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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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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
Some amazing tacos

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
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New York, NY
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61 reviews 61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Mazatlan, Mexico
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94 reviews 94 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The place offers great tacos and other mexican food, is expensive and service is good, try to eat gaoneras meat, pastor tacos and gringas, also chicharron de queso, they charge for parking as a valet, the concept of the restaurant s great mostly attracts young people and offers great mexican food.

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Mexico, Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The food here is good, however it is a very commercial/touristy place so prices are steep for tacos. Try the pastor and ribeye tacos, as well as the jugo de carne.

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Morelia, Mexico
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A bit pricey and loud music but these tacos are amazing. Gaonas costras and chicharron de queso are a must. Great service and although this place is not your typical taco joint the food is well worth it.

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Ballwil, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

One of Mexicos best Taquerias. Everything really fresh and clean. Service could be a little more attentif but the food counts;-) Every year when I visit MC with my family we have a stop here...

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Quito
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Absolutely a must if in the mood for tacos. This place rocks! Fresh ingredients, excellent tortillas. Super meat quality. Definitively worth the extra bucks!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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