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Aqui Cal-Mex

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Mexican, American, Californian
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1145 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
+1 408-995-0381
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Description: Real food, remarkably priced at your neighborhood kitchen and bar...
Real food, remarkably priced at your neighborhood kitchen and bar. Featuring California cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Southwest, Asia, and Latin America. Offering wild, natural and organic ingredients in dishes made fresh daily by chefs, and our award winning Industrial Strength™ Swirls and Margaritas.
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  • 57
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice casual place for good food...

It was a bit of drag to get a parking around but just be a little patient and once you get parking the restaurant will pay it off - food was awesome, quick and tasty. The daily special drink they had was really great (I think Mango & Cantaloupe or something) - and the staff was excellent. Overall... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2015
SailenSaha
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Cupertino, California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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UK
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

An experience . A bit like a school canteen - very clinical and loud but the food was good and reasonably priced.

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Cupertino, California
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

It was a bit of drag to get a parking around but just be a little patient and once you get parking the restaurant will pay it off - food was awesome, quick and tasty. The daily special drink they had was really great (I think Mango & Cantaloupe or something) - and the staff was excellent. Overall, the place... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I absolutely love Aqui- in all their locations. My favorite meal is the salmon- which is served with tofu and the best lemon sauce I've had anywhere, but I don't think I've ever ordered anything I wasn't happy with. Fresh, great food, atmosphere, and prices all fit together well. It's always busy- sometimes a little loud, but definitely a family... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Aqui does what it does well. You order from the kitchen, they give you a "beeper" and you go pick it up when it's ready. Quick, no hassle service and the food is excellent

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

One of our evenings, me and my son wanted to go out for some Mexican food for dinner. We found Aqui and thought we would give it a try. WOW! very fresh. Food was delicious and staff was very attentive. We tried the sampler trio of hummus, guacamole, and black bean dip.....highly recommend!!! My son had the chicken Enchiladas and... More 

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Glendale, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My husband and I were ready for a casual meal, so we decided to try Aqui Cal-Mex. Even though it was only three miles from our hotel, the drive through rush hour traffic was a nightmare! It was stop and go the entire route, with little or no parking close by. We ended up walking the final six blocks to... More 

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San Jose, California
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Aqui is a pretty good restaurant. It doesn't have table service, but what really matters is how tasty the food is. Last time I went, they had Blackberry Pineapple Agua Fresca as a choice of beverage, which was awesome! For an appetizer, they have tortilla chips with guacamole and bean dip, which is also, really good! And best of all,... More 

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Southern California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Wow! Great variety! Includes unusual variety of veggies, unusual specials (eg Saturday: grass-fed beef enchiladas w/ chopped marinated carrot relish and side of mashed potatoes). The "guacamole" is a DELISH mash of avocado, and their signature "swirls" cocktails are killer. Busy, busy on a Saturday night but there is a ton of indoor and outdoor seating and we did not... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Food is okay - some unusual combinations offered. Orders taken at counter and then you pick up food - no servers. Nice selection of entrees and drinks as well as a full bar.

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Hayward, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We have one word in our extended family for a meeting place: AQUI's! We love the patio, the food and the "Cali" laid backness. We visited on a Sunday afternoon for a celebration. We had some birthdays and a couple of joggers having done a run for Ronald McDonald House. Perfect reason to get together. The food is great tasting... More 

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Additional Information about Aqui Cal-Mex

Address: 1145 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
Phone Number: +1 408-995-0381
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 3 - 13
Cuisine: Mexican, American, Californian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1145 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-995-0381

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 13
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Romantic

Description

Real food, remarkably priced at your neighborhood kitchen and bar. Featuring California cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Southwest, Asia, and Latin America. Offering wild, natural and organic ingredients in dishes made fresh daily by chefs, and our award winning Industrial Strength™ Swirls and Margaritas.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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