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Dona Esther

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$$ - $$$
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25 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista, CA
+1 831-623-2518
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was having an enjoyable stroll after enjoying an excellent meal at Jardines Juan Bautista, when we decided to also stop here at Dona Esthers for a drink. We greeted the bartender and ordered a couple of beers which total $18 ( too much!). Although one of the drinks was huge, I was amazed and said to the bartender, " Wow... More 

Thank Eff R
Sonora, California
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113 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have frequented this establishment many times in the last 35 years. Mexican food at it's best. Close to Mission San Juan and shopping or walking this historical area.Love this town and this restaurant. The soup is to die for too.

Thank sandygreenberg
Santa Cruz, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Very good food and service, reasonable prices, we ate at their pleasant outside courtyard with music and a mural of the Mission.

Thank Marc M
Napa CA, United States
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Traveling to meet friends in Carmel, but terrible rain and falling trees stopped all forward progress . Decided to cut our losses and eat before we turned around for home. Pretty much the only restaurant open, and many of our fellow travelers washed up there as well...full dining room in this wonderful old building. Food was very good..chicken soup was... More 

Thank Alan B
Grenada, California
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is probably a great place to take children who like bland food. The tamales are just a hunk of breading, salsa nothing special, and entrees of no significant interest.

Thank Lana W
Larkspur, Colorado
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457 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Since I was in California Artichoke country, a Mexican restaurant should serve that ingredient on it's menu, right? I did not expect it, but i had read from other Trip Advisor reviews that the Dona esther Artichoke Enchiladas were the bomb and I went to try them. Well, I am now forever jaded because they were amazing, like nothing else... More 

Thank Oceandweller7
Chico, California
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The staff was expecting our rather large group (20) and they were extremely accomodating, even though we asked to be seated outside rather than inside, where they already had our tables ready. The food was ready, piping hot,and delisioso!

Thank zushkart
Perryville, Maryland
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This restaurant was recommended by the clerk at the Mission. It was good Mexican food, served hot and quickly. We enjoyed our meal.

Thank ktmommablue
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

When I make my annual visit to relatives this stop is a must. We were introduced to this place about 10 years ago & have never had a bad meal. The service is great, which can be a feat in itself considering that there are always 10+ people including children. The plates are always hot keeping the food hot. My... More 

Thank Toni C
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I eat here often and the food is good. The staff is pleasant and always will give us separate checks. It is great for dinner and for lunch.

Thank 158sheilag

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?