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Dona Esther

25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
+1 831-623-2518
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good33%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (15 reviews)
“soup” (4 reviews)
“refried beans” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
Mexican, Spanish
$$ - $$$
25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way to Pacific Grove, we met a friend here for lunch. We had a spectacular meal and visit with the bartender and server. It's so nice when they take the time to visit with you and share stories. San Juan is a wonderful...More

Thank VickiG95340
Reviewed March 19, 2018

Food was great and the service was fast and friendly. Went in for a lunch pick up order to go and it was done in the time told & they offered chips and dip to go!

Thank mztee831
Reviewed December 7, 2017 via mobile

Recently had a disappointing lunch here. Restaurant was chilly and not very atttactive but the food was even worse. My Carne Asada was one piece of tough steak floating in strange juices. It was very messy to eat which I did not do much of....More

Thank Martha T
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Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

I love everything here. The salsa, tacos, enchiladas, everything. Authentic food, not watered down Americanized Mexican food. I will come back again. Great service too

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Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

Very friendly reception and a lot of help with the menu as we Brits were not familiar with this type of Mexican food. Excellent dishes which we enjoyed. Can't say whether they were authentic, but they tasted great.

Thank aberdeenjohn
Reviewed October 3, 2017

Have been here many times and the food is fabulous. When ever we have family come from out of town they always ask to stop here for a meal.

Thank Julie L
Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

We loved lunch at Don Ester! Authentic old school family restaurant. Food was very good , not over done . The wait staff was soooo great ! So attentive ! We'd go back in a heart beat !!

Thank 174sandyj
Reviewed July 21, 2017

My recent experience at Dona Esther's was not good. I had fish and it was well prepared. My friend had menudo at it was not good at all. She loves menudo and looked forward to having it at Dona Esther's for several weeks. The waitress...More

1  Thank sandygreenberg
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

We love the setting and service at Dona Esther, have eaten there for years, my husband's favorite. Even if they aren't on the menu, ask for the green sauce, artichoke enchiladas, truly delicious.

1  Thank merryheartmarie
Reviewed June 7, 2017

A small group of us met for dinner and had an enjoyable meal. Surprised at the high prices. The food and service were both good. Everyone enjoyed the meal but will probably look at the other Mexican restaurant a block or so down the street...More

1  Thank billkathy88
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Juan Bautista
  • Phone Number: +1 831-623-2518
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