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Aqui Cal-Mex

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$$ - $$$
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1145 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125-3002
+1 408-995-0381
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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San Jose, California
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79 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I eat here a lot. Love the food: fresh, tasty, wide variety, healthy. Lots of salsas and toppings. Service is fast: counter order and self serve. Often no tables as very popular. Downside: very, very noisy. Can't hold a conversation easily. Kids running around. Lots of commotion and maneuvering to get food without being bumped. Chairs uncomfortable. Table design allows... More 

Thank paladin11
San Jose
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Okay, so let's be clear about something from the beginning: any place that only offers counter service is not REALLY a 5-star restaurant. But I'm giving it five stars for other considerations: for one thing, the food is always very fresh and very healthy, and though "Cal-Mex" basically means "Mexican food for white people", it's also very tasty. For another,... More 

Thank Charles A
Auburn, Alabama
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Some of the best food I've ever had. I had a salmon and tofu dish that was out of this world! Definitely not your standard fare. The place was very popular with lots of people coming and going. The venue was nice but I'm not sure about the operating model. No wait staff per se. Stand in line, order food... More 

Thank Phil C
Los Gatos, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Consistent good quality food. They are very good about making modifications to their plates (e.g., substituting mashed pinto beans for creamy slaw; salad for rice; etc.). Ingredients always taste fresh. Definitely Cal-Mex as opposed to our U.S. version of "real" Mexican food. The green salad with mango and salmon is a favorite.

Thank hoopsfan4life
San Jose, California
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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Nice for fresh quality Tex-Mex or American Mexican fusion food. Not your typical authentic Mexican but lots of seemingly healthy twists and options. Bar is great for Margaritas of all sorts and be sure to share the sampler appetizer plate. Their Tamatillo soup is outstanding, also love the goat cheese quesadillas. Salads with meat toppings or daily specials are very... More 

Thank Lili B
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We went three weeks ago on my holidays as one of my friend took me over . Must say phenomenal food . Was great to dine now will be part of the memory sure will come over next year

Thank speakeasy_83
San Jose, California
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Really a nice take on Mexican food, very fusion. They have interesting specials and a standard menu. They usually have sample plates with the specials so you can see what you would be getting. You wait in line and give your order to the cashiers, take a number and go find a table. There is a separate bar you can... More 

Thank Reno D
San Jose, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Modern mexican food, not your usual diet from a mexican place . Order at the counter and take to your seat. No service required. Fast, good for quick meals, though they do not rush you out. Large putside area for bripunch, or lunch.

Thank 884Nancyjo
San Jose, California
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63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Food is what makes a restaurant great and this has the best-original menu selections that are all about fresh with California and Mexican flavors blended together. This is not Tex-Mex. Menu selections are healthy eating although the portions are very generous- no portion control. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Place your own order so you can ask about ingredients... More 

Thank bbon2ur
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We've been going to Aqui since 1995, so that should say a lot about this restaurant! Their main location in Willow Glen was and always be a favorite but their Cupertino location is up there too! Amazing local and organic produce. Excellent vegetarian dishes! Their take on Cal-Mex is at its finest! Aqui remains our hang out and we've introduced... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $13
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1145 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125-3002
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-995-0381
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?