Juan's Place

★★★★☆
  • 941 Carleton St.

    Berkeley, CA 94710

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  • 510-845-6904

About Juan's Place

Hours
Monday - Friday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Saturday - Sunday 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Food

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The place is always lively and the service prompt. The food comes quickly and the portions are big - prepare to take half home if you are watching the calories!

I am veggie and have no problem finding a variety. The food comes hot.

This might not be a great place for a date and it can sometimes be difficult to talk. Place is child-friendly.

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★★★★☆

The place is always lively and the service prompt. The food comes quickly and the portions are big - prepare to take half home if you are watching the calories!

I am veggie and have no problem finding a variety. The food comes hot.

This might not be a great place for a date and it can sometimes be difficult to talk. Place is child-friendly.

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We eat here often and the service is great. food is also great! They have the biggest super burrito you could ever see and im not kidding. If you are very hungry this is the dish to get. I also love the chips its deep fried tortillas and its kinda fattie but thats ok!!

5
★★★★★

We eat here often and the service is great. food is also great! They have the biggest super burrito you could ever see and im not kidding. If you are very hungry this is the dish to get. I also love the chips its deep fried tortillas and its kinda fattie but thats ok!!

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I love this place. Great chips, great salsa, great place. Being from California I have had my share of Mexican and this place comes close to the best.

2
★★★★★

I love this place. Great chips, great salsa, great place. Being from California I have had my share of Mexican and this place comes close to the best.

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Juan's Place. Probably the worst Mexican food I have encountered in Berkeley. The food is roughly like that found in chain restaurants such as Chevy's. The last time I ordered a burrito with no sour cream. What arrived at the table was a burrito covered in sour cream. The staff would not correct their mistake.

For good Mexican the Mission District is the way to go.

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★☆☆☆☆

Juan's Place. Probably the worst Mexican food I have encountered in Berkeley. The food is roughly like that found in chain restaurants such as Chevy's. The last time I ordered a burrito with no sour cream. What arrived at the table was a burrito covered in sour cream. The staff would not correct their mistake.

For good Mexican the Mission District is the way to go.

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i've been to juan's countless times over the past ~5 years or so, it's a really fun place, good (if weak) maragaritas, great flour tortilla chips. but the food other than the chips is just bad at best. i don't know how so many people can give this such a high rating. it makes me embarrassed to be from san diego to see all these people reference juan's as the "best mexican restaurant north of SD." i was going to write this review yesterday but went to juan's last night and thought i'd give it a 15th chance or so, to see if the food has improved, or if perhaps i ordered the wrong item the first 14 times. Juan's is a great establishment especially for large groups but please for the love of god do not go here for the food. And for the record the best Mexican food north of san diego is in Redwood City, a heavily hispanic area of the peninsula that has ~15 mexican restaurants in a 3 mile radius. just like san diego.

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★☆☆☆☆

i've been to juan's countless times over the past ~5 years or so, it's a really fun place, good (if weak) maragaritas, great flour tortilla chips. but the food other than the chips is just bad at best. i don't know how so many people can give this such a high rating. it makes me embarrassed to be from san diego to see all these people reference juan's as the "best mexican restaurant north of SD." i was going to write this review yesterday but went to juan's last night and thought i'd give it a 15th chance or so, to see if the food has improved, or if perhaps i ordered the wrong item the first 14 times. Juan's is a great establishment especially for large groups but please for the love of god do not go here for the food. And for the record the best Mexican food north of san diego is in Redwood City, a heavily hispanic area of the peninsula that has ~15 mexican restaurants in a 3 mile radius. just like san diego.

Pros: atmosphere, maragritas, chips

Cons: qualify of food

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Good, cheap food and a friendly atmosphere make Juans a great place to go with friends. Too bad its a bit out of the way...I lived in Berkeley for four years before I even knew it existed.

But the food and atmosphere are worth the little trek...its not fancy-schmancy tex-mex, its good old fashioned burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas. Go with friends for a casual, fun evening.

2
★★★★★

Good, cheap food and a friendly atmosphere make Juans a great place to go with friends. Too bad its a bit out of the way...I lived in Berkeley for four years before I even knew it existed.

But the food and atmosphere are worth the little trek...its not fancy-schmancy tex-mex, its good old fashioned burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas. Go with friends for a casual, fun evening.

Pros: food, fun atmosphere

Cons: no margaritas

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Really yummy Mexican food with a huge selection of tasty and very reasonably priced food. I couldn't make up my mind! They have amazing margaritas (on the rocks) which I highly recommend.

