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“Great Mexican food and location at a Bargain”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Jose's Courtroom

Jose's Courtroom
Ranked #36 of 1,241 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$21
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
San Diego, California
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“Great Mexican food and location at a Bargain”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

I have been going to Jose's for 30 years off and on again over the years, depending on if we visit LaJolla. This is my first review and the first time in 5 years since I have eaten here. First we went between happy hour and the night life startup (around 8:00PM) and easily got a great table. Our waiter was great and attentive, our food was fantastic.

We both had specials that were only $10 apiece for a full meal, huge portions, I had carnita's and my wife had a special enchilada, tostada combo, each only $10. We had a couple of drinks and got away for about $40 including a generous tip.

The location is perfect, in the heart of Prospect street, across from our hotel (La Jolla Inn).
There is nice on street seating as well, we had a table by the open air window to the street.

Now, we did observe the happy hour from our window and there were quite a few folks there and the deals we saw on drinks would have made for a very libatous time.
You can't go wrong at Jose's and although it does not have quite the same ambiance and variety as Alfonso's a couple of blocks down, the food is just as good at half the price.

  • Visited October 2013
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Best shrimp tacos!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

We had lunch outside on the patio. What a wonderful view! It was quite an enjoyable experience to sit and people watch and enjoy the cove/ocean. The fish tacos were on the dry side, but the shirimp tacos were the best I've had. Would definitely recommend going here! Cold beer, tacos, casual lunch--awesome!

  • Visited October 2013
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Scottsdale, AZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Yeah for Jose's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Very good casual Mexican food. Awesome happy hour specials. The very small outside seating area has an ocean view which you can also enjoy from some of the high top tables in the bar. Excellent queso dip and the fajitas are tasty and reasonably priced. A must stop for us when visiting La Jolla.

Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Maureen R
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Toronto, Canada
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“Visit to La Jolla”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

Great food and service, portions were
generous, we sat on the patio and enjoyed the atmosphere of the place and La Jolla...nice experience.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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“On Par Tex Mex”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Good location, everything was about average. Nothing bad.... the tex mex filled us up with the carbs and saturated fats you crave when eating tex mex. the tequila did was tequila is supposed to do. Nothing amazing at Jose's, but I'd go back for another burrito and margarita(s) :)

  • Visited September 2013
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