were colorful but not garish. The tables are clearly... More 

Thank Whitney K
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

While traveling we try to check out local favorites. Glad we checked Trip Advisor or we might have passed this by. We received a warm welcome and were immediately seated. Our server was charming and on my request, checked to see if chorizo could be added to my chicken dish, Arroz Pollo, and it was delicious. My husband ordered Chili... More 

Thank millybeegee
Urbana, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Best Mexican food in Iowa and great service. I wish they were in my town so I could visit more often.

Thank Regina B
Bates City, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Good place to stop and get some good food. The chips were good as was the salsa. We had slow service and we had to ask several times for water, chips and salsa.

Thank ckhouse
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

From the service, to drinks, to food, to price, everything here is a slam dunk! For sure a must when you're in Decorah! Even though we arrived 20 minutes before closing time, they appreciated our business!

Thank sabrina365

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-6052
We would be glad to welcome you to sample our extensive menu of Authentic Mexican food! We serve great authentic Mexican food, fast and friendly service, reasonable prices and clean place!!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?