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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Central American
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, BYOB, Playgrounds
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Reviewed March 20, 2022 via mobile

True Cuban Culinary Craftsmanship! This was our first and definitely won’t be our last visit to Cali’s N Tito’s. 😋 This is definitely an dining experience worth repeating. While visiting with friends - we excepted their recommendation to try this unique and yet memorable cuisine....Every meal was prepared with excellence. Every bite was delicious and filling. Amazing presentation and incredible flavors. As a foodie, you will throughly enjoy most every aspect of your meal. We dined on a Sunday after church. The place was packed! That’s actually a good thing as it speaks to the “it’s worth the wait” experience we had embarked on. From main courses, sides, and desserts - it’s all simply GREAT FOOD! My wife had the fish taco 🌮. It was soft taco, stuffed with breaded fish, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and an amazing special sauce. She complimented this with an Empanada (Fried pastry stuffed with pork and veggies) - that she described as a crispy, flavorful, tangy packet of yummy 😋. I enjoyed every bite of my Avocado 🥑 Salad - so so good! I strongly recommend the Maduros (fried sweet plaintains). There were 7 in our party. The entire meal was $150 with a generous tip. Great wait staff. The most challenging part was the busy atmosphere and the at times language barriers with the staff. Otherwise- we give this dining experience 5 STARS 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 and beyond !!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2021

Our group loved the big burrito with choice of steak or chicken and the selection of cheese quesadillas with steak. Our bill for 3 people amounted to just over $30 for a late afternoon meal. The restaurant has plenty of outdoor tables and some indoor...tables. The walls are painted colorfully and latin pop music plays while you dine. Located close to the UGA campus on S. Lumpkin Street.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 3, 2021 via mobile

First trip. Didn’t realize until educated by a group in front of us that ordering was done at the counter. No alcohol served. BYOB available for a fee. Ordered fish burrito, quesadillas and fish tropicale (grilled). All were outstanding.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 12, 2021 via mobile

Tacos were authentic and delicious. Reasonable prices. Very close to campus. Good lunch specials. Variety of sides including sweet plantains.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 14, 2021

A friend who's mother in law lives in Athens recommended the place. Very casual. You order at the counter then sit at picnic tables. We had dinner there and enjoyed it so much we were the first in line when they opened for lunch the...next day before driving home. The beef empanadas were awesome as was the cuban sandwich (liked the criollo version more than the steak which was more like a latin philly cheesesteak). The tostones and the madras (green a ripe plantains)were really good. Ran out of time to try the other items. By the way its BYOB, wish we had known.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed August 22, 2020 via mobile

It is going down hill fast. Spend your money elsewhere! Staff was rude and the wait time was unheard of!!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 5, 2020 via mobile

Perfect outdoor restaurant! Lots of seating for social distancing, excellent cleaning being done between customers. Portions were great. You can BYOB, but the gas station next door recently lost its liquor license, so plan accordingly and bring it with you or stop before you come....A few people had small coolers they brought with them. Portions were great and there is on-site parking.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 22, 2020 via mobile

We love the distinctive atmosphere here and the really great good. The fish tacos and tamales are among our favorites, and prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. However lines can be very long And slow moving at times and the...place can be very noisy when crowded. Lunches are quieter than evenings much of the time. Except when there are long lines and hence long waits for food, it is a fun place to go with kids.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed March 17, 2020

When I pulled up, I wasnt sure if the place was open for business. I walked in to a decor like no other. Maybe , if there was a "hood" in Cuba.... I reluctantly order the tropical taco and OMG. Delicioso

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 6, 2020

My wife always orders the fish tacos. I try different things everytime we go. During warm weather this is a favorite lunch spot for university students and towns folk alike. The food is Central American. My niece from Spain loves to eat here.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

Stopped in here off a recommendation while on business. Great tacos!! Authentic food, great atmosphere, nice little dive in Athens. I recommend the steak tacos

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020 via mobile

We used to LOVE Cali n Tito's, and were super excited for some fish tacos today, but after our experience we turned around and left...maybe for good. The line is always long, which is understandable, but when we finally approached the front of the line,...we were not permitted to order, and were rudely ignored by the cashier who started having a private conversation in Spanish w someone who cut to the front of the line. This person at first seemed like they just wanted to ask a question, which would have been fine. HOWEVER, turns out they were ordering for TWO families, with two separate checks, the whole nine. I speak fluent Spanish and could understand the whole encounter which took more than 10 minutes, during which time the cashier did not even acknowledge us or the dozen people in line behind us. Not even an apology for the wait, let alone the blatant cutting in line by this rude customer. You can't always control your customers, but you can choose your response. When my husband confronted the cashier and the rude customer, pointing out that they cut in line, the cashier was even ruder and shrugged us off saying rude things in Spanish about us (which I fully understood). This is when we turned and walked out. As we did, we heard the customers behind us in line say to themselves "apparently you have a leg up if you speak Spanish". This is highly unfortunate as we have always enjoyed the food at CnT. However, I doubt we will return after this experience.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 17, 2020

I have been to Cali N Tito's on several occasions and have never had anything bad to eat. Everything has been delicious. Everyone must go here when in Athens!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 5, 2020

Probably my favorite restaurant in Athens! So cute and funky and nostalgiac and unique. The food is amazing, Cuban inspired and has something for everyone and the atmosphere is so light and joyous. Dive-y, BYOB, and cash-only this place is a classic Athens establishment and...you will find a line most afternoons and evenings, especially when the weather is nice. A must-visit if you are from out of town and good for big parties since you order and pay individually and there is plenty of space - even if you have to eat in the boat :-)More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed December 22, 2019 via mobile

The food was excellent. Very much exceeded expectations. The place looks like a college dive, which it obviously is. Since you order at the counter, there is less to review from a service standpoint, but the waitress who brought out our food was nice. Our...visit was for lunch on Sunday. I would like to visit here on a weekend night to check out the vibe. They also have a cheap fee to BYOB.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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No, they have a full service bar.
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Yes. They have outdoor seating and allow dogs to the best of my knowledge. I seam to remember dogs there. Great food. Highly recommend ot
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Yes! Several times we've decided to eat at home and called in our order. Everything was prepared as requested. Just remember that this is a CASH ONLY establishment. Well worth the trip to an ATM if needed.
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Yes, Cali N Tito's offers takeout services.

Cali N Tito's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5