Their chips and salsa (complimentary) are also to die for.

I recommend this place because you get a lot of food for your money.

PROS: Prices and easy street parking
CONS:

4
★★★★☆

Really yummy Mexican food with a huge selection of tasty and very reasonably priced food. I couldn't make up my mind! They have amazing margaritas (on the rocks) which I highly recommend.

Their chips and salsa (complimentary) are also to die for.

I recommend this place because you get a lot of food for your money.

PROS: Prices and easy street parking
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I felt compelled to write in because I went to this place because of the other people's ratings, but I'm pretty sure they're all Juan's friends.

The Service was NOT bad, but the food was very very bad. I, without exaggeration, got a stomach ache. There was a pile of plastic-like ?monterey jack and cheddar cheese. The horchata was extremely watered down (maybe they didn't mix it before pouring).

I'm sorry Juan. But la verdad es la verdad.

To be fair, I think it would be a cool place to hang out and have beers, because the interior is pretty cool. Ahhh, I needed to end on a positive note.

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★☆☆☆☆

I felt compelled to write in because I went to this place because of the other people's ratings, but I'm pretty sure they're all Juan's friends.

The Service was NOT bad, but the food was very very bad. I, without exaggeration, got a stomach ache. There was a pile of plastic-like ?monterey jack and cheddar cheese. The horchata was extremely watered down (maybe they didn't mix it before pouring).

I'm sorry Juan. But la verdad es la verdad.

To be fair, I think it would be a cool place to hang out and have beers, because the interior is pretty cool. Ahhh, I needed to end on a positive note.

Pros: The interior is cool and I was seated very quickly

Cons: The food is straight out of Chevy's...only worse

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When you get a hankering for Mexican food, this is place to go. Juan's has the kind of Mexican food I remember from restaurants of childhood--slightly heavy, not too much cheese, well-spiced with complex flavors (though not too hot-spicy unless you want it). The portions are huge; often half orders are enough unless you plan on taking leftovers home. Try not to fill up on the chips before you get your food--they offer both flour and corn tortilla chips (yummy!) And be careful: the sangria is deceptively strong. Cash and credit accepted.

PROS: Parking easily available on-street
CONS:

5
★★★★★

When you get a hankering for Mexican food, this is place to go. Juan's has the kind of Mexican food I remember from restaurants of childhood--slightly heavy, not too much cheese, well-spiced with complex flavors (though not too hot-spicy unless you want it). The portions are huge; often half orders are enough unless you plan on taking leftovers home. Try not to fill up on the chips before you get your food--they offer both flour and corn tortilla chips (yummy!) And be careful: the sangria is deceptively strong. Cash and credit accepted.

PROS: Parking easily available on-street
CONS:

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This is the best mexican food in all the northern california land! As a san diego native, i missed sit-down mexican places with great tasting, authentic food for the first year i was here - - THEN, i was magically introduced to Juan's Place: the answer to my mexican food prayers to the Virgin Gaudelupe Hidalgo! The wine margaritas rock (don't listen to these other peeps), but i got lost the first 4 times i drove there - i suggest mapquest, bringing a huge appetite and a loved one or group of amigos fantasticos! I think it's awesome! try the shrimp fajitas!

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★★★★★

This is the best mexican food in all the northern california land! As a san diego native, i missed sit-down mexican places with great tasting, authentic food for the first year i was here - - THEN, i was magically introduced to Juan's Place: the answer to my mexican food prayers to the Virgin Gaudelupe Hidalgo! The wine margaritas rock (don't listen to these other peeps), but i got lost the first 4 times i drove there - i suggest mapquest, bringing a huge appetite and a loved one or group of amigos fantasticos! I think it's awesome! try the shrimp fajitas!

Pros: food/prices, birthday songs, down-home feel

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The biggest problem this place has is its out of the way location. You really have to be brought here by a friend to discover it becasue it is so off the beaten track. Once you find it though, you will be hooked.

Huge prtions and resonable prices, good ambiance and great for large groups.

The one drawback is that the Margaritas are made with Wine becasue they don't have a hard liquor license. They still taste good though, by the pitcher. Seriously, the best Mexican food in the East Bay.

2
★★★★★

The biggest problem this place has is its out of the way location. You really have to be brought here by a friend to discover it becasue it is so off the beaten track. Once you find it though, you will be hooked.

Huge prtions and resonable prices, good ambiance and great for large groups.

The one drawback is that the Margaritas are made with Wine becasue they don't have a hard liquor license. They still taste good though, by the pitcher. Seriously, the best Mexican food in the East Bay.

