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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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Outdoor seating

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  • 120
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful tacos

Fantastic food. Busy place, on a very busy street, valet parking, fast service : food arrives in 5 minutes. The regular meat tacos were great, as were the smaller Tacos al Pastor, and the Tres Leches dessert was also excellent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Stamford, Connecticut
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  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

I went to El Califa as a solo travel (business trip). It took me a while to find it but i wasnt disappointed then. The place is very vibrant, very noisy but in a good way. The waitresses are quick to take orders, they also have a menu in english which helps. I had three different sorts of tacos and... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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59 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Fantastic food. Busy place, on a very busy street, valet parking, fast service : food arrives in 5 minutes. The regular meat tacos were great, as were the smaller Tacos al Pastor, and the Tres Leches dessert was also excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My favorite tacos place in Mexico City. Their meat tacos are extraordinaries, they serve them with different salsas which are delicious. I tried nopales also and i love them! If you wanna try Mex street food and do not want to take a risks from the street - Califa is your choice.

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Vancouver, Canada
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13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Came here after reading the positive reviews on trip advisor... And they weren't wrong! Get the tacos al pastor...amazing. They are small, my husband and I ate 9 between us (with the frijoles de olla). Service was quick and attentive, place very clean. A lot of locals too so you feel like you are getting something authentic. May go back... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

A real definition when it comes to Tacos! Order the "Tacos al Pastor" Make sure you ask for 5 in one go as they are small. (2 bites per taco) . The waiter will ask "Con todo" this mean with cilantro and onions, simply say yes or no. "Frijoles de olla" is also a must and of course the "... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We were staying in Condesa area and our hotel recommended this place. the tacos were simply the best! We tried tacos n a few places and this one was the one we enjoyed the most. The pastor tacos were amazing! Try make it to this one!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you visit Mexico city and want real tacos. I mean the tacos that mexican people eat.... this is the place to go. The restaurant is perfect. It is clean and trendy. (You can go to this place at 4 am and will be open with lots of fun people). My favorite are Tacos al Pastor (pork or chicken) .... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

if you are a newbie in the Mexican taco style and do not want to take risks in the streets, come to Califas Tacos. it has a modern urban style but with classic taste of city taco. You will test classic hot chilly sauce with severals levels from newbie-non-picante to advanced-Red-Hot-Habanero-Paper. You can come at any time, but the best... More 

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Sydney
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Amazing food, incredible cocktails, helpful staff. Slightly more expensive than your typical hole in the wall taco places. But very hygienic and delicious food!

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New York
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The steak and cheese tacos here are soooo good and so are the tacos al pastor. They have good service and great food. Beers are cold and you will eat well. I really enjoyed coming here as I left satisfied every time. Totally recommend this place!

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?