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El Califa

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Altata 22, Col. Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
5271.6285 / 5273.4943
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good but overpriced

Very good and high end taqueria, expect the best ingredients and variety. Tends to be very expensive depending of what you order. My personal favorite is the taco campechano

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you are in Mexico City, near Colonia Condesa... don't miss to eat at El CALIFA. Try the Tacos al Pastor! The "Chicharron de Queso" and the "Agua de Coco"!!!! yummy!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Very good and high end taqueria, expect the best ingredients and variety. Tends to be very expensive depending of what you order. My personal favorite is the taco campechano

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My co-workers took me to El Califa for dinner. We had excellent fried cheese, black bean soup, but the best by far were Tacos al Pastor. I had two tacos al pastor. They were about the 2" in diameter and piled high with thin slices of pork. Delicious! The salsas were my favorite. Each salsa added amazing flavor to the... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This place promise you a real mexican experience, but it is only an expensive version of a taquería that could be much better. It is not bad... but too expensive for what your receive...

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

one of the best places to eat Mexican, surrounded by a great atmosphere at the beautiful district of La Condesa.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Try the fried gouda tortillas… not something to have every day but a taste sensation! Friendly service and high quality food. We went back 3 times in a week!

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This is a restaurant located in a very exclusive neighborhood at Mexico City (La Condesa). The restaurant is not a fancy place, but typical Mexican food you eat very well. Prices are quite reasonable, as long as you do not have too much control with your food. They have all kinds of freshly prepared Mexican dishes and a good choice... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Delicious Mexican food at ridiculously affordable prices. Open late, attracts locals, so is definitely not a tourist trap. Excellent service and incredibly tasty. Quick service and open until the wee hours of the morning. Although it is a (small) chain it is a great place to eat.

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NYC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Pleasantly surprised and worth the wait. Try the Gaonas & the Pastor are can not miss. My favorite dish was the grilled Nopal a la plancha with Panela cheese. even if you don't eat cheese, order this. Cold beers continue to flow and a great chill atmosphere despite the popularity.

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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This place was very near our hotel, but I would gladly have traveled some distance to eat here. Particularly tasty were the beef-based tacos, especially those with cheese. Outstanding. And several really excellent salsas to choose from. One miss was the chicken taco, cut from a gyro-style cone of meat and more or less shredded. It was bone dry, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Altata 22, Col. Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City
  • Phone Number: 5271.6285 / 5273.4943

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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