Calexico Detroit

4.1
252 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised 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 252 People Are Saying
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3.7
Food
4.2
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
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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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
6 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
2 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

DR
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.

JS
JenniferS
Detroit
3 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.

KB
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
2 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

SD
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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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was amazing! Please try the fries one of the best things on the menu next to the passion fruit margarita.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have yet to be disappointed

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BrianP
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Mediocre food. Maybe the worst rice I’ve ever had. Nice ambiance and environment. Server was not knowledgeable about food or alcohol. Many better choices in the area. I won’t be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was cool, my date and i enjoyed the eats and the table

ES
ErinS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect...food, service, atmosphere
Try the Paloma

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Kagmsu1216
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cocktails!

TM
TracyMcNeal
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience2

Food was so so! The tacos were too wet.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was bad, service was ok, the place was freezing cold. Will not be returning

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TA0o0
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Solid spot, decent margs, food hit the spot.

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kaleenar
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Nice for post Corona service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4Food1Service5Ambience5

Tortillas were not warmed, fajitas were stuck to the cast iron

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely good food ever better scenery.

CS
ChristineS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and drinks! We sat outdoors and it was a perfect experience. Good service, as well.

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vipKayw
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First visit here. Food was great. Server Sandra was very pleasant . We will be back for sure!

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vipJewels
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Food quality was really bad. Servers were nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience4

Took a while to get drinks. Rubber band in salsa. Food was average.

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Calexico Detroit is rated 4.1 stars by 252 OpenTable diners.

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