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Aqui Cal-Mex

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American, Mexican, 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 5
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Hangout place on the patio

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
Chris94545
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Hayward, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Late Night
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108 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hayward, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A San Jose friend recommended this place for our lunch meeting. The food was very tasty and (if their claims are true) healthy. You order at the counter, and they bring the food to the table. Service was friendly and prompt, and they have a good selection, including daily specials. I'm not sure what "Cal-Mex" means, but I can say... More 

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Aqui Cal-Mex (Aqui) is a very interesting dining concept, and very well executed. It is essentially a very high-end cafeteria serving very good Cal-Mex food. There are currently 4 locations (San Jose, Campbell, and Cupertino). This is one of our favorite restaurants in South San Jose, and very reasonably priced too. The food comes out fast, and it's always very... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I love this place. I also like their other locations in Cupertino and Campbell. This fresh Southwest food is healthy and tasty. It is easy and quick to get a good meal in a nice environment. They also have plenty of Gluten free options. I would eat at Aqui every week if it was closer to my home. I pray... More 

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California
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1,684 reviews 1,684 reviews
538 restaurant reviews
626 helpful votes 626 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

While the menu seems more than a little contrived, with cuisines and genres going every which way, the results are surprisingly good. I'd go back.

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Boulder Creek, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Everyone in our party enjoyed the food, drink and fast service. The crab cakes were delicious. I appreciated the vegetarian options. This is a great place for a good casual and affordable healthy meal.

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Durango, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

There are 2 Aqui restaurants in the South Bay, on Lincoln in the Willow Glen area of San Jose and on Campbell Ave in Campbell. Our favorite is the one in Campbell as it is closer to us but both Campbell and Willow Glen are great. The chef in Campbell is usually available near the ordering stations to talk about... More 

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Hollister, California
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Cal-Mex at its finest. Green Beans with a quesadilla, a little strange, but it works here. Drinks are fairly strong, and they should be for the price!! Gets a little busy with singles in the evenings, so if you bring children do so in the daytime.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

We came here late after a day in Monterey and it was awesome! Perfect balance of spice, salt, and sweet. The Colorado Angus beef was delicious, especially with a little bit of ghost Chile salsa!

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San Jose, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I enjoy going to the various Aqui restaurants. The meetup group I am in visits the various Aqui restaurants around town and because of the group I was finally able to try one first hand. I do like the presentation of the food, very creative layout and the few things I have eaten there were quite good. I also finally... More 

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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: American, Mexican, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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