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Dona Esther Mexican Restaurant

25 Franklin Street
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Phone: (831) 623-2518
Cuisine: Mexican/Southwestern, American
Price: $$
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  • Hours
    Monday| 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Tuesday| 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday| 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday| 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Friday| 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Saturday| 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sunday| 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Join us every Sunday from 9am-1pm for an all you can eat Buffet!!
  • Meal Times Served Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Parking Availability Street
  • Atmosphere Romantic, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Family / Children, Bar Scene
  • Amenities TV, Private Party Room
  • Special Needs Senior Discount, Non Smoking Area, Booster/High Chairs, Wheelchair Access, Child Menu
  • Bar Full Bar, Beer, Wines
  • Banquet Facilities 50 - 100 People, Off-Site Catering
  • Reservation Information Not Required
  • Attire Casual
  • Payment Methods Amex Cash Check Discover Mastercard Visa

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Al Castaneda greets his customers with a hug. Popular among many diners. Outdoor patio. The reason he called is that he found out that you have unfortunately misrepresented the type of food that they serve (they serve ""Fine Mexican Food"" not American food). And how credible can that be considering that you listed Dona Esther's as an American food restaurant, when they actually serve ""Fine Mexican Food?"" We noticed that you had the days listed with no hours printed next to the days, and in the delivery column, perhaps you could list the fact that they do large scale catering and also have take-out service. They do have a full service liquor bar, outdoor patio, live music on Friday evenings and seating for over one hundred fifty diners. By the way, they do serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can tell you that my own personal rating would be a solid three stars. Their food is great and the service is unsurpassed, and that's amazing considering they serve very affordable meals and large portions. Actually, you should stop by and enjoy a meal yourself. I am sure once you've eaten there, you will agree with me, Dona Esther's is a ""Fine Mexican Food Restaurant. Dining for 150. Sincerely, John M. Vargas Name: John Vargas and Debra E-mail: Cyber REALTY Online Magazine http://webmill.com/cyber Date: 08/28/96 Time: 11:58:47 - Cyber REALTY Online Magazine 8/28/96*

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Dona Esther Mexican Restaurant is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 765.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The chips were hard, and needed the be refreshed under a heating element. Otherwise it wasn’t bad. I used my Restaurant.com discount I had purchased a few months back. I had tried to use it before but didn’t meet the $50 min. To use it .
Date published: 2019-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Food did not taste great. The rice tasted like it came out of the freezer. The service was poor! We had to flag down our server on multiple occasions and then not even 2 mins after she dropped our food to the table she gave us our check and a box for just in case.... I only had taken 3 bites! Worst experience I’ve ever had here and I will not be back. Ever.
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Food did not taste great. The rice tasted like it came out of the freezer. The service was poor! We had to flag down our server on multiple occasions and then not even 2 mins after she dropped our food to the table she gave us our check and a box for just in case.... I only had taken 3 bites! Worst experience I’ve ever had here and I will not be back. Ever.
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s a great Mexican restaurant. Family friendly and very good food
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s a great Mexican restaurant. Family friendly and very good food
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from been going to dona Esther for about 30 plus years everything is always great
Date published: 2019-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pricing is not in line for the quality of the food. Beans & Rice sides on plate were stone cold.
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pricing is not in line for the quality of the food. Beans & Rice sides on plate were stone cold.
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wait was VERY long, we were there about 3 hours total. They had ran out of the food item that 3 of us had ordered, I ended up cancelling myOrder because I would no longer wait with my 18 month old who got very fussy after the long wait. Staff was polite but after waiting for so long no one really ended up eating and almost all the food got boxed up and brought home -it was a bummer that our dining out was not enjoyed since we rarely do it
Date published: 2019-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wait was VERY long, we were there about 3 hours total. They had ran out of the food item that 3 of us had ordered, I ended up cancelling myOrder because I would no longer wait with my 18 month old who got very fussy after the long wait. Staff was polite but after waiting for so long no one really ended up eating and almost all the food got boxed up and brought home -it was a bummer that our dining out was not enjoyed since we rarely do it
Date published: 2019-04-10
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