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Aqui Cal-Mex

1145 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125-3002
(408) 995-0381
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Ranked #17 of 1,903 restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Californian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Fresno, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If a place is usually as busy as this place was I'll walk out, but I had to try it and I'm sooo.... happy I did because the food was amazing!!!! It is well worth the wait and I'd come here again and again!!

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Paradise, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We've moved from our many decades in the Bay Area into retirment in the Sierra North... Having lived and worked in the Willow Glen neighborhood for many years, I can say Aqui, is more than you would expect from it's humble street front visage... I ran a number of retail businesses in and around this easy going burb with one... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We did the California Enchi, Salmon Taco, Chicken Verde and Avocado corn burrito for a working lunch. The dishes were so good we shared everything. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly waiter made this a must visit next time I'm in town. At 1 pm on a Thursday it was busy so be prepared to wait at the weekend!

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Escondido, California
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Sunday brunch is great. Only thing is there's no Bloody Mary's and all drinks have a Margarita swirl, so if your not into Margaritas make sure to take that into account. All four different plates we had was very good.......plates clean are a good sign.

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San Jose, California, USA
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

There is no sign posted that dogs are not allowed. There is a pet store two storefronts away. We were I'm this neighborhood called Willow Glen. We were very hungry and we sat in the back patio with out 4lbs puppy. We are asked to leave. Took the food home, which we thought we could enjoy in the back patio... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The food is almost an art form. I had green rice with mango, fruits, edamame and grilled chicken. I finished every bite.Very creative and different palate mix- and very delicious.

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San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Always a new entrée to try, and always tasty and unique! Never a bad visit! Lunch or dinner - both are equally excellent at all locations.

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Livermore
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Aqui is a hideaway in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. The outdoor seating makes you feel like you nestled in a cozy hacienda. Every time we have dined there the food has been excellent. The sangria is very good. Afterward, you can enjoy the quaint setting of Willow Glen. Visit the shops and browse.

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San Jose, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

this is a fusion cuisine made terrific by the use of fresh ingredients. It can be noisy, but if you want a really gourmet experience at an inexpensive price, look no farther. they have 4 locations near San Jose and we regularity visit the one in Willow Glen or Campbell, the latter has some interesting items for breakfast on Sundays.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Had dinner here on a very busy Friday night. It was noisy but worth it. The signature drinks were delicious and the food outstanding.It definitely is a happening place! You wait in line to place your order,wait for it and then hopefully find a place to sit down. The sangria swirl and Carlito's margarita were the two drinks we had... More

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