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La Victoria - 21 Reviews - 140 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (408) 298-5335

La Victoria

140 W San Carlos St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 298-5335
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superb mexican! YUM! la taqueria was closed, so we had to go there and it was DELISH! interior need a bit...


I've lived downtown for 10+ years. I travel the world for my career. And I am an avid diner and cook. I know my food. When I first moved to dtwn SJ I was loving La Victoria on San...

Great ""hole in the wall"" 6/3/2009

the orange sauce...quality of food and consistency. its a great place to go on any night. prices are reasonable. seating gets a bit tight bc its a college town but its still worth it. Pros: food, orange sauce, Cons: seating is tight more

superb mexican! YUM! la taqueria was closed,... 7/7/2008

superb mexican! YUM! la taqueria was closed, so we had to go there and it was DELISH! interior need a bit... more

superb mexican! YUM! la taqueria was closed,... 7/7/2008

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superb mexican! YUM! la taqueria was closed, so we had to go there and it was DELISH! interior need a bit of help, but heck, who cares? more


Every night I start feel hungry, I look at the clock and if it is before 3AM, I head over to La Vic... Pros: Open till 3AM, Best Hot Sauce, Inexpensive, Friendly Service, Downtown, Great for after the Bars... Cons: Easily Addicting... more

a MUST GO breakfast 11/1/2007

I moved out of the area about a year ago, and whenever anyboday says San Jose, I instantly crave a breakfast burrito covered in orange sauce. I wish I could get orange sauce shipped to me. For a first timer its intimidating- but you must try it. And its definitely got a kick to it! I never ate there... but I went nearly every weekend and the second I get back to California I will be there again! Pros: Breakfast Burritos, Nachos, ORANGE SAUCE!!! Cons: Location/no Parking more

absolutely THE best tacos, quesadillas, and burritos anywhere in san jose 8/13/2007

Anyone who doesn't think la vic is delicous obviously hasn't been ordering right. I've tried many of the meats, and I have to say that the chorizo and carne asada are totally average, but anything with chicken is amazing. The chicken is good white meat, the sauce is the best, and everything is reasonably priced for the portion that you are given. anyone who has been dissappointed needs to go back and try a super chicken quesadilla or super chicken taco RIGHT NOW its unbelievably yummy. Pros: everything Cons: nothing more

Worse place to eat in San jose 8/6/2007

Ugly decoration, not parking, lack of maintenance and not customer restroom makes this place the worse taqueria that I ever visited even in Mexico. The sense of dirt and lack of sanitation that you get once you arrive is confirmed when you get in the table and see the details (walls, floors, etc) Pros: Hot sauce is good Cons: all more

the best quesadilla 7/18/2007

most people who go to la vics usually get the burrito that comes with the orange sauce Pros: WONDERFUL SAUCE!!! Cons: long wait, average burrito more

La Vic #2 doesn't want your money 3/7/2007

I've lived downtown for 10+ years. I travel the world for my career. And I am an avid diner and cook. I know my food. When I first moved to dtwn SJ I was loving La Victoria on San Carlos. the food came up fast and the portions were big and everything I tried I loved. So I was so stoked when they opened La Vic #2 on Santa Clara cuz my wife works across the street and we can grab lunches and dinners easily. Well, it's been there for over a year and I have never enjoyed the experience. I've tried several times, but something always is lacking. You don't get the portions they boast on their menu nor what is even normal. I get screwed on the plates, burritos and tortas every time. If this isn't enough the service is terrible. Once I called in an order at 4:30. Told them I would be there at 5 to get my order. At 5 I asked for my order. the place was empty, but they still hadn't started making my order. When I saw the chshier finally give my order to the cook I informed them that I was in a hurry and couldn't wait for them to now cook it. The cook glared like I slapped his mom and the cashier rolled her eyes and shrugged and walked away. all the service needs to do there is take your order, take your money and call your number when the order is up. No dice. The love to take you money, but pay no attention to what you actually ordered and constantly give you the wrong food. (don't call them on it though or you will get such attitude) Bottom line is that you pay too much at that La Vic to get such small portions and the attitude from the staff. more

love the orange sauce 11/21/2006

It's all about the orange sauce. It's best drenching the food: lots of it. I really like the atmosphere of this place: it's in an old Victorian style house. It can get crowded on Friday and Saturday nights and finding a table to sit at becomes a problem. But, I really like their carne asada quesadillas and their burritos. They don't have free drink refills tho. Pros: orange sauce Cons: limited parking; limited seating more