Pros: Good food

Cons: No Hard Liquor

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Jaun's place is the best mexican food you will find in the bay area...probably the best mexican food in the world...its a great place to go with the family and kids or if you just want to have a party...the service is excellent and the food is authentic mexican style home cooking...also, be careful and make sure your really hungry because they give you a lot of food for so little money...check out the best place, Jaun's place...

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★★★★★

Jaun's place is the best mexican food you will find in the bay area...probably the best mexican food in the world...its a great place to go with the family and kids or if you just want to have a party...the service is excellent and the food is authentic mexican style home cooking...also, be careful and make sure your really hungry because they give you a lot of food for so little money...check out the best place, Jaun's place...

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You just have to go to this place to appreciate it. It's somewhere out in the nebulous warehouse area of west Berkeley, so it feels like a well-kept secret, which is part of the fun for me. The waiters are great, the strawberry margaritas come by the pitcher -- bring your rowdy friends! The waiters seem to love that kind of crowd. Don't get a burrito here, they're too sloppy. And remember, this place is fatty, greasy down-home food in the BEST sense. This is not Chevy's! But I must admit, I am a gringa and I sometimes request their flour tortilla chips because they are so delicious.

2
★★★★★

You just have to go to this place to appreciate it. It's somewhere out in the nebulous warehouse area of west Berkeley, so it feels like a well-kept secret, which is part of the fun for me. The waiters are great, the strawberry margaritas come by the pitcher -- bring your rowdy friends! The waiters seem to love that kind of crowd. Don't get a burrito here, they're too sloppy. And remember, this place is fatty, greasy down-home food in the BEST sense. This is not Chevy's! But I must admit, I am a gringa and I sometimes request their flour tortilla chips because they are so delicious.

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The food is great, the crowds are bearable - grab a mismatched barstool at the bar. This is the epitomy of downhome Mexican food. Best you'll find north of San Diego.

2
★★★★★

The food is great, the crowds are bearable - grab a mismatched barstool at the bar. This is the epitomy of downhome Mexican food. Best you'll find north of San Diego.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: crowds

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I've been there for two peoples birthdays now and it's always a treat. They dim the lights and this big Disney slash gothic version of Happy Birthday comes on and it is the best.

All the food's great. Try the crab enchiladas.
Yeah, too bad about the wine margaritas but hey, they come by the pitcher.

2
★★★★★

I've been there for two peoples birthdays now and it's always a treat. They dim the lights and this big Disney slash gothic version of Happy Birthday comes on and it is the best.

All the food's great. Try the crab enchiladas.
Yeah, too bad about the wine margaritas but hey, they come by the pitcher.

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This is the best Mexican food in the Berkeley/Oakland area. There's only one problem. They serve wine margaritas, which is a sin against humanity. If they get a liquor license, this place will be heaven.

2
★★★★☆

This is the best Mexican food in the Berkeley/Oakland area. There's only one problem. They serve wine margaritas, which is a sin against humanity. If they get a liquor license, this place will be heaven.

Pros: Greate Food, Inexpensive

Cons: Wine Margaritas, Wine Margaritas, Wine Margaritas

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If you're looking for tasty, authentic Mexican food, you have to try Juan's. I run away from most of the healthy, "burritos and yogurt" places and the Americanized, bland, loosely-termed "Mexican food" joints here in the Bay area--and I run straight to Juan's. The food, the wine margaritas, the chips 'n' salsa, and the service are excellent. And the prices are low too!

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★★★★★

If you're looking for tasty, authentic Mexican food, you have to try Juan's. I run away from most of the healthy, "burritos and yogurt" places and the Americanized, bland, loosely-termed "Mexican food" joints here in the Bay area--and I run straight to Juan's. The food, the wine margaritas, the chips 'n' salsa, and the service are excellent. And the prices are low too!

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I love Juan's the food is great the service is top notch and the bartender is the best in the bay

2
★★★★★

I love Juan's the food is great the service is top notch and the bartender is the best in the bay

Pros: Authentic Mexican, good chips, safe neighborhood

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Juan's place is wonderful-the chips are the best I've ever had, and the shrimp fajitas were amazing! Plus the waiters are friendly, fast, and attentive. I'm bringing all my friends here!

2
★★★★★

Juan's place is wonderful-the chips are the best I've ever had, and the shrimp fajitas were amazing! Plus the waiters are friendly, fast, and attentive. I'm bringing all my friends here!

Pros: Inexpensive, fun atmosphere

 

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