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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Southwestern
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201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
+1 563-382-6052
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Waukon, Iowa
1 review
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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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 28 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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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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
Decorah, Iowa
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Food was Awesome and so was price, Would be nice if their place was larger. Very busy place and makes you feel like your in Mexico. Have to wait to eat due to size of place and so busy.

Thank Ty H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

This is the best place to eat in Decorah the food is fabulous and the service is top notch the drinks are great as well real authentic Mexican cuisine.

Thank Aaron S

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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, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?