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Aqui Cal-Mex

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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
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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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The Swirl is where it's at

The food is Mexican fusion with, eh, not sure but it's pretty good. Great mashed black beans and all the dishes are a lighter Mexican fare so you don't leave with that super heavy belly feeling unless you stuff yourself. Their swirls - a blended margarita with vodka - will knock you on your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
pearlwhite
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San Jose, California
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Tallahassee, Florida
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The food is great! I love how fresh everything is. I had the pork tacos and the portions are very large. The price is maybe a little high for lunch - $10+

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Thank 897jcb
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Aqui is one of my go to places when I want great simple food that taste great. I like the blossom hill and willow glen locations because they have outdoor seating very clean and artfully decorated. The wonderful menus have great salsas, salads and flour less deserts. the ingredients are wholesome and fresh and gluten free items as well. it... More 

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Thank bobness2
San Jose, California
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The food is Mexican fusion with, eh, not sure but it's pretty good. Great mashed black beans and all the dishes are a lighter Mexican fare so you don't leave with that super heavy belly feeling unless you stuff yourself. Their swirls - a blended margarita with vodka - will knock you on your backside and are a must anytime... More 

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Thank pearlwhite
Washington
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

Food was excellent and atmosphere very enjoyable. Prices reasonable for lunch too. One of many to enjoy in Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose.I would recommend it as a change from the burger and pizza lunch.

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Thank Kathy H
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

My husband and I went here for the first time about 7:30 p.m. on a Friday night. They are CRAZY busy, it is like standing room only in a club for 18 - 25 year olds. when we finally got a table, it was along the wall outside of the bar. Turned out that became the line for bar service,... More 

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Thank Carolyn B
Milpitas, California
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I think calling this place Cal-Mex is a bit of a stretch. Lets just say its American food with a Mexican flare! The food is okay...I'd even say sub-par. The test of a good Mexican food place is the chips...and well, the chips aren't good. BUT (yes there is a but), if you are looking for organic, local and sustainable... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a cute little order-then-sit restaurant that has a similarly cute patio when the weather is nice. Food is fairly reliably good.

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Thank rivenmyst137
Mountain View, California
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is an order at the counter and pick up your own food place that provides food quality as if it were a full service restaurant. Pricing is very reasonable and the plate presentations are attractive and colorful. Getting a seat might be a bit of a challenge so get your seat then order because doing it the other way... More 

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Thank Patrick_J_Lane
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Simply amazing dining experience! Healthy but delicious Mexican menu. I seriously could have ordered anything and it would have been outstanding. Service was fast and friendly, food was hot and delicious and I can't wait to go again. Every city needs this restaurant. Go. Don't walk...run!

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Thank Lori B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

This was my 2nd visit, but my friends and family eat here all the time. The menu is always diverse with good flavor, and the prices are very reasonable. If you enjoy fusion and Mexican food, this is a great place to eat.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?