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El Califa

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Condesa
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Altata 22, Col. Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
5271.6285 / 5273.4943
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food but a little too trendy...

La Califa's tacos are KILLER. Delicious! Ditto for the guacamole. It's a very busy scene both day and night, with locals and tourists filling the place at all hours. While the food is excellent, there is a whiff of attitude among some of the waitstaff that I could have done without. That aside, go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
misstutti2
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Antigua, Guatemala
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Miami, Florida
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If visiting Mexico City, please make sure to include in your agenda have some great quality tacos at El Califa. They have several locations around the City, Polanco, Interlomas, La Condesa, coming soon Reforma, etc. you will not regret it!

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Thank JLAP0330
London, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are countless amount of places to have very good food in Mexico City but I like this place because it is trendy, down to earth and the food is very very good yet reasonably priced. We has two waiters looking after us, both very professional. We got carried away and ordered a lot of stuff, but they told us... More 

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Thank Harold B
Cologne, Germany
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Califa is a must go place when in Mexico. The food is awsome in a casual atmosphere and reasonable priced.

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Thank witchmaster2000
Antigua, Guatemala
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71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Califa's tacos are KILLER. Delicious! Ditto for the guacamole. It's a very busy scene both day and night, with locals and tourists filling the place at all hours. While the food is excellent, there is a whiff of attitude among some of the waitstaff that I could have done without. That aside, go. You will not be disappointed with... More 

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Thank misstutti2
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A chain; we only tried this one in Condesa (several times). Excellent real (not Norte american) tacos, very lively, open very late, very cheap, perfect place for lunch or when you want a quick dinner.

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Thank Nathaniel B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This taqueria was recommended by a few friends, so I was excited to check it out. It is super nice and clean, a little fancier than other taquerias. The service was fast, friendly and on point. The food is amazing. We had the fried cheese appetizer, the al pastor tacos, and especially the Gaona's con queso (puffy fried cheese). We... More 

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Thank Teresa P
London
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like tacos, chicharron and all sorts of varieties of tacos this is your place. It is modest from the outside but a delight when you get seated and start going on the menu. Tame your appetite cause every single dish was mouth watering. The sauces accompanying the dishes were delicious and the generous portions of lime helped soak... More 

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Thank Davincicode
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Whenever I come to Mexico city and people ask me what would I like to eat, the first thing that comes to mind is tacos at El Califa and their chicken soup. They make one of the best tacos and sauces you'll find in Mexico city and you can eat here without the worries of getting ill in your stomach... More 

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Thank TheFoodTraveler
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Mexico City has a really dynamic food culture, and there are a ton of taco places, but El Califa is one of my latest finds. Nothing fancy, but very efficient and friendly service. But wow the tacos are awesome - great variety and whenever you can find fresh made corn tortillas you are in heaven. And the Tres Leches cake... More 

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Thank 538francish
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

We loved this restaurant. Amazing tacos, tasty guacamole, and friendly service. The special taco with the grilled cheese was fantastic. Go here!

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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>  > Condesa
  • Neighborhood: Condesa
  • Phone Number: 5271.6285 / 5273.4943

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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Staying in Condesa

Neighborhood Profile
Condesa
Easy to explore either on bike or foot, Condesa offers a great variety of activities and places to visit while admiring its neo-colonial architecture. Diverse restaurants vary from regional to global along its streets, while local bars even let you craft your own beer. The urban yet relaxing vibe let visitors cycle or stroll on the Amsterdam Circuit.