Orange Sauce Contains Sausage Grease 10/23/2006

Although the orange sauce is really popular, I recently heard it is made of chorizo sausage grease, mayo and chili. They won't tell you the ingredients, so most people don't know it is not vegetarain. Why order the vegetarian burrito, only to smother it with sausage grease? I am not even a vegetarian, however I just think this mixture is disgusting. People should know what they are eating! more

La Vic was great! But not anymore. 8/10/2006

I was at La Vic's the first day they opened their doors, and I love going there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I probably provided them with enough revenue to open the second branch in San Jose. Their food was home-made, authentic, and delicious. Things have changed from the good old days. They now try to nickel and dime me on every little thing and the quality of food has gone downhill. I still go there once in a while, just to see if I can get the same old feeling from before, but I have been dissapointed. The place is now ran by teenagers with no manners, and cooks who take 10~15 minutes to prepare bad taqueria food. Who waits that long at a taqueria? Who wants to pay $0.50 for nachos? The orange sauce is still delicious, but that is the only thing going for them. I hate to say this for a restaurant that has accompanied me through my tough times, but honestly, La ic cares more about quantity now than quality. I am sorry old friend, but I will no longer recommend my friends (including City Search readers) to you anymore. Pros: Orange Sauce Cons: Bad Food, the crowd, bad service more

Try the orange sauce on everything! 7/17/2006

La Vic is famous for their orange sauce! You can't beat the $1.95 breakfast burritos, but my personal favorites are the carne asada burrito and the vegetarian flour quesadilla. Be sure to try the fresh watermelon liquada too! It's refreshing and not too sweet. Pros: Fresh food fast, good value, clean restaurant Cons: parking more

Convenient location, but lacking in taste, quality. 6/30/2006

i have been to la vaictoria a few occasions and each time walked away vowing that i'd never be back. i've heard from a number of people how wonderful it is, and as a taqueria lover I couldn't wait to try it. Well, the meat (carne asada, carnitas) are simply not up to par with a number of other taquerias in the same area. The hot sauces that so many rave about are very bland and overly smoky. I think that this may be a favorite for those people who are venturing beyond Taco Bell or Baja Fresh, but it is definitely not a good authentic Taqueria. more

Secret of Orange Sauce = Butter 11/4/2005

The Orange sauce is made with BUTTER Just mix garlic and hot sauce and butter and voila - you have the ORANGE SAUCE more

Great for cheap eats... 5/19/2005

Pros - Exceptional value; food will fill you up for a few bucks. Great for students on a budget and those who don't mind walking down the street for a casual bite to eat. There are better Mexican restaurants out there but not many that offer this much food for the price. Cons - Parking is scarce. This restaurant doesn't have a parking lot. You're almost tempted to park next door at the Jack-In-The-Box but the towing signs pretty much scare people off. Very crowded and hard to find seats. Also seating is not made for large parties (small tables with a few chairs). I don't recommend this as a place to bring coworkers during lunch - it's very casual; more of a student's hang out. Food is average in taste. Nothing spectacular about the cuisine but it is inexpensive. Pros: inexpensive, decent portions, tastey house sauce Cons: no parking, scarce seating, interior needs work more

Supersized 2/12/2004

Good sauce. Big Portions. Open Late. Lacks a bit of authenticity. One of those places people go when they're out drinking late. Pros: Open late, Very filling, Inexpensive Cons: , No parking lot, Not a huge variety more

Unforgettable 5/8/2003

This is so good it is addictive.I crave it weekly The super burritto and super nachos are fantastic! I also buy a bottle of the red sauce its so good. Pros: FAST, CHEAP, TASTE Cons: parking more

best hot sauce 2/7/2003

La Victoria is on of my favorite places to get tacos and burritos. The super tacos are awesome and the hot sauce is like nothing you'll find anywhere else. Be careful it may be habit forming. more

The best mexican tacos 12/26/2002

This is an excelent taqueria, great service and food. The salsa is unique. I'm from Mexico and I can tell this restaurant is my favorite in North California, simple and tasty. more
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  • Hours:

    Daily 7am-2am
  • Payments:

    Visa, Cash, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central San Jose, Central