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John's Tex-Mex Eatery

Mexican, Southwestern
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489 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-1020
+1 585-232-5830
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two Mexican restaurants in the South Wedge. I think this is better than La Casa, but both have damn good food. John's is small but you can take food to go which is what I do. Burritos are huge and the chips and guacamole are always good.

Thank John R
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

My first time here. We had a party of 4 and went early to miss the crowd. The place is really small with only a few tables. The nachos were really good. The prices are reasonable. I would go back for sure.. the neighborhood can be sketchy. I don't know if I would return after dark.

Thank texastracy86
Houston, Texas
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90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

My son and I are from Texas and needed a "fix." We entered with fear and trepidation, but came out full and happy for a very reasonable price. Generous portions, well-seasoned, the right kind of spicy, and they have 5 different Mexican beers. Excellent service! Tiny place so go in the off-hours if you can or order takeout. My only... More 

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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155 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

It was a snowy afternoon and the place was wall to wall. The drinks were served quickly and the food came soon, too. We had beef and bean burritos. Solid. The noise level was high, so I wouldn't return unless it was al fresco weather.

Thank MarieIC
Cazenovia, New York
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Being a vegan there wasn't many options but if your a meat and cheese lover this is the place for you!! It's a small yet very cute and cultural looking little place with excellent service..

Thank briannaconwayy
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

My family and I stopped in for lunch. The location was easy to find and had convenient parking on the adjacent street. The place is fairly small with seating inside and outside. The server was friendly and very attentive. The food portions were very generous. Many of the items are offered in the "medium" spicy range. The guacamole, salsa and... More 

Thank TheFeeNix
Rochester, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome and the best value for your buck. I have never been disappointed except for on Cinco de Mayo when they ran out of food. The Mexican plate is an appetizer but feeds two people easily for dinner. Even the drinks are reasonably priced, unlike at every other place in Rochester. A total gem.

Thank winebox
Lansing, Michigan
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Took the kids (3 teens) on a road trip from Michigan to Boston, to Quebec City and back. Stayed in Rochester on the way. We had many wonderful meals on the trip but John's was the favorite! They insisted on returning on the way back through. Food was well prepared and fresh, cute setting, and quite honestly as parents to... More 

Thank muckab0uts
Rochester, New York
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214 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We haven't eaten here in a while but stopped for lunch yesterday and it's still as good as we remember. Burrito was huge everything was fresh. Salsa was good, a little spicy but that's the way we like it. You have to get there early for lunch to get a table, it fills up really fast. Looking forward to our... More 

Thank timvf101
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We went here for a quick dinner pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. The chips and guacamole were excellent and the chicken burrito was very good. The place is nothing to look at but the food is very good.

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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
US$5 - US$10
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 489 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-1020
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-232-5830

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?