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Calexico - Calexico Detroit, Detroit, MI

Calexico Detroit

3.7
3.7
280 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

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 262-6361

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 280 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Late Night Find

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for Lunch

  • Detroit

    Hot Spot

  • Detroit

    Late Night Find

  • Detroit

    Great for Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Got the wrong order and the waitress gave us our check before we were even done eating. Felt very rushed

  2. L

    Labgal

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4

    Clearly understaffed. Arrived on time for 5:30 reservations. Waited about 15 minutes for order to be taken and were served food at 6:30. Ordered two tacos and one was incorrect. They fixed the issue relatively quickly. Ate outside so people watching was the best, just wish we could have had a basket of chips to munch on to make up for the very long wait. Also, the women’s restroom was out of order and patrons were directed to the nearby lobby. The lobby restrooms were locked.

  3. J

    Justjoel

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was delicious. Great, friendly service. Manager checked on us and other customers a couple times. This was my first time, but I’ll be going again.

  4. SB

    StephanieB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff and food were great. Our server, Tabatha, was terrific!

  5. NJ

    NinaJ

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They denied my reservation stating that they seat their last table at 8:15p and it was 8:16. I did not appreciate that because I dine here frequently and had never been treated as such.

  6. J

    Jmex

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    All good. Nice place. Efficient. Good reservation system.

  7. DJ

    DavidJ

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1

    Was good; not any more.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Super disappointed in our food and drinks here. We had initially both ordered a carne asada quesadilla, our waitress came by and said they would have to cook more and wanted to know if we were okay waiting. We said sure, that's fine we don't mind waiting. When our food came out there was two pieces of meat total in our quesadilla, the rest was onion and cheese. We explained the waitress and just asked for a chicken quesadilla instead. Our food was brought to us in a to go container while other customers food was served on a plate. Our chicken came out completely burnt, it looked as if someone put chunks of charcoals in our quesadilla. Margaritas were equally as disappointing, $10 for a short glass and mainly syrup.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Please do not attempt to go here the service is the worst. We waited an hour and 15 minutes for our food and one of the four meals wasn’t made. We did not have time to reorder as our show started in 15 minutes. The drink order was wrong as well. No apologies, no manners, no politeness!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Calexico is one of our favorite places to go downtown before any sporting event. The staff is always welcoming. And the food is amazing! Love their carne fries and nachos. Great family restaurant.

  11. NJ

    NinaJ

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place and the service is amazing

  12. TA

    TarynA

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  13. AG

    AmyG

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food4service3ambience5

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

  14. t

    tma26

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    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.

  15. MM

    MissieM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place! Service was awesome

  16. ML

    MLP1

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food and service were great! Margarita not so much…

  18. GS

    GinaS

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great location. Food is amazing! Super friendly staff.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    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.

  20. SC

    StephC

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  21. K

    Kk425

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent!!! Food and service were very good.

  22. TG

    TomG

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    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.

  23. AS

    AndreaS

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    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!

  24. DJ

    DebbieJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  25. F

    Foodie430

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    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.

  26. SS

    StephS

    Detroit

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 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.

  27. MI

    MIFoodieFan

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    4.0

    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!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 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.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Horrible food. Will never go back

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 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).

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 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.

  33. NJ

    NinaJ

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great !!! I love this place and the food

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 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

  35. DR

    DeannaR

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    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.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food2service5ambience5

    Food was dry and super unsalted but GREAT service

  38. RY

    RyanY

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

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

  39. JS

    JenniferS

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    2.0

    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.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    1.0

    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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

Calexico Detroit does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats.

Calexico Detroit is rated 3.7 stars by 280 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Calexico Detroit

1040 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48226

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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