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Aqui Cal-Mex

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1145 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125-3002
+1 408-995-0381
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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San Diego, California
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154 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 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 

Thank Tony C
San Jose, California
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400 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2015

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 

Thank DHook
Los Gatos, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 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 

Thank 409randy
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1,694 reviews
543 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 946 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 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.

Thank CarmichaelVentura
Boulder Creek, California
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77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 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.

Thank FullTiltTraveler
Durango, Colorado
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 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 

Thank sideman59
Hollister, California
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130 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 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.

Thank AmyJune H
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90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 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!

Thank Silas B
San Jose, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 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 

Thank Marlene M
San Jose, California
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

I'm not a drinker, but even I tried the swirl. It is soooo gooood. They have 4 flavors and a special of the day. I ordered one with a side. Get something to eat with your drinks, they are strong. Can be noisy, long waits, You order you food and drinks in line. Wait for you order and then take... More 

Thank patricia49er

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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
US$3 - US$13
Mexican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
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?