Calexico Detroit

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Mexican
Calexico is a real place. One of two major crossings between California and Mexico, the border fence runs right through the middle of town. Take a step south and you’re in Mexicali; a step north, Calexico. Everything about Calexico is a hybrid: the people, the culture, and especially the food. Our family has lived in and around Calexico for generations. We began our business slinging tacos and burritos on the streets of New York from a tiny street cart.

Fast-forward a few years. We’re still slinging tacos and burritos, only now we do it from restaurants: in New York, Detroit, and soon, Bahrain. Nobody is more surprised by this development than we are.

Our business has grown, but what we do hasn’t changed one bit. We still wake up every day and make the kind of food we like to eat: fresh, flavorful, satisfying. People seem to like it. Hopefully you will too.

Buen Provecho,
The Calexico Brothers
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JW
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Decor was cute. Service was just a little slow.

JM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow. Our server was working hard but he seemed a little forgetful

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a good time at Calexico

KG
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A small group of us met for dinner before a concert and found Calexico to serve our purpose. The food and drinks are good enough (the guacamole and the "crack sauce" are personal favorites), the service was decent, and the price was right. I won't rush back, but I will likely return in the future.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!

KA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is very good, the service good, and it’s a fun atmosphere. The only thing I didn’t like is that a Mexican restaurant serves its house Margaritas in little whiskey glasses. After all the ice they put in you do not get much drink at all!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had two servers but once our food came we didn’t see them much. We had to get up and track them down for many things including to pay. Also it wasn’t even that busy, disappointed...

SP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A group of 6 of us went there before a concert. At first I was disappointed they didn’t have the outdoor space set up for seating. Chairs out there were still stacked even though it was a gorgeous day outside. We were seated right away as it wasn’t very busy. Our waiter was nice but not good at his job and thanked us for being patient right off the bat. He forgot requests, didn’t check on us much and seemed frequently confused even though the place was half empty. As for food the servings were all small. The guac/salsa & chips and the quesadillas tasted good. Our margaritas were small and served in short rocks glasses with lots of ice with salt splattered down one side of the glass. Our tostada salad did not have the requested added chicken and instead was loaded with a ton of sliced jalapeños which were not listed in the ingredients and took quite a while to pick out. When we showed the waiter the pile of them once he finally came back to the table he didn’t offer any apology or offer a new salad. The enchiladas were small but tasted okay. We will not be back.

CD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. Moderate selection. Did take a while to get 3 dishes but quality was good.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Light shining in my eye from a spotlight under the table waitress said she was going to cover it up and never did! Food was ok but not worth the money and not as hot and fresh as could be! Would not recommend.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious and the wait staff was very friendly however we waited almost an hour for our food and we were trying to get to a show. There didn’t seem to be a reason for the delay. Would recommend if you have time to wait and you enjoy Hispanic food!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great!! Looking forward to my next visit!!

SS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food and atmosphere, we arrived at a busy time and the workers were hustling but in the midst of all that we were still served promptly and everyone was very nice. The food was phenomenal!! Overall we will for sure be back

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was blah. Service was ok. Had a weird stench when I walked inside. Smelt like dirty carpet. Would not recommend.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good but service was poor. Friends waited 45mins for a draft beer and a house marg.

MH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very flavorful. Nice atmosphere. Excellent location right in the middle of the excitement and energy of the center of Detroit. Great location for a casual, delicious meal.

KS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Although service was good, but slow in getting drinks and food.

SM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The last time I was here it was amazing, this time....not so much. We ordered appetizers that came at the same time as our main course, we never recieved the drinks we ordered and we were rushed out super quickly as soon as we finished eating. Overall, it was not a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 2

Poor service. Not my first time experiencing poor service. Would deter unless you have at least an hour to spare.

KS
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good margaritas

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious, however the service was very poor, as we walked in even that we had reservations they didn’t have a table to sit us, after that it took a good 35-40 for the waitress to come and take our order or even acknowledge that we were there

OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was ok. Hostess stuck us at bar and never got moved once a table opened up. We were in a hurry so we didn't have time to argue. Bathrooms were disgusting and noticed that even though there was a long line of people waiting to get in, no one was clearing tables. Food was good, but margarita tasted like straight lime juice and no tequila.

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience! Loved it for a big group.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They were closed, but let me make a reservation.

A
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the Baja Fish Bowl and the Chicken Enchiladas. Both were outstanding. The fish was cooked to perfection, very crunchy outside and moist inside. The atmosphere is definitely energetic! We have been to the Calexico in Greenpoint NY, and had to compare the two locations. Food is great at both!

OT
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, great food! Had to change ge time of reservation through OpenTable and that went smoothly. Will go back again!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Waitress was totally absent. Took order then vanished. Food took forever. Helote was BLACK - like charcoal - and they garnished it and sent it out anyway. They got the order wrong initially. Asked for drinks part way into the meal and they came after we were done eating. No water refills (eating spicy food). The food, once prepared properly and what we asked for, was very good. Not worth the horrible service, price (drinks!), and headache though.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great plaxe

CC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really good dining experience everything was great from the food to the service. Would recommend this to everyone

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

AWFUL SERVICE! We were not helped at all and ended up walking out after 20 minutes of being ignored.

S
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The hostess that was working on Saturday, March 9 was terrible. I waited at the hostess stand for 10 minutes before she slowly walked over to help me. She had no sense of urgency to help me or anyone else. She kept going over to talk to the other workers then would come back to her stand even though there was a long line of people. The hostess/host is the first person customers deal with upon entering a restaurant. Please reconsider having her do this job. She is not the first impression you want people to have when they step in to your restaurant. Everyone that was waiting for their table was talking about how rude and unfriendly she was.

MC
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the few kid friendly (no kids menu) restaurants where you can make a reservation in Detroit. We went before an event at Ford Field. Food is decent, crowd was manageable. I love their Nacho cheese sauce!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it. I will definitely be going back soon.

DW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was just OK. The food was not hot, and barely even warm. It was good, but would have been better HOT! Very noisy, and hard to have a conversation.

KM
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and quick service - we had two birthdays in the group and they did a nice job giving us some churros to celebrate

CH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Hostess answered, "Yeah" when I called to say we were stuck in traffic. I wasn't even sure I called the right place because there was no formal greeting with the restaurant name. The men's restroom had one stall and the toilet was plugged. Women's restroom had no lights. We had to ask for napkins and utensils after our food was brought to the table. Items listed on the drink menu were not available (mint lemonade) or substituted with another item (the root beer). Perhaps we got there when staff was turning over, but there was no mention of that so we weren't sure who our server was.

On a good note, I would definitely go back for the food. Everything we ordered was fabulous!! The freshness of the food and the attention to detail was excellent.

Please put that amount of attention into your restaurant!

K
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent food and cocktails. The service was less than desirable. The hostess was not incredibly friendly, and our waitress was not very friendly either.. failed to bring us utensils for the appetizers, and made little to no effort to interact with us besides taking our orders and handing us the bill.

k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience.. seated right away, waiter was attentive an service was fast. Great place. We will be back!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Great bar service but we had a terrible waiter. Went there on Valentine’s Day for a double date before the Wings game. Every time we ordered something it took about 15 minutes to get. Asked for our bill because we were already late to the game and he disappeared. I had to go to the bartender to get the bill and he ended up giving us 20% off. Food was ok, nothing to write home about.

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