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Jose's Courtroom

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Bar
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1037 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4147
+1 858-454-7655
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

I am from Texas where there are tons of Mexican food establishments. We stumbled upon Jose's Courthouse while walking around and decided to give it a try. By far the best cheese enchiladas ever! We came two days in a row it was that good.

1 Thank Denise L
Northern Virginia
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Over cooked burger, boring magi tacos with tough taco shells. Good guacamole but awful chips. I'd skip it unless you just want a drink.

Thank Candace C
Albany, New York
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

If you like Margarita's and even if you don't you MUST try the Caddy!!! You'll be a Margarita fan for sure! Down side, once you return home none will come close to Jose's! The burito's are incredible and so are the shirmp fajita's! You can't go wrong! The fish taco began right here in La Jolla so everyone has good... More 

Thank CheleTea
Taunton, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere in this laid back bar come restaurant. We had some amazing Burritos that were huge and stuffed full of tasty ingredients, endless bowls of tortilla chips and some seriously nice margaritas. Happy hour is great value but even at normal prices this place I think offers great value for money. Loved it and I look forward to returning.

Thank Simon F
Murrieta, California
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

As we walked Prospect Avenue, we happened upon a unique Mexican Restaurant - José's Courtroom. We sat outside, facing the street on a bar with nothing between you and the passers-by than thin wrought-iron and a pitcher of Margaritas. Soothing music (it was Funky this evening at JC's, with Sly and the Family Stone emitting from high fidelity speakers) made... More 

Thank grriverajr
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

nice place to have a beer and buroto taco etc. nice selection of craft and bottle beers. ate the surf & turf buritto which was very good.

Thank Ron G
Sandy, Utah
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

It was a nice patio to eat on, albeit small. But the food was just average. The chips and salsa were pretty good but the guacamole was nothing special. The service was slow but friendly. My burger was ok, but I didnt really enjoy it. Thats not a knock on the restaurant, I just didnt love it. I wish we... More 

Thank RnATC04
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Tasty food, great music & the best cocktails ever. Easy going atmosphere and very good prices. You can see the sun set over the Pacific from here. A real treat !!

Thank Jacqui M
North Carolina
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132 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

I ordered a to-go meal of fish tacos. Were so delicious and fresh. The meal came with an order of chips and salsa. Was pleasantly surprised!

Thank jaimelovebug
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Always a solid Mexican food choice. Fun atmosphere. Prices are high but it is a prime location in La Jolla. We have eaten there several times and recommend it when visiting in La Jolla.

Thank TravelingTrujillos

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Mexican, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1037 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4147
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-7655
Serving up Mexican food since 1972, Jose's Courtroom offers ocean views, family friendly dining, and late night drinks and entertainment.

During the day we serve some of the towns best Mexican food and plenty of margaritas to wash it down.

Jose's Happy hour is from 4-7pm Monday-Friday with food and drink specials.

With it's diverse crowds, Jose's is a place where you can find yourself at the bar sharing stories with a suit on your left and a surfer just out of the water on your right. We are laid back and a little louder than the rest of the block, so don't expect the stuffy La Jolla feel at Jose's.

From the kitchen, you'll find all the traditional dishes you'd expect from an authentic Mexican kitchen but with a personal touch from our Chef Jose Rodriguez, who has been creating delicious dishes for nearly three decades. In the front of the house, you'll share good times with our fun, friendly servers and bartenders who are always here to help lift spirits and provide the catalyst to a good time.

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