Aqui Cal Mex Grill

Where
1145 Lincoln Ave, San Jose , CA
Call
+1 408.995.0381
Web
Aqui Cal Mex Grill Website
Tags
Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Steak Restaurants, Bars
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Aqui excels in contrasts: Swill margaritas with health-conscious vegetarian exotica; pair fresh juices with meat-packed burritos. The ambiance is chi-chi, yet you serve yourself. Casual. Beer, margaritas.

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Three words: Industrial Strength Margarita. Not only is Aqui the kind of place where you can imbibe a margarita that will have you doing the hat dance naked in no time, it's one of the best places for awesome cheap food in San Jose. The food is the sort of flavorful, Cali-Asian-Latin blend that you'd expect to find in a higher-end type of place (think mango ginger chicken salads and Thai peanut chicken tamales), but the order-at-the-counter style cuts out the wait time and tip money, allowing you to spend your dough indulging in the goodness found in their 40 types of tequila.

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2011 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - First Place
Best Restaurant Patio

Even in winter, Aqui's Willow Glen location has Metro readers wanting to eat outside. The restaurant boasts a beautiful patio with heat lamps and a softly flowing water fountain, and there's plenty of people watching to be had in Willow Glen

2009 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Second Place
Best Dining Value

At Aqui Cal-Mex, the chefs use various flavors including creations from the Southwest, Asia, California and Latin America that give each dish a bit of zest. For nontraditional Mexican food served California style, this is the place. Entrees at Aqui include the potato and cheese enchiladas, grilled salmon on organic polenta and Thai tofu tortilla roll-ups. The restaurant also prides itself on using organic ingredients and fresh-made soups, where the vegetables are all natural and grown locally. (LF)

2009 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Second Place
Best Mexican

2009 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - First Place
Best Restaurant Patio

On warm summer nights, locals flock to this cozy patio with its tiled fountain and twinkly lights to sip margaritas and nosh on Mexican comfort food. When the weather turns cooler the party continues, thanks to the miracle of heat lamps, making it possible to believe we're in our own private Acapulco right here in the heart of Willow Glen.

2008 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Third Place
Best Patio

Popular Aqui restaurant offers a blend of flavors from the Southwest, Asia, California and Latin America served in a lively, colorful atmosphere. Great margaritas and an extensive tequila list add to the restaurant's appeal.

-- Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper, September 24, 2008

2007 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Staff Pick and Reader Survey Winner - First Place
Best Restaurant Patio
Best Margarita

-- Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper, September 26, 2007

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