Calexico Detroit

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$30 and under
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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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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The Baja tacos were delicious. The chicken enchiladas were horrible!! Retuned them. Waitress was ok

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great outdoor seating! Drinks were good. Food was okay not horrible but not the best. My order was not correct I ordered chicken nachos and my chicken was not on my food. The waitress instead of redoing my order just brought me a bowl of chicken and poured it on top of my food. Other than that it was ok.

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Logan
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I took my wife out here for a date night. The atmosphere was nice however the food was lousy and the bartender did not even know how to serve a shot of anejo tequila. I would not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Average food, charged for chips and salsa, bus boy quit and then stormed out screaming and swearing...very odd.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The tacos are excellent. The guac is very fresh and tasty. Good drink specials. Always a dependable spot when spending the day in Detroit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my sisters birthday dinner, we had a great night full of drinks and food! Will definitely return!

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Roger
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I were attending an event nearby and enjoy Mexican food. We could have gone to SW Detroit, but wanted to try Calexico. We were seated right away and attended to promptly. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. My wife and I ordered chips and salsa, not free like many places, but that was not a big deal to us. The chips were plentiful and the salsas were excellent. We both ordered tacos. We shared a little so we could try each and found all of them quite good. I would like to see more choices for tacos and food in general. My wife said her margarita was a bit on the sour side. Overall, we enjoyed everything and would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this pace and will continue to come back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I was not happy about the quality of food and service I received at calexico. First off my server didn’t check on us after we received the food until the end. He didn’t realize my drink was awful and when I had said I hardly drank my drink he didn’t care to take it off by check. The tacos my friends had were also dry and not good. We definitely will not be returning there to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was amazing! I would definitely come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here on a date after making a reservation, and the food and service was nothing less than outstanding!! Will be coming back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing but it took an hour to get

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DianneR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I would call Calexico "underwhelming". There was nothing about our experience that was outstanding. The food, the service, the atmosphere could all be described as "not bad, but not great either. With all the terrific options in Detroit for dining, I would tell friends to spend their time and money elsewhere. Also, I really dislike Mexican restaurants that charge for store-bought chips and "okay" salsa-- give it away free like most other Mexican restaurants!

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AlyssaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent. It was a little loud for our table to socialize well. We enjoyed our meal, though. Would definitely recommend as a meal before an event or going out. Not pretentious, reasonably priced for a meal out downtown, and tasty.

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MarilynnJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was amazing! I cannot remember her name but she had blonde hair and tattoos and she made our experience so amazing! We definitely wanted her to join our party! Great service, awesome time there! We will be back because of her!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our server was great, but the service itself was VERY slow. Only two servers for the entire restaurant. The food and drinks were overpriced for the quantity and quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I went there with a group of coworkers. The service was great. The food was alright. I really liked the salsa verde served with the chips. The other salsa was just OK. I ordered the chicken fajitas and it was very good. The rice was very good with the, but I found the beans very bland. One of my coworkers ordered the quesadilla. He didn't find it very filling for price.

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HHIVISITOR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They were short staffed but our waitress was great. Other than the bar being extremely slow...we wouldn’t have even realized they were so short staffed!

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KatherineH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Manager was our waiter and was extremely rude and not very attentive. It was very disappointing because the food was great.

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JIMT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. The Guac was insane great.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, very good food. Definitely recommend!

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Foodie
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Restaurant has freezer problems. Tacos are store bought not hand made - disappointing that you have to pay for chips and salaa

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JessWalsh11
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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JimM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a good time at Calexico

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KimberlyG
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience!

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KathrynA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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...

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StacyP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

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CharlieD
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

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.

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SamanthaS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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

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MauriceH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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