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“Good Food...Bad Service”
Review of Jose's Courtroom

Jose's Courtroom
Ranked #43 of 1,242 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$21
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: After-hours
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.
Reviewed 29 November 2013

Some of my friends and I went to Jose's for dinner one night. The restaurant was empty. There was only one other table. Because it was so quiet, there were a lot of employees standing around and waiting for something to happen. We were first surprised because every time a new waitress walked up to the table. Then, they were not really paying too much attention...our cups were all empty and the waitresses were flirting with the bartender. Overall, the food was great...we were not impressed with the service.

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Thank mrichter1296
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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.

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1  Thank lost_bobcat
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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!

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1  Thank GboroMomGoes
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

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.

1  Thank Maureen R
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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.

Thank Jorge_M_DS
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