Story by Morgan Fliss

San Jose Mexican Restaurant is conveniently located to bring an extensive list of fresh Mexican cuisine to the area of Lutz and Land O Lakes. Located in the Suncoast Plaza off of State Road 54, all food is made fresh daily and can be customized to order. From house lime margaritas to Mexican street tacos, everyone is sure to find something that they will enjoy!

San Jose Mexican Restaurant has been family owned and operated since 2010 and is one of the many restaurant establishments around town. The staff works to bring the authentic flavor of San Jose Mexico, right to you. 

A family-friendly atmosphere, tasty menu and 4-star rating on Google, makes San Jose a favorite among local customers. The restaurant is a family establishment and welcomes everyone to enjoy one of their freshly made meals that are cooked from scratch right after you order. 

San Jose works extremely hard to create an inviting atmosphere where everyone is welcomed! Customer Patti complemented the establishment by saying “This was the third time in 3 months that we have eaten here. We have gotten excellent service and great food.  We are trying new things each time and have not been disappointed.”

The Menu and Customer Favorites

San Jose serves a variety of both lunch and dinner items with their extremely extensive menu. 

Starting with lunch combos, San Jose Mexican Restaurant offers a variety of burritos, enchiladas, salads, soups and tacos all under $10. Everything is customizable to fit any dietary restrictions. There are also options to substitute soft taco shells, add queso cheese, add grilled steak or chicken for a small extra charge to make your meal exactly how you want it! They also offer 31 different $11.95 combos that are a mix of tacos, enchiladas, burritos or meat with a side. 

One customer complimented the delicious menu stating “San Jose is very delicious! The burritos [were] made with the finest ingredients and the meat was cooked perfectly. There was no wait, and the staff is extremely friendly. They will always put a smile on your face!”

The family-owned restaurant is known for their top-notch tacos that bring the taste of San Jose to the Lutz area. Tacos represent one of the standard dishes of Mexican cuisine, so San Jose takes great pride in making them the best tacos that you have tasted! A customer favorite dish is the Mexican Taco Tour “which puts on a display a variety of tacos that [replicate] Mexican street tacos.” The Taco Tour includes 1 Taco Asada, 1 Taco Carnitas, 1 Taco Pastor, 1 Taco Pollo, and 1 Taco Chorizo with hot sauce, salsa Verde, green onions and jalapeños. They also offer seven other taco items as well as enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas and burritos. Every cook works to use the closest tortillas, meat and ingredients to really replicate the taste of San Jose. Stop in every Tuesday and Wednesday to browse the specials on all tacos!

If you are an adult looking for a drink after a long week, San Jose is the place to go! They are also known for their amazing house lime, skinny and organic margaritas. Happy hour is every day from 2-7 pm, for the house lime margaritas. You can get two twelve-ounce margaritas for only $10, or a large thirty-two-ounce margarita for only $10 as well! 

Some other delicious menu items include freshly made salads and steaming hot fajitas. From shrimp salads, to taco salads and anything in between, San Jose makes all their salads fresh after order. Any salad can be customized to accommodate any dietary needs or restrictions! All fajitas are served hot and fresh! You have your choice of protein between chicken, steak, shrimp, or a combination between all three. Grilled tomatoes, onions and peppers are also mixed in! Fajitas are served with rice, fired beans, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and flour tortillas.

“We have been going here for years and it’s excellent every time! The margaritas are perfect, and the food is some of the best Mexican food I have ever had! Don’t hesitate to eat here,” said customer Matt B. 

Just in Time for Cinco De Mayo

With Cinco De Mayo on the way, San Jose is the perfect place to come celebrate with some authentic Mexican food! With a large outdoor patio and occasional mariachi bands, this place ensures a positive experience to celebrate Mexican heritage. 

Customer Mark B. complimented the atmosphere saying “The service is good, and food is always consistently excellent. They have a patio outside that’s great for dining in the fresh air too!” 

COVID-19 Safety Procedures and Protocols

With the continuous spread of COVID-19, San Jose is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of everyone who walks through the doors. “Our first rule has always been safety. We always want to provide a safe environment for not only our customers, but for our employees, so we are really trying our best to do that,” said the manager.

San Jose takes cleaning procedures seriously, so everything is always sanitized! Before a party arrives and after a party leaves, the tables and chairs are always sprayed down and sanitized for the next family. Menus are also sprayed down after every use and there are stations with hand sanitizer at the entrance and around the restaurant. Employees come in early before the restaurant opens to clean and sanitize every aspect of the restaurant so customers can have peace of mind knowing they are entering a clean and safe establishment.

Although the restaurant is back at full capacity, face masks are still a requirement to enter, and cannot be taken off until sitting down at a table. 

Stop in today to taste the authentic food of Mexico that you are sure to enjoy! 

San Jose Mexican Restaurant is located 16540 Pointe Village Drive, Lutz, 33558. For more information on events, menus and specials, call (813)- 920- 8833 or visit them online at www.sanjoselutz.com