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1145 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
+1 408-995-0381
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Ranked #10 of 1,924 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $13
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Californian
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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, Late Night
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.
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Hayward, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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114 reviews 114 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
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151 reviews 151 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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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509 restaurant reviews
535 helpful votes 535 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

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
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
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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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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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: American, Mexican, Californian

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