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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 - 9:30 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Family friendly with an eclectic, vibrant mix of people.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Lorraine M
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Glendale, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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113 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Glendale, California
Top Contributor
192 reviews 192 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 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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San Diego, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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1,703 reviews 1,703 reviews
545 restaurant reviews
791 helpful votes 791 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant 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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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: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children

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?