Calexico Detroit

4.2
268 Reviews
$30 and under
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 268 people are saying
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vipTarynA
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food downtown. Amazing service and drinks as well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great menu. Chips and salsa were just ok. Service was ok. Loved the ambiance. Great location downtown.

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tma26
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They were very short staffed but in the servers defense, she mentioned food taking 40 minutes from ordering. Ours took a bit longer like closer to an hour but it was good when we got it. It all came out 1 order at a time.

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MissieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Service was awesome

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MLP1
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. No complaints and will definitely come back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great! Margarita not so much…

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GinaS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location. Food is amazing! Super friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was extremely cold in the restaurant. Way too cold for the month of December. It’s rare that I’m not satisfied with my meal, but the tacos… just weren’t good. It lacked the flavor you would expect. I enjoyed the drinks and the carne fries. My friend’s salad was made incorrectly, and had to send it back.

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StephC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The food & the service was outstanding, we had a great experience!

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vipKk425
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!! Food and service were very good.

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vipTomG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Service was bad from the start. Hostess didn’t seem to have a clue. We had reservations, but we waited 15 minutes while as she continually sat walk ins, because the table she had “penciled in” for us was still in use. Once we did get seated, we ate with our coats on for the entire meal because they apparently had no heat in the place Food was so-so. Can’t say we’ll ever go back.

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AndreaS
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Calexico! We loved our visit and will be back! Great service and the food was delicious!

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DebbieJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent...great preparation and value for your money. The margueritas were excellent too!

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Foodie430
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a 7:30 pm reservation. When I got there before being seated I was told "Well we close at 8". When asked why accept a 7:30 reservation I was told it was impossible. When I showed a screen shot of my reservation I was told "well we can't see open table" . I decided to just leave.

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StephS
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

3 of us had shrimp fajitas and although they were tasty they were the smallest shrimp I’ve ever had in an entree. Definitely not worth a return visit.

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MIFoodieFan
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious tacos, guac, bowls, and apps. Service was fine, definitely short staffed. I wish that the tortilla chips were warm but that would be the only recommendation!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Our server was excellent- very friendly, attentive, and hard working. We took his recommendations for food and drinks. Margaritas were good, but small. Food was bland. Mexican food with no spice is no good for me. As a Cali native, I was hoping for more. Next time we’ll stick with Bakersfield. And…I don’t mind paying for chips and salsa but not when they’re blah. Asked for some jalapeños and red pepper to give them some taste at least.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Horrible food. Will never go back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Saturday afternoon and not all that busy. Food Tex/Mex. Not really spicy. Margaritas very good. Some staff friendly, others going through the motions. Appreciate they turned down music volume on request. Women’s bathrooms distasteful. Large amount of trash on floor of one stall, unflushed commode in the other. Paper towel dispenser empty (air dryer available) so could not open a very heavy door without touching handle (foot opener inadequate given weight of door).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The margaritas were very good. The food was way better than I thought it would be given how inexpensive the prices were, all very tasty and perfect for dinner while traveling with my teenagers.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was warm and muggy in the restaurant. Service was good, house margaritas were good but the food was really hit and miss. The fish taco, shrimp taco and fries were good but the pork and Mexican rice were awful. Fajitas were mediocre except for the jalapeño jam. I might go back for a drink but would not eat there again.

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NinaJ
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great !!! I love this place and the food

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Our waitress was really nice and accommodating and she was also the only waitress working. But when we showed up for our 8pm reservation we were told by the man who greeted us that we had to have our order in by 8:05 so they could close the kitchen and we had to have our last drink order in by 8:15 so that they could close because they “had a long day”. I just would have rather they called us and told us that it wasn’t going to work for us to come tonight if that was the case. Being treated like that just ruined the whole experience

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vipDeannaR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

My enchiladas were burnt. Service was pretty good but the food was so bland. No one checked to see if I was enjoying my food.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my wife here for Mother’s Day. She loved it. I did as very. Very nice, very quiet. Nice staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Food was dry and super unsalted but GREAT service

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RyanY
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was fantastic at Calexio great cocktail menu and tequila options. Service was a bit slow.

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JenniferS
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Our server was great. Super polite. Strong odor of bleach. Food was ok. Place seemed unorganized. Will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations for 7pm and they decided to close at 7:30 so would not seat us. Not the first time this has happened, they close whenever they want regardless of reservations

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’ve been here a few times and was never this disappointed. 6 open tables but they couldn’t accommodate a party of 6 so we sat at two separate tables that we asked to be together but was told no even though there were two open tables next to each other. I thought the guy was going to lose his mind. So now we’re 15 mins behind. Server told us we could order drinks until 815 it’s now 745 so we all get two and order our food. Nothing came out together. Our drinks came out one by one. When I ordered another one I was told no. Even though I was in the time. So he said ok. But then never returned with it. Then we had moved the tables a little closer because it was so loud in there and the hostess came and measured with his feet the distance from the table. Tried to order 2 to go orders we were told kictxheb was closed and they were out of half their menu. Over all. TERRIBLE I’ll never be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

I know businesses are struggling. Seems like Calexico is having a hard time with waitstaff and ticket times. Server was very stressed and apologetic but we ran very long ticket times and missed an opportunity to order takeout for family at home because of it.

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KimB
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The cheese was cold on the nachos. Those nachos were taken back and I was given a fresh set. The cheese was cold again. Food was sub par. They were out of lemonade. Not a great first experience. Nothing special, probably won’t go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fried chicken taco was AAHMAZING!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing and the drinks but the service wasn’t that great due to only one waiter being available and waiting all the parties

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience4

We had reservations for a group but at separate tables. When we walked up our host was not very nice about it at all and some of our group was told to leave. I get capacity but we also had reservations. Also we said “no dairy” because our daughter is allergic and she ended up with cheese in her burrito.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It sucked that they only had one waiter working the floor but she did a great job

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Took 30 minutes to receive drinks after ordering and an hour to receive our food after ordering, waitress would just disappear and the older male host was rude . Margaritas are just premixed drinks with syrup.

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StephD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was turned away after being told “the kitchen closes in 5 minutes”. I had a reservation set less than 10 minutes prior to me entering the door (drove around about 15 minutes looking for a parking spot). I have small children and it was not cool getting them unsettled out of their car seats into the cold just to be turned away. What’s the point of making reservations for a place that doesn’t honor it??!! I was already skeptical because of the mixed reviews about their food and service but wanted to give it a try. Never again!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Drinks were weak

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Anne
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was nice and clean. Nice people and nice Atmosphere.

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Calexico Detroit is rated 4.2 stars by 268 OpenTable diners.

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