- Authentic Mexican dishes
- Vegetarian options
- Views of the Pacific Ocean
- Outdoor patio
What You'll Get
Avocados earned the nickname "Nature's butter" because of their creamy texture, their usefulness in baking, and their strange way of growing in stick-shaped bunches of four in the wild. Treat palates to a pat of guacamole with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mexican cuisine at Jose's Courtroom in La Jolla.
Since 1972, Jose's has whipped up a menu stocked with authentic Mexican dishes ideal for silencing patrons' grumbling bellies. Tortilla chips can submerge their acutely angled elbows into guacamole ($4.49) or layered bean dip ($5.99), only to fall victim to a whole-body shattering from pearly gum-lined incisors. Masticate on entree-sized morsels such as Jose's surf 'n' turf, four sautéed jumbo shrimps accompanied by marinated steak ($19.99), or chili relleno, battered Anaheim chilies pumped with jack cheese ($8.99). The popular carne asada ($13.49) and pollo asado ($14.99) burrito plates—steak or chicken wrapped in a tortilla with salsa fresca, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream—fit perfectly in empty bellies or burrito-launching bazookas. Vegetarians can avoid meaty endeavors by ordering items such as the mixed tostada bowl with vegetables ($7.99) or the super quesadilla with melted jack cheese and veggies ($7.49).
Patrons can sip from Jose's collection of tequilas or margaritas while admiring the dining room's artistic centerpiece, a large mural of restaurant regulars depicted in the style of The Last Supper. On breezy afternoons, diners pile up on the patio and ogle scenic views of the Pacific Ocean or invisible panoramas of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Fine Print
About Jose's Courtroom
Instead of bailiffs and judges, Jose’s Courtroom brims with surfers and sunbathers from nearby beaches, their hair still damp with saltwater and their flip-flops dusted in a thin layer of sand. The decades-old La Jolla institution draws beach bums, businesspeople, and tourists alike with its colorful cocktails and menu of Mexican favorites. Chef Jose Rodriguez puts almost 20 years of experience to work as he folds meats and seafood into tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. He stuffs burritos with tender chicken, juicy steak, and plump shrimp along with generous scoops of fresh salsa and guacamole.
At ceramic-tile tabletops out in the boisterous dining room, diners nibble on chips and salsa and clink glasses of margaritas and bottles of Mexican beer. On the covered front patio, meanwhile, others enjoy the warm summer air, watching the sun set over the Cove. On the weekends, this festive eatery hosts dance parties, when DJs play popular music videos on the flat-screen televisions. The same flat-screen televisions also broadcast live sports, from action-packed football games to football games where they just kind of stand there and watch the clock wind down.