Jose and Sons
Jose and Sons

Jose and Sons

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.joseandsons.com/
  • Phone: 9197550556x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday: 5 pm - 12:00am
    Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
    Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Mexican, Soul food
  • Executive Chef: Oscar Diaz
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Jose and Sons can comfortably accommodate small intimate gatherings up to larger corporate events of 100 and over. We'd love to host your next event and can craft menus to match all styles.

    Please contact Hector Ibarra at Hector@JoseandSons.com for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Hector Ibarra 9197550556 x
  • Entertainment: Dance and Mingle! Jose and Sons hosts Salsa/Latin nights on the second and last Saturdays of the month.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harrington St
  • Public Transit: The R Line stops along W. Davie st. in front of the Depot building.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Conveniently for guests, the historic depot building has its own private parking lot. Parking for guests of Jose and Sons is complimentary.
A word from Jose and Sons
We serve comfort food that celebrates our forefathers’s Mexican roots and the culinary traditions of the local neighborhood.

"Intentionally or not, with the opening of Jose and Sons the Ibarras have also created a gastronomic symbol for the cultural melting pot that our region is increasingly becoming."

"Painted around the base of the bar, in large block capital letters, are the words “HECHO EN RALEIGH.” I can’t think of a more suitable motto for a restaurant that embodies the best of our rapidly evolving local dining scene."

Greg Cox, The News &Observer

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Jose and Sons reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)good for groups (58)neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (36)hot spot (30)vibrant bar scene (28)great for brunch (19)great for lunch (19)romantic (18)late-night find (17)great for outdoor dining (15)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • so glad I ate here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I love, love, love Jose and Sons. The food was amazing and the spicy grilled pineapple margarita was out of this world! I say skip The Pit and take a walk around the corner for some great Southern/Mexican fusion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool Decor and Good Food
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went here for Sunday brunch at the recommendation of Oak City Meatball. I liked the decor inside with a large circular bar in the middle of the room. Some small tables outside. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and was very attentive and friendly. Too bad it was before noon on Sunday and we could not try the Bloody Mary. Our meals were excellent. We also ordered the guacamole with chips as a starter. Will definitely return for dinner sometime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordianary service!
    Cattie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delightful atmosphere! Delicious...fun and livel. We will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    foodie25
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were so excited to go out for a date night and decided to go Jose and Sons. Seated immediately but into a corner cut off from the restaurant. The drinks were good but had to wait forever to get a second. We order chips and salsa and once we got that it took another 45 minutes to receive our meal and we barely saw our waitress. We ordered the chefs plate for two, it was a lot of food but nothing special. Won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Drinks, Versatile Dining
    doriangrey
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here for a special occasion. The service was quick and the atmosphere was energetic. This was my second time at Jose and Son's and the wait staff is always incredible. I highly recommend the seasonal pineapple guac. Portion control is apparently a dirty word here, but that's hardly a complaint! The drinks are a nice change from a lot of Mexican joints around Raleigh. The bar staff really knows their stuff. The ambiance of this place is unique as well. Situated in Raleigh's warehouse district, you can dine as a group in the main dining area, with a few friends at the bar, with a significant other at their many high top tables, or outside on the porch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome vegan meals!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    There were four of us in our party, and two of us are vegan. My husband ordered the vegan version of the enchiladas on the menu. I ordered an off-menu dish that the owner mentioned in an email in response to my questions. It was one of the best meals I've had in Raleigh! Totally unexpected. It was beautiful, and the flavors were varied and complex. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • would return to this restaurant
    gina
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We'd been to the restaurant before it changed names and menu (same owners now with their sons). Waiter we had was great! I think his name was Jay. There were 4 of us and we were a gabby group in no rush. Waiter checked in with us regularly but not pushy or impatient, was able to answer all questions we had re: the menu. Food was quite yummy and not same stuff you find everywhere. There was a jazz band that started playing towards the end of our meal. The music was fine, but for me live music isn't necessarily a plus at a restaurant since it make talking a little more difficult. Music wasn't so loud as to make it terrible, just not a plus for me. Prices were reasonable. All of us said we'd definitely return. Gina
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great dinner, all five of us were happy! Chile relleno was top notch, which is a sign of real Mexican food!! Drinks were delicious. Menu had a nice variety without feeling overwhelming. Place looks fantastic, and the bar looks like a lot of fun to sit at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it
    KatieCharlotteHoney
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a personal problem when we arrived which made our dinner somewhat tense. Not the fault of the restaurant. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Popfizzclink
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had been excited to try Jose and Sons, and was not dissapointed! Perfect blend of southern soul food and Mexican cuisine. Loved it 👍 Chef and server went out of their way to make our meal special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yuck!
    Lookingforyum
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Every last thing I got here was terrible. It was so hot in the restaurant everyone including myself was fanning themselves with the menus. Dry, tasteless terrible food. Collard greens and Mexican food don't mix. I would never come back here. First and last time!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner Outing
    vikbmart
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Group of 6 had a really good meal. The Chef's Picnic is fantastic. Some others in the group did the flank steak and the pork chop and really enjoyed. Margarita's are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jose and Sons
    919DDJ
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent food and drinks! Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Time Not Quite the Charm
    Brambilla
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    After two initial and very very positive/memorable experiences over the past 6 months, we were excited to recommended it for a birthday dinner with friends (one from S. America). Kinda wish we hadn't... A restaurant can't be stellar each and every night, I suppose, and this time (a Friday) must've been one of those nights. My Grilled Skirt Steak was rather underdone and quite tough (but flavor was good), and the accompanying vegetables were only so-so. The cocktail seemed a bit watered down. My wife's Enchiladas Suizas were doughy, underdone, and just not very interesting. Dessert was nice, though. We will definitely give J&S one more try. Hope this was just an off night and a hiccup!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A New Favorite
    GoodEatin
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Having moved from AZ to NC I have had a hard time finding Mexican food that satisfied my sophisticated palette. Jose and Sons finally gave me the flavor I was craving! We had the Crank Arm Barbacoa which had a flavor so good it lingered on my taste buds and in my mind for days... My husband ordered the Grilled Skirt Steak. It was delicious and juicy, cooked medium rare... We couldn't get enough! We are planning to take the kids back next week for our son's birthday dinner. Absolutely amazing... I think we'll be regulars there from now on!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    momfromcary
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We loved everything we tried different flavored mojitos and they were delicious. We love the brisket and choke rellenos. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food decent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Loved the food been here 3 times. For big groups conversation can be a little tough because of speakers directly behind most of the big tables, and the waitress was absent quite a bit during the night. Overall very good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and intriguing
    TomsterRobinita
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a terrific time on Saturday evening at Jose & Sons. The chipotle mango margarita was incredibly zesty and fun, especially with the spicy salt. Just as tasty was the spicy grilled pineapple margarita. What nice twists on a classic drink. My wife had the fish tacos that were filled with huge pieces of blackened mahi-mahi; outstanding. I had the enchiladas del mar; the blackened tiger shrimp were a little overdone for my taste but overall it was scrumptious. Our friends had the shrimp & grits and the crank arm barbacoa (beef brisket) and both were excellent. No room for dessert but that menu was quite tempting. We'll definitely be back, and recommend making reservations on Saturday evenings, as we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, so so service
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The service here is slipping, I hope they can resolve the service issues as the food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    AmyTheArtist
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    From our waiter to the food, everything was amazing. I had high hopes and expectations, as this restaurant is located near some stiff competition. The ambiance is somewhat laid back, but the food and service are outstanding. They source locally, when possible, which a lot of restaurants do nowadays, but I always prefer to hear that. The drink and beer menu weren't overly expansive but seemed to have the right amount of variety for most tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd night in a row!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went here two nights in a row for the delicious grilled corn appetizer and jalapeno margaritas. Chili rellenos stuffed with lentils, mushrooms and collards were also surprisingly delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jose and Sons ONE WORD: Delicious!
    leswcVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went as a group of 5. Was seated right away and greeted by an excellent waitress within a minute. The restaurant is very trendy with an upscale Gastro Mexican menu and eclectic decor. I would highly recommend Jose and Sons to anyone! We had a great time! I had the pimento and bacon tostones. They were an amazing appetizer! YUM! Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing eats
    FineDiner
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love Mexican haute cuisine -- I've eaten some very fine meals at Topolobampo in Chicago and Jibarra in Raleigh (in their old location on Six Forks when they had a proper chef). Jose & Sons offers some excellent, interesting approaches to Mexican food with a Southern twist...without pretension. The pork belly and masa waffle with Sriracha syrup may be one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. The collard wrapped tamales are almost as good. The staff are super friendly and the ambiance is warm. I wish them a long lived success as they fill a unique niche and execute it very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Phil
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My favourite restaurant for a long time now. Consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Erratic
    Foodie4FunVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    So sometimes I think the food at Jose and Sons is creative and delicious and sometimes I think it's plain. Not a consistent restaurant unfortunately because I love the idea of elevated food from Mexico. Unfortunately the last couple of times our service has also been slow and had a few annoying mistakes. We were the only folks in the restaurant when we arrived and still, very slow service.
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  • Good food, bad service
    ac12
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It's a long story, basically, we made reservations, we sat down, no one came to our table besides the water person, we had to ask for a waiter, the waiter was almost non existent, apparently, she was still supposed to be training, but the manager thought it'd be a good idea to give her, her own section on a Saturday night. The manager did end up reducing our bill, but unfortunately, that doesn't always make up for a bad experience. Food was the only positive about this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Drinks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The cucumber margarita is delicious! Miss the hibiscus flower they used to decorate the glass with though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A+ restaurant!
    Aimee1021
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My overall experience at Jose and Sons was excellent. Four of us dined together and everything we ordered was fantastic. I highly recommend the ceviche, enchiladas del mar, and the lamb. The wait staff was one of the best I've experienced. I don't think our water was ever less than half full. They were also very knowledgeable of the menu and gave great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We needed a new Mexican Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Now we have found it! We loved Jose and Sons. Had been to a few of our old favorite Mexican Restaurants and been very disappointed! Food, service and drinks were sooooo Good! Grilled pineapple margarita- yes, Chile Relleno-yes, Enchiladas del Mar-yes,yes! Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Food Lover's Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a great place to enjoy dishes and drinks with extraordinary flavor and presentation. The combination of local southern and traditional Mexican recipes provide a great opportunity to entertain friends and show-off the bounty of Raleigh's culinary community.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gift!
    jsby
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We dined at Jose and Sons courtesy of our daughter for our 33rd wedding anniversary. It was a great experience. Our server was attendant and personable. The food was wonderful, well prepared, and attractively presented. As an extra treat, for our special occasion, we were able to select a dessert. We chose the churros with a chocolate dipping sauce. Warm and delicious, they were presented on a plate with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. A perfect ending to a pleasant experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good food / poor service
    MeatguyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Decided to eat here based on Open Table reviews and an interesting menu. We were seated right away but didn't even have our drink order taken for over 20 minutes. Service was not good and the wait staff seemed poorly trained. The food was excellent, however, so I hope it was just a bad night.
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  • Great find!
    JMUDukeBlueDevil
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Tried this place on a recommendation from a friend who steered us away from the high prices and mediocre BBQ of "The Pit" and towards the "place right next door". Was very impressed by the service, food menu, and ambiance. Cool, sheek place with an upscale feel but very reasonable prices on food. Had the enchiladas del mar, barbacoa, and seasonal guacamole and everything was fresh and prepared/cooked to perfection! My date and I enjoyed it so much we went back again the next week and ordered the same items. I've had some terrible Mexican food while in the triangle as well as some mediocre food but this was surely one of the best! Definitely worth a trip to try if you have a hankering for something good and new!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    NCdiners
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We dined again this past weekend at Jose and Sons with friends who had never eaten there. They became instant fans! The brunch menu is a delicious and innovative take on Mexican cuisine with a totally Southern touch. My hands-down favorite is the Chicharron and Waffles; you just can't go wrong with this tasty dish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun atmosphere, fun food!
    Pickyfoody
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A great atmosphere, fabulous drinks(at least the Hemingway was), and unique Mexican food with a Southern twist which was enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service, Exc Food & Drinks
    cdnintriangle
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Not our first time here, but it had been a while. Fantastic food and drinks and service was A+++. Menus are creative and food is very fresh. We will be going back sooner than later.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hungry in Raleigh
    HungryRaleigh
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Impressive beer and drink menu. Enjoyed the ambiance. The guacamole was good but not anything out of this world. Was excited to try the Tostones only to find that the pimento cheese and bacon overpowered the plantain entirely. Other than that the food was a bit greasy and salty. My collards were drenched in oil and the Barbacoa dish was so greasy, the oil overpowered the flavors of the dish. The skirt steak was tasty as was the portabella mushroom--but again, too much grease. I was really looking forward to trying this place since I love Mexican and Southern. I would come again to give it a second shot but if dissapointed a second time I would probably not recommend this place to a friend.
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    hot spot
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  • Best of the Best
    Phil
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Absolutely love everything about Jose & Sons. The staff is great, the food is spectacular. I frequent the restaurant often and always have a great experience. Everytime I bring someone in for the first time, they too become repeat customers. Jose & Sons is my favorite restaurant, hands down!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    cgw68VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Relaxed & casual, pleasant setting, great prices. Virtually no healthy menu options & food very uneven (some too salty or kinda tasteless), & all levels of staff seemed very inexperienced on our visit-- but they also seemed to try their best. Would most recommend when you're wanting a laid-back meal & not having to worry re breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice brunch selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The brunch menu has a creative selection of southern/mexican hybrid dishes, though it could use a few more lighter or healthier options - on the day we dined, if you didn't want a comfort food bomb the only options you had were fairly standard salads. That being said, the bacon used on the Breakfast BLTs was crispy and flavorful, and their black beans are tasty. Not a Raleigh local, but if I were I'd put it into a semi-regular rotation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate