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About Cafe Don Jose - Temple Terrace, FL

Café Don Jose in Temple Terrace, Florida specializes in serving Spanish cuisine with a distinct Latin flare. The restaurant offers an inviting atmosphere with a spacious dining room and vibrant Spanish décor.

Café Don Jose in Temple Terrace serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a wide variety of appetizers, soups, chicken dishes, seafood dishes, meat dishes, vegetarian dishes, sides and desserts. Appetizers offered at the restaurant include garlic sautéed shrimp, fried calamari, escargot and ceviche sampler. Entrée options at Café Don Jose include shrimp scampi, seafood casserole, filet mignon, rib eye, vegetable lasagna, stuffed shrimp and New Zealand rack of lamb.

12350 N. 56th St.
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Fowler Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 985-2392

Website:
http://cafedonjose.com/

Parking Details:
We have a well maintained private, well lit parking lot to meet your needs.

Executive Chef:
David Wright

Private Party Facilities:
We have a private banquet room that can accommodate from 15 to 80 people. We have a built in screen for AV needs. Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Birthdays, Meetings, Anniversaries, Company Parties, Sales Presentations, Wine Dinners and more. Contact us for further details to arrange your event today!

Private Party Contact:
Chris Causey: (813) 985-2392

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Don Jose - Temple Terrace, FL Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Romantic (22)
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Notable Wine List (11)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 15, 2016

The service in the lounge and in the dining room was excellent. Everyone was very accommodating, friendly and welcoming. We were a group of 14 celebrating an elderly friend's birthday and we certainly enjoyed ourselves. Of course, as always, the food was superb!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 20, 2016

Don Jose makes the best Paella in town!!!!! The wine suggested by our server turned out to be perfect with the Paella. I am a California wine drink, however, I was pleasantly surprised by this Chilean Chardonnay!!! Great recommendation! Kudos to our Server!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
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value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on April 13, 2016

The food was in general excellent, but the sautéed spinach was salty. We have eaten at CDJ many times and this is the only issue that has occasionally arisen. The saltiness of some dishes is particularly noticeable if eaten the next day as leftovers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 13, 2016

My wife and ate on February 13th and we both ordered for the specials of the evening. I cannot remember the names of the dishes. Hers had chicken and two scollops with a cream sauce and I have a dish where the meat was rolled with ham, Swiss cheese and more meat with a mushroom gravy on top. We both order the twice baked potatoes and side salad. Our meals were just ok, but because they were so expensive I would say it was on the verge on terrible. The salad was good and made to order. My meal was $32 and my wife's was $25. Ago, the meal was not worth the cost. The best part of the evening was the server. Very knowledgeable and said he has worked there for 14 years. I would not recommend to friends nor will we go back.

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service5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 5, 2016

I used to go to Cafe Don Jose, very often at its first location, when they moved to their own and beautiful new building, i really think Cafe Don Jose needs to improve the ambience with more music, shows, guitarist, flamenco, live music, something to bring more customers in, it has all the potential to be more successful like other restaurants that are doing It, like Cafe Ole, Ceviche, Acropolis, price wise, it is no cheap, prices are up, but I wouldn't mind if there were some entertainment of some source, it is extremely quiet! It is a Spanish restaurant after all, it need to be happier, it was a Friday night, we went there with friends, I had read that it was under new management, violinist and all, so we said great! It was not what they had advertised.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food3
ambience2
service4
value2

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 29, 2016

Missed the white tablecloths at dinner but ok w/the more informal look. Prices are high but we like the classic /Spanish style food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 12, 2015

We made a reservation for 5pm. They open at 5pm. We waited til 510pm and left. there was another party waiting as well outside that were not happy as he was mobility limited

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2015

Great Spanish/Cuban food

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 9, 2015

I haven't been there for several years. Decided to celebrate my birthday at Café Don Jose. Used to be one of my favorite restaurants. We had the Trout Ala Russa and Filet Salteado (doubtful the meat was filet). Neither one as good as it used to be. Even the bread was not as good as it used to be. The service was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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food2
ambience5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 2, 2015

Although the special sea bass was good, the service efficient, and so forth, the place seems to be in decline. Prices were high, portions were smallish, and there was a tired feel. Perhaps it was because it was late on a weekday. I would return, but this time I was disappointed.

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food4
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 30, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Don Jose. The fillet Milanese, the trout a la Rusa, the shrimp supreme, the grouper special and the casuella de marisco were all fabulous. Our waiter was superb. Great place to enjoy a great meal.

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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 4, 2015

The food and service were great but we sat in the room with the musician (who was also very good), it was too loud to try to carry on a conversation at the table.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 29, 2015

Have been a patron of this restaurant for 35 years. This was once a white table cloth establishment. It has been on a downward spiral for at least the last three. Pretty much since the move up 56th street. First let me say the wait staff is still first rate but the food is no longer fantastic. They have changed the recipes omitting wine in the yellow rice and Pialla, but the prices haven't gone down, food was ok, but seafood was way over cooked. Cheaper bread too. Only the salad shined and you could tell they scrimped. The worst part was the flaminco show. Apparently they put it in to lure tourists( like the Columbia), but unfortunately the stage acts like a megaphone so don't expect pleasant conversation while dining while the show goes on. The guitarist is talented though. My wife said she wouldn't strike it from our list yet as neither of us had steak, but we'll make sure not to go on flaminco nights. We chose it this time from a list of three restaurants we like as it was our anniversary and we wanted a romantic quiet dinner. So much for that. We'll going to Iverone's to make up for it.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 20, 2015

Last minute lunch reservation was a pleasure! Good food with large portions. Very friendly and helpful staff

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food4
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 6, 2014

The Café Don Jose was suggested as a place for a dinner/business meeting. We had a party of 10 which they accommodated without any problem. We each needed separate checks(for expense accounts)and that was handled efficiently and without problem. The food was authentic Cuban/Spanish and was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We were in the room where the classical guitarist was playing. It was beautiful music and not so loud that you couldn't carry on a conversation. This could be a romantic dinner any night of the week!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2014

We had an appointment at USF and finding a restaurant in the area that was not a chain was a treat. The ambiance is relaxing and obviously Spanish and the food, though pricey, is well presented and tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2014

Went for a lunch of Tapas...and to introduce my girlfriend to the cuisine. We had the Ceviche Sampler, which was delicious... although I thought the portions were a little less than generous.. The Albondigas, very tasty, and the sauce was yummy! Crab Cakes... very very good... and a nice size. The Don Quixote puffs seemed like an interesting combo... so I ordered those also. Very good! The chorizo in them was excellent... highly recommended. Normally we do not do deserts (I prefer to make them for us) but we did try the Tres Leches cake... and it was very well done! Delicious, moist and well presented (my GF's new favorite!) Service was very good (Christa?) and all personnel were attentive and polite. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2014

I selected Cafe Don Jose based upon a friend's recommendation-WOW!
The traffic was horrific and we arrived over an hour after reservation time and were
greeted with a smile and seated promptly. (I had anticipated a bit of traffic delay and posted it at time of reservation)
Our server was delightful, offered explanations and suggestions...made the entire experience more than pleasant.
The meal was wonderful: sangria refreshing, gazpacho savory and mildly spiced; the seafood casserole was very tasty and good quality components; the tuna (special) was cooked perfectly with a delightful soy-ginger reduction..yummy with perfectly steamed veg side dish. Only regret is no room for dessert, but what a great reason to make another visit!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 19, 2014

Tampa has many Spanish restaurants and Café Don Jose is the best! Every dish on the menu is good, but the trout Rusa is so outstanding that I have trouble ordering anything else. The staff is warm and welcoming; this restaurant is our "Cheers". We feel as though everyone knows our name. The dark bread and the salad are reasons enough to come here. The bread, salad, and black bean soup make a fabulous lunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 11, 2014

The dinner experience at Cafe Don Jose was very much enjoyed. Our food was served hot, salad and bread were great, the Cream Brule was wonderful. We were lucky to see the Flamingo dance and hear the live music that enhanced our dinner time. Service was a bit slow but the waiters gave their best to meet the needs of all the guest in the room. My first visit to Don Jose was in the seventies, as a long time customer I look forward to continued excellent food and fun.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 27, 2014

We had a wonderful time. The service was excellent, the food was great and the entertainment was wonderful. The perfect place for a romantic evening for two or a fun time for groups.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 24, 2014

This is a great place to get some good Spanish food. The atmosphere is nice, the restaurant has a nice ambiance and very cool design. The Sangria there is very good. The prices are a little high, so I would only come here for special occasions.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 12, 2014

Restaurant outdated and old;Chopped salad soggy; menu limited; Wait staff attentive. Wouldn't recommend it.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 4, 2014

Really a great overall dining experience. I will definitely return. My wife and I enjoy good food, atmosphere, and service. Cafe Don Jose scores great on all three. I highly recommend dining here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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