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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 - 21:00
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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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Longford, Ireland
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our uber driver recommended this spot and so glad she did! Beautiful margaritas loads of gorgeous chips and salsa and everything else we tried from the menu was amazing! Great staff too

Thank DRWLongford
Montreal, Canada
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144 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Salsa and chips are good, beer is not expensive. Ordered the shredded beef tacos the cook probably forgot to season the meat as it was tasteless.. Dissaponted!

Thank WombatBen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Jose's was a funny and cozy place with a small bar -the best view ever- we ordered dips with nachos and cold beers ¡Highly Recommend!

Thank Cori A
Plano, Texas
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176 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

The vegan burrito was wonderful, the service was fast and friendly. It was a huge plus that they had the TV and we could see the game while eating lunch.

Thank Safarwith3kids
Wear Valley, Tennessee, United States
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Met up with friends and their kids. Party of 8. Relaxed atmosphere allowed us to catch up while they hung out. Food was good. Drinks tasty. Guacamole was so good. FRESH with large chunks of avocado. Loved the location.

Thank Jilltripadvice1
Candor, New York
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Stopped here for a burrito. Was the biggest best one I have had. This olace is a short walk from the beach . Atmosphere not the greatest ( just a typical bar) but the food and service made up for it? I had the veggie burrito it was stuffed full of roasted corn, black beans, cactus,sweet potatoes, zucchini onions, peppers... More 

Thank WBP_12
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

I was looking for Mexican food that my husband would go to, he doesn't like it. Burritos were good, my daughter liked the rice, and she is picky ;) Margaritas were OK, but I am picky on those. Overall this was a great choice for our lunch and shopping day!

Thank Heather S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Northern Virginia
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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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
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
